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Week 1

WalesWALES 21-35 IRELANDIreland

Millennium Stadium - Saturday 08 August 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 7-25 Att: 74,000

Wales v Ireland

KEITH EARLS made a try-scoring return to international rugby and also picked up the man-of-the-match award as Ireland secured an impressive 35-21 victory over Wales, winning the Dove Men Trophy.

Mike Ross won his 50th cap and had the honour of leading the team out, and Ireland were ahead within eight minutes, centres Earls and Cave getting their hands on the ball early on and scrum half Eoin Reddan dictating play from ruck to ruck. The visitors' physicality at the breakdown and scrum and sharpness on the ball, allied to their greater levels of experience, were key factors in them establishing control of the scoreboard.

Reddan launched a break up the blindside that involved Fergus McFadden and Earls, with the latter just failing to link with the scrum half as the try-line neared. But Ireland pressurised Welsh skipper Scott Williams into a handing error and after Cave went close with a direct run, Reddan's precise pass gave Heaslip an easy run-in from the left.

Paddy Jackson, who missed the conversion, was on target with an 18th minute penalty attempt as Ireland continued to press for points. Felix Jones made a searing break over halfway and Earls threatened from a chip to the corner, with Cave also carrying forcefully in the midfield traffic.

Into the second quarter, Earls continued to be Ireland's main danger man as he swept inside Williams and was just thwarted by a couple of despairing tackles near the Welsh line. It was his centre partner Cave who succeeded in scoring barely a minute later, Reddan releasing him from the resulting scrum as the Ulsterman's angled run caught the Welsh defence off guard.

Jackson converted for a 15-0 lead before a bright Welsh spell was broken up by a Jordi Murphy lineout steal five metres out. Ireland were making the most of their chances at the other end, the ever-alert Earls taking advantage of a favourable bounce to sprint clear from the Welsh 10-metre line. The ball was dislodged from Eli Walker's grasp by a superbly-timed tackle from Trimble, and Earls was there to claim it and run in his first Test try in over three years.

Trimble, Ross and Richardt Strauss, who looked back to his hard-grafting best, were all stopped short of the line before Walker did just enough to prevent Jones from freeing up Trimble for another quick-fire try-scoring opportunity.

Heaslip called on Jackson to add three points to Ireland's tally from right in front of the posts, although the visitors allowed Wales to dictate during a short but productive spell before half-time. A training ground move at a close-in lineout saw Tipuric send hooker Hibbard over unopposed in the left corner.

James Hook landed the conversion from wide out and the Welsh very nearly added a second try before referee Glen Jackson blew for half-time, Ireland leading 25-7. Walker, the most threatening of the home backs, just lost control of the ball as he dived for what would have been a debut score.

Warren Gatland's charges suffered an early setback in the second period, as new blindside Moriarty saw yellow for a swinging arm challenge on Zebo. The Corkman had to be bundled into touch shortly afterwards, with Heaslip, Strauss and Iain Henderson all prominent in the build-up of a dynamic attack.

Ireland were far more fluent than their opponents, attacking off a solid set piece structure that saw the fit-again Donnacha Ryan take charge of the lineouts. That very platform led to Zebo's 48th-minute effort, with Reddan tackled short before O'Donnell swiftly fed his Munster colleague to dive over past Cuthbert in the corner.

Zebo turned provider six minutes later when his tremendously delivered long pass put Jones raiding in from the left for his third try in two starts. The excellent Heaslip got the plaudits for winning turnover ball at a ruck, launching his side into an industrious attack with Ross, McFadden and Cave all carrying with great intent before Zebo expertly unlocked the Welsh defence out wide.

Matthew Morgan, the liveliest of the Welsh replacements, then injected some much-needed pace into their game and it paid dividends as they forced Ireland onto the back foot. A series of ruck infringements led to Chris Henry, who came on for Heaslip, being yellow carded on the hour mark.

The replacement front row - Rory Best, Dave Kilcoyne and Michael Bent - maintained Ireland's stranglehold of the scrum, and the visitors' bench were fully emptied when Ian Madigan was introduced in the centre and Kieran Marmion won cap number three at scrum half. The changes also saw Zebo get some game-time in the full-back position.

A very clever move down the left yielded a fine try for busy flanker Tipuric, who showed great hands and feet as he linked intelligently with the work-hungry Tyler Morgan and Hallam Amos. Gareth Anscombe, son of former Ulster boss Mark, converted from the left.

Ireland were keen to have the final say as Madigan, with a couple of noteworthy runs, tested out the Welsh defence and brought the Six Nations champions back into the hosts' 22. But O'Donnell lost the ball forward as he sustained his injury, and the momentum swung back to Wales who watched Anscombe provide the assist and conversion for Cuthbert's closing score.

Wales15 Hallam Amos 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Tyler Morgan 12 SCOTT WILLIAMS (C) 11 Eli Walker 10 James Hook 9 Mike Phillips; 1 Nicky Smith 2 Richard Hibbard 3 Aaron Jarvis 4 Jake Ball 5 Dominic Day 6 Ross Moriarty 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Dan Baker BENCH: 16 Rob Evans 17 Kristian Dacey 18 Scott Andrews 19 James King 20 Taulupe Faletau 21 Lloyd Williams 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 Matthew Morgan

SCORERS T: Hibbard, Tipuric, Cuthbert C: Hook, Anscombe (2) Yellow Card Moriarty

Ireland15 Felix Jones 14 Andrew Trimble 13 Keith Earls 12 Darren Cave 11 Fergus McFadden 10 Paddy Jackson 9 Eoin Reddan; 1 Jack McGrath 2 Richardt Strauss 3 Mike Ross 4 Donnacha Ryan 5 Iain Henderson 6 Jordi Murphy 7 Tommy O’Donnell 8 JAMIE HEASLIP (C) BENCH: 16 Rory Best 17 David Kilcoyne 18 Michael Bent 19 Dan Tuohy 20 Chris Henry 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Ian Madigan 23 Simon Zebo

SCORERS T: Heaslip, Cave, Earls, Zebo, Jones C: Jackson (2) P: Jackson (2) Yellow Card Henry

Referee: Glen Jackson (NZRU)




Week 2

Argentina v South AfricaIreland vs ScotlandJapan vs World XVNew Zealand v AustraliaEngland vs France

ArgentinaARGENTINA 12 - 26 SOUTH AFRICASouth Africa

Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires - Saturday 15 August 2015
KO: 16:40 HT: 9-20

For full match report click here: Argentina v South Africa

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Santiago Cordero 13 Matías Moroni 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Juan Imhoff 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martin Landajo 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 4 Benjamín Macome 5 Tomas Lavanini 6 Tomas Lezana 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón BENCH: 16 Julián Montoya 17 Lucas Noguera 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Pablo Matera 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Juan Pablo Socino 23 Lucas González Amorosino

South Africa15 Zane Kirchner 14 Lwazi Mvovo 13 Jesse Kriel 12 Damian de Allende 11 Bryan Habana 10 Pat Lambie 9 Ruan Pienaar 1 Trevor Nyakane 2 Adriaan Strauss 3 Marcel van der Merwe 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 VICTOR MATFIELD (C) 6 Heinrich Brüssow 7 Willem Alberts 8 Schalk Burger BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Tendai Mtawarira 18 Frans Malherbe 19 Flip van der Merwe 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit 21 Cobus Reinach 22 Handré Pollard 23 Jan Serfontein

Referee: Glen Jackson




IrelandIRELAND 28 - 22 SCOTLANDScotland

Aviva Stadium - Saturday 15 August 2015
KO: 17:00 HT: 7-7Ireland v Scotland


‪Ireland vs ‪Scotland Teams just getting ready to run out led by Sean O'Brien & Henry Pyrgos
‪Ireland vs ‪Scotland Anthems underway, just a few minutes until kick off.
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 0m Pascal Gaüzère blows his whistle and we are off
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 1m Ireland on the attack and gain a pen, Scotland not releasing
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 1m Ball sent high for Tommy Bowe but Scotland claim it and start their attack
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 2m Both sides looking to shift the ball quickly, lots of aerial play both ways
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 2m Scrum for a knock on, Scotland have the put in
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 3m Scrum collapsed, reset and Scotland come away with it
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 4m Penalty to Ireland, kicked to touch and they have a lineout 10m out
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 4m Scrum Scotland claim the lineout
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 6m Simon Zebo & Luke Fitzgerald get their wires crossed and its a Scotland lineout
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 7m Ireland knock on following a bit of a scrappy play from Scotland. Scrum.
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 8m Scrum wheeled by Ireland and they give away a pen.
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 9m Kicked to touch, Fraser Brown finds Grant Gilchrist but he drops it.
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 10m Good scrum for Ireland & Zebo makes a break beating Richie Vernon
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 11m Zebo is tackled by Sean Lamont and its a scrum to Scotland
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 12m Scotland back on the attack, Ireland's defence is excellent
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 12m Ireland defence does its job & they get the turn over.
‪Ireland 0-0 ‪Scotland 13m Scrum Ireland mounting a great attack and are 5m from the line
‪Ireland 5-0 ‪Scotland 14m Chris Henry crosses the whitewash for the first points of the game
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 14m Ian Madigan slots the conversion adding the 2 points
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 14m Denton takes the high ball well
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 17m Scotland not releasing give away the penalty and Ireland go to the corner
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 18m Lineout taken well and Ireland stay on the attack
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 19m Ireland off their feet, penalty to Scotland
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 19m lineout was not straight, as well as missing the mark. Scrum Ireland
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 20m Thought Ireland were away but we come back for a scrum penalty against Scot
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 21m Ireland back on the attack, just outside 5m mark
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 23m Ireland give away the penalty, Blair Cowan just receiving some treatment.
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 23m Cowan is fine and Scot send the penalty just inside their own half for lineout
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 24m Ireland claim a high ball well and are back on the attack again.
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 25m Another penalty given away, both sides seem to be having discipline issues
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 25m Scotland scrum but the ref is having a word with the front row
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 26m Excellent scrum by Ireland, they turn the ball over
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 26m Madigan sends the ball high & its taken by Bowe
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 27m Tommy Bowe tries to toe the ball forward but Scotland defence is too good
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 28m Crossing by Ireland hands possession back to Scotland following a lineout
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 29m Pyrgos delays for just a bit too long and gets caught up in Irish defence
‪Ireland 7-0 ‪Scotland 30m Scotland on the attack deep into the Ireland half, Denton making a break
‪Ireland 7-5 ‪Scotland 30m Try for Cowan following a great pass from Richie Vernon
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 31m Peter Horne gets the conversion. All square with 8m of 1st half to go
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 33m Ref having a quick word with props again re binds at the scrum.
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 33m Penalty to Ireland at the scrum (again) as Scotland bring it down.
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 34m Lineout taken well by Dan Tuohy but Scotland get the turnover
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 35m Jackson makes break but is taken down. Back for a penalty from a late tackle
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 36m Horne takes the kick but skewed it.
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 37m Madigan takes the restart and Scotland attack immediately
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 38m Scotland seem to have found their feet and are pushing Irish defence
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 38m A number of missed tackles but Ireland get the turnover.
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 39m Fitzgerald makes a great break but Visser covers and sends ball downfield
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 40m Whistle blown for half time, lets hope the mistakes can reduce in 2nd half

Ireland 7-7 Scotland HT T: Henry C: Madigan | T: Cowan C: Horne

Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 40m Teams are coming back out for the 2nd half.
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 40m Madigan starts us off with a kick to Lamont
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 41m Ireland are on the attack but Henry makes a fumble
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 41m Ireland managed to turn over the ball at the breakdown
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 42m Visser took a high ball well, setting Scotland up for great attack
‪Ireland 7-7 ‪Scotland 43m Lineout taken by Scotland and they are on the attack 5m out
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 43m Pyrgos goes over for the try. Lovely bit of play by Scotland
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 44m Horne misses the conversion and Ryan Grant is injured
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 44m Substitution: Grant off, Gordon Reid on.
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 44m Grant is being driven off the pitch. Lets hope it is not as bad as it looks.
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 45m Pyrgos sends the ball high & it's taken well by Zebo
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 45m Gordon Darcy makes a break partnering with Bowe.
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 45m It came to nothing as O'Brien knocks the ball on.
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 46m Welsh taken off for a head injury assessment & is replaced by Mike Cusack
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 47m Ireland penalised at the scrum for early engagement.
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 47m Visser makes a great break, Zebo brings him down
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 48m Scotland on the attack still, slowly driving forward
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 49m Looked like Vernon was getting away then but he fumbled the ball
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 49m Scotland still on the attack, clearly got a talking to at half time
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 50m Jackson picks up a dropped ball and keeps it alive for Scotland
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 51m The Irish defence is just a little much for Scotland as Pyrgos gives it away
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 51m Ireland in possession as Henry makes a break
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 52m Kilcoyne makes a powerful run but is taken down eventually
‪Ireland 7-12 ‪Scotland 53m Deliberate knock on by Scotland gives Ire a penalty on 5m line
‪Ireland 12-12 ‪Scotland 54m Cronin uses the maul well and goes over for the try
‪Ireland 14-12 ‪Scotland 54m Madigan makes the conversion and Ireland take the lead
‪Ireland 14-12 ‪Scotland 55m During that Ross is replaced by White & Tuohy is replaced by O'Connell
‪Ireland 14 -12 ‪Scotland 57m Harley has replaced Hamilton & Barclay makes his return, replacing Cowan
‪Ireland 14 -12 ‪Scotland 58m Back to the action, penalty to Scotland for holding on
‪Ireland 14 -12 ‪Scotland 59m Scotland going for the posts I think...
‪Ireland 14 -15 ‪Scotland 59m Yes, Horne kicks for the posts and adds the 3 points.
‪Ireland 14 -12 ‪Scotland 60m Zebo steps passed 1 defender but is bought down by Cusack
‪Ireland 19 -15 ‪Scotland 60m Zebo goes over for a try following a great bit of Irish play
‪Ireland 21 -15 ‪Scotland 61m Madigan makes the conversion
‪Ireland 21 -15 ‪Scotland 62m A whole bunch of replacements have happened for Ireland. Will get them to you asap
‪Ireland 21 -20 ‪Scotland 63m Horne makes a lovely break and he's over for a try
‪Ireland 21 -20 ‪Scotland 64m Bent on for Kilcoyne, Strauss on for Cronin, Kearney for Bowe
‪Ireland 21 -22 ‪Scotland 65m Jackson takes the conversion whilst Horne recovers & adds the 2
‪Ireland 21 -22 ‪Scotland 65m Scott is on for Vernon and Hidalgo-Clyne on for Pyrgos
‪Ireland 21 -22 ‪Scotland 67m Scrum to Ireland and its a good one, Ireland on the attack
‪Ireland 21 -22 ‪Scotland 68m Payne almost loses the ball but he just manages to keep hold.
‪Ireland 26 -22 ‪Scotland 69m Madigan kicks across to Fitzgerald who crosses for a try
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 69m Madigan makes another conversion (100% today) to add the 2 points
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 70m Harley saves a lose ball following a Scotland fumble
‪Ireland 26 -22 ‪Scotland 71m Ford off his feet and hands Ireland a penalty which is kicked to corner
‪Ireland 26 -22 ‪Scotland 72m POC takes the lineout ball well and Ireland drive forward in a maul
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 73m Scotland give away their 10th penalty of the game for side entry
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 73m Ireland go for the posts
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 74m Madigan misses for the first time today.
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 75m Scotland have possession & are running from deep
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 76m Scotland keeping the ball in hand as they edge towards the Irish half
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 76m Irish defence is very good and is keeping the Scots at bay for now
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 77m Scotland win a penalty at the breakdown
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 77m Kicked to touch as Zebo limps off
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 78m Zebo has been replaced by Jackson as he is awarded MOTM
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 79m Irish scrum as the clock ticks towards 80m
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 79m Scrum collapsed and penalty to Scotland
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 80m Denton gets a hand to it to keep it in Scotland's possession
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 80m+1 Blake knocks the ball on in contact and the ref calls time
‪Ireland 28 -22 ‪Scotland 80+1m A very competitive game comes to an end with Ireland as victors

Ireland15 Simon Zebo 14 Tommy Bowe 13 Jared Payne 12 Gordon D'Arcy 11 Luke Fitzgerald 10 Ian Madigan 9 Isaac Boss 1 Dave Kilcoyne 2 Sean Cronin 3 Mike Ross 4 Devin Toner 5 Dan Tuohy 6 Jack Conan* 7 Chris Henry 8 SEAN O'BRIEN (C) BENCH: 16 Richardt Strauss 17 Michael Bent 18 Nathan White* 19 Paul O'Connell 20 Jordi Murphy 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Paddy Jackson 23 Dave Kearney

SCORERS T: Henry, Cronin, Zebo, Fitzgerald C: Madigan (4)

Scotland15 Ruaridh Jackson 14 Sean Lamont 13 Richie Vernon 12 Peter Horne 11 Tim Visser 10 Greig Tonks 9 HENRY PYRGOS (C) 1 Ryan Grant 2 Fraser Brown 3 Jon Welsh 4 Jim Hamilton 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Blair Cowan 7 Hugh Blake* 8 David Denton BENCH: 16 Ross Ford 17 Gordon Reid 18 Mike Cusack* 19 Rob Harley 20 John Barclay 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Duncan Weir 23 Matt Scott

SCORERS T: Cowan, Pyrgos, Horne C: Horne, Jackson P: Horne

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (FFR)




JapanJAPAN 20 - 45 WORLD XVWorld Rugby

Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo - Saturday 15 August 2015
KO: 18:00 HT: 7-19Japan v World XV

JAPAN were beaten 45-20 by a World XV at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Saturday in front of a crowd of 12,740.

In the first of three games in Japan before they leave for the Rugby World Cup in England, the Brave Blossoms battled hard against the high class invitation side.

But the experience of the World XV proved crucial particularly at the breakdown as they forced Japan into giving up the ball on a number of occasions.

Two penalties from Berrick Barnes saw the World XV take an early lead before Karne Hesketh crossed for the opening try of the evening in the 13th minute.

Hesketh's try was converted by Ayumu Goromaru to make it 7-6 but that was the only time Japan led.

Taqele Naiyaravoro crossed for the first of his three tries in the 20th minute and with Barnes' boot proving to once again be deadly accurate the World XV led 19-7 at the break.

The second half saw Goromaru trade scores with Andy Ellis, though sadly for the hosts it was two penalties against two converted tries as the World XV went 33-13 up.

A textbook driving maul from the Brave Blossoms in the 66th minute brought the crowd to life and was rewarded with a penalty try.

But two more turnovers allowed Naiyaravoro to add to his first-half effort and hand the giant wing an outside chance of making Australia's World Cup squad.

Japan15 Ayumu Goromaru 14 Karne Hesketh 13 Kotaro Matsushima 12 Male Sau 11 Kenki Fukuoka 10 Harumichi Tatekawa 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 1 Masataka Mikami 2 Shota Horie 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama 4 Luke Thompson 5 Justin Ives 6 Hendrik Tui 7 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani BENCH: 16 Hisateru Hirashima 17 Takeshi Kizu 18 Hiroshi Yamashita 19 Kazuhiko Usami 20 Hayden Hopgood 21 Atsushi Hiwasa 22 Craig Wing 23 Yoshikazu Fujita

SCORERS T: Hesketh, PT C: Goromaru, Tatekawa P: Goromaru

World Rugby15 James O'Connor 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Ben Tapuai 12 Christian Leali'ifano 11 Nick Cummins 10 Berrick Barnes 9 Andy Ellis 8 Pierre Spies 7 Liam Gill 6 Adam Thomson 5 BAKKIES BOTHA (C) 4 Ali Williams 3 Carl Hayman 2 Andrew Hore 1 Benn Robinson BENCH: 16 Tolu Latu 17 Ben Alexander 18 Petrus du Plessis 19 Luke Jones 20 Sean McMahon 21 Luke Burgess 22 Mike Harris 23 Dom Shipperley

SCORERS T: Naiyaravoro (3), Ellis (2) C: Barnes (3), Harris P: Barnes (4) Yellow Card Williams

Referee: Andrew Lee (ARU)




New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 41 - 13 AUSTRALIAAustralia

Eden Park - Saturday 15 August 2015
KO: 19:35 HT: 13-6

For full match report click here: New Zealand v Australia

New Zealand15 Ben Smith 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder 13 Conrad Smith 12 Ma'a Nonu 11 Julian Savea 10 Dan Carter 9 Aaron Smith 1 Tony Woodcock 2 Dane Coles 3 Owen Franks 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Sam Whitelock 6 Victor Vito 7 RICHIE MCCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Wyatt Crockett 18 Nepo Laulala 19 Jerome Kaino 20 Sam Cane 21 TJ Perenara 22 Colin Slade 23 Malakai Fekitoa

SCORERS T: Coles, PT, Nonu (2), Conrad Smith C: Carter (5) P: Carter (2)

Australia15 Israel Folau 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper 13 Tevita Kuridrani 12 Matt Toomua 11 Henry Speight 10 Quade Cooper 9 Nic White 1 Scott Sio 2 STEPHEN MOORE (C) 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Will Skelton 5 James Horwill 6 Scott Fardy 7 Michael Hooper 8 Wycliff Palu BENCH: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau 17 James Slipper 18 Greg Holmes 19 Dean Mumm 20 Kane Douglas 21 David Pocock 22 Matt Giteau 23 Kurtley Beale

SCORERS T: Folau C: White P: Cooper (2) Yellow Card Cooper

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)




EnglandENGLAND 19 - 14 FRANCEFrance

Twickenham - Saturday 15 August 2015
KO: 20:00 HT: 12-9



‪England 0-0 France 1m After remembrance for V J Day & the anthems, we have KO at Twickenham...
‪England 0-0 France 2m Takes no time for France to show their hand as they hurl straight over whitewash but TMO...
‪England 0-0 France 3m TMO rules no try...& that after Sam Burgess smashes France captain Dimitri Szarzewski to bits!
‪England 0-0 ‪‎France 4m But there's no holding back as France remain camped out in England's 22 and are only 2m short
‪England 0-0 ‪‎France 5m Les Bleus have the advantage as ball flies over tryline but chased dead; back for penalty
‪England 0-3 ‪‎France 6m Morgan Parra tees up from the 22 just wide of centre...& is on target for visitors
‪England 0-3 ‪‎France 9m England respond with a powerful driving maul into French 22...
‪England 5-3 ‪‎France 11m Crowd erupts as Anthony Watson breaks off end of line & flies over in corner for try
England France Watson tryEngland 7-3 ‪‎France 12m Owen Farrell returns to the fray & tees up from touch for the perfect conversion
‪England 7-3 ‪‎France 14m A knock on from England in KO & France are just outside England's 22 but turnover...
‪England 7-3 ‪‎France 15m Henry Slade slices ball for 22 lineout; not quite to plan but another lineout inside 10m...
‪England 7-3 ‪‎France 16m Good work from England who drive play into 22; Jonny May breaks but George Kruis knock on
‪England 7-3 ‪‎France 16m We start to see why Lanny has Sam B at centre...he's bulldozing thru everyone!
‪England 7-3 ‪‎France 17m Gael Fickou blood replaces Brice Dulin & France have good defensive scrum in 22
‪England 7-3 ‪‎France 17m France clear England back towards 10m but lineout is good; England setpiece work is awesome...
‪England 12-3 ‪‎France 18m May swoops thru & offloads superbly to Watson who scores in exactly same fashion as before!
‪England 12-3 ‪‎France 19m Faz misses conversion, but England's intent is obvious; maybe that Denver work was all right!
‪England 12-3 ‪‎France 20m Just into 2nd quarter & Lanny's words of late are making sense; France attacking 10m scrum
‪England 12-3 ‪‎France 22m England wrestle back possession as Alex Goode collects Parra's kick
‪England 12-3 ‪‎France 23m Goode clears & it's another scrum; France have it again just inside England half...
‪England 12-3 ‪‎France 23m Almost a steal from the homeside but it's a knock on off Burgess; France attacking scrum
‪England 12-3 ‪‎France 25m The penalty goes to France & Parra tees up from almost 10m halfway to touchline
‪England 12-6 ‪‎France 26m Far too much noise around kicker from stands but Parra clears it anyway
‪England 12-6 ‪‎France 27m A bit of back & forth banter from both sides before England have defensive lineout inside halfway
‪England 12-6 ‪‎France 29m Rob Webber's throw is too long but is just saved; handbags threaten...
‪England 12-6 ‪‎France 29m Handbags put aside & France have defensive lineout inside halfway...Louis Picamoles breaks to 22
‪England 12-6 ‪‎France 30m Yoann Maestri collects Picamoles' ball but it goes forward; England defensive 22 scrum
‪England 12-6 ‪‎France 31m France lose opportunity rather than England interfering; but penalty to France for wheeling
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 32m Parra tees up in front of posts inside England's 22...easy 3 points
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 33m England finally take play towards the French 22 but it's time off
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 33m Slade tackles errantly & penalty goes to France; set up lineout inside England's 10m
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 34m England steal the lineout & head over halfway; Slade tho is lucky he didn't get a yellow
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 35m England are up to the French 22 but hand penalty over to Les Bleus...
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 36m Burgess is summarily dismissed to the sin bin for encroaching in Parra's 10m bubble
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 37m England take a huge step backwards before they force France back up towards their 10m...
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 38m Not for the 1st time Burgess is unaware of the laws of Rugby Union & gets penalised for it
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 38m Meanwhile, England have defensive scrum just outside their own 22...reset...
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 39m Swing low reverberates round the stadium as the scrum is reset...again...
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 40m England struggle to hold onto the ball; Morgan hangs on & Wigglesworth > Faz > boot to touch

England 12-9 ‎France HT T: Watson (2) C: Farrell YC Burgess | P: Parra (3)

England 12-9 ‪‎France 40m Teams back out & England still have another 5 minutes of being a man down
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 41m Morgan lasts the 1st half admirably but replaced by Brand Haskell for 2nd...
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 42m England turnover ball but not long before French do the same & they're almost to England's 22...
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 42m But a knock on from France & England can clear back to inside French 10m...lineout‪‎…
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 43m England forced back up to halfway; Faz clears but Scott Spedding kicks it right back
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 44m A touch of aerial football ensues before England are 5m short of the 22...
‪England 12-9 ‪‎France 44m Ball carried into touch (with England player attached!) & France have defensive 22 lineout
‪England 17-9 ‪‎France 45m May's been on fire & excellent all round handiwork & boot from Goode puts winger over for try
England France May try‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 47m Faz tees up conversion from just outside 22 nearing touch & it's beautiful he's back!
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 48m France restart & England clear them away immediately; France lineout near halfway & Burgess returns
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 49m Swing low starts up again as France can't find a way thru then concede penalty...
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 49m Absolute roar goes up for Danny Care on for Wigglesworth; Cipriani on for Goode
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 50m Nice kick from Faz but can't secure lineout; possession still with England tho for knock on...
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 50m Time off after handbags threaten again; Picamoles wrist-slapped for grinding head into Slade
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 51m Mako Vunipola checked out but fine; England attacking scrum outside French 22...
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 52m Scrum holds fine & Mako carries it into 22 before offload to May > shut down but recycled
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 53m What Burgess understands he does v well; England get close but turnover at breakdown & clear
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 54m Xavier Chiocci, Guilhem Guirado & Uini Atonio on for Debaty, Szarzewski & Nicolas Mas
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 54m Meanwhile, fans not happy that pubs closing early in Twickers so can't get post-match drink!
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 54m Back on the pitch, this time off appears never-ending...oh it's for a foul play check
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 54m After all Calum Clark's chat for past is history, he gets YC for neck choke! Seriously?!
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 55m Lanny will no doubt be fuming while France are a metre from England's tryline...
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 55m Atonio reaches over the line but drops ball after massive England tackle; time off...
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 56m Ref checks with TMO that no try; France 5m scrum England win penalty & clear
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 57m Wilson/ Attwood/ Cowan-Dickie* for Brookes/ Parling/ Webber | Goujon for Nyanga
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 58m France attack again & England force them back; lose lineout & French scrum on England's 10m
‪England 19-9 ‪‎France 59m Les Bleus win the penalty at scrum; England's Wig must be mightily unhappy with scrum!
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 61m France pop ball into corner for 5m lineout & it's good; take driving maul over the whitewash...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 62m Well that wasn't rocket science for Les Bleus & well-deserved; Fulgence Ouedraogo try
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 62m Kockott & Tales on for Parra & Trinh-Duc; but Kockott misses conversion
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 63m Alex Corbisiero makes a welcome return on for Mako V while ball does aerial thing...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 64m England make it over halfway & are in attacking mode...much possession kicked away tho
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 66m Billy 12Trees on for Slade | Fickou for Dumoulin; England scrum on 22
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 67m 1st phase works well but England lose possession & France just clear England back to 10m
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 69m England forced back over halfway; Care clears it but France regain possession & win penalty
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 69m France attacking lineout outside England's 22; meanwhile news Kruis has seriously injured wrist
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 69m Frantic play; Lamerat flies into touch trying to save ball & Care kicks over tryline...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 70m May grounds but earlier touch cancels it out; 22 scrum but England pinged for collapsing
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 72m France clear England back towards halfway & have lineout; England grab ball & kick away
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 73m England finally secure an attacking scrum halfway in between 10m & 22...reset...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 74m England secure penalty from scrum; time they made something of it...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 75m England have a chat before kicking for corner; lineout but not straight; French scrum
England France Slammin' SamEngland 19-14 ‪‎France 76m France clear to touch ; England lineout on French 10m & can't afford to mess this up...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 77m ... but they do fluff it & it's France's opportunity again to force England backwards to halfway
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 78m England hurling French players to ground in tackles on own 22 but French ball...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 79m England turnover & work way up to own 10m but it's turned again & France at 22...
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France 80m Just outside own 22, England win penalty & Faz just pumps ball into the stands to end game
‪England 19-14 ‪‎France FT Hmmm...not too much learned about either side there bar Watson/May excellence...& Burgess???

England15 Alex Goode 14 Anthony Watson 13 Henry Slade 12 Sam Burgess 11 Jonny May 10 Owen Farrell 9 Richard Wigglesworth 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Rob Webber 3 Kieran Brookes 4 George Kruis 5 Geoff Parling 6 TOM WOOD (C) 7 Calum Clark 8 Ben Morgan BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Alex Corbisiero 18 David Wilson 19 Dave Attwood 20 James Haskell 21 Danny Care 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Billy Twelvetrees

SCORERS T: Watson (2), May C: Farrell (2) Yellow Card Burgess, Clark

France15 Scott Spedding 14 Sofiane Guitoune 13 Remi Lamerat 12 Alexandre Dumoulin 11 Brice Dulin 10 Francois Trinh-Duc 9 Morgan Parra 1 Vincent Debaty 2 DIMITRI SZARZEWSKI (C) 3 Nicolas Mas 4 Yoann Maestri 5 Alexandre Flanquart 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo 7 Yannick Nyanga 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Guilhem Guirado 17 Xavier Chiocci 18 Uini Atonio 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina 20 Loann Goujon 21 Rory Kockott 22 Remi Tales 23 Gael Fickou

SCORERS T: Ouedraogo P: Parra (3)

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)




Week 3

Canada v USA Japan vs Uruguay Italy vs ScotlandFrance vs England

CanadaCANADA 23 - 41 USAUSA

Twin Elm Park, Ottowa - Saturday 22 August 2015
KO: 16:00 HT: 6-17


Canada15 CHRIS WYLES (C) 14 Blaine Scully 13 Seamus Kelly 12 Thretton Palamo 11 Brett Thompson 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Petri 1 Eric Fry 2 Zach Fenoglio 3 Titi Lamositele 4 Cameron Dolan 5 Greg Peterson 6 Al McFarland 7 Andrew Durutalo 8 Danny Barrett BENCH: 16 Phil Thiel 17 Olive Kilifi 18 Chris Baumann 19 Louis Stanfill 20 Matt Trouville 21 John Quill 22 Niku Kruger 23 Andrew Suniula

SCORERS T: Paris, Blevins, Carpnter C: Hirayama P:  McRorie DG: Hirayama

USA15 Harry Jones 14 Phil Mackenzie 13 Conor Trainor 12 Nick Blevins 11 Taylor Paris 10 Nathan Hirayama 9 Gordon McRorie 1 Hubert Buydens 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Doug Wooldridge 4 Tyler Hotson 5 Jon Phelan 6 Nanyak Dala 7 John Moonlight 8 AARON CARPENTER (C) BENCH: 16 Benoit Piffero 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Andrew Tiedemann 19 Evan Olmstead 20 Kyle Gilmour 21 Phil Mack 22 Ciaran Hearn 23 Matt Evans

SCORERS T: Peterson, Durutalo, Suniula, Petri, Dolan C: MacGinty (5) P: MacGinty (2)

Referee: Chris Pollock




JapanJAPAN vs URUGUAYUruguay

Level-5 Stadium, Fukuoka - Saturday 22 August 2015
KO: 18:00 HT: 17-8Japan v Uruguay

JAPAN snapped a four-game losing run Saturday as they beat Uruguay 30-8 at Level 5 Stadium.

Two tries from Hendrik Tui, one from Shota Horie and three conversions and three penalties from as many attempts by Ayumu Goromaru saw the Brave Blossoms get a confidence boosting win 10 days before they leave for the Rugby World Cup in England.

Japan, who had to make a late change at fly half, when Kosei Ono pulled put to be replaced by Harumichi Tatekawa, never trailed after Tui went over in the 10th minute following some good work at the breakdown by Hayden Hopgood.

Felipe Berchesi and Goromaru then exchanged penalties before Horie extended Japan's lead, the Brave Blossoms hooker choosing a superb line from a short pass from Atsushi Hiwasa to go over.

Goromaru added the extras but Japan once again failed to build on the score as they allowed Jeronimo Etcheverry to go over for a well-worked try by the visitors to make it 17-8 at the break.

The second half saw Japan dominate possession and territory, and Goromaru banged over two penalties before Tui crossed for his second try following a superb driving maul in the 65th minute.

Japan had a number of opportunities to add to the score but a slippery ball saw the ball spilled in contact or passes not quite going to hand.

The game finished with Uruguay looking for a consolation try only to be thwarted by a super cover tackle by Fumiaki Tanaka.

Japan15 Ayumu Goromaru 14 Karne Hesketh 13 Male Sau 12 Yu Tamura 11 Keisuke Uchida 10 Kosei Ono 9 Atsushi Hiwasa 8 Hendrik Tui 7 Hayden Hopgood 6 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 5 Shoji Ito 4 Hitoshi Ono 3 Hiroshi Yamashita 2 Shota Horie 1 Masataka Mikami BENCH: 16 Takayuki Watanabe 17 Hiroki Yuhara 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga 19 Luke Thompson 20 Tsuyoshi Murata 21 Fumiaki Tanaka 22 Toshiaki Hirose 23 Yoshikazu Fujita

SCORERS T: Tui (2), Horie C: Goromaru (3) P: Goromaru (3)

Uruguay15 Gastón Mieres 14 Santiago Gibernau; 13 Joaquín Prada 12 Andrés Vilaseca 11 Jerónimo Etcheverry 10 Felipe Berchesi 9 Agustin Ormaechea 8 Alejandro Nieto 7 Diego Magno 6 Juan Gaminara 5 Jorge Zerbino 4 SANTIAGO VILASECA (C) 3 Mario Sagario 2 Nicolás Klappenbach 1 Alejo Corra BENCH: 16 German Kessler 17 Oscar Durán 18 Carlos Arboleya 19 Franco Lamanna 20 Matías Beer 21 Juan de Freitas 22 Alejo Durán 23 Leandro Leivas

SCORERS T: Etcheverry P: Berchesi

Referee: Jérôme Garcès




ItalyITALY 12 - 16 SCOTLANDScotland

Stadio Olimpico di Torino - Saturday 22 August 2015
KO: 20: HT: 9-9


‪‎Italy v ‪‎Scotland Late change for the Scottish team. Gilchrist is sick so Strokosch captains
‪‎Italy v ‪‎Scotland Teams running out ready for anthems in Turin. 6 mins until kick off
‪‎Italy v ‪‎Scotland Just had a min silence for Zebre's video analyst who was killed in a car crash
‪‎Italy v ‪‎Scotland JP Doyle gets us underway
‪‎Italy 0-0 ‪‎Scotland 0m An immediate scrum to Scotland after just 20 seconds.
‪‎Italy 0-0 ‪‎Scotland 1m Sam Hidalgo-Clyne feeds the scrum but it collapses & is reset
‪‎Italy 0-0 ‪‎Scotland 1m Penalty Scotland as Italy bring the scrum down
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 3m Duncan Weir takes the penalty and gets the first points on the board
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 3m Those points were marred by attempts to put him off by the Italian fans
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 4m Lineout to Italy, taken nicely and they are on the attack via Francesco Minto
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 5m Benvenuti takes Italy forward but its lost by Minto
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 6m Scotland clear to touch giving Italy a lineout just inside their own half
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 6m Looks like a slight communication issue between Vernon, Tonks and Lamont
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 7m Scotland lose possession and Italy get another lineout inside Scottish half
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 9m Italy on the attack, making ground despite the constant Scottish defence
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 9m Scotland get the turn over through Gordon Reid
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 10m Stuart McInally makes his 1st international lineout through and finds Gray
‪‎Italy 0-3 ‪‎Scotland 12m Italy penalised for not rolling away, Weir going for the points
‪‎Italy 0-6 ‪‎Scotland 12m And he makes it (again despite the attempts to put him off by fans)
‪‎Italy 0-6 ‪‎Scotland 14m Penalty to Italy being taken by Gonzalo Garcia
‪‎Italy 0-6 ‪‎Scotland 14m It fell JUST short and was gathered by SHC who kicks it down field
‪‎Italy 0-6 ‪‎Scotland 15m Lineout taken by Italy just on halfway, they are back in possession
‪‎Italy 0-6 ‪‎Scotland 16m Another penalty to Italy for an infringement in the maul
‪‎Italy 3-6 ‪‎Scotland 16m This time he makes it with a very powerful kick
‪‎Italy 3-6 ‪‎Scotland 18m Lineout to Scotland taken well by Adam Ashe
‪‎Italy 3-6 ‪‎Scotland 18m Penalty to Scotland as Vunisa takes out SHC illegally
‪‎Italy 3-6 ‪‎Scotland 19m Weir going for the posts
‪‎Italy 3-9 ‪‎Scotland 19m And he makes it, adding a further 3.
‪‎Italy 3-9 ‪‎Scotland 20m Terrible Italian lineout there resulting in a scrum to Italy due to a knock on
‪‎Italy 3-9 ‪‎Scotland 22m Doyle having words with the Italian pack about their scrummaging technique.
‪‎Italy 3-9 ‪‎Scotland 23m A Very powerful scrum from both sides but Italy get a penalty for their efforts
‪‎Italy 3-9 ‪‎Scotland 23m Tommaso Allan is going for the points this time
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 24m And he makes it look easy with a perfect kick closing the gap to 3
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 25m Italian lineout just on halfway
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 26m Scotland back in possession following a loss forward by Andrea Masi
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 27m Italian defence seems impenetrable so SHC kicks to touch just on 5m
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 27m Italian lineout stolen by Grey
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 28m Scotland give away the chance of a try by going off their feet.
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 28m Allan clears to touch just inside the Scotland half
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 29m Italy on the charge and have made a lot of ground. Now at 22m line
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 30m Zanni loses the ball to McInally and Weir clears to touch
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 31m Italy lineout taken cleanly by Bernabo. Italy on the charge
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 31m Turned over by Scotland who clear to deep and are now back in possession
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 32m Possession lost due to a knock on, Italy have the scrum
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 32m Scrum reset as the pitch cuts up horribly
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 33m Cusack brings the scrum down so penalty to Italy
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 34m Kicked to touch, Italy have a lineout at approx 20m but move before throw
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 35m Possession given to Scotland who clear downfield with an attacking clearance
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 35m Tonks takes the return kick cleanly but is floored almost instantly
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 36m Penalty given away and Italy kick to touch
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 37m A good Italian lineout and they are on the attack 10m out
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 38m Italy are 5m out and they aren't giving up easily. Scottish defence holding
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 38m Maul from Italy, Grey makes a try saving tackle
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 39m Italy keeping their passes short and are really testing the Scottish defence
‪‎Italy 6-9 ‪‎Scotland 39m Allan's cross kick to Venditti failed and we go back for an offside penalty
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 40m Scotland spared the try but Allan makes the pen, its all square
Italy 9-9 ‎Scotland HT P: Garcia, Allan (2) | P: Weir (3)
Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 40m Teams are coming back out for the start of the 2nd half
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 40m And we are back, Scotland in possession
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 40m Zanni charges the ball down but knocks it on in the follow up
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 41m Scotland scrum which earns them a pen
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 42m SHC loses the ball forward handing possession to Italy
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 43m Reid off for a concussion assessment whilst Italy get another scrum
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 43m Ball going nowhere so scrum reset
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 44m Doyle not having any of Scotland's time wasting and hurries them along
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 45m Cusack brings the scrum down, Italian penalty sent to touch
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 45m Looked like Scotland took an interception but we are going back for a knock on
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 46m Cusack off WP Nel on for Scotland just in time for a scrum
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 47m Scotland take the ball from the scrum
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 47m Rory Hughes just misses the ball for what would have been a certain try
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 48m Jim Hamilton collapses the Italian maul and gives away another penalty
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 49m Italy make a full front row change and take a lineout nicely
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 50m Castrogiovanni in possession, driving forward to huge cheers from the crowd
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 51m Italy just 5m from the line, Scottish defence being tested but staying strong
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 51m Just as I say that Italy cross the line but it is held up
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 21m No need for the TMO either, Doyle makes the decision on his own
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 51m Ford comes on for McInally
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 52m The pitch is cutting up all over the place as Italy take the scrum
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 53m Doyle is not happy with this scrum, its gone down again
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 54m Again the scrum goes down but Italy get the ball out
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 55m Going to the TMO for a potential head grab by an Italian player
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 55m Penalty to Scotland for a "head roll" from Italy. Weir clears to touch
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 55m Ford finds Gray in the lineout
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 56m Hamish Watson is on for Jon Hardie, Scotland have control right now
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 57m Penalty awarded to Scotland as Italy not releasing. Weir going for points
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 57m Weir misses and the 2nd half is still scoreless
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 58m Allan with the restart to Ashe
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 59m Scotland lose a lot of ground due to a bit of a mishap, then SHC kicks to touch
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 59m Lineout to Italy just inside the Scottish half
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 56m Henry Pyrgos is on for SHC as Ford gives away a penalty
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 60m Bergamasco comes on for Zanni
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 62m Italy make the penalty and go ahead for the 1st time in the game
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 62m Hoyland comes on for Hughes for Scotland
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 63m Lineout not straight from Ford. Scrum Italy
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 64m Perfect kick from Allan putting immense pressure on Scottish lineout
‪‎Italy 15-9 ‪‎Scotland 66m Italy give away a penalty as they slow the ball down.
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 67m Luke McLean is now on for Sarto
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 68m Ford takes a lineout as Vernon goes off for Horne
‪‎Italy 9-9 ‪‎Scotland 68m Horne immediately takes possession and cleanly finds Pyrgos
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 69m An ambitious pass from Tonks hands possession to Italy
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 69m Scotland back with the ball following a defensive kick from Italy
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 70m Watson with a great pass to Horne who makes a great break, tackled on 10m line
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 70m Italy been given possession and cleared to touch
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland71m Strokosch takes the lineout from Ford and Scotland on the attack
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 72m Penalty to Scotland, a quick tap & go which has given them some good ground
‪‎Italy 12-9 ‪‎Scotland 73m Scotland still in possession and have an advantage
‪‎Italy 12-14 ‪‎Scotland 73m Pyrgos goes over for the try following a great run by Matt Scott
‪‎Italy 12-14 ‪‎Scotland 74m Weir takes the conversion
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 75m And he makes it, back in the lead and Italy need a try now
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 75 Italy making last minute replacements, Allan off, Canna on
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 76m Ford taking another lineout and finds Hamilton
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 76m Pyrgos puts up a box kick but it goes to touch.
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 77m Italy mess up another lineout and hand Scotland the ball
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 78m Ball lost, scrum to Italy with just over 1m remaining
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 79m Scrum reset,
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 79m Again Doyle blows his whistle at the scrum and we are resetting
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 79m Penalty to Scotland at the scrum. That's it surely
‪‎Italy 12-16 ‪‎Scotland 80m Kicked to touch and Doyle blows his whistle, Scotland win 1st game this year

Italy15 Andrea Masi 14 Leonardo Sarto 13 Tommaso Benvenuti 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Giovambattista Venditti 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 Samuela Vunisa 7 Alessandro Zanni 6 Francesco Minto 5 Valerio Bernabó 4 QUINTIN GELDENHUYS (C) 3 Lorenzo Cittadini 2 Davide Giazzon 1 Matias Aguero BENCH: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini 17 Michele Rizzo 18 Martin Castrogiovanni 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Mauro Bergamasco 21 Marcello Violi* 22 Carlo Canna* 23 Luke Mclean

SCORERS P: Garcia, Allan (3)

Scotland15 Greig Tonks 14 Sean Lamont 13 Richie Vernon 12 Matt Scott 11 Rory Hughes* 10 Duncan Weir 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 8 Adam Ashe 7 John Hardie* 6 ALASDAIR STROKOSCH (C) 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Richie Gray 3 Mike Cusack 2 Stuart McInally* 1 Gordon Reid BENCH: 16 Ross Ford 17 Alasdair Dickinson 18 Willem Nel* 19 Kevin Bryce 20 Hamish Watson 21 Henry Pyrgos 22 Peter Horne 23 Damien Hoyland*

SCORERS T: Pyrgos C: Weir P: Weir (3)




FranceFRANCE 25 - 20 ENGLANDEngland

Stade de France - Saturday 22 August 2015
KO: 21:00 HT:  15-6



France v ‪England Le Crunch looms at the Stade de France...should be massive!
France v ‪England The teams are in the tunnel & heading out on a balmy evening in St Denis...
France v ‪England Trumpets on the pitch today as well as in the stands in true Les Bleus style for God Save The Queen
France v ‪England ...promptly followed by the magnificent La Marseillaise as it rings round the stadium
France v ‪England Jaco Peyper referees tonight's proceedings in Paris & we have KO...
France 0-0 ‪England 1m 1st penalty to England & Billy Vunipola looking about a stone svelter than before Denver camp
France 0-0 ‪England 2m It's an England lineout but France gain possession after Luther Burrell pinged for not rolling away
France 0-0 ‪England 2m Burrell hadn't time to take a breath before ref's whistle went!
France 3-0 ‪England 3m Scott Spedding tees up for France & he is perfectly on target from way way out
France 3-0 ‪England 4m England restart not too great & France have scrum on halfway...pitch appalling already cutting up!
France 3-0 ‪England 5m It's warming up with a kicking game muchly so far...Mike Brown returns with boot...
France 3-0 ‪England 6m France lineout just inside the England half; it's good but knock on off Yoann Huget; England scrum
France 3-0 ‪England 7m Good scrum for visitors & kick goes to George Ford...but he misses touch!
France 3-0 ‪England 8m France in possession but deep in own half; they do manage to clear tho & Ford messes up again
France 3-0 ‪England 9m Homeside on the attack & cross England's 22; England defence needs to sharpen up
France 3-0 ‪England 10m England having no joy with turnover ball & Dan Cole for majorly offside; kickable penalty to France
France 6-0 ‪England 11m Neat close-range kick from Freddie Michalak for another 3-pointer. France have turned up!
France 6-0 ‪England 12m Brownie has to clear from deep in own 22; Joe Launchbury charges down kick in French territory
France 6-0 ‪England 14m But another penalty from England & France set up attacking lineout outside England 22...
France 6-0 ‪England 15m Not bad English defence & neat chip from Tillous-Borde but Brownie gets to it to save try
France 6-0 ‪England 16m Time off as water boys clear off pitch & it's France lineout inside 10m; England offside & easy 3
France 9-0 ‪England 16m Michalak just outside the 22 off centre & yep...easy 3 points!
France 9-0 ‪England 16m If this is England's 1st XV...they're not getting thru the pool stages playing like this!
France 9-0 ‪England 18m France playing it smart & not too clever; England haemorrhaging penalties & 10% possession
France 9-0 ‪England 19m France attacking off the setpiece again; finally a turnover in the visitors' favour...
France 9-0 ‪England 20m But no sooner do England have an opportunity, Michalak has another kickable penalty...
France 9-0 ‪England 21m Tis on the edge of has range & it doesn't go in Freddie's favour
France 9-0 ‪England 23m England have a lineout on halfway; the ball is taken but Brownie knock on. England need to regroup fast
France 9-0 ‪England 24m Time off; anxiety on faces of England squad in stand is palpable...there's some class there
France 9-0 ‪England 24m It's a France attacking scrum which has to be reset; France playing ref v well.
France 9-0 ‪England 26m Penalty to France & Michalak tees up from 10m; cannot explain rotten state of pitch!
France 12-0 ‪England 26m Not a kick too far for Freddie this time & they're 12 clear; France in own 22 from restart...
France 12-0 ‪England 27m England finally acquire a penalty; Ford is teeing up from just outside 22 out wide...
France 12-3 ‪England 28m Tom Youngs with blood pouring from eyebrow as Ford kicks over 3 for first visitor points
France 12-3 ‪England 29m Youngs is fine to play on; France have made 4 tackles...England 54! England scrum on halfway
France 12-3 ‪England 30m Any successful scrum is a miracle as turf is just folding up in huge chunks; penalty England
France 12-3 ‪England 31m Fordy tees up from near halfway under watchful eye of waterboy Mike Catt but falls short
France 12-3 ‪England 32m France make it back over halfway into England territory but Ben Youngs clears them out...
France 12-3 ‪England 33m Crowd get excited as France come right back at them; time off for TMO check of Billy V tackle
France 12-3 ‪England 33m Obviously looks rotten in slowmo; but correctly just a penalty as Billy V's arm slips up high
France 15-3 ‪England 34m But that 'just a penalty' of course lands Freddie 3 more points...
France 15-3 ‪England 35m Given possession & penalty count, France could've been way ahead but not threatened tryline
France 15-3 ‪England 35m England try driving maul on 22 but stopped dead & little support for Billy V as France collect
France 15-3 ‪England 36m France force play back over halfway but England possession & try to get back over...
France 15-3 ‪England 36m But again there's no one to take the offload & Les Bleus up to 22 with ball in hand
France 15-3 ‪England 37m England force the turnover & do make some headway into French territory; aerial football...
France 15-3 ‪England 38m The forwards are trying their damndest but little England cohesion to string together phases
France 15-3 ‪England 38m England have not yet got over 22 as defence is a solid wall of Les Bleus
France 15-3 ‪England 39m A sigh for the visitors as a penalty goes their way & Ford tees up just off centre from 22
France 15-6 ‪England 39m Fordy takes his time & it is an excellent kick; just time for restart
France 15-6 ‪England 40m Michalak kicks the restart; Launchbury collects & Ben Youngs boots it into touch

France 15-6 England HT P: Spedding, Michalak (4) | P: Ford (2)

France 15-6 ‪England HT England need to wipe slate clean & erase 1st half from memory, then they have a chance...

France 15-6 ‪England 41m No changes on either side as the second half commences...
France 15-6 ‪England 42m Far better work from the visitors as they are just bundled into touch before the corner...
France 15-6 ‪England 43m Looks like HT chat has worked as England now look like they can play rugby; attack again
France 15-6 ‪England 43m A knock on at their 22 gives France possession; clear & Brownie comes back at them...
France 15-6 ‪England 44m Fordy accidentally gets in way; France defensive scrum & win penalty; Freddie clears
France 15-6 ‪England 45m Philippe Saint-André looking awfully nervous in the stands as French break away sharply...
France 20-6 ‪England 46m Superb work from Les Bleus; England floored as Huget dances thru defence to score beautifully
France 22-6 ‪England 48m A neat slice of a conversion from Freddie & that try was magnificent
France 22-6 ‪England 49m Both Youngs replaced by Jamie George & Danny Care; hopefully fresh feet will do it...
France 22-6 ‪England 49m Hooker change is technically a blood replacement; George straight into a scrum
France 22-6 ‪England 50m Before change, England had lost yet another lineout; shocking stuff; Wig won't be happy!
France 22-6 ‪England 51m From scrum, penalty goes to France again; Les Bleus on England's 22 again...
France 22-6 ‪England 52m Freddie drops back into pocket à la his old teammate Jonny W...but drop goal not quite there
France 22-6 ‪England 53m England drive ball towards French 22 but it's France clearing back & England pinged at breakdown
France 22-6 ‪England 54m Nick Easter & Dave Attwood replace Launchbury & Haskell as France are back on England 22
France 22-6 ‪England 56m England defensive lineout on 22 is shocking & lost again; Freddie crosskicks & 2m out...
France 22-6 ‪England 57m France can't quite secure ball out wide but Jonathan Joseph knocks it on!
France 22-6 ‪England 57m Kayser, Debaty & Nyanga for Guirado, Ben Arous & Picamoles; England scrum...
France 22-6 ‪England 59m The green continues to chunk up as scrum as reset again...not even funny!
France 22-6 ‪England 60m Frankly this should go to uncontested scrums as they constantly have to move the scrum...
France 22-6 ‪England 61m State of pitch is nothing short of dangerous; finally a penalty goes England's way
France 22-6 ‪England 62m La Marseillaise is real loud in stands as Fordy forces France back 40m
France 22-6 ‪England 63m French lineout just outside own 22; drive England back up to 10m & penalty for pulling down maul
France 22-6 ‪England 63m French penalty as Atonio on for Slimani | Cipriani & 12Trees for May & Burrell
France 22-6 ‪England 64m France make further headway into England territory; good setpiece & penalty won...
France 25-6 ‪England 66m Freddie knocks over another comfortable 3 points to stretch the lead
France 25-6 ‪England 67m Mako V & Davy Wilson on for Marler & Cole | Flanquart & Fickou for Papé & Bastareaud
France 25-6 ‪England 68m England up to French 22 & looking a tad better; French boot kicks ball out of Care's hand...
France 25-6 ‪England 70m Kockott & Tales replace Michalak & Tillous-Borde; England scrum finally works...
France 25-11 ‪England 71m Can't drive pack forward but Care gets it away > Fordy > Cipriani who pounces over tryline!
France 25-13 ‪England 72m Finally England are looking better & Fordy adds the extras
France 25-13 ‪England 74m Quite unlike the other 70 minutes, England looking much improved...maybe a tad late tho!
France 25-13 ‪England 75m England attacking scrum at French 22 again..but it's hard to find anywhere to actually scrum
France 25-13 ‪England 76m Eventually it works for England but quickly forced back out of 22 back up towards halfway
France 25-18 ‪England 77m But despite position; England work it well & finally smart hands put JJ over in corner
France 25-20 ‪England 78m A perfect kick from Fordy adds the conversion; only 9 minutes ago it was 25-6!
France 25-20 ‪England 79m England are way back in own half but in possession & desperate to get out & have advantage
France 25-20 ‪England 80m England over halfway & all the fresher legs making a huge impact as "England" is chanted
France 25-20 ‪England 80+2m England keeping ball in hand & over halfway but forced back as 12Trees isolated...
France 25-20 ‪England 80+3m Not far off France's 22 with Care & Cipriani doing brilliantly...
France 25-20 ‪England 80+4m England fight al the way into the 22 before finally a French boot puts ball in touch

France15 Scott Spedding 14 Yoann Huget 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Noa Nakaitaci 10 Frederic Michalak 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde 1 Eddy Ben Arous 2 Guilhem Guirado 3 Rabah Slimani 4 PASCAL PAPÉ (C) 5 Yoann Maestri 6 Damien Chouly 7 Bernard Le Roux 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Benjamin Kayser 17 Vincent Debaty 18 Uini Atonio 19 Alexandre Flanquart 20 Yannick Nyanga 21 Rory Kockott 22 Remi Tales 23 Gael Fickou

SCORERS T: Huget C: Michalak P: Spedding, Michalak (5)

England15 Mike Brown 14 Jack Nowell 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Luther Burrell 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Joe Marler 2 Tom Youngs 3 Dan Cole 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Courtney Lawes 6 James Haskell 7 CHRIS ROBSHAW (C) 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 6 Jamie George* 17 Mako Vunipola 18 David Wilson 19 Dave Attwood 20 Nick Easter 21 Danny Care 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Billy Twelvetrees

SCORERS T: Cipriani, Joseph C: Ford (2) P: Ford (2)

Referee: Jaco Peyper




Week 4

Nottingham Rugby v Tonga Newcastle Falcons v Georgia Ireland vs WalesBarbarians v Samoa Canada v Glasgow Warriors Scotland vs ItalyJapan vs Uruguay USA v Harlequins

Nottingham RugbyNOTTINGHAM RUGBY 14 - 6 TONGATonga

Lady Bay - Friday 28 August 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 7-26Nottingham Rugby v Tonga

A battling and gutsy Nottingham Rugby side went down to a 14-69 pre-season defeat to Tonga, in front of a 2,500 sell-out crowd at Lady Bay on Friday evening.

No haka, but the Tongan national squad brought all their famed flair and physicality to The Bay for a full-blooded but highly entertaining game as part of their preparations for the World Cup.

A total of eleven tries gave them a sizeable margin of victory, but the Green and Whites managed a couple in reply and should not feel at all humbled by the 14-69 final score having put together an impressive thirty minute spell in the first half. The Tongans, it should be remembered, are ranked tenth in the World.

They wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Telusa Veainu grabbed the first try of the game in only the second minute, Latiume Fosita making it 0-7 with the conversion. A second try before the game was ten minutes old from Opeti Fonua, following pressure at a scrum under the home posts and again converted by Fosita, looked ominous.

But from that point on it was the Green and Whites who dominated, despite losing Dan Mugford with a hand injury and then conceding a third try as William Helu crossed to make it 0-19. A couple of close range lineouts saw Nottingham put the Tongans under pressure and a penalty try was no less than they deserved, with Lawrence Rayner converting. And they were unlucky not to get a second try when the referee adjudged they had been held up inches short of the line.

Following that good half hour spell though they fell further behind in the closing minutes of the first half when Sione Kalamafoni broke clear and touched down, Fosita making it 7-26 at the break.

The second half was a different story as the visitors moved up a gear or two and controlled the game, outclassing Nottingham with their pace, power and fitness.

They ran in seven more tries, with Fonua completing his hat trick, Helu grabbing a second, and Sonatone Takulua also crossing twice.

Nottingham had their moments, but they were unable to win enough quality ball to maintain a consistent challenge. Their best spell brought them a couple of lineouts in the Tongan 22. As they moved the ball across field Josh Skelcey raced clear for a try in the corner, with Rayner doing well to add the conversion from the right hand touchline.

Quite how much the Tongan side got out of the game remains to be seen, but for Nottingham it was as hard a workout as they could have wished for to complete their preparations for the new Championship season.

Many of the new signings showed great promise, and the whole squad showed courage in the face of international opposition.

And it was one of those 'club' occasions that should live long in the memory as a big crowd turned out to enjoy a good evening's rugby. At the end of it we could only salute Tonga and wish them the best of luck for their World Cup campaign.

Nottingham Rugby15 Billy Robinson 14 Sam Coghlan-Murray 13 Ben Woods 12 Viliami Hakalo 11 Pila Iongi 10 Dan Mugford 9 Darryl Veenendaal 1 Kieran Davies 2 TJ Harris 3 Conor Carey 4 Toby Freeman 5 Dan Montagu 6 Ben Morris 7 Rob Langley 8 Paul Grant BENCH: Ben Brownlie, Harry Morley, Tom Heard ,Morgan Eames, Rupert Cooper, Murray McConnell, Lawrence Rayner, Josh Skelcey, Ricky Andrew/Oris Nawaqalivia

Tonga15 Vunga Lilo 14 Will Helu 13 Sione Piukala 12 Viliami Tahitua 11 Telusa Veainu 10 Latiume Fosita 9 Sosefo Maake 1 Soane Tongauhia 2 Paula Ngauamo 3 Sila Puafifi 4 Lua Lokotui 5 Hale T Pole 6 Sione Kalamafoni 7 Jack Ram 8 Opeti Fonua BENCH: Tevita Mailau, Sona Taumalolo, Halani Aulika, Elvis Taione, Aleki Lutui, Joe Tuineau, Steve Mafi, David Halaifonua, Viliami Ma'afu, Sonatone Takulua, Kurt Morath, Siale Piutau, Fetu'u Vainikolo




Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 27 - 7 GEORGIAGeorgia

Kingston Park - Friday 28 August 2015
KO: 19:45 HT: 5-0Newcastle Falcons v Georgia

FALCONS topple IRB's 13th ranked national side, Georgia, in Kingston Park World Cup warm-up fixture.

It was one of those famous Kingston Park nights to say 'I was there', Newcastle Falcons convincingly defeating the 13th-highest ranked team in world rugby.

The score-line was every bit a reflection on the balance of the game as the Falcons dusted off the cobwebs with a gem of a performance, running five tries past a major international side in the full throes of Rugby World Cup preparation.

Leading 5-0 at half time and adding four more scores after the break, Newcastle matched the famed Georgian forward scrum and operated at a pace with which their visitors struggled to cope.

Man of the match Ruki Tipuna steered a robust Falcons forward pack around the field, the hosts opening the scoring through Scott Lawson as the hooker grounded from an advancing rolling maul in the right corner.

Director of Rugby Dean Richards chose to field a starting XV containing none of his new signings, a deliberate ploy aimed at giving first chance to the players who had finished last season.

It paid off, Tom Catterick leading the back-line and bringing hard-running centres Adam Powell and Chris Harris into play.

Georgia asked plenty of questions at scrum time, earning three resets on the Falcons' try-line, only for the home side to win one against the head at the fourth attempt.

That earned Scrum Half Vasil Lobzhanidze ten minutes in the sin-bin, Tipuna saving a try in the dying minutes of the half when he mopped up from a Georgian chip over the three-quarter line.

A one-try half-time lead didn't quite tell the full story of Newcastle's dominance, the second half putting that to rights with four well-taken tries.

Catterick grabbed the first of those, the fly-half held up over the try-line in the left corner before grounding down the opposite side from a five-metre scrum.

Craig Willis, making an impressive debut at Full Back, helped create the chance with quick hands, Catterick cutting inside the last man to dot down.

It was his last act before being replaced with an ankle knock, Willis pushing up to fly-half as Brett Connon made a senior debut at Full Back.

And with just eight minutes of the second half having elapsed they had a third try, Alex Tait scoring in the right corner from a simple blind-side pass as Newcastle's driving maul sucked in the defensive numbers.

Georgia hit back with their one and only try of the evening, skipper Mamuka Gorgodze breaking through the middle of a ruck on the 22. The Toulon man sped to the line without a finger laid on him, a sole defensive blip on an otherwise successful night in that department.

Having rolled on their replacements the Falcons did not let the blow get to them, finishing the game in the ascendancy.

Hooker George McGuigan poached their fourth try from a hard running line down the right, Mark Wilson and Sean Robinson having helped prise open the gap.

And there was still time for one more, the abrasive Chris Harris using footwork and power to find and then exploit a midfield hole from 30 yards out.

Willis converted on an impressive showing, Newcastle's supporters leaving the ground happy on a night to remember.

Newcastle FalconsC Willis, A Tait, C Harris, A Powell, D Marshall, T Catterick, R Tipuna; R Vickers, S Lawson, S Wilson, C Green, S MacLeod, R Mayhew, W WELCH (C), A Hogg BENCH: G McGuigan, B Harris, A Rogers, A Foster, S Robinson, M Wilson, D Temm, D Marshall, R Dawson, B Connon, D Fairbrother

SCORERS T: S Lawson, T Catterick, A Tait, G McGuigan, C Harris C: C Willis

GeorgiaG Aptsiauri, A Todua, D Kacharava, T Mchedlidze, G Pruidze, L Khmaladze, V Lobzhanidze; Z Zhvania, S Mamukashvili, D Kubriashvili, L Datunashvili, G Chkhaidze, G Tkhilaishvili, S Sutiashvili, M GORGODZE (C) BENCH: M Nariashvili, K Asieshvili, J Bregvadze, D Zirakashvili, L Chilachava, K Mikautadze, G Nemsadze, V Kolelishvili, I Lomidze, G Begadze, V Khutsishvili, M Kvirikashvili, M Sharikadze, G Talakhadze, B Tsiklauri

SCORERS T: M Gorgodze C: B Tsiklauri Yellow Card V Lobzhanidze

Referee: L Linton




IrelandIRELAND 10 - 16 WALESWales

Aviva Stadium - Saturday 29 August 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 10-10Ireland v Wales


‪‎Ireland v ‪‎Wales 10 minutes to KO in Dublin. The teams...
‪‎Ireland v ‪‎Wales The Welsh anthem is belting round the Aviva, soon to be drowned out by Ireland's...
‪‎Ireland v ‪‎Wales Ireland's two anthems are a bit greedy! Can we get on with it now...
‪‎Ireland v ‪‎Wales Georgie North gets 50th cap to become youngest ever, while Warburton is rested; Craig Joubert with whistle
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 1m Finally KO & Ireland secure 1st attacking lineout which is good
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 2m Ken Owens throws into 5m defensive scrum & clear Irish back to 10m...
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 3m Ireland already looking far superior to how they were v Scotland...
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 4m Wales capture possession & take play over halfway; Ireland defensive lineout but lost
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 4m Luke Fitzgerald manages to kick ball away & Wales forced deep into own half to defend
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 5m Ireland have momentum building but Keith Earls knock on; Welsh defensive scrum outside 22
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 6m Bodes well for Wales & set up attacking lineout; up to the Irish 22 & Scott Williams breaks
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 7m Defence not great but enough to stop surge; Wales lineout but Ireland regain possession thanks to Kearney
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 8m Ireland run ball up to own 10m before kicking away possession; comes straight back as high ball
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 9m Time off as Dan Biggar is checked out after collision with Rob Kearney
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales10m Kearney came off better & Ireland have defensive scrum near their own 10m
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 11m Ball thumped downfield & Leigh Halfpenny gets to it; Wales run it back & plenty of aerial football
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 12m Wales defensive lineout on own 10m works fine but then a loose bounce gives it to Ireland...
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 13m Possession flipped muchly so far; Wales lose lineout just over halfway but Ireland fluff for Welsh halfway scrum
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 14m Scrum penalty goes to Wales on halfway & they drive up towards halfway...
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 15m But excellent handiwork from Ireland at breakdown to effect the turnover in their own 22, forcing Wales back
‪‎Ireland 0-0 ‪‎Wales 17m Wales drive forward again with nice hands; Ireland pinged for offside & penalty to visitors...
‪‎Ireland 0-3 ‪‎Wales 18m Halfpenny tees up in his 9 carat gold-studded boots to open the scoreboard with 3 points
‪‎Ireland 0-3 ‪‎Wales 20m After restart, Kearney unusually misses a high ball while Wales charge into the Irish 22 again...
‪‎Ireland 0-3 ‪‎Wales 20m Wales bulldozing their way thru & only couple of metres short as go thru phases
‪‎Ireland 0-3 ‪‎Wales 21m A metre short & there's a pile of Welsh bodies on the ground; time off...
‪‎Ireland 0-3 ‪‎Wales 22m A good 5m attacking lineout for Wales & they're driving a huge truck thru Ireland, but not quite enough
‪‎Ireland 0-3 ‪‎Wales 23m Wales can't quite find a way thru but penalty to visitors - the 5th gifted from Ireland so far...
‪‎Ireland 0-3 ‪‎Wales 24m Ireland gift a 6th - deep in own 22 - kick goes into Irish hands & they charge ignoring whistle
‪‎Ireland 0-8 ‪‎Wales 24m Another 5m lineout for Wales & the heave is on; forced sideways & drive collapses...but over the line!
‪‎Ireland 0-8 ‪‎Wales 26m Ireland defences look shabby so far whilst Wales dominant; Halfpenny tees up from touch...
‪‎Ireland 0-10 ‪‎Wales 26m Tis a rare sight for Halfpenny miss...this wasn't one as Wales deservedly edge ahead
‪‎Ireland 0-10 ‪‎Wales 28m Try from Justin Tipuric. Ireland making headway from restart, helped by AWJ not rolling away at breakdown
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 30m Johnny Sexton comes under pressure to secure the penalty kick...& he doesn't disappoint
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 31m Ireland not succeeding at restart still & Wales set up lineout just outside the 22 to attack again
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 32m Repeated pick & drive takes Wales into 22 but Peter O'Mahony secures the turnover to Ireland's relief
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 33m Ireland clear Wales way back & are in good attacking position back over halfway...but knock on outside 22
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 35m Scrum reset & Wales clear Ireland back deep into own half with a thump...
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 36m Ireland can't easily run ball out of own territory but Wales offside so clear over halfway...
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 37m An improved lineout for Ireland outside Welsh 22 but the defensive line is solid preventing penetration
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 38m Ireland hand over penalty no.7 to Wales' 3, & lose all momentum; Wales lineout on halfway...
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 39m But the visitors lose another lineout & Ireland have opportunity to attack again
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 40m Still not crossing 22, Sexton kicks crossfield to Earls who can't collect for defensive pressure
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 40+1m Ireland win the Welsh scrum just 5m from whitewash & penalty gives them a chance...
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 40+2m Ireland recycling frantically but going backwards; crosskick from Sexton saved by North over tryline
‪‎Ireland 3-10 ‪‎Wales 40+3m But penalty was coming so return to this side of field...can Ireland find the space to score?
‪‎Ireland 8-10 ‪‎Wales 40+4m It's Iain Henderson that just finds the tryline & he almost equalises before HT under the posts
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 40+4m Sexton equalises & it's all square at HT

‎Ireland 10-10 ‎Wales HT T: Tipuric C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny | T: Henderson C: Sexton P: Sexton

‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 41m Play's back on at Aviva Stadium...whilst it's 10-10 for #BARvSAM & 10-0 for #SCOvITA
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 42 Irish scrum on Wales 10m as Gethin Jenkins overtakes RFU President Jase Leonard as most capped prop
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 43m Huge pressure on Welsh defence but manage it; 5m defensive lineout...clear Ireland back towards halfway
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 44m Ireland drive play into Welsh 22 but ball incredibly slow; Wales causing disruption to momentum
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 45m Jenkins wins the turnover in own 22 & another opportunity stolen from Ireland
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 47m Iain Henderson disrupts Rhys Webb's forward play & there's a time off
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 47m Paul James replaces Jenkins in front row & it's an Ireland defensive scrum outside 22...
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 48m All is well for Irish & they take play over the Welsh 10m but Earls looks dizzy going in circle
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 49m But it's Wales who secure turnover at breakdown a ref has to tell them to use it...cleared but back they come
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 51m It's all to play for  both squads with ‪‎RWC 31 not yet announced...James King for Lydiate
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 52m Sexton crosskick deep into Welsh 22 saved by North but Kearney drags him into touch..huge!
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 53m Sean Cronin replaces Richardt Strauss while Ireland attack fiercely...
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 54m O'Brien carries ball to tryline on replacing O'Mahony but TMO confirms lost forward by Tipuric force
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 56m Wales have had enough of defending & charge into Irish 22 with some vengeance...
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 56m Dave Kearney forced into a penalty to save a try & Wales have 5m lineout
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 57m Not quite to plan but have another a tad further back; ref is mightily impatient...
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 58m Wales head back to the Irish 22 but Paul O'Connell is having it...
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 59m The captain secures possession for the homeside & Wales are pushed way back over halfway
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 59m Tho a huge boot sends ball flying back from Halfpenny; aerial football ensues...
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 60m Ireland head back to attacking territory but POC pinged for a neck drag - penalty to Wales
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 62m Wales are back inside Ireland's 10m but as they have done, Ireland slowing down pace significantly
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 63m Keith Earls has had his head knocked badly & medics are on; penalty to Wales but time off
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 63m Not looking great for Earls as stretcher is on to take him away...possibly precautionary?
‪‎Ireland 10-10 ‪‎Wales 64m Jones & Reddan for Murray & Sexton | Gareth Davies, Priestland & Roberts for Webb, Biggar & Amos
‪‎Ireland 10-13 ‪‎Wales 64m Meanwhile, Halfpenny pumps over 3 more points from that penalty...
‪‎Ireland 10-13 ‪‎Wales 66m Donnacha Ryan replaces Fitzgerald who tiptoes off the pitch...& Alun Wyn Jones is having attention
‪‎Ireland 10-13 ‪‎Wales 68m Ireland can't find a way thru despite possession; Jackson attempts poor drop goal & Wales have it
‪‎Ireland 10-13 ‪‎Wales 69m The rain has arrived in bucket loads in Dublin as Ireland hand over another penalty - so easy...
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 71m Halfpenny knocks over 3 more points from in front of posts
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 72m From their own 22, Wales use deft hands til North breaks & Amos chips ahead but...
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 72m ...Felix Jones saves it just over the tryline; scrum back up at Irish 10m & ref has words with packs
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 73m Wales forced into defensive work a tad til possession goes their way; huge box kick to R Kearney
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 74m Ball's horridly greasy now & pressure continues to be heaped on with class kicking...
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 75m Ireland's back in attacking mode & head up towards the Welsh 22...but get turned over
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 77m Welsh defensive scrum outside own 22; it's fine but Priestland can't hang onto ball...
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 78m But Ireland's final opportunity is lost to a 13th penalty & Wales clear Ireland away
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 79m But Welsh lineout goes awry & Ireland have a lifeline...kick to corner for 5m lineout as crowd is ecstatic
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 80m Irish lineout secured but are finding it hard to find a way thru to the tryline...
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 80+1m Tipuric gives away penalty with a neck tackle & Ireland can go again...
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 80+2m Sean Cronin bundles over the whitewash & crowd are thrilled; ref goes to TMO suspecting held up
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 80+2m Crowds boo as it's clearly illustrated in replays ball never got close to ground for Halfpenny
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales 80+3m A good performance & deserved win for Wales as final whistle goes; Ireland need to sharpen up
‪‎Ireland 10-16 ‪‎Wales FT Man of Match Justin Tipuric but all cheers are for POC at his last home game as an international

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Dave Kearney 13 Luke Fitzgerald 12 Robbie Henshaw 11 Keith Earls 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Jack McGrath 2 Richardt Strauss 3 Nathan White 4 Iain Henderson 5 PAUL O'CONNELL (C) 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Jordi Murphy 8 Jamie Heaslip BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Donnacha Ryan 20 Sean O'Brien 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Paddy Jackson 23 Felix Jones

SCORERS T: Henderson C: Sexton P: Sexton

Wales15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Scott Williams 12 Jamie Roberts 11 George North 10 Dan Biggar 9 Rhys Webb 1 Gethin Jenkins 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Bradley Davies 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Dan Lydiate 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Taulupe Faletau BENCH: 16 Scott Baldwin 17 Paul James 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Luke Charteris 20 James King 21 Gareth Davies 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Hallam Amos

SCORERS T: Tipuric C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny (3)

Referee: Craig Joubert




BarbariansBARBARIANS 27 - 24 SAMOASamoa

Olympic Stadium, London - Saturday 29 August 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-17Barbarians v Samoa sprinklers

THE Barbarians scored the first try and claimed the first win against Samoa when rugby made its historic debut at the former Olympic Stadium.

However, the outstanding memory for spectators and players alike will be the slipshod preparation at the iconic stadium, where stewards and volunteers displayed a distinct lack of knowledge of the venue, the queues for tickets had fans taking to Twitter in ire, but the queues at the bars were simply unbelievable. The organisers failed to accommodate the average rugby audience, not even managing to provide a basic wifi service in this apparently state-of-the-art venue. But the piece du resistance was the sprinklers springing to life in the 24th minute across the pitch mid-match, and no fool had little any idea how to switch them off for over 2 minutes as the players were drenched. This does not bode well for a venue hosting four Rugby World Cup matches.

But back to the rugby, and the opening moments saw former All Black Adam Thomson touch down the first of two scores, Australia flanker Liam Gill was driven over from close range and Australia centre Ben Tapuai touched down two classy efforts with fellow Wallabies fly half Christian Leali’ifano adding a conversion.

Anthony Perenise, Ken Pisi and Jack Lam responded for the Islanders, who were preparing for their World Cup dates with South Africa, Scotland, the USA and Japan in September and October.

Samoa were handicapped by the sending off of Kane Thompson for landing an impressive uppercut on hooker Saia Fainga’a midway through the first half after the latter obstructed play, but stayed in the game in physical style while the Barbarians declined to kick at goal and didn’t finish off a handful of other decent chances.

Thomson struck in the second minute as he dummied and ploughed over from the back of a driven lineout but Samoa soon edged in front when Bristol prop drove over from close range with Tusi Pisi converting and adding a penalty after both sides were reduced to 14 men - Thompson sent off and Fainga’a sin binned.

The Barbarians - fielding a starting line-up with a combined total of 455 caps - levelled when Gill was driven over and on the half-hour Tapuai produced some sparkling footwork to finish after scrum half Luke Burgess had scampered up the middle.

Ken Pisi’s try meant the scores were level at the interval but the Barbarians dominated the third quarter of the game to add two more scores.

Thomson’s second required a long look from the TMO as he twisted through a pair of tacklers to ground the ball and Tapuai’s second was a gem. Lively replacement No.8 Jacques Potgieter made the key break and the ball was zipped inside and out before the Western Force centre glided over.

Head coach Jamie Joseph felt his side put down a handful of decent chances to add to the try-count and certainly the commitment to kick for the corner - rather than at goal - meant the invitation side couldn’t open up an unassailable lead.

Jack Lam powered over under the posts to keep Samoa in it and Tim Nanai-Williams - impressive in the famous black and white shirt against Australia last year - was a constant threat from full back.

But the Barbarians continued to win key turnovers and hung on for an impressive win against a side that will trouble plenty of opponents in their World Cup group.

As a result of Thompson’s red card, he duly received a two-match ban which leaves Samoa a man short in their opening encounter against the USA Eagles in Brighton.

Barbarians15 Paul Williams 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Ben Tapuai 12 Wynand Olivier 11 Dwayne Sweeney 10 Christian Leali'ifano 9 Luke Burgess 1 Benn Robinson 2 Saia Fainga'a 3 Carl Hayman 4 Bakkies Botha 5 Luke Jones 6 Adam Thomson 7 Liam Gill 8 Pierre Spies BENCH: 16 Silatolu Latu 17 Josh Hohneck 18 Kyle Traynor 19 Ali Williams 20 Jacques Potgieter 21 Nic Groom 22 Mike Harris 23 Tom English

SCORERS T: Thomson (2), Gill, Tapuai (2) C: Leali'ifano Yellow Card Fainga'a

Samoa15 Tim Nanai-Williams 14 Fa'atoina Autagavaia 13 Paul Perez 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Ken Pisi 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Kahn Fotuali'i 1 Zak Taulafo 2 Ole Avei 3 Anthony Perenise 4 Filo Paulo 5 Kane Thompson 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu 7 Jack Lam 8 OFISA TREVIRANUS (C) BENCH: 16 Manu Leiataua 17 Viliamu Afatia 18 Jake Grey 19 Faifili Levave 20 Vavea Tuilagi 21 Vavao Afemai 22 Patrick Fa'apale 23 Johnny Leota

SCORERS T: Perenise, Ken Pisi, Lam C: Tusi Pisi (2), Nanai-Williams P: Tusi Pisi Red Card Thompson

Referee: John Lacey




CanadaCANADA 19 - 12 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Wanderers Ground, Halifax - Saturday 29 August 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-5Canada v Glasgow Warriors

CANADA won its final Rugby World Cup warm-up game on Canadian soil after beating the Glasgow Warriors 19-12 in Halifax Saturday afternoon in the Battle for New Scotland.

Canada got tries from the returning Jamie Cudmore, who captained the side, as well as Matt Evans and former Warriors player DTH Van Der Merwe. Nathan Hirayama kicked two conversions while Glenn Bryce and Junior Bulumakau scored tries for Glasgow.

Bryce gave the Warriors an early lead as he crossed over in the corner just four minutes in but Canada responded well, former Warriors centre Connor Braid blasting through the Glasgow line to get Canada on the front foot.

In the 16th minute, Canada got its reward when the returning Cudmore, who missed the entire Pacific Nations Cup due to injury, powered over from a few meters out with Hirayama kicking the conversion for a 7-5 lead.

Hirayama had a chance to increase the Canadian lead in the 23rd minute but his penalty just missed, however, five minutes later Canada had its second try.

Nanyak Dala broke through the Warriors defensive line before offloading to Phil Mack who would then find a supporting Hearn with a pass before Hearn, a native of Conception Bay South in Newfoundland, found Evans who powered over the line with two tacklers holding on. Hirayama again added the extras for a 14-5 Canada lead.

Rory Clegg was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes in the 37th minute but Canada couldn’t add to their lead despite the man advantage either side of the break.

The Warriors looked destined to score their second try of the game in the 46th minute as Bryce had an open lane to the corner but Jeff Hassler made an outstanding cover tackle to push Bryce out of bounds only a meter from the line.

The Warriors did get their second try of the day in the 71st minute. Canadian lock Evan Olmstead had been sent to the sin bin three minutes earlier and the Warriors took advantage of the extra man as they spread the ball wide for Junior Bulumakau to touch down. Scott Wight’s conversion cut the Canadian lead to 14-12 with nine minutes to play.

However, Canada sealed its first win of the summer in the 77th minute when Van Der Merwe, who spent the past six seasons with the Warriors and helped them to Guinness Pro 12 glory last season, scored in the far corner after patient build up play by Canada.

Canada15 Matt Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Ciaran Hearn 12 Connor Braid 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Nathan Hirayama 9 Phil Mack 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Benoit Piffero 3 Andrew Tiedemann 4 Evan Olmstead 5 JAMIE CUDMORE (C) 6 Kyle Gilmour 7 Nanyak Dala 8 Richard Thorpe BENCH: 16 Hubert Buydens 17 Ray Barkwill 18 Doug Wooldridge 19 Jebb Sinclair 20 Aaron Carpenter 21 Jamie Mackenzie 23 Harry Jones 24 Brett Beukeboom 25 Phil Mackenzie

SCORERS T: Cudmore, Hearn, van der Merwe C: Hirayama (2) Yellow Card Olmstead

Glasgow Warriors15 PETER MURCHIE (C) 14 Lee Jones 13 Glenn Bryce 12 Fraser Lyle 11 Rory Hughes 10 Rory Clegg 9 Mike Blair 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa 2 Pat MacArthur 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Tim Swinson 5 Kieran Low 6 Simone Favaro 7 Chris Fusaro 8 Josh Strauss BENCH: 16 George Hunter 17 Kevin Bryce 18 Mike Cusack 19 D'arcy Rae 20 Scott Cummings 21 James Eddie 22 Will Bordill 23 Jason Hill 24 Grayson Hart 25 Scott Wight 26 Mark Robertson 27 Robbie Fergusson 28 Junior Bulumakau

SCORERS T: Glenn Bryce (2) C: Wight Yellow Card Clegg




ScotlandSCOTLAND 48 - 7 ITALYItaly

Murrayfield - Saturday 29 August 2015
KO: 15:15 HT: 23-7


SCOTLAND scored six tries to come away with their biggest ever victory against Italy of 48-7 in front of a record attendance for a Summer Test at BT Murrayfield.

The 43,831 fans were treated to some exceptional rugby from the home side which was topped off by tries from John Barclay, Mark Bennett, Sean Lamont and Tim Visser. The two wingers, Lamont and Visser, notched two tries each through either finishing off some excellent rugby across the backline or latching on to Italian defensive errors in what was Scotland’s final match before the announcement of the 31-man Rugby World Cup squad.

Returning captain, Greig Laidlaw got the scoring underway four minutes into the match when he kicked over a penalty awarded after some impressive early scrummaging from the home side. Their early dominance continued into the eighth minute when Lamont latched on to a well placed cross-field kick over the top from Finn Russell to touch down and open his team’s account for the day on his 96th appearance for the national team. Laidlaw followed up with the conversion from out wide to take 10 point lead.

More breaks of the Italian line followed when Russell linked up with fellow returning Glasgow Warrior Stuart Hogg in the midfield. Following a run from Mark Bennett, Scotland were awarded another shot at goal in the 22nd minute as Italy were adjudged to be offside at the breakdown. Laidlaw slotted it straight through the posts and more ill discipline from Italy in the scrum granted him the opportunity to kick another penalty over to make the score 16-0.

The visiting team hit back with a try through centre Michele Campagnaro, collecting a high kick over the try line to score, with Tommaso Allan adding the extras to close the gap to 9 points.

Referee Romain Poite reduced Italy to 14 men moments later when flanker Francesco Minto was yellow carded for collapsing a promising looking Scotland maul metres from the visitors’ line.

Russell opted to kick the resulting penalty into touch, where Scotland built on their momentum, collecting the line-out and crashing over. After consultation of the TMO, John Barclay was awarded the score. The captain again stepped forward to make it five from five attempts at goal and give Scotland a 23-7 half-time lead.

The home side continued implementing their attacking game plan in the second half when Russell knocked a kickable penalty out to touch, just as Italy’s Minto returned to the field from the sin bin.

Minutes later the ball was shipped through the hands of Scotland’s backline again and the influential Russell showed great vision to send a pass out wide to an oncoming Visser to score in the corner. Laidlaw missed his first kick of the afternoon and the scores remained 28-7.

Matt Scott made his third appearance of the summer when he came on for the injured Peter Horne in the 51st minute before Laidlaw took his career tally to 356 kicking over another penalty.

Scotland made changes in the pack in the 61st minute when Rob Harley and Blair Cowan replaced Grant Gilchrist and try-scorer Barclay.

In the 62nd minute an Italian error gave Lamont the opportunity to notch his second try of the afternoon when he intercepted a stray pass to cross the whitewash in the corner.

Laidlaw was taken off to a standing ovation from the BT Murrayfield crowd and was replaced by Henry Pyrgos, Stuart Hogg made way for Ruaridh Jackson and Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh came on for Alasdair Dickinson and Willem Nel.

With the match drawing to a close Scotland caught another two interceptions from losses Italian passes, the profiteers being Visser and Mark Bennett, who both coasted over the line from long range.

Russell had taken over kicking duties from Laidlaw and put over one of the two final tries to cap off a convincing performance in which a host of players laid their claim for a place in Head Coach Vern Cotter’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Scotland15 Stuart Hogg 14 Sean Lamont 13 Mark Bennett 12 Peter Horne 11 Tim Visser 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Alasdair Dickinson 2 Ross Ford 3 Willem Nel 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 Ryan Wilson 7 John Barclay 8 David Denton BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Gordon Reid 18 Jon Welsh 19 Rob Harley 20 Blair Cowan 21 Henry Pyrgos 22 Ruaridh Jackson 23 Matt Scott

SCORERS T: Lamont (2), Barclay, Visser (2) C: Laidlaw (2), Russell P: Laidlaw (4)

Italy15 Luke McLean 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Luca Morisi 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 1 Matias Aguero 2 LEONARDO GHIRALDINI (C) 3 Martin Castrogiovanni 4 Marco Fuser 5 Joshua Furno 6 Alessandro Zanni 7 Francesco Minto 8 Samuela Vunisa BENCH: 16 Andrea Manici 17 Michele Rizzo 18 Dario Chistolini 19 Quintin Geldenhuys 20 Mauro Bergamasco 21 Marcello Violi 22 Carlo Canna 23 Andrea Masi

SCORERS T: Campagnaro C: Allan Yellow Card Minto, Rizzo

Referee: Romain Poite




JapanJAPAN 40 - 0 URUGUAYUruguay

Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo - Saturday 29 August 2015
KO: 18:00 HT:  21-0Japan v Uruguay

JAPAN beat Uruguay 40-0 on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground to ensure they left for Rugby World Cup 2015 on a winning note.

Six well-worked tries, five of which were converted by the impressive Ayumu Goromaru, also ensured Eddie Jones' final game in charge of the Brave Blossoms in Japan ended in victory.

It was Goromaru who opened the scoring in the 12th minute, when he finished off some good work from Michael Broadhurst and Luke Thompson to go over in the corner.

Three minutes later, Kosei Ono crossed following a superb kick return from Hendrik Tui, who along with Broadhurst and Thompson was the pick of the Japan pack.

Broadhurst was rewarded for his endeavours when he went over in the 25th and with Goromaru once again adding the extras it was 21-0 at the break.

Japan added three more tries in the second and could have scored a few more but for some resolute defence from Los Teros.

Goromaru turned provider in the 44th minute he slipped a superb pass to free Kotaro Matsushima.

The young Japan wing then set up Hendrik Tui six minutes later before Kenki Fukuoka finished off a good turnover to go over for Japan's sixth try in the 66th minute.

The final whistle saw the crowd of 11,515 give the Brave Blossoms a standing ovation, as Jones left the field for the last time.

Japan15 Ayumu Goromaru 14 Kotaro Matsushima 13 Male Sau 12 Craig Wing 11 Kenki Fukuoka 10 Kosei Ono 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 8 Hendrik Tui 7 Michael Broadhurst 6 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 5 Hitoshi Ono 4 Luke Thompson 3 Kensuke Hateyama 2 Shota Horie 1 Masataka Mikami 16 Takayuki Watanabe BENCH: 17 Takeshi Kizu 18 Hiroshi Yamashita 19 Shinya Makabe 20 Hayden Hopgood 21 Atsushi Hiwasa 22 Harumichi Tatekawa 23 Karne Hesketh

SCORERS T: Goromaru, Ono, Broadhurst, Matsushima, Tui, Fukuoka C: Goromaru (5)

Uruguay15 Gastón Mieres 14 Leandro Leivas 13 Joaquín Prada 12 Andrés Vilaseca 11 Santiago Gibernau 10 Felipe Berchesi 9 Agustin Ormaechea 1 Alejo Corral 2 Carlos Arboleya 3 Mario Sagario 4 SANTIAGO VILASECA (C) 5 Jorge Zerbino 6 Juan Gaminara 7 Diego Magno 8 Alejandro Nieto BENCH: 16 German Kessler 17 Oscar Durán 18 Mateo Sanguinetti 19 Mathias Palomeque 20 Matias Beer 21 Juan de Freitas 22 Alejo Durán 23 Alberto Roman

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)




USAUSA 19 - 24 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

PPL Park, Pennsylvania - Sunday 30 August 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 11-14USA Eagles v Harlequins Karl Dickson try

In the first of their pre-season friendlies, Harlequins recorded an impressive 19-24 win over national side the USA Eagles.

The power of the forwards allowed Luke Wallace to claim two tries from set piece with Karl Dickson also crossing the try line after Quins came back from 11-0 down.

In the heat of the Pennsylvanian sun, the hard underfoot conditions were perfect for a high tempo match and coupled with Quins’ desire to play their unpredictable style of play with ball in hand, the audience at PPL Park was treated to a highly competitive match.

The accuracy of AJ MacGinty’s boot saw America take a 6-0 lead within the first ten minutes of the match and with Quins failing to get a foot hold in the game Thretton Palamo took advantage of an overlap and crossed over as the first quarter drew to a close, with the score at 11-0.

After a period of possession with a solid display at set piece and a high work rate from the back three, Quins fought their way back into the match. After 28 minutes, Quins capitalised on their possession with a try through Dickson. The scrum-half spotted a gap in the defence, threw a dummy and sliced past two Eagles defenders to dot down. The conversion from Nick Evans brought the score to 11-7.

A brilliant piece of vision from Dickson created the platform for Quins’ next try only five minutes later. Kicking through the Eagles defensive line, Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Marland Yarde chased down the ball and a deflection off an Eagles player resulted in a Quins line out on the five metre line.

Rob Buchanan found Sam Twomey in the line out and the pack inched their way towards the line with Wallace touching down to put his name on the score board. Evans converted and Quins went into half-time with an 11-14 advantage.

The second half saw Adam Jones, Owen Evans and Archie White make their first appearances for the Club with debutants Winston Stanley and Mat Luamanu remaining on the field going into the second forty.

The second half saw no points until the final quarter where the Eagles drew level at 14-14 with a penalty. However, it was not long before Quins took back their lead while showcasing their well-known brand of rugby to the new American audience.

After 66 minutes, after a penalty was awarded, replacement Ben Botica kicked to touch and the Club’s third try was scored in exactly the same way as the second with the try scorer the same, as Wallace emerged from the heap of bodies to claim his second of the afternoon.  Botica converted to bring the score to 14-21.

When a penalty was awarded to the visitors, the fly-half then slotted over a kick from the half way line with two minutes left of normal time to give Harlequins a ten point advantage at 14-24.

However, America were to have the last word after Quins were caught unaware and the USA backs spun the ball out to the right to finish with a flourish. With the conversion missed, the final score ended 24-19 to the club side.

USA15 BLAINE SCULLY (C) 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya 13 Seamus Kelly 12 Thretton Palamo 11 Brett Thompson 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Petri 1 Eric Fry 2 Phil Thiel 3 Titi Lamositele 4 Cameron Dolan 5 Greg Peterson 6 Al McFarland 7 John Quill 8 Samu Manoa BENCH: 16 Zach Fenoglio 17 Olive Kilifi 18 Chris Baumann 19 Matekitonga Moeakiola 20 Joseph Taufete'e 21 Louis Stanfill 22 Matt Trouville 23 Andrew Durutalo 24 Niku Kruger 25 Folau Niua 26 Zack Test 28 Shalom Suniula

SCORERS T: Palamo, Test P: MacGinty (3)

Harlequins15 Ollie Lindsay-Hague 14 Marland Yarde 13 Harry Sloan 12 Winston Stanley 11 Charlie Walker 10 NICK EVANS (C) 9 Karl Dickson 1 Mark Lambert 2 Rob Buchanan 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 George Merrick 5 Sam Twomey 6 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 8 Mat Luamanu BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Owen Evans 18 Adam Jones 19 Stan South 20 Archie White 21 Tito Tebaldi 22 Ben Botica 23 Ross Chisholm 24 Tim Swiel 25 Dave Ward 26 George Lowe

SCORERS T: Dickson, Wallace (2) C: Evans (2), Botica P: Botica




Week 5

Canada v Georgia England vs Ireland Leicester Tigers v ArgentinaWasps v Samoa Georgia v Japan Wales vs ItalyUSA v Australia France vs Scotland Fiji v CanadaBasque Country v Uruguay

CanadaCANADA 16 - 15 GEORGIAGeorgia

Esher RFC, Surrey - Wednesday 02 September 2015
KO: 19:30 HT: 13-10


CANADA collected its second straight win of the summer after a 16-15 victory over Georgia in Esher, England, Wednesday evening.

Canada got a first test try from Andrew Tiedemann while Nathan Hirayama kicked 11 points. 13 of Canada’s points came in the first half.

“They played a lot of rugby out here tonight and there were a lot of massive performances,” head coach Kieran Crowley said. “We created a few opportunities and should have nailed a couple of other tries so there’s still a lot to work and improve on. I’m just really pleased the guys came through.”

Tiedemann got Canada off to a flying start just four minutes in as he crashed over on his 33rd test appearance after a 50-meter break from Canada’s backs. Hirayama added the conversion to give Canada an early 7-0 lead.

“Tiedemann was out there the full 80 minutes and was outstanding,” Crowley said.

Each side then proceeded to exchange penalties: Lasha Malaguradze got Georgia on the board in the 13th minute but Hirayama replied six minutes later to make it 10-3 Canada.

Georgia got their first try of the game in the 28th minute as flanker Giorgi Tkhilaishvili scored off a set play from a 5-meter scrum with Malaguradze adding the conversion to tie things at 10-10.

Canada responded in positive fashion again though as Hirayama kicked his second penalty of the night from 40-meters out to give Canada a slender 13-10 lead that they took into the break.

Hirayama continued his hot kicking form into the second half as his third penalty of the night six minutes in pushed Canada’s lead to 16-10 but he missed his next opportunity in the 52nd minute.

Georgia cut the lead to 16-15 with six minutes remaining as fullback Beka Tsiklauri scored in the right corner, however, the conversion missed giving Canada a one-point victory.

Canada15 Matt Evans 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Ciaran Hearn 12 Nick Blevins 11 Phil Mackenzie 10 Nathan Hirayama 9 Jamie Mackenzie 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Andrew Tiedemann 4 Brett Beukeboom 5 JAMIE CUDMORE (C) 6 Jebb Sinclair 7 John Moonlight 8 Aaron Carpenter BENCH: 16 Benoît Pifféro 17 Hubert Buydens 18 Jason Marshall 19 Evan Olmstead 20 Kyle Gilmour 21 Gordon McRorie 22 Conor Trainor 23 Harry Jones

SCORERS T: Tiedemann C: Hirayama P: Hirayama (2)

Georgia15 Beka Tsiklauri 14 Giorgi Pruidze 13 Merab Sharikadze 12 Tamaz Mchedlidze 11 Giorgi Aptsiauri 10 Lasha Malaguradze 9 Giorgi Begadze 1 Karlen Asieshvili 2 Shalva Mamukashvili 3 Levan Chilachava 4 Giorgi Nemsadze 5 Levan Datunashvili 6 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili 7 MAMUKA GORGODZE (C) 8 Lasha Lomidze BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Mikheil Nariashvili 18 Davit Zirakashvili 19 Kote Mikautadze 20 Giorgi Chkhaidze 21 Vazha Khutsishvili 22 Lasha Khmaladze 23 Davit Kacharava

SCORERS T: Tkhilaishvili, Tsiklauri C: Malaguradze P: Malaguradze

Referee: JP Doyle




EnglandENGLAND 21 - 13 IRELANDIreland

Twickenham - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 12-3



England vs Ireland The heartbeat thumps out as we prepare for Nigel Owens to start is off...
England v Ireland anthemsEngland 0-0 Ireland 1m From KO the first lineout goes to England & their off up to Ireland's 22....
England 0-0 Ireland 3m JJ is first to cross the threshold of the 22 & Ireland are not having easy time of containing them
England 5-0 Ireland 4m That's the start Lanny wanted with Jonny May struggling out of Irish clutches to score in corner
England 7-0 Ireland 5m George Ford tees up from acute angle on touch & he's bang on target
England 7-0 Ireland 6m From restart Ireland have defensive lineout just inside halfway & their kicking game has begun...
England 7-0 Ireland 87m Ball taken quickly & it's England's ball, but 1st penalty to Ireland & it's right in range 
England 7-3 Ireland 9m Johnny Sexton tees up from just by the 10m & it looks suspended as it floats thru uprights 
England 7-3 Ireland 10m The restart puts play back up at Ireland's 22 but visitors are in possession...kicked away 
England 7-3 Ireland 11m England collect & run it up to 22 before Ireland recapture from box kick & clear; time off 
England 7-3 Ireland 11m Swing Low reverberates round stadium while crowd is bored...
England 7-3 Ireland 12m From lineout Ireland only make it from halfway to 10m before stolen & cleared...
England 7-3 Ireland 12m Ireland of course just kick it back for England defensive lineout on 10m
England 7-3 Ireland 13m lineout is just fine & Ben Youngs box kicks it fro Ireland to run it back!
England 7-3 Ireland 14m Smart play from England who regain possession & run it back over halfway; chip ahead... 
England 7-3 Ireland 14m bundled into touch by Zebo; time off & Geoff Parling replaced by Launchbury for blood 
England v Ireland Anthony Watson Simon ZeboEngland 12-3 Ireland 14m From driving maul > Ben Youngs > Ford...crossfield kick to Anthony Watson to score 
England 12-3 Ireland 15m Fordy tees up from inside touch this time just outside the 22 but pushes it wide 
England 12-3 Ireland 16m Irish restart is collected by England...& it's aerial football again...England ball + adv 
England 12-3 Ireland 17m From just inside own half England pounce over halfway & make yards up to 22; time off tho 
England 12-3 Ireland 17m Conor Murray fell down like a sack of potatoes; off for concussion protocol & Eoin Reddan on 
England 12-3 Ireland 18m England scrum is good & they're into the 22 but finding a wall of green...
England 12-3 Ireland 19m Turnover ball for Ireland as Parling returns to field of play; Ireland defensive scrum on 22
England 12-3 Ireland 20m Reddan feeds ball directly to the back of the pack but goes unchecked; up to own 10m... 
England 12-3 Ireland 21m England pinged for off feet & Sexton pumps it into touch for lineout outside the England 22 
England 12-3 Ireland 22m Irish attempt to drive a maul over 22 but shut down; forced to clear & Mike Brown saves it 
England 12-3 Ireland 23m England clearance gives Ireland a lineout on halfway but white wall is as fierce as green one... 
England 12-3 Ireland 24m Jamie Heaslip pinged for offside in ruck & it's England ball; Ford clears as May checked out 
England 12-3 Ireland 24m May's fine while England have attacking lineout just outside the 22 & England read space well..
England 17-3 Ireland 25m In fact May's so well that lovely hands give it to him to run over in corner again to score 
England 17-3 Ireland 26m Try's given but as Ford prepares to tee up, Owens reverts to TMO for final pass forward 
England 17-3 Ireland 26m In all honesty, we could see it was, but between ref & TMO they take an age to decide it was 
England 17-3 Ireland 27m Ireland penalty & they clear to halfway for a lineout... 
England 12-3 Ireland 28m Ireland take play over the 10m but aren't getting too far ahead before penalty to England 
England 12-3 Ireland 29m England defensive lineout outside 22 but Ireland steal it thanks to McGrath's shoulder dipping 
England 12-3 Ireland 31m But momentum doesn't stay with Ireland & Dan Cole affects another turnover...
England 12-3 Ireland 32m Just as quickly momentum flips & England pinged for offside back in on half... 
England 12-3 Ireland 33m Ireland drive into England 22 but homeside drive them straight back...adv England 
England 12-3 Ireland 34m Advantage is over & Ireland collect high ball & head towards halfway before Sexton kicks it away 
England 12-3 Ireland 35m England collect & Watson makes sharp break into 22 but Ireland nick it back
England 12-3 Ireland 37m But Ireland don't get v far before possession reverses...England ball on Ireland 10m 
England 12-3 Ireland 38m Ball turned over twice in quick succession before kick to corner; Ireland quick tap & off... 
England 12-3 Ireland 39m Ireland only make it to halfway before forced backwards; England making life difficult at breakdown 
England 12-3 Ireland 40m V slow ball coming out from Irish side; finally make it across the 10m before time off 
England 12-3 Ireland 40m Time for one last scrum for Ireland once they've all stopped faffing with water boys... 
England 12-3 Ireland 40+1m Irish scrum outside 22 is quick but still not deep into England's 22 yet...
England 12-3 Ireland 40+2m Ireland have men out wide but where May snuck thru twice, England shut down that gap fast 
England 12-3 Ireland 40+3m Ireland lose ball forward in front of posts & it's HT as ball chucked into touch

England v Ireland half timeEngland 12-3 Ireland HT T: May, Watson C: Ford | P: Sexton 

England 12-3 Ireland HT Well this is a changed England side...go forward, drive, determination but still 4 pens to 1 

England 12-3 Ireland 41m And we're back...scrum up first before an Ireland lineout outside England's 22 
England 12-3 Ireland 43m Many an Irish body strewn across rucks...but not getting any closer to crossing the 22 
England 12-3 Ireland 47m Apologies for radio silence - no power to computer in press box! Come on @RFU sort it! 
England 12-3 Ireland 47m Launchbury on for Parling & Ireland pinged for not staying square in scrum; England penalty 
England 15-3 Ireland 48m Fordy knocks it over from 10m to edge England ahead... 
England 15-3 Ireland 49m Ireland respond by hurling themselves into England's 22 & within 5m...
England 15-6 Ireland 51m Penalty to Ireland so it's 3 points rather than 7...all the better for the homeside!
England 15-6 Ireland 52m Restart takes England into Ireland's 22...just...but it's the visitors' ball & play to halfway 
England 15-11 Ireland 54m Ireland have returned with passion this half & doggedly get over whitewash thanks to POC 
England 15-13 Ireland 56m It only takes moments before a 12 point lead is reduced to 2 with Sexton conversion 
England 15-13 Ireland 56m England respond by bulldozing deep into Ireland's 22 but turnover ball
England 15-13 Ireland 56m Billy Vunipola for Ben Morgan & Mako V for Joe Marler during time off
England 15-13 Ireland 57m England still in possession but Billy V lumbers ahead with mispass to no one in particular 
England 15-13 Ireland 58m The crowd roar as England return to the 22 from way back ; pick & go continuously but slow 
England 15-13 Ireland 59m Swing Low sung so loud the Gods of Olympus could hear it but turnover ball
England 15-13 Ireland 59m Ireland look to break away but forward pass; replacement time
England 15-13 Ireland 59m Jamie George, Wiggy, Faz & Slammin' Sam for Tom Y, Ben Y, Fordy & Brilliant Brad Barritt 
England 15-13 Ireland 61m Sun comes out at Twickers as England get pinged 6m from tryline...Kieran Brookes for Dan Cole 
England 15-13 Ireland 62m Ireland scrum as Strauss/ Henry/ White/ Madigan/ Cave on for Best/ O’Brien/ Ross/ Henshaw/ Kearney 
England 15-13 Ireland 63m Play's still in Ireland's 22 as visitors have another scrum form England penalty 
England 15-13 Ireland 64m Scrum is good & ball is cleared for England to have attacking lineout at 10m...
England 15-13 Ireland 65m Time off as England pinged; scrum on halfway after Kearney back on & Ryan for Sexton & POC 
England 15-13 Ireland 66m Scrum good for Ireland & kick to Watson who thumps it back over halfway; Ireland run it to 10m 
England 15-13 Ireland 67m Faz thumps ball downfield & charges for all his heart towards it; England ball on Irish 22 
England 15-13 Ireland 68m May almost makes it the tryline before all wrapped up; ball to centre but Billy V doesn't pass 
England 15-13 Ireland 68m He gets shut down & out wide but another mis-pass not caught
England 15-13 Ireland 69m Time off after Wiggy scores but TMO butts in again & takes it back 2 phases *yawn* 
England 15-13 Ireland 69m Grounding's clearly fine but 2 phases back apparently an offside so penalty to Ireland... 
England v Ireland Chris Robshaw Chris HenryEngland 15-13 Ireland 70m Ireland don't retain possession for long as England come back at them quickly... 
England 15-13 Ireland 71m Ball carried into touch by green shirt & England have attacking lineout outside 22 
England 15-13 Ireland 72m Maul halted at 1st but then kick starts well... fwd pass but O'Mahony pinged for offside 
England 18-13 Ireland 73m Penalty to England & young Faz pumps it thru uprights perfectly...but it ain't over yet! 
England 18-13 Ireland 74m Ross and Furlong for McGrath & Zebo 
England 18-13 Ireland 75m England lineout on halfway & Tom Wood bulldozes ahead to make yards; recycled but knock on 
England 18-13 Ireland 76m Time off called but turns out no one's injured so ref sends waterboys back off!
England 18-13 Ireland 76m Attendance is 80,138 as Ireland prep for defensive scrum outside own 22 
England 18-13 Ireland 77m The scrum is fine for visitors, but pinged at breakdown & it's an England penalty
England 21-13 Ireland 78m Crowd need to be quietened as Faz tees up & adds another 3 points for England 
England 21-13 Ireland 79m Faz put win out of Ireland's reach by a point... 
England 21-13 Ireland 80m Chip ahead from halfway; Cave's obstruction stops England from capitalising but goes unnoticed 
England 21-13 Ireland 80m Ball into touch but play continues before repeat & final whistle goes
England 21-13 Ireland FT England finally have the win they need & POC leaves England defeated

England v Ireland full time

England15 Mike Brown 14 Anthony Watson 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Brad Barritt 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Joe Marler 2 Tom Youngs 3 Dan Cole 4 Courtney Lawes 5 Geoff Parling 6 Tom Wood 7 CHRIS ROBSHAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Mako Vunipola 18 Kieran Brookes 19 Joe Launchbury 20 Billy Vunipola 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Owen Farrell 23 Sam Burgess

SCORERS T: May, Watson C: Ford P: Ford, Farrell (2)

Ireland15 Simon Zebo 14 Tommy Bowe 13 Jared Payne 12 Robbie Henshaw 11 Dave Kearney 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Jack McGrath 2 Rory Best 3 Mike Ross 4 Devin Toner 5 PAUL O'CONNELL (C) 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Sean O'Brien 8 Jamie Heaslip BENCH: 16 Richardt Strauss 17 Tadhg Furlong 18 Nathan White 19 Donnacha Ryan 20 Chris Henry 21 Eoin Reddan 22 Ian Madigan 23 Darren Cave

SCORERS T: O'Connell C: Sexton P: Sexton (2)

Referee: Nigel Owens




Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 34 - 55 ARGENTINAArgentina

Welford Road - Saturday 05 September 2015*
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-28

Leicester Tigers Argentina Marcos Ayerza send offLEICESTER TIGERS and Los Pumas paid a fitting tribute to prop Marcos Ayerza, producing a hugely entertaining clash at Welford Road that was won 55-34 by Argentina.

Tigers welcomed Los Pumas as part of prop Ayerza's testimonial year. For the Pumas, the Marcos Ayerza Testimonial Challenge was their final game before the Rugby World Cup while for Tigers it was their first game of pre-season. And they produced a feast of running rugby on a sunny afternoon, sharing 13 tries and more than 80 points.

Tigers came back from 38-13 down early in the second half to give the Pumas a real scare. Harry Thacker, Freddie Burns and a sensational score from Paolo Udogwu brought Tigers back to within four points, 11 minutes from time.

But three late tries for the visitors eased them to a win as they head into their first World Cup clash with New Zealand at Wembley on September 20.

Tigers gave first appearances to summer signings Peter Betham, Greg Bateman, Mike Fitzgerald and Lachlan McCaffrey, and to Argentina international Gonzalo Camacho after his recovery from a shoulder injury.

There was also a taste of the big Welford Road occasion for young players such as Joe Maksymiw, Will Owen and Owen Hills.

Ayerza started in the front row for Los Pumas, who named former Tigers trio Lucas Amorosino, Horacio Agulla and Pablo Matera among their replacements.

Tigers settled quickly into the game, taking the attack to Argentina in the opening exchanges but they fell behind to a stunning counterattack. Los Pumas made the most of turnover ball, their slick handling created space for wing Santiago Cordero to scoot over at the right corner. Nicolas Sanchez, the Toulon fly-half, converted.

Tigers hit back through Tommy Bell's long-range penalty to put their first points on the board after six minutes.

Argentina looked to keep the ball alive, offloading from the tackle, and their handling created an opening for Marcelo Bosch to cross under the posts for their second try after 12 minutes, which was converted by Sanchez.

The game was played at a hectic pace, with both sides looking to run the ball at every opportunity, underlined by Pumas lock Tomas Lavanini tapping a penalty on the Leicester 10m line and freeing Bosch. He was well tackled by Fitzgerald, who somehow returned to his feet to make the next tackle and force the penalty for holding on.

Argentina wing Juan Imhoff finished off a free-flowing Pumas move to score at the left-hand corner. Converted by Sanchez from the touchline, it gave Argentina a 21-3 lead midway through the first half.

Seb de Chaves stole Pumas lineout ball and swift hands gave Camacho the chance to show his pace down the left wing. However, he was stopped on the Pumas 22 and full-back Joaquin Tuculet read the offload to clear the danger.

Tigers turned down a kickable penalty, and went to the corner. It almost paid dividends as they set up camp on the Argentina line with Christian Loamanu and Laurence Pearce both stopped just short before Los Pumas went offside.

Tigers went for the corner again, and this time set up the drive. It took them up to the Argentina line where Brugnara found a gap to dive over for the try. Bell's conversion cut Argentina's lead to 21-10 with 10 minutes to go to half-time.

Tigers went close to a second try six minutes later. Sam Harrison's bruising tackle turned over possession and Betham span out of a tackle and to within 10m of the Pumas line. However, the ball went to ground as Tigers tried to take advantage of the position and the Pumas cleared.

Instead, it was Argentina who scored the next try. Sanchez read Bell's pass and intercepted on halfway for a clear run to the posts. He converted to give the visitors a 28-10 lead.

Bell landed a monster penalty from halfway with the last kick of the half to leave Tigers 28-13 behind at the break.

A much-changed Tigers team took to the pitch for the second-half, with Bell moving to full-back. Freddie Burns partnered George Tresidder at half-back with Seremaia Bai and Matt Smith in the centre. Pearce remained at No8, and was joined in the back row by McCaffrey and Charlie Beckett. Hills, Harry Thacker and Fraser Balmain formed the new-look front row.

Argentina struck early in the second-half, hooker Julian Montoya scoring from close-range after excellent work by their driving maul.

The driving maul was an effective weapon for Argentina and they had Tigers under pressure again at a 5m lineout. Tigers defended the initial drive but, when the ball was moved wide, were unable to prevent Agulla stepping off the left wing to score and give Argentina a 38-13 lead.

But despite conceding two tries early in the second-half, Tigers regrouped and hit back to give their Test quality opponents a real scare.

Thacker led the charge, charging down Amorosino's attempted clearance. The ball bounced nicely for the hooker, who dabbed down behind the posts. Burns added the extras to leave Tigers 38-20 behind.

George Worth, Tigers' replacement full-back, halted Juan Manuel Leguizamon's break for the line and then got to his feet to swoop on loose ball and Burns cleared the danger.

It proved an important intervention by the Academy back as Tigers took advantage to score their second try of the half. This time it was Burns who read the play for an intercept try, picking of Jeronimo de la Fuente's pass to score under the posts.

It got better for Tigers moments later. Paolo Odogwu made the most of some space on the right wing, stood up Agulla and then had the pace to finish a stunning try at the right-hand corner. Burns' touchline conversion left Tigers 38-34 behind with 10 minutes remaining.

Ayerza returned to the pitch to play the final few minutes for Tigers, receiving the biggest cheer of the afternoon.

Argentina eased their nerves with a try for Newcastle back Juan Socino, which although unconverted, moved the visitors more than a score ahead.

And with Tigers tiring on their first run-out, Argentina ensured their victory with two tries in the final three minutes through Leguizamón and Agulla's breakaway.

Leicester Tigers15 MATHEW TAIT (C) 14 Peter Betham 13 Christian Loamanu 12 George Catchpole 11 Gonzalo Camacho 10 Tommy Bell 9 Sam Harrison 1 Riccardo Brugnara 2 Greg Bateman 3 Tiziano Pasquali 4 Joe Maksymiw 5 Sebastian de Chaves 6 Mike Fitzgerald 7 Will Owen 8 Laurence Pearce BENCH: Fraser Balmain, Charlie Beckett, Will Evans, Jake Farnworth, Owen Hills, Graham Kitchener, Lachlan McCaffrey, Ed Milne, Matt Parr, Oliver Povoas, Harry Thacker, Harry Wells, Seremaia Bai, Oli Bryant, Freddie Burns, Paolo Odogwu, Matt Smith, Adam Thompstone, George Tresidder, Ben White, George Worth

SCORERS T: Brugnara, Thacker, Burns, Odogwu C: Bell, Burns (3) P: Bell (2)

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Santiago Cordero 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Juan Imhoff 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 TOMÁS CUBELLI (C) 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 Julián Montoya 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 4 Guido Petti Pagadizabal 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Javier Ortega Desio 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe 8 Facundo Isa 16 Lucas Noguera, 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 18 Matías Alemanno, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino, 24 Leonardo Senatore, 25 Pablo Matera, 26 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 27 Matías Moroni, 28 Juan Pablo Socino, 29 Horacio Agulla

SCORERS T: Cordero, Bosch, Landajo, Sanchez, Montoya, Agulla (2), Socino, Leguizamón C: Sanchez (4), Iglesias

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

*Report courtesy of Leicester Tigers




WaspsWASPS 19 - 23 SAMOASamoa

Ricoh Arena, Coventry - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-3

Wasps15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Ben Jacobs 11 Josh Bassett 10 Jimmy Gopperth 9 Joe Simpson 1 MATT MULLAN (C) 2 Carlo Festuccia 3 Simon McIntyre 4 James Cannon 5 James Gaskell 6 Sam Jones 7 George Smith 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Tom Bristow 18 Ian Williams 19 Will Rowlands 20 Guy Thompson 21 Thomas Young 22 Alex Rieder 23 Dan Robson 24 Alex Lozowski 25 Brendan Macken 26 James Downey

SCORERS T: Hughes, Wade, Gaskell C: Gopperth, Lozowski

Samoa15 Tim Nanai-Williams 14 Ken Pisi 13 George Pisi 12 Johnny Leota 11 Fa'atoina Autagavaia 10 Mike Stanley 9 Kahn Fotuali'i 1 Viliamu Afatia 2 Motu Matu'u 3 Anthony Perenise 4 Faifili Levave 5 Iosefa Tekori 6 Alafoti Faosiliva 7 TJ Ioane 8 OFISA TREVIRANUS (C) BENCH: 16 Sakaria Taulafo 17 Ole Avei 18 Jake Grey 19 Filo Paulo 20 Maurie Fa'asavalu 21 Vavao Afemai 22 Patrick Fa'apale 23 Paul Perez

SCORERS T: Levave, Autaguvaia, Faosiliva C: Stanley, Faapale P: Stanley (2)

Referee: Neil Hennessy




GeorgiaGEORGIA 10 - 13 JAPANJapan

Kingsholm, Gloucester - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 16:45 HT: 7-6Georgia Japan

JAPAN made it three wins on the trot Saturday as they beat Georgia 13-10 at Kingsholm Stadium.

Following on from the two wins over Uruguay in Japan before they left for England and this year's Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones' team defended bravely and used a good performance from the pack to seal the win three minutes from time.

Japan started well and took an early lead when Ayumu Goromaru banged over a penalty in the second minute.

But it was the Georgians who scored the first try when Muraz Giorgadze followed up a clever kick from Merab Kvirikashvili to go over in the 15th minute. Kvirikashvili then added the conversion from the touchline in front of Gloucester's famous Shed stand to make it 7-3.

Despite giving away a succession of penalties, Japan stayed in the game and a second penalty from Goromaru in the 26th minute ensured there was just one point between the sides at the break.

The second half started with Georgia dominating possession and territory, but the Japan defence held firm despite losing Ryu Koliniasi Holani following a big tackle early in the half. Japan once again weathered the storm and looked to have retaken the lead only for Kotaro Matsushima to knock on over the line as he regathered his own kick ahead.

A long range penalty from Lasha Malaguradze in the 70th minute then saw Georgia increase their lead against the run of play.

But the Brave Blossoms responded in style and Amanaki Lelei Mafi finished off a superb driving maul in the 77th minute with Goromaru adding the extras as Japan avenged a 35-24 loss in Tbilisi last year.

Georgia15 Merab Kvirikashvili 14 Muraz Giorgadze 13 Davit Kacharava 12 Merab Sharikadze 11 Giorgi Aptsiauri 10 Lasha Malaguradze 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 8 MAMUKA GORGODZE (C) 7 Victor Kolelishvili 6 Shalva Sutiashvili 5 Konstantine Mikautadze 4 Giorgi Nemsadze 3 Davit Zirakashvili 2 Jaba Bregvadze 1 Mikheil Nariashvili BENCH: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili 17 Davit Kubriashvili 18 Levan Chilachava 19 Levan Datunashvili 20 Giorgi Chkhaidze 21 Giorgi Begadze 22 Tamaz Mchedlidze 23 Giorgi Pruidze

SCORERS T: Giorgadze C: Kvirikashvili P: Malaguradze

Japan15 Ayumu Goromaru 14 Yoshikazu Fujita 13 Male Sa'u 12 Craig Wing 11 Hendrik Tui 10 Harumichi Tatekawa 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani 7 Michael Broadhurst 6 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 5 Hitoshi Ono 4 Luke Thompson 3 Hiroshi Yamashita 2 Shota Horie 1 Masataka Mikami BENCH: 16 Takayuki Watanabe 17 Takeshi Kizu 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama 19 Shinya Makabe 20 Amanaki Lelei Mafi 21 Atsushi Hiwasa 22 Kosei Ono 23 Kotaro Matsushima

SCORERS T: Mafi C: Sau P: Goromaru

Referee: John Lacey




WalesWALES 23 - 19 ITALYItaly

Millennium Stadium - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 17:00 HT: 8-11


WARREN GATLAND's worst nightmares were realised as he saw two key players, Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny, were both carried off on a stretcher in a hard-fought 23-19 win over Italy.

It was the second win in three pre-tournament friendlies and backed-up the triumph over Six Nations champions Ireland in Dublin last weekend. Webb suffered a suspected broken ankle in the first half after falling awkwardly at a ruck, while Halfpenny, who had passed 500 points for his country with the second of his five penalties, left with a right knee problem.

Wales v ItalyGatland and Wales now face an anxious wait for news on the two players, having already lost centre Jonathan Davies to a knee injury at the start of the summer. The injuries compounded a frustrating game for Wales, who trailed 11-8 at half-time having conceded a try in the second minute to Leonardo Sarto.

Italy's inspirational skipper Sergio Parisse picked off Alex Cuthbert's pass intended for Taulupe Faletau as Wales threatened to score and the No 8 galloped 70 metres up field before he was finally hauled down just short of the try line by Scott Williams.

But the Italians arrived quickly in support and Sarto surged through Cuthbert on the line to score from close range. Tommaso Allan missed with the conversion, but then slotted a penalty to give his side a 10-point lead after as many minutes.

Wales v Italy George North tryWales' response was swift with man of the match Scott Williams making the initial ground-gain before sending a long, cut-out pass to George North to give the wing a simple run-in for his 23rd Welsh try and his 25th in Test rugby.

Halfpenny missed the conversion but kicked a penalty that was soon cancelled out by Allan's second effort, before half-time. Halfpenny kicked two penalties after the break to hand Wales the lead for the first time on 62 minutes, but a snap drop-goal from replacement outside half Carlo Canna moments later levelled the scores again.

Two more Halfpenny penalties carried Wales into a 20-14 lead before he left the field. Dan Biggar then took over the kicking and added one more penalty. But having opened the scoring, Italy also had the last say when replacement centre Guglielmo Palazzani barged through Matthew Morgan on the line to score.

Wales15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Cory Allen 12 Scott Williams 11 George North 10 Dan Biggar 9 Rhys Webb 1 Gethin Jenkins 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Jake Ball 5 Dom Day 6 James King 7 SAM WARBURTON (C) 8 Taulupe Faletau BENCH: 16 Kristian Dacey 17 Paul James 18 Aaron Jarvis 19 Luke Charteris 20 Ross Moriarty 21 Gareth Davies 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Matthew Morgan

SCORERS T: North P: Halfpenny (5), Biggar

Italy15 Andrea Masi 14 Leonardo Sarto 13 Luca Morisi 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Giovanbattista Venditti 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Edoardo Gori 1 Michele Rizzo 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Martin Castrogiovanni 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 5 Joshua Furno 6 Alessandro Zanni 7 Francesco Minto 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Andrea Manici 17 Matias Aguero 18 Lorenzo Cittadini 19 Valerio Bernabo 20 Samuela Vunisa 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Carlo Canna 23 Luke McLean

SCORERS T: Sarto, Palazzani P: Allan (2) DG: Canna

Referee: Jérôme Garcès




USAUSA 10 - 47 AUSTRALIAAustralia

Soldier Field, Chicago - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 18:30 HT: 10-14USA Eagles v Wallabies

THE Wallabies ran out 47-10 winners over the USA Eagles in an historic Test match at Soldier Field, Chicago.

In energy-sapping conditions the Wallabies responded in emphatic fashion in the second half after a tight first half where the Americans fought back after conceding two early tries to trail by just four points at the break.

In what was largely a scrappy first half performance after taking an early 14-0 lead through tries to Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps, the Wallabies failed to establish any continuity in attack and surrendered possession too easily through simple handling errors and a lack of execution in the kicking game.

After Eagles lock Greg Peterson was yellow-carded in the 6th minute for repeat infringements, Foley opened the scoring after he wrong-footed his opposite number AJ MacGinty to dot down under the posts after nine minutes of play.

Minutes later the Wallabies produced their best attacking raid of the opening half when Foley took off down the right touchline, turning the ball inside through the hands of James Slipper and Wycliff Palu before Phipps did the rest backing up on the inside to cruise over for the visitors’ second try. Foley converted both tries and the Wallabies led the 14-man Eagles by as many points after 15 minutes of the match.

USA Eagles v Wallabies Nick Phipps tryFrom there it was all the Americans though, who aimed up in defence and started to win the physical battle. The home team’s first points came through a penalty goal to MacGinty, who slotted the goal from 40 metres out after the Wallabies were caught offside.

Twelve minutes later the Eagles were rewarded for their physical dominance when Zimbabwean-born winger Takudzwa Ngwenya brushed aside Joe Tomane on the end of a sweeping backline movement to burst through the line and set up a try for scrumhalf Mike Petri. MacGinty’s conversion narrowed the gap to just 10-14 at the break.

USA Eagles v WallabiesIt took the Wallabies just eight minutes in the second half to increase their lead, when flanker Sean McMahon, who was a standout for the Australians in just his fourth Test appearance, crashed over for his first Test try on the end of a powerful rolling maul. Foley added the extras to make it 21-10.

Replacement lock Dean Mumm then barged across for his second try since returning to the Wallabies this season, and Foley’s fourth conversion from as many attempts made it 28-10 to the visitors after 55 minutes.

The home side stayed in the contest, creating a couple of decent opportunities in the attacking zone, but was repeatedly thwarted by a committed Wallabies defensive line. But after the Eagles looked certain to score when skipper Chris Wyles plucked an interception and surged downfield only to be collared by Tomane, the Australians blew the margin out further when Kurtley Beale put the finishing touches on a length-of-the-field try which saw the ball pass through several Wallabies hands.

With the floodgates well and truly open, Quade Cooper and debutant Taqele Naiyaravoro also dotted down in the final ten minutes to complete the rout.

Wallabies fly half Foley was sharp with the boot, landing 6 from 7 conversions in the seven-tries-to-one victory.

USA15 Blaine Scully 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya 13 Seamus Kelly 12 Thretton Palamo 11 CHRIS WYLES (C) 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Petri 1 Eric Fry 2 Zach Fenoglio 3 Titi Lamositele 4 Cameron Dolan 5 Greg Peterson 6 Al McFarland 7 Andrew Durutalo 8 Samu Manoa BENCH: 16 Phil Thiel 17 Olive Kilifi 18 Chris Baumann 19 Louis Stanfill 20 John Quill 21 Danny Barrett 22 Shalom Suniula 23 Folau Niua

SCORERS T: Petri C: MacGinty P: MacGinty Yellow Card Peterson

Australia15 Kurtley Beale 14 Joe Tomane 13 Henry Speight 12 Matt Giteau 11 Rob Horne 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 1 JAMES SLIPPER (C) 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau 3 Greg Holmes 4 Kane Douglas 5 Rob Simmons 6 Ben McCalman 7 Sean McMahon 8 Wycliff Palu BENCH: 16 James Hanson 17 Scott Sio 18 Toby Smith 19 Dean Mumm 20 Sam Carter 21 Quade Cooper 22 Will Genia 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

SCORERS T: Foley, Phipps, McMahon, Mumm, Beale, Cooper, Naiyaravoro C: Foley (6)

Referee: Jaco Peyper




FranceFRANCE 19 - 16 SCOTLANDScotland

Stade de France - Saturday 05 September 2015
KO: 21:00 HT: 6-9



‪‎France vs ‎Scotland Teams are making their way out. Lead by Thierry Dusautoir & Greig Laidlaw
‪‎France vs ‎Scotland The stadium is packed as the French send hope to send their team to ‪#‎RWC with a win
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland Wayne Barnes gets us underway in Paris 
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 1m France on the first attack but Noa Nakaitaci bundled into touch by Tommy Seymour
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 1m Frederic Michalak working his way towards the line but Scotland force the mistake & gain possession 
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 3m Scotland send the ball high, the chase is missed but sent backwards, Scots in possession still 
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 3m Penalty France as Jonny Gray had no support & was holding on 
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 3m French kick to touch.
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 4m Nicolas Mas has come on for Rabah Slimani as a blood replacement
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 4m Scotland pinged at the lineout as Richie Gray comes down wrong. Michalak misses
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 5m Alasdair Dickinson hit hard by Louis Picamoles and is off for an injury assessment
‪‎France v ScotlandFrance 0-0 ‎Scotland 6m Scrum which led to a penalty, taken quickly by Denton 
‪‎France 0-0 ‎Scotland 7m French win the ball at the breakdown, kicked high but short & gathered well by Scotland 
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 8m Penalty to Scotland, Laidlaw slots the ball easily over. First blood Scotland
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 9m Denton withstands a big hit from Picamoles and manages to get the ball away cleanly
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 10m French penalised again at the breakdown, just on half way so Russell goes for touch
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 11m R Gray took lineout well but lost to France. Papé taking it to his 10m line
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 12m France pinged again at breakdown. Scrum Scotland 
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 12m Scrum goes down, penalty awarded to Scotland. going for the corner
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 13m Lineout taken well by Gray, Scotland 10m out 
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 14m Denton making ground, on his knees but ball lost 
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 15m Gone back to the half way line for a scrum as a result of an earlier infringement by the Scots 
‪‎France 0-3 ‎Scotland 16m Bastareaud just made 10m without the Scottish defence having any impact on him.
‪‎France 3-3 ‎Scotland 17m Scotland penalised and Michalak doesn't miss this time, all square
‪‎France 3-3 ‎Scotland 18m Yet another scrum, Scotland early engagement, free kick taken quickly by France
‪‎‪‎France 3-3 ‎Scotland 19m Maitland making a great break and passing to Bennett who also powers downfield
‪‎France 3-3 ‎Scotland 20m France penalised again at the breakdown on 10m line, 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 21m Laidlaw slots the penalty through with what looks like ease. 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 22m Lovely take by Scotland from the restart but lost back to the French who are making easy metres 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 23m Scotland back in possession Russell making a brief run but taken down by strong defence 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 24m France get a turnover following a missed pass by Russell. 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 24m Quick break in play as Slimani receives a bit of treatment after returning to the field 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 24m Back to it with a scrum and Scotland penalised for early engagement (again)
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 25m Reset and again, Scotland pinged, France kick to touch 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 26m France in possession following lineout. Scottish defence holding strong
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 27m Poor handling from the French gives Scotland the lineout but they lose possession again 
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 28m Scotland's penalty count is creeping up, Bennett pinged for being off feet
‪‎France 3-6 ‎Scotland 29m Barnes talking to Laidlaw as another penalty is conceded at lineout 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 30m Penalty is good and we are back to all square. 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 30m Scottish lineout almost stolen but retained by Gray 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 32m French on the attack, Bastareaud smashing his way through the Scottish defence 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 33m Scott Spedding found a hole in the Scottish defence and made a break
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 33m Fofana skips passed a few defenders and crosses the line but it was a forward pass by Bastareaud 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 34m Scrum is good, and very strong from both sides despite the pitch
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 30m Laidlaw gets the ball out from the ruck nicely and clears to halfway 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 36m Papé taps the ball at the lineout but Scotland turn it over, then lose it forward.
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 37m Another scrum which was wheeled by France, penalty to Scotland 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 38m Kicked to the corner and Ford throws the lineout, just finding Wilson 
‪‎France 6-6 ‎Scotland 39m France penalised at the breakdown again, Papé holding on to the ball.
‪‎France 6-9 ‎Scotland 39m Laidlaw slots it over on the stroke of half time

‪‎France v Scotland half timeFrance 6-9 ‎Scotland HT P: Michalak (2) | P: Laidlaw (3)

‪‎France 6-9 ‎Scotland 40m Teams back out for the 2nd half, Michalak kicks us off 
‪‎France 6-9 ‎Scotland 40m French on the attack, Scottish defence seems to be holding well 
‪‎France 6-9 ‎Scotland 41m France make a break, lose ball forward but we come back for a penalty within kicking range 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 42m Michalak slows he ball straight through the middle of the posts
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 42m Just before HT Fofana was replaced by Alexandre Dumoulin 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 44m Visser knocks the ball on handing France a scrum 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 45m Scrum comes down and France given the penalty, kicked to touch
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 46m France on the attack following lineout, making good ground, at 22m line
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 46m Scotland clear and we are back at the half way with Scotland in possession
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 47m Russell aims for territory but kick goes wrong and he hands possession to France
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 46m Huget makes a fantastic run passed 3 defenders, Maitland makes a try saving tackle
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 49m Defensive lineout at 5m, taken well and kicked for territory 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 50m Russell misses touch initially but made up for it seconds later finding touch 10m out
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 51m Ford comes off his feet at the breakdown, French penalty kicked to touch
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 51m Papé is replaced by Bernard Le Roux who instantly gets stuck in tackling Laidlaw
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 53m Ryan Wilson is replaced by Alasdair Strokosch who gets his hands on the ball immediately 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 54m Laidlaw goes for the box kick which is taken cleanly by Scotland 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 55m Mark Bennett who made a good break just lost the ball forward in the tackle
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 55m French front row being replaced en mass as Scotland steal the French lineout
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 56m Sebastien Tillous-Borde tries to make a break through, but he's tackled & we come back for a pen 
‪‎France 12-9 ‎Scotland 58m Penalty is good and France go ahead 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 59m Jon Welsh replaces Nel and Morgan Parra replaces Tillous-Borde 
‪‎France 9-9 ‎Scotland 60m Parra having excellent impact off the bench, driving France forward but ball lost
‪‎France 12-14 ‎Scotland 62m Tommy Seymour just scored from a great kick which the French assumed was for territory 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 62m Conversion was made by Laidlaw as J Gray is replaced by Tim Swinson
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 63m A few of the French receiving some treatment for minor bumps, nothing too serious looking 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 64m Ford being replaced by Fraser Brown 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 6m Scotland pinged at the breakdown, resulting penalty is kicked to touch
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 65m Picamoles off, Yannick Nyanga Kabasele on 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 65m French are less than 5m out from the line, Scottish defence holding, for now
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 66m Scotland give away a penalty, France go for the scrum on the 5m line
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 67m Sean Lamont comes on for Tommy Seymour 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 67m Strong scrum from both sides, Bastereaud makes a break 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 68m Scotland give away a pen, advantage France. Ball then lost forward
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 69m Scrum right in front of the posts, ball straight through so reset 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 69m Scrum comes down again, Barnes trying to find a section of pitch that's not eaten up
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 69m French given a penalty, against Reid for losing footing 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 70m Another scrum. Laidlaw doesn't look happy but Parra told to use ball
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 70m Denton gives away another Scottish penalty, he is given 10m in the bin for his troubles 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 70m Scotland add a back into the scrum, gives France a 2 man advantage for a second
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 71m Bastareaud took three men to bundle him in to touch, probably try saving from the Scottish there 
‪‎France 12-16 ‎Scotland 72m Michalak off, replaced by Remi Tales 
‪‎France 17-16 ‎Scotland 73m Noa Nakaitaci finds a hole in the Scottish defence and goes over for a try
‪‎France v Scotland Nakaitaci try France 19-16 ‎Scotland 73m Parra adds the 2, France back ahead 
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 75m Scotland back on the attack, Bennett makes a great break but tackled by Huget
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 75m A missed pass hands France possession again 5m from Frances line
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 76m Scottish lineout taken well by Gray, they are not giving up yet 
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 76m Russell using a skilful chip over the top well, retaining possession for the Scots
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 79m Ball lost forward by Scotland, with 1m left but France do the same seconds later 
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 80m Lineout taken well by Swinson, Strokosch on the attack. 
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 80+1m Bennett pushing forward
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 80+1m Denton on again, penalty given to Scotland for a breakdown infringement. Tap & go. 
‪‎France 19-16 ‎Scotland 80+2m Maitland passes to Strokosch who loses it forward. It's all over.

France v Scotland full timeFrance15 Scott Spedding 14 Yoann Huget 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Noa Nakaitaci 10 Frederic Michalak 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde 1 Eddy Ben Arous 2 Guilhem Guirado 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Pascal Papé 5 Alexandre Flanquart 6 THIERRY DUSAUTOIR (C) 7 Damien Chouly 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski 17 Vincent Debaty 18 Nicolas Mas 19 Bernard le Roux 20 Yannick Nyanga Kabasele 21 Morgan Parra 22 Remi Tales 23 Alexandre Dumoulin

SCORERS T: Nakaitaci C: Parra P: Michalak (3), Spedding

Scotland15 Sean Maitland 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Mark Bennett 12 Matt Scott 11 Tim Visser 10 Finn Russell 9 Greig Laidlaw 1 Alasdair Dickinson 2 Ross Ford 3 Willem Nel 4 Richie Gray 5 Jonny Gray 6 Ryan Wilson 7 John Hardie 8 David Denton BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Gordon Reid 18 Jon Welsh 19 Tim Swinson 20 Alasdair Strokosch 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Duncan Weir 23 Sean Lamont

SCORERS T: Seymour C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw (3) Yellow Card Denton

Referee: Wayne Barnes




FijiFIJI 47 - 18 CANADACanada

Twickenham Stoop - Sunday 06 September 2015
KO: 14:30 HT: 30-8

Fiji15 Metuisela Talebula 14 Waisea Nayacalevu 13 Vereniki Goneva 12 Gabirieli Lovobalavu 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Joshua Matavesi 9 Nikola Matawalu 1 Campese Maafu 2 Sunia Koto 3 Manasa Saulo 4 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa 5 Leone Nakarawa 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu 7 AKAPUSI QERA (C) 8 Sakiusa Masi Matadigo BENCH: 16 Viliame Veikoso 17 Peni Ravai 18 Leeroy Atalifo 19 Tevita Cavubati 20 Netani Talei 21 Nemia Kenatale 22 Ben Volavola 23 Kini Murimurivalu

SCORERS T: Matawalu (2), Nayacalevu (2), Talebula C: Nadolo (5) P: Nadolo (4) Yellow Card Talei

Canada15 Harry Jones 14 DTH van der Merwe 13 Conor Trainor 12 Connor Braid 11 Phil Mackenzie 10 Liam Underwood 9 Gordon McRorie 1 Hubert Buydens 2 Benoit Piffero 3 Jason Marshall 4 Evan Olmstead 5 Jamie Cudmore (C) 6 Kyle Gilmour 7 Nanyak Dala 8 Richard Thorpe BENCH: 16 Djustice Sears-Duru 17 Aaron Carpenter 18 Jake Ilnicki 19 Jebb Sinclair 20 John Moonlight 21 Phil Mack 22 Ciaran Hearn 23 Nick Blevins

SCORERST: Trainor, MacKenzie (2) P: McRorie

Referee: Mathieu Raynal




Basque Country BASQUE COUNTRY 19 - 41 URUGUAYUruguay

Fadura, Getxo - Sunday 06 September 2015
KO: 17:00 HT: 12-17

Basque CountryEkaitz Sadaba, David Pérez, Sebastien Guillemin, Damien Elgoyhen, Julen Zamakola, Clement Pinon, Juanicotena, Jon Magunazelaia, Pablo Feijóo, Igor Genua, Clement Sallaber, Beñat Goicoetxea, Vincent Bordagaray, Ander Ayala, Jon Iturriria –XV- Christophe Gaye, Facundo Orive, Iker Lavín, Gastón Ibarburu, William Broca, Mikel Ezeiza, Mathieu Betachet, Axier Álvarez de Eulate, Bruno Alliot, Stephane Guecaimburu, Battit Chaudiere, Unai Aranguren; Oier Garmendia.

UruguayMateo Sanguinetti, German Kessler, Óscar Durán (c), Franco Lamanna, Mathias Palomeque, Juan de Freitas, Fernando Bascou, Agustín Alonso, Alejo Durán, Manuel Blengio, Rodrigo Silva, Alberto Román, Joaquín Prada, Francisco Bulanti, Jerónimo Etcheverry –XV- Carlos Arboleya, Mario Sagario, Alejo Corral, Jorge Zerbino, Diego Magno, Matias Beer, Felipe Berchesi y Santiago Gibernau.




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