Can England stop the Kiwis in the Rugby World Cup semis?

It’s soon got to the sharp end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and New Zealand have been favourites right from the start.
But there’s no doubt the semis will prove their stiffest test so far, with England standing in their way of a final showdown in Japan.
So, which of these rugby giants will come out on top? Let’s take a look at the odds from Betway.

New Zealand Has History

While England has a recent hoodoo over fierce rivals Australia, who they dumped out of the competition with a convincing 40-16 victory in the last eight, the same certainly can’t be said against New Zealand.
The two sides have competed against each other 41 times, with New Zealand winning 33 times, England 7 and one draw.
The last five result between these two are:

  • England v New Zealand – 15-16 (November 10,2018)
  • England v New Zealand – 21-24 (November 8, 2014)
  • New Zealand v England – 36-13 (June 21, 2014)
  • New Zealand v England – 28-27 (June 14, 2014)
  • New Zealand v England – 20-15 (June 7, 2014

In fact, you need to go back to December 1, 2012, to find the last time England beat the Kiwis, 38-21 at Twickenham.

Kiwis on Top

So, based on recent result, it’s no surprise New Zealand are favourites, at 2/5 with Betway. But look at the results again, and you will notice the margin of victory has often been tight – really tight. England has been within a try in four of the last five matches, so are far from out of the running.
Betway have them at 12/5 to roll the Kiwis over, while a draw comes in at 28/1.

A Close Run Thing?

Predicting the winning margin offers some decent odds. If you think the Kiwis will sneak it again, a 6/4 bet on them to win by 1-12 points looks a good offer. If you have confidence in Eddie Jones’s England, though, take a look at the 11/4 odds Betway offers for the same winning margin in reverse.

First Out of the Blocks

Incredibly, despite their dominance so far, New Zealand have conceded first against South Africa and Namibia so far. If you think England will get points on the board first, Betway has them at 11/10. If you reckon that first score will be an England try, jump on the 5/1 Betway is currently offering, too.