THREE TEAMS WHO ARE GOING TO UNDER ACHIEVE
They are in the group of death and we are predicting they won’t get out of it. They are, on balance, the best side – better than Wales and Australia – but playing at home, watch them implode under the weight of expectation.
If they make it out of their pool – and that is a big if as Italy could well beat them – they will be taken apart by the All Blacks in the quarterfinal. This is of course potentially dangerous talk given World Cup history. But it’s just as true to say it’s top quality analysis given non World Cup history as France have been a total shambles for the last decade.
This is wishful thinking not like the well researched stuff we have been littering the rest of these pages with. If everything goes to form, the Boks will play the All Blacks in the semifinal and that’s a big worry. So let’s cheer ourselves up by saying – for no valid reason – the Boks will lose their quarterfinal and go home early.