Eight teams remain in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with Ireland facing Argentina and Wales up against South Africa
Latest outright odds with Paddy Power
New Zealand 5/4
South Africa 5/1
Then there were eight. With the exception of England, all the big guns remain in the Rugby World Cup and Pool A was always going to see a notable team exit the competition.
New Zealand remain favourites to retain the World Cup although Paddy Power are happy to take on the Kiwis at 5/4, with Australia being the market movers (9/4 bet365) after victories over England and Wales.
New Zealand take on France for a semi-final spot, with the All Blacks strong favourites to beat Les Bleus although it was eight years ago when the French claimed a surprise win at the same stage of the 2007 World Cup.
France were second to Ireland in their qualifying group and often thrive in the role of underdogs, although it’s a tall order against a New Zealand side who have yet to move into top gear during the tournament.
Wales have been decimated by injuries although they held their own against Australia at Twickenham, with Warren Gatland’s side unable to force a breakthrough after sustained second-half pressure.
The Welsh look a big price to beat a South Africa team who have little in the way of flair but overcame a setback against Japan to top the group.
Ireland also have injury and suspension problems, with Argentina their opponents on Sunday and the Pumas are perhaps the bet of the quarter final stage.
The Argentine were immense against New Zealand in their opening match and actually led at half-time before eventually being overrun by the champions.
Even so, it demonstrates that this is a team that must be taken seriously, with the teams having played two very competitive matches last year in South America.
Australia are the most fancied team to come through their quarter final match, with the Wallabies facing easier opponents in the last eight than they have in their past two pool matches.
All odds were correct at time of posting.