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July Internationals: Round 2 Predictions

Round 1 only finished yesterday, with France capitulating against Australia, leading throughout before losing in the dying moments of the game.

This weekend features a few tougher picks, and unfortunately we’ve lost the Springboks v Georgia fixture, Romania vs. Scotland and the Lions v Bulls game - though it’s now been confirmed that the Lions will play the Sharks again instead and I think we can expect a similar scoreline to their midweek match.

Here are my July Internationals picks for Round 2.

Samoa v Tonga

Tonga’s defeat by New Zealand last week was embarrassing for the sport, and shows how much development there still needs to be. This should be much closer, but I expect Samoa to win. Samoa by 16

New Zealand v Fiji

It’s Fiji’s turn this week to be shown how far off the pace they are, and the margin is anyone’s guess, frankly. New Zealand by 63

Wales v Argentina

Wales had an easy run out against Canada last week, whilst Argentina only narrowly beat Romania. You would expect the home team to win here on that basis, but the Pumas are notoriously hard to predict. Wales by 8

England v Canada

England roared into a comfortable lead against the USA, before letting them back into the game near the end, and the final winning margin was much closer than it should have been. They shouldn’t be conceding 29 points to the USA, and I suspect their defence will be tighter this time. England by 37

Ireland v USA

Ireland should win this fairly comfortably, following on from their proper test last week against Japan, and I don’t think the USA were as good at Twickenham as the scoreline suggests. Ireland by 21

Australia v France

The French are likely to be slightly deflated after falling short in the first Test, and Australia normally improve from their first game in a series, so I’m expecting a home win here. Australia by 5

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Very decent Fiji line-up for the NZ game, esp in the backs. Hopefully they'll put up a good fight and stay within 25-30pts.
9 Jul 07:56
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Where's your round 3 predictions????
17 Jul 06:50
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17 Jul 11:59
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What happened to round 3 predictions?
19 Jul 11:56
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Nearly two million players: More than Vienna! And they can't be bothered answering simple questions? Bizarre.
20 Jul 18:51