Match Day 17 Preview

Samoa vs Scotland- Newcastle Finn Russel, Sean Maitland, Ross Ford and Stuart Hogg have returned to the Scotland side in a major boost ahead of their clash against Samoa in Newcastle on Saturday. Should Scotland win, they’ll finish second behind the Boks and qualify for the knockouts. Samoa cannot qualify after defeat to Japan,  and have only pride to play for. They’ll have to do it without star wing Tuilagi though as he’s suspended following foul play. Both sides play similar brands Read more [...]

Match Day 16 Preview

New Zealand vs Tonga- Newcastle The All Blacks complete their Pool stage tonight against a determined Tonga side, with Ma’a Nonu due to make his 100th appearance for his nation. New Zealand have made a number of changes- Kieran Read is captain in the absence of the injured McCaw. Ma’a Nonu also returns to the side after missing the action last week, to win his 100th cap, alongside Conrad Smith- the world record holders for a center combination. Tonga may feel a win beyond their grasp, but Read more [...]

Match Day 15 Review

South Africa 64 USA 0 Now that’s more like it. A dominant Springboks steam rolled over the Americans with Bryan Habana scoring a hat trick to equal the all time World Cup try scoring record. A mixture of Bok ill discipline and poor handling kept the score down in the first half, while the USA only ventured into South Africa’s 22 right at the end of the half despite enjoying some good possession. Damian de Allende broke the deadlock before South Africa earned a penalty try. A more focused Read more [...]

Match Day 14 Review

Canada 15 Romania 17 Romania were the first team to turn around a 15 point deficit to stun Canada 17-15 in Leicester yesterday. The Canadians appeared to have a firm grip on the match when DTH Van Der Merwe went over late in the first half, and Hassler scored four minutes into the second half. But the Romanians were brave to choose attacking line outs over penalty kicks, it paid off as Canada crumbled under pressure. To compound matters the Canadians had to play the last 8 minutes a man down Read more [...]

Match Day 13 Review

Argentina 45 Tonga 16 The Pumas took a massive step to the quarterfinals after a convincing win over Tonga. Argentina played dangerously early on against the hard tackling Tongans, but a four minute blitz at the end of the first half proved decisive. Juan Imhoff went over to become his country’s all time leading try scorer, as Sanchez helped himself to 26 points. The Tongans missed four kicks before the South Americans closed the game out with tries from Montoya and Sanchez- handing them the Read more [...]