Stadion Markéta, Prague - Tuesday 08 November 2016
KO: 19:00 HT: 31-0 Att: 7,000
THE Barbarians ran in 11 tries as they entertained fans in Eastern Europe in the biggest game in the Czech Republic’s rugby history.
The famous invitation club came to celebrate the host union’s 90th anniversary at the Marketa Stadium in Prague, the first game televised by state TV in the country.
Broadcast highlights included elusive running that brought two tries apiece for the Budvar man of the match Melani Nanai (Blues), centre Matt Faddes (Highlanders), fly half Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders) and Kwagga Smith (Lions).
The other scores came from Toby Smith, Sam Carter and Schalk van der Merwe. Robert du Preez (Lions) added six conversions and Mo’unga two.
Visiting Prague was about more than the game, with the Barbarians holding an outreach session for local children and Head Coach Robbie Deans engaging with local coaches throughout the three-day trip.
The Czech Republic have a handful of players involved professionally in France and they drove around the ruck and attacked from set pieces in the opening quarter.
So Kwagga Smith’s try following scrum half Nik Stirzaker’s break, Mo’unga converting, was all the Barbarians had to show for the first 24 minutes of hard work.
Then they found some fluency in the remainder of the first half with four tries in the space of 15 minutes.
Toby Smith barged over after Stirzaker’s inside ball, Faddes cruised through some static defenders from long range before Sam Carter added another close-range effort.
Nanai’s was the pick of the bunch - a 60 metre gliding run followed by a killer sidestep to the line - and conversions from Mo’unga and du Preez made it 31-0 at the interval.
Kwagga Smith, Mo’unga and Faddes all struck early in the second half before the Czechs enjoyed their best spell of the game, reorganising their defence and driving for the line with second rows Miroslav Nemecek and Robert Voves their mainstays.
They were punished, though, when Mo’unga chipped ahead, regathered and dodged over 12 minutes from time and Montpellier prop Schalk van der Merwe was up in support to receive wing Luke Morahan’s assist to score the 10th try.
Nanai squeezed over in the corner for for No.11 before the Barbarians and their opponents paraded around the stadium in front of 7,000 supporters.
15 Michal Schlanger 14 Jakub Zalud (Martin Charvat 58) 13 Jan Rohlik 12 Jiri Pantucek 11 Karen Berounsky 10 Vaclav Jursik 9 Marek Simak (Vachtang Pailodze 58) 1 Lukáš Rapant (Emilio Calderoni 75) 2 Ondrej Kutil (Hubert Drimal 75) 3 Martin Havlicek (Pavel Elis 62) 4 Miroslav Nemecek (Jan Olbrich 75) 5 Robert Voves 6 Vojtech Hruska 7 Vojtech Mara 8 Vojtech Havel
15 Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs) 14 Luke Morahan (Force & Australia) 13 Matt Faddes (Highlanders) 12 Robert du Preez (Stormers) 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs/Panasonic & Australia) 10 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders) 9 Nic Stirzaker (Rebels) 1 Schalk van der Merwe (Montpellier) 2 Andrew Ready (Reds) 3 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia) 4 DAN TUOHY (C, ULSTER & IRELAND) 5 Martin Muller (Lions) 6 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia) 7 Kwagga Smith (Lions) 8 Ruan Ackermann (Lions) BENCH: 16 Akker van der Merwe (Lions) 17 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes) 18 Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand) 19 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes) 20 Brad Shields (Hurricanes) 21 Andy Ellis (Crusaders/Kobelco & New Zealand) 22 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders) 23 Melani Nanai (Blues)
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast - Friday 11 November 2016
KO: 19:30 HT: 28-0
THE Barbarians rounded off their 2016 tour in style with a 40-7 victory over Fiji in Belfast.
In the space of seven days, the famous invitation club drew 31-31 with giants South Africa, beat the Czech Republic 71-0 in Prague and then claimed the scalp of the Fijians who were warming up to face England at Twickenham.
The treacherous conditions made it hard for both sides to play fluently but the Baa Baas still scored six tries with Lions hooker Akker van der Merwe striking twice and the others coming from Highlanders wing Mattt Faddes, scrum half Andy Ellis (Crusaders), replacement fly half Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders) and Luke Morahan (Force) with man of the match Robert du Preez (Stormers) adding five conversions.
Fiji struggled throughout a rain-soaked first half before sparking themselves briefly into life after the break with Waisea Nayacalevu touching down, and Nemani Nadolo converting.
The Barbarians made a dramatic and coherent start, squeezing Fiji into errors and scoring twice inside the first six minutes.
Van der Merwe got his first when they drove over from a close-range lineout inside 120 seconds, then Ben Volavola’s clearance was charged down by Jordan Taufua and the ball regathered for Faddes to strike. Du Preez converted both, the latter with a drop goal from the touchline.
Van der Merwe got his second after 17 minutes, this time after a stampeding run from Taqele Naiyaravoro up the right, and World Cup winner Ellis sniped off the side of a ruck midway through the half for the fourth try.
Another two du Preez conversions put the Barbarians 28-0 up, but Fiji came back into an increasingly scrappy game after the interval after replacing fly half Ben Volavola with Nemia Kenatale.
The Islanders got on the board in the 54th minute, turning the ball over 30 metres out and attacking with Akapusi Qera’s carry setting up Nayacalevu to score in the corner.
They had chances after that, but the Barbarians cantered home in the final 10 minutes, replacement fly half Mo’unga getting over from close range and Morahan sliding in to touch down a well-weighted chip through the Fijian defence. Retiring Lions lock Martin Muller was handed the final conversion shot and missed by some distance.
15 Melani Nanai (Blues) 14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders) 13 Tommy Bowe (Ulster & Ireland) 12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders/Panasonic) 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs/Panasonic & Australia) 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers) 9 ANDY ELLIS (C, CRUSADERS/KOBELCO & NEW ZEALAND) 1 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes) 2 Akker van der Merwe (Lions) 3 Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand) 4 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes) 5 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia) 6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes) 7 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders) 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand) BENCH: 16 Andrew Ready (Reds) 17 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia) 18 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs & Australia) 19 Martin Muller (Lions) 20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions) 21 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa) 22 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders) 23 Luke Morahan (Force & Australia)
SCORERS T: van der Merwe (2), Faddes, Ellis, Mo'unga, Morahan C: du Preez (5)
15 Benito Masilevu 14 Waisea Nayacalevu 13 Asaeli Tikorotuma 12 Albert Vulivuli 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Ben Volavola 9 Serupepeli Vularika 1 Campese Ma'afu 2 Jale Sassen 3 Manasa Saulo 4 Api Ratuniyawara 5 Dominiko Waqaniburotu 6 Naulia Dawani 7 Mosese Voka 8 AKAPUSI QERA (C) BENCH: 16 Sunia Koto 17 Joeli Veitayaki 18 Leeroy Atalifo 19 Nemia Soqeta 20 Eremasi Radrodro 21 Nemia Kenatale 22 Metuisela Talebula 23 Vatemo Ravouvou
SCORERS T: Nayacalevu C: Nadolo
Referee: Nick Briant Asst Referees: George Clancy, David Wilkinson TMO: Neil Paterson
Twickenham - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 20-9 Att: 81,221
ON a grey, wet and quite miserable afternoon in South West London, once the Remembrance weekend formalities were done, the Springboks kicked off the fixture against England Rugby having won eleven of the last twelve encounters over the previous decade, England only managing a draw once in Port Elizabeth in 2012. But finally England overcame the hoodoo and beat the visitors 37-21 by four tries to two.
The opening stanza saw England lose composure and rhythm, while South Africa fly half Pat Lambie took advantage with a penalty and a drop goal to take a 6-0 lead, matching points to minutes passed.
The homeside burst into action in the eleventh minute from a lineout outside the Boks 22, the set piece working like clockwork for the entire team, and returning wing Jonny May flying over in the corner for the first try of the game. Owen Farrell floated over a perfect conversion almost from touch to take a 7-6 edge.
However, by the start of the second quarter, England had conceded six penalties already, and the Bokke having done all the hard work to bound into the home 22 again, Lambie deservedly moved his team ahead with a 3-pointer. Coach Eddie Jones looked decidedly unimpressed with the start from his team, after proclaiming all week how he had drilled the attack plan into the squad, but now they lay two points behind the visitors.
On the half hour mark, Eben Etzebeth clashed heads in defence with Billy Vunipola as England tore into the Bok 22, and was promptly sent off for a mandatory head injury assessment, from which he did not return, much to his obvious ire. Referee Jérôme Garcès awarded England a penalty from the crucial attacking scrum, and Farrell took the three points with ease and from then on, did not look back.
From a defensive lineout in their own 22, England somehow managed to keep possession despite the greasy pitch and ball, played out wide and a clever kick from Elliot Daly was chased by May, now into the Bok 22; though Ruan Combrinck got to it first, he could not quite hold on, Mike Brown hacked ahead and threw himself towards the tryline with Lambie upon him. It looked like a knock on but Courtney Lawes shot up directly behind to ground the ball. TMO Jon Mason confirmed that it was in fact Lambie’s hand that knocked the ball back, and on his 50th cap, Lawes scored his first Test try. The conversion was simple, yet England were not done.
In the 40th minute, the Boks were caught offside at the breakdown on halfway, and the kicking duties were handed to young Wasps centre, Daly, who thumped over the penalty from an impressive 51m, giving England a solid 20-9 advantage before the break. For a team that played only ten minutes of effective rugby, the homeside came off well against a determined but unpolished Springbok effort.
No doubt harsh words were meted at halftime in the England home changing room, and the boys in white exploded into the second half with Vunipola the younger setting up Ben Youngs to break under cover of Brown, dummy surreptitiously and fast offload to George Ford who sprinted just wide of the posts for a simple conversion for Farrell. Four minutes gone, 27-9 clear already.
Further penalties came from the opposition, and Farrell popped over another while the Boks were unable to disrupt England’s setpiece play. Despite captain Dylan Hartley having little game time since his back strain, Jones faith in him to stride straight back in where he left off was proved correct, England not failing once at the lineout or scrum under his direction. Hartley was, however, replaced by the formidable Jamie George with 24 minutes to go.
The Springboks finally found their way, gradually building up to twelve phases for Lambie’s replacement, Johan Goosen to skid over the whitewash. All the officials agreed that Francois Venter’s pass to Warren Whiteley was not forward -though quite clearly it was- and the Boks amassed 14 points going into the final quarter, Goosen missing the conversion.
Both sides slowly trotted on replacements, which gathered little momentum for England who could easily have clocked up a handful more tries. Farrell missed his only penalty from the ten metre, almost in front of the posts, but soon made up for it with Youngs pulling exactly the same move for his other fly half masquerading quite brilliantly as a centre to score. Owen’s conversion took England to a 37-14 lead.
Meanwhile Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler, Samoan international rugby league convert Ben Te’o, and Fijian-born, Samoan-qualified but snapped up by England and Wasps back-rower, Nathan Hughes, were honoured with their first international caps off the bench. The England penalties continued to accumulate, reaching 11 by the end of the match.
The final significant penalty gave the Boks an attacking lineout at the England 22, Danny Care missed the interception from lack of height, and Eddie Jones looked positively disconcerted up in the stand. His consternation was not unfounded as from the ensuing scrum, Willie le Roux snuck over just short of the corner for a consolation try, and Combrinck’s conversion brought the final score to 37-21.
Granted England secured their 11th consecutive win, and tenth under the current coach just a week short of his appointment anniversary, and dispelled the Springbok stranglehold on English rugby, but Eddie Jones was vocal in his summation of the game:
“We're certainly not satisfied with our performance. Areas of our game that really need tidying up.
“We were just put off our game the first 20. They came at us hard. We don't have a discipline problem. We gave away some silly penalties and we can fix that easily.
“But we regained our composure, control. I thought some of our attack today was good and some was very poor. Defensively we gave away a soft try at the end which was disappointing. But all in all we get a pass mark today.”
But not all the words of the taskmaster were harsh, “We've got 10 of the squad that went to Australia not here, so we've had to put together a new team, get people to understand how we want to play.”
Joe Launchbury won man of the match with his unassuming but deadly work around the park, and Jones singled him out alongside Lawes, “It shows we've got great depth in the lock position. I thought him and Courtney... Courtney's played his 50th Test and his next 50 is going to be better than his previous 50.”
Springboks coach, Allister Coetzee, and former backroom teammate of Jones, knows where his team is at, and tried to focus on the upside, and gave his opposition high praise, “When I look at the team and the team doesn’t give up and showed toward the end that it keeps fight, I draw comfort from that.
“It’s tough, you’ve got to hang in there. It’s never easy, you’ve got to keep working and focusing on the positive things.
“The English I don’t think play high-risk rugby, but they execute it v well. They are very clinical and effective with what they do, having a good defensive system and working very hard. They are very good. They are the best in the world at the moment.”
15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Elliot Daly 12 Owen Farrell 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 DYLAN HARTLEY (C) 3 Dan Cole 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Courtney Lawes 6 Chris Robshaw 7 Tom Wood 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Joe Marler 18 Kyle Sinckler* 19 Dave Attwood 20 Nathan Hughes* 21 Danny Care 22 Ben Te’o* 23 Jonathan Joseph
SCORERS T: May, Lawes, Ford, Farrell C: Farrell (4) P: Farrell (2), Daly
15 Willie le Roux 14 Ruan Combrinck 13 Francois Venter* 12 Damian de Allende 11 JP Pietersen 10 Patrick Lambie 9 Rudy Paige 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 ADRIAAN STRAUSS (C) 3 Vincent Koch 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Lood de Jager 6 Willem Alberts 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 8 Warren Whiteley BENCH: 16 Bongi Mbonambi 17 Steven Kitshoff 18 Lourens Adriaanse 19 Franco Mostert 20 Nizaam Carr 21 Faf de Klerk 22 Johan Goosen 23 Lionel Mapoe
SCORERS T: Goosen, le Roux C: Combrinck P: Lambie (2) DG: Lambie
Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Glen Jackson, Andrew Brace TMO: Jon Mason
BT Murrayfield Stadium - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 17-10 Att: 65,395
THE Qantas Wallabies escaped Murrayfield Stadium with a dramatic one-point victory over Scotland in a 23-22 cliffhanger. The win was Australia’s second consecutive one-point victory over Scotland, following its 35-34 quarter-final win at last year’s Rugby World Cup.
Scotland burst out of the gate in front of a 65,395-strong Murrayfield crowd with inside centre Alex Dunbar’s strong run putting skipper Greig Laidlaw in range to draw first blood with a penalty goal after the Australian defence was caught offside.
Moments later, the situation became worse for the Aussies when Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell put a neat kick over the defence which sat up perfectly off the bounce for a charging Jones to race away and score. Laidlaw’s conversion opened up a 10-0 lead for Scotland inside the opening ten minutes of play, however the Wallabies responded quickly through a brilliantly-executed play from the lineout.
Bernard Foley worked a run-around play after the Wallabies won the ball just inside the Scottish half, linking with a sweeping Dane Haylett-Petty who in turn offloaded to send Reece Hodge away for his second Test try.
Soon after, Foley levelled the scores when Scotland were penalised for collapsing the scrum but the relief was short-lived for Australia. The home side recaptured the lead when Jones crossed for his second try after skipping past Kuridrani after some slick hands out wide, 17-10.
Going into the break trailing by seven, the Wallabies were given a gift three points to start the second half but again it was Scotland who were first to the tryline when lock Jonny Gray grounded the ball despite the attention of three Wallabies defenders in the 48th minute. Laidlaw missed the conversion to take the Scotland score to 22-13.
Foley added another penalty goal to close the gap to six points, but that was where the scoring would cease for a further 20 minutes until Tevita Kuridrani provided the match-winning moment.
The giant centre reached out with his right arm and slammed the ball down next to the right upright despite being pulled down short of the line by Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg. The try came after replacement forward Will Skelton was shown a yellow card in the 69th minute.
The end-to-end contest was punctuated by passages of brilliant attacking Rugby from both sides, while the breakdown battle was as physical as ever. Bernard Foley’s perfect night with the boot was good enough to counter for the three-tries-to-two margin in favour of the home side, with Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw's rare off day with the boot ultimately costing his team.
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Sean Maitland 13 Huw Jones 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Tim Visser 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell* 2 Ross Ford 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Richie Gray 5 Jonny Gray 6 John Barclay 7 Hamish Watson 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Gordon Reid 18 Moray Low 19 Grant Gilchrist 20 John Hardie 21 Ali Price* 22 Pete Horne 23 Rory Hughes
SCORERS T: Jones (2), Jonny Gray C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw
15 Israel Folau 14 Dane Haylett-Petty 13 Tevita Kuridrani 12 Reece Hodge 11 Henry Speight 10 Bernard Foley 9 Will Genia 1 Scott Sio 2 STEPHEN MOORE (C) 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Rory Arnold 5 Adam Coleman 6 David Pocock 7 Michael Hooper 8 Lopeti Timani BENCH: 16 Tolu Latu 17 Tom Robertson 18 Allan Alaalatoa 19 Rob Simmons 20 Will Skelton 21 Dean Mumm 22 Nick Phipps 23 Quade Cooper
SCORERS T: Hodge, Kuridrani C: Foley (2) P: Foley (3) Skelton
Referee: John Lacey Asst Referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Ian Davies TMO: Simon McDowell
Mikheil Mekshi Stadium, Tbilisi - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-8
15 Merab Kvirikashvili 14 Tamaz Mchedlidze 13 Davit Kacharava12 Merab Sharikadze 11 Giorgi Aptsiauri 10 Lasha Khmaladze 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 1 Mikheil Nariashvili 2 Jaba Bregvadze 3 Levan Chilachava 4 Kote Mikautadze 5 Giorgi Nemsadze 6 MAMUKA GORGODZE (C) 7 Vito Kolelishvili 8 Beka Bitsadze BENCH: 16 Badri Alkhazashvili 17 Vasil Kakovin 18 Davit Kubriashvili 19 Lasha Lomidze 20 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili 21 Giorgi Begadze 22 Lasha Malaguradze 23 Anzor Sitchinava
SCORERS T: Kolelishvili, Lobzhanidze, Bitsadze C: Kvirikashvili (2) P: Kvirikashvili Sitchinava
15 Kotaro Matsushima 14 Lomano Lemeki 13 Timothy Lafaele 12 Harumichi Tatekawa 11 Karne Hesketh 10 Yu Tamura 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 1 Satoshi Nakatani 2 Shota Horie 3 Heiichiro Ito 4 Kotaro Yatabe 5 Kyosuke Kajikawa 6 Malgene Ilaua 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki 8 Amanaki Mafi BENCH: 16 Takeshi Hino 17 Masataka Mikami 18 Yasuo Yamaji 19 Smuera Anise 20 Uwe Helu 21 Keisuke Uchida 22 Amanaki Lotoahea 23 Kenki Fukuoka
SCORERS T: Matsushima, Lemeki (2), Fukuoka C: Tamura P: Tamura (2)
Referee: Federico Anselmi Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Dan Jones TMO: Brian MacNiece
Stadio Olimpico - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-35 Att: 60,693
TEN tries to one and a scoreline of 68-10 spelled the difference between a team of emerging All Blacks and a wayward Italian side who failed to deliver in Rome on Saturday.
The visitors were smarting from their shock loss to Ireland the previous week, determined to prove a point in the world that they are still No1. And from the fourth minute onwards, Malakai Fekitoa, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Israel Dagg and Wyatt Crockett each ran in a try before halftime, Aaron Cruden converting all seven. Italy’s only reply was a penalty from the boot of Carlo Canna in the 13th minute, and there was little Conor O’Shea’s homeside could do to stop the carnage of 35 points in as many minutes.
The stats only got worse for the Azzurri after the break, the All Blacks upping both territory and possession, averaging 66%. The half began with Steven Luatua opening the second half with his converted effort, and early on both coaches began dispensing replacements, hoping for an impact on the scoreline.
For most of the 40 minutes, it was the All Blacks who benefitted, and Elliot Dixon added to the try count alongside debutant Reiko Ioane, both of whom scored their first Test tries for New Zealand. Ioane was quickly followed by the devastating Waisake Naholo who ran onto the ball from Anton Lienert-Brown's dab inside pass for a final flourish. Fekitoa had earlier made it a brace, while replacement fly half Lima Sopoaga missed his first effort, but added to the All Blacks score to make it ten tries to the good.
Italy did take advantage by way of an intercepted pass by replacement Edoardo Gori who was able to get the ball to replacement Tommaso Boni, who beat a solitary tackle attempt by Sopoaga to score. Tommaso Allan converted, and the Azzurri reached a grand total of ten points.
After the fall in Chicago, the game was the perfect stimulus for an All Blacks side contemplating a fascinating return encounter with Ireland in Dublin the next week.
15 Edoardo Padovani 14 Giulio Bisegni 13 Tommaso Benvenuti 12 Luke Mclean 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Carlo Canna 9 Giorgio Bronzini* 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Lorenzo Cittadini 4 Marco Fuser 5 Andries Van Schalkwyk 6 Maxime Mbanda’ 7 Simone Favaro 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Ornel Gega 17 Sami Panico 18 Pietro Ceccarelli 19 George Biagi 20 Francesco Minto 21 Edoardo Gori 22 Tommaso Allan 23 Tommaso Boni
SCORERS T: Boni C: Allan P: Canna
15 Damian McKenzie 14 Israel Dagg 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Anton Lienert-Brown 11 Waisake Naholo 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Codie Taylor 3 Charlie Faumuina 4 Patrick Tuipulotu 5 Scott Barrett 6 Elliot Dixon 7 SAM CANE (C) 8 Steven Luatua BENCH: 16 Liam Coltman* 17 Joe Moody 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 19 Brodie Retallick 20 Matt Todd 21 Aaron Smith 22 Lima Sopoaga 23 Rieko Ioane*
SCORERS T: Fekitoa (2), Faumuina, Tuipulotu, Dagg, Crockett, Luatua, Dixon, Ioane, Naholo C: Cruden (7), Sopoaga (2)
Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Alexandre Ruiz, Dudley Phillips TMO: Eric Gauzins
Principality Stadium - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 17:30 HT: 6-3 Att: 50,175
15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Scott Williams 11 Liam Williams 10 Dan Biggar 9 Gareth Davies 1 GETHIN JENKINS (C) 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Luke Charteris 5 Alun Wyn Jones 6 Sam Warburton 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Scott Baldwin 17 Nicky Smith 18 Samson Lee 19 Cory Hill 20 James King 21 Lloyd Williams 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 Jamie Roberts
SCORERS T: Liam Williams, Gareth Davies C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny (4)
15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Matías Moroni 13 Matías Orlando 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Ramiro Moyano 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 1 Lucas Noguera 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Guido Petti 5 Matías Alemanno 6 Pablo Matera 7 Javier Ortega Desio 8 Facundo Isa BENCH: 16 Julián Montoya 17 Santiago García Botta 18 Enrique Pieretto 19 Leonardo Senatore 20 Tomas Lezana 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias 23 Santiago Cordero
SCORERS T: Hernandez, Landajo C: Sanchez (2) P: Sanchez (2) Herrera
Referee: Angus Gardner Asst Referees: Mike Fraser, Luke Pearce TMO: Sean Davey
Stadium Municipal de Toulouse - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 17:45 HT: 26-3
15 Scott Spedding 14 Yoann Huget 13 Remi Lamerat 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Virimi Vakatawa 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Uini Atonio 4 Julien Le Devedec 5 Yoann Maestri 6 Loann Goujon 7 Kevin Gourdon8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Camille Chat 17 Cyril Baille 18 Rabah Slimani 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina 20 Charles Ollivon 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Jean-Marc Doussain 23 Gael Fickou
SCORERS T: Vakatawa (3), Huget, Ollivon, Fickou, PT C: Machenaud (2), Serin (2) P: Machenaud (3)
15 Paul Williams 14 Paul Perez 13 George Pisi 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 DAVID LEMI (C) 10 Patrick Fa’apale 9 Kahn Fotuali'i 1 Zac Taulafo 2 Manu Leiataua 3 Census Johnston 4 Christopher Vui 5 Filo Paulo 6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 7 Jack Lam 8 Genesis Mamea-Lemalu BENCH: 16 Elia Elia 17 Logovi'i Mulipola 18 Anthony Perenise 19 Jeff Lepa 20 Gregory Foe 21 Pele Cowley 22 D'Angelo Leuila 23 Ken Pisi
SCORERS T: Lee-Lo P: Fa'apale
Referee: JP Doyle Asst Referees: Craig Joubert, Tom Foley TMO: Stefano Penne
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 18:00 HT: 20-0
ROMANIA outscored the USA Eagles three tries to one at the Stadionul Arcul de Triumf on Saturday evening, with the visiting Will Holder accounting for all of the Men's Eagles points in the 23-10 match.
The defeat was the second for the Eagles on their November Tour, which kicked off against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks the previous weekend at "The Rugby Weekend Presented by AIG" in Chicago. Holder converted his own try and kicked a late penalty goal with 16th-ranked Romania, accounting for all 10 points.
Romania used its pack and set pieces to great effect in the first half, scoring the match's first try through lock Johan Van Heerden five minutes after centre Florin Vlaicu missed a first-up penalty goal attempt. The backs proved dangerous, as well, scoring the second try in the 11th minute when full back Catalin Fercu chased down his scrum half's kick over the defence.
Vlaicu extended the lead to 15-0 after 16 minutes before Viorel Lucaci managed to put the ball down in the corner through a Blaine Scully tackle five minutes from the break.
Reinforcements from the bench helped the Eagles gain more of a foothold on the match in the second half, breaking the gain line on more occasions and forcing the Romanian defence to defend rapidly. Holder used the space created by the forwards to dive over the try line beside the posts in the 53rd minute before Romanian hooker Eugen Capatana was sent to the bin for denying the full back another potential scoring opportunity.
The Eagles could not turn the man-advantage into points, however, scoring a penalty goal once the Romanian was released from the sin bin. Though there was more attacking play for Mitchell's squad and a slew of penalties against the host in the latter stages of the game, Vlaicu put the margin out of reach for the visitors for a 23-10 final.
15 Catalin Fercu 14 Tangimana Fonovai 13 Jack Umaga 12 Florin Vlaicu 11 Ionut Dumitru 10 Jody Rose 9 Florin Surugiu 1 Mihai Lazar 2 Eugen Capatana 3 Alexandru Tarus 4 Johann Van Heerden 5 Marius Antonescu 6 Viorel Lucaci 7 Vasile Rus 8 Stelian Burcea BENCH: 16 Andrei Radoi 17 Ionel Badiu 18 Alex Gordas 19 Valentin Poparlan 20 Andrei Gorcioaia 21 Vali Calafeteanu 22 Stephen Shennan 23 Florin Popa
SCORERS T: van Heerden, Fercu, Lucaci C: Vlaicu P: Vlaicu (2) Capatana
15 Madison Hughes 14 Blaine Scully 13 Thretton Palamo 12 Bryce Campbell 11 Martin Iosefo 10 Will Holder 9 Nate Augspurger 1 Titi Lamositele 2 Joe Taufete'e 3 Chris Baumann 4 Nate Brakeley 5 Nick Civetta 6 Al McFarland 7 TODD CLEVER(C) 8 Andrew Durutalo BENCH: 16 James Hilterbrand 17 Eric Fry 18 Dino Waldren 19 Samu Manoa 20 Langilangi Haupeakui 21 Stephen Tomasin 22 JP Eloff 23 Matai Leuta
SCORERS T: Holder C: Holder P: Holder
Referee: Paul Williams Asst Referees: Greg Garner, Gary Conway TMO: Carlo Damasco
Aviva Stadium - Saturday 12 November 2016
KO: 19:15 HT: 21-14 Att: 43,000
15 Tiernan O'Halloran 14 Craig Gilroy 13 Garry Ringrose* 12 Luke Marshall 11 Keith Earls 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Kieran Marmion 1 Cian Healy 2 Sean Cronin 3 Finlay Bealham 4 Ultan Dillane 5 Billy Holland* 6 PETER O'MAHONY (C) 7 Sean O'Brien 8 Jack O'Donoghue* BENCH: 16 James Tracy* 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 John Ryan* 19 Donnacha Ryan 20 Dan Leavy* 21 Luke McGrath* 22 Joey Carbery 23 Niyi Adeolukun*
SCORERS T: Earls, Marshall, O'Halloran (2), PT, Dillane, Marmion, Tracy C: Jackson (6)
15 Matt Evans 14 DTH van der Merwe 13 Conor Trainor 12 Ciaran Hearn 11 Taylor Paris 10 Connor Braid 9 Gordon McRorie 1 Djustice Sears -Duru 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Brett Beukeboom 5 Evan Olmstead 6 Kyle Baillie 7 Lucas Rumball 8 AARON CARPENTER (C) BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Rob Brouwer 18 Matt Tierney 19 Admir Cejvanovic 20 Matt Heaton 21 Phil Mack 22 Patrick Parfrey 23 Nick Blevins
SCORERS T: van der Merwe, Paris, Evans C: McRorie (3)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen Asst Referees: Matt Carley, Thomas Charabas TMO: Gareth Simmonds
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