Thursday, October 3, 2019

2019 RWC - Thursday 48

The Pertinent 48 - in a minute!
24 hours either side of now: for some, concentration now is centered on securing the middle slot in their pools and early qualification for Rugby World Cup 2023, the Bicentennial.
Prior to:
                                Fiji got back on track with a seven-try, bonus-point decision, 45 - 10, over Georgia; it’s long been assumed that Wales and Australia will emerge as quarterfinalists in this group, but that goes only if Wallaby and Dragon win out; should that happen, the competition for third place - which entitles that middling nation automatic bid for the Bicentennial of Rugby in 2023 - bears watching;

                                Ireland got the expected, yet only just, with five-try, five-point, 35 - 0, victory over Br'er Russia to move into topspot, but Japan and Scotland have matches in hand the current headboy...
*expect last fixture of this World Cup’s pool play either Japan or Scotland knock the other out*

Post this instant:
                                Italy (10) v (5) South Africa at 3:45am  - MST, Friday morning in Shizuoka Stadium, Ecopa: a win for the ‘Boks will do it, but should upset occur, the lower part of the African continent shall be plunged into a dreary, vertiginous morbidity; good news for Azzurri is that they’re automatically assured the field for 2023 regardless of their final two results;

                                Australia (7) v (4) Uruguay at 11:15pm - MST, Friday night in the Oita Bank Dome: Los Teros have already done the unexpected in their defeat of Fiji; if they’re able to sort yet further shock in the waters, well one might go figure... this pool is by no means emptied as, if the unthinkable occurs tomorrow evening, Uruguay might emerge into the quarters, though one should not bet a bunch on that outcome, reality has Aussie making the bonus-point and claiming second in the group! 

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