Rugby World Cup results sees New Zealand beat South Africa, Australia and France both win

21 Sep

New Zealand began their World Cup defence with a win against South Africa.

The current champions are aiming to win a third successive crown and remain on course to do so by winning 23-13 in Yokohama.

They last lost a World Cup game 4,368 days ago when France beat them in the 2007 quarter-final.

New Zealand fended off everything a turbocharged Cheslin Kolbe and the Springboks could throw at them, with George Bridge and Scott Barrett bagged the New Zealand tries, with Richie Mo’unga slotting 10 points with the boot and Beauden Barrett notching a penalty of his own.


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New Zealand players bow to their supporters in Japan
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“It was a heck of a Test match,” Kieran Read said afterwards, while head coach Steve Hanson said: “Today was a big game for both sides and fortunately for us we came out on top, but it was another titanic struggle between New Zealand and South Africa and hopefully people got excited by it.

“They’re never out of it, they’re always a team that comes back. The players took their opportunities and scored.”

France, the last side to beat the Kiwis in a World Cup match, held off a spirited second-half comeback from Argentina to win their World Cup Pool C opener 23-21 at the Tokyo Stadium.

In the Sapporo Dome, meanwhile, Australia beat Fiji 39-21.

RESULTS

New Zealand 23-13 South Africa
France 23-21 Argentina
Australia 39-21 Fiji

Rugby World Cup results sees New Zealand beat South Africa, Australia and France both win

21 Sep

New Zealand began their World Cup defence with a win against South Africa.

The current champions are aiming to win a third successive crown and remain on course to do so by winning 23-13 in Yokohama.

They last lost a World Cup game 4,368 days ago when France beat them in the 2007 quarter-final.

New Zealand fended off everything a turbocharged Cheslin Kolbe and the Springboks could throw at them, with George Bridge and Scott Barrett bagged the New Zealand tries, with Richie Mo’unga slotting 10 points with the boot and Beauden Barrett notching a penalty of his own.


Eddie Jones names strong team for World Cup opener

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Home nations preview, as Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales begin in Japan


New Zealand players bow to their supporters in Japan
Getty Images - Getty

“It was a heck of a Test match,” Kieran Read said afterwards, while head coach Steve Hanson said: “Today was a big game for both sides and fortunately for us we came out on top, but it was another titanic struggle between New Zealand and South Africa and hopefully people got excited by it.

“They’re never out of it, they’re always a team that comes back. The players took their opportunities and scored.”

France, the last side to beat the Kiwis in a World Cup match, held off a spirited second-half comeback from Argentina to win their World Cup Pool C opener 23-21 at the Tokyo Stadium.

In the Sapporo Dome, meanwhile, Australia beat Fiji 39-21.

RESULTS

New Zealand 23-13 South Africa
France 23-21 Argentina
Australia 39-21 Fiji

Six Nations 2019 permutations explained: Can England or Ireland win it? Will bonus points come into play?

16 Mar

This season’s Six Nations is set for a thrilling conclusion today with three countries still in title contention.

Wales, England and Ireland can all win silverware with the former currently top of the table with four wins from four.

Wales take on Ireland this weekend while England face Scotland and there are a host of possible ways to where the trophy will end up.

Wales are in pole position in the Six Nations

What are the permutations?

  • Wales will win the Six Nations title and clinch a first Grand Slam for seven years if they beat Ireland in Cardiff.
  • If Wales and England finish level on 20 points, which is quite possible, then Wales will still be crowned champions as Grand Slam winners are automatically awarded three bonus points under Six Nations rules.
  • A draw between Wales and Ireland – and England losing to Scotland at Twickenham – would see Wales win the title without a Grand Slam.
  • A draw between Wales and Ireland – and England beating Scotland – would see England crowned champions.
  • If Ireland beat Wales and England defeat Scotland, then England will be champions.
  • If Ireland beat Wales and England fail to beat Scotland, then Ireland will be champions.
  • If Ireland beat Wales and gain a bonus point and England beat Scotland but don’t gain a bonus point, then England will be champions due to their superior points difference barring an unlikely 65-point swing in Ireland’s favour.

What about the bonus points system?

A bonus point is awarded in the Six Nations if you score four or more tries or if you lose within seven points.

England have been at their attacking best at times in this tournament claiming three bonus points in their matches so far.

But Wales have had to make do with collecting just the four points per win and are yet to get any extras.

England take on Scotland in the final weekend of the Six Nations

Yet, if Warren Gatland’s side go onto win all five matches, they are automatically awarded three bonus points for achieving the Grand Slam.

This would ensure they lift the Six Nations title, even if England get maximum points in their final fixture.

England can only get 20 points at most in tournament, while Wales will get a minimum 23 points if they remain undefeated.

What are the remaining Six Nations fixtures?

Saturday, March 16

Italy v France: 12:30pm, Stadio Olimpico

Wales v Ireland: 2:45pm, Millennium Stadium

England v Scotland: 5pm, Twickenham

Ireland can still win the Six Nations

Italy 14-25 France: French side end on a high with victory in tight game at Stadio Olimpico as Italy end Six Nations winless

16 Mar

France won their final match of the Six Nations after scoring three tries in their win against Italy.

Italy ended this year’s tournament without a win after the 25-14 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

Antoine Dupont was one of France’s try scorers

Italy took an early three point lead after France conceded a penalty in front of the posts, which was Tommaso Allan.

Allan slotted another penalty over to put his side 6-0 up in the 12th minute of the match when the visitors conceded another penalty.

Italy’s solid start was completely undone when France scored a try out of nowhere.

Tommaso Allan scores with a kick for Italy

Antoine Dupont beat the last man to score a simple try and Romain Ntamack converted to make it 7-6 to the away side.

The France fly-half held his nerve to score a penalty to extend that lead to 10-6, which is how it stayed until the half-time break.

Allan reduced the deficit to just a point for Italy early in the second half before Yoann Huget scored France’s second try of the afternoon to make it 17-9.

Damian Penaud runs away from the Italy defence

Italy got a try they deserved 55 minutes into the match when Tito Tebaldi bulldozed his way over the try line.

Allan missed the conversion to leave the Italians trailing 17-14 with 25 minutes to go.

Ntamack scored a drop goal in the 63rd minute to increase the gap to six points meaning the home side would need a try to get back into the game.

Damian Penaud sealed the win late on with France’s third try of the match.

Six Nations 2019 permutations explained: Can England or Ireland win it? Will bonus points come into play?

15 Mar

This season’s Six Nations is set for a thrilling conclusion today with three countries still in title contention.

Wales, England and Ireland can all win silverware with the former currently top of the table with four wins from four.

Wales take on Ireland this weekend while England face Scotland and there are a host of possible ways to where the trophy will end up.

Wales are in pole position in the Six Nations

What are the permutations?

  • Wales will win the Six Nations title and clinch a first Grand Slam for seven years if they beat Ireland in Cardiff.
  • If Wales and England finish level on 20 points, which is quite possible, then Wales will still be crowned champions as Grand Slam winners are automatically awarded three bonus points under Six Nations rules.
  • A draw between Wales and Ireland – and England losing to Scotland at Twickenham – would see Wales win the title without a Grand Slam.
  • A draw between Wales and Ireland – and England beating Scotland – would see England crowned champions.
  • If Ireland beat Wales and England defeat Scotland, then England will be champions.
  • If Ireland beat Wales and England fail to beat Scotland, then Ireland will be champions.
  • If Ireland beat Wales and gain a bonus point and England beat Scotland but don’t gain a bonus point, then England will be champions due to their superior points difference barring an unlikely 65-point swing in Ireland’s favour.

What about the bonus points system?

A bonus point is awarded in the Six Nations if you score four or more tries or if you lose within seven points.

England have been at their attacking best at times in this tournament claiming three bonus points in their matches so far.

But Wales have had to make do with collecting just the four points per win and are yet to get any extras.

England take on Scotland in the final weekend of the Six Nations

Yet, if Warren Gatland’s side go onto win all five matches, they are automatically awarded three bonus points for achieving the Grand Slam.

This would ensure they lift the Six Nations title, even if England get maximum points in their final fixture.

England can only get 20 points at most in tournament, while Wales will get a minimum 23 points if they remain undefeated.

What are the remaining Six Nations fixtures?

Saturday, March 16

Italy v France: 12:30pm, Stadio Olimpico

Wales v Ireland: 2:45pm, Millennium Stadium

England v Scotland: 5pm, Twickenham

Ireland can still win the Six Nations

Ireland 26-14 France: Joe Schmidt’s men maintain faint Six Nations hopes with bonus-point victory over hapless French

10 Mar

Three teams are in contention to win this year’s Six Nations after Ireland kept alive their hopes with a 26-14 victory over France at the Aviva Stadium.

Joe Schmidt’s men also secured a bonus-point win after scoring four tries with the French going over twice in the final five minutes.

However, the Irish will need to win against Wales, who are chasing the Grand Slam, in Cardiff and also need England to not beat Scotland at Twickenham.

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France 27-10 Scotland: Dark Blues lose second game in row, French get first win of 2019 Six Nations campaign

23 Feb

It’s damage limitation for Scotland in their Six Nations campaign as their two-decade wait to win in Paris goes on.

France earned a 27-10 bonus-point victory thanks to tries from Romain Ntamack, Yoaan Huget and Gregory Alldritt’s late double in a game where the injury-hit Dark Blues contributed to their own downfall for the second straight game.

France celebrate their first win of the 2019 championships

Defeat to Ireland a fortnight ago was also self-inflicted and now Gregor Townsend’s men are left with two games against Wales and England – the world’s number four and three ranked sides – to salvage some pride from a Championship that has so far produced only a win over whipping boys Italy.

Townsend has had to contend with a horror casualty list this campaign but the loss of Scotland’s three most dangerous weapons in Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg and Huw Jones was felt as they struggled for attacking inspiration.

Ali Price’s late score was mere consolation, while France had four tries chalked off as Scotland escaped an even more chastening afternoon.

Scotland had a number of injuries going into the game

Scotland knew a good start was crucial if they were to pile fresh pressure onto Jacques Brunel’s side after their humiliating defeats to Wales and England.

They got a lucky break seven minutes in as a Damian Penaud try was ruled out when the TMO alerted Argentinian referee Nic Berry to Antoine Dupont’s knock-on.

That sparked a furious reaction from the Saint-Denis crowd but they were off their seats cheering just six minutes later as Ntamack marked his first start at fly-half with the opener.

Ntamack went over on 13 minutes

Peter Horne failed to put a kick into touch and that set Thomas Ramos loose. Snaking his way through three tackles, the full-back released Penaud, who then span the ball back inside for Dupont. The scrum-half was pulled down by Nick Grigg before he could score but there was no-one there to stop Ntamack running over.

Ramos converted before putting over a penalty as France put the squeeze on.

It looked to be going horribly wrong for the Scots. Guilhem Guirado halted a promising attack with a thunderous hit on Horne while the ever-dependable Greig Laidlaw hit a straightforward kick off the post.

His next attempt did fly over and when Yoann Huget was sin-binned for illegally playing the ball on the deck, opportunity beckoned for the visitors.

But it was France who came closest to scoring again before the interval. Another Horne mistake as he spilled a high ball looked set to be punished but again the TMO came to Scotland’s rescue as Wenceslas Lauret’s knock-on meant Gael Fickou’s score was chopped off.

Given how many mistakes Scotland had made during the opening 40 minutes, a seven-point deficit was kind.

Scotland made a catalogue of mistakes during the game

But there was to be no repeat of the second-half collapse that saw France throw away a 16-point advantage against Wales in week one as Huget crossed over within a minute of the restart.

Mathieu Bastareaud ghosted past Josh Strauss with an audacious chip over his head. Horne then missed a tackle on Fickou before the ball was worked out to Huget to dance in for a try that made some amends for his blunder that sparked the Welsh comeback.

Adam Hastings took over at 10 from Horne and his introduction finally allowed Scotland to build some pressure but there was no give in Les Bleus’ backline.

Once again the TMO conspired against France as another Fickou touchdown was disallowed but there was no stopping Alldritt as the home pack powered through Scotland’s defence with three minutes left.

Horne broke free to tee up Price for a late score but it was too little too late for Scotland.

There was another TMO review in stoppage time as France chased a bonus point. Their first drive from a line-out was ruled out but Alldritt did get the fourth try as he muscled over from close range.