Friday, June 22, 2018

Barbarians 7s; Finals Weekend


The first leg of the three-tournament series that will determine the two sides to represent at USA 7s Clubsides August 11, 12 is on tomorrow at Cook Park, Monaco Blvd and Mexico Ave, beginning at 9am and the fast code rugby action will be ongoing through the day with the championship final slated to kick at 5:20pm.

Final exam weekend for the Summer Tests and much yet to be discovered in this run-up to next year's World Cup in Japan.
  • Argentina (10) v (7) Scotland at Estadio Centenario, Resistencia in the north; the visitors will yet be smarting from their historic defeat to Eagles last weekend and will be looking to make significant amends; their hosts meanwhile, not good amend material; fire it up!
  • Australia (4) v (2) Ireland at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney: Wallabies won the first Test 18-9 and lost the second, 21-25; rubber match will be a doozy, guaranteed! 
  • Canada (22) v (15) USA  at Wanderers Ground in Halifax, Nova Scotia: it will be interesting to see how the US performs after last week's heart-stopping victory over Old Scotia; Canada were woeful in their defeat to Russia and will be looking to save something from their thus far dismal June campaign; this could be a tight one if USA allows it.
  • Fiji (9) v (14) Tonga  at ANZ National Stadium in Suva: Fiji have beaten Georgia (handily) and Samoa (only just) in the Summer Test/Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) Series/Tournament; Ikale Tahi, meanwhile, have gone 1-and-1 in the PNC popping Samoa a good one, 28-18, and losing to Georgia 15-16; championship match in their home stadium for Fiji.
  • Japan (11) v (12) Georgia at City of Toyota Stadium Aichi Prefecture: both nations have gone 1-and-1 in June, Brave Blossoms splitting with a resurgent Italy and Georgia losing to Fiji and pipping Tonga; this'll be an excellent first tier wannabe Test!
  • New Zealand (1) v (8) France at Forsyth Barr in Dunedin: All Blacks have handled Les Bleus thus far and there is no reason to think tomorrow's outcome will differ from the previous pair of games;
  • South Africa (5) v England (6) at Newlands, Capetown: Springboks have bested the Men of the Rose balls-out, 42-39, and in a more conservative fashion, 23-12, on England's (for the Angles) misfortunate summer tour; but never say die Pommies, wot? England will not like to go naught-and-tree this month and will be desperate to prevent such a record gone to book; 'Boks would be simply delighted, Old Boy, if that in fact were the historical case!


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