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Ghencea Sports Complex, Bucharest - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 14:00 HT: 13-13
15 Ionel Melinte 14 Vladut Zaharia 13 Vladut Popa 12 Fonovai Tangimana 11 Ionut Dumitru 10 Daniel Plai 9 Florin Surugiu 1 Ionel Badiu 2 Eugen Capatana 3 Alex Gordas 4 Adrian Motoc 5 Marian Drenceanu 6 Adrian Ion 7 MIHAI MACOVEI (C) 8 Cristi Chirica BENCH: 16 Florin Bardasu 17 Alexandru Savin 18 Constantin Pristăviță 19 Johan van Heerden 20 Razvan Ilisescu 21 Tudorel Bratu 22 Florin Vlaicu 23 Alexandru Bucur
SCORERS T: Melinte, Pristăviță C: Plai, Vlaicu P: Plai (2) Surugiu, Zaharia
15 Rodrigo Silva 14 Leandro Leivas 13 Juan Manuel Cat 12 Andrés Vilaseca 11 Gastón Mieres 10 Felipe Berchesi 9 Santiago Arata 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Facundo Gattas 3 Juan Rombys 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Manuel Leindekar 6 JUAN MANUEL GAMINARA (C) 7 Juan Diego Ormaechea 8 Alejandro Nieto BENCH: 16 Manuel Ardao 17 Matías Benítez 18 Juan Echeverría 19 Diego Magno 20 Manuel Diana 21 Leandro Segredo 22 Agustín Ormaechea 23 Joaquín Prada
SCORERS T: Vilaseca, PT, Agustín Ormaechea C: Berchesi (2) P: Berchesi (2) Dotti
Referee: Ben Whitehouse Asst Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Andrea Piardi TMO: Brian MacNeice
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 14:05 HT: 22-10
15 VASILY ARTEMYEV (C) 14 Mikhail Babaev 13 Vladimir Ostroushko 12 Dmitry Gerasimov 11 Daniil Potikhanov 10 Yuri Kushnarev 9 Vasily Dorofeev 1 Valery Morozov 2 Stanislav Rustic 3 Vladimir Podrezov 4 Andrey Ostrikov 5 Andrei Garbuzov 6 Vitaly Zhivatov 7 Tagir Hajiyev 8 Nikita Vavilin BENCH: 16 Evgeny Matveev 17 Sergey Sekisov 18 Anton Drozdov 19 Alexander Ilyin 20 Anton Sychev 21 Dmitry Perov 22 Ramil Gaysin 23 Sergey Trishin
SCORERS T: Ostroushko, Sel’skiy C: Kushnarev P: Kushnarev (3), Gaisin (2)
15 William Tupou 14 Amanaki Taiyo Lotoahea 13 Timothy Lafaele 12 Ryoto Nakamura 11 Kenki Fukuoka10 Rikiya Matsuda 9 Kaito Shigeno 1 Keita Inagaki 2 Atsushi Sakate 3 Koo Ji Won 4 Kazuki Himeno 5 Wimpie van der Walt 6 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 7 Masakatsu Nishikawa 8 Hendrik Tui BENCH: 16 Kosuke Horikoshi 17 Masataka Mikami 18 Hiroshi Yamashita 19 Yuya Odo 20 Isileli Nakajima 21 Yutaka Nagare 22 Yu Tamura 23 Yusuke Kajimura
SCORERS T: Leitch (2), Fukuoka, Tui C: Matsuda (3) P: Matsuda, Tamura Nishikawa
Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Ludovic Cayre, Nika Amashukeli TMO: Leo Colgan
BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 14:30 HT: 6-3 Att: 67,144
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Scotland 0-0 Pumas Both Scotland and Argentina are out on the pitch, time for the anthems
Scotland 0-0 Pumas 1m Argentina kick off this match through Nicholas Sanchez, Scotland gather and win the penalty from a first phase maul, they kick to the corner
Scotland 0-0 Pumas 2m The Scotland line out is secured inside the Argentine 10m line, the home side look to attack through Blair Kinghorn, who charges into the 22, another Scotland penalty in the middle of the park, Laidlaw is given the tee
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 4m Greig Laidlaw is successful with the penalty and Scotland lead by three
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 5m Argentina look to attack but knock the ball on, Scotland will have the first scrum of the match
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 6m Scotland get the free kick from the scrum, pass wide and kick, Argentina are on their own 22m line and kick, Scotland gather and look to attack
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 8m Scotland are pinged for not supporting their body weight at the breakdown, Sanchez places the ball just shy of the Scottish 22
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 9m The Argentine forward pack take the ball to the 22, Scotland look strong in defence and turnover but referee Williams awards Argentina the penalty and they point to the tee
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 10m Nicholas Sanchez misses the kick from a simple position, oops, Scotland 22 drop out
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 12m Argentina will have a line out on the 10m line in this quiet stadium after messy play from both sides sends the ball into touch
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 13m A high ball is lost forward by Stuart Hogg and Argentina now look to attack into the 22
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 14m Scotland escape with a scrum after another high kick is lost forward by the away side
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 15m Scotland will have a 22 drop out after Adam Hastings has a kick charged down, Hastings places the ball down, from the drop out, Argentina are barrelled into touch and Scotland will look to attack
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 17m Argentina will have a scrum after yet another high ball is lost forward by the home side
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 19m Argentina secure the scrum and Sanchez drives the ball deep into the Scottish 22, wow
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 21m Argentina look good in attack as Bautista Delguy carries well
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 22m The away side secure a penalty on halfway after a high tackle from Adam Hastings, the tee is called and Emiliano Boffelli will look to level the score
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 23m The penalty is unsuccessful and the score remains the same
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 24m A very messy restart on the 22 gives Argentina the ball on the same line, Argentina believe they score in the corner but Ramiro Moyano is clearly in touch
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 24m Jerónimo De La Fuente is off for a head injury, replaced by Matías Orlando
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 24m Fraser Brown concedes a penalty in open play after the TMO confirms a high tackle, some officials would award a more severe punishment for that one
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 26m Argentina are into the 22 after good carrying from the forwards
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 27m Another high ball is sent upward, it is gathered by Hogg and he calls the mark, from that mark, the Scotland full-back kicks long before Argentina send it high again
Scotland 3-0 Pumas 27m Scotland gather through Hastings but the subsequent ruck sees the home side pinged for illegal rucking, Argentina will look to level on the scoreboard
Scotland 3-3 Pumas 27m Nicholas Sanchez is successful and the score is all square
Scotland 3-3 Pumas 30m Scotland are attacking in the Argentine half but the men in blue and white stripes are defending well, they gather a Finn Russell high ball and look to attack from deep but De La Fuente, who is back on, goes into touch
Scotland 3-3 Pumas 32m Scotland attack once more and gain the penalty, under advantage, Hastings breaks through the defence and is up to the 22, a new advantage is awarded and the tee is called
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 33m Greig Laidlaw is successful with the penalty and the Scottish lead is doubled
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 35m Scotland are attacking from deep after yet another high kick, Laidlaw kicks downfield and regather via a Argentina knock on
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 36m Scotland knock on and the away side will have a scrum on half way
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 37m The Argentine attack is lost forward, Scotland return the ball with a kick and the away side will attack on their own 22
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 38m Argentina have the ball inside the Scottish half after a knock on
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 40m The ball is lost and Scotland will scrum
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 40+1m Argentina have a throw on their own line after Scotland kick from the scrum, the line out is won but Argentina lose the ball, Scotland then lose the ball forward and that is the end of the first half
Scotland 6-3 Pumas HT P: Laidlaw (2) | P: Sanchez
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 41m As the second half begins, one change, Matías Orlando replaces Matías Moroni for Argentina
Scotland 6-3 Pumas 42m Scotland attack through the midfield but the away defence is strong and Scotland lose the ball forward through Simon Berghan, Argentina look to attack on halfway, they kick and Hastings goes off his feet, Argentina ask for the tee
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 43m Nicholas Sanchez is successful with his kick and the scores are once again level
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 45m Argentina secure the line-out after Scotland clear to touch, the away side look to attack from their own half before kicking through Sanchez, Hogg is tackled as he gathers
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 45m Hogg and Kinghorn look to break through the left wing, they grubber through and aim to kick again but Kinghorn kicks the ball into touch, Argentina win the subsequent line-out and maul
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 47m The maul fails and Scotland collapse, securing the scrum
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 49m Scotland win the scrum and attack but concede the rucking penalty and Argentina point to the uprights, the kick is again unsuccessful from Sanchez
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 50m Argentina knock the ball on from the drop out and Scotland will have the attacking scrum on half-way
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 50m Martin Landajo replaces Gonzalo Bertranou for Argentina
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 50m Ryan Wilson is on for Josh Strauss and Willem Nel is on for Simon Berghan
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 51m Tomas Lezana is on for Javier Ortega Desio for Argentina as Scotland secure the scrum and kick, Argentina return the favour and the home side are back on half-way
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 52m Scotland knock the ball on and Argentina will have a scrum of their own on half-way
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 53m Argentina are themselves attacking on half-way now
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 54m Sanchez kicks and it is gathered by Sean Maitland, Scotland spread the ball wide and they look to attack through Hastings, Richie takes the ball up to the 22 before they get a penalty advantage
Scotland 6-6 Pumas 55m A further penalty, this time a high tackle, stops the play but referee Paul Williams does not see the TMO as necessary here, Laidlaw points to the posts
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 56m The penalty is successful from Laidlaw and Scotland yet again lead
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 58m Scotland turn over attacking Argentine ball and boot the ball through Hogg, the kick is retuned and Scotland will have a line out just inside the away half
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 59m Scotland win the throw but lose the ball in the midfield by holding on, Argentina head to the corner and they will have a line out just inside the 10m line
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 60m The away side secure the line out and charge into the midfield before coming back to the left wing, they continue to probe the Scottish defence
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 61m The Argentine forwards knock the ball forward and Scotland will have a scrum just inside their own half as Julian Montoya replaces Agustin Creevy for Argentina
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 61m Fraser Brown and Adam Hastings are replaced by Stuart McInally and Alex Dunbar as Scotland secure the scrum penalty, Hogg sends the ball into the 22
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 62m Matías Alemanno replaces Tomas Lavanini as Argentina win the lineout and carry to half-way, Scotland get the ball and kick through Huw Jones but it is out on the full, Argentine lineout inside the Scottish half
Scotland 9-6 Pumas 65m Scotland secure a rucking penalty on half-way and kick into the 22, McInally finds his man and Scotland maul, Dunbar carries into midfield and Scotland continue to probe
Scotland 14-6 Pumas 66m Into the 22, the play is switched by Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg gets the ball, he passes to Maitland who runs in from 20m out, Laidlaw is unsuccessful with the conversion and the home side open a lead
Scotland 14-6 Pumas 67m Juan Pablo Zeiss is on for Santiago Medrano for Argentina and Kinghorn, Allan Dell and Jonny Gray are replaced by Byron McGuigan, Alex Allan and Sam Skinner
Scotland 14-6 Pumas 70m Scotland concede the penalty in the midfield, Sanchez calls for the posts but misses yet again, poor today for the fly-half
Scotland 14-6 Pumas 71m Argentina clear the ball to beyond the 10m line after Scotland boot downfield to within 2m of the try line, the momentum shift is all things haggis right now
Scotland 14-6 Pumas 72m Bautista Delguy is replaced by Sebastian Cancelliere for Argentina as Boffelli breaks through the defence, he runs to the 22 and Argentina dot the ball down, but it is forward in the lead up play and Scotland will have the scrum
Scotland 14-9 Pumas 74m Argentina win the penalty against the head just 5m out from the try line, Sanchez goes for the posts and is successful but surely you would scrum again!
Scotland 14-9 Pumas 76m Scotland attack on half-way and box kick to the opposing 10m line, Argentina attack as Cancelliere carries hard, Rodrigo Bruni then carries into the 22, from the following phase, Argentina lose the ball forward
Scotland 14-9 Pumas 78m Scotland secure their scrum and chip through Russell, McGuigan gathers and chips himself, Scotland gather again any they are up to the Argentine 10m line
Scotland 14-9 Pumas 79m Scotland go through some phases in the midfield before Argentina are pinged for not releasing, Laidlaw will go for the posts to both run down the clock and put the score beyond 7
Scotland 14-9 Pumas 80m The kick is unsuccessful and Argentina look for a last gasp try from deep
Scotland 14-9 Pumas 80+1Argentina are only on their own 22, the ball goes loose and they are suddenly back on their own 5m line
Scotland 14-9 Pumas 80+2 The away side knock the ball on and Scotland have won
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Sean Maitland 13 Huw Jones 12 Finn Russell 11 Blair Kinghorn 10 Adam Hastings 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell 2 Fraser Brown 3 Simon Berghan 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 Jamie Ritchie 7 Hamish Watson 8 Josh Strauss BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Alex Allan 18 Willem Nel 19 Sam Skinner 20 Ryan Wilson 21 George Horne 22 Alex Dunbar 23 Byron McGuigan
SCORERS T: Maitland P: Laidlaw (3)
15 Emiliano Boffelli 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Matías Moroni 12 Jerónimo De La Fuente 11 Ramiro Moyano 10 Nicolas Sanchez 9 Gonzalo Bertranou 1 Santiago Garcia Botta 2 Agustín Creevy 3 Santiago Medrano 4 Guido Petti 5 Tomas Lavanini 6 PABLO MATERA (C) 7 Rodrigo Bruni 8 Javier Ortega Desio BENCH: 16 Julian Montoya 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss 18 Lucio Sordoni 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Tomas Lezana 21 Martin Landajo 22 Matías Orlando 23 Sebastián Cancelliere
SCORERS P: Sanchez (3)
Referee: Paul Williams Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Dan Jones TMO: Olly Hodges
Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-13 Att: 81,275
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
England v Wallabies Well, Twickenham is grey and miserable today, and damn it's cold...must be Autumn!
England v Wallabies The good thing about matches like this is there's no faffing and we can just get on with it after the anthems... England fans in fine voice with the National Anthem!
England 0-0 Wallabies Owen Farrell, today's captain awaits the signal from Ref Peyper to kick off....
England 0-0 Wallabies 0m And we do, as the Wallabies are sporting their magnificent indigenous jerseys today, while England are wearing Rainbow Laces
England 0-0 Wallabies 2m Ben Youngs charges down a kick to clear the homeside out of the Aussie 22 and it's an England 5m attacking scrum…
England 5-0 Wallabies 3m Delightful work from Youngs as he collects the ball from the back of the scrum and clears off to Jonny May who flies over in the corner unhindered to score
England 7-0 Wallabies 4m Faz does an excellent job of the conversion from an acute position
England 7-3 Wallabies 6m But as quickly as England get on the board, Maro Itoje concedes a penalty following the restart and 10 Matt To’omua pings over three points for the visitors with ease, almost in front of the posts outside the 22
England 7-3 Wallabies 8m England waste no time from their restart, setting up an attacking lineout outside the Aussie 22 on the nearside, and they breach the 22 before they are turned over and the visitors force them back out
England 7-3 Wallabies 9m Joe Cokanasiga makes a fine break along touch and is shut down at the 22, but the ball is away before the Aussies turnover the ball deftly
England 7-3 Wallabies 10m The visitors have the England side pinned back in their own half, but a poor kick is pounced on by white hands and before you know it, England are back up at the Aussie 22 with a penalty
England 7-3 Wallabies 12m Faz tees up from out wide, just outside the 22 and once silence falls, he almost nails the penalty kick...but it pings off the nearside upright
England 10-3 Wallabies 14m However, he has another chance almost immediately as the Aussies are offside at the ruck, and this time, from closer to the centre, Faz does nail it
England 10-3 Wallabies 15m England force the visitors out of their half as quickly as they enter it, and they have to make up ground, aided by a knock on from Elliot Daly...
England 10-3 Wallabies 16m But England are here to play and prove a point, pushing the Aussies back up to the 10m and winning a penalty to set up a 10m attacking lineout
England 10-3 Wallabies 17m The lineout is just about won, but England are forced in-field and are turned over still on the Aussie 10m, before a kicking game ensues...
England 10-3 Wallabies 18m The homeside come out winners at the ruck and have an attacking scrum, near touch, just inside the Aussie 10m
England 10-3 Wallabies 19m England hands are quick today, offloading much more efficient, until they are again turned over!
England 10-3 Wallabies 20m A solid defensive scrum from Australia, the clearance kick directly into the hands of Daly but he is bundled into touch by Izzy Folau
England 10-3 Wallabies 21m Play is halted as the water boys charge on with messages from coaches before England have a defensive scrum just inside their own half
England 10-3 Wallabies 22m The scrum collapses and needs to be reset...the crowd are restless as there is little but chatter - which is very loud when there's 82,000 people at it!
England 10-3 Wallabies 23m England win the scrum penalty and Daly is teeing up from his side of halfway, c.52m out from the uprights...
England 10-3 Wallabies 24m ...but it falls well short and the score stands
England 10-3 Wallabies 25m A good break comes from Will Genia and he offloads to Bernard Foley in the centre today who kicks ahead before he is taken down
England 10-8 Wallabies 27m The Aussies regroup and brush aside all the England defence for Dane Haylett-Petty to fly over with an easy try
England 10-3 Wallabies 27m To’omua heads to tee up the conversion, but the TMO gets involved, the big screens shout TRY and To’omua goes to kick his conversion, but the decision is reversed for a forward pass in the run up
England 10-3 Wallabies 29m Crowd are pleased at the result as they previously booed the decision as the replays were shown before 'TRY' popped up
England 10-3 Wallabies 31m Play resumes in the midfield, and Izack Rodda tip tackles Daly well over the horizontal, for which Ref Peyper awards a penalty. That was clearly a yellow card offence, no matter how sorry Rodda looked
England 13-3 Wallabies 33m Faz tees up and increases the score to 13 - a neat 10-point lead...
England 13-8 Wallabies 35m From the restart, England look complacent and the Aussies take full advantage, despite being tackled at every other step, Youngs missing a vital tackle on Folau as he runs in to score under the posts, making it look too easy
England 13-10 Wallabies 36m The conversion is simple for To’omua and suddenly a two score lead is reduced to just three points
England 13-10 Wallabies 38m England look a tad out of sorts suddenly, as another penalty gives Australia possession on the England 10m...time off...
England 13-10 Wallabies 39m Aussie attacking scrum has to be reset - far too much faffing occurring here...
England 13-10 Wallabies 40m Finally we have a scrum and the Aussies charge towards the England 22, breaching at and close in on the whitewash; it’s Rodda who gets closest before he is whacked out of contention by Faz. Ball is quickly recycled and goes out wide from in front of the posts, and Ref Peyper is playing advantage and whistle goes as England are caught offside before the turnover, and it's a penalty in front of the posts for the visitors
England 13-13 Wallabies 40+1m Cheika is having a hernia up in the coach box as the TMO has a look or three at Faz’s tackle into Rodda. Aussies are unhappy that Faz shoulder-charged Rodda, but it was clear in the replay it was 6 of one and half a dozen of the other; penalty to the visitors
England 13-13 Wallabies 40+2m After what feels like infinite chat from the Aussies, To’omua kicks over the penalty to equalise at half time, Michael Cheika obviously thrilled while Eddie Jones likely not so, his side squandering a 10-point lead in 7 minutes
England 13-13 Wallabies HT T: May C: Farrell P: Farrell (2) | T: Folau C: To’omua P: To’omua (2)
England 13-13 Wallabies 40m We're back at Twickenham where Sefa Naivalu has replaced Jack Maddocks for the Aussies
England 13-13 Wallabies 41m And the first thing Ref Peyper has to do is sort out the children as they all draw their handbags on the far side in the midfield, Kyle Sinckler and Itoje at the centre of it
England 13-13 Wallabies 42m Another impressive charge down of an Aussie clearance kick has England on the front foot again...
England 18-13 Wallabies 43m ...and Daly collects a difficult offload and belts it all the way to the whitewash, outrunning almost every Aussie and leaving them in his wake
England 20-13 Wallabies 44m Faz adds the extras and England are looking back on track again - these HT talks must be quite something!
England 20-13 Wallabies 46m Unsurprisingly, the tackles are getting bigger as they get into it in the midfield, while Sekope Kepu thinks he's in with a try after breaking free and charging to the whitewash; the whistle went an age before
England 20-13 Wallabies 47m Much to Kepu's annoyance, the penalty goes to England & they clear for an attacking lineout, making it to the Aussie 22 before Itoje knocks the ball forward
England 20-13 Wallabies 48m Tatafu Polota-Nau replaces Tolu Latu in the front row before play resumes
England 20-13 Wallabies 50m Play shifts to the midfield as the skies fall dark over Twickenham and a kick goes too far for the Aussies to have a lineout on halfway
England 20-13 Wallabies 51m A little aerial football ensues, but the Hussies choose to run it from their 22; when they go backwards, another high ball comes and England win a penalty on the Aussie 10m
England 20-13 Wallabies 52m Time off as Ben Moon gets attention on the pitch; the crowd are restless...
England 20-13 Wallabies 53m England attacking scrum...and it collapses; Peyper has a word with the front rows before the reset
England 20-13 Wallabies 54m The crowd breaks into a rendition of Swing Low - probably from boredom, but once the scrum gets going, it's a swift move to the Aussie 22, England are pushed from the nearside to the far side before Sam Underhill breaches the 22
England 25-13 Wallabies 55m Mark Wilson carries the ball with such verve before he is shut down, the ball is recycled and gets to Cokanasiga - second cap and a second try. Mightily impressive work from the new boy!
England 27-13 Wallabies 57m Faz adds the conversion and England fans are truly getting behind the team as they start to put some real daylight between the scores
England 27-13 Wallabies 58m Richard Wigglesworth comes on for Ben Youngs while Allan Alaalatoa & Ned Hanigan replace Kepu and Pete Samu
England 27-13 Wallabies 59m Meanwhile, Cokanasiga is hungry for more and catches the high ball on halfway, evades 4 tackles en route to the tryline and is caught just short by Michael Hooper - no try but jeez he's good!
England 27-13 Wallabies 61m England are still in possession, and after the next phase has the ball held up, it's an England 5m attacking scrum...
England 27-13 Wallabies 62m The cry of 'Heave!' is deafening from the stands, but the ball has to be played, goes wide to the nearside as advantage is being played - Genia pinged and back for the penalty
England 30-13 Wallabies 63m Faz tees up on the far side inside the 22 and increases the score by three more...
England 30-13 Wallabies 64m Harry Williams replaces Kyle Sinckler in the front row while the visitors finally breach the England 22 after a very long while...
England 30-13 Wallabies 66m As England are busy defending, the crowd roars as a pale and pasty white chap invades the pitch with nothing on but his ugly pants and has to be caught and evicted.
England 30-13 Wallabies 67m With the unattractive man - not an athlete - off the pitch - it's a 5m attacking lineout for Australia
England 30-13 Wallabies 68m The ball comes from the far side to the nearside and Naivalu almost takes it over the corner but Dale takes him down hard and into touch, the ball still in play...
England 30-13 Wallabies 68m ...Henry Slade kicks it ahead from almost his own tryline, May chases it hard, Ben Te'o(?) kicks it further ahead and May grounds it for a magnificent try!
England 30-13 Wallabies 68m But the TMO checks the placing of the ball and it does just kiss touch back in the England half... sighs all round for England fans as it's no try. But what superb play
England 30-13 Wallabies 69m Naivalu is replaced by Marika Koroibete after that huge hit from Daly; Rob Simmons & Nick Phipps on for Adam Coleman and Genia
England 30-13 Wallabies 70m Manu Tuilagi returns to the field in an England shirt after two years, replacing Slade while Alec Hepburn is on for Moon
England 30-13 Wallabies 72m Play is in the midfield while co-captain Dylan Hartley comes on for Jamie George... Previously, Jermaine Ainsley replaced Scott Sio
England 30-13 Wallabies 73m England are busy lurking in the Aussie 22 as the visitors try desperately to force them out...eventually they do, but not for long
England 30-13 Wallabies 74m George Ford & Nathan Hughes come on for Underhill and Te'o while England attack back into the 22 again...
England 35-13 Wallabies 75m ... and this time it's co-captain Faz who runs in a fourth try for England with a touch of flair
England 35-13 Wallabies 76m Faz converts his try while Charlie Ewels replaces Courtney Lawes
England 35-13 Wallabies 77m The visitors head towards the England 22 from the restart, and they make some serious headway, but...
England 35-13 Wallabies 77m ...missed the cause but handbags really are drawn this time, multiple Aussies dragging Tuilagi to his knees, and Itoje not having any of it, taking on 3-4 of the opposition on his own
England 37-18 Wallabies 79m Play finally resumes and the Aussies aren't taking this drubbing lightly, setting up Folau for a brace in the corner
England 37-18 Wallabies 80+1m The conversion is duff, and England have a solid win on the books again, though it was pretty hairy for periods in the first half!
15 Elliot Daly 14 Joe Cokanasiga 13 Henry Slade 12 Ben Te’o 11 Jonny May 10 OWEN FARRELL (CC) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Ben Moon 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Maro Itoje 5 Courtney Lawes 6 Brad Shields 7 Sam Underhill 8 Mark Wilson BENCH: 16 DYLAN HARTLEY (CC) 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Harry Williams 19 Charlie Ewels 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 George Ford 23 Manu Tuilagi
SCORERS T: May, Daly, Cokanasiga, Farrell C: Farrell (4) P: Farrell (3)
15 Israel Folau 14 Dane Haylett-Petty 13 Samu Kerevi 12 Bernard Foley 11 Jack Maddocks 10 Matt To’omua 9 Will Genia 1 Scott Sio 2 Tolu Latu 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Izack Rodda 5 Adam Coleman 6 Jack Dempsey 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Pete Samu BENCH: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau 17 Jermaine Ainsley 18 Allan Alaalatoa 19 Rob Simmons 20 Ned Hanigan 21 Nick Phipps 22 Sefa Naivalu 23 Marika Koroibete
SCORERS T: Folau (2) C: To’omua P: To’omua (2)
Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst Referees: Glen Jackson, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Marius Jonker
Stadio Olimpico, Rome - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-31 Att: 53,204
15 Jayden Hayward 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Luca Sperandio 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Tito Tebaldi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 LEONARDO GHIRALDINI (C) 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Jake Polledri 8 Braam Steyn BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore' 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Marco Fuser 20 Johan Meyer 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Luca Morisi 23 Edoardo Padovani
SCORERS P: Allan
15 Damian McKenzie 14 Jordie Barrett 13 Anton Lienert-Brown 12 Ngani Laumape 11 Waisake Naholo 10 Beauden Barrett 9 TJ Perenara 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 2 Dane Coles 3 Nepo Laulala 4 Patrick Tuipulotu 5 Scott Barrett 6 Vaea Fifita 7 Ardie Savea 8 KIERAN READ (C) BENCH: 16 Nathan Harris 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe 18 Angus Ta'avao 19 Brodie Retallick 20 Dalton Papali'i 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 22 Richie Mo'unga 23 Rieko Ioane
SCORERS T: Perenara, McKenzie (3), Jordie Barrett (4), Laumape, Beauden Barrett C: Beauden Barrett (5), Mo’unga (3)
Referee: Andrew Brace Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Sean Gallagher TMO: Andrew McMenemy
Estádio Municipal Sérgio Conceição, Coimbra - Saturday 24 November
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-17
15 Manuel Marta 14 Fábio Conceição 13 Rodrigo Freudenthal 12 António Vidinha 11 Pedro Silvério 10 Nuno Sousa Guedes 9 Francisco Vieira 1 José Lupi 2 Nuno Mascarenhas 3 Diogo HasseFerreira 4 Rui D’Orey 5 SALVADOR VASSALO (C) 6 David Wallis 7 SebastiãoVillax 8 Francisco Sousa BENCH: 16 João Bernardo Melo 17 João Vasco Corte Real 18 Francisco Bruno 19 Manuel Picão 20 José Roque 21 João Belo 22 Frederico Caetano 23 Pedro Cordeiro
SCORERS T: Marta, Santos C: Guedes (2) P: Guedes (3)
15 Chrysander Botha 14 Chad Plato 13 JC Greyling 12 DARRYL DE LA HARPE (C) 11 Johan Tromp 10 Cliven Loubser 9 Damian Stevens 1 Casper Viviers 2 Olbert Nortje 3 Abel de Klerk 4 Adriaan Ludick 5 Tjuee Uanivi 6 Thomasau Forbes 7 Max Katjijeko 8 Rohan Kitshoff BENCH: 16 Niel van Vuuren 17 Andre Rademeyer 18 Des Sethie 19 Ruan Ludick 20 Cameron Langenhoven 21 TC Kisting 22 PW Steenkamp 23 Justin Newman
SCORERS T: Forbes, Greyling, Nortje, Tromp C: Loubser (3) P: Loubser
Referee: Mike Adamson Asst Referees: Ben Blain, Inigo Atorrasagasti
Estádio Nacional Complutense, Madrid - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 15:45 HT: 3-7 Att: 10,800
15 Julen Goia Iriberri 14 Ignacio Contardi 13 Fabien Perrin 12 Alvar Gimeno 11 Federico Casteglioni 10 Mathieu Peluchon 9 Facundo Munilla 1 Fernando Lopez 2 Quentin Garcia 3 Alberto Blanco 4 Mickael de Marco 5 Josh Peters 6 David Barrera Howarth 7 Lucas Guillaume 8 Thibaut Visensang BENCH: 16 Francisco Blanco 17 Vicente Del Hoyo 18 Bittor Aboitiz 19 Mike Walker Fitton 20 Asier Usarraga 21 Tomas Munilla 22 Richard Stewart 23 Lucas Levy
SCORERS T: Stewart C: Levy P: Mathieu Peluchon Castiglioni
15 JJ Taulagi 14 Alofa Alofa 13 Alapati Leiua 12 Rey Lee-Lo 11 Ed Fidow 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Melani Matavao 1 Logovi'i Mulipola 2 Motu Matu'u 3 James Lay 4 Filo Paulo 5 Kane Leaupepe 6 Piula Fa'asalele 7 JACK LAM (C) 8 Ofisa Treviranus BENCH: 16 Ray Niuia 17 Donald Brighouse 18 Jordan Lay 19 Ben Nee Nee 20 Iakopo Petelo-Mapu 21 Pele Cowley 22 D'Angelo Leuila 23 Henry Taefu
SCORERS T: Fidow, Lam, Lee-Lo, Treviranus C: Taulagi (4)
Referee: Frank Murphy Asst Referees: Ian Tempest, David Sutherland TMO: Stefano Penne
Principality Stadium - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 17:20 HT: 14-3 Att: 62,203
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Wales 0-0 Boks Both Wales are South Africa are out, another Saturday sing-song imminent
Wales 0-0 Boks 1m Wales gather the kickoff through Ross Moriarty, Gareth Anscombe clears to just shy of his own 10m line
Wales 0-0 Boks 2m South Africa secure the ball, spread it wide towards the right wing before a grubber goes out into touch, Wales win the subsequent line out and kick to half way, South Africa attack
Wales 0-0 Boks 3m South Africa once more go towards the left wing and kick, Liam Williams does well to avoid the defence and makes 5 yards, Wales send the ball wide to Jonathan Davies who kicks to half way
Wales 0-0 Boks 4m Cheslin Kolbe, wearing the 23 shirt, runs down the right wing and steps, the ball is shifted wide to Pieter-Steph du Toit who runs the ball in, but he is in touch and Wales will have a line out inside of their own 22
Wales 0-0 Boks 5m Wales win the penalty as the ball is thrown in, South Africa making contact in the air, Anscombe misses touch as Kolbe yet again steps his way through the field, this time up to halfway, the ball goes wide again but it is forward
Wales 0-0 Boks 7m Wales secure their scrum on halfway and crash through the midfield, Anscombe receives the ball and kicks but George North knocks on while trying to gather, both sides knock on once more in open play and the Boks will have the scrum
Wales 0-0 Boks 9m The scrum is secured and the Boks kick, Wales return the kick and Liam Williams gathers, Wales crash inside the 22 and begin to probe
Wales 7-0 Boks 9m Wales carry through Ellis Jenkins who breaks and offloads to Tomas Francis, he scores his first try for his country, the conversion is successful from Gareth Anscombe
Wales 7-0 Boks 12m Eben Etzebeth replaces RG Snyman for South Africa and Ross Moriarty goes off, replaced by Wainwirght for Wales
Wales 7-0 Boks 14m Wales will have a scrum on halfway following the restart after a South African handling error
Wales 7-0 Boks 14m Wales secure the scrum and reach the 22 soon enough, Wainwright and Owens combine to reach the 5m line
Wales 7-0 Boks 15m Wales are unable to get the ball out of the ruck and referee Pearce awards the scrum to the home side
Wales 14-0 Boks 16m The men in red are able to secure the scrum, the ball reaches Anscombe who floats the pass over Aphiwe Dyantyi to Liam Williams, he crosses for Wales' second, Anscombe converts
Wales 14-0 Boks 18m Wales carry to just outside of the 22 after the start, the ball is kicked to halfway and South Africa look to break the wall of red
Wales 14-3 Boks 20m Embrose Papier kicks but it is illegally charged down by Adam Beard, Handré Pollard points to the posts and he is successful from halfway...wow
Wales 14-3 Boks 21m South Africa secure the re-start and kick through Willie Le Roux to the halfway area, Wales secure the lineout and look to attack but the ball goes straight to ground and the home side will feed the scrum
Wales 14-3 Boks 23m The Welsh scrum holds firm and the home side are able charge at the Green defence through George North, Wales spread the ball wide to Josh Adams who is tackled just shy of the 22
Wales 14-3 Boks 23m The ball is knocked on in the subsequent play and the field becomes like a Bingo Hall... handbags everywhere, South Africa will have a scrum
Wales 14-3 Boks 24m The South African scrum is secured by the away side and Papier kicks from the back, the ball goes out just beyond the Welsh 10m line
Wales 14-3 Boks 24m The lineout is won Wales drive before South Africa are pinged for a side entry, Anscombe kicks but fails to find touch, the kicking battle leaves Wales on their 10 line as Malcolm Marx earns the turnover penalty
Wales 14-3 Boks 26m Handré Pollard kicks towards the posts but the ball fades to the left of them, the deficit is still 11
Wales 14-3 Boks 27m After the 22 drop out, South Africa attack into the Welsh half, they are up to the 10m line before a bad Pollard pass allows Jenkins to force the knock on, Wales will scrum on the halfway line
Wales 14-3 Boks 30m The scrum is secured by Wales and he goes left to Anscombe, after the subsequent phases Steven Kitshoff concedes the rucking penalty and Anscombe points to the posts, the ball hits the post and South Africa clear
Wales 14-3 Boks 32m From the lineout, South Africa get the ball from the overthrow after Hadleigh Parks is smashed by the defence, the away side then knock on themselves but they will have the scrum after the advantage
Wales 14-3 Boks 33m The scrum is secured but a kick gives Wales possession, Wales are on halfway and probing but Marx steals the ball
Wales 14-3 Boks 34m Vermeulen thinks he is Superman and flies off his feet on halfway, Anscombe kicks to just 10m out, brilliant from the Welsh fly-half
Wales 14-3 Boks 35m Wales maul the line out but are sacked will by the defence, the home side look towards the midfield for their attack
Wales 14-3 Boks 36m Wales continue to probe 10m from the Bok line but they are soon back on the 22 after good defence
Wales 14-3 Boks 37m Yet again Malcolm Marx gets a turnover, his third, but that one could have gone either way - his hands were all over the place
Wales 14-3 Boks 38m The South African lineout on halfway is secured and the Boks and Embrose Papier breaks down the left win, chips past George North and gets in front despite being shuffled by the Welshman, Papier just knocks on as he gathers 10m out
Wales 14-3 Boks 39m Wales fail to hook their scrum and South Africa get the free kick, Papier taps and passes to the forwards, less than 5m out as Jesse Kriel crosses, was it held up? TMO
Wales 14-3 Boks 40m TMO Simon McDowell confirms the try attempt is not grounded and Ellis Jenkins gets the plaudits for holding that up, South Africa will end the half with an attacking 5m scrum
Wales 14-3 Boks 40+1m The scrum is secured and SA probe, the men in green continue to sniff the line and they secure the penalty for offside, nothing comes from the advantage and referee Pearce comes back to the penalty, scrum called under the posts
Wales 14-3 Boks 40+4m The scrum is secured by the men in green but they are back on the 22
Wales 14-3 Boks 40+4m Eben Etzebeth carries but he is isolated as the Welsh back-row win the penalty, to the sheds!
Wales 14-3 Boks HT T: Francis, Liam Williams C: Anscombe (2) | P: Pollard
Wales 14-3 Boks 41m The second half begins and the away side gather, they instantly clear to the Welsh 10m through Pollard
Wales 14-3 Boks 42m The lineout is secured by Wales and they maul it towards half-way, Gareth Davies kicks and Kolbe gathers, South Africa look to attack from their own half, they kick but knock on and Wales have a scrum on half-way
Wales 14-3 Boks 43m The scrum is secured by the home side and a lovely kick from Anscombe comes off and Wales break but the pass is forward and SA will have the feed
Wales 14-3 Boks 45m South Africa receive a free kick and Pollard kicks high, North gathers and Wales have the ball
Wales 14-3 Boks 45m South Africa attack after gathering a high ball, they attack but lose the ball, Wales then send the ball out so SA will have a competitive throw as Elton Jantjies replaces Damian de Allende
Wales 14-3 Boks 46m Wales steal the ball and kick, South Africa will attack from their own halfway, Kolbe charges through the defence and South Africa are already just shy of the 22 but the ball goes forward into touch
Wales 14-3 Boks 48m Vincent Koch comes on for Frans Malherbe for SA as Wales choose the scrum, they secure the ball and kick, SA gather and carry through Marx
Wales 14-3 Boks 49m SA are on the halfway line, Jantjies kicks but Wales gather and attack from deep, they themselves kick through Anscombe and Kolbe returns with his foot, SA gather on the 22
Wales 14-3 Boks 50m Into the 22, South Africa look to probe around the defence, Koch carrying well but it goes forward in the subsequent phase and the men in red clear through Anscombe
Wales 14-3 Boks 51m On the 22, SA win the attacking lineout as Ivan van Zyl comes on for Embrose Papier for SA and Rob Evans comes on for Nicky Smith for Wales
Wales 14-3 Boks 52m South Africa carry to 10m out shy of the line but Jonathan Davies gathers the ball on the floor and Wales once again clear through Gareth Davies, from the subsequent phase a maul is called and Wales get the scrum
Wales 14-3 Boks 54m Ken Owens and Tomas Francis are replaced for Wales by Elliot Dee and Dillon Lewis as Thomas du Toit replaces Steven Kitshoff for SA as they win the scrum one and kick to 5m out
Wales 14-3 Boks 55m Malcolm Marx is replaced by Mbongeni Mbonami as the hooker hits his man and SA are within 5m, SA earn the penalty and Wales are a warning here
Wales 14-3 Boks 55m The lineout is again secured but it is instantly sacked by Wales, SA attack in the midfield before going through Jantjies
Wales 14-8 Boks 56m 5m out, South Africa continue to probe and a quick pass from Willie Le Roux to Jesse Kriel allows the centre to dot the ball down in the corner, the conversion is unsuccessful from Handré Pollard
Wales 14-8 Boks 58m Gareth Davies is replaced by Tomos Williams for the men in red as Wales kick off and South Africa clear
Wales 14-8 Boks 59m Wales secure the lineout through a sneaky set play but it is forward, both sides grip each other up in anger before going back to the South African scrum
Wales 14-8 Boks 60m The scrum is secured by SA and they are able to carry to just shy of half way, after some phases of making no ground, Jantjies kicks for Wales to gather but the men in red concede the holding on penalty at first phase on the 22
Wales 14-11 Boks 62m South Africa point to the posts and Elton Jantjies is successful to reduce the deficit to three
Wales 14-11 Boks 63m Dan Biggar replaces Gareth Anscombe as the new fly-half kicks off
Wales 14-11 Boks 63m South Africa carry from deep before clearing to the 10m line
Wales 14-11 Boks 64m The lineout is secured and after three phases, Wales kick but Willie Le Roux calls the mark, the fullback kicks to the Welsh 10m line and the men in red take it quickly, they kick and SA knock the ball on around the halfway
Wales 14-11 Boks 65m Duane Vermeulen is replaced by Francois Louw for South Africa as Wales secure the scrum and look to attack on the 10m line, but SA turn the ball and look to counter
Wales 14-11 Boks 67m SA look flat in attack and kick, Biggar gathers and offloads as he is tackled, Wales attack on their 10m line before the ball is kicked then knocked on by SA, Wales kick downfield, SA gather but Wales win the penalty 5m out
Wales 17-11 Boks 68m The tee is called as Adam Beard is replaced by Cory Hill, Dan Biggar then dissects the posts to increase the Welsh lead to six
Wales 17-11 Boks 70m Wales clear from the kick-off and South Africa gather, they look to attack and are soon beyond halfway
Wales 17-11 Boks 70m A poor SA kick is gathered by Liam Williams and the full-back calls the mark, SA gather on halfway and kick back, but Bigger gathers
Wales 17-11 Boks 72m Willie Le Roux gathers a box kick and Jantjies kicks, Jonathan Davies gathers and breaks, he offloads to Rob Evans who barrels into the 22, SA go offside and Wales will have a penalty 10m out
Wales 20-11 Boks 73m Dan Biggar calls for the tee and is successful, the lead is now nine points
Wales 20-11 Boks 74m Wales gather the ball and are already over halfway, the ball is lost in the ruck and Referee Luke Pearce calls for a Wales scrum
Wales 20-11 Boks 75m The scrum is eating down the clock, Wales do secure it however and kick high, SA gather and are attacking on halfway, they need to score
Wales 20-11 Boks 76m The SA ball is now beyond halfway, and one phase later beyond the 10m line, the ball goes wide but Wales hold strong in defence before winning the holding on penalty, the men in red clear into the SA half
Wales 20-11 Boks 77m Owen Watkin is on for Hadleigh Parkes as Wales secure their lineout, Dyantyi is replaced by Willemse
Wales 20-11 Boks 78m This Welsh territory will please the fans, despite the lack of constant noise or a sell-out, the men in red are beyond the 10m line
Wales 20-11 Boks 78m Jonathan Davies continues to carry but the ball is knocked on in the ruck, South Africa will need a try, conversion and penalty in 90 seconds ...
Wales 20-11 Boks 79m South Africa earn the penalty from the scrum and plays it quickly, the ball goes through the hands but can't break the defence
Wales 20-11 Boks 80m+1 Still the ball fails to make significant ground and George North wins a turnover penalty and Wales win
15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Josh Adams 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Gareth Davies 1 Nicky Smith 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Adam Beard 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Dan Lydiate 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Rob Evans 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Cory Hill 20 Ellis Jenkins 21 Tomos Williams 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin
SCORERS T: Francis, Liam Williams C: Anscombe (2) P: Biggar (2)
15 Willie le Roux 14 Sbu Nkosi 13 Jesse Kriel 12 Damian de Allende 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 10 Handré Pollard 9 Embrose Papier 1 Steven Kitshoff 2 Malcolm Marx 3 Frans Malherbe 4 RG Snyman 5 Franco Mostert 6 SIYA KOLISI (C) 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Bongi Mbonambi 17 Thomas du Toit 18 Vincent Koch 19 Eben Etzebeth 20 Francois Louw 21 Ivan van Zyl 22 Elton Jantjies 23 Cheslin Kolbe
SCORERS T: Kriel P: Pollard, Jantjies
Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Karl Dickson TMO: Simon McDowell
Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 18:00 HT: 7-6
15 Lasha Khmaladze 14 Zurab Dzneladze 13 MERAB SHARIKADZE (C) 12 Tamaz Mtchedlidze 11 Giorgi Kveseladze 10 Tedo Abzhandadze 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 1 Mikheil Nariashvili 2 Shalva Mamukashvili 3 Levan Chilachava 4 Nodar Tcheishvili 5 Lasha Lomidze 6 Otar Giorgadze 7 Giorgi Tsutskiridze8 Beka Gorgadze 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Zurab Zhvania 18 Beka Gigashvili 19 Shalva Sutiashvili 20 Beka Bitsadze 21 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili22 Gela Aprasidze23 Merab Kvirikashvili
SCORERS T: Giorgadze, Zhvania C: Abzhandadze (2) P: Abzhandadze (2) Gorgadze, Kvirikashvili
15 Vunga Lilo 14 Viliami Lolohea 13 Latu Vaeno 12 Alaska Taufa 11 Daniel Kilioni 10 Kurt Morath 9 TANE TAKULUA (C) 1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi 2 Sefo Sakalia 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Leva Fifita 5 Steve Mafi 6 Daniel Faleafa 7 Fotu Lokotui 8 Zane Kapeli BENCH: 16 Sione Anga'aelangi 17 Tolu Fahamokioa 18 Ben Tameifuna 19 Sam Ulufonua 20 Mike Faleafa 21 Sione Vailanu 22 Leon Fukofuka 23 Afa Pakalani
SCORERS P: Takulua (3)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst Referees: Pierre Brousset, Thomas Charabas TMO: Eric Gauzins
Aviva Stadium, Dublin - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 18:30 HT: 24-14 Att: 51,000
ON a chilly night at Aviva Stadium, the USA Men's Eagles were handed their first loss of 2018 at the hands of a skilful Irish side. In their final contest of the November Internationals 2018, the United States men were unable to overcome the powerful set piece pressure and sharp offensive attack that led Ireland to a 14-57 victory.
The conclusion to a season that surpassed all expectations - with the Eagles making history in every international test window - the loss still does not hinder the most successful season of all time for the United States men.
"Pretty disappointed in the scoreline, not necessarily in that we did not win the game against a really good Irish team. I just think that some of the stuff we've been really good at this year - which is exerting the pressure and playing in the right areas of the field - when we did that well, we were reasonably in the game. And when we didn’t do that well, we spilled possession," said Head Coach Gary Gold.
"An event like this is a huge occasion for many of our young guys and so we'll learn from that. But, we can only play who we've got in front of us and from our point of view we're very grateful that we asked on to get these kinds of games and play against quality opposition like this and I think it'll only do us a huge amount of good."
Ireland was first on the board when an opening on the right flank allowed Andrew Conway to run down the middle, break a tackle and dot down for the first of his hat-trick, Joe Carbery converting to take the score to 7-0. Called for not rolling away several minutes later, the Irish gave USA an opportunity to kick for points but the ball went wide.
The Eagles finally claimed points of their own when a perfect lineout throw by Joe Taufete'e allowed him to reclaim the ball and crush his way through the opposition to make it, 7-7.
With the scoreline even and plenty of time to play, the Irish were quick to answer back. On a wide break on the left side, Ireland overcame an Eagles’ tackle and kept their attack flowing on the right edge to punch the ball in through Conway, claiming a brace in the first quarter, 7-14.
Punished by a penalty on a driving maul, the Irish next gave up a penalty try to the Eagles to even the score again. But an offside call on USA allowed Carbery to go for posts and the home team had once again reclaimed the lead, 17-14.
The Irish notched one more just before halftime with their No. 8, Jack Conan, finding space down the middle to runaway with a 24-14 lead.
Despite a few critical moments, the Eagles had capped off a good first half of play. With an opportunity to build on moments of strength in the first half, the visitors still had every chance of walking away with another victory.
When play resumed, however, the tables had quickly turned as a hard knock to Joe Taufete'e forced him to be carted off the pitch.
The Irish were vigilant through the remainder of the game, using unmatched pressure to force three consecutive scrum penalties and nail another try.
An error-ridden second half stopped a multitude of opportunities for the United States, paving the way for Ireland to drive in another four unanswered tries through Tadgh Beirne, Stuart McCloskey, Quinn Roux and Conway. The scoreline could have been increased once more, less a forward pass on a breakaway, chip-kick score that was called back by the TMO.
With the Irish up 50-14 and one final play to go, the Eagles defence put up a final fight but could not contain one last Ireland converted try through John Ryan, taking the final hammering to 57-14.
Though the United States men did not conclude their 2018 year in the way they had hoped, the loss does little to erase the heroic victories that captured the season.
Opening the year by claiming their second consecutive Americas Rugby Championship title - the only team to have done so by winning all five matches - certainly charted an impressive course.
15 Will Addison 14 Andrew Conway 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Darren Sweetnam 10 Joey Carbery 9 John Cooney 1 Dave Kilcoyne 2 Niall Scannell 3 Finlay Bealham 4 Tadhg Beirne 5 Iain Henderson 6 RHYS RUDDOCK (C) 7 Jordi Murphy 8 Jack Conan BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Cian Healy 18 John Ryan 19 Quinn Roux 20 Josh van der Flier 21 Luke McGrath 22 Ross Byrne 23 Sam Arnold
SCORERS T: Conway (3), Conan, Beirne, McCloskey, Roux, Ryan C: Carbery (7) P: Carbery Henderson
15 Will Hooley 14 BLAINE SCULLY (C) 13 Bryce Campbell 12 Paul Lasike 11 Marcel Brache 10 Will Magie 9 Shaun Davies 1 Titi Lamositele 2 Joe Taufete'e 3 Paul Mullen 4 Greg Peterson 5 Nick Civetta 6 John Quill 7 Hanco Germishuys 8 Cam Dolan BENCH: 16 Dylan Fawsitt 17 Chance Wenglewski* 18 Dino Waldren 19 Samu Manoa 20 David Tameilau 21 Ruben de Haas 22 Gannon Moore 23 Ryan Matyas
SCORERS T: Taufete’e, PT C: Magie
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe Asst Referees: Nic Berry, Marius Mitrea TMO: Ian Davies
Stade de France - Saturday 24 November 2018
KO: 21:05 HT: 14-12 Att: 81,308
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
France 0-0 Fiji France and Fiji are out, yet another sing-song on this Saturday of rugby
France 0-0 Fiji 1m Fiji kick off this game, France gather and carry through Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin clears and finds touch around halfway
France 0-0 Fiji 2m Fiji gather the attacking lineout and carry beyond the 10m line, they spread the ball left to Vereniki Goneva then Sam Matavesi who kicks and chases, it is unsuccessful and the French have a 22 drop out
France 0-0 Fiji 4m The drop out is gathered but held up in a maul, the subsequent French scrum is secured and Serin is told to use it, Fiji steal the ball and attack on halfway
France 0-0 Fiji 4m France will have the lineout after the Volavola kick goes straight out, halfway lineout will surely lead to a training ground move...
France 0-0 Fiji 5m A training ground move in lineout defence maybe, Fiji send France backward beyond their 10m line and the French reset the play before illegal rucking gives Fiji a penalty beyond the French 10m line
France 0-0 Fiji 6m Fiji kick towards the corner, the lineout is lost though and the French aim to clear, the clearing kick is charged beyond the dead ball line and it will be a Fiji attacking scrum
France 0-0 Fiji 7m The Fijian scrummaging machine holds firm and the ball comes out, it is knocked forward in the tackle and France clear to the 10m line... Fiji looking up for this one tonight
France 0-0 Fiji 8m The lineout is secured and Fiji attack to beyond the 10m line, the men in white kick over the top of the defence but the chasers are offside, France penalty just inside their own half, Camille Lopez kicks deep into Fijian territory
France 0-0 Fiji 9m The French lineout is gathered and the men in blue look to drive the ball, they roll over the 22m line before using the ball, after three phases, the ball is lost forward and Fiji will aim to attack from deep with a scrum
France 0-0 Fiji 11m Fiji secure their scrum at the second attempt and charge down the left wing but it is knocked on just shy of the 10m line and France will have a scrum of their own
France 0-0 Fiji 15m The Fijian scrum defence is non-existent and France get the penalty, Baptiste Serin points to the posts but fails to dissect them
France 0-0 Fiji 15m From the 22 drop out, Fiji kick long and France look to attack from their own 10m line, the men in blue kick high and Fiji knock on the ball into touch while gathering
France 0-0 Fiji 16m France secure their lineout and look to drive into Fijian territory, they fail to breach with the maul and spread wide but it is knocked on by Arthur Iturria
France 0-0 Fiji 19m Fiji once more secure their scrum and kick in first phase, France return the favour and Fiji look to attack in their own half, France concede a rucking penalty and Fiji boot the ball into French territory
France 0-0 Fiji 20m That kick was incredible, landing on the 5m line from his own half, the Fijian forwards secure the lineout and drive, the ball goes nowhere and Fiji are forced to use it
France 0-7 Fiji 20m Quick ball gives Semi Radradra 12m out who runs through Serin, Mathieu Bastareaud and Sebastian Vahaamahina to score, the Volavola conversion is successful
France 0-7 Fiji 22m France are attacking from their own half under advantage, Fiji don't roll and France look to kick deep into Fijian territory
France 0-7 Fiji 23m The home side secure the lineout and drive beyond the 22, the maul rumbles towards the line and is 10m out, under penalty advantage, France Teddy Thomas gets the ball but France fail to make the most of the ball, back for the pen
France 5-7 Fiji 25m The home side win their attacking lineout and drive yet again, they crashing over the line and it is Guilhem Guirado who scores
France 7-7 Fiji 26m The conversion is successful from Baptiste Serin
France 7-7 Fiji 26m Fiji will have a scrum after the kick-off is knocked on by Thomas on the right wing
France 7-7 Fiji 27m The away scrum is good and Fiji break into the 22, Radradra carries deep into the 22 but Fiji are pinged for rucking illegalities, France clear
France 7-7 Fiji 28m French lineout but the setpiece is appalling from Les Bleus and it's a scrum to Fiji - which takes a while to set...
France 7-12 Fiji 30m Meanwhile, Fiji's setpiece appears to have no such issues, and wing Josua Tuisova jinks and dances round any French defence to find the whitewash for a second score, off of an excellent pass from Ben Volavola
France 7-12 Fiji 31m The conversion is yanked wide, but if Fiji keep up like this, it may not matter much
France 7-12 Fiji 33m It's Volavola who makes another break and looks dangerous, and a perfectly angled offload is collected beautifully by Peceli Yato - but Les Bleus promptly cut him down and advantage being played for France
France 7-12 Fiji 34m France take play back over halfway into Fijian territory and a scrum occurs, resulting in a Fiji penalty for Jefferson Poirot going to early in the front row...
France 7-12 Fiji 35m Fiji defensive scrum and they head towards halfway but the ball is knocked on and France have the advantage again...
France 7-12 Fiji 36m France head towards the Fijian 22 but the ball is very deftly stolen at the breakdown and Semi Radradra hands off to Niki Goneva sprints to the whitewash and round towards the posts to score!
France 7-12 Fiji 37m But before the try is awarded, the TMO is checking to make sure Radradra is onside as he picks up the ball from the ruck; Ref Carley says he thinks it's on side but needs to see evidence...
France 7-12 Fiji 37m What a try from Goneva - but Radradra is deemed to be offside - no try; officials don't bother checking whether Les Bleus knocked the ball on first at the breakdown
France 7-12 Fiji 38m France are happy to breathe a sigh of relief and play on quickly, charging into the Fijian 22 and have an attacking 5m scrum...which collapses
France 7-12 Fiji 39m French scrum goes again - it doesn't collapse this time but the front row pops up - another reset...
France 7-12 Fiji 40+1 After far too much chatting, the scrum gets underway for a third time and this time it's operational, Mathieu Bastareaud carrying forward like the monster he is, right up to the posts but not quite far enough...
France 7-12 Fiji 40+3 Fijian defence is pretty impressive and Les Bleus are forced back, lose ground, Louis Picamoles tries again - no go - recycling repeatedly and advantage being played...
France 7-12 Fiji 40+4 Viliame Mata pinged first followed by Jale Vatubua offside; it's an easy three points for the French right in front of the post, but captain Guilhem Guirado signals the corner instead
France 12-12 Fiji 40+5 The lineout is good and it's Guirado who lands the touch down after Les Bleus heave towards the tryline
France 14-12 Fiji 40+6 Baptiste Serin lands the conversion and France go into the break ahead for the first time
France 14-12 Fiji HT T: Guirado (2) C: Serin (2) | T: Radradra, Tuisova C: Volavola
France 14-12 Fiji 41m We're back for the second half and this match is still anyone's - here's hoping Fiji's running rugby encourages French flair for electric last 40 minutes...
France 14-12 Fiji 42m A penalty comes to the visitors early on, and Volavola tees up in the hope of regaining the lead and punishing the folly of Les Bleus
France 14-15 Fiji 43m Of course Volavola has no issues at all with his task, unsurprising since he plays his rugby in France for #Racing92 so knows his opposition better than most
France 14-15 Fiji 51m Apologies followers of this match. @hootsuite' s social media platform has crashed - they are not responding and we're a bit bloody furious. Will have to post separately now so will take longer
France 14-15 Fiji 53m In the meantime, Fiji scored a try which was disallowed, and heaps of changes have poured on from both sides...
France 14-15 Fiji 55m For Fiji, Eroni Mawi, Kalivati Tawake & Semi Kunatani on for Campese Ma'afu, Manasa Saulo & Mata
France 14-15 Fiji 56m For France, Demba Bamba, Felix Lambey & Antoine Dupont on for Rabah Slimani, Sébastien Vahaamahina & Serin
France 14-18 Fiji 57m Les Bleus make another mistake which is punished by Volavola with another 3 points...
France 14-18 Fiji 58m Dany Priso on for Poirot | Alivereti Veitokani replaces Metuisela Talebula
France 14-18 Fiji 60m While Fiji are all over Les Bleus and are threatening the dangerzone yet again, Kélian Galletier replaces Arthur Iturria
France 14-18 Fiji 62m Fiji are pressurising the French whitewash and the homeside's defence will need to kick up another gear as it looks like the ball is over...but not quite this time...
France 14-18 Fiji 64m After c.5 minutes of consistent pressure, France can breathe a sigh of relief as play is forced away from the French 22 thanks to good defensive action and over halfway, Les Bleus finally in possession
France 14-18 Fiji 66m Time off for Picamoles to get some medical attention before a French attacking lineout goes well on the Fijian 10m...
France 14-18 Fiji 67m France are making yards into the Fijian 22 in a firm and steady fashion, while Picamoles goes down again, Fijian defence causing issues but nothing Les Bleus can't handle
France 14-18 Fiji 68m Time off for Picamoles again as blood pours from his forehead - we all know it's the worst place to be cut for dramatic effect; he is shaken and unstable after he drove well but Guirado's boot caught his head at the breakdown
France 14-18 Fiji 68m Iturria replaces Picamoles who is helped off, while Julien Marchand replaces Guirado
France 14-18 Fiji 69m Albert Tuisue, Henry Seniloli & Eroni Sau have come on for Tevita Cavubati, Frank Lomani & Tuisova
France 14-18 Fiji 70m Les Bleus, meanwhile are now all over the Fijian tryline and are trying to forge a way through, though the defence is proving problematic...
France 14-18 Fiji 72m As more changes come for France, the Fijians are holding out the French with some passion, even though the homeside are right on top of their tryline...
France 14-18 Fiji 74m Geoffrey Doumayrou has replaced Gaël Fickou but still Les Bleus can't find any crack to slip through; Fiji are putting every ounce of effort they have to keep the French off the tryline
France 14-18 Fiji 75m A much needed time off occurs for both sides to take a breath after such intense pressure for two monster sides
France 14-18 Fiji 77m Play resumes with a Fiji defensive scrum deep in their 22...and they win it well to clear the French well out of their 22
France 14-18 Fiji 78m Anthony Belleau has come on for Camille Lopez, Mesulame Dolokoto for Matavesi and the Fijians are now all over the French tryline!
France 14-18 Fiji 80m The French defence holds on for dear life to stop another try, and as the clock turns through 80, Fiji can take the win easily, but they stop, and have a chat instead since Les Bleus have given them a penalty in their 22
France 14-18 Fiji 80+1m France offside really could have been it, but Volavola decides he wants another 3 points - and it could go wrong if it's doesn't go through and the ball is kept alive...
France 14-21 Fiji 80+2m But the fly half knows his target well and kicks the penalty perfectly for a superb and well-deserved win, especially with Les Bleus losing their shape after their captain went off
15 Benjamin Fall 14 Teddy Thomas 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Gaël Fickou 11 Yoann Huget 10 Camille Lopez 9 Baptiste Serin 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina 5 Yoan Maestri 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Julien Marchand 17 Dany Priso 18 Demba Bamba 19 Felix Lambey 20 Kélian Galletier 21 Antoine Dupont 22 Anthony Belleau 23 Geoffrey Doumayrou
SCORERS T: Guirado (2) C: Serin (2)
15 Metuisela Talebula 14 Josua Tuisova 13 Semi Radradra 12 Jale Vatubua 11 Vereniki Goneva 10 Ben Volavola 9 Frank Lomani 1 Campese Ma'afu 2 Sam Matavesi 3 Manasa Saulo 4 Tevita Cavubati 5 Leone Nakarawa 6 DOMINIKO WAQANIBUROTU (C) 7 Peceli Yato 8 Viliame Mata BENCH: 16 Mesulame Dolokoto 17 Eroni Mawi 18 Kalivati Tawake 19 Albert Tuisue 20 Semi Kunatani 21 Henry Seniloli 22 Alivereti Veitokani 23 Eroni Sau
SCORERS T: Radradra, Tuisova C: Volavola P: Volavola (3)
Referee: Matt Carley Asst Referees: Tom Foley, Shuhei Kubo TMO: Rowan Kitt
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