Well the blowouts were blowouts and the close game even closer than predicted. Before we go on about last night’s Argentina v Scotland showdown in Wellington, we’ll recap on the other results from the weekend.
Australia 67 – 5 USA (34 – 4)
Australia were just too strong for the American Eagles, allowing just one score, a try from Gagiano. Australia bagged the four-try bonus point early in the game and never looked back. Ashley-Cooper playing on the wing scored a hat-trick. A win for Australia against Russia next Saturday will put them into the quarters.
England 67 – 3 Romania (33 – 10)
Dunedin again hosted England in a lop-sided victory, England scoring 10 tries with hat-tricks to Cueto and Ashton to hammer Romania 67 points to 3. England looked strong throughout the match and will go into next weekend’s crunch game against Scotland in Auckland with a lot of confidence.
New Zealand 37 – 17 France (40 – 17)
This was tipped to be a lot closer than the predicted 23 point All Black win, but in the end the New Zealand back-line ran rings around the French to make this a strong victory. It’s unlikely Canada will trouble New Zealand next Sunday, so this result probably gives Pool A to the All Blacks. On Saturday Tonga have a sniff of a chance of knocking France out if they can beat the French with a four-try bonus point and denying the French any bonus points. A tall order, may be, but a chance none-the-less.
Samoa 27 – 7 Fiji (34 to 19)
The Pacific Island clash went pretty much to form, with Samoa looking much more organised than Fiji. Tries to Fotuali’i and Stowers clinched victory for the Samoans and sets up a great match next weekend at Eden Park between the in-form Springboks and Samoa.
Ireland 62 – 12 Russia (34 – 4)
The final predicted blowout of the weekend went to form, with Ireland over-whelming the Russians. Ireland ran in nine tries to the Bears two to firmly place themselves at the top of Pool C. An intriguing match against Italy on Sunday awaits the Irish but surely it’ll four out of four wins and top spot in the pool for them.
Argentina 13 – 12 Scotland (19 – 15)
Tipped to be the one to watch this weekend, this game didn’t let us down. Keeping us on the edge of our seats until the final whistle, the Pumas squeaked a one point victory over the Scottish. As we mentioned in the weekend preview, if you believe England can beat Scotland next weekend then Argentina will qualify second in Pool B.