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Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu - Saturday 03 November 2018†
KO: 14:45 HT: 19-38 Att: 43,751
JAPAN hoped they might catch an inexperienced All Blacks side napping but were blown away by pace and sustained power which resulted in a 69-31 win for New Zealand in Tokyo on Saturday.
It was an effective advertisement of the depth available to New Zealand, not only because of the result but in the skills they were able to show in containing an enthusiastic home side in front of 46,000.
Japan scored the first try but Luke Whitelock's side were unflustered and took command during the first half, getting out to a 38-19 lead by halftime. Second five-eighths Ngani Laumape stood out with a hat-trick of tries but replacement wing George Bridge took his chance with some outstanding running to score two tries.
First five-eighths Richie Mo'unga was strong on the break and in controlling play while he enjoyed good service from halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi while centre Matt Proctor thrived on his opportunities. Lock Jackson Hemopo had a powerful game around the field while hooker Dane Coles demonstrated he was well on the way back to peak fitness.
From the restart of Mo'unga's second minute penalty goal, fullback Jordie Barrett had his clearing kick charged down by lock Samuela Anise and he charged through in pursuit of the ball to claim the try.
Mistakes continued as from the restart Japan secured the ball and fired into action looking for breakthroughs but the All Blacks defence held. But Mo'unga then erred in kicking too long for the corner from a penalty.
Hurricanes know-how produced the first try for the All Blacks in the 14th minute Proctor was fed into space by Barrett. He passed inside to wing Nehe Milner-Skudder. He took the ball into the 22m area and after Hemopo charged into the goalmouth and from the ruck Laumape flung a long pass to the left flank where Coles marked his return with a try.
Putting their forward strength to use, the All Blacks took on Japan with prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi and Whitelock taking the ball forward before from a ruck close to the line Mo'unga stepped through two defenders to score in the 19th minutes.
Aimless kicking by Japan from their own half opened up a chance which Milner-Skudder, Barrett and wing Waisake Naholo turned to advantage. Naholo kicked ahead into space and the bounce favoured New Zealand with Laumape getting the ball and scoring in the 27th minute.
With the All Blacks guilty of failing to control the ball, and pushing too hard to move it resulted in a turnover just out from the line allowing No.8 Hendrik Tui to be awarded the try.
However, the margin was extended moments later after short passes on the blindside resulted in Naholo throwing an infield pass which rebounded off a Japanese player allowing Tahuriorangi to pick it up and run in under the goalposts to score.
Three minutes later from a lineout resulting from a penalty, the All Blacks worked a set move from the lineout with Mo'unga slipping a short pass to Laumape running his line at speed to go into the tackle and then out again to score.
But just as the halftime hooter sounded, a lineout drive launched by Japan worked its way ahead and when the ball came out second five-eighths Tim Lafaele did enough, in spite of being driven in tackles to get enough of the ball on the chalk to score a try.
Japan looked to maintain momentum at the start of the second half, but at their best chance, from a repeat lineout drive close to the line, they failed to secure the ball and Coles took it for New Zealand to clear. After winning the Japan lineout throw through lock Patrick Tuipulotu, the All Blacks moved the ball.
Mo'unga and Tahuriorangi worked the blindside and when the halfback could look inside or out, he passed inside where Bridge crossed in the 46th minute.
But consecutive penalties conceded by the All Blacks allowed Japan to attack the line and while solid defence denied them initially, the ball was cleared and on a double round move first five-eighths Yu Tamura kicked to the corner where wing Jamie Henry scored.
Refreshed by their substitutes the All Blacks took more control and Barrett recovered from another charged down kick by putting a kick across to Bridge's left wing. He kicked ahead, regained the ball and had Proctor inside him to run in his first try.
More good chasing by Bridge from a downfield kick resulted in Japan conceding a penalty and from a quick tap the ball was moved to the flank where Laumape got the ball, kicked to the in-goal and won the race to the touchdown.
It was Laumape who slipped a kick through for Bridge, who toed the ball on and touched down for his second.
Michael Leitch, playing on the blindside flank, was outstanding for Japan and it was his charge in the 68th minute that set up a chance which saw them work the ball through the short side with in-passing seeing Lafaele score his second.
†Report courtesy of New Zealand Rugby
15 Ryohei Yamanaka 14 Jamie Henry 13 Will Tupou 12 Tim Lafaele 11 Kenki Fukuoka 10 Yu Tamura 9 Yutaka Nagare 1 Keita Inagaki 2 Yusuke Niwai 3 Hiroshi Yamashita 4 Wimpie van der Walt 5 Samuela Anise 6 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki 8 Hendrik Tui BENCH: 16 Yusuke Niwai 17 Masataka Mikami 18 Asaeli Valu 19 Uwe Helu 20 Vaka Nakajima 21 Fumiaki Tanaka 22 Rikiya Matsuda 23 Ryoto Nakamura
SCORERS T: Anise, Tui, Lafaele (2), Henry C: Tamura (3)
15 Jordie Barrett 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder 13 Matt Proctor* 12 Ngani Laumape 11 Waisake Naholo 10 Richie Mo'unga 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 2 Dane Coles 3 Angus Ta'avao 4 Patrick Tuipulotu 5 Jackson Hemopo 6 Vaea Fifita 7 Dalton Papali'i* 8 LUKE WHITELOCK (C) BENCH: 16 Liam Coltman 17 Tim Perry 18 Tyrel Lomax* 19 Dillon Hunt* 20 Gareth Evans* 21 Mitch Drummond* 22 Brett Cameron* 23 George Bridge*
SCORERS T: Coles, Mo'unga, Laumape (3), Tahuriorangi, Bridge (2), Naholo, Proctor C: Mo'unga (7), Barrett P: Mo’unga
Referee: Matt Carley Asst Referees: Damon Murphy, Graham Cooper TMO: James Leckie
DODDIE WEIR CUP
Principality Stadium - Saturday 03 November 2018
KO: 14:45 HT: 14-10 Att: 63,188
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Wales v Scotland - With the countdown to kick off well and truly on, here is a final reminder of the teams for the 2:45 clash as well as the other matches this weekend.
Wales 0-0 Scotland Doddie Weir brings on the cup with his namesake
Wales 0-0 Scotland A thought for today with less than 10 minutes to go... if Scotland win by 15 points and South Africa beat England, the Scots go up to third in the world.
Wales 0-0 Scotland The teams are out for the Doddie Weir Cup and the anthems are in progress. A Home Nations clash in the Autumn... I know, weird!
Wales 0-0 Scotland The officials today are as follows. R: Mathieu Raynal AR: Wayne Barnes, Frank Murphy TMO: Rowan Kitt
Wales 0-0 Scotland 1m Blair Kinghorn kicks off this clash. The ball is safely fielded by Wales and kicked into the hands of Adam Hastings. Scotland attack on halfway and win the penalty. Touch missed.
Wales 0-0 Scotland 2m Both sides kick to one another more than once but Scotland attack inside their own half.
Wales 0-0 Scotland 3m Still inside their own half, Scotland hit up the midfield before conceding the penalty. Superb turnover by Ken Owens. Wales choose to kick for goal.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 3m Penalty successful by Leigh Halfpenny. The Welsh front rower Owens gets over the ball early and secures the ball - perfect technique.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 6m The kick off is again secured by Wales, Scotland are offside from the box kick and Wales have the penalty inside their own 22.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 7m Wales win the line out and maul before kicking into the Scottish half. Hastings gathers and the ball is in blue hands.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 8m Ali Price kicks from the ruck and Halfpenny attacks throughout the midfield. Wales then kick before Scotland return the favour. Wales line out inside their own half.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 8m Wales lose the line out and Scotland crash through the centre through Alex Dunbar. It is a 22m dropout from Wales after Hastings' kick through was gathered by Halfpenny.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 10m Wales kick through Gareth Davies. Scotland then crash the ball through the midfield before conceding the penalty for yet another turnover.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 11m Bagpipes ring around the Principality as Gareth Anscombe kicks deep into the Scottish half. Owns hits his man at the line out and Wales have possession.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 12m A kick from Wales is gathered by Scotland. They hit up through four phases before Ali Price clears to the 22.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 13m Line-out ball secured by Alun Wyn Jones and they attack under an offside penalty advantage.
Wales 3-0 Scotland 14m Wales ship the ball wide under advantage and George North pops the ball down in the corner. TMO!
Wales 3-0 Scotland 14m Mathieu Raynal checking for touch, he's right. NO TRY!
Wales 3-0 Scotland 14m Captain Jones points to the posts and Halfpenny is given the tee.
Wales 6-0 Scotland 15m Penalty successful from Halfpenny. The advantage for offside led to a no try so the play returns to the infringement.
Wales 6-0 Scotland 16m The Welsh captain brilliantly receives the kickoff and Wales choose to kick through Gareth Davis. North gets a hand to it and Wales spread the ball wide. Wales win the penalty on the 10m for illegal hand placement.
Wales 6-0 Scotland 18m The line out is received by Wales and they drive inside the 22. Wales crash through the midfield before heading conceding the penalty for holding on. Scotland clear to just inside halfway.
Wales 6-0 Scotland 19m The line-out doesn't take place, free kick to Scotland as Wales close the gap illegally. The away side go through the phases inside their own half before the ball is kicked into the Welsh 22. The ball is back in Scottish hands.
Wales 6-0 Scotland 20m A promising attack from Wales only gives Scotland possession but after a number of phases, the Scots kick and Wales attack inside the Scottish half.
Wales 6-0 Scotland 21m Ross Moriarty makes a break but can't clear his hands to offload. Wales win the penalty from the subsequent ruck for off feet. Wales opt for posts.
Wales 9-0 Scotland 23m Halfpenny is successful with the penalty.
Wales 9-0 Scotland 23m The kickoff is gathered by Wales after confusion from Wales. The ball is knocked on in the next phase and we have our first scrum. Place your bets, collapse or play on?
Wales 9-0 Scotland 25m It is a reset !!!!!! Congratulations to those of you who predicted that correctly.
Wales 9-0 Scotland 25m A second collapse leads to a Scottish Penalty and Hastings is given the tee. Wayne Barnes calls that penalty from the touch line.
Wales 9-3 Scotland 26m Penalty successful from Adam Hastings.
Wales 9-3 Scotland 27m The first Welsh restart of the day gives the men in red possession. They're into the 22 now.
Wales 9-3 Scotland 28m Wales continue to probe on the 22 before the ball is sent wide and dropped forward in the pass. Scrum Scotland on the 22.
Wales 9-3 Scotland 29m Any bets on this scrum? I'll take anything...literally anything.
Wales 9-3 Scotland 29m RESET!
Wales 9-3 Scotland 29m Free kick Wales. We are yet to have a complete scrum. Maybe we're in luck, Wales choose the scrum.
Wales 14-3 Scotland 30m TRY! The Welsh scrum holds well and Wales are told to use it. The crash up field before shipping it wide. George North gets the ball on the 22 and powers through two centres before driving over! What a carry!
Wales 14-3 Scotland 32m 34th Try for North as Halfpenny is unsuccessful with the conversion. See what happens when a ball comes out of a scrum.
Wales 14-3 Scotland 33m A long pass out wide takes Scotland into the Welsh half after the home side kick away from the restart. Scotland win the penalty for hands in the ruck. to the corner!
Wales 14-3 Scotland 34m The line out is secured by Scotland and the away side drive. Scotland have the collapse advantage while they send it wide.
Wales 14-3 Scotland 35m Hastings loses the ball forward in the attack. Back for the penalty against Alun Wyn Jones. To the corner!
Wales 14-8 Scotland 35m TRY! Catch, drive and score? Of course they do! Captain Stuart McInally breaks away from the break away and goes over.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 37m Conversion successful by Hastings.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 37m From the kick off, Scotland carry up to the 22 before clearing, Tommy Seymour gathers the kick and is taken out in the air. Scotland kick downfield.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 39m Scotland win the line out in the Welsh 10m line and drive. The ball comes out and is carried through midfield.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 39m Wales turn the ball over and get the penalty instantly through illegal rucking. The home side kick deep into the Scottish half.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 40m Wales win their line out and Hadleigh Parks heads into a wall of blue.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 40+1m Wales continue to attack and send it wide. Wales are back on the Scottish 10m line before Ryan Wilson intercepts.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 40+1m The first half comes to an end in Cardiff and Wales lead in an interesting but rather mediocre match.
Wales 14-10 Scotland H: T: North P: Halfpenny (3) | T: McInally P: Hastings C: Hastings
Wales 14-10 Scotland 41m Teams are back and Wales kick off.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 41m Scotland field and kick to Halfpenny. Anscombe kicks back and the team in blue carry up to the 10m line.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 41m Scotland kick through Price and Wales work hard to secure the ball. Wales carry inside their own half before kicking up to Kinghorn on the halfway line.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 43m Scotland carry around half way before Hastings kicks the ball deep into Welsh territory. Welsh line out.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 43m Owens throws the line out after a blood check and Wales kick through Jonathan Davies up to the 10m line.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 44m Scotland win the line out and carry into the Welsh half before Price kicks over the ruck and the ball goes out on the 5m line. What a kick!
Wales 14-10 Scotland 45m Wales win the line out and clear to Lee Jones who carries well. Scotland go wide inside the Welsh 10m line before carrying up the midfield.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 46m The men in blue continue to probe before Willem Nel knocks the ball on. Welsh scrum between the 22 and the 10m line.
Wales 14-10 Scotland 47m The scrum is secured by Wales and they win the penalty for Scottish wheeling. They kick into the Scottish half. Wales line out outside the 22.
Wales 19-10 Scotland 48m TRY! The line out is won by Wales and they carry well, Jonathan Davis scores after finding the gap and fending Huw Jones. He runs in from 30 metres out!
Wales 21-10 Scotland 49m The first phase try is converted by Halfpenny.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 50m The Scottish kick off is gathered by the away side sand they attack into the Welsh half.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 52m Wales have a defensive scrum 5m out. They win the ball and clear to just outside halfway.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 53m The Scottish line out is won and the men in blue carry over the 10m line. The ball is sent to Hastings who kicks but the Welsh regather through Luke Morgan. the kick from the ruck is charged down and Scotland are on the 22.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 55m Scotland continue to probe on the 22 but Wales win the penalty for off feet. They clear into the Scottish half.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 56m The line out is won by Wales but knock it on from a high kick. Scotland carry wide and are into the Welsh half before Wales pinch the ball. the ball goes out 25 m out.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 57m OFF: Allan Dell, Stuart McInally and Willem Nel. ON: Fraser Brown, Alex Allan and Simon Berghan
Wales 21-10 Scotland 58m Wales concede the penalty in the midfield for not releasing and Kinghorn kicks to the Welsh 22.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 59m Scotland win the line out and drive. They are 20m out and continue to probe. The away side win the penalty for not releasing. To the corner!
Wales 21-10 Scotland 60m The line out is won and again they drive before Dunbar carries into the midfield. Price ships it to Berghan as Scotland get the penalty advantage.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 61m Less than 5m out, Scotland go through the forwards beneath the posts. Price then ships it to Richie who is held up. Back to the penalty.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 62m Yet another drive from Scotland is held up before Jonny Gray goes over with a double movement. TMO!
Wales 21-10 Scotland 63m TMO Kitt and Ref Raynal decide that Jonny Gray has scored with a double movement. No try, penalty Wales.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 63m Scotland have the ball in the midfield and carry beyond their own 10m line.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 63m ON: Rob Evans, Elliot Dee, Peter Horne, Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Peter Horne, Adam Beard. OFF: Ali Price, Cory Hill, Huw Jones, Ken Owens, Nicky Smith
Wales 21-10 Scotland 66m Wales attack on halfway after Scotland take a quick line out and clear.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 66m A little chip is gathered by Scotland and they attack up to their own 10m line. Hastings is held up but gets the ball away and Scotland continue to attack.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 67m Illegal rucking from Wales leads to a Scottish tap and go, Wales gather a Scottish chip and have possession before clearing to the 10m line and Hastings.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 68m Amazing interplay from Scotland takes them 5m out, they carry through the forwards and probe.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 69m Scotland still have possession but have failed to cross the 5m line. Under penalty advantage for offside now.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 69m YELLOW CARD! Two offside offences in three phases gives Elliot Dee an accumulative yellow. Scotland go for the scrum.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 70m Ken Owens is back on for the scrum, Dan Lydiate makes way.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 70m Tomos Williams on for Gareth Davies
Wales 21-10 Scotland 70m The scrum is reset by referee Raynal.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 71m Scotland drive the scrum and win the penalty, they continue to play on the 5m line.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 72m TRY! WHAT A TRY! TMO called!
Wales 21-10 Scotland 72m Tricky call for TMO Kitt, a lovely George Horne kick over the flat defence is gathered by brother Peter Horne and dotted down but it is knocked on. Back to the penalty.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 72m Scotland choose the scrum, you feel like they need a try here.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 73m Another drive from Scotland but no penalty this time. Scotland knock the ball on 5m out. Key moment? I think so.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 74m Tommy Seymour is off for Darcy Graham as Wales win their Scrum and win the penalty.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 76m Wales win the line out as Jonathan Davies take all credit for the scrum after packing down.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 76m Wales attack on the half way, and carry hard.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 77m A little chip from Wales is gathered by Scotland and they attack from their own half.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 77m Brilliant from Lee Jones is undone as Wales turn the ball and kick. Luke Morgan is beaten only by the bounce of the ball kicked by Anscombe.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 78m Scotland win the line out and play from their own 22. They look desperate right now.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 79m Up to their own 10m line, Scotland carry beyond halfway through Peter Horne before the ball is kicked away. Wales line out on the 22.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 79m Justin Tipuric is man of the match today as Jarrod Evans makes his debut for Wales.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 80m Scotland have possession on the 22 after Wales kick away. They are attacking well but they are flat. The ball goes forward and Wales look to counter.
Wales 21-10 Scotland 80+1m The ball is sent wide and before Wales kick the ball out. FULL TIME!
15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Luke Morgan* 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Gareth Davies 1 Nicky Smith 2 Ken Owens 3 Dillon Lewis 4 Cory Hill 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Dan Lydiate 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Rob Evans 18 Leon Brown 19 Adam Beard 20 Aaron Wainwright 21 Tomos Williams 22 Jarrod Evans* 23 Steff Evans
SCORERS T: North, Jonathan Davies C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny (3) Dee
15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Lee Jones 10 Adam Hastings 9 Ali Price 1 Allan Dell 2 STUART MCINALLY (C) 3 Willem Nel 4 Ben Toolis 5 Jonny Gray 6 Jamie Ritchie 7 Hamish Watson 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Alex Allan 18 Simon Berghan 19 Grant Gilchrist 20 Matt Fagerson 21 George Horne 22 Pete Horne 23 Darcy Graham*
SCORERS T: McInally C: Hastings P: Hastings
Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Frank Murphy TMO: Rowan Kitt
Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 03 November 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-8 Att: 80,369
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
England v Boks It's anthem time at HQ in glorious London sunshine.
England v Boks And the England fans are in spectacular voice today!
England 0-0 Boks 1m Referee: Angus Gardner Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Ben Whitehouse TMO: Olly Hodges And we have KO in blinding sunshine in the east stand...
England 0-0 Boks 2m First scrum of the match already and it's an England put in just outside their own 22...
England 0-0 Boks 3m Positive work from England as they carry to the Bok 10m before Henry Slade chips ahead but it's chased into touch outside the Bok 22
England 0-0 Boks 5m The Boks take advantage of England's folly and drive the ball over halfway to the England 10m, and Kyle Sinckler gifts an easy penalty to the Boks for being offside
England 0-3 Boks 6m Handré Pollard pings over a very simple 3-pointer to get the scoreboard ticking. Churlish from Sinckler...
England 0-3 Boks 8m Boks have a defensive scrum just inside their 10m from the restart...takes an age to set - Ref Gardner is not taking any nonsense and he has words with both front rows
England 0-3 Boks 9m The teams sort themselves out and England are in possession back in their own half, driving swiftly over halfway...
England 0-3 Boks 10m ...but they are promptly turned over by the Boks and before you know it, play is at the England 22 after Damian de Allende chips ahead
England 0-3 Boks 11m The ball finds touch and Pieter-Steph du Toit deftly takes the lineout ball, despite Maro Itoje trying his damndest. However, swiftly there is an England defending lineout inside the 10m & co-captain Dylan Hartley does well
England 0-3 Boks 13m England find their way back into Bok territory, but Itoje is pinged for collapsing the maul
England 0-3 Boks 14m Boks clear well to the England 22, the lineout offers a crossfield kick and Sbu Nkosi does well to get under the high ball just short of the goal line
England 0-3 Boks 15m Ref halts play and has a stern word with Hartley over players cynically disrupting the game - no cards yet tho; Bok 5m attacking lineout...
England 0-3 Boks 16m Oops - Itoje did get sent to the naughty bin! The lineout is solid & the Boks are all over the England tryline, shifting closer towards the corner and the defence looks close to infringing yet again
England 0-3 Boks 17m However, England get away with their misbehaviour and also defend well enough to force the Boks outside their 22, and up to the 10m before another halt in play
England 0-3 Boks 17m Hartley gets some medical attention to his eye on the touchline, tho the inimitable Coops next to me reckons it's his contact lens!
England 0-3 Boks 18m Pretty sure Dyls wouldn't need a medic for that ;-) ; play resumes and England win a penalty on the Bok 10m. Ref points to the uprights as co-captain (what's that about!) Owen Farrell tees up..
England 3-3 Boks 20m The sun dips behind the West Stand as silence is demanded by the fans, the breeze whips up a tad and England are finally on the scoreboard too. Time to slip my coat back on methinks!
England 3-3 Boks 22m The restart has the Boks directly back in the England 22, a chip across has captain Siya Kolisi with ball in hand almost over the goal line on the nearside but the whistle has gone already for an England defensive scrum
England 3-3 Boks 23m Penalty was for a high tackle from Nkosi on Jonny May, and England force the Boks back up towards the midfield from a good scrum
England 3-3 Boks 25m The Boks come back at their opposition, a kick ahead into the 22 and it's an England foot in touch as the ball is collected for a Bok attacking lineout
England 3-3 Boks 26m But a solid improvement in defensive work from England as compared to recent matches, and the homeside have a defensive scrum inside their 22, with Itoje taking England back up to a full complement
England 3-3 Boks 28m England do well to force the Boks back again, but play is halted as Ref has another word with Hartley before a Bok attacking lineout outside the 22
England 3-3 Boks 29m On the England 22, the homeside have yet another defensive scrum, and the Ref warns both sides about a positive efficient scrum
England 3-3 Boks 30m An opportunity for England to get out of their own half, where they have spent 80% of the match so far, but Ben Te'o knocks on inside his 10m and the Boks now have an attacking scrum
England 3-3 Boks 32m The scrum collapses and has to be reset, but once they get going, the Boks slowly edge towards the England before de Allende breaks to within 5m of the tryline on the far side of the uprights
England 3-8 Boks 33m The ball is recycled wide to the nearside and Nkosi almost trips over his own feet as he stumbles over the goal line to score for the visitors just inside the corner
England 3-8 Boks 34m Pollard, however, can't add the extras as he hooks the conversion
England 3-8 Boks 36m The restart finally has England back in the Bok half, tho not much further than the 10m, but with a penalty nearer touch than the centre, and silence is again demanded by fans as Faz tees up...
England 6-8 Boks 38m ...and despite Faz's protestations during the week about 10/12 not mattering, he looks much more at ease at 10 as he slot over another 3 points to reduce the deficit to just two points
England 6-8 Boks 40m Not much more comes from the remainder of the half and the teams go into the break, the Boks with 67% possession and 78% territory, England a man down for 10 minutes yet the visitors are only 2 points clear
England 6-8 Boks HT P: Farrell (2) Itoje | T: Nkosi P: Pollard
England 6-8 Boks HT Well, considering England have only glanced into the Bok half twice, the defence has held up well against a quite formidable Bokke team
England 6-8 Boks HT A quick shout out to Killer & Machine for the HT murray mints! Much appreciated
England 6-8 Boks HT And one more quick shout to the inimitable Caly who is currently languishing in a hospital bed, unable to watch his England play today! Love ya big guy!
England 6-8 Boks 41m We're back on at Twickers, but we've barely got underway before RG Snyman replaces Eben Etzebeth, and Zach Mercer makes his England debut for Tom Curry who limps off
England 6-8 Boks 42m Also, Ben Moon wins his first England cap, replacing Alec Hepburn in the front row at the start of the second half
England 6-8 Boks 43m Meanwhile, England finally visit the Bok 22 for the first time this match, though only momentarily as Kolisi saves a potential try...
England 6-8 Boks 44m The Boks kick them directly back out, England head directly back in, but Jack Nowell is quickly shut down
England 6-8 Boks 45m Time off...time on...Boks again force the English back toward the midfield before handbags are petulantly drawn
England 6-8 Boks 46m Ref has a quiet word, Boks have a penalty and head back into England territory
England 6-8 Boks 48m But the homeside are having none of it, and quick manoeuvring gives England the scrum within a whisper of halfway...
England 6-8 Boks 48m England retain possession, are forced from the nearside to the far side and win another penalty, Ref having a word with the Boks and telling them to back off...
England 9-8 Boks 50m The penalty is just inside the Bok half directly in front of the posts; Elliot Daly tees up in excellent fashion and his kick splices the uprights perfectly to take the lead
England 9-8 Boks 51m The restart has the England fans in fine Sweet Chariot voice, then in utter glee as their team threatens the Bok 22 again - jeez they are deafening!
England 9-8 Boks 52m The Boks force them back once, but the English come right back at them, Itoje making the hard yards as the homeside lurk surreptitiously in the Bok 22 again...
England 9-8 Boks 53m England blow the opportunity, gifting a penalty from an attacking position as the Ref gently warns Hartley to have a quiet word or more cards will be drawn
England 9-8 Boks 55m England have a lineout on halfway and excellent hands have Te'o > Faz> Daly > can't see who's taken down just short of the 22, but turnover...
England 9-8 Boks 56m Boks force the homeside back up toward the midfield, but the stats are v different in this half, England with both possession and territory in abundance - which they need to turn into points
England 9-8 Boks 57m Now the co-captaining makes sense with Hartley replaced by Jamie George just short of the final quarter
England 9-8 Boks 58m The Boks do rediscover England territory, but hand over a only a 4th penalty; England defensive scrum just inside their 10m and the fans roar Sweet Chariot again
England 9-8 Boks 59m André Esterhuizen replaces Nkosi on the Bok wing while England move play back into the Bok half, and notch up another penalty from the opposition...
England 9-8 Boks 60m Itoje is tackled in the air at the lineout, Faz tees up from outside just inside halfway, but his kick is just short and bounces off this side of the post-protector
England 9-8 Boks 63m England aren't looking too shabby here; Boks consistently pushing them back from the dangerzone, but they keep coming back hard. from halfway, a neat break sees excellent hands take them up to the Bok 22 before being shut down
England 9-8 Boks 64m Thomas du Toit, Wilco Louw & Lood de Jager on for Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe & Kolisi
England 9-8 Boks 65m Harry Williams, Danny Care & a huge roar for Chris Ashton replacing Sinckler, Ben Youngs & Nowell
England 9-11 Boks 67m Meanwhile, England hand over a kickable penalty to Pollard who retakes the lead from almost halfway for the Boks
England 9-11 Boks 69m The restart gives momentum to England as they force their way from halfway, beyond the 10m, beyond the 22 via Ashy & a chip ahead had Itoje chasing for a touchdown over the goal line...but Ivan van Zyl gets to it first!
England 9-11 Boks 70m The crowd roar Sweet Chariot as the Boks set their defensive 5m scrum, and then it's a "HEAVE!" from the stands as England win a crucial penalty
England 9-11 Boks 71m Faz tees up the penalty out wide, almost on touch just at the 22 after George Ford replaces Te'o
England 12-11 Boks 72m Not heard the England fans this loud in many many months as Faz deftly pops over the three-pointer to retake the lead; homeside won't be happy without a try though!
England 12-11 Boks 73m Bongi Mbonambi replaces Malcolm Marx as England win their lineout just inside the Bok half, and the crowd roars "HEAVE" again to get the drive going...
England 12-11 Boks 74m Embrose Papier replaces van Zyl before a scrum penalty is won by the Boks on halfway in the centre - Ref indicates to the uprights...
England 12-11 Boks 75m Elton Jantjies comes on for Damian Willemse
England 12-11 Boks 76m Pollard tees up from directly in front of the posts, just inside the England half - the crowd are not very polite jeering him, and maybe it gets to him as he just hooks it wide of the far post
England 12-11 Boks 77m Charlie Ewels has replaces Brad Shields as England need to hold out for three minutes, and the fans are going to help them all the way, despite the Boks in possession in England territory and de Allende makes a break to the 22 before he's taken down...
England 12-11 Boks 78m If you wanted an electric opening test match, this is it! The Boks still have the ball and are in the England 22 - the homeside's defence is critical now!
England 12-11 Boks 79m England win the ball and have the Boks back up at their 10m - still on the back foot but nowhere near the dangerzone...
England 12-11 Boks 80m Boks are still in possession but are only shuffling sideways as a wall of white prevents them from making ground...
England 12-11 Boks 80+1m ...the ball goes back and loose, Esterhuizen gathers it, a penalty comes to England and the crowd roar in glee...but it's not over!
England 12-11 Boks 80+3m Ref goes to TMO Olly Hodges to check Faz's tackle on Esterhuizen, and thankfully for England he does attempt to wrap his arms round and the penalty stands. England have the win!
15 Elliot Daly 14 Jack Nowell 13 Henry Slade 12 Ben Te’o 11 Jonny May 10 OWEN FARRELL (CC) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Alec Hepburn 2 DYLAN HARTLEY (CC) 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Maro Itoje 5 George Kruis 6 Brad Shields 7 Tom Curry 8 Mark Wilson BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Ben Moon* 18 Harry Williams 19 Charlie Ewels 20 Zach Mercer* 21 Danny Care 22 George Ford 23 Chris Ashton
SCORERS P: Farrell (3), Daly Itoje
15 Damian Willemse 14 Sbu Nkosi 13 Jesse Kriel 12 Damian de Allende 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 10 Handré Pollard 9 Ivan van Zyl 1 Steven Kitshoff 2 Malcolm Marx 3 Frans Malherbe 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit 6 SIYA KOLISI (C) 7 Duane Vermeulen 8 Warren Whiteley BENCH: 16 Bongi Mbonambi 17 Thomas du Toit 18 Wilco Louw 19 RG Snyman 20 Lood de Jager 21 Embrose Papier 22 Elton Jantjies 23 André Esterhuizen
SCORERS T: Nkosi P: Pollard (2)
Referee: Angus Gardner Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Ben Whitehouse TMO: Olly Hodges
Soldier Field, Chicago - Saturday 03 November 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-7 Att: 35,051
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Ireland 0-0 Italy 30 minutes until kick off in Chicago.
Ireland 0-0 Italy The teams are out and the anthems are in progress. Big game, big autumn, not so big crowd.
Ireland 0-0 Italy The officials are as follows: Referee: Nigel Owens. Assistants: Romain Poite and Alexandre Ruiz. TMO: Davis Ardrey.
Ireland 0-0 Italy The attendance today is rather like my friendship group... slightly loud but lightly populated.
Ireland 0-0 Italy 1m Kick off! Italy boot the ball into the Irish half, who gather and break instantly through Jacob Stockdale who carries up to halfway.
Ireland 0-0 Italy 2m Ireland continue to probe and carry out wide into the Italian 10m line.
Ireland 0-0 Italy 2m Ireland are up to the 22, using their phases well before Garry Ringrose breaks and charges to the line. He knocks the ball as he crosses the line and it is an Italian 5m scrum.
Ireland 0-0 Italy 3m First touch for the Azzurri comes through the scrum, the men in blue carry up through the wings before crashing up the midfield. Italy reach beyond their own 10m line then the ball is turned over with an Irish penalty. To the corner!
Ireland 5-0 Italy 5m TRY! Referee Owens doesn't like the Italian position at the line out but Ireland win the ball and probe. Tadhg Beirne crashes through the line from close range, isn't held and scores!
Ireland 7-0 Italy 5m Joey Carbery successfully converts.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 7m from the kickoff, Ireland play three phases before clearing to half way through Luke McGrath. Italy carry up the midfield.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 8m Italy continue to probe into the Irish half but are struggling to make significant progress beyond the 10m line.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 9m Italy continue to have possession but knock the ball on in the wings. Ireland scrum on their own 10m line.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 10m Sorry for the delay in commentary... a scrum is on. But it has been secured by Ireland who send the ball up into the Italian half.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 10m The Italian defence holds strong, forcing the Irish kick. but the returning kick from the Italian backline is charged down and Ireland attack into the 22.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 11m Ireland continue to dominate the breakdown, securing ball for the hosts. They're struggling to get beyond the 22 however!
Ireland 7-0 Italy 12m Some stunning interplay down the right wing involving Carbery sends Ireland within 2m.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 13m Italy looked to have dived on the ball there and maybe secured the scrum, but referee Owens says it's a mess and awards an attacking scrum to Ireland.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 14m Referee Owens calls for Ireland to use it before Ireland don't use it and get a reset. How irritating from Owens.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 15m The reset is secured by the hosts and Ireland continue to probe beneath the posts. The men in green have a penalty for offside. To the corner!
Ireland 7-0 Italy 16m From the line out, Ireland secure the ball at the back and drive. Well handled by Italy who force Ireland to use it. Probing...
Ireland 7-0 Italy 17m The ball it turned by Giulio Bisegni in an intercept. Italy take the ball up the pitch and are rewarded with a scrum after an Irish knock on.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 18m scrum reset... well what did you expect?
Ireland 7-0 Italy 18m The reset results in yet another reset. Calls for space from Nigel Owens.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 19m Third time lucky? Yes! Italy take the ball beyond halfway and continue to crash up through the midfield. Italy then spread the ball and try to break through the green wall. Boot to ball from Italy who's kick is returned to halfway.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 20m The line out is secured by Italy, they carry before earning the penalty for not rolling. Under advantage, Italy continue to attack over the Irish 10m line. They go nowhere and the referee takes the play back to the penalty.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 22m Italy send the ball into the Irish 22. In the meantime, Nicola Quaglio is replaced by Cherif Traore.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 24m The line out is secured before it is knocked on in phase play by Ireland. Italian scrum just outside the 22m
Ireland 7-0 Italy 24m The scrum is secured by the men in blue and they carry into the 22 before the ball is knocked on in interplay. Scrum to Ireland.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 25m The scrum is won by Ireland who kick from deep. the ball finds touch and it will be an Italian line out inside the Irish half.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 26m The line out is won by Italy who carry hard through Johan Meyer. They carry well to the 22m line but look a little lateral.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 27m Inside the 22m, Italy look to penetrate the green wall. They do! Italy are up to the 5m line and are probing.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 29m Italy barrel through using the forwards but knock the ball on under the posts. Referee Nigel Owens unintentionally comes across as sarcastic saying "unlucky" to the Italians. The try attempt has gone to TMO.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 30m The referee can't hear the TMO and chooses to continue the game. The scrum is awarded to Ireland.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 30m The scrum is secured by Ireland who carry hard from the base. After two phases, Luke McGrath clears very well. Italian line out on the Irish 10m line.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 30m The Italian line out is won by the 'away' side but the referee calls not straight. Ireland scrum on their own 10m line.
Ireland 7-0 Italy 31m The scrum is secured by the men in green who reach the halfway line through a Rhys Ruddock break. The Italian defence holds strong and send Ireland backwards.
Ireland 12-0 Italy 32m TRY! Ireland eventually kick through Luke McGrath and Italy secure possession. Titi Tebaldi aimlessly kicks the ball and Andrew Conway gathers. The ball makes its way to Luke McGrath who runs in from 20m out.
Ireland 14-0 Italy 34m Conversion successful from Carbery.
Ireland 14-0 Italy 34m From the kick off, Ireland carry from deep before clearing to beyond halfway. Italy attack through Luca Sperandio. Inside the Irish half, Italy win the penalty for not rolling. To the corner!
Ireland 14-0 Italy 36m Italy secure the line out and drive. It's a poor attempt initially and the Azzurri use it. Italy probe through the forwards and are up to within 10. The ball goes wide but it finds the touchline rather than the winger.
Ireland 14-0 Italy 38m The Irish line out is gathered and the Irish attack through the maul before clearing through Luke McGrath. The kick doesn't make touch but Jacob Stockdale gathers. After a charge down, Ireland clear the ball through Luke McGrath.
Ireland 14-5 Italy 39m TRY! The Italian defender gathers but is driven into touch. From the Irish line out, the 'home' side attack but Michele Campagnaro intercepts and runs the ball under the posts.
Ireland 14-7 Italy 40+1 Conversion successful from Carlo Canna. Time for the oranges.
Ireland 14-7 Italy HT T: Beirne, Luke McGrath C: Carbery (2) | T: Campagnaro C: Canna
Ireland 14-7 Italy HT Thought - Italy deserve more credit than they're getting for their first 40. Soldier Field has a poor attendance. This may be a development game for some, but it’s a revenue maker for most.
Ireland 14-7 Italy 41m The teams are back out and Ireland kick off the second half.
Ireland 14-7 Italy ON: Sean Cronin OFF: Niall Scannell
Ireland 14-7 Italy 42m Italy have the line out after both sides kick. Italy secure the line out and attempt to drive. The ball goes 10m and they're forced to break. The ball is turned and Ireland now attack in the Italy half.
Ireland 14-7 Italy 43m Inside the 22m Ireland look strong in the breakdown. they continue to probe and are 15m out.
Ireland 21-7 Italy TRY! Tadhg Beirne runs a great line from 5m out and runs through the defence to score. Conversion successful from Carbery.
Ireland 21-7 Italy 45m A kicking exchange gives Ireland the ball inside their own half. Carbery kicks the ball out on the full and it will be an Italian line out inside the Irish half.
Ireland 26-7 Italy 46m TRY! Italy secure the line out and a extremely long and forward pass by Campagnaro is intercepted by Jordan Larmour who runs in the try from his own 10m line.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 47m Joey Carbery successfully converts. Three try's have come from ten debutants!
Ireland 28-7 Italy 48m From the kickoff Ireland carry and Carry is able to get the ball to the wings before the ball is booted into the Italian half, they now carry into the Irish half.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 49m Italy continue to probe on the half way line but Ireland are penalised and Italy kick to the corner.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 50m From inside the 22, Italy lose the line out and Ireland are able to clear from deep. The ball doesn't make touch and Italy attack inside the Irish half before Italy concede the penalty for holding on.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 53m Ireland win the ball from the line out and attack as Dave Kilcoyne replaces Jack McGrath. Ireland have the penalty advantage and attack into the 22. Back for the penalty, generous.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 54m Stoppage in play as various players are down on the floor. Ireland do then kick to the corner.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 54m Ireland win the line out and attack to within 10m.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 55m Some quick passing to the wing goes forward and it will be an Italian scrum.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 55m The scrum is instantly reset by referee Nigel Owens.
Ireland 28-7 Italy 56m Italy lose the scrum and Ireland win the penalty for illegal scrummaging. To the corner!
Ireland 33-7 Italy 56m TRY! From the line out, Ireland drive the ball over and the home side get their fifth through Sean Cronin.
Ireland 35-7 Italy 56m Carbery conversion successful as replacements are made. OFF: George Biagi, Renato Giammarioli ON: Jimmy Tuivaiti, Marco Lazzaroni
Ireland 35-7 Italy 58m An Italian scrum results from the exchanges following the kickoff. The Italian scrum is won inside their own half and they carry beyond halfway.
Ireland 35-7 Italy 60m As Finlay Bealham replaces Andrew Porter, Italy continue to press beyond the 22.
Ireland 35-7 Italy 61m Ireland turn the ball and Ireland look to clear from their own 22, the ball is kicked by Carbery and it will be an Italy line out just inside the Irish 10m line.
Ireland 35-7 Italy 61m Ireland carry into the Italian half and are now dominating the breakdown.
Ireland 35-7 Italy 63m Ross Byrne on for Joey Carbery | Giosuè Zilocchi & Ian McKinley on for Carlo Canna & Tiziano Pasquali
Ireland 40-7 Italy 61m TRY! Jordan Larmour scores from half way after some lovely footwork and interplay with Ringrose. Poor Italian defence!
Ireland 42-7 Italy 62m The conversion is successful from Ross Byrne.
Ireland 42-7 Italy 66m An Italian line out as a result of the kick off exchanges is lost and Ireland attack into the Italian half. Cooney is on for McGrath.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 67m TRY! The ball is shipped wide and Bundee Aki finds space before passing to Garry Ringrose who scores a run-in. Conversion successful from Byrne.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 68m From the kick off Ireland look to run the ball from their own 22. Luca Bigi and Johan Meyer are off for Marco Lazzaroni and Oliviero Fabiani.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 70m Italy are attacking inside the Irish half. The midfield looks well defended and Italy ship it wide and knock it on. Irish scrum.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 71m Will Addison is on for Jacob Stockdale.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 71m From the reset Irish scrum, Ireland win the penalty and go quickly. The ball is kicked and Ireland are deep into the Italian half with the line out to come.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 72m From the attacking line out Ireland drive forward before they use it. they probe 20m out.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 73m Ireland go wide through Addison but the ball is knocked on and Italy clear to halfway. Ireland attack.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 74m From the subsequent attack, Ireland knock the ball on and Italy will have the scrum.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 75m The scrum is reset by referee Nigel Owens who has been good on the whole. The reset is won by Italy who attack from deep before the ball is passed into touch.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 76m Josh van der Flier is off for Jordi Murphy as the Irish line out is knocked on. Italy scrum.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 77m The Italians win their scrum and carry from their own half. They carry over the halfway line before being driven back.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 78m Italy continue to attack and are now just on the Irish 10m line. McKinley kicks the ball, Ireland return the kick into the Italian half. Remember McKinley is playing with 100% sight in one eye. ht
Ireland 49-7 Italy 79m Into the Irish half, the Italians continue to attack but look lateral.
Ireland 49-7 Italy 80m Possession is with Ireland who play from deep. Worth noting that Ian McKinley is playing for Italy with 100% sight in just one eye.
Ireland 54-7 Italy 80+1m TRY! Jordan Larmour gets his hat-trick in the death in Chicago. No right to score that try from his own try. He escapes a tackle and manages to step also before running in from 15 out. WOW!
Ireland 54-7 Italy 80+1m Conversion unsuccessful from Ross Byrne as the game ends.
15 Jordan Larmour 14 Andrew Conway 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Joey Carbery 9 Luke McGrath 1 Jack McGrath 2 Niall Scannell 3 Andrew Porter 4 Tadhg Beirne 5 Quinn Roux 6 RHYS RUDDOCK (C) 7 Josh van der Flier 8 Jack Conan BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Devin Toner 20 Jordi Murphy 21 John Cooney 22 Ross Byrne* 23 Will Addison*
SCORERS T: Beirne (2), Luke McGrath, Larmour (3), Cronin, Ringrose C: Carbery (5), Byrne (2)
15 Luca Sperandio 14 Mattia Bellini 13 MICHELE CAMPAGNARO (C) 12 Luca Morisi 11 Giulio Bisegni 10 Carlo Canna 9 Tito Tebaldi 1 Nicola Quaglio 2 Luca Bigi 3 Tiziano Pasquali 4 Marco Fuser 5 George Fabio Biagi 6 Johan Meyer* 7 Abraham Steyn 8 Renato Giammarioli BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Cherif Traore’ 18 Giosuè Zilocchi 19 Marco Lazzaroni 20 Federico Ruzza 21 Jimmy Tuivaiti* 22 Guglielmo Palazzani 23 Ian McKinley
SCORERS T: Campagnaro C: Canna
Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Davis Ardrey
Soldier Field, Chicago - Saturday 03 November 2018†
KO: 17:15 HT: 8-26 Att: 35,051
THE U.S. Men’s National Team played to win the game, that much is certain. But regardless of what the scoreboard states, the quality of the fight within the 80-minutes of play showed much more than the final 22-59 result in favour of the New Zealand Māori.
The Māori All Blacks were deadly from the start, scoring immediately on the kickoff for an early seven points from Regan Ware, Otere Black converting. The USA Eagles bit back right after, with a penalty goal slotted by Will Hooley to bring his side back.
Skilful with exploiting open space, the Māori won their second try with a gap on the right flank from Mitch Karpik, taking another soon from captain Ash Dixon after on a long pass to their prop who lined up on the wing. Two significant runs from Ryan Matyas and Dylan Audsley were stopped short on penalties after, forcing the Eagles to miss crucial opportunities.
While scoring from the New Zealand side was rampant, the fourth coming from Ben May, there were clear chunks of time where the Eagles brought a frustrating level of pressure on their opponent. A running maul pushed both teams to the five-metre line with the Māori drawing back-to-back penalties before Ash Dixon was handed the first of three New Zealand yellow cards.
The Men’s Eagles continued to threaten deep past the New Zealand side’s 22, forcing space inch-by-inch before a dangerous tackle on Shaun Davies drew another yellow card for the Māori. With the sizeable advantage, the USA saw fit to send Ryan Matyas flying down the wing with the ball for a critical score just before the half, 8-26.
Play resumed in the same way it originally started with the Māori punishing an open gap for another try, 8-31 from Isaia Walker-Leawere, who took a brace within five minutes. The Eagles remained patient, however, knowing the match was still within their reach regardless of what the scoreline (8-38) and time clock indicated.
Patient movements allowed the American squad to keep pushing the ball past the gain line but a turnover gave the New Zealand side a chance to make their way to the half. The Eagles’ opposition scored, turning the tables of frustration on a U.S. side still unwilling to go quietly.
In an unfortunate sequence, a loose Māori ball tossed possession back into U.S. hands. Hungry for the drive, ready for a try, the Men’s Eagles tossed the ball wide and saw it immediately intercepted by the New Zealanders. Breaking free and scoring again through Rob Thompson, the Americans were then down 8-45.
A brilliant moment captured audiences next when newcomer Tim Maupin — who was rostered late after an injury to Nate Augspurger — hung patiently on the wing for an offload from Will Magie.
Magie took the drive from Dylan Fawsitt running rapidly down the middle-edge before passing to Maupin on an incoming tackle. With defenders drawn to Magie, Maupin had the perfect opening to drive in and score his first-ever Eagle try, 15-45.
The New Zealand side was called for another yellow card shortly after for Robbie Abel. The Eagles would have one more shining moment before all was said and done at Soldier Field.
Ruben de Haas with a precision at the scrum, pulled the ball and tossed it to Ryan Matyas. Matyas, knowing he had nowhere left to go, passed it back to de Haas who made a split-second toss to Cam Dolan for the score, 22-45.
While the scoreline may have seemed one-sided, the Māori All Blacks were clearly challenged by their U.S. counterparts.
Regardless of a few crucial moments of hardship, the New Zealanders sparked two more tries from Jonah and Shaun Stevenson to make the final score 22-59.
The U.S. Men’s National Team has ended their 8-game win stream but still maintains an unbeaten record in test matches. As the Māori side is a developmental extension of the senior All Blacks, the Eagles will have every opportunity to regain their balance.
†Report courtesy of USA Rugby
15 Luke Hume 14 NATE AUGSPURGER (C) 13 Gannon Moore* 12 Dylan Audsley 11 Ryan Matyas 10 Will Hooley 9 Shaun Davies 1 Chance Wenglewski* 2 Dylan Fawsitt 3 Paul Mullen 4 Ben Landry 5 Nick Civetta 6 John Quill 7 Tony Lamborn 8 Cam Dolan BENCH: 16 James Hilterbrand 17 Anthony Purpura 18 Dino Waldren 19 Greg Peterson 20 Hanco Germishuys 21 Psalm Wooching 22 Ruben de Haas 23 Will Magie
SCORERS T: Matyas, Maupin, Dolan C: Hooley (2) P: Hooley
15 Shaun Stevenson 14 Jonah Lowe*13 Rob Thompson 12 Teihorangi Walden 11 Regan Ware* 10 Otere Black 9 Brad Weber 1 Chris Eves 2 ASH DIXON (C) 3 Ben May 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere* 5 Pari Pari Parkinson* 6 Reed Prinsep 7 Mitch Karpik* 8 Akira Ioane BENCH: 16 Robbie Abel* 17 Ross Wright 18 Marcel Renata 19 Hoani Matenga* 20 Billy Harmon* 21 Jonathan Ruru 22 Josh Ioane* 23 Matty Lansdown*
SCORERS T: Ware, Karpik, Dixon, Walker-Leawere (2), Thompson, Lowe, Stevenson C: Black (5), Ioane (2) Dixon, Parkinson, Abel
Referee: Karl Dickson Asst Referees: Alexandre Ruiz, Chris Assmus TMO: Andrew McMaster
NB KO times above are local; not all Tier 2 matches are covered in full