South Africa vs Romania 2023 Rugby World Cup Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview

South Africa vs Romania 2023 Rugby World Cup Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview

Byron Pillay
September 17, 2023 at 10:56 AM
  • South Africa claimed a comfortable 18-3 win over Scotland in their opening game of the tournament
  • Romania were thumped 82-8 by Ireland in their first game of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France
  • The Springboks are huge favourites to pick up a big win over Romania in their second World Cup game

South Africa will look to continue their winning ways as they prepare for their second game at the Rugby World Cup.

The defending champions will take on minnows Romania and are favourites to score a big win over the European side.

Romania and South Africa.
South Africa are favourites heading into their clash against Romania in the Rugby World Cup. Image: Hans van der Valk/ Craig Mercer.
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Read on as Sports Brief brings you a preview of this showdown.

Where: Stade de Bordeaux, France

When: Sunday, September 17, 3:00 pm local time

Odds: South Africa (-65.5) vs. Romania (+65.5); total: 76.5 – view all lines

Betting on South Africa (-65.5)

The Springboks started slowly against Scotland in their opening fixture of the tournament but put on a better showing in the second half.

The Boks came away with an 18-3, but it came at a price as well.

Eben Etzebeth suffered an injury during the encounter and had to be taken off and Malcolm Marx was injured during training for the game against Romania.

As noted by News24, he suffered a knee injury and has been ruled out of the tournament.

Coach Jacques Nienaber has also run in the changes for the clash, giving a break to some of his key players.

Betting on Romania (+65.5)

It’s been a baptism of fire for Romania at the World Cup.

Ranked 19th in the world, they took on Ireland in their first game before having to face South Africa.

Ireland and the Springboks are the number one and two-ranked teams in the world heading into the tournament.

The Romanians scored the opening try of the game against the Irish, but were then beaten comprehensively. Ireland claimed a huge 82-8 win in the end.

Writers Prediction

South Africa win and cover the spread (-65.5) against Romania.

Official rankings ahead of Rugby World Cup

The Springboks are looking to defend their Rugby World Cup title in France but will face stiff competition.

South Africa go into the tournament as one of the favourites but aren't the number-one ranked side.

With the World Cup tournament having started on September 8, Sports Brief looks at the top five ranked teams before France 2023 and their rankings at the 2019 edition.

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