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Rugby Park, Kilmarnock - Saturday 22 November 2014
KO: 14:30 HT: 14-12 Att: 16,026
A fiery pre-match Sipi Tau from the Tongans threatened to set the plastic pitch on fire as the visitors laid down their mark on kick-off at Rugby Park, as Kilmarnock hosted its first Scotland international of the oval ball kind.
Despite something of a shaky start, with the visitors putting the first points on the board, Scotland put in a much stronger second half performance to end this viagogo Autumn Test series with a 37-12 win - five tries, two penalties and three conversions to four penalties - and two wins from three overall.
In front of a crowd of over 16,000, Tonga kicked off and bossed the first few phases, Scotland passing up a number of chances to break the line, but a slipped pass switched possession and put Tonga on the attack again, to win and have stand-off Fosita duly slot the penalty to put the visitors 0-3 ahead after 10 minutes.
Scotland immediately hit back with kick to touch and scrum 5m out from Tonga's line, picked out by Laidlaw but the line faltered with a missed pass and intercept from Tonga who kicked upfield. Seymour just outran the chasing pack to retrieve the ball, which was rolling precariously towards the whitewash, as the players were pulled back for a lineout.
As the Tongans were subsequently pinged twice for coming in from the side, the Scots made the yards. Rolling maul after rolling maul eventually saw a huddle of blue-clad bodies cross the line, Cowan credited with the score, and Laidlaw adding the extras from out wide to put the home side 7-3 ahead after 16 minutes.
Barely 2 minutes later, with the Scots pinged for not rolling away, Hosita nailed another penalty from almost the halfway to put the visitors ahead 7-9. The Scots momentarily lost shape, with Dunbar yellow carded for a dangerous tackle, and Tonga were awarded another penalty for infringement at the breakdown just before the half hour mark, duly slotted by Fosita to make it 7-12 - as it turned out, the last points of the afternoon for the visitors.
The restart kick was collected mid-air on the wing by Visser and thrown out wide, the Scottish pack pressing the line from all angles. Laidlaw charged down an intercept moments later with Russell diving on the ball as it rumbled over the line but the try was disallowed.
As Tonga then raced to the Scots line, the try seemingly on, there came a moment of magic from fullback Stuart Hogg. Intercepting a pass on its way, surely, to the whitewash, Hogg ran the length of the field to touch down by the posts, the score duly converted by Laidlaw to edge Scotland 14-12 ahead on 33 minutes - the score standing until half time - the home side only then returning to full complement as Dunbar returned to the field.
Both sides came out firing after the break and, 3 minutes into the second half, the Scots were pulled back for infringement at the set piece. However Fosita, kicking from the left at length, missed.
Minutes later a pin-sharp pass from stand-off Russell saw centre Alex Dunbar break through the Tongan line and wrestle his way across the line to dot down in the top corner. A tricky conversion from a narrow angle at the touchline went wide however the 19-12 scoreline gave the Scots, and the crowd, a visible boost.
A steal from the lineout by flanker Rob Harley set up the next phase of activity which ended with a penalty awarded to Scotland in front of the posts. This time Laidlaw did not miss, increasing Scotland’s lead to 22-12 on the 54-minute mark.
A further steal at the back of the lineout from Cowan - Scotland won six Tongan lineouts in the second half - saw centre Sean Lamont pass out wide to Visser who hared up the wing before being bundled into touch. A promising phase ended with possession returning to Tonga, who worked their way back towards Scotland’s line after the home side were pinged for coming in at the side.
Despite the bulk of the Tongan pack, Scotland won an important scrum as they progressed into the opposition 22 on the 60-minute mark, pressing home the advantage and winning the next phase as Tonga were penalised for standing up in the scrum and Laidlaw struck the penalty sweetly between the posts.
Substitute Strokosch immediately made his mark with a number of handoffs to move the ball upfield, with Russell putting in some good yards to see prop Geoff Cross over the whitewash just over 5 minutes later - confirmed after a few nervous moments with the TMO - and converted in front of the posts to make it 32-12 by Laidlaw who had now reached 299 points for his country.
With the bit between their teeth and ball in hand Scotland harried the Tongan line for phase after phase going into the last ten minutes.
A mammoth kick to touch crossfield from Russell was scooped up by winger Tommy Seymour who touched down just by the flag, to the delight of the crowd. Russell’s conversion was just short but at 37-12 on 78m, the match was out of Tonga’s reach.
Reflecting on the win head coach Vern Cotter said: “It was a hard game, very tough, with a lot of pressure on us.
"We tried to do simple things well, worked hard and finally got on top.”
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Sean Lamont 12 Alex Dunbar 11 Tim Visser 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Alasdair Dickinson 2 Ross Ford 3 Geoff Cross 4 Richie Gray 5 Jonny Gray 6 Rob Harley 7 Blair Cowan 8 Johnnie Beattie BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Gordon Reid 18 Ryan Grant 19 Kieran Low 20 Alasdair Strokosch 21 Chris Cusiter 22 Duncan Weir 23 Duncan Taylor
SCORERS T: Cowan, Hogg, Dunbar, Cross, Seymour C: Laidlaw (3) P: Laidlaw (2) Dunbar
15 Vungakoto Lilo 14 David Halaifonua 13 Siale Piutau 12 Hemani Paea 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo 10 Latiume Fosita 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Viliami Ma'afu 7 NILI LATU (C) 6 Sione Kalamafoni 5 Joe Tu'ineau 4 Tukulua Lokotui 3 Paea Fa'anunu 2 Aleki Lutui 1 Tevita Mailau BENCH: 16 Elvis Taione 17 Sione Lea 18 Sila Puafisi 19 Lisiate Fa'aoso 20 Hale T Pole 21 Tomasi Palu 22 Kurt Morath 23 Sione Piukala
SCORERS P: Fosita (4) Latu
Referee: JP Doyle (RFU) Asst. Referees: Greg Garner (RFU), Marius Mitrea (FIR) TMO: Carlo Damasco (FIR)
Stadio Euganeo, Padua - Saturday 22 November 2014
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-8 Att: 24,500
THE Azzurri, dressed in white, put up a brave performance against the touring Springboks in Padua on Saturday afternoon, eventually losing 6-22 in a hard fought match where the score entirely belied the intensity and sheer dogged defence from the homeside.
Not until almost the final quarter did South Africa look a threat, Italy holding the visitors to a 6-8 score until the replacements made an appearance to save Heyneke Meyer’s side from embarrassment.
The Springboks began with most of the possession and territory, but slowly leaked it away until it averaged almost equal throughout the match. And had Kelly Haimona - earning only his third cap - had his kicking boots on, it may have been a different story, but the fly half missed 50% of his kicks at goal.
Immense early pressure from the Azzurri led to South Africa gifting their first of 11 penalties early on, but Haimona was unable to get points on the board from a long range kick. But the 11th minute the opportunity was from a more favourable angle after the Springboks infringed again, and this time the fly half made no mistake.
Patrick Lambie equalised in the 15th minute, and then for the first time, the Springboks illustrate why they are ranked second in world rugby. From an attacking 5m lineout, after Alessandro Zanni knocked it away, the Boks set the scrum, and showing patience whilst recycling; the Azzurri expected the ball to come through Adriaan Strauss, but Coenie Oosthuizen forced his arm to the whitewash from the breakdown. Entering the second quarter, the Boks led 8-3 after Lambie missed the conversion.
Following a period of missed opportunities from both sides, and a host of turnovers, eventually the Springboks attacked the Italian tryline again, but JP Pietersen, faced with a clear run to the corner, momentarily forgot how to catch the ball and knocked it on, sending another 7 points begging. And within 5 minutes, Azzurri defence slowed ball down deep in their own 22 again, enough to win the penalty, win another scrum - maintaining a 100% record for the full 80 - and hurled the Boks away from the danger zone. But in the process, prop Matías Aguero hobbled off the pitch, replaced by Alberto de Marchi.
Quickly the Boks had another opportunity from the setpiece on the 22, but Italy stole the lineout and made light work of heading towards the Springbok 22. Eben Etzebeth attempted to halt the powerful driving maul, and his illegality allowed Haimona to set the half time score to within 2 points of the visitors, 6-8.
Ten minutes into the second half and fisticuffs broke out, and quite entertainingly, Bismarck du Plessis, just on for Strauss, repeatedly whined at referee Jérôme Garcès that hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini had slapped him first.
Andrea Masi played a blinder, offloading to captain Sergio Parisse over halfway from turnover ball in own 22. Unfortunately, the quick was another too far for Haimona to take the lead, as the ball fell millimetres short of the crossbar.
With the injection of Nizaam Carr, Gurthrö Steenkamp, young Handré Pollard and the electric Willie le Roux, approaching the final quarter, the Boks switched the game up a pace. After patient forward momentum was achieved, Carr deftly offloaded to scrumhalf Cobus Reinach who galloped in under the posts for a try, converted by Pollard, 6-15.
Both sides emptied their benches, and the fresh blood improved the Boks’ defence. A neat crosskick was somehow rescued by Parisse despite being surrounded by green shirts deep in South Africa’s 22, but the resulting 5m lineout was stolen, and the Springboks hustled the Azzurri away.
The remaining 10 minutes were squandered by both sides, whilst the enthusiastic crowd were in fine voice. The two scores Italy needed looked not so distant in the 76th minute when a grubber kick from Luciano Orquera headed into the Bok 22, but it rolled into touch before Michele Campagnaro could reach it.
Italy lost their composure in the dying minutes, gifting a penalty to the visitors, but Pollard failed to find touch, and the Azzurri attacked one last time. And the final of 17 turnovers apiece, from inside their own 22, Lood de Jager cleared to le Roux, run by Pollard and a final offload to Bryan Habana gave the Boks a last hoorah with a converted try for a 6-22 final score.
It was the first time since June 2008 that the Springboks had managed to keep Italy from scoring a try and the first time ever the Azzurri failed to cross the South African try-line in a Test in front of their home fans.
“I’m very happy with the result and fact that we didn’t concede any tries and no points in the second half,” said Meyer. “I’ll always prefer a try-count of 3-0 instead of 5-3.”
Immediately after the game, Rugby World Cup winning lock, Bakkies Botha, who made his Test debut on 9 November 2002 against France in Marseille, while his 85th and final appearance for South Africa was last Saturday, when he came on as a replacement in the 31-28 victory over England at Twickenham, announced his retirement.
“Bakkies will go down in history as one of the greatest Springboks of all time,” said Meyer of the 85-times capped lock forward. “He is a giant on the field and off it and never gave an inch, which personifies what Springbok rugby is all about.
“I’ve coached him for a very long time and while I’m immensely very proud of the player he’s become, I’m even more proud of the man Bakkies has become. I’ll forever be very proud of having been his coach.”
15 Andrea Masi 14 Luke McLean 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Luca Morisi 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Kelly Haimona 9 Edoardo Gori 1 Matias Aguero 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Martin Castrogiovanni 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 5 Joshua Furno 6 Alessandro Zanni 7 Samuela Vunisa 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Andrea Manici 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Dario Chistolini 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Francesco Minto 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Luciano Orquera 23 Giulio Toniolatti
SCORERS P: Haimona (2)
15 Johan Goosen 14 JP Pietersen 13 Jan Serfontein 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Pat Lambie 9 Cobus Reinach 1 Trevor Nyakane 2 Adriaan Strauss 3 Coenie Oosthuizen 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Victor Matfield 6 Marcell Coetzee 7 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Bismarck du Plessis 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp 18 Julian Redelinghuys* 19 Lood de Jager 20 Nizaam Carr* 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Handré Pollard 23 Willie le Roux
SCORERS T: Oosthuizen, Reinach, Habana C: Pollard (2) P: Lambie
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (FFR) Asst. Referees: Pascal Gaüzère (FFR), Alexandre Ruiz (FFR) TMO: Gareth Simmonds (WRU)
Aviva Stadium - Saturday 22 November 2014
KO: 16:30 HT: 20-20 Att: 51,100
IRELAND ended their impressive Guinness Series run in victorious fashion, clocking a third and final win at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, defeating the Qantas Wallabies 26-23, continuing the Six Nations Champions’ unbeaten run at home in 2014.
The match started at a frenetic pace as the Wallabies looked to go wide early in attack as the Australian backs tested the Irish defence. But Jonathan Sexton gave Ireland a 3-0 lead early in the match with a successful penalty conversion after the Wallabies infringed at the breakdown, though his missed his second attempt.
A turnover off Wallaby lock Luke Jones, in his second Test for Australia, gave Ireland a counter attacking opportunity with a kick in behind the Wallaby defence. Winger Simon Zebo raced forward to successfully collect the ball, beating Nick Phipps, and score in the corner. This time Sexton did not miss his strike at the uprights in the 13th minute.
The Wallabies attempted to counter quickly as the score reached 10-0, but a rapid attack in Ireland’s defensive zone went disastrously for the visitors as Irish centre Tommy Bowe rushed out of his line to intercept the ball and run 80 metres to score in magnificent fashion.
Sexton converted and Ireland extended its lead to 17-0 as the crowd roared its appreciation and the Wallabies were left to collect their thoughts.
The action continued at a raging pace and the Wallabies were finally able to work their way into the match after a pass from Zebo was deftly intercepted from outside his 22 by Nick Phipps, who broke through the Green defence to score underneath the posts. A successful conversion from Bernard Foley brought the score to 17-7, just as the first quarter drew to an end.
The Wallabies continued to earn some possession and territory as the forwards muscled up in the contest, which over the course of the match favoured Australia 55%. And in the 22nd minute, from a 5m lineout, Australia scored in the corner after a cross field kick from Bernard Foley went into the arms of Test debutant Henry Speight. Speight was caught just short of the line but Nick Phipps popped a pass to his fly half allowing Foley to score, eventually confirmed by the TMO Eric Gauzins, much to the annoyance of the Irish fans who deemed the final pass forward from replays. The kick was missed but the Wallabies were finally able to find some momentum as the score moved to 17-12 in favour of Ireland.
Australia were again the next to score, the third try came through some excellent ball movement between the Wallaby forwards and backs as a string of pop passes kept the ball alive and the Irish defence retreated which allowed Foley and Phipps to combine for Phipps’ second try. Foley missed another conversion leaving the scores locked at 17-17.
Both sides traded penalties before the end of the first half, leaving the scores at 20-20 at the break.
The break was kinder to Ireland as they were able to regain the lead with Johnny Sexton kicking his team to 23 points to Australia’s 20 after the Wallabies were penalised at the breakdown.
Kurtley Beale came on for Tevita Kuridrani after he limped off with a knocked ankle, and the battle of the fly halfs continued as Foley responded with a successful penalty conversion of his own after the Wallabies scrum placed too much pressure on the Irish pack, leaving the score at 23-23.
The second half continued to be a struggle for both teams as each side attempted to wrestle the upper hand. Following a ferocious contest at the breakdown, Ireland got the opportunity they craved with Sexton again successfully kicking a penalty taking the score to 26-23 in the 64th minute.
Australia emptied their bench, including bringing on Quade Cooper who was needed to inject some much-warranted flair back into the game, while Ireland trickled on a few replacements of their own.
For the second week in a row, the Wallabies had all the momentum in the final moments of the match as Australia advanced with wave after wave of successful phases. But ultimately Ireland was able to be passionate and defensively astute, and an isolated Australian player allowed Ian Madigan to effect a vital turnover, giving Ireland a penalty and allowing them to escape the Australian attack as the full time siren echoed around the packed stadium, which erupted with glee.
Straight after the game, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was assessed by the match day doctors after feeling unwell, and was sent to St Vincents Hospital where on Saturday night he had his appendix removed and was reported to be recovering well.
15 Rob Kearney 14 Tommy Bowe 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Gordon D'Arcy 11 Simon Zebo 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Conor Murray 8 Jamie Heaslip 7 Rhys Ruddock 6 Peter O'Mahony 5 PAUL O'CONNELL (C) 4 Devin Toner 3 Mike Ross 2 Rory Best 1 Jack McGrath BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Rodney Ah You 19 Dave Foley 20 Tommy O'Donnell 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Ian Madigan 23 Felix Jones
SCORERS T: Zebo, Bowe C: Sexton(2) P: Sexton (4)
15 Israel Folau 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper 13 Tevita Kuridrani 12 Matt Toomua 11 Henry Speight* 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 1 James Slipper 2 Saia Fainga’a 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Sam Carter 5 Rob Simmons 6 Luke Jones 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Ben McCalman BENCH: 16 James Hanson 17 Benn Robinson 18 Tetera Faulkner 19 Will Skelton 20 Jake Schatz 21 Will Genia 22 Quade Cooper 23 Kurtley Beale
SCORERS T: Phipps (2), Foley C: Foley P: Foley (2)
Referee: Glen Jackson (NZR) Asst. Referees: Nigel Owens (WRU), Mike Fraser (NZR) TMO: Eric Gauzins (FFR)
Millennium Stadium - Saturday 22 November 2014
KO: 17:30 HT: 3-3 Att: 72,000
SINCE 1905 and over 29 matches played, Wales had only beaten New Zealand three times, the last time in December 1953, and again today the proud Welsh could not buck the trend, destroyed 34 points to 16 in a closed Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
There were honours all round as Wales captain, Sam Warburton led out his team earning his 50th cap, while All Blacks’ Richie McCaw captained his side for the 100th time in a Test in his 137th Test.
Welsh fans were left with eternal hope at the end of the first half, after Wales showed off immense defensive skills by holding out each and every unrelenting attack from the mighty All Blacks for 40 minutes, the score a surprising 3-3 at the break.
After Bread of Heaven tried to drown out the haka at the outset, the Welsh were fast and furious in defence, heaping consistent pressure on the visitors for 40 minutes, targeting fly half Beauden Barrett who missed a penalty kick.
Wales opened the scoring with a penalty just 5 minutes in, in front of the posts which Leigh Halfpenny popped over for a 3-0 lead. Barrett could not successfully reply until the 22nd minute, bringing the scores level.
The remainder of the half was littered with mistakes, enforced errors, knocks ons, forward passes and wasted opportunities from both Wales and the All Blacks going into the tunnel.
At the start of the second half, the only change was Joe Moody replacing Wyatt Crockett in the front row, and the All Blacks attacked into the Welsh 22. Toby Faletau managed a turnover but it was shortlived as Kieran Read stole it back, and the visitors threw the ball out wide for Julian Savea to flick off Dan Biggar and Alex Cuthbert en route to scoring. Barrett quickly added the extras in the 43rd minute for a 10-3 lead.
The All Blacks were pinged for not releasing the player on halfway, and Wales opted to kick for the corner. The drive from the lineout may have been thwarted, but Wales held their nerve and a deft pass from Faletau to Rhys Webb allowed him to pounce over the tryline. 47 minutes gone and Leigh Halfpenny equalised with the conversion, 10-all.
Charlie Faumuina replaced Owen Franks on the other side of the front row, and as the All Blacks threatened the Welsh tryline again, referee Wayne Barnes pinged Aaron Smith for not releasing the ball after a good tackle from Biggar, much to the fury of Dane Coles and Jerome Kaino who rushed in to grab Welsh players by the throat. Handbags were drawn all round before Barnes calmed the situation, forced the All Blacks back 10m and resumed play.
Wales carried and kicked play to outside the All Blacks’ 22, and Halfpenny punished the visitors with another 3 points after a black shirted-tackler refused to roll away again.
Wales held a narrow 13-10 lead into the final quarter, Mike Phillips replacing a limping Rhys Webb, while Colin Slade came on for Charles Piutau on the wing.
The All Blacks continued with their erratic play whilst more changes occurred, and then they returned to form with clever hands keeping McCaw just short of the tryline; recycling steadily, a perfect cross field kick to Conrad Smith allowed Kaino to pop over the whitewash in the 65th minute. The score remained at 13-15 after Barrett sliced the conversion across the uprights.
Quickly McCaw cancelled out the lead by coming into the ruck from an offside position, and Halfpenny retook it with a penalty kick for the homeside, 16-15.
The world of rugby knows the most dangerous time for any team up against New Zealand is the final 10 minutes, and there is no more crucial time to keep a cool head with supreme defence. It was to be the Welsh downfall.
A chip ahead from Barrett bounced perfectly into his hands to run in under posts, converting his own try in the 71st minute, 16-22.
As the benches were emptied out, 2 minutes later Wales finally won a lineout after losing three straight, Phillips’ kick was charged down in his own 22 and Read pounced over in the corner. Slade converted 16-29 with just 6 minutes remaining.
As the Welsh fans started leaving early in their droves, Barnes had a word with Warburton about Phillips, warning he was close to being sent off for repeatedly infringing at the scrum. This was swiftly followed by Halfpenny knocking on trying to escape his own 22, a crossfield kick from the All Blacks scrum knocked back by Ben Smith giving Barrett a brace over in the corner in the 76th minute. Slade pushed the conversion wide but the visitors had scored 19 unanswered points in 8 minutes, taking the final score to 16-34.
Wales’ Jamie Roberts was named Man of the Match, both sides took turns in knocking on, and Barnes blew the final whistle in the 82nd minute.
15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Jamie Roberts 11 George North 10 Dan Biggar 9 Rhys Webb 1 Paul James 2 Richard Hibbard 3 Samson Lee 4 Jake Ball 5 Alun Wyn Jones 6 Dan Lydiate 7 SAM WARBURTON (C) 8 Taulupe Faletau BENCH: 16 Scott Baldwin 17 Nicky Smith 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Luke Charteris 20 Justin Tipuric 21 Mike Phillips 22 James Hook 23 Liam Williams
SCORERS T: Webb C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny (3)
15 Ben Smith 14 Charles Piutau 13 Conrad Smith 12 Sonny Bill Williams 11 Julian Savea 10 Beauden Barrett 9 Aaron Smith 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Dane Coles 3 Owen Franks 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Samuel Whitelock 6 Jerome Kaino 7 RICHIE MCCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Joe Moody 18 Charlie Faumuina 19 Patrick Tuipulotu 20 Liam Messam 21 TJ Perenara 22 Colin Slade 23 Ryan Crotty
SCORERS T: Savea, Kaino, Barrett (2), Read C: Barrett, Slade (2) P: Barrett
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU) Asst. Referees: Craig Joubert (SARU), Luke Pearce (RFU) TMO: Graham Hughes (RFU)
Twickenham - Saturday 22 November 2014
KO: 19:00 HT: 13-6 Att: 82,076
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE...
England v Samoa Just popped out for the anthem...Cibi happening but Swing Low is already rebounding around stadium
England 0-0 Samoa 1min We have KO & James Haskell immediately gives away a penalty; Samoa in England's 22
England 0-3 Samoa 3mins England proceed to give away another penalty in own 22 & Tusi Pisi opens scoring for Samoa
England 0-3 Samoa 6mins England reply by heading into Samoa 22 & have attacking scrum
England 0-3 Samoa 9mins But England do little with it, & Jonny May is replaced by Marland Yarde for blood
England 0-3 Samoa 11mins Samoa head to England 22 & David Wilson infringes giving Pisi another shot at goal...but misses
England 0-3 Samoa 14mins England make an attack but Ken Pisi wipes out Watson on the run who has to go back on himself
England 0-3 Samoa 17mins England head towards Samoa's 22 and are looking somewhat more aggressive
England 3-3 Samoa 18mins Samoa concede the penalty & George Ford tees up pretty much in front of posts...to equalise
England 3-3 Samoa 19mins England have finally found their feet & neat offload from Mike Brown to May to under posts
England 3-3 Samoa 20mins But ref Jaco Peyper goes to TMO to check passes...for what seems like an age
England 8-3 Samoa 20mins Brown to May was in fact forward but refs decide otherwise & its try England
England 10-3 Samoa 21mins May had only just returned back to paddock; Ford converts
England 10-6 Samoa 23mins England offside again & Tusi pops over another 3 points
England 10-6 Samoa 26mins Far too much interesting chat in England press box 'front row' today... England 13-6 Samoa 27mins Samoa concedes penalty in own half...Ford ain't missing from there!
England 13-6 Samoa 29mins Most odd Samoa 5m attacking lineout almost knocked on with 13 men!
England 13-6 Samoa 31mins Samoa don't make anything of being deep in England 22; England lineout just outside Samoa 22
England 13-6 Samoa 33mins lineout's fine but shoddy pass from Ford comes off Brown's shoulder in the 22!
England 13-6 Samoa 35mins Samoa defensive scrum & they clear well to halfway
England 13-6 Samoa 37mins Not that much occurring that is terribly exciting; England defensive scrum outside 10m...
England 13-6 Samoa 38mins Have to say, England appear not to have improved one iota from last week
England 13-6 Samoa 40mins Samoa infringe; Ford tees up; Ford misses. TF for Jonny May if you're an England supporter!
England 13-6 Samoa HT T: May C: Ford P: Ford (2) | P: Tusi Pisi
England 13-6 Samoa 40mins We're back & Samoa quickly hand over the 1st penalty of the half...
England 16-6 Samoa 42mins Ford adds 3 points...but don't get too excited....
England 21-6 Samoa 45mins Super work from England finally; off lineout Brown flies over for excellent try
England 23-6 Samoa 46mins Samoa caught napping & Ford adds conversion
England 23-9 Samoa 49mins But fairly soon England conceded another penalty allowing Tusi to add 3 more
England 23-9 Samoa 51mins Ref goes to TMO for Johnny Leota hit on Ford - not late but is high; penalty.
England 23-9 Samoa 52mins Leota dished a YC; England set up 5m lineout from Samoa T/L
England 28-9 Samoa 53m Wig's done his work with setpiece & another super try off lineout from Jonny May from excellent hands
England 28-9 Samoa 54mins But no conversion from Ford; not quite sure why Farrell isn't taking some kicks coz he can
England 28-9 Samoa 56mins Not much happening bar Samoan subs arriving; Ioane & Perenise for Lam & Johnston
England 28-9 Samoa 59mins Mullan, Brookes & Kruis on for Marler, Wilson & Lawes
England 28-9 Samoa 62mins Yarde back on for May - suspected blood injury; Manu Leiataua for Ti'i Paulo
England 28-9 Samoa 64mins Billy Twelvetrees waiting to come on, & Richard Wigglesworth on for Ben Youngs
England 28-9 Samoa 65mins Twelvetrees replaces Faz, & England overall looking fairly unimpressive bar May
England 28-9 Samoa 68mins Fa'atiga Lemalu & Mike Stanley for Kane Thompson & Tusi Pisi
England 28-9 Samoa 70mins Tom Wood & Dylan Hartley for James Haskell & Rob Webber
England 28-9 Samoa 73mins Samoa deep in England's 22, but not a lot else happened particularly
England 28-9 Samoa 76mins Nothing has happened in 23 minutes bar replacements...now a time out for Brookes *yawn*
England 28-9 Samoa 77mins Kruis gifts penalty by being an age offside & Samoa are in an attacking position again
England 28-9 Samoa 78mins Samoa attacking scrum inside 10m & 30seconds to go...
England 28-9 Samoa 80mins England suddenly look dangerous & all over T/L but Dave Attwood's knocks it on!
England 28-9 Samoa 80mins Ball into touch & at least crowd shows appreciation with round of applause...for mediocre game
England 28-9 Samoa FT In an unprecedented and spontaneous show of solidarity, England join Samoa in their post match huddle thanking God for their achievement
15 Mike Brown 14 Anthony Watson 13 Brad Barritt 12 Owen Farrell 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Joe Marler 2 Rob Webber 3 David Wilson 4 Dave Attwood 5 Courtney Lawes 6 James Haskell 7 CHRIS ROBSHAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan BENCH: 16 Dylan Hartley 17 Matt Mullan 18 Kieran Brookes 19 George Kruis 20 Tom Wood 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 Marland Yarde
SCORERS T: May (2), Brown C: Ford (2) P: Ford (3)
15 Ken Pisi 14 Alapati Leiua 13 Reynold Lee-Lo 12 Johnny Leota 11 David Lemi 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Kahn Fotuali'i 1 Zak Taulafo 2 Ti'i Paulo 3 Census Johnston 4 Filo Paulo 5 Kane Thompson 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu 7 Jack Lam 8 Ofisa Treviranus BENCH: 16 Manu Leiataua 17 Viliamu Afatia 18 Anthony Perenise 19 Fa'atiga Lemalu 20 Dan Leo 21 TJ Ioane 22 Pete Cowley 23 Mike Stanley
SCORERS P: Tusi Pisi (3) Leota
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU) Asst. Referees: Mathieu Raynal (FFR), Leighton Hodges (WRU) TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)
Stade de France - Saturday 22 November 2014
KO: 21:00 HT: 3-15 Att: tbc
15 Scott Spedding 14 Yoann Huget 13 Maxime Mermoz 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Maxime Médard 10 Camille Lopez 9 Sebastien Tillous Borde 1 Xavier Chiocci 2 Benjamin Kayser 3 Nicolas Mas 4 Pascal Papé 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina 6 THIERRY DUSAUTOIR (C) 7 Bernard Le Roux 8 Damien Chouly BENCH: 16 Guilhem Guirado 17 Alexandre Menini 18 Uini Atonio 19 Yoann Maestri 20 Charles Ollivon 21 Rory Kockott 22 Rémi Talès 23 Mathieu Bastareaud
SCORERS T: Fofana C: Lopez P: Lopez, Kockott
15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Juan Imhoff 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Manuel Montero 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Tomás Cubelli 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 4 Guido Petti 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Facundo Isa 7 Javier Ortega Desio 8 Leonardo Senatore BENCH: 16 Matías Cortese 17 Lucas Noguera Paz 18 Ramiro Herrera 19 Lucas Ponce 20 Tomás Lezana* 21 Martín Landajo 22 Santiago González Iglesias 23 Lucas González Amorosino
SCORERS P: Sanchez (2) DG: Sanchez (3), Hernandez
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU) Asst. Referees: Steve Walsh (ARU), Stuart Berry (SARU) TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)
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