RWC 2015 Preview : Ireland v Italy

rwc2015It seems remarkable to think that just two years ago Italy beat Ireland in Rome,
finishing ahead of their visitors in the Six Nations.

POOL D – Match #28 – Ireland v Italy
Overall Stats Ireland vs Overall Stats Italy
Average Score :   Ireland 32.17 vs 15.92 Italy
Games Played 24 Games Played 24
*Games Won 20 *Games Won 4
*Games Lost 4 *Games Lost 20
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest.Winning.Streak 17 *Longest.Winning.Streak 3
*Longest Losing Streak 3 *Longest Losing Streak 17
*Largest Points For 61 *Largest Points For 37
*Largest Points Against 37 *Largest Points Against 61
*Largest.Winning.Margin 55 *Largest.Winning.Margin 15
*Largest Losing Margin -15 *Largest Losing Margin -55
*Total Points For 772 *Total Points For 382
*Avg Points For 32.17 *Avg Points For 15.92
*Total Points Against 382 *Total Points Against 772
*Avg Points Against 15.92 *Avg Points Against 32.17
*Total Points Difference 390 *Total Points Difference -390
*Avg Points Difference 16.25 *Avg Points Difference -16.25
* = By Ireland * = By Italy
Past Ten Meetings
7-Feb-15 Italy 3 26 Ireland Rome, Italy
8-Mar-14 Ireland 46 7 Italy Dublin, Ireland
16-Mar-13 Italy 22 15 Ireland Rome, Italy
25-Feb-12 Ireland 42 10 Italy Dublin, Ireland
2-Oct-11 Ireland 36 6 Italy Dunedin, New Zealand
5-Feb-11 Italy 11 13 Ireland Rome, Italy
6-Feb-10 Ireland 29 11 Italy Dublin, Ireland
15-Feb-09 Italy 9 38 Ireland Rome, Italy
2-Feb-08 Ireland 16 11 Italy Dublin, Ireland
24-Aug-07 Ireland 23 20 Italy Dublin, Ireland

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

IRE (on 84.39 points) at a Neutral venue -vs- ITA (on 71.30 points) in a RWC match

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Will ITA
overtake IRE?
If IRE win by 1-15 points 0.000 84.39 71.30 No
If IRE win by more than 15 0.000 84.39 71.30 No
If result is a draw 2.000 82.39 73.30 No
If ITA win by 1-15 points 4.000 80.39 75.30 No
If ITA win by more than 15 6.000 78.39 77.30 No

That marked the end of the Declan Kidney era with Joe Schmidt taking over for the subsequent November Tests, and the two teams have gone in opposite directions ever since.

With the two Italian domestic teams in disarray, Italy have gone backwards, and the case for opening up the Six Nations to the likes of Georgia and Romania is getting stronger.

Ireland, on the other hand, have won back-to-back Six Nations titles, and look as well-placed as any northern hemisphere side to challenge for the World Cup.

Sunday’s game at the Olympic Stadium should have been the first real challenge for Ireland, following clashes with Canada and a tired Romania to ease into the competition.

However, an injury-decimated Italian side should pose little problem either, and if Ireland pick up the win as expected, both they and France will have secured a spot in the quarter-finals.

Italy will still believe they can be a fly in the ointment, but even with the return of inspirational skipper Sergio Parisse, they look too limited to spring a surprise.

An aging pack is no longer a dominant force, even with some classy operators in Parisse and Joshua Furno, while in the backs they are relying far too much on a few players with potential rather than pedigree to carry them.

Against a well-structured Irish side, it’s difficult to see that succeeding, and once again Italy are set to miss out on the quarter-finals.

In fact it’s got to the stage where a Romanian win over Italy in their final game of the pool stages next week would appear more likely than an upset in this one.

The teams:

  • Ireland: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Jack McGrath
    Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Nathan White, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Chris Henry, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Luke Fitzgerald
  • Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Josh Furno, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Andrea Manici, 1 Matias Aguero.
    Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Mauro Bergamasco, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti.
  • Date: Sunday, October 4
  • Venue: Olympic Stadium, London
  • Kick-off: 16:45 local
  • Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
  • Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Angus Gardner (Australia)
  • TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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RWC 2015 Preview: Argentina v Tonga

rwc2015Argentina will be eager to continue where they left off against Georgia
in their previous match, when they face Tonga in their Pool C clash

POOL C – Match #27 – Argentina v Tonga
Overall Stats Argentina vs Overall Stats Tonga
– First Encounter –

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

ARG (on 77.07 points) at a Neutral venue -vs- TGA (on 67.48 points) in a RWC match

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Will TGA
overtake ARG?
If ARG win by 1-15 points 0.082 77.15 67.40 No
If ARG win by more than 15 0.123 77.19 67.36 No
If result is a draw 1.918 75.15 69.40 No
If TGA win by 1-15 points 3.918 73.15 71.40 No
If TGA win by more than 15 5.877 71.19 73.36 Yes

Los Pumas have impressed in the tournament so far despite losing their opening match to New Zealand. Although the All Blacks ran out 26-16 winners, Argentina dominated for large periods and even led 13-12 at half-time.

After that impressive performance, against the world champions, Argentina stepped up a gear in their clash with Georgia before claiming a 54-9 victory at Kingsholm last Friday.

Argentina delivered an almost faultless second-half display in that clash, scoring 40 unanswered points after the break with wingers Santiago Cordero and Juan Imhoff leading the way with a brace of tries each.

That result was an indication of what los Pumas are capable of if they match their brilliant forward play – which they have been renowned for over the years – with an equally impressive display from their backs.

Like their opponents, Tonga are on a high despite a poor start to the competition. The Ikale Tahi suffered a 17-10 loss to Georgia in their opener before bouncing back in style with a 35-21 victory over Namibia on Tuesday.

The little rest afforded to tier two nations at this tournament has been well publicised and unfortunately that factor will again play a role in the outcome of this fixture.

Despite beating Namibia convincingly in the end, the Welwitchias‘ forwards were put in a physical effort which would have taken a heavy toll on Tonga’s pack.

Argentina’s forwards also thrive on physicality so Tonga can expect a torrid time up front, especially in the scrums where los Pumas always try to exert their dominance.

Tonga flanker Sione Kalamafoni admitted that his side face a tougher challenge than they had in their previous match against Namibia.

“Argentina will be a whole different ball game,” he said.

“Their scrum is one of the best in the world.”

The teams:

  • Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
    Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Horacio Agulla.
  • Tonga: 15 Vungakoto Lilo, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Sione Piukala, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Nili Latu (c), 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Joseph Tuineau, 4 Tukulua Lokotui, 3 Halani ‘Aulika, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha.
    Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Opeti Fonua, 21 Samisoni Fisilau, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 David Halaifonua.
  • Date: Sunday, October 4
  • Venue: Leicester City Stadium
  • Kick-off: 14:30 local (13:30 GMT)
  • Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
  • Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
  • TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


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We have crunched the numbers , looked at all individual match-ups and awarded a score of 50 nil to the higher ranked nations in the 6 First Time TEST Matches we shall see over this Rugby World Cup and we can now share with you our score predictions based on our historical data .

This is only a guide and we shall update the actual result during the tournament to see how well we do.

Based on the results below we end up with an interesting final four and a Final some may think is not possible , but based on these predictions below it is possible.

We hope you enjoy our Nostradamus look at the RWC 2015 ….

A Great Tournament it is to be :

Predictions Orginally Published 15:30hrs 17/09/2015 (NZ TIME)

GREY =  our Prediction Result / RED = perceived UPSET / GREEN = Actual Correct Result

Fri Sep 18 2015 Prediction Actual.Result
Pool A, Match 1 England 42 v 16 Fiji England Win
35 – 11
Twickenham, London
Sat Sep 19 2015
Pool C, Match 2 Tonga 29 v 14 Georgia GEORGIA.Win
17 – 10
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Pool D, Match 3 Ireland 37 v 12 Canada Ireland Win
50 – 07
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Pool B, Match 4 South Africa 50 v 00 Japan JAPAN.Win
32 – 34
Brighton.Stadium, Brighton
Pool D, Match 5 France 29 v 10 Italy France Win
32 – 10
Twickenham, London
Sun Sep 20 2015
Pool B, Match 6 Samoa 23 v 17 USA Samoa Win
25 – 16
Brighton.Stadium, Brighton
Pool A, Match 7 Wales 50 v 00 Uruguay Wales Win
54 – 09
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Pool C, Match 8 New Zealand 40 v 13 Argentina N.Zealand.Win
26 – 16
Wembley Stadium, London
Wed Sep 23 2015
Pool B, Match 9 Scotland 55 v 11 Japan Scotland Win
45 – 10
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Pool A, Match 10 Australia 28 v 17 Fiji Australia Win
28 – 13
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Pool D, Match 11 France 25 v 09 Romania France Win
38 – 11
QE Olympic Park, London
Thu Sep 24 2015
Pool C, Match 12 New Zealand 50 v 00 Namibia N.Zealand.Win
58 – 14
QE Olympic Park, London
Fri Sep 25 2015
Pool C, Match 13 Argentina 29 v 09 Georgia Argentina.Win
54 – 09
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Sat Sep 26 2015
Pool D, Match 14 Italy 29 v 13 Canada Italy.Win
23 – 18
Elland Road, Leeds
Pool B, Match 15 South Africa 48 v 11 Samoa Sth Africa.Win
46 – 06
Villa Park, Birmingham
Pool A, Match 16 England 13 v 11 Wales WALES.Win
25 – 28
Twickenham, London
Sun Sep 27 2015
Pool A, Match 17 Australia 50 v 00 Uruguay Australia Win
65 – 03
Villa Park, Birmingham
Pool B, Match 18 Scotland 45 v 12 USA Scotland Win
39 – 16
Elland Road, Leeds
Pool D, Match 19 Ireland 43 v 11 Romania Ireland Win
44 – 10
Wembley Stadium, London
Tue Sep 29 2015
Pool C, Match 20 Tonga 20 v 14 Namibia Tonga Win
35 – 21
Sandy Park, Exeter
Thu Oct 1 2015
Pool A, Match 21 Wales 30 v 13 Fiji Wales Win
23 – 13
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Pool D, Match 22 France 34 v 12 Canada France Win
41 – 18
Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
Fri Oct 2 2015
Pool C, Match 23 New Zealand 50 v 00 Georgia N.Zealand.Win
43 – 10
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Sat Oct 3 2015
Pool B, Match 24 Samoa 34 v 17 Japan JAPAN.Win
05- 26
Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
Pool B, Match 25 South Africa 26 v 10 Scotland Sth Africa.Win
34 – 16
St James Park, Newcastle
Pool A, Match 26 England 15 v 21 Australia Australia Win
13 – 33
Twickenham, London
Sun Oct 4 2015
Pool C, Match 27 Argentina 50 v 00 Tonga v City Stadium, Leicester
Pool D, Match 28 Ireland 32 v 15 Italy v QE Olympic Park, London
Tue Oct 6 2015
Pool D, Match 29 Canada 20 v 15 Romania v City Stadium, Leicester
Pool A, Match 30 Fiji 39 v 24 Uruguay v Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
Wed Oct 7 2015
Pool B, Match 31 South Africa 48 v 14 USA v QE Olympic Park, London
Pool C, Match 32 Namibia 14 v 23 Georgia v Sandy Park, Exeter
Fri Oct 9 2015
Pool C, Match 33 New Zealand 69 v 06 Tonga v St James Park, Newcastle
Sat Oct 10 2015
Pool B, Match 34 Samoa 13 v 23 Scotland v St James Park, Newcastle
Pool A, Match 35 Australia 23 v 15 Wales v Twickenham, London
Pool A, Match 36 England 111 v 13 Uruguay v City Stadium, Manchester
Sun Oct 11 2015
Pool C, Match 37 Argentina 65 v 08 Namibia v City Stadium, Leicester
Pool D, Match 38 Italy 14 v 14 Romania v Sandy Park, Exeter
Pool D, Match 39 France 16 v 11 Ireland v Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Pool B, Match 40 USA 29 v 22 Japan v Kingsholm, Gloucester
Our Final Pool Predictions  Based on Actual Results ( GREEN = REVISED )
1 AUSTRALIA 4 4 0 0 122 47 75 2 18
2 ENGLAND 4 3 0 1 181 61 120 3 15
3 WALES 4 2 0 2 106 49 57 3 11
4 FIJI 4 1 0 3 85 124 -39 1 5
5 URUGUAY 4 0 0 4 37 250 -213 0 0
1 SOUTH AFRICA 4 4 0 0 172 35 137 3 19
2 SCOTLAND 4 3 0 1 133 62 71 2 14
3 SAMOA 4 2 0 2 81 105 -24 1 9
4 USA 4 1 0 3 72 138 -66 1 5
5 JAPAN 4 0 0 4 50 168 -118 1 1
1 NEW ZEALAND 4 4 0 0 209 19 190 4 20
2 ARGENTINA 4 3 0 1 157 57 100 2 14
3 TONGA 4 2 0 2 55 147 -92 1 9
4 GEORGIA 4 1 0 3 46 122 -76 0 4
5 NAMIBIA 4 0 0 4 36 158 -122 1 1
1 FRANCE 4 4 0 0 104 42 62 2 18
2 IRELAND 4 3 0 1 123 54 69 4 16
3 ITALY 4 1 1 2 68 88 -20 0 6
4 CANADA 4 1 0 3 73 115 -42 0 4
5 ROMANIA 4 0 1 3 49 102 -53 1 3
Sat.Oct.17 ~~ QUARTER FINAL Match Up’s Revised 04/10/2015 ~~
Based on Actual Results ( GREEN = REVISED )
Quarter Finals, Match 41
QF1: Winner Pool B R/Up Pool A Actual.Result Twickenham, London
Quarter Finals, Match 42
QF2: Winner Pool C R/Up Pool D Actual Result Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Quarter Finals, Match 43
QF3: Winner Pool D R/Up Pool C Actual Result Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Quarter Finals, Match 44
QF4: Winner Pool A R/Up Pool B Actual Result Twickenham, London
Sat Oct 24
Semi Finals, Match 45
SF1: Winner QF1 Winner QF2 Actual Result Twickenham, London
Semi Finals, Match 46
SF2: Winner QF3 Winner QF4 Actual Result Twickenham, London
FRANCE — v —
Winner QF4 v
Fri Oct 30
Bronze Final, Match 47
Loser SF1 Loser SF2 Actual Result QE Olympic Park, London
Sat Oct 31
Rugby World Cup 2015 Final, Match 48
Winner SF1 Winner SF2 Actual Result Twickenham, London
NEW.ZEALAND — v — Winner SF2 v

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RWC 2015 Result : England 13 v 33 Australia


491156470England made history for all the wrong reasons by crashing out of the Rugby World Cup as Australia won 33-13 at Twickenham.

The Wallabies’ sharper cutting edge in attack was on full display in both of their first-half tries, both finished by Bernard Foley who scored nearly all of their points in a classy performance from Michael Cheika’s ever-improving side.

Anthony Watson’s try just before the 60-minute mark gave England a lifeline but a yellow card for Owen Farrell with ten minutes meant their fightback was in vain, as two Foley penalties and a try from Matt Giteau in the final minute confirmed the result.

Much was made about the set-piece and breakdown beforehand and both areas went Australia’s way – the scrum more than holding up, beating England at their own game, while they were rampant at the breakdown as David Pocock reigned supreme.

Twickenham has rarely felt so edgy before kick-off, with so much at stake for England as they looked to avoid disaster and the ignominy of being the first World Cup hosts to not make the knockout stage.

They will now have to live with that billing for the rest of their lives, after being outclassed in every area for the majority of the 80 minutes.

Off first-phase ball England always threatened but as soon as momentum was lost and Australia regrouped, Pocock was there to do what he does so well at the breakdown. He more than delivered, assisted well as ever by Michael Hooper.

It was Hooper’s big hit on Farrell that set the tone as English nerves were highlighted by basic errors from Ben Youngs and Mike Brown, the England full-back then redeeming himself with a try-saving tackle on Israel Folau in only the fourth minute.

With a man outside and only open grass in his way, it was a butchered chance. Foley though made it 3-0 after England went offside.

A break from Watson on England’s first real attack showed promise, culminating in a scrum penalty right in front of the posts which Farrell couldn’t miss.

Australia’s patience paid off with a try for Foley after multiple phases crashing into English tacklers, one of the highlights being a superb offload by Sekope Kepu before the Wallabies fly-half fixed up Ben Youngs and stepped through Brown’s tackle to score.

Half-breaks and small moments offered the majority of Twickenham’s 81,080 crowd some hope, but Australia were dominant at the breakdown.

A penalty against Joe Marler for angling in at the scrum set Australia for an attack and led to their second try – Waratahs team-mates Foley and Kurtley Beale combining brilliantly with a one-two pass to release the fly-half into space, carried out with a level of execution that England were sorely missing.

With the conversion Australia headed into half-time ahead 17-3, a huge advantage which base on the first half looked good enough to win it.

England’s omens looked grim when Jonny May appeared to injure himself running out for the second half, forcing Joseph onto the wing at a time when they needed the ball in his hands the most.

A now dominant Australian scrum milked three more points for a 20-3 lead after 50 minutes. It could have been more; Foley inches away from an interception and a possible hat-trick as England desperately tried to shift the ball wide, before he was blocked by Dan Cole who arguably could have been penalised.

Never have England been so desperate for a score and it came through Watson. England looked sharper with Ford in control at fly-half and the space was made for Watson to back himself and accelerate through the gap for a fine solo try, with Farrell converting to make it 20-10.

Three more points from Farrell and all of a sudden having been dead and buried, England were within a score.

Farrell’s yellow card for a tackling a man without the ball on Giteau though was a killer, allowing Foley to add three more points taking his and Australia’s tally to 23.

Appropriately the Wallaby scrum sealed the deal, forcing Kieran Brookes to collapse as Foley one final nail into England’s coffin to make it 26-13.

England never responded as the noise was sucked out of Twickenham, the reality setting in that next weekend’s game with Uruguay will mean absolutely nothing.

Australia, comfortably the better side, are now dreaming of the quarter-finals and look right in the hunt for the title – their magnificent capped off by a try for Giteau in the corner as England left the field booed by their disconsolate supporters.

The Pool of Death has chosen its victim, as England and their coach Stuart Lancaster prepare for the backlash.

The scorers:

For England:
Try: Watson
Con: Farrell
Pens: Farrell 2
Yellow card: Farrell

For Australia:
Tries: Foley 2. Giteau
Cons: Foley 3
Pens: Foley 4

The teams:

  • England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler
    Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 George Kruis, 20 Nick Easter, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 George Ford, 23 Sam Burgess
  • Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Scott Sio.
    Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Kurtley Beale
  • Date: Saturday, October 3
  • Venue: Twickenham
  • Referee: Romain Poite (France)
  • Assistant Referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
  • TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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RWC 2015 Result : South Africa 34 v 16 Scotland


South Africa took a giant step towards the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday with a comprehensive 34-16 victory over Scotland in Newcastle.

The Springboks outscored Scotland three tries to one in front of almost 51 000 fans at St. James’ Park, moving to the top of Pool B in the process. The result also means that victory over the USA on Wednesday will secure Heyneke Mayer’s team a place in the pay-off stages.

The shock defeat by Japan on the opening round seems well and truly a thing of the past now as the Boks backed up last week’s impressive win over Samoa with another convincing display to restore their status as genuine contenders for the world title.

Vern Cotter picked a significantly heavier side than a week earlier but Scotland could not match the Springboks for pure grunt with the blue jerseys being driven back whenever they took on the Bok defensive wall.

South Africa were good value for their 20-3 lead at the interval with Schalk Burger and JP Pietersen both having scored tries.

Tommy Seymour touched down for Scotland early in the second half, against the run of play but Handre Pollard’s boot and a late try from Bryan Habana secured the spoils for South Africa.

The Boks ruled the possession stats, forcing Scotland to make a truckload of tackles. South Africa dominated territory in the opening minutes and Scotland’s shaky set piece did not help their cause as they gave away possession at both lineout and scrum time.

The Springboks drew first blood as the power of their pack produced the first try after a series of pick-and-drives saw Schalk Burger muscle his way over. He needed some help from Bismarck du Plessis to get the ball onto the grass but the TMO was satisfied that the try was legitimate.

Handre Pollard added the conversion and a penalty shortly thereafter as WP Nel was penalized for illegally trying to stop the Bok maul from rumbling any further forward, meaning South Africa held a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Scottish lineout made amends for their previous errors by stealing a Bok lineout 5m short of the tryline after the South Africans had opted to chase a try rather than three points from a penalty.

Some poor kicking from Scotland gave the Springbok back three chances to attack and the resultant pressure gave Pollard a chance to extend the lead after a ruck penalty.

Lood de Jager was penalized for pulling a Scottish lineout jumper down and Greig Laidlaw stepped forward to open Scotland’s account, making it 13-3 on the half-hour mark.

Jannie du Plessis threw Scotland a lifeline when he saw yellow for not using his arms when clearing out a ruck but Laidlaw’s shot at goal fell short.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Boks would score their second try as JP Pietersen crossed from short range after a huge South African drive handed the Bok backs a chance to score on a platter.

Pollard added the extras to give South Africa a 17-point lead at the half-time break.

Scotland still had an extra man as the second half kicked off and they immediately backed themselves to score by kicking to the corner from a penalty. The Bok defence stood firm however and Laidlaw opted for three points from a penalty against Duane Vermeulen.

Scotland’s first try finally came from deep inside their own half after Duncan Weir intercepted a Pollard pass and bolted clear to set up the try for Seymour, with Tim Visser providing the link.

Laidlaw’s conversion brought Scotland back within striking distance but Pollard immediately reply with a neat drop goal to stretch the lead to 10 points.

Scotland skipper Laidlaw earned himself ten minutes in the sin bin for pulling Bryan Habana down after the Bok wing had kicked ahead.

With Laidlaw still in the bin, Duncan Weir pulled three points back after Pollard was pinged for a side entry, but the South African fly-half made amends when he replied with a penalty from over 50m and then another from close range – both against Dave Denton.

Habana showed great strength to finished well in a tight situation in the corner in the dying minutes to put the result beyond doubt.

The scorers:

For South Africa:
Tries: Burger, Pietersen, Habana
Cons: Pollard 2
Pens: Pollard 4
Drop: Pollard
Yellow card: J. du Plessis

For Scotland:
Try: Seymour
Con: Laidlaw
Pens: Laidlaw 2, Weir
Yellow card: Laidlaw

The Teams :

  • South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (c), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
    Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein
  • Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Richie Vernon, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Dave Denton, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 WP Nel, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid.
    Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Sean Lamont
  • Date: Saturday, October 3
  • Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle
  • Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
  • Assistant Referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
  • TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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RWC 2015 Result : Samoa 05 v 26 Japan



Japan kept alive their hopes of making the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after they dominated Samoa, winning 26-5 at Stadium MK.

The Brave Blossoms thoroughly deserved their four points as they dominated their pool rivals for large spells in an impressively calm showing.

However keen pool observers would have been perplexed to watch as Japan twice turned down chances to go for the bonus-point that could be key.

They scored two tries in total, though a penalty try and Akihito Yamada’s effort, but one couldn’t help but feel they had a big chance of four.

A record 29,019 supporters were packed into Stadium MK on Saturday but they witnessed a disappointed Samoan contingent, with only Paul Perez crossing.

Their World Cup hopes are now over after two defeats from three while Japan live to fight another day, facing USA in their final pool fixture.

Both these nations entered the match level on four points apiece, with Japan having beaten South Africa while Samoa were too good for the USA.

There was only one winner today though, as Japan outclassed the Islanders.

Of course much has been made of the rest periods given to the so-called minnows so it was refreshing to see both teams enjoying a decent break ahead of their third Rugby World Cup pool meeting – Japan last played nine days ago while Samoa came into this fixture with six days’ recovery.

Japan seemed the most fresh and thought they had scored the opening try on eight minutes when Ayumu Goromaru crossed on the left wing. However, assistant referee Wayne Barnes spotted a forward pass so the score was chalked off. Consolation for Goromaru was a penalty goal to make it 3-0.

Goromaru would, however, miss the chance to double the lead on twelve minutes from a 40-metre penalty shot following a maul offence from Samoa.

At this point it was all Japan as Samoa could not get out of their 22. Fortunately for them, crossing from the Brave Blossoms five metres out assisted in their escape but this came after Faifili Levave and Sakaria Taulafo were yellow carded for a late and mid-air tackle respectively.

Samoa were in a real hole that they didn’t look like escaping from.

Japan meanwhile simply had to make their numerical advantage count and finally earned the seven points they were after on 24 minutes when Craig Joubert gave a penalty try for Samoa collapsing the scrum. One silver lining for Samoa was that the score seemed to finally spark them to life.

Their reprieve only proved to be short-lived as back came Japan before the first half was done, with Goromaru’s penalty on 33 minutes preceding a well-taken try on the right from Yamada, who slipped a tackle before diving over. Goromaru added the gloss with the touchline extras for 20-0.

More of the same would have been the message from Eddie Jones and Japan continued their impressive form after the break, with another Goromaru three points. That kick crucially put them more than three scores in front and even with 30 minutes to play, Samoa were looking dead and buried.

But then came the strange first decision from Japan to snub an attacking line-out on 58 minutes and instead opt for three points, which came as a surprise in a pool that is set to go down to the wire next week.

In contrast the prospect of being nilled ended for Samoa on 63 minutes and it was done in some style, breaking from their own 22 before centre Perez finished strongly on the left wing. Fly-half Tusi Pisi missed the conversion from wide out so it was a 26-5 deficit with time ticking on.

Once again Japan pointed to the uprights when Samoa came off their feet and this time Goromaru was off-target, with the game, like Samoa’s last eight hopes at this Rugby World Cup, fizzling out with no change to the scoreline.

The scorers:

For Japan:
Tries: Penalty, Yamada
Cons: Goromaru 2
Pens: Goromaru 4

For Samoa:
Try: Perez
Yellow Cards: Levave (late tackle – 16 mins), Taulafo (tackle in the air – 19 mins), Paulo (offside – 79 mins)

The teams:

  • Samoa: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Paul Perez, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 TJ Ioane, 6 Ofisa Treviranus (c), 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo
    Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Jack Lam, 20 Vavae Tuilagi , 21 Vavao Afemai , 22 Mike Stanley, 23 Rey Lee-Lo
  • Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Male Sau, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Kotaro Matsushima, 10 Kosei Ono, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Michael Leitch (c), 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki
    Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Justin Ives, 20 Amanaki Lelei Mafi, 21 Hendrik Tui, 22 Atsushi Hiwasa, 23 Karne Hesketh
  • Date: Saturday, October 3
  • Venue: Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
  • Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
  • Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
  • TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

  • Full Pool Previews – Click Individual Pool Below





2016 European Nations Cup, Division 2D

rugbyreuropeFinland v Bosnia Herzegovina in Helsinki (REC 2D)
Referee: Mike Hawkins (Denmark)

2016 European Nations Cup, Division 2D
Overall Stats Finland Overall Stats Bosnia & Herzegovina
Amost recent logo 41[1]
Games Played 3 Games Played 3
*Games Won 1 *Games Won 1
*Games Lost 1 *Games Lost 1
Games Drawn 1 Games Drawn 1
*Longest.Winning.Streak 1 *Longest.Winning.Streak 1
*Longest Losing Streak 1 *Longest Losing Streak 1
*Largest Points For 15 *Largest Points For 19
*Largest Points Against 19 *Largest Points Against 15
*Largest.Winning.Margin 7 *Largest.Winning.Margin 4
*Largest Losing Margin -4 *Largest Losing Margin -7
*Total Points For 32 *Total Points For 29
*Avg Points For 10.67 *Avg Points For 9.67
*Total Points Against 29 *Total Points Against 32
*Avg Points Against 9.67 *Avg Points Against 10.7
*Total Points Difference 3 *Total Points Difference -3
*Avg Points Difference 1.00 *Avg Points Difference -1.00
* = By Finland * = By Bosnia & Herzegovina
Past Meetings
20-Apr-13 Bosnia & Herzegovina 19 15 Finland
17-May-08 Finland 3 3 Bosnia & Herzegovina
7-Oct-06 Bosnia & Herzegovina 7 14 Finland

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

FIN (on 30.48 points) at home -vs- BHZ (on 35.85 points)

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Will FIN
overtake BHZ?
If FIN win by 1-15 points 1.237 31.72 34.61 No
If FIN win by more than 15 1.855 32.34 33.99 No
If result is a draw 0.237 30.72 35.61 No
If BHZ win by 1-15 points 0.763 29.72 36.61 No
If BHZ win by more than 15 1.145 29.34 36.99 No

Prediction: Bosnia Herzegovina by 1 point. Score 10 – 09


Bosnia Herzegovina Squad

Subašić Sabahudin, Oruč Haris, Alić Edib, Hamzić Adnan, Spahić Fadil, Gojković Dario, Zadić Armin, Suljić Ammar, Garanović Vedad, Topčić Semir, Keserović Danijel, Tuka Elvis, Mrkaljević Muhamed, Begić Haris, Ahmić Nejro, Turčinović Senad, Glavaš Selmir, Jovanović Damir, Petrušić Darijo, Stanković Zeid, Tufekčić Sedad, Pašanbegović Nusret i Ajanović Semir.

Finland Squad not available

Bulgaria v Norway in Burgas

Venue: Stadium Chernomorets

Referee: Norbert Mátrai (Hungary)

2016 European Nations Cup, Division 2D
Overall Stats Bulgaria Overall Stats Norway
bulagaria2014z Amost recent logo
Games Played 5 Games Played 5
*Games Won 3 *Games Won 2
*Games Lost 2 *Games Lost 3
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest.Winning.Streak 3 *Longest.Winning.Streak 1
*Longest Losing Streak 1 *Longest Losing Streak 3
*Largest Points For 25 *Largest Points For 44
*Largest Points Against 44 *Largest Points Against 25
*Largest.Winning.Margin 15 *Largest.Winning.Margin 23
*Largest Losing Margin -23 *Largest Losing Margin -15
*Total Points For 85 *Total Points For 91
*Avg Points For 17 *Avg Points For 18.2
*Total Points Against 91 *Total Points Against 85
*Avg Points Against 18.2 *Avg Points Against 17
*Total Points Difference -6 *Total Points Difference 6
*Avg Points Difference -1.20 *Avg Points Difference 1.20
* = By Bulgaria * = By Norway
Past Meetings
10-May-08 Norway 44 21 Bulgaria Oslo, Norway
19-May-07 Bulgaria 25 10 Norway Sofia, Bulgaria
26-Oct-02 Bulgaria 21 12 Norway Sofia, Bulgaria
4-May-02 Bulgaria 11 3 Norway Sofia, Bulgaria
24-May-97 Norway 22 7 Bulgaria Oslo, Norway

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

BLG (on 31.22 points) at home -vs- NOR (on 32.61 points)

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Will BLG
overtake NOR?
If BLG win by 1-15 points 0.839 32.06 31.77 Yes
If BLG win by more than 15 1.259 32.48 31.35 Yes
If result is a draw 0.161 31.06 32.77 No
If NOR win by 1-15 points 1.161 30.06 33.77 No
If NOR win by more than 15 1.742 29.48 34.35 No

Prediction: Norway by 1 point. Score 18 – 17

TEAMS Norway


Bulgaria team not available