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Mike Tindall in Man v Machine: Round Nine

28 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Mike Tindall in Man v Machine: Round Nine

The Machine has already secured a comfortable victory, but can World Cup winner Mike Tindall restore some pride in the final games?

Rugby is a numbers game, yet it is also a game that is played in the head.

Never has that been more true than in the final games of a World Cup – with the gold, silver and bronze medals all still up for grabs.

Throughout the 2015 tournament we have been pitching the experience of former England centre and World Cup winner Mike Tindall against the mathematical calculations of data analytics in a bid to see which can best predict how each crucial match will pan out.

The Machine secured an unassailable 6-2 lead in Rounds Seven and Eight for the semi-finals – predicting a narrow New Zealand win and the exact winning margin for Australia.

But can Mike secure a more respectable scoreline in the final games of the tournament, or will The Machine reaffirm its superiority?

Bronze Final: South Africa v Argentina (Friday, 20:00)

The Machine says:

South Africa have won 8 and lost 1 of their last 10 internationals against Argentina, with 1 draw.

During those matches South Africa have averaged 3.6 tries per game compared to Argentina’s 1.2.

South Africa have also averaged 33.5 points compared to Argentina’s 16, with an average winning margin of 17.5.

The only time that these two sides have met in the Rugby World Cup was in 2007, when South Africa won 37-13 in the semi-final.

13/2 – South Africa to win by 16-20
13/2 – South Africa to score exactly 4 tries
15/8 – Argentina to score exactly 1 tryrsa-arg
Mike says:

This is quite a difficult one to predict because you are never quite sure how either team will approach the game after the disappointment of losing their semi-final.

Argentina always look to attack at every opportunity so will be sure to play their part in making it a great game of rugby, but the question is whether South Africa will buy into carefree attitude or stick to their more physical approach.

Although these sorts of games can often be quite difficult to get up for, the saving grace is that you have got two teams who will desperately want to win for different reasons.

For the Springboks, it is a case of playing for pride by not losing a third game at the tournament or by being beaten by Argentina for the second time in quick succession.

They are also saying goodbye to a lot of key guys like Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield who deserve a good send-off and for their World Cup stories to end on a high, whether they are playing or not.

Argentina on the other hand will see finishing third as a massive accolade, particularly in terms of backing up their achievements this year having beaten the Boks first time shortly before the tournament began.

Unfortunately they are missing key players like captain Agustin Creevy and top scorer Juan Imhoff through injury, but having said that they were still able to cause Australia plenty of problems last weekend without those guys on the pitch.

I do not think it will be a particularly high-scoring game but both teams still have plenty of threat in their backlines.

Santiago Cordero is the biggest threats for the Pumas, while it would be nice to see Bryan Habana to get on the scoresheet.

Given his longevity and the things he has achieved I think he deserves to take the record for all-time top try scorer in the World Cup from Jonah Lomu.

I see it being very close and the game could go either way, but for the monumental role that they have played in this year’s World Cup I would like to see Argentina end up on top.

I will go for 20-17 to the Pumas.

7/1 – Argentina to win by 1-5
100/30 – Santiago Cordero to score at any time
6/4 – Bryan Habana to score at any time

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