The Springboks So Far

The 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup in England has provided us with shocks, come backs, the triumph of the underdog, the dominance of the elite and the hosts being dumped out of their own tournament. It’s been and up and down affair with no one really sure of what happens next. If you had said England’s quarter final spot would be occupied by Wales, that Scotland would be in the last eight and that Japan would win 3 matches (including beating the Springboks)- well, you’d probably be laughed at. Read more [...]

Match Day 18 Review

The Pool Stages ended this weekend with a collection of fantastic games, free flowing rugby and crunching tackles- continuing the theme of this World Cup, which has been nothing short of breathtaking. Here we review the final round of games as we look ahead to what promises to be an unpredictable knockout phase.   Argentina 64 Namibia 19 The Pumas warmed up for the knockout stages by scoring nine tries in a comfortable victory over Namibia in Pool C. Argentina, already qualified, secured Read more [...]

Match Day 17 Review

Samoa 33 Scotland 36 Scotland will face the daunting task of Australia next after surviving a huge scare from the Samoans in Newcastle. Greg Laidlaw scored the decisive try in the 73rd minute to give Scotland the lead, but they had to hang on tight after Matu added points for the Samoans in the dying minutes. Tusi Pisi, Ma'a Tulimanu Leiataua and Rey Lee- Lo went over for Samoa, and Tommy Seymour and John Hardie crossed the whitewash for the Scots in an intense first half. Ryan Wilson was yellow Read more [...]

Match Day 18 Preview

Argentina v Namibia Thanks to New Zealand’s 7 try win over Tonga on Friday, Argentina won their qualification to the last 8. Still, there is business to be done as they tackle Namibia in Leicester. They also know their opponents after that- the Irish or the French. And with that in mind they’ve rung in the changes in order to prepare. As for Namibia, they’ll still be out for their first victory in this tournament and will be approaching this game with a nothing to lose attitude. With both Read more [...]

Match Day 16 Review

New Zealand 47 Tonga 9 The All Blacks confirmed their place atop Pool C with a good win over Tonga in Newcastle. After a timid first half, the champions found their rythym eventually with Nehe Milner- Skudder converting two tries before Ma’a Nonu celebrated his 100th cap in style with a classic try of his own at the end. It was a tetchy opening half, but New Zealand steadily ticked the score board over and took advantage of a tiring Tonga to finish the match 47-9. They now will take on either Read more [...]