Sunday, September 8, 2019

Friendlies End

Friendly Internationals Final WRap

Couple-six of the squads expected to emerge from their 2019 RWC Pools showed their form in large ways on the weekend, thrashing their respective opponents by counting many trys and exhibiting comprehensive defense that augurs well their upcoming 2019 RWC campaigns.

By the Numbers:

3              groundings for Springboks flyer, Maka Mapimpi, made half the South Africa haul and ‘Boks got Brave Blossoms back for Brighton at Kumagaya, 41-7; travelers 15, Ches Kolbe, got a brace, and if you were wondering, “How about Herschel Jantjies?” ... he came on in relief of 9, Faf de Klerk, and the rising star dotted the last Springboks try; the touch down for Japan scored by Pretoria-born Kota Matsushima;

6             trys also for Scotland, though only half that converted, against a trio of penalties by 20 years old Georgia 10, Tedo Abzhandadze, for the 36-9 result at Murrayfield; Scots have beaten the beefy and physical Lelos cumulatively, 80-19, in their final acts; 0 minutes for either Laidlaw and Russell in that tussle... as they were not rostered;

6              trys, too, for Australia, as Wallabies did the final tune in Sydney in the win over Samoa at BankWest, 35-15; homeboys held the opposition tryless in the first forty, but took the foot from the accelerator somewhat in the second stanza and Samoa jumped on that for a brace by relief 9, Dwayne Polataivao, drawing to within a converted try before Aussie pulled away in the last ’10 with a brace of their own;

17           for England 10, Owen Farrell, on 4-and-3 from the tee in a 37-nil blanking of Italy at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne;

0             minutes for injured (shoulder) All Blacks 10, Richie Mo’unga, but New Zealand hardly missed a step in the 14-try, 92-7, thrashing of Tonga at Waikato Stadium; ABs flyer, George Bridge, only grounded 4 times, while 12, Ryan Crotty, and recalled 15, Ben Smith, each made a brace;

4              trys too, for Pumas flyer Bautista Delguy, who missed most of the Jaguares SR season with injury, in less than 10 minutes, ’62 - ’70, and Argentina powered past Randwick (AUS), 74-0;

3              the advantage for Wales in the RDS at the half, 10-7, before the Dragon reckoned that was good enough count on the day and Johnny Sexton-ful Ireland came back to record 19-10 victory and also gain the World Rugby absurdly-calculated, and preposterously-justified topspot for the first time ever just until RWC;

1             point Namibia lead after the first forty went to a 21-17, 4-point victory at day’s end in Walvis Bay at the lower end of the Skeleton Coast over Southern Kings;

17           for Connacht 10, Darry Leader, on 5 conversions and a 5er as Russia succumbed to the Irish onslaught, 42-14, at the VBT in the Russian capital;

4              the happy Argentina B margin at the half, 21-17, extended by a converted try in the second stanza, and the Pumas Seconds sent Los Teros on the road to RWC with more questions than answers after their 35-24 win over Uruguay at Charrรบa in Montevideo;

5              the measure of victory for a slow-starting USA  Eagles squad at BC Stadium in Vancouver on the Saturday evening afterall; Canada got right onboard with a try by 9, Gordon McRorie in the second minute, before his halfback partner, Peter Nelson on a quick-tap, snuck one past a napping American defense for a corner try and 12-nil for homeboys then at minute 16; US got aboard on a sticksplitter by 10, Will Magie, for a 12-3 scoreline in the 21st and Eagles further reduced the Canadian advantage on a try by 8man, Cam Dolan, the deuce added by Magie: 12-10 the significant figures for Canada's favor at the half;
Nelson drilled a three-pointer to extend the Canadian lead to 5 at 15-10 in the opening stages of the last half, but an adroitly blocked clearance by flanker, Hanco Germishuys, enabled subsequent grounding by number 2 relief, Dylan Fawsitt, and every manjack in the Northern Hemisphere had 15 at ’51; chances for Men of the True North thereafter, though none closed and a spot-on sling from 12, Paul Lasike, caught by a hard-charging American flyer, Martin Iosefo, and taken to goal for the winning touch down and 20-15, USA, that record; Canada were into the US 22 and threatening at time in the match, but all for naught.

and now, the Home Islands of Japan and the Webb Ellis Cup...

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