Ireland v South Africa betting tips, predictions, free bets (Rugby - Autumn International - November 8, 2014)

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Ireland v South Africa betting tips, predictions, free bets (Rugby - Autumn International - November 8, 2014)

Ireland host South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, a very interesting test between two teams who have similar profile and similar ambitions. Don't miss our betting preview on IRELAND v SOUTH AFRICA with tips, predictions, odds, lineups,bookie promotions and no deposit free bets!

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IRELAND v SOUTH AFRICA FREE BETTING PREVIEW Ireland have had a good year under Joe Schmidt with 6 wins from 7 games. Their only loss a narrow defeat away to England. A very good result since Ireland are in slight transition following the retirement of the legendary Brian O’Driscoll. Last year they only lost to New Zealand conceding a last minute try.

The Irish team will be without prop Cian Healy and hooker Rory Best. But the hosts can at least call on prop Mike Ross after recovering from a groin injury. Ulster debutant Jared Payne will line up alongside 21-year-old Robbie Henshaw while Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe start out wide as wingers Andrew Trimble and Dave Kearney are unavailable.

South Africa will be hoping to carry the form that secured back-to-back victories over the Wallabies and the All Blacks (27-25) in the final two clashes of the Rugby Championship. This victory underlined that the Springboks are likely to prove the All Blacks' biggest challengers at the  next year's World Cup. They are unbeaten in the northern hemisphere in their last two tours and have a very settled side.

South Africa coach Meyer has announced an unnamed first team, relying on the same 15 that beat the Kiwis last month. The 20-year-old fly-half Handre Pollard keeps his place over the more experienced Morne Steyn. The du Plessis brothers are joined by Tendai Mtawarira in a solid all-Sharks front row, while 37-year-old Victor Matfield - the oldest Springbok ever - will extend his caps record to 117 Tests in a second row pairing with Eben Etzebeth. There is just one change on the bench as Coenie Oosthuizen replaces injured prop Marcel van der Merwe,

The last two encounters between Ireland and Springboks have been won by South Africa but by very small margins - a 16-12 win two years ago and a 23-21 victory in 2010.

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  • 2014: SOUTH AFRICA won 38-17 in Hamilton
  • 2014: SOUTH AFRICA won 28-27 in Dunedin
  • 2014: SOUTH AFRICA won 20-15 in Auckland
  • 2013: SOUTH AFRICA won 30-22 at Twickenham
  • 2012: IRELAND won 38-21 at Twickenham

IRELAND v SOUTH AFRICA LINEUPS Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Jack McGrath.

Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Dave Kilkoyne, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Felix Jones.

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South Africa
:15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Tebo Mohoje, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 JP Pietersen.


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