This is the first in a series of Friday Rugby World Cup round-ups. Each week we’ll be taking a look at how the Southern Hemisphere giants fared in England. The first weekend of the tournament saw a few shock results but the natural order was restored from Monday.
Being lost in the wilderness is the only excuse for not knowing that the greatest upset in professional rugby history occurred last Saturday. Japan’s Brave Blossoms brought down the mighty Springboks with a shock 34-32 result in Brighton. The unexpected result is still being digested by the South African rugby public, who are hoping their boys will be able to put the loss behind them when they take on Samoa on Saturday at Villa Park.
The All Blacks managed to subdue a lively Argentine side in the final quarter of their opening Pool C match on Sunday. While the Pumas did well to hold back, and even lead, the Kiwis for significant portions of the game, the world champions’ bench was far too strong for their Rugby Championship rivals. On Thursday the Kiwis steamrolled a resilient Namibia 58-14. Despite the huge margin Thursday’s performance was far from perfect, with Kiwi pundits declaring that Namibia had shown the world that the two-time world champions can be beaten.
The Wallabies got their RWC off to a winning start when they ran in three tries to beat a lively Fijian side 28-13. The Aussies, however, missed out on scoring a fourth try, which would have earned them a crucial bonus point to help them progress beyond the “pool of death”. Coach Michael Cheika claims he was not bothered about scoring the fourth try, but he will no doubt be ruing his team’s inability to secure what could become a World-Cup-defining fifth point on the day.
We hope you’re showing your colours and supporting you’re team as the World Cup heats up. It so happens that our 20th birthday coincides with the tournament, and to celebrate we’re giving one lucky expat a return trip back home from the UK. All you have to do to enter is take a picture showing your support for your team (and country).
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For more in depth analysis, check out TNT’s coverage of the global showpiece below:
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