Monday, September 2, 2019

Friendly Internationals on the Weekend


International Tests Preparations: Weekend Exams, Next Ups and RWC fixes
So by the “Fake  Math” used by World Rugby to determine the global rank of nations, Engireland, or as its sometimes called, Irengland is number one on the planet just now, yeah? Anything as long as its not a foregone conclusion that New Zealand will win its third Webb Ellis Cup running...  and tackling... and showing the world just how hot rugby gets with all their Barretts and whatnot.
Unless of course, it’s their very close friends, South Africa Springboks, who hoist the trophy with all their Jantjies (unrelated) and everything.
                 France cemented their starting XV in the win over Italy in Paris, 47-19; three yellows shown in the first 25 minutes of the bruiser until field magistrate Matt Carley was able to bring the boys back to fair game for good; with young Romain Ntamack the presumptive 60-minute man and Camille Lopez to kickoff from the pivot, Les Bleus initial and extremely crucial-to-the-outcome-of-the-pool, 2019 RWC fixture v Argentina at Tokyo Stadium, 1:30am just into our RugbyDay, September 21, will be molten; Italy will provide fodder for England in one final figure by the Jones as to what’ll be his beginning roster come Sunday, 9.22, and Tonga at Sapporo Dome;
                Uruguay head coach Esteban Meneses will like Los Teros result, 43-5, over Brasil in Montevideo; Uruguay grounded seven on the day and held Tupis scoreless until the 65th minute; they will have a go at Argentina B next weekend and then shove off for RWC 2019 and their first fixture v Flying Fijians, Tuesday 9.24, at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium;
                Fiji did the business in Auckland, 29-19, over a solid Tonga side, scoring five trys to their opponents three, one by venerable flyer, Niki Goneva; next for Fiji will be Australia at Sapporo Dome, Saturday, the RugbyDay, September 21, while Tonga works England next day in the Dome;
                Ireland proved Wales not number one on terra firma anymore, one should think, with a Johnny Sexton-less Eire topping the Red Dragon, 22-17, at Millennium;
                Namibia returned from 15 points down to record a hat trick of trys: a brace for wing, Chad Plato and a single by scrumhalf, Eugene Jantjies, to claim 28-22 victory over Southern Kings;
                A faultless rate of completion on the conversion of all five trys: three notched by Greig Laidlaw, and a single plus-2 each from Finn Russell and Adam Hastings, plus three-from-three off the tee from Russell made the count for visiting Scotland at the Dinamo in Tbilisi, and Georgia suffered 10-44 defeat;
Last ups before RWC:
Friday, September 5:
                Japan (9) v (5) South Africa  at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium - 11pm MST;
Saturday, September 6:
                Scotland (7) v (12) Georgia at Murrayfield - 12:30pm MST;
                England (3) v (13) Italy at St. James Park - 12:45pm MST;
                Australia (6) v (16) Samoa at BankWest, Parramatta - 11pm MST;
                New Zealand (2) v (15) Tonga at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton - 11pm MST;
                Ireland (4) v (1-ish) Wales at RDS - 7am;
                Uruguay (19) v () Argentina B at Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo - 3pm
...and then it’s on to the Home Islands of Japan!

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