Ireland vs Romania Prediction and Betting Tips
🏈 Rugby World Cup 2023 Match Preview
⏰ 9 September 2023 - 23:30 AEST
🏟 Stadium - Matmut Atlantique (Bordeaux)
Ireland is set to welcome Romania for an exciting World Cup match, promising to captivate Rugby Union enthusiasts. Mark your calendars for the big event happening on 09/09/2023 at 1:30 PM AEST.
AusBetSites offers comprehensive betting odds for Ireland and Romania, sourced from 63 different Australian betting platforms across 17 markets. Presently, the bookmakers favor Ireland with odds of 1.01 for victory.
Ireland vs Romania Head-to-Head
Ireland and Romania have not faced each other in the last 8 years. The two teams have no previous meetings in recent history. With no head-to-head record to draw from, this upcoming World Cup match represents the first test between Ireland and Romania in over a decade. Romania is an unknown quantity for Ireland, having undergone recent coaching changes and showing improvement in Europe. However, Ireland's consistent success makes them favorites. Romania will aim for a historic first-ever win against the Irish. But Ireland's greater experience playing tier 1 nations gives them an edge over a Romanian side lacking comparable preparation.
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Ireland comes into this match in outstanding form, having won their last 5 test matches. This perfect run includes victories over quality opposition like England, Italy, and back-to-back wins against the mighty All Blacks in July. Ireland's recent successes have been built around a powerful pack led by Tadhg Furlong and a dynamic backline headlined by Johnny Sexton and Mack Hansen. Against both New Zealand and England, Ireland scored over 4 tries in dominant attacking displays. Their set-piece has been rock-solid while the Irish defense has proved impenetrable at times. Riding a wave of momentum, Ireland's confidence will be sky-high. Their clinical performances prove they are ready for Rugby World Cup success this year.
🟥🟥🟥🟩🟥 Romania enters this match on a difficult run of results, with just 1 win from their last 5 games. The Romanians' lone victory came against Belgium back in February. Since then, it has been a string of losses against the likes of Italy, Uruguay, Samoa and the USA. Romania's defeats have often been heavy, indicating they have struggled against higher ranked opposition. Defensively they have leaked points, while their attack has lacked firepower to regularly trouble top teams. Romania has shown heart but been outclassed technologically and physically at times. Heading into the World Cup, they have plenty to work on. However, the Romania camp will see the Ireland match as a chance to turn their poor form around and cause a seismic upset. The odds are against them, but Romania will be eager to put in an improved performance.
⚡ Match Facts:
- This will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2011 Rugby World Cup where Ireland won 43-10.
- Ireland is currently ranked 1st in the World Rugby rankings. Romania is ranked 17th.
- Ireland has reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 6 of the last 7 editions. Romania has never advanced past the group stage.
- Ireland is led by veteran Johnny Sexton who has scored over 1,100 international points. Romania's captain is Flushing Meadows.
- Ireland's most recent match was a 29-10 win over England on August 20th. Romania lost 17-31 to USA on August 6th.
- Ireland won the 2022 Six Nations Championship, including wins over England and France.
- Romania competes annually in the Rugby Europe Championship against European rivals like Georgia and Spain.
- Ireland has an excellent World Cup pool draw, with games against weaker sides Romania and Tonga.
- Romania's best ever World Cup finish is 10th which they achieved in 1987.
- Ireland has won 15 of their last 17 matches against Tier 2 opposition.
💡 Match Prediction:
Based on the head-to-head records and recent form, it is clear that Ireland are heavy favorites going into this match against Romania.
Ireland are in red-hot form, winning their last 5 matches against quality opposition like New Zealand and England. Their attack has been lethal while the defense is watertight.
In contrast, Romania have won just 1 of their previous 5 games. They have struggled against tier 1 nations, evidenced by heavy losses to Italy and Uruguay.
The bookmakers also confirm Ireland's status as favorites at average odds of 1.01.
Given Ireland's perfect recent run, superior quality and status as overwhelming favorites, I predict they will beat Romania comfortably.
- Ireland to win
- Likely score - Ireland 45 - Romania 10
- Recommended bet - Ireland -28.5 point handicap at 1.90
- Take the under on total match points, around 55.
Ireland should control this test match from start to finish. Their form and class gap make them secure bets to cover a big handicap. Romania may offer brief resistance but the Irish will prove far too strong.
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