Friday, September 25, 2015

2015 Rugby World Cup

RWC Update: 9.25
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Pool B:

Scotland brought the Rising Sun back to earth with five-try, five-point victory midweek and the Brave Blossoms, though they were merely a handful of points adrift at the half, 7-12, went on to 10-45 defeat at the hands of the Scots.  Pool B is yet the closest run thing with the current top three non-inclusive of rugby’s bastion, South Africa. The Men of the Thistle and Saltyre, big fish now in their tank, look to increase their one table point advantage as they square off against USA Eagles on Sunday, the upcomer, while Japan will be wound-licking and re-setting expectations in preparation for their next fixture v Samoa on Saturday, October 3.
The South Africa-Samoa contest this Saturday should prove an interesting game as it is pretty much do or die for the Springboks: another loss for the SA boys and they may very well be booking an early return flight home. Bang that gong quickly.

Pool A:

Wales, England and Australia all have one win, though the two formers have a one-point lead over the Southern Hemisphereans due their bonus-point victories over Uruguay (54-9) and Fiji (35-11) resp. Wales take on their English pals this Saturday with the winner looking good to emerge from the waters of the death pool on to knockout rounds. Michael Cheika’s men have Uruguay on the Sunday so they may very well see a handful of table points to vault them into 1st or 2nd in their group.

Pool D:

Ireland lead the five-some after their five-point win over Canada last weekend with France trailing by a single t-p. The Irish go against Romania this Sunday, while France are off until next Thursday when they’ll test Canada. Look for the Six Nations squads to settle their group October 11 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Italy may yet have a shot at moving on from pool play, but they will have to upset the Men in Green on Sunday, October 4.

Pool C:

Argentina pushed tournament favorites, New Zealand, last weekend for nearly an hour before succumbing 16-26 to the All Blacks, then the Kiwis popped Namibia a good one, 58-14, yesterday to lead the group. Pumas go at it with Tonga (losers to Georgia last Test) today in a match where Argentina will be looking for redemption and the Lelos looking for what must be considered a second upset. Tonga and Namibia will be banging the pill around Exeter’s Sandy Park on Tuesday in what should be the South Sea Islanders initial victory of 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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