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

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

Joel Reyes
October 4, 2023 at 6:21 AM
  • Tonga lost to defending champions South Africa in their last Rugby World Cup match
  • Romania suffered heavy defeats in their first three games in this year's World Cup
  • Tonga are favourites to win over Romania in their upcoming matchup

Tonga and Romania have yet to win in this year's Rugby World Cup.

They will look to leave France with a victory when they face off this coming Sunday at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Read on as Sports Brief brings you a preview of this Pool B showdown.

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Tonga celebrate after scoring a try against South Africa; Romanian players applaud after their game against Scotland. Images: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/ FRANCK FIFE.
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Tonga vs. Romania Betting Preview

Where: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, France

When: Sunday, October 8 - 5:45 pm local time

Odds: Tonga (-37.5) vs. Romania (+37.5) - view all lines

Betting on Tonga (-37.5)

The defending champions proved too much for Tonga, with the Pacific Islanders absorbing a 49-18 loss to South Africa last Sunday, per Eurosport.

Ikale Tahi did put up a fight against the Springboks, with captain Ben Tameifuna, Fine Inisi, and Pat Pellegrini each scoring a try.

It was another disappointing defeat, however, for Tonga, who entered the 2023 Rugby World Cup with high expectations following the recruitment of former All Blacks Vaea Fifita, Malakai Fekitoa, George Moala, Charles Piutau, and Augustine Pulu to this year's team.

Tonga failed to live up to the hype, though, suffering heavy losses to South Africa, Ireland, and Scotland in the 'pool of death'.

They will look to end their World Cup campaign on a high note when they face Romania this coming Sunday. Tonga have won two of their past four meetings against the Oaks.

Betting on Romania (+37.5)

Things are going from bad to worse for Romania in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The Oaks suffered another heavy defeat last September 30 in Pool B, losing 84-0 to Scotland.

Romania had no answer for Darcy Graham, who scored four tries for the Scots in the rout, per the BBC.

They have now lost by an average of 78 points in their first three pool games.

Romania have allowed 242 points and 35 tries in the losses to powerhouse teams Ireland, South Africa, and Scotland.

The Oaks have struggled to put points on the board as well, scoring just eight points and recording one try in those three matches.

They have failed to score in their last two games against the Springboks and Scotland.

Given their recent struggles, it is no surprise then that the minnows have been installed as 37.5-point underdogs in the game against Tonga.

Writer's Prediction

Tonga (-37.5) win and cover the spread against Romania (all odds courtesy of 1XBet).

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New Zealand vs. Uruguay Betting Preview

Sports Brief also previewed the upcoming Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Uruguay.

The All Blacks destroyed Italy 96-17 in their last match in Pool A.

They will next face Uruguay, who recorded a 36-26 victory over Namibia in their previous contest.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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