Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mid-Term Exams and the November Tests: 11.14.18

Last Saturday’s matches, By the Numbers:

2             groundings by USA Eagles 8, Cam Dolan, 1 by 2, Joe Taufete’e, and a 4th by 6, Hanco Germishuys, plus 2-and-2 from the toe of 10, Will Hooley, and USA pipped Samoa on the Bay of Biscay, 30-29, on Hooley’s 80th minute 3-pointed magic;

15           fast for England by minute 25, though the remaining points all for New Zealand, and sufficient for the result, 16-15, at Twickenham; Ashton and Hartley for 5s and 10, Owen Farrell, got 5 with a conversion and a dropped goal; All Blacks got a sizzler from 15, Damian McKenzie, and 11 more from 10, Beau Barrett, on 1 conversion, 1 d-g, and 2 penalties; New Zealand had drawn within 5 by the half, 10-15, and it was Barrett’s 60th-minute sticksplitter that made the record;

2             threes for every manjack in the Millennium Stadium at the Welsh stultifier before reliever, Dan Biggar, who’d come on at ’74, slotted the prize winner at ’77 and 9-6 the sublime joy for homeys v Australia in the error-ridden basher;

4             only the margin ‘twixt Scotland and Fiji at 21-17 after 40 for the hosts at Murrayfield; all points for home team, however, in the second stanza and 54-17 the result at the end of the day; hat-trick of groundings for Scotland 14, Tommy Seymour; 1st Fiji try by 8man, Vil Mata, who plays at Edinburgh;

2             , too, the measure of separation of Argentina and Ireland heading toward the hour mark at 17-15 Pumas; then homeboys 10, Johnny Sexton, switched the lead with a sticksplitter at ’57, and 10 more for Ireland subsequent made for a final of 28-17 to Ireland at the RDS;

3             lead changes and 3 points the ultimate difference as South Africa topped France in the Stade de France, 29-26; 17 struck from the foot of Springbok 10, Handre Pollard on 2-and-5, while Les Blues 9, Baptiste Serin counted 13 on 2-and-3 off-boot; a try by relief 2, Bongi Mbonambi, way late in extra-extra time, made for South African joy, Pollard’s plus-2 sealing the deal for the Boks;

Upcomers, Saturday, November 27, 2018:

               USA v Romania in Bucharest: it’ll be a profound American statement either way; a win and the top half of the second tier hoves into view; a loss and it’s back to the drawing board;
               England v Japan at Twickers: this may hurt a little bit, Brave Blossoms;
               Italy v Australia at Stadio Euganeo, Padua: ditto Azzurri;
               Scotland v South Africa at Murrayfield: hands-down Match of the Weekend if not for...
               France v Argentina at Stade de France: who’ll start at 9(er)? and, of course…
               Ireland v New Zealand at Royal Dublin Society on Lansdowne Road: boy-yoy-yoing!



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