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JapanJAPAN 28 - 0 GEORGIAGeorgia

Toyota Stadium, Toyota - Saturday 23 June 2018
KO: 14:45 HT: 9-0 Att: tbc

Japan15 Ryuji Noguchi 14 Lomano Lemeki 13 Timothy Lafaele 12 Harumichi Tatekawa 11 Akihito Yamada 10 Yu Tamura 9 Yutaka Nagare 8 Amanaki Mafi Shunsuke Nunomaki 6 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 5 Samuela Anise 4 Shinya Makabe 3 Ji-Won Koo 2 Shota Horie 1 Keita Inagaki BENCH: 16 Yusuke Niwai 17 Shintaro Ishihara 18 Wimpie van der Walt 19 Kazuki Himeno 20 Masakatsu Nishikawa 21 Fumiaki Tanaka 22 Rikiya Matsuda

SCORERS T: van der Walt, Lemeki, Himeno C: Tamura (2) P: Tamura (2), Noguchi

Georgia15 Merab Kvirikashvili 14 Sandro Todua 13 Davit Kacharava 12 Giorgi Kveseladze 11 Soso Matiashvili 10 Lasha Khmaladze 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 8 Otar Giorgadze 7 Vito Kolelishvili 6 Giorgi Tsutskiridze 5 Kote Mikautadze 4 GIORGI NEMSADZE (C) 3 Irakli Mirtskhulava 2 Jaba Bregvadze 1 Kakha Asieshvili BENCH: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili 17 Zurab Zhvania 18 Giorgi Melikidze 19 Nodar Tcheishvili 20 Mikheil Gachechiladze 21 Giorgi Begadze 22 Lasha Malaghuradze 23 Anzor Sitchinava 

SCORERS Yellow Card Kolelishvili

Referee: Nigel Owens Asst. Referees: Nick Briant, Nic Berry TMO: Shane McDermott




FijiFIJI 19 - 27 TONGATonga

Churchill Park, Lautoka - Saturday 23 June 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-7 Att: tbc 

Fiji15 Kini Murimurivalu 14 Timoci Nagusa 13 Vereniki Goneva 12 Jale Vatubua 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Ben Volavola 9 Frank Lomani 1 Campese Ma’afu 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga 3 Manasa Saulo 4 Viliame Mata 5 Leone Nakarawa 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu 7 Mosese Voka 8 AKAPUSI QERA (C) BENCH: 16 Tuvere Vugakoto 17 Peni Ravai 18 Mosese Ducivaki 19 Albert Tuisue 20 Nemani Nagusa 21 Seru Vularika 22 Alivereti Veitokani 23 Sevanaia Galala

SCORERS T: Lomani, Goneva, Mata C: Volavola (2) Yellow Card Goneva

Tonga15 David Halaifonua 14 Viliami Lolohea 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Cooper Vuna 11 Penikolo Latu 10 Kurt Morath 9 Sonatane Takulua 1 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi 2 Paula Ngauamo 3 Siua Halanukonuka 4 Leva Fifita 5 Steve Mafi 6 Maama Vaipulu 7 Fotu Lokotui 8 Nasi Manu BENCH: 16 Sefo Sakalia 17 Ben Tameifuna 18 David Fe’ao 19 Daniel Faleafa 20 Mike Faleafa 21 Shinnosuke Tu’umoto’oa 22 Latiume Fosita 23 James Faiva

SCORERS T: Ngauamo, Mafi, Daniel Faleafa C: Takulua (3) P: Takulua (2)

Referee: Luke Pearce Asst. Referees: Brendon Pickerill, Jordan Way TMO: Ian Smith




CanadaCANADA 17 - 42 USAUSA

Wanderers Grounds, Halifax NS - Saturday 23 June 2018
KO: 16:00 HT: 3-13 Att: tbc

Canada15 Pat Parfrey 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Ben LeSage 12 Nick Blevins 11 Kainoa Lloyd 10 Shane O’Leary 9 Phil Mack 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Josh Larsen 5 Evan Olmstead 6 LUCAS RUMBALL (C) 7 Matt Heaton 8 Luke Campbell BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Noah Barker 18 Ryan Kotlewski 19 Paul Ciulini 20 Dustin Dobravsky 21 Jorden Sandover-Best 2 Guiseppe du Toit 23 Theo Sauder

SCORERS T: Olmstead, Hassler C: O'Leary (2) P: O'Leary

USA15 Will Hooley 14 BLAINE SCULLY (C) 13 Marcel Brache 12 Paul Lasike 11 Nate Augspurger 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Shaun Davies 1 Eric Fry 2 Dylan Fawsitt 3 Paul Mullen 4 Samu Manoa 5 Nick Civetta 6 Ben Landry 7 Hanco Germishuys 8 Cam Dolan BENCH: 16 Chris Baumann 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Olive Kilifi 19 Greg Peterson 20 Vili Toluta'u* 21 Ruben de Haas 22 Will Magie 23 Bryce Campbell

SCORERS T: Dolan (3), Augspurger, Scully, de Haas C: MacGinty (3) P: MacGinty (2)

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz Asst. Referees: Wayne Barnes, Federico Anselmi




ArgentinaARGENTINA 15 - 44 SCOTLANDScotland

Estadio Centenario, Resistencia - Saturday 23 June 2018
KO: 16:40 HT: 3-36 Att: 22,340


Pumas v  Scotland Ten minutes til KO; the Pumas have lost 2 matches so far to Wales & Scotland 1 of 2, losing to the USA but beating Canada on this Summer Tour
Pumas v  Scotland A minute's silence for a former Pumas coach who passed away earlier this week before the anthems
Pumas v  Scotland Almost ready for KO in Argentina; the teams:
Pumas v  Scotland Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst. Referees: Jaco Peyper, Andrew Brace TMO: Marius Jonker
Pumas v  Scotland Nicolás Sánchez is ready to KO this final match coached by Daniel Hourcade who resigned last week...
Pumas 0-5 Scotland 1m The Scots are in possession and in the Pumas half as they shoot from the 10m to the 22 led by Adam Hastings to George Horne who scores his first try for his country
Pumas 0-7 Scotland 2m Pete Horne adds the extras and the Scots have made a marvellous start to the match
Pumas 0-7 Scotland 3m So many family connections with big bro Pete complementing little bro George's try; and in case you were wondering, that Hastings boy...he's Gavin's son
Pumas 0-7  Scotland 4m Time off and the stretcher is on after Tim Swinson goes down injured after the next phases of play; Ben Toolis replaces him
Pumas 0-7  Scotland 5m play resumes with a Scottish defensive scrum, but the penalty is quickly taken by the Pumas and they reach the Scottish 22 before possession is reversed at eh breakdown
Pumas 0-7  Scotland 6m A defensive Scottish scrum on their 22 is far better led this time and quickly the Scots are up to the midfield; the crowd are far more active this week too
Pumas 0-12  Scotland 8m The Scots struggle to get past the Pumas defence for a minute or two, until the ball is hurled out wide and Nick Grigg makes a superb break, offloading to Blair Kinghorn who scores under the posts
Pumas 0-14  Scotland 9m Pete H adds the extras and this cold be a long and rotten afternoon for the Pumas
Pumas 0-14  Scotland 11m The Pumas look a tad more proactive and they fight to the midfield but the defence is solid; Pablo Matera crosses into the Scottish half of the field eventually...
Pumas 0-14  Scotland 12m Leonardo Senatore makes a break and Bautista Delguy is a little further ahead but they get turned over at the breakdown & the Scots thump the ball over halfway
Pumas 0-19  Scotland 13m It's a lineout outside the Pumas taken easily by Dave Denton, collected by captain Stuart McInally who is flanked by the Horne brothers as he charges unhindered under the posts for a third try already
Pumas 0-21  Scotland 14m Pete H adds the conversion and the Scots are scoring points faster than time!
Pumas 0-21  Scotland 16m The restart has the Pumas deep in the Scots 22, but the ball is in the hands of McInally for a defensive 5m scrum...
Pumas 3-21  Scotland 17m ...and the Pumas scrum is strong enough to steal the scrum penalty which Sánchez pops over with ease to get the Pumas on the board
Pumas 3-21  Scotland 18m As the rain comes in hard, the Scots are up to the Pumas 22 and are not having an easy ride as before as they are forced back to the 10m
Pumas 3-21  Scotland 19m Hastings grubber kicks the ball through to touch for an Argentinean defensive lineout in their 22...
Pumas 3-21  Scotland 20m ...the rain eases and the throw goes long to put the Scots within centimetres of the tryline
Pumas 3-26  Scotland 21m It's not a straightforward hit & run attack, but Magnus Bradbury finds the whitewash to score a 4th try under the post
Pumas 3-28  Scotland 22m Pete H could probably convert all these tries with his eyes shut since they are all directly in front of the posts; no.4 over & clear
Pumas 3-28  Scotland 23m The rain comes hard again, the Scots just offload in balletic fashion from the centre of the pitch out wide and it looks like an easy fifth, but Fraser Brown knocks it on centimetres short of the corner
Pumas 3-28  Scotland 24m It's a defensive 5m scrum for the Pumas and they must get this right to move the Scots away from scoring again too quickly
Pumas 3-28  Scotland 25m The setpiece is well executed and the clear gives the Scots a lineout outside of the Pumas 22
Pumas 3-28  Scotland 26m A Scots penalty on the 22 is about to be tapped just as Sánchez goes offside far too early, giving the Scots the chance of a three-pointer this time to vary the scoring a tad no doubt...
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 27m The pace of Scottish point scoring may have slowed a tad, but it's still ahead of the minutes passed as Pete H adds the penalty kick to his tally
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 28m The Scots have their foot on the Pumas neck again already at the 22, but the ball is turned & Emiliano Boffelli clears well to put the Pumas back over halfway
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 29m Advantage being played as the Pumas approach the Scottish 22 and Stuart Hogg is unimpressed with the ref's ruling of a knock on by Dougie Fife
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 30m The Pumas kick to the corner for a 5m lineout which starts off so well, but the pass to Tomás Lezana is very poor and the penalty is directly handed to the Scots to escape a try
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 32m Plenty of faffing around the Scottish defensive scrum which has to be reset before we can get on with the game...
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 33m Captain Agustín Creevy is not happy with Simon Berghan's post scrum-win behaviour and he just holds himself back from drawing his handbag...ref has a word with Berghan
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 34m The Scots force the Pumas way back to the midfield, but Delguy weaves through the defence and the Scots infringe to hand over a penalty
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 34m Sánchez finds touch for a Pumas penalty on the Scots 22 and they do well to hold onto the ball, a maul forming and penalty goes to the Pumas
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 36m Berghan asks a lot of questions of the Ref before we can get on with the scrum, which the Pumas do win but get turned over at the breakdown
Pumas 3-31  Scotland 37m At the next breakdown, Senatore does brilliantly to get over the ball, but his weight distribution takes him too far and he's off his feet before he gets it away; penalty Scotland
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 38m The Scots are fierce in their attack & the ball goes wide, Hastings hitting it high for Georgie to collect & fly over in the corner for a 6th try for Scotland and a brace for the newbie on his 2nd appearance for the national side
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 39m It was George H who kicks to Hastings before he scored, but it's a kick too far for big bro Pete H
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 40m There's just time for the restart but as soon as the siren goes, George kicks it into touch from the back of the ruck

Pumas 3-36  Scotland HT P: Sánchez | T: George Horne (2), Kinghorn, McInally, Bradbury C: Pete Horne (4) P: Pete Horne

Pumas 3-36  Scotland 41m The Scots return with just as much verve as they finished off the last half and get awfully close to scoring, but the whistle goes
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 42m Penalty to the Pumas for Pete H making an off the ball tackle
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 43m No changes at halftime but Fraser Brown is down injured, getting attention
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 44m Creevy's lineout goes long again - someone of his calibre really shouldn't be making such elementary mistakes
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 45m The Scots are in possession but back in their own half, and have a defensive scrum
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 46m Again the setting of the scrum takes forever, before the Scots win it; Marcos Kremer has replaced Matera
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 47m Hastings chips the ball wide into Pumas hands and they drive the Scots back further into their half; changes coming
Pumas 3-36  Scotland 48m Julián Montoya & Santiago García Botta replace Creevy & Javier Díaz | Jamie Bhatti & Zander Fagerson on for Berghan & Allan Dell
Pumas 8-36  Scotland 50m Tho the Scots turned over the ball again momentarily, Lezana found the space to score for the homeside much to the pleasure of the crowd
Pumas 10-36  Scotland 51m Sánchez adds the extras and the Pumas can take some heart and confidence for that try which wasn't hard work
Pumas 10-41  Scotland 53m But whatever the Pumas can do, the Scots can do better, and this time it's Fife who finds the tryline
Pumas 10-41  Scotland 55m Matías Alemanno is replaced by Tomás Lavanini
Pumas 10-41  Scotland 54m Pete H isn't having such a great time off the boot now, and he misses another conversion
Pumas 10-41  Scotland 56m Gonzalo Bertranou & Santiago González Iglesias replace Landajo & Bautista Ezcurra
Pumas 15-41  Scotland 58m Meanwhile, the Pumas have got a taste for scoring and newly arrived González Iglesias secures the grounding of the ball, confirmed by replays on the big screen after the TMO loses his screens in the truck!
Pumas 15-41  Scotland 59m Sánchez misses the conversion while Jamie Richie & Chris Harris replace Grigg & Brown
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 61m But as quickly as the Pumas are adding points, they are giving them away in the form of more penalties, and Pete H adds an easy 3-pointer just 19m out from the uprights
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 63m That penalty gives all the players a breather as the weather still isn't great and the action has been full on still going into the final quarter
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 65m Santiago Medrano replaces Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro while Sebastían Cancelliere makes a delightful break, running rings round the Scots defence, but doesn't finish with a try
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 66m Sam Hidalgo-Clyne & George Turner replace McInally & George Horne after an excellent shift
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 68m Juan Cruz Mallía has come on for Matías Orlando while the Pumas have has most of the territory and possession for the last few minutes, looking far stronger
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 71m Time off in the midfield before a scrum while James Lang replaces Hastings; Kremer gets attention but plays on
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 72m It' a Scottish scrum and then firmly keep hold of the ball while approaching the Pumas 22 but they aren't making ground as quickly as earlier, the defence slowing them down
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 73m But Lang knocks on, handing the penalty to the Pumas, who win another soon after and they take play towards their 10m...
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 74m However, a poor tackle gives possession back to Scotland and Hogg thumps it to the corner for a 5m lineout
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 75m The Scots setpiece does not go as practiced, and the Pumas have a 5m defensive scrum, sending the ball wide as the Pumas struggle to escape their 22...
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 76m Eventually the Pumas find a way out and they hurtle towards the Scots 22 and are so far ahead, they hardly hear the Ref's whistle
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 77m The Pumas are mightily unhappy as the Touch judge sticks his flag up for a foot allegedly in touch; and we just couldn't have an entire match without more pathetic reffing could we
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 78m The replay shows the Scotsman landed in touch but missed the player who did not infringe at all. Anyway, Andrew Brace screwed that up for the Pumas while the Scots take their lineout back in the Pumas' half
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 78m The Scots make a hash of their lineout and the penalty goes to the Pumas who opt for a lineout on their own 10m, but it's stolen by the Scots
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 79m The visitors are pushed back into their own half and the defence is determined to keep them on that side...
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 80m The Scots take the kicking option as they cannot escape their half, and the ball finds touch for a Scots lineout outside the Pumas 22
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 80+1m The ball is kept in play and a penalty comes to the Pumas who want to continue the game...& the Ref allows it to go on
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 80+2m Pumas lineout is good just inside the Scots half and they play the width of the pitch before they make any ground going forward
Pumas 15-44  Scotland 80+3m Medrano comes in from an offside position on Gilchrist and finally the ball is kicked dead by Hogg
SERIES RESULTS:  Scotland win their series, beating Canada 48-10, Pumas 44-15 tho losing to USA 30-29 | Pumas lose their series with 2 losses to Wales 10-23 & 12-30, as well as this one to Scotland

Argentina15 Emiliano Boffelli 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Matías Orlando 12 Bautista Ezcurra 11 Sebastían Cancelliere 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 1 Javier Diaz 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 4 Guido Petti 5 Matías Alemanno 6 Pablo Matera 7 Tomás Lezana 8 Leonardo Senatore BENCH: 16 Julián Montoya 17 Santiago García Botta 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Marcos Kremer 20 Tomás Lavanini 21 Gonzalo Bertranou 22 Santiago González Iglesias 23 Juan Cruz Mallía

SCORERS T: Lezana, Orlando C: Sánchez P: Sánchez

Scotland15 Stuart Hogg 14 Dougie Fife 13 Nick Grigg 12 Pete Horne 11 Blair Kinghorn 10 Adam Hastings 9 George Horne 1 Allan Dell 2 STUART MCINALLY (C) 3 Simon Berghan 4 Tim Swinson 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Magnus Bradbury 7 Fraser Brown 8 David Denton BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Ben Toolis 20 Jamie Ritchie 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 23 Chris Harris

SCORERS T: George Horne (2), Kinghorn, McInally, Bradbury, Fife C: Pete Horne (4) P: Pete Horne (2)

Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst. Referees: Jaco Peyper, Andrew Brace TMO: Marius Jonker




South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 10 - 25 ENGLANDEngland

DHL Newlands, Cape Town - Saturday 23 June 2018
KO: 17:05 HT: 3-6 Att: tbc


Boks v England Penultimate Summer Tours match close to KO in a v damp, monsoon-like Cape Town, where even Table Mountain is hiding! The Teams:
Boks v England The English anthem is done, The SA anthem is underway, and we are minutes away from KO
Boks v England Referee: Glen Jackson Asst. Referees: Romain Poite, Ben O'Keeffe TMO: Simon McDowell
Boks v England It will be fascinating to see if Danny Cipriani at 10 with Faz at 12 is a combination that Eddie Jones won't be able to resist again in the future...
Boks v England Owen Farrell, England's captain is presented with a ceremonial African sword before all the fanfare is cleared away at Newlands...
Boks 0-0 England 1m Without much ado, the starting whistle is blown and a kicking game ensues as the pitch is already cutting up
Boks 0-0 England 2m Jonny May calls the mark for his first ball, and it takes an age for Ben Youngs to dig out the ball from the ruck before he clears it away from his 22
Boks 0-0 England 3m Next ruck closer to the 10m and Youngs is still slow getting the ball away - Boks ball on the halfway
Boks 0-0 England 4m Bok lineout inside the England 10m and the visitors pinged quickly for going too early; Elton Jantjies indicates the posts for his first penalty kick...
Boks 0-0 England 5m ...and he's hopeful, but still misses so the score is still nil all
Boks 0-0 England 6m England's lightning quick starts from the last two matches has not yet materialised...and Kyle Sinckler is pinged for off his feet, but it's ridiculously wet out there and players will slip at the breakdown
Boks 0-0 England 7m Bok ball in the midfield is kicked to May who slinks ahead a good few yards before the ball is cleared back to the Boks
Boks 0-0 England 8m Ball comes back to the men in white through Maro Itoje and a penalty s coming to the visitors too
Boks 0-3 England 9m That penalty comes and Faz tees up from in front of the posts though back up towards the midfield, and he opens England's account
Boks 0-3 England 10m A much less frantic start than the previous fortnight, but there is definitely a sense of calm across the pitch
Boks 0-3 England 11m England definitely appear more composed and are holding their counsel with discipline, so far at least; Bok lineout is fine but quickly they hand over a penalty to England in their own half
Boks 0-3 England 13m The ball finds May and he makes a break before chipping over the top, but can't reach it before Pieter-Steph du Toit
Boks 0-3 England 14m England work steadily to make ground up and are facing the Bok scrum on the Bok 10m - has to be reset
Boks 0-3 England 15m Jantjies kicks the ball clear into the England half, but captain Siya Kolisi pinged for kicking the ball away from the ruck
Boks 0-3 England 16m Territory favouring the Boks so far as they set up a lineout deep in England territory but it's Jamie George's throw in and the visitors clear the Boks back with a good kick from Youngs
Boks 0-3 England 17m Possession has been evenly dispersed so far; Boks defensive scrum and Itoje is prevented from stealing the ball at the breakdown as he's overrun with incoming Boks
Boks 0-3 England 19m Jantjies kicks to touch for a lineout on England's 22 which results in an England defensive scrum just inside
Boks 0-3 England 20m An entertaining sight as Nathan Hughes comes away with the ball but tiny Faf de Klerk - who barely reaches his waist - lays into him tight & hard to push him back towards the whitewash with some energy and pace!
Boks 0-3 England 21m Into the second quarter, and the Boks come away from that foray in the England 2 with nothing; England lineout back up at the midfield
Boks 0-3 England 23m A lovely run from Mike Brown deep into Bok territory, and good pay between Cipriani and Faz as they reach towards the Bok 22, but England get turned over
Boks 0-3 England 25m Boks kick to touch for a lineout; England still holding the Boks in their own half, despite de Klerk attempting to kick them clear to halfway
Boks 0-3 England 25m England scrum on halfway after a Bok knock on - it goes down and has to be reset
Boks 0-3 England 26m England make a few yards before Elliot Day releases to Faz who chips across the field back into the Bok half
Boks 0-3 England 27m Tom Curry wins the ball for England at the breakdown and Daly kicks to touch but it goes too long
Boks 0-3 England 29m Back for a defensive scrum for the Boks on the 10m and quickly they are inside England's 10m, but England have regained possession
Boks 0-3 England 30m A kicking game ensues, and neither side have much accuracy, this time Jantjies giving England an attacking lineout inside the Bok 10m
Boks 0-3 England 31m England could have made ground there but it's the Boks who nick the ball and charge towards the England 22, chasing the ball chipped ahead, but May gets to it...
Boks 0-3 England 32m ...and he runs away, behind the goal lie to the far side and kicks the ball away in a slight Benny Hill comedy moment! Great work from May tho to not get caught and done over #Rugby
Boks 0-3 England 34m The kick gives the Boks an attacking lineout but England wrestle the ball away at the breakdown, winning their defensive scrum, clearing the Boks from their half
Boks 0-3 England 35m Neither team as yet has threatened the other's tryline, but England are in the Bok 22 again and a penalty is coming to the visitors
Boks 0-6 England 36m Whistle goes for the penalty and pretty much from in front of the posts, inside the 22, Faz doubles England's score
Boks 0-6 England 36m The Bok restart is well taken by England and Youngs again actually kicks half-decently - a trait obviously missing for the last two tests
Boks 0-6 England 38m Some very odd screaming erupts after England win their defensive lineout; Brownie carries the ball but it slips out of his hands for a Bok scrum just inside the England half
Boks 0-6 England 39m de Klerk secures his scrum ball but the Boks are trapped back within the England 10m from pressure from the  England defence
Boks 0-6 England 40m Eventually the Boks escape and head towards the 22, England handing over a kickable penalty as the halftime siren is heard
Boks 3-6 England 40+1m Jantjies tees up from just 30m out, in front of the posts, with a war-like wound slashed across his cheek oozing claret slowly, and he is right on target giving the Bok 3 much needed points going into the break

Boks 3-6 England HT P: Jantjies | P: Farrell (2)

Boks 3-6 England 41m The Bok coaching box is up in arms as Jantjies starts the second half with all the time and space in the world to catch a mediocre box kick from Youngs, and he can't
Boks 3-6 England 43m The result is an attacking scrum for England which they neatly win, and Faz tees up to add another 3-pointer from 38 metres out, wide of centre...
Boks 3-9 England 44m Saracens teammate of Faz et al, Schalk Brits, grins hugely as he returns to Newlands after many years at Allianz Park, alongside Thomas du Toit and Steven Kitshoff replacing Chiliboy Ralepelle, Frans Malherbe & The Beast
Boks 8-9 England 45m Quite obviously changing the squad so early was a good move as Kitshoff make an immediate impact and Jesse Kriel skids over the tryline to score
Boks 10-9 England 47m Jantjies rediscovers his form and adds the extras to put the Boks in front for the first time this match
Boks 10-9 England 48m The Boks attempt an attack again in the midfield, but Warrick Gelant comes into the ruck from the side, handing Faz a chance to regain the lead...
Boks 10-12 England 49m Faz is perfectly on target, and as England quickly go back in front, Willie le Roux replaces S'busiso Nkosi on the wing
Boks 10-12 England 50m In the England camp, Harry Williams replaces Sinckler in the front row
Boks 10-12 England 52m Gallant may have aided the excellent Kriel try, but again he falters as the Ref repeatedly tells him he's offside, ruining Kitshoff's opportunity
Boks 10-12 England 53m Daly tees up the 44 metre penalty kick at goal, but it just passes by the upright
Boks 10-12 England 55m Mark Wilson replaces Hughes at No.8 as England make some serious yards into the 22 and another offside Bok has Daly on his knees on the touchline & England with another penalty kick
Boks 10-15 England 57m As the teams sort themselves out, Boks coach Rassie Erasmus realises he has to get Jantjies off that field, while Faz adds another 3 points
Boks 10-15 England 59m Handré Pollard enters the fray, hoping to steady the Bok ship, but the Boks are pinged again for offside on England's 10m. Faz kicks to touch for a lineout outside the Bok 22
Boks 10-15 England 60m England are troubling the Bok 22 mark, but haven't yet breached it as the Bok defence is forcing them backwards
Boks 10-15 England 62m Faz attempts a hopeless 45m drop goal that falls way short into Pollards' hands, allowing him to clear to halfway for England to make up all that ground again
Boks 10-15 England 63m Into the final quarter and England have the lead but it's less than a score, and anything could happen yet; another England lineout but they're on the wrong side of halfway for now...
Boks 10-15 England 64m George makes some ground, carrying the ball a few yards over the 10m, but still there's no quick ball and the Boks pile into the ruck
Boks 10-15 England 65m Ref Jackson warns the Boks off while Faz kicks the ball to touch for a defensive Bok 22 lineout...
Boks 10-15 England 66m ...which isn't taken until Sikhumbuzo Notshe replaces captain Kolisi
Boks 10-15 England 66m Jean-Luc du Preez replaced RG Snyman at eh same time as Pollard coming on; Boks are looking better with the accuracy of the replacement fly half
Boks 10-15 England 67m The Boks are back in England territory, the attempt a try but Joe Launchbury messes it up for them monumentally for an England defensive scrum on their 22
Boks 10-15 England 69m Scrum has to be reset, and England are having a much better day, but there's no explosive rugby, and Cipriani has hardly figured of late
Boks 10-15 England 70m Kitshoff pinged for illegal scrummaging allowing England to clear; good news for the visitors is penalty count is 11 to just 5
Boks 10-20 England 71m England makes the yards and a brilliant box kick from Cipriani across field into the goal area is chased by May and he grounds it inches short of the dead ball area
Boks 10-22 England 72m There really isn't a player more entertaining than Jonny May, who takes down the far corner flag and his reaction is priceless! Faz adds the extras with ease too
Boks 10-22 England 74m Water boys are out after England pick up another penalty off the Boks, Faz teeing up out wide on the 22...
Boks 10-25 England 75m It's another Faz excellence kick and suddenly go from 9-10 down 15 minutes ago to 15 points clear
Boks 10-25 England 77m Embrose Papier replaces de Klerk while England are back in Bok territory; it's a Bok defensive scrum as Denny Solomona replaces Henry Slade
Boks 10-25 England 78m England win the scrum penalty and Faz kicks to touch for a 5m lineout
Boks 10-25 England 79m Itoje collects the lineout ball while Duane Vermeulen takes exception to Joe Marler's face on the ground... none of the officials notice, but these are rugby players not snowflake footballers and they just get on with it
Boks 10-25 England 80m The Boks steal back the ball momentarily, make a few yards to the halfway line but it's Itoje who steals it back and Youngs kicks it to touch for the win just after the siren is heard
Boks 10-25 England FT Well it wasn't thrilling, but it was definitely a far better performance from England, and the drought of wins has finally been quashed; no doubt Eddie Jones will be a very happy bunny
Boks 10-25 England FT Hilarious and slightly bonkers Jonny May is deservedly Man of the Match; Youngs has a much improved and lengthy chat with Sky's Gail, starting with another apology for last week
Boks 10-25 England FT Boks tried to put up a fight today, but it didn't go too well. But Erasmus is definitely doing a lot of things well and heading his Boks in the right direction
Boks 10-25 England FT Schalk Brits doesn't deny his retirement might have to be postponed, and he quite obviously loved pulling on his green jersey again after so long
SERIES RESULT: Boks 2 - 1 England A well deserved series win for the Boks, but as good to see England stop faffing around and with application, concentration & discipline in check, they're no longer on that losing streak

South Africa15 Warrick Gelant 14 S'busiso Nkosi 13 Jesse Kriel 12 Andre Esterhuizen 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Faf de Klerk 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle 3 Frans Malherbe 4 RG Snyman 5 Franco Mostert 6 SIYA KOLISI (C) 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Steven Kitshoff 18 Thomas du Toit 19 Jean-Luc du Preez 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe 21 Embrose Papier 22 Handré Pollard 23 Willie le Roux

SCORERS T: Kriel C: Jantjies P: Jantjies

England15 Elliot Daly 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Slade 12 OWEN FARRELL (C) 11 Mike Brown 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Ben Youngs 1 Joe Marler 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Maro Itoje 6 Chris Robshaw 7 Tom Curry 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Harry Williams 19 Jonny Hill* 20 Mark Wilson 21 Sam Simmonds 22 Ben Spencer 23 Denny Solomona

SCORERS T: May C: Farrell P: Farrell (6)

Referee: Glen Jackson Asst. Referees: Romain Poite, Ben O'Keeffe TMO: Simon McDowell




New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 49 - 14 FRANCEFrance

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Saturday 23 June 2018
KO: 19:35 HT: 21-14 Att: tbc


ABs v France The anthems are done, Ka Mate is over and we're close to KO...
ABs 0-0 France We have KO from Anthony Belleau & the ABs don't collect neatly but get the ball away
ABs 0-0 France 1m France start from the outset with running the ball rather than kicking it away immediately and from their own 22, breach ABs territory and the 10m
ABs 0-0 France 2m The ball is not the quickest coming out from breakdowns, but Les Bleus make the yards to just outside the 22 before it's lost forward & the ABs kick it away
ABs 0-0 France 3m After a little to-ing & fro-ing, the ball finds touch on the halfway for an ABs lineout
ABs 0-0 France 4m However, the French are determined and Kélian Galletier carries the ball almost all the way to the 22 but has no obvious offload opportunity...
ABs 0-0 France 5m ...he goes to ground and excellent work from the visitors and in 13 phases they are barely 2m from the All Blacks goal line & are heaping on the pressure...
ABs 0-0 France 6m Repeated pick & goes and the French are forced along the tryline until a pass goes back to the start of the 22, but they still have possession & the ABs aren't getting a look in - 21 phases so far...
ABs 0-0 France 7m So much hard work, but the result after all that is the ball finding touch for a defensive 5m lineout, well taken and cleared...
ABs 0-0 France 8m ...but the ball comes flying back towards the tryline & Teddy Thomas is just thwarted as he lands over the line but Aaron Smith has the ball back behind it
ABs 0-0 France 9m Captain Morgan Parra has to go off for injury, replaced by Baptiste Serin while the French have the lineout, resulting in an All Blacks scrum - the first of the match
ABs 0-0 France 10m The defensive scrum is solid but the kick to clear goes so long it finds the dead ball area behind the French tryline. Time off...
ABs 0-0 France 11m One poor kick from the ABs and the French have the scrum in the ABs 22...
ABs 0-5 France 12m The shove from the ABs is fierce but the French don't lose possession, are forced outside the 22 but great discipline allows Serin to find the whitewash following brilliant teamwork
ABs 0-7 France 13m Belleau tees up the conversion and he adds the extras for another excellent start from Les Bleus
ABs 0-7 France 14m ABs lineout halfway inside the French 10m fro the restart and there's no quick ball for the homeside fro the breakdown after the French almost steal the lineout ball
ABs 0-7 France 15m But a penalty comes for not releasing and the ABs have another lineout closer to the tryline; it's not clean but they hang on...
ABs 5-7 France 16m The ABs regroup, go wide, Ardie Savea almost knocks it on but Ben Smith gets hands to the ball and flies over the goal line to score
ABs 7-7 France 17m Damian McKenzie as starting fly half today adds the conversion and it's all square
ABs 7-7 France 18m Bad news for Les Bleus as Parra fails his Head Injury Assessment so Serin stays on as captain
ABs 7-7 France 19m French lineout outside the ABs 22  and the ball is retained but the French go backwards as Galletier knocks it back & away from ABs hands...
ABs 7-7 France 20m ...but possession changes hands and eventually McKenzie kicks it over halfway, this time not too long into touch
ABs 7-7 France 21m Time off before an ABs attacking lineout; Savea, who was limping around earlier, was replaced 5 minutes ago by Matt Todd
ABs 7-7 France 22m Time off again after debutant Shannon Frizell is taken off for blood over his eye and a likely HIA; Jackson Hemopo makes his debut
ABs 12-7 France 23m Finally play resumes for that lineout which is clever from the ABs, no player going up, collected by Hemopo and the drive is full strength for Todd to score
ABs 14-7 France 24m The TMO just confirms the try before McKenzie adds the extras from out wide well
ABs 14-7 France 26m The French attack is fierce and with intense work from Wesley Fofana and Gaël Fickou, they set up an attacking scrum outside the 22
ABs 14-7 France 27m The ABs are not able to steal possession; the French keep the ball moving between them, testing the defence to the point of frustration...
ABs 14-12 France 28m ...and it's Fofana that finds the gap to score the try with a touch of French flair which has definitely returned
ABs 14-14 France 29m A simple conversion for Belleau from in front of the posts, and Les Bleus are doing damn well to run the ABs a little ragged in this first half
ABs 14-14 France 30m Frizell is back all tidied up and ready to fit into the ABs scrum in the French 22...
ABs 14-14 France 32m The ABs are clinical in their execution as the ball goes from Aaron Smith to McKenzie who flies under the posts; but TMO...
ABs 14-14 France 32m And again, the incompetent referee screws up the match monumentally! As McKenzie goes to score, Lacey blocks Serin from making the tackle...
ABs 14-14 France 32m ...the TMO brings up the replay, Ref Lacey clearly stops Serin from playing rugby, but the fool ruins the game by saying 'I'm happy with that' and the try stands. Excuse my French - FFS!
ABs 21-14 France 33m While McKenzie adds the extras, a third consecutive ref does a match-changing disservice to the French in the third consecutive match. These refs have turned this series into a farce. Poor show.
ABs 21-14 France 35m Right then - rant over since it won't be fixed; the French back on the attack...
ABs 21-14 France 37m Les Bleus are into the ABs 22 and being forced to recycle, doing a far better job with their speed than the ABs; try halted though...
ABs 21-14 France 38m ...but it's a French 5m attacking scrum which they need to score from before halftime
ABs 21-14 France 39m The ball comes out very slowly and the penalty goes to the ABs who clear the French away...
ABs 21-14 France 40m As the siren goes, the French have one last chance as Fickou chases the chip ahead but McKenzie gets to it and offloads promptly to Waisake Naholo
ABs 21-14 France 40+1m And the ball finds touch for the break after a frantic yet exciting first half; gotta love it when the French turn up, and they have every week of this series!

ABs 21-14 France HT T: Ben Smith, Todd, McKenzie C: McKenzie (3) | T: Serin, Fofana C: Belleau

ABs 21-14 France 41m An unimpressive start from McKenzie, immediately giving the French a scrum...
ABs 21-14 France 42m ...followed by a penalty for infringement so France have a 5m attacking lineout...
ABs 21-14 France 43m ...the lineout is OK but the ABs prevent the drive before handbags break out with a touch of ferocity, a large no. of ABs all over Dany Priso alone
ABs 21-14 France 44m Time off as French blood is cleaned up; play resumes and the ABs clear the ball well away for the French only to run it back immediately
ABs 21-14 France 45m Adrien Pelissié replaces Camille Chat in the front row before an ABs defensive lineout, followed up by a penalty for the ABs to push the French back over halfway again
ABs 21-14 France 46m Ofa Tu'ungafasi replaces Owen Franks in the ABs front row before another All Black lineout on halfway
ABs 26-14 France 47m Perfect setpiece work from the homeside, drawing defenders in for McKenzie to sprint to the whitewash, deftly evading the smatterings of Frenchmen
ABs 26-14 France 48m McKenzie adds the extras while Benjamin Fall is walked off the pitch for blood, replaced by Maxime Médard
ABs 28-14 France 49m One really must stop stealing points off the All Blacks...even though they do have so many!
ABs 28-14 France 50m Chat has passed the HIA and is back on the pitch. Lacey has decided to stand on the CORRECT side of the scrum this time. French win a penalty against the head.
ABs 28-14 France 51m Cyril Baille, Cedate Gomes Sa & Alexandre Lapandry on for Priso, Uini Atonio & Kévin Gourdon
ABs 28-14 France 52m The French may be deep in All Black territory again, but they just don't seem to be able to hold onto possession and the ABs kick them back over halfway
ABs 33-14 France 53m And Reiko Ioane decides he wants a go, dancing round the defence and charging to the tryline to score a 5th All Blacks try
ABs 35-14 France 54m McKenzie is definitely an improvement on Beauden Barrett in making the conversions as he adds another
ABs 35-14 France 56m The French are monetarily in possession in the midfield, but can't do anything with it and kick away possession
ABs 35-14 France 57m There's quite a collision involving Sonny Bill Williams, who's not having a bad game at all...
ABs 40-14 France 58m Jordie Barrett replaces SBW while Ioane decides one try just isn't enough, so off he trots for a brace, the defence failing again
ABs 42-14 France 59m Of course the extras come from McKenzie, and the French are looking a little lost
ABs 42-14 France 60m Fall is returned to the paddock for Médard
ABs 42-14 France 61m There's no let up from the homeside; they're fast into the French 22 again, and one has to admit, this second half they've found their proper game finally after 3 weeks
ABs 42-14 France 62m It takes a team to get to the French 22, and the recycling has to be clinical as the defence have finally found their feet again...
ABs 47-14 France 63m ...and Frizell, on debut, scores his first try for the All Blacks under the posts
ABs 42-14 France 63m The TMO has a look at the try repeatedly for the grounding; Ref thinks it is but Ayoub says it's held up - back for 5m scrum to the ABs
ABs 42-14 France 64m Karl Tu'inukuafe & TJ Perenara on for Moody & Aaron Smith | Félix Lambey, Pelissié & Médard on for le Roux, Chat & Thomas
ABs 47-14 France 65m Meanwhile, it's Ioane again, one could say getting a tad greedy, as he lands the hat trick
ABs 49-14 France 66m More points from McKenzie, but don't be fooled - can't imagine the All Blacks are done yet!
ABs 49-14 France 68m The French have lost their way, and can't find any in roads with conviction as more changes come for the homeside
ABs 49-14 France 69m Hemopo is back on for Sam Whitelock and Richie Mo'unga finally makes his All Blacks debut after impressing so long for the Crusaders
ABs 49-14 France 70m McKenzie takes a well-earned rest while the French breach the ABs 22 after an age...
ABs 49-14 France 71m A lineout goes well for them, but a penalty follows soon after and before you can say boo to a goose, play is back in French territory
ABs 49-14 France 72m Liam Coltman replaces Codie Taylor while the ABs make in-roads inside the French 10m, pressurising the 22...
ABs 49-14 France 73m ...but it doesn't go quite to plan, the French winning a penalty and clearing the ABs from their dangerzone
ABs 49-14 France 74m And with not long to go, the French are lurking outside the ABs 22, and just about hold onto their lineout...
ABs 49-14 France 76m ...but they manage to lose the ball to the opposition as soon as they step foot into the 22
ABs 49-14 France 77m Jules Plisson on for Rémi Lamerat as messy play gives the ball back to the French with an attacking scrum on the 22
ABs 49-14 France 78m It all gets frantic again as the scrum has the ball back up at the French 22 in seconds after the ABs regain possession and clear the French away...
ABs 49-14 France 78m ...but a penalty is handed over promptly and with 2 minutes to go, the French are back in the ABs 22 already
ABs 49-14 France 79m Maybe the final opportunity for Les Bleus so well-placed goes begging - ABs defensive 5m scrum
ABs 49-14 France 80m The 80 minute siren goes as the scrum is won by the ABs and they keep their counsel in defence well, for eventually Naholo to kick the ball to touch for full time
SERIES RESULT: ABs 3-0 France It was one hell of tour, and the French are definitely on the up, but not consistently enough. While the All Blacks...well, what can you say!

New Zealand15 Ben Smith 14 Waisake Naholo 13 Jack Goodhue* 12 Sonny Bill Williams 11 Rieko Ioane 10 Damian McKenzie 9 Aaron Smith 1 Joe Moody 2 Codie Taylor 3 Owen Franks 4 SAMUEL WHITELOCK (C) 5 Scott Barrett 6 Shannon Frizell* 7 Ardie Savea 8 Luke Whitelock BENCH: 16 Liam Coltman 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 19 Jackson Hemopo*20 Matt Todd 21 TJ Perenara 22 Richie Mo'unga* 23 Jordie Barrett

SCORERS T: Ben Smith, Todd, McKenzie, Ioane (3) C: McKenzie (7)

France15 Benjamin Fall 14 Teddy Thomas 13 Rémi Lamerat 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Gaël Fickou 10 Anthony Belleau 9 MORGAN PARRA (C) 1 Dany Priso 2 Camille Chat 3 Uini Atonio 4 Bernard Le Roux 5 Yoann Maestri 6 Mathieu Babillot 7 Kélian Galletier 8 Kévin Gourdon BENCH: 16 Adrien Pelissié 17 Cyril Baille 18 Cedate Gomes Sa 19 Félix Lambey 20 Alexandre Lapandry 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Jules Plisson 23 Maxime Médard

SCORERS T: Serin, Fofana C: Belleau

Referee: John Lacey Asst. Referees: Angus Gardner, Graham Cooper TMO: George Ayoub




AustraliaAUSTRALIA 16 - 20 IRELANDIreland

Allianz Stadium, Sydney - Saturday 23 June 2018
KO: 20:00 HT: 9-12 Att: tbc


Wallabies v Ireland Welcome to country done in Sydney. Anthems underway. There's a last minute change at hooker for Sean Cronin out with injury...
Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 1m Bernard Foley kicks off the match in Sydney and they drive up to the Irish 22 immediately...
Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 2m Izzy Folau make some yards while Jacob Stockdale tries to put a stop to it; but at the breakdown, the Irish get over that ball and win the penalty to clear
Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 3m First scrum is for Australia in the midfield and Nick Phipps cleanly puts in and gets it away as the Aussies breach the 10m
Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 4m Rob Kearney gets under a high ball & Johnny Sexton clears the Aussies away, Kurtley Beale taking in the clearance ball in his 22
Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 5m Beale kicks the ball back well but Sekope Kepu is pinged for a late tackle - Irish lineout comes
Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 7m Lineout ball is stolen deftly but it's not long before the Irish steal back possession as they head into Aussie territory
Wallabies 0-3 Ireland 8m The Wallabies need to focus and stop handing over penalties, because Sexton will punish them every time with points...and he does
Wallabies 0-3 Ireland 10m Delightful kick from Beale gives the Aussies an attacking scrum 5m out from the whitewash...
Wallabies 0-3 Ireland 11m Next to the touchline, the scrum takes a while to set before the shove comes, and Sexton is caught offside - penalty to Australia
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 12m From wide but inside the 22, Foley equalises the scoreboard
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 14m The restart is almost lost to Australia as the ball is almost knocked, but the fumble has the ball going backwards so Beale clear back to the midfield
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 15m The Irish run the ball back and Tadhg Furlong breaks to the 22 before he is halted; ball is recycled as the visitors head deep into the Aussie 22...
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 16m ...but David Pocock does his thing and steals possession to put the Aussies back into a safer place
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 17m Furlong cleared Michael Hooper off that last ruck, breaking him enough that the Aussies have lost their captain; Pete Samu replaces him
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 18m The Irish have the lineout back up in the midfield; Pocock takes it back at the breakdown & Beale clears the ball well to the Irish 22
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 19m Irish lineout has the Aussies back over halfway tho not for long; Aussies kick it back and Kearney is bundled into touch, not before he throws the ball back in
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 20m Stockdale leads with elbow and arm and smacks Phipps in the face enough to take him down; time off and the TMO is hopefully having a look at it.
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 20m Stockdale needs to be carded for shoving his elbow in Phipps' throat...
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 20m Stockdale tries to argue with Ref Gaüzère but he's sent off for 10 minutes; rightly so
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 22m The resulting penalty is converted to points by Foley from just outside the 22 and out wide for the Aussies to take the lead
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 23m Irish make it to the Aussie 10m, Kepu is pinged for not rolling way...but he did roll away. More rubbish reffing!
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 25m And when a wrong ref call gives the opposition for points, it's even more irritating. Thankfully, Conor Murray misses the distance kick.
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 26m The Irish are into the Aussie 22 after 10 phases of play, and be the 12th are c.5 metres short of the tryline
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 27m The gold defensive wall is evenly spread along the goal line and they almost fluff the steal of the ball, but hang on just enough to clear the Irish away a metre short of the line
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 28m Time off as Kepu gets some attention before the Irish hold onto their lineout outside the Aussie 22
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 29m Advantage being played after a penalty comes from Samu; Sexton's kick is charged down but the penalty stands, right in front of the posts
Wallabies 6-3 Ireland 30m Sexton equalises and the teams are pretty well-matched so far - no clear winner emerging as yet
Wallabies 6-6 Ireland 30m Peter O'Mahony goes up for the high ball and Izzy Folau is there too; Ref says the play is fine even tho O'Mahony seems quite bad landing on his back, but...
Wallabies 6-6 Ireland 30m ...tho the challenge was correct, the replay shows Folau's hand come down and grabbing O'Mahony on his way down
Wallabies 6-6 Ireland 31m Not an intentional grab and Folau is confused at his stint on the naughty step upcoming; Jordi Murphy replaces the Irish captain, O'Mahony who is driven off the pitch
Wallabies 6-6 Ireland 32m Stockdale returned just as Folau got into trouble; the Irish are hoping to take full advantage of being a man up, and they do, belting into the Aussie 22....
Wallabies 6-6 Ireland 33m Murray tries to score against the post over Kepu who is stuck on it, but Adam Coleman holds the ball away from it. TMO can't see any grounding clearly and it's no try but a penalty to Sexton for offside
Wallabies 6-9 Ireland 34m Sexton's 3 points takes the Irish back into the lead with just 5 minutes remaining in the half
Wallabies 6-9 Ireland 36m Aussie lineout on the Irish 10m is efficient but their drive goes nowhere for a while; eventually it gets going - Irish offside handing over a 7th penalty so ball kicked to corner for a 5m attacking lineout
Wallabies 6-9 Ireland 37m Another good lineout and the Irish try to force the Aussie drive towards touch, but fail...
Wallabies 6-9 Ireland 38m Murray is pinged for offside and Foley tees up from just inside the 22 to equalise....
Wallabies 9-9 Ireland 39m Taking his time, Foley adds the points with less than a minute remaining
Wallabies 9-9 Ireland 40m As the siren goes, there's enough time for a restart, but Kerevi is pinged for offside, giving the Irish one last chance to go into the break slightly ahead...
Wallabies 9-12 Ireland 40+2m Sexton kicks perfectly to take the lead from in front of the posts, just outside the 22

Wallabies 9-12 Ireland HT P: Foley (3) Yellow Card Folau |P: Sexton (4) Stockdale

Wallabies 9-12 Ireland 41m The half starts with almost an immediate TMO referral - Coleman is pinged for arriving late to the ruck after the whistle had gone;
Wallabies 9-12 Ireland 42m A penalty to Ireland and they take full advantage, driving to the tryline and advantage being played too...
Wallabies 9-12 Ireland 43m Drive to the and the maul breaks down - another penalty and time off as Coleman comes off worse for wear
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 44m Kick to corner for 5m lineout & it's a well-executed move that has the Irish score directly from the setpiece, CJ Stander claiming the try
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 46m Rob Simmons replaces Coleman
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 45m But there's no conversion. At the start of this half, Tolu Latu replaced Brandon Paenga-Amosa in the front row for Australia
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 47m The Aussies make it into Irish territory but a penalty goes Ireland's way for a scrum after time off...
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 49m It takes an age to set the defensive scrum before the Irish lose their possession on their own 22; Aussie 5m lineout ensues...
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 50m Aussies hang onto the ball and are forced from touch up towards the posts in their attempt to score...and they need to!
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 51m The ball goes wide to Folau who can't reach it, but he whistle goes for Murray offside so it's another penalty and lineout in the Irish 22...
Wallabies 9-17 Ireland 53m Lineout is good again and the ball flies from nearside touch to the far side before play moves more centrally but now the attack is from outside the 22...
Wallabies 14-17 Ireland 53m The ball flies from one touch to the other, back and forth, all in Aussie hands...a grubber kick goes thru and Marika Koroibete reaches it first, gets brought down but not enough to stop him from stretching his arm out to score
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 55m Foley adds the extras to reduce the deficit to just 1 point; meanwhile, Taniela Tupou replaces Kepu
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 56m Rob Herring and Cian Healy replace Jack McGrath and Niall Scannell
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 57m The Irish are catching up to Australia in penalties they are handing over, and the Aussies attack again...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 58m Ireland are saved by a wide ball going ever so slightly forward - scrum Ireland
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 59m Ireland put into their defensive scrum and hang on to possession as they head towards halfway...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 60m But the penalty goes to the Aussies at he breakdown before a time off as Nick Phipps & Scott Sio are replaced by Joe Powell and Tom Robertson
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 61m Jordan Larmour has replaced Kearney; Aussie scrum on halfway results in a solid penalty for the homeside - good work for the fresh front row
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 63m Attacking lineout set up by the Aussies and they battle into the Irish 22; ball is coming out slowly though from the breakdowns, but they creep closer to the tryline...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 64m Robbie Henshaw hands over another penalty for a high tackle on Folau in his own 22...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 66m Foley tees up from just outside the 22 and wide but he punches just past the far upright - the Irish breathe a sigh of relief
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 68m Stockdale ruins Sexton's restart, knocking on to give the Aussies an attacking scrum just inside the Irish half...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 69m Kerevi makes a superb break but a shocking pass has Powell almost trip over his on feet on the Irish 22 to spill the ball forward
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 70m Reece Hodge replaces Koroibete while Tadhg Beirne replaces Jack Conan
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 71m The Irish defensive scrum is fine, but quickly the Aussies are back in possession in the Irish half...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 72m ...The Irish win the ball back at the breakdown in the midfield and time is off before an Aussie halfway lineout after a green foot finds touch
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 72m Ned Hanigan on for Izack Rodda; John Ryan replaced Furlong a few minutes ago
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 73m The lineout results in an Irish scrum on halfway, and there's only 1 point in it, in favour of Ireland with barely five minutes remaining...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 74m An unimpressive pass to Sexton who offloads forward to Stockdale but goes down like a tonne of bricks after Kerevi tackles him hard - time off...
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 75m Aussie lineout in the midfield is good and they head into the Irish half, but another penalty thru Folau is gifted to Sexton who clears for an attacking lineout outside the Aussie 22
Wallabies 16-17 Ireland 77m As the Irish make ground, Latu is told three times he's off his feet and he hands over a 13th penalty to Sexton...but looking back at the replay - he was not off his feet so there should not have been a penalty at all
Wallabies 16-20 Ireland 78m The Irish & Lions fly half splices the uprights perfectly to take the lead to 4 points; nothing's impossible even with just a minute to go...
Wallabies 16-20 Ireland 79m The Aussies are firmly in possession from the restart, and Folau breaches the 22...
Wallabies 16-20 Ireland 80m ...the clock turns red as Foley passes the ball out wide but it finds touch rather than his mark...
Wallabies 16-20 Ireland 80m But the Ref refers to the TMO for a potential deliberate knock on by Stockdale...
Wallabies 16-20 Ireland 80m TMO can't see clearly so the ball's in touch. Ref wants the green lineout but TMO points out the siren has gone so the game is over
SERIES RESULT: Wallabies 1 - 2 Ireland & the Irish take home the spoils from their trip down under.

Australia15 Israel Folau 14 Dane Haylett-Petty 13 Samu Kerevi 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Marika Koroibete 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 1 Scott Sio 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Izack Rodda 5 Adam Coleman 6 Lukhan Tui 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 David Pocock BENCH: 16 Tolu Latu 17 Tom Robertson 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Rob Simmons 20 Ned Hanigan 21 Pete Samu 22 Joe Powell 23 Reece Hodge

SCORERS T: Koroibete C: Foley P: Foley (3) Yellow Card Folau

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Jack McGrath 2 Niall Scannell 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Devin Toner 5 James Ryan 6 CJ Stander 7 PETER O’MAHONY (C) 8 Jack Conan BENCH: 16 Robert Herring 17 Cian Healy 18 John Ryan 19 Tadhg Beirne 20 Jordi Murphy 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Ross Byrne* 23 Jordan Larmour

SCORERS T: Stander P: Sexton (5) Yellow Card Stockdale

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst. Referees: Paul Williams, Marius van der Westhuizen TMO: Ben Skeen




Week 4

Japan v Italy Argentina v WalesCanada v Russia South Africa v England New Zealand v France Australia v IrelandUSA v Scotland

JapanJAPAN 22 - 25 ITALYItaly

Noevir Stadium, Kobe - Saturday 16 June 2018
KO: 14:00 HT: 3-12 Att: tbc

Japan15 Kotaro Matsushima 14 Lomano Lemeki 13 Will Tupou 12 Timothy Lafaele 11 Kenki Fukuoka 10 Yu Tamura 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 1 Keita Inagaki 2 Shota Horie 3 Ji-Won Koo 4 Wimpie van der Walt 5 Samuela Anise 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga 7 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 8 Kazuki Himeno BENCH: 16 Yusuke Niwai 17 Shintaro Ishihara 18 Takuma Asahara 19 Uwe Helu 20 Amanaki Mafi 21 Yutaka Nagare 22 Rikiya Matsuda 23 Ryoto Nakamura

SCORERS T: Tupou, Mafi, Matsushima C: Matsuda (2) P: Tamura Yellow Card Anise

Italy15 Jayden Hayward 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Matteo Minozzi 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Marcello Violi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 LEONARDO GHIRALDINI (C) 3 Tiziano Pasquali 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Jake Polledri 8 Abraham Steyn BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore*18 Simone Ferrari 19 Marco Fuser 20 Giovanni Licata 21 Tito Tebaldi 22 Carlo Canna 23 Giulio Bisegni

SCORERS T: Benvenuti, Ghiraldini, Polledri C: Allan (2) P: Allan (2) Yellow Card Licata

Referee: Nick Briant Asst. Referees: Nigel Owens, Nic Berry TMO: Rowan Kitt




ArgentinaARGENTINA 12 - 30 WALESWales

Estadio Brigadier Estanislao López, Santa Fe - Saturday 16 June 2018
KO: 16:40 HT: 5-19 Att: tbc

Argentina15 Emiliano Boffelli 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Matías Orlando 12 Jerónimo de le Fuente 11 Ramiro Moyano 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 8 Javier Ortega Desio 7 Marcos Kremer 6 Pablo Matera 5 Tomás Lavanini 4 Guido Petti 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 1 Santiago García Botta BENCH: 16 Julián Montoya 17 Javier Díaz 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Tomás Lezana 21 Gonzalo Bertranou 22 Santiago González Iglesias 23 Sebastían Cancelliere

SCORERS T: Delguy, Montoya C: Sánchez

Wales15 Hallam Amos 14 Josh Adams 13 Scott Williams 12 Owen Watkin 11 George North 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Aled Davies 1 Rob Evans 2 Ryan Elias 3 Tomas Francis 4 Adam Beard 5 CORY HILL (C) 6 Ellis Jenkins 7 James Davies 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Nicky Smith 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Bradley Davies 20 Josh Turnbull 21 Tomos Williams 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 Tom Prydie

SCORERS T: Adams, Amos C: Patchell P: Patchell (6) Red Card Moriarty

Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst. Referees: Mathieu Raynal, Andrew Brace TMO: Marius Jonker




CanadaCANADA 20 - 43 RUSSIARussia

Twin Elm Rugby Park, Ottawa - Saturday 16 June 2018
KO: 16:00 HT: 10-26 Att: tbc

Canada15 Brock Staller 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Doug Fraser 12 Nick Blevins 11 Cole Davis 10 Theo Sauder 9 Andrew Ferguson 1 Noah Barker 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Cole Keith 4 Josh Larsen 5 Evan Olmstead 6 Dustin Dobravsky 7 LUCAS RUMBALL (C) 8 Luke Campbell BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Ryan Kotlewski 19 Conor Keys 20 Matt Heaton 21 Jorden Sandover-Best 22 Shane O’Leary 23 Guiseppe du Toit

SCORERS T: Campbell, Blevins C: Staller, O’Leary P: Staller (2)

Russia15 VASILY ARTEMYEV (C) 14 Mikhail Babaev 13 Kirill Golosnitsky 12 Sergey Trishin 11 Alexei Mikhaltsov 10 Yury Kushnarev 9 Alexey Shcherban 1 Valery Morozov 2 Stanislav Sel’skiy 3 Evgeny Pronenko 4 Bogdan Fedotko 5 Andrey Garbuzov 6 Nikita Vavilin 7 Dmitry Krotov 8 Anton Rudoy BENCH: 16 Eugene Matveev 17 Sergey Sekisov 18 Anton Drozdov 19 Evgeny Elgin 20 Anton Sychev 21 Vasilii Dorofeev 22 Aleksandr Budychenko 22 German Godlyuk

SCORERS T:  Rudoi (3), Vavilin, Mikhaltsov (2) C: Kushnarev (5) P: Kushnarev Yellow Card Pronenko, Rudoi

Referee: Ben Whitehouse Asst. Referees: George Clancy, Alexandre Ruiz




South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 23 - 12 ENGLANDEngland

Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein - Saturday 16 June 2018
KO: 17:05 HT: 13-12 Att: tbc


Boks v England The Beast runs out for his hugely significant century of caps today (the 7th Springbok to do so) doubt he'll be out first...
Boks v England Kiwi Brad Shields -with English Mum AND Dad- runs out for his first start and second cap, with years of SuperRugby experience. And Mr & Mrs Shields have flown over to Bloemfontein for the match to see their son play in an England shirt
Boks v England The teams are ready to hit the pitch, England quietly led out by Owen Farrell, & with a roar & fanfare, The Beast with Wangu & Talumba (his kids) out alone followed by Joshua Nkosi & his African dancers & then the Boks thru green smoke
Boks v England New Bok captain Siya Kolisi just looks like he was born to captain with his demeanour & grandeur
Boks v England Former Bok Syd Nomis (25 caps) passed away today so a moment's silence before the anthems
Boks v England The Bok flag bearer today is #Blitzboks captain, Philip Snyman
Boks v England The way the Boks are signing this anthem, you can see in their being they are ONLY here to win today; England need to be transformed if they are to take the game to the Bokke
Boks v England As the peripherals are cleared from the pitch, the teams read themselves and Romain Poite is at the ready... England will make history if they can win the next two matches - they've never won a series in SA
Boks 0-0 England 1m The whistle goes and we have KO from the Boks, and Faf de Klerk gives away the first penalty for offside, grinning like a chipmunk
Boks 0-0 England 2m George Ford kicks to touch; it fall slightly short and de Klerk grabs and hurls it back into play before running into touch.
Boks 0-0 England 3m England 22 lineout is good for being unopposed; Handré Pollard clears the ball from his 22 and Ford kicks crossfield to be greeted by both Willie le Roux & Jonny May
Boks 0-0 England 4m England attacking scrum is good, Ford & Ben Youngs are going for it but Damian de Allende intercepts and charges towards the England 22, tap-tackled by Faz
Boks 0-0 England 5m Billy Vunipola wrestles the ball back and makes the break, only for Mike Brown to knock it on
Boks 0-0 England 6m Bok scrum just 5m out under the posts - has to be reset...England have huge work to do here
Boks 0-0 England7m Joe Launchbury is thrilled and applauds his pack after the penalty goes to England
Boks 0-0 England 7m Time off briefly for water boys to come on then Faz kicks to touch for an England lineout just inside their 10m
Boks 0-0 England 8m The Boks wrestle the ball back and they are forced wide to far touch; Henry Slade misses the tackle on Aphiwe Dyantyi but May doesn't; good effort from Tom Curry too
Boks 0-5 England 9m England lineout on far touch is taken by Shields and well-rehearsed play has May drawing in defenders for Brownie to find the space to score first again
Boks 0-7 England 10m Faz has no problem adding the extras to lay down the gauntlet again
Boks 0-7 England 11m From the restart, S’busiso Nkosi blocks Brownie hoping not to be seen, but he is and it's an England penalty...
Boks 0-12 England 12m Roles reversed as Brownie sets up the try, Elliot Daly draws in defenders & May sprints along touch, out-stepping three defenders to score again!
South Africa v England Jonny May try 2018 Boks 0-12 England 15m Faz didn't convert. Oh. But the Boks are in attack & de Allende tries to pass Faz, but he centre is rock solid...
Boks 0-12 England 16m It's a Bok ball and they drive towards the England 22 but the visitors infringe on two fronts for a penalty
Boks 0-12 England 17m Boks kick to touch for 5m attacking lineout and Faz is not happy, making his view vocal to the Ref who thanks him and tells him to shoo
Boks 0-12 England 18m The lineout isn't great, England are testing Poite's patience but the defending scrum belongs to the visitors. Boks win the penalty but...
Boks 0-12 England 19m ...handbags erupt fiercely with de Klerk at the centre of the raucous (unsurprisingly) - typical little man syndrome from the scrum half
Boks 0-12 England 19m de Klerk - who comes up to Billy V's waist at best- tries to grab the ball off the No8 before the eruption.
Boks 0-12 England 20m The penalty belongs to the Boks & they have another 5m lineout, having made nothing so far of all their opportunities deep in the England 22
Boks 0-12 England 21m England turnover the ball and clear for a line out still in their 22 but slightly further back
Boks 0-12 England 22m The lineout is smart and the Boks are forced back but come back hard from the midfield, but are held at the England 10m by a white wall
South Africa v England Tendai The Beast Mtawarira 100 Caps 2018Boks 5-12 England 23m The crowd erupts this time as The Beast makes a break thru the middle, taken down but Duane Vermeulen finishes it off brilliantly evading Billy V & Maro Itoje
Boks 7-12 England 24m Pollard tees up from out wide and splices the uprights perfectly
Boks 7-12 England 25m Watching a replay of Daly & Youngs trying to stop The Beast is funny - he bulldozes thru, flicking them off lightly
Boks 7-12 England 26m Second half territory stats so far are 63:37 yet England are ahead; defensive lineout for the Boks...
Boks 7-12 England 27m Pressure on Brownie means Ball gets kicked away by de Klerk from deep in his on half; England lineout on their own 22
Boks 7-12 England 28m Lineout doesn't go to plan for the visitors and Pollard tees up for a penalty from out wide - and that boy can kick - it's 10-12
Boks 7-12 England 29m Last Saturday replay with Boks catching up to England quickly in the 2nd quarter... From restart de Klerk clears well from his own 22
Boks 7-12 England 30m Whistle goes again for an infringement but who knows what for since handbags break out again behind the ref
Boks 7-12 England 30m Mako Vunipola, in the replay, at the back of the breakdown, slaps Pieter-Steph du Toit across the back of the head a bit childishly. Ref has word with both captains for the handbags
Boks 7-12 England 31m Bok penalty gives them good go forward position, de Allende is taken down and Billy V steals the ball, Faz kicking it back deep into Bok territory
Boks 7-12 England 32m de Klerk kicks the ball high from his dangerzone and Billy V gets under it, but knocks it on
Boks 7-12 England 33m Bok scrum inside their 10m but it collapses - reset
Boks 7-12 England 34m Bongi Mbonambi guilty of going early so free kick to England - go for scrum to avoid a Bok throw in to the lineout
Boks 7-12 England 35m England are solid with their setpiece and the move forward but very slowly the ; green wall is pretty effective too
Boks 7-12 England 35m Tom Curry comes away with a knock, Shields was also on the floor; time off
Boks 7-12 England 35m Replay shows de Klerk's head head butt Curry...Curry was obviously on his knees for de Klerk to reach 
Boks 7-12 England 36m Faz opts to go for touch for a lineout this time rather than 3 points...that's fine, til Mako V knocks it on
Boks 10-12 England 37m Boks clear England back to their 22 for a lineout further back...& England hand over another penalty
Boks 10-12 England 38m Oops - it appears I forgot to award the Boks their last penalty. Normal service is resumed now...
Boks 13-12 England 39m Meanwhile, Pollard takes the penalty kick from over halfway and it is perfection! Boks are finally in the lead...déjà vu
Boks 13-12 England 40m Restart gives England a lineout but Jamie George overthrows by a country mile and Mbonambi takes advantage; tackles missed but not from Brownie who stops him dead
Boks 13-12 England 40+1m Billy V replaced by Nathan Hughes while England have a lineout inside the Bok 10m, advantage being played...
Boks 13-12 England 40+2m Ball doesn't return to England at the breakdown and that's half time

Boks 13-12 England HT T: Vermeulen C: Pollard P: Pollard (2) | T: Brown, May C: Farrell

South Africa v England HT 2018Boks 13-12 England HT Well this is better from England. The visitors may have less outward fierceness and bravado to show pre-match, but they are keeping it together today; the teams are pretty even in the stats, with 6 penalties to 7

Boks 13-12 England 41m Billy V is not returning. Hopefully it's only temporary.... Meanwhile, the Boks already have a lineout on England's 22
Boks 13-12 England 42m Shields has other ideas, and nicks the ball and runs away with it!
Boks 13-12 England 42m But the Boks get the ball back with pace and from deep in their own half, the Boks are quickly at the England 22
Boks 13-12 England 43m Shields is everywhere - this time at the bottom of the ruck in his own 22 - and the ball is stolen back by the visitors
Boks 13-12 England 44m Steven Kitshoff & Thomas du Toit replace Tendai Mtawarira & Frans Malherbe in the front row
Boks 13-12 England 45m England need to keep their discipline deep in their own 22, and Kitshoff is held up from scoring
Boks 13-12 England 46m It's a scrum in England's 22 for the Boks but it's not straightforward
Boks 13-12 England 47m While de Klerk does the ball spinny thing on his finger, Poite moves the scrum over before the scrum can be properly set
South Africa v England Faf de Klerk Referee Romin Poite 2018Boks 13-12 England 48m Oh, it finally gets going and Kyle Sinckler pops up in the pack...
Boks 20-12 England 49m ...and Poite blows the whistle after the drive is huge from the Bokke, awarding the homeside a penalty try
Boks 20-12 England 50m Akker van der Merwe for Mbonambi and Harry Williams for Sinckler
Boks 20-12 England 51m Restart again is not good for Brownie and the advantage goes to the Boks
Boks 20-12 England 52m The Boks head out of their own half but the ball finds touch for an England ball
Boks 20-12 England 53m England do well to get out of that hole and are back deep in Bok territory again, but lose the ball and it's kicked clear to Brownie
Boks 20-12 England 54m van der Merwe stole the ball from May; England steal the lineout ball from midfield and Brownie makes some yards, swiftly followed by Hughes > Ford > Faz > Mako V...
Boks 20-12 England 55m England are firmly in the Bok 22 and have the attacking lineout from another Bok penalty and they drive hard
Boks 20-12 England 56m Looks like Shields may have scored hi first England try, but there's no celebration and the TMO shows why - he lost control and the ball popped up no thanks to effective work from Franco Mostert
Boks 20-12 England 57m Penalty to England tho for Boks offside in the lineout and drive
Boks 20-12 England 58m Jean-Luc du Preez came on for RG Snyman a few minutes ago; England lose all their advantage as the Boks clear out the visitors deftly
Boks 20-12 England 59m Joe Marler replaces Mako V, and England fans must be wondering why Danny Care is in England watching Ben Youngs
Boks 20-12 England 60m England get back on the front foot, and Jesse Kriel replaces Lukhanyo Am, but Itoje loses the ball at the breakdown, giving the Boks a defensive scrum on their 10m
Boks 20-12 England 61m Luke Cowan-Dickie replaces George - the latter has not covered himself in glory in the way anti-Hartleys thought he would
Boks 20-12 England 61m Just previously the Boks look likely to score but Daly saves the try by touching down in his own goal area
Boks 20-12 England 62m The England boys frustrate the Boks in attack and steal possession; Mostert tries to be clever and gets a gesticulation from the Ref
Boks 20-12 England 63m With the final quarter to go, England don't need much to catch up and take over, and they begin by clearing for a lineout to push the Boks back outside the 22...
Boks 20-12 England 64m ...and forcing the homeside back up to the midfield before Fordy kicks ahead for Faz to add a few more centimetres
Boks 20-12 England 65m The advantage is lost as green hands reach the ball first and before you can blink, the Boks are back near the England 22
Boks 20-12 England 66m Sikhumbuzo Notshe on for Kolisi; Danny Cipriani, Denny Solomona & Mark Wilson on for Ford, Brownie & Shields
Boks 23-12 England 67m Meanwhile, Pollard pops over another three points from England's latest penalty which takes them into double figures
Boks 23-12 England 68m From the restart, Cipriani arrives with verve and causes problems for the Boks as England hurtle into Bok territory with all those fresh legs...
Boks 23-12 England 69m ...but the superb opportunity is blown instantly by Hughes is rightly sent off to the naughty step for knocking the ball away in full view of the ref at the breakdown
Boks 23-12 England 70m With the ill-discipline which has been ridiculously stupid and childish from England, the Boks deserve to win this and probably will
Boks 23-12 England 71m England dish out another penalty, with the Boks in their 22, and Faz has lost the plot
Boks 23-12 England 72m Ben Spencer replaces Yongs at scrum half
Boks 23-12 England 72m The penalty is from almost touch and Pollard misses it, so England need to pull themselves together if they are to turn this match into a proper contest to end the series next week
Boks 23-12 England 73m But the Boks are already back in the England 22; Solomona finds the ball and kicks the Boks back up to the midfield
Boks 23-12 England 74m May hurtles over halfway and is shut down outside the 22 but England are playing as a team now... van der Merwe is penalised and the advantage penalty comes; Ivan van Zyl replaces de Klerk
Boks 23-12 England 75m England lineout deep in t the Boks 22 and they do well until a knock on comes in the midfield; the ball gets to Solomona but he's shut down at the 22 but it's advantage England
Boks 23-12 England 76m Green knock on means an England attacking scrum on the Bok 22 - has to be rest...
Boks 23-12 England 77m the Boks are being clever with disruption to not give away a penalty but forcing the scrum to be reset again... free kick to England & Spencer > Faz > Cipriani > to May but he's hut down short of the tryline
Boks 23-12 England 79m Bok ball and they so take their time - right so of course since they are only 7m from their own tryline...
Boks 23-12 England 80m England can do nothing as the Boks hold onto the ball in a breakdown until the siren goes and le Roux kicks the ball into touch to secure the Series win
South Africa v England FT 2018Boks 23-12 England FT Such good work & an excellent win for the Springboks. Bravo on the Test Series win. & to The Beast for his century, and Siya Kolisi on his 2nd consecutive win since becoming captain
Boks 23-12 England FT Bloody bad form from @benyoungs09 for cutting short a media interview & huffing off; England are in big trouble all round but petulance is not a becoming trait
Boks 23-12 England FT One hopes that the cool calm head of Dylan Hartley is now more appreciated by his detractors back at home; not seen him lose it as England captain

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 S’busiso Nkosi 13 Lukhanyo Am 12 Damian de Allende 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 10 Handré Pollard 9 Faf de Klerk 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Bongi Mbonambi 3 Frans Malherbe 4 RG Snyman 5 Franco Mostert 6 SIYA KOLISI (C) 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Akker van der Merwe 17 Steven Kitshoff 18 Thomas du Toit 19 Jean-Luc du Preez 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe 21 Ivan van Zyl 22 Jesse Kriel 23 Warrick Gelant

SCORERS T: Vermeulen, PT C: Pollard P: Pollard (3)

England15 Elliot Daly 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Slade 12 OWEN FARRELL (C) 11 Mike Brown 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Maro Itoje 6 Brad Shields 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Joe Marler 18 Harry Williams 19 Mark Wilson 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Ben Spencer 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Denny Solomona

SCORERS T: Brown, May C: Farrell Yellow Card Hughes

Referee: Romain Poite Asst. Referees: Glen Jackson, Ben O'Keeffe TMO: Simon McDowell




New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 26 - 13 FRANCEFrance

Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Saturday 16 June 2018
KO: 19:35 HT: 21-6 Att: tbc


ABs v France It's anthem time at the Cake Tin.
ABs v France Ka Mate is almost done & we're nearly ready for KO....

ABs 0-0 France 1m Not the greatest ABs KO as no one touches the ball & it's a French lineout in defence...
ABs 0-0 France 2m The ABs turnover the ball thru a collapsed ball and they have an attacking scrum just in the French half
ABs 0-0 France 3m ABs secure the scrum ball well but Beauden Barrett's KO is off so it's a French lineout again on halfway; it's not great but it's won
ABs 0-0 France 4m Beauden B & Benjamin Fall both get under a high ball - all legal and it's another ABs midfield scrum...
ABs 0-0 France 5m Les Bleus take in the high ball well from the ABs scrum and they're quickly charging towards the ABs 22 from excellent hands...
ABs 0-0 France 6m Ref Gardner goes to TMO as no officials are nowhere near the tryline - they really should keep up!
ABs 0-0 France 6m Kélian Galletier made the superb break and Geoffrey Doumayrou took it over the line - but he lost control as he went over so no try
ABs 0-0 France 7m The French waste no time in heading back towards the ABs 22, Anthony Belleau making the first break & Teddy Thomas chasing the chip ahead...
ABs 0-0 France 8m ...but Reiko Ioane reaches the ball by cutting up Thomas and saves the try just ahead of the goal line
ABs 0-0 France 10m The French yet again have the upper hand as they force an error from the ABs and Morgan Parra tees up on the 22 just wide
ABs 0-3 France 11m Parra splices the upright and the French are deservedly on the board already
ABs 0-3 France 12m A high ball has Beauden B under it and Fall has eyes on the ball - doesn't see BB coming and penalty to ABs - TMO replaying...
ABs 0-3 France 12m ...clear that Fall's eyes are nowhere other than on the ball; BB lands on his hand then head then shoulder & Ref decides Fall is going to see red for that
ABs 0-3 France 12m Ref insists he was not in a realistic position to get to the ball and sees red; technically, BB's hand went down first to break the fall. Harsh & game done over...
ABs 5-3 France 13m BB is off for an HIA replaced by Damian McKenzie; from inside the French half, the ABs set off towards the 22 and Joe Moody scores for the All Blacks
ABs 7-3 France 14m McKenzie adds the conversion and the ABs are away on the scoreboard...expect a lot more of that now
ABs 7-3 France 15m Jordie Barrett takes over from BB and kicks tactically into the French 22 for a visiting lineout
ABs 7-3 France 16m But the throw is way long directly to Luke Whitelock, and the ABs eventually have a scrum in the 22
ABs 7-3 France 17m Scrum has to be reset before the entire front row of Les Bleus collapses - ABs penalty & go for another scrum just 5m from the goal line
ABs 12-3 France 19m Steadier scrum this time and the ABs fail at two attempts of crossing until Ben Smith finds the space and runs in under the posts
ABs 14-3 France 20m Doumayrou and Bastareaud both defend in the wrong direction for Ben S to take advantage; McKenzie adds the extras
ABs 14-3 France 21m Beauden Barrett fails his HIA so will have to go thru return to play protocol successfully before the last test next week
ABs 14-3 France 22m Liam Squire makes a huge tackle allowing the ABs to steal the ball; resulting penalty allows McKenzie to set up an attacking lineout deep in French territory
ABs 14-3 France 23m Yoann Maestri pinged for offside following the lineout; ABs set the 5m scrum again...
ABs 14-3 France 25m ...scrum is fine but McKenzie knocks on for a French penalty; time off as Dany Priso gets a bit of medical attention
ABs 14-3 France 26m Les Bleus disrupt the ABs scrum and steal the ball; ABs promptly hand over another penalty just inside their 22 and Belleau clears it well to the midfield
ABs 14-3 France 27m First the French are pinged for not releasing at the ruck in the ABs half, but immediately the ABs do the same for a French attacking lineout
ABs 14-3 France 28m Lineout works better than the last and ABs are pinged for offside - French penalty outside the 22 & Parra opts for kicking to corner...
ABs 14-3 France 29m Ref has a word with Parra to not habitually tap the ball when they win the penalty coz opposition think ball's in play. And it definitely isn't since it's flat...
ABs 14-6 France 30m Ref agrees and a new ball arrives; Parra then successfully goes for the uprights again instead of the corner
ABs 14-6 France 32m Restart has a midfield lineout for the ABs and it's just fine; ABs make ground but very slowly since the French defence is holding well
ABs 14-6 France 33m Ofa Tu'ungafasi replaces Owen Franks in the front row as the clock is held; French penalty inside own 10m
ABs 14-6 France 34m Belleau clears it well and have an attacking lineout...which goes awry
ABs 14-6 France 35m ABs possession in French territory; Les Bleus wrestle it back but it's reversed quickly enough for the ABs to invade the French 22...
ABs 14-6 France 35m ...looks like JB is over the line but whistle has gone for Aaron Smith's forward pass
ABs 14-6 France 36m Handbags are drawn quite fiercely after Sam Cane shoves Parra to the floor after he's cleared the ball
ABs 14-6 France 36m Time off as Ref has word with Cane - but no card in sight; pretty sure if he's insisting on the letter of the law, and with his form, Cane could have been sent off to the naughty step
ABs 14-6 France 37m Les Bleus clear well over halfway but the ABs kick it back putting the French back in their own half
ABs 14-6 France 38m ABs turnover the ball and kick to touch for a French defensive lineout
ABs 14-6 France 39m French make some ground, ball turned over twice before it's cleared into ABs territory...
ABs 19-6 France 40m Ioane runs the ball out of his half, offloads to Anton Lienert-Brown to JB who runs under the posts with Thomas on his heels but not quite quick enough
ABs 21-6 France 40+1m McKenzie - sporting his very dodgy Freddie Mercury moustache which would look very comfortable at Heaven(!) - adds the conversion before the halftime whistle goes

ABs 21-6 France HT T: Moody, Ben Smith, Jordie Barrett C: McKenzie (3) | P: Parra (2) Red Card Fall

New Zealand v France HT 2018ABs 21-6 France 41m French defence was pretty good considering in the first half, but can they stop the onslaught in this second half where the All Blacks just turn into destructive unforgiving White Walkers
ABs 21-6 France 42m All Blacks scrum just inside the French half coming, but not before a personnel change
ABs 21-6 France 43m Vaea Fifita came on for Squire after the break, and now Ardie Savea replaces Cane
ABs 21-6 France 44m The result of the ABs scrum is a French lineout outside the ABs 22
ABs 21-6 France 45m The lineout is OK but a knock on hands a defensive scrum to the All Blacks, but before it's set, Karl Tu'inukuafe replaces Moody
ABs 21-6 France 47m Time off for the medics to come on for the French, and when it's back on, they are lurking just inside the ABs 22...
ABs 21-6 France 48m Cyril Baille & Cedate Gomes Sa for Priso and Uini Atonio in the front row, and time off as Ref has word with captains about discipline
ABs 21-6 France 49m French attacking lineout and another ABs penalty ensues - their 10th so far...
ABs 21-6 France 50m Another attacking lineout for the French but a penalty comes for a knock on; ABs defensive scrum inside their 22
ABs 21-6 France 51m It's bad enough that awful hip hop is blasted out after every score, but cheesy 80s tunes during play...seriously?! It's rugby not American Football!
ABs 21-6 France 52m Nathan Harris has replaced Codie Taylor while the ABs take play to the midfield from the scrum...
ABs 21-6 France 53m France up to an 8th phase in attack after they take possession from the All Blacks...
ABs 21-6 France 54m ...the counter attack comes & the ABs thump the ball back into the French 22, secured by Thomas as he tries to force the ABs back
ABs 21-6 France 55m Scrum halves are replaced: TJ Perenara for Aaron Smith & Baptiste Serin for Parra ; ABs attacking lineout on the French 22
ABs 21-6 France 56m Harris is pinged for throw in not straight; French defensive scrum just inside their 22 - ABs are cleared well back
ABs 26-6 France 57m ...but they come back hard and lightning fast hands thru McKenzie and JB goes over for a brace
ABs 26-6 France 58m McKenzie is hurried up by the Ref for running out of time, and he fluffs it anyway
ABs 26-6 France 59m More changes with Ngani Laumape on for Lienert-Brown | Pierre Bourgarit & Paul Gabrillagues for Camille Chat & Maestri
ABs 26-6 France 61m A little aerial football ensues before Thomas kicks to touch for ABs lineout just inside the French half
ABs 26-6 France 62m The lineout is fine but Ryan Crotty infringes at the breakdown giving possession back to Les Bleus in their own half
ABs 26-6 France 62m Maxime Médard replaces Doumayrou as Belleau kicks to touch to clear the ABs away
ABs 26-6 France 63m French make serious yards and are into the ABs 22 and the whistle goes as Perenara is sent off to the naughty step from the breakdown - he did warn them already
ABs 26-6 France 64m Finally the French are equal in numbers to the All Blacks, and they get within 5m of the tryline before the whistle goes for an ABs penalty
ABs 26-6 France 64m TMO looking at Belleau's tip tackle of Sam Whitelock which is not dangerous, just a penalty, but quite funny since the Frenchman is half the height of Whitelock so had little choice than to tip him over to finish the tackle
ABs 26-6 France 65m Alexandre Lapandry has replaced Galletier
ABs 26-6 France 65m ABs clear the French out of the danger zone, Ben Smith gets under the high ball and Ioane charges towards the French 22, shut down firmly by Bastareaud
ABs 26-6 France 66m Bastareaud is effective in getting the ball away and a chip ahead from Médard is chased by Ioane who reaches the ball but in his own 22...
ABs 26-6 France 67m ...and aerial football comes next before the ABs have a defensive lineout outside their 22, promptly stolen by the French...
ABs 26-6 France 68m ...and Bourgarit sprints for the tryline, Ben Smith tackles him just short, the Frenchman places the ball and Ref goes to TMO to ask any reason no to award the try
ABs 26-6 France 69m TMO Ayoub deems Bourgarit propelled himself forward so double movement - no try - penalty
ABs 26-6 France 70m Crotty gets into a head butt situation trying to tackle Bastareaud...big mistake! He's off for an HIA and Lienert-Brown has to come back on
ABs 26-6 France 71m Jules Plisson replaces Belleau at fly half while Perenara is desperate to return from the sidelines; ABs scrum on their on 10m...
ABs 26-6 France 73m ABs lose possession at the breakdown on halfway, and hand over their 13th penalty; the men in black really haven't switched up any gear this half, probably gone down one in fact
ABs 26-6 France 74m French lineout on the ABs 22 is good, but they lose the ball at the first breakdown
ABs 26-6 France 76m ABs clear to midfield for a French lineout but ball stolen at the breakdown; Les Bleus get over it in the next play but illegally so ABs get close to the French 22...
ABs 26-6 France 77m French boot clear the All Blacks back, the homeside come back but returned Perenara knocks the ball forward on the French 22
ABs 26-6 France 78m Time off before a French lineout and Les Bleus go wide but a pass is intercepted...
ABs 26-6 France 79m ...& the ABs have an opportunity here, but it's thwarted by their own knocking the ball into touch
ABs 26-6 France 79m Les Bleus have a defensive lineout in the their 22 and they do well to secure the ball, don't kick it away but run it hard the length of the pitch...
ABs 26-11 France 80m ...and the final pass goes from Kelian Gourdon to Gomes Sa who flies over the tryline to score!
ABs 26-13 France 80+2m Plisson adds the conversion, and it could've been so different without a red card & 2 disallowed tries
New Zealand v France FT 2018ABs 26-13 France FT Considering the difficult circumstances Les Bleus were put in, they frustrated any flow for the All Blacks, and held their own magnificently tho losing the match

New Zealand v France Steinlager Series and Gallaher Cup winners 2018

New Zealand15 Jordie Barrett 14 Ben Smith 13 Anton Lienert-Brown 12 Ryan Crotty 11 Rieko Ioane 10 Beauden Barrett 9 Aaron Smith 1 Joe Moody 2 Codie Taylor 3 Owen Franks 4 SAM WHITELOCK (C) 5 Scott Barrett 6 Liam Squire 7 Sam Cane 8 Luke Whitelock BENCH: 16 Nathan Harris 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 19 Vaea Fifita 20 Ardie Savea 21 TJ Perenara 22 Damian McKenzie 23 Ngani Laumape

SCORERS T: Moody, Ben Smith, Jordie Barrett (2) C: McKenzie (3) Yellow Card Perenara

France15 Benjamin Fall 14 Teddy Thomas 13 MATHIEU BASTAREAUD (C) 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 11 Gael Fickou 10 Anthony Belleau 9 Morgan Parra 1 Dany Priso 2 Camille 3 Uini Atonio Chat 4 Bernard le Roux 5 Yoann Maestri 6 Mathieu Babillot 7 Kélian Galletier 8 Kelian Gourdon BENCH: 16 Pierre Bourgarit 17 Cyril Baille 18 Cedate Gomes Sa 19 Paul Gabrillagues 20 Alexandre Lapandry 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Jules Plisson 23 Maxime Médard

SCORERS T: Gomes Sa C: Plisson P: Parra (2) Red Card Fall

Referee: Angus Gardner Asst. Referees: John Lacey, Luke Pearce TMO: George Ayoub




AustraliaAUSTRALIA 21 - 26 IRELANDIreland

AAMI Park, Melbourne - Saturday 16 June 2018
KO: 20:00 HT: 14-16 Att: tbc


Wallabies v Ireland Time for the Aussie Aborigine welcome to country before the anthems...
Wallabies v Ireland They really should have got someone to sing the Irish anthem who could actually hold a tune! Ugh it sounds awful...
Wallabies v Ireland Ever noticed how Aussies have really cute little noses?!

Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 1m Bernard Foley kicks off the match while it sounds like Ireland must be empty for the chants of "Ireland in Melbourne!
Wallabies 5-0 Ireland 2m Such pretty hands from the Aussies started by Foley and ending with Kurtley Beale who sprints quicker than Bolt to the tryline to score already!
Australia v Ireland Kurtley Beale Conor Murray Rob Kearney Tadhg Furlong 2018Wallabies 7-0 Ireland 3m Foley adds the extras and Johnny Sexton is left to pick up the pieces and restart the match...
Wallabies 7-0 Ireland 4m Irish scrum on the Aussie 10m which takes an age to set; they do win the ball and slowly head towards the Aussie 22 but are being held back quite firmly
Wallabies 7-0 Ireland 6m The Irish haven't even reached the 22 after 14 phases before the whistle goes and the Ref Williams goes to TMO Skeen for a tip tackle...
Wallabies 7-0 Ireland 6m ...Marika Koroibete tackles Rob Kearney across the midriff and his legs swing up - deemed a dangerous tackle and Koroibete is off the field for 10 minutes
Wallabies 7-5 Ireland 7m Sexton kicks to touch for 5m lineout and Conor Murray collects to offload overhead to Andrew Conway who scores out wide
Wallabies 7-7 Ireland 8m Sexton adds the extras and it's quickly all square in Melbourne
Wallabies 7-10 Ireland 12m Twitter lockout! AARRGGHH!!!! Anyway, Aussies obviously gave away another penalty and Sexton adds 3 more points to take the lead
Wallabies 7-10 Ireland 13m Beale's kick is charged down in their own half and the ball is fumbled badly for Ireland to take advantage, but the Aussies keep ball in play for Will Genia to clear neatly
Wallabies 7-10 Ireland 14m Ireland think they're away again but an intercept comes from the Aussies...
Wallabies 7-13 Ireland 16m ...but Peter O'Mahony gets over the ball at the breakdown to steal the ball, penalty Ireland & Sexton adds another 3
Wallabies 7-13 Ireland 17m Meanwhile, Jordan Larmour has replaced Conway who has gone off with ice to his lower back...
Wallabies 7-13 Ireland 18m Dane Haylett-Petty gets under a high ball well and is tackled down around the neck by Robbie Henshaw; instead David Pocock is pinged
Wallabies 7-13 Ireland 19m Sexton clears ball to touch for a good lineout and Ireland hold on firmly
Wallabies 7-16 Ireland 20m While Ireland are embedded deep in Aussie territory, the homeside leak another penalty & Sexton adds 3 more points
Wallabies 7-16 Ireland 22m Ireland are so in control of this match now, despite Koroibete returning to the paddock
Wallabies 7-16 Ireland 23m Another Irish attack but this time the Aussies wrestle the ball back at the breakdown and win a penalty
Wallabies 7-16 Ireland 24m Aussies clear the Irish well back and are quickly back in Irish territory, advantage being played...
Wallabies 7-16 Ireland 25m's O'Mahony who is the guilty party on Izack Rodda; attacking lineout in the Irish 22 & the Aussies drive towards the tryline with such vehemence...
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 25m ...Ref's whistle goes sharply and he runs under the posts to indicate a penalty try for illegal play from the Irish, and Cian Healy is off to the naughty step
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 26m Genia has been looking in pain for a few minutes now, and is eventually swapped out for Nick Phipps
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 27m Caleb Timu pinged for taking out James Ryan off the ball - penalty Ireland in Aussie territory
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 29m Sexton tees up from in front of the post but half way into the 10m area, and kicks it so far off the uprights to the left it may as well have been heading for Dublin!
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 30m Murray needs to be careful as he earlier tried to approach the ref with a whinge, but Williams sent him packing; "I'm only talking to the captain, you're not the captain."
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 31m With Healy off the field, Jack McGrath is on for scrums, replacing Dan Leavy
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 31m Irish again on the attack and play halted for a high tackle on Garry Ringrose by Beale - it's nowhere near a high tackle of course and the TMO concurs
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 33m Aussies trying to escape their own half and advantage being played...the whistle goes and the homeside breach the Irish 10m but O'Mahony takes advantage of the isolation of Foley to win the ball
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 34m Sexton clears the Aussies back but the homeside fight back hard and have the Irish on the backfoot in their own half again
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 35m Tadhg Furlong gets his hands on the ball and bulldozes over halfway, tackles falling off him til he comes to a standstill and hurls the ball in the air to no one in particular
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 36m Penalty comes to the Aussies and they clear the Irish back again, but it doesn't last...
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 37m ...a high ball could fall for Haylett-Petty but Larmour grabs and snakes through the defence til he's eventually shut down
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 38m Pocock affects the turnover in impressive fashion and the Aussies have a defensive scrum; Leavy returns with McGrath to the bench after Healy returns
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 40m The scrum is efficient but in the Aussie 22, Phipps gets the ball away to Samu Kerevi to Beale but he fumbles it to knock in whilst being tackled fiercely, and the ref blows the whistle for halftime

Wallabies 14-16 Ireland HT T: Beale, PT C: Foley Yellow Card Koroibete | T: Conway C: Sexton P: Sexton (3) Yellow Card Healy

Australia v Ireland HT 2018Wallabies 14-16 Ireland HT The Aussies need to rein in those penalties - 7 to 4, and need to hang onto the ball when they get it; Possession 31:69% Territory 26:74%. Discipline in check and the Wallabies can take this.

Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 41m Second half and this game is still anyone's, Ireland currently in possession and 13 phases in they are 5m out from the goal line before Pocock does what he does best...
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 42m Time off after Adam Coleman gets an elbow whack in the face, already black in an instant for Rob Simmons to come on for him
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 43m After the break, Lukhan Tui and Tolu Latu on for Timu and Brandon Paenga-Amosa; Jordi Murphy has replaced Leavy
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 44m The Aussies send the Irish packing and they've a long way to come back
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 46m The Irish only creep forward and so far haven't got back out of their own half yet...
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 47m Eventually the visitors breach the halfway line and Beale is pinged for a high tackle - though no doubt a closer look would likely show it was only as high as last time - when it was shoulder level
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 48m Sexton sets up a 22 lineout, but the Aussies promptly steal the lineout ball and the Irish lineout is now back on the 10m
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 48m Rob Herring replaces Niall Scannell
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 49m A few minutes back, McGrath came back on for Healy; the Irish are determined to score this time since they are repeatedly thwarted by Pocock...
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 50m ...and after a heap of recycling the ball, McGrath thinks he's over at the upright, but William's says it's a double movement - not try
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 51m Irish scrum, but first Taniela Tupou replaces Sekope Kepu in the front row
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 52m After an age of recycling, picking and going, it's eventually Keith Earls who finds the tryline which the Ref calls as good
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 53m Ref goes to TMO and clearly Earls' foot isn't in touch in the corner, but he loses control of the ball before grounding - no try
Wallabies 14-16 Ireland 53m But it's an Aussie penalty (or 3 for offside amongst other things) so the Irish have another opportunity...
Wallabies 14-21 Ireland 54m ...and they take it through Furlong who finds the whitewash to put some daylight between the scores
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 55m Sexton doesn't falter this time and adds the extras; Pete Samu has replaced Rodda
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 56m Aussies finally have possession again as they put into the scrum, but they are still in their own half which they really need to escape from...
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 57m The scrum is solid but they are forced back over halfway before the boys in green & gold forge their way to the 22
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 58m But O'Mahony steals possession again - the Aussie opportunity which looked quite certain, is lost
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 59m Sexton clears the Aussies back to the midfield, but Ringrose gives away a penalty putting the Aussies back to the 22
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 60m The Aussie lineout is good and as they move towards the centre of the field at the 22, the Irish attempt to rip the ball away but fail. However...
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 61m the ball is recycled, the ball bounces off the arm of Kerevi in offload and a knock is called for Ireland to run off in the opposite direction
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 62m Pocock gets a knock, but he bounces back; Ireland are in the Aussie 22 after 7 phases before they lose possession
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 63m Reece Hodge replaces Beale while Tadhg Beirne makes his Ireland debut on for O'Mahony
Wallabies 14-23 Ireland 64m The Aussie scrum is on their 22 but they hand over a 13th penalty and Sexton tees up again
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 65m Sexton adds another 3 and the Australians now need two full scores to take the lead if they can...
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 66m The restart hands a much needed penalty to the homeside for infringement at the breakdown...
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 67m ...but possession is promptly handed directly back for blocking at the Irish lineout - penalty no.#14 for the Wallabies
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 68m Just as the Aussies look like they are in possession and are charging towards the Irish 22...BOOM! Another penalty and a warning to captain Hooper
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 69m The Irish think they're away again but the whistle goes and the ball comes back to Australia for a penalty - apparently McGrath with a high tackle but the officials don't bother to look at it
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 70m Green & Gold setup an attacking lineout and have play going their way for now...
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 71m ...but as they breach the 22, the ball goes flying forward for an Irish defensive scrum
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 72m Tom Robertson for Scott Sio & Andrew Porter fro Furlong
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 73m The Australians win the scrum penalty and set an attacking scrum just in the 22
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 74m Another penalty comes to the homeside, setting up a 5m lineout in attack...#AUSvIRE #Rugby
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 75m ...the lineout is good and the Aussies attack the width of the pitch, forced to recycle and get no closer to the goal line than 8m but eventually Phipps is pinged and possession is lost
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 75m Time off as Pascal Gaüzère points out a deliberate knock on by green which explains why Phipps is incensed - TMO is checking replay
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 75m Knock on confirmed but more footage needed to see who the player is; it's McGrath and he's sent to the naughty step too for the rest of the game
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 75m Meanwhile, Joey Carbery has replaced Devin Toner
Wallabies 14-26 Ireland 76m The Aussies are in the Irish 22, a poor pass almost loses them possession but they hang on for dear life as the ball is recycled and the play is all over the park trying to find a space...
Wallabies 19-26 Ireland 77m ...they go again and again, and this time the Aussies are directly attacking on the tryline before Tupou is awarded the score for Australia
Wallabies 21-26 Ireland 78m Foley adds the extras as the Irish make another change with John Cooney on for Sexton
Wallabies 21-26 Ireland 79m The restart has the Aussies fight their way out of their own 22, and steadily hold onto the ball as they shift upfield across halfway over the 10m....
Wallabies 21-26 Ireland 80m ...but as the Aussies head towards the 22, the ball goes forward as the clock turns red and the final score gives the win to Ireland
Australia v Ireland FT 2018Wallabies 21-26 Ireland FT So it's all to play for next week with a win each for the Aussies and the Irish in the third test series decider

Australia15 Israel Folau 14 Dane Haylett-Petty 13 Samu Kerevi 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Marika Koroibete 10 Bernard Foley 9 Will Genia 1 Scott Sio 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Izack Rodda 5 Adam Coleman 6 David Pocock 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Caleb Timu BENCH: 16 Tolu Latu 17 Tom Robertson 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Rob Simmons 20 Lukhan Tui 21 Pete Samu 22 Nick Phipps 23 Reece Hodge

SCORERS T: Beale, PT, Tupou C: Foley (2) Yellow Card Koroibete

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Andrew Conway 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Robbie Henshaw 11 Keith Earls 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 Niall Scannell 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 James Ryan 5 Devin Toner 6 PETER O'MAHONY (C) 7 Dan Leavy 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Rob Herring 17 Jack McGrath 18 Andrew Porter 19 Tadhg Beirne* 20 Jordi Murphy 21 John Cooney 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour

SCORERS T: Conway, Furlong C: Sexton (2) P: Sexton (4) Yellow Card Healy, McGrath

Referee: Paul Williams Asst. Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Marius van der Westhuizen TMO: Ben Skeen




USAUSA 30 - 29 SCOTLANDScotland

BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston - Saturday 16 June 2018
KO: 20:00 HT: 13-24 Att: tbc

USA15 Will Hooley 14 BLAINE SCULLY (C) 13 Bryce Campbell 12 Paul Lasike 11 Marcel Brache 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Shaun Davies 1 Eric Fry 2 Joe Taufete'e 3 Paul Mullen 4 Samu Manoa 5 Nick Civetta 6 John Quill 7 Hanco Germishuys 8 Cam Dolan BENCH: 16 Dylan Fawsitt 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Chris Baumann 19 Greg Peterson 20 Ben Landry 21 Nate Augspurger 22 Will Magie 23 Dylan Audsley

SCORERS T: Taufete'e (2), Germishuys C: MacGinty (3) P: MacGinty (3) Yellow Card Manoa

Scotland15 STUART HOGG (C) 14 Blair Kinghorn 13 Nick Grigg 12 Pete Horne 11 Byron McGuigan 10 Adam Hastings 9 George Horne* 1 Jamie Bhatti 2 George Turner 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Lewis Carmichael 5 Ben Toolis 6 Tim Swinson 7 Luke Hamilton 8 Matt Fagerson* BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Allan Dell 18 Murray McCallum 19 Grant Gilchrist 20 David Denton 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Mark Bennett 23 Dougie Fife

SCORERS T: Kinghorn, PT, Turner, Fife C: Kinghorn (2) P: Kinghorn

Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst. Referees: Shuhei Kubo, Federico Anselmi TMO: David Grashoff




Week 3

Japan v Italy Argentina v Wales South Africa v EnglandUSA v Russia Canada v Scotland New Zealand v FranceAustralia v Ireland

JapanJAPAN 34 - 17 ITALYItaly

Oita Bank Dome, Oita - Saturday 09 June 2018
KO: 14:45 HT: 17-14 Att: 25,824

JAPAN scored four superb tries Saturday to beat Italy 34-17 at Oita Bank Dome.

Amanaki Lelei Mafi, Kenki Fukuoka, Lomano Lava Lemeki and Kotaro Matsushima all touched down to give the Brave Blossoms their second straight win over the Azzurri following five losses.

Italy replied with tries from Tiziano Pasquali and Abraham Jurgens Steyn but the educated right boot of Yu Tamura ensured it was Japan that came away with the spoils.

Tamura converted all four tries and added two penalties from three attempts in addition to controlling the game well from flyhalf as Japan ensured the first test match to be held in Oita – which will host five games at Rugby World Cup 2019 – ended in a win for the hosts

Italy led early on through Pasquali’s score but the Brave Blossoms hit back with some flowing rugby, with Mafi finishing off some good work by Fukuoka and Leitch before the former showed his pace to cross for Japan’s second try.

The visitors got back into the game just before the break as the teams turned around with Japan leading 17-14, before Tommaso Allan pulled the sides level in the 51st minute.

But Japan’s ability to control the game in the closing stages allowed Lemeki to add his side’s third try thanks to a good kick pass from Tamura and a well-timed catch and offload from Shota Horie, before Matsushima rounded off the scoring as he followed up another good kick from his flyhalf.

Japan15 Kotaro Matsushima 14 Lomano Lemeki 13 Will Tupou 12 Timothy Lafaele 11 Kenki Fukuoka 10 Yu Tamura 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 1 Keita Inagaki 2 Shota Horie 3 Ji-Won Koo 4 Wimpie Van Der Walt 5 Samuela Anise 6 Kazuki Himeno 7 MICHAEL LEITCH (C) 8 Amanaki Mafi BENCH: 16 Yusuke Niwai 17 Shintaro Ishihara 18 Takuma Asahara 19 Uwe Helu 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga 21 Yutaka Nagare 22 Rikiya Matsuda 23 Ryoto Nakamura

SCORERS T: Mafi, Fukuoka, Lemeki, Matsushima C: Tamura (4) P: Tamura

Italy15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Mattia Bellini 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Marcello Violi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 LEONARDO GHIRALDINI (C) 3 Tiziano Pasquali 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Giovanni Licata 8 Abraham Steyn BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Federico Zani 18 Giosuè Zilocchi* 19 George Biagi 20 Marco Fuser 21 Jake Polledri 22 Tito Tebaldi 23 Jayden Hayward

SCORERS T: Pasquali, Steyn C: Allan (2) P: Allan

Referee: Nic Berry Asst. Referees: Nigel Owens, Nick Briant TMO: Rowan Kitt




ArgentinaARGENTINA 10 - 23 WALESArgentina

Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario - Saturday 09 June 2018
KO: 16:40 HT: 3-17 Att: 23,200


Pumas 0-0 Wales 1m Nicolas Sanchez kicks off proceedings in San Juan and the Pumas also win the first penalty
Pumas 3-0 Wales 2m Between Rob Evans & Ross Moriarty, they hand over the opening points to Sanchez who barely has to try with his first kick at the uprights
Pumas 3-0 Wales 3m The Pumas are firmly in charge as they lurk around the Welsh 22 but once they've breached it, Josh Adams effects a turnover & it's time off already
Pumas 3-0 Wales 4m Hadleigh Parkes has attention from the medics, but his fine & the Welsh clear the Pumas outside their 22 with a lineout coming
Pumas 3-0 Wales 5m The lineout is fine but the clearance is poor & the Pumas have the attacking lineout just outside the Welsh 22
Pumas 3-0 Wales 6m Pumas are promptly shut down in attack and the Welsh slowly move over halfway into the Pumas' half
Pumas 3-5 Wales 7m Good hands from the Welsh and Hallam Amos allows James Davies to score the opening try in the corner
Pumas 3-7 Wales 8m Rhys Patchell adds the extras from out wide
Pumas 3-7 Wales 9m The restart has the Pumas back on the Welsh 22 and the visitors hand over a penalty after Pablo Matera gets over Welsh ball
Pumas 3-7 Wales 10m However, Sanchez's teensie kick is long so it's back for a Welsh defensive scrum on their 22
Pumas 3-7 Wales 11m Patchell clears after Wales win a free kick off the scrum, and they settle in between the Pumas' 10m and 22 for a lineout
Pumas 3-7 Wales 12m The Pumas steal possession but only for a moment as the Welsh win it back; ball finds touch for a Pumas 10m lineout in defence
Pumas 3-7 Wales 14m Captain Agustin Creevy alerts to the Welsh encroaching on the lineout, and the visitors then promptly interfere with the jumper in the air - Pumas ball...
Pumas 3-7 Wales 15m The Pumas are fast back at the Pumas 22; they are forced back towards the 10m and Emiliano Boffelli is almost brought down by Patchell under a high ball
Pumas 3-7 Wales 16m Ref Brace only has a word with Patchell and it's another penalty for the Pumas who venture well into the 22
Pumas 3-7 Wales 17m Pumas are centimetres from the goal line but cannot breach it; penalty to the Pumas again
Pumas 3-7 Wales 19m Pumas take their time deciding their course of action, eventually settling on a kick to touch for a 5m line out which flows well...
Pumas 3-7 Wales 20m Ref is playing advantage as the Pumas recycle form far touch to the nearside; Brace is letting play continue and still hasn't called advantage over as the Pumas edge back towards the uprights
Pumas 3-7 Wales 21m Brace calls time and defers to the TMO for try or no try; let us now sit back for a bank of replays until someone finally decides on the play
Pumas 3-7 Wales 21m Penalty advantage after the ref can't conclusively award a try; Wales are warned by the Ref as Pumas set up another 5m lineout
Pumas 3-7 Wales 22m Tomas Lavanini takes in the lineout ball deftly and the Pumas drive towards the tryline but the ball is turned over by James Davies
Pumas 3-7 Wales 23m The Welsh clear the Pumas back up towards the 10m and it's a Welsh defensive scrum being set
Pumas 3-7 Wales 23m Welsh take an age to set their scrum...what a bore after such exciting games earlier in the day...
Pumas 3-7 Wales 25m Free kick to Wales off the scrum and the ball is cleared long - Pumas thump it straight back and play is in Welsh hands in the midfield
Pumas 3-7 Wales 26m This game feels almost footballesque as Patchell dribbles the ball into the Pumas 22 and into touch for a homeside defensive lineout
Pumas 3-12 Wales 27m Plans fail for the Pumas as a Welsh lineout ensues and George North sprints off to score another try for the visitors
Pumas 3-14 Wales 28m Patchell adds the conversion and the Pumas have a long way to come back already
Pumas 3-14 Wales 30m The Pumas make some good yards after the restart and Matías Orlando sprints deftly along touch without putting a foot in it; Wales hold up the ball and win possession back in their own 22
Pumas 3-14 Wales 31m Welsh defensive scrum is solid and the Welsh are long away from their dangerzone at speed
Pumas 3-14 Wales 32m The Welsh venture towards the Pumas 22 but the homeside quickly clear the visitors back towards the midfield
Pumas 3-14 Wales 33m It's a Pumas scrum on their 10m, but before it's set, the Ref has a word with both hookers about the instability of the scrum
Pumas 3-14 Wales 34m Penalty to Wales and Patchell tees up for the kick from almost in front of the posts inside halfway
Pumas 3-17 Wales 36m Patchell takes forever arranging the tee and taking the kick, which he converts to points eventually
Pumas 3-17 Wales 37m Pumas are quickly at the 22 again and advantage being played; knock on but we're back for the original penalty
Pumas 3-17 Wales 38m The homeside work deep into the Welsh 22 and are just a couple of metres short of the whitewash
Pumas 3-17 Wales 38m The Welsh are stifling all of the Pumas' forward drive and momentum by slowing the ball down, frustrating play and killing the pace of the break down
Pumas 3-17 Wales 39m Welsh defensive 5m scrum for a knock on from the Pumas - nothing is happening quickly though
Pumas 3-17 Wales 40m The siren has long gone after the  Welsh clear the ball away after the scrum; Ref lets play continue & the Pumas run the ball book through many red-shirt obstacles
Pumas 3-17 Wales 40+1m Pumas ball again and they kick to touch for a lineout just inside the Welsh 22
Pumas 3-17 Wales 40+2m The Welsh steal the lineout ball and promptly knock on; no matter because the HT whistle is blown

Argentina v Wales HT 2018 Pumas 3-17 Wales HT P: Sanchez | T: James Davies, North C: Patchell (2) P: Patchell

Pumas 3-17 Wales 41m Santiago González Iglesias has replaced Sanchez at fly half & the Pumas spoil the first Welsh lineout
Pumas 3-17 Wales 42m Welsh scrum almost on halfway and they retain the ball but are forced back over halfway
Pumas 3-17 Wales 43m Welsh are having advantage played and the penalty comes just inside the 10m; captain Cory Hill gets attention from medics, as does Marcos Kremer
Pumas 3-20 Wales 44m Patchell tees up from inside the 10m and a little wide, adding 3 more points
Pumas 3-20 Wales 45m Never noticed until today how Patchell looks like the poor man's version of Prince Harry...
Pumas 3-20 Wales 46m The Welsh games continued going into the second half as they left the Pumas out on the field for an age before turning up themselves
Pumas 3-20 Wales 47m Time off again for an injury after the Welsh stifle another Pumas attack heading towards the 22...
Pumas 3-20 Wales 47m Matera is helped off the pitch by the medics and he is replaced by Tomas Lezana
Pumas 3-20 Wales 48m Wales are in possession and just into the Pumas half before a knock on hands over the ball
Pumas 3-20 Wales 49m Martin Landajo replaces Gonzalo Bertranou at scrum half before they set their scrum just inside their half; it goes well and the Pumas gain some ground
Pumas 3-20 Wales 50m The wall of red forces the Pumas back to halfway and they struggle to move forward; Iglesias drops the ball but it goes backwards so hang onto possession for now
Pumas 3-20 Wales 51m The Welsh keep their discipline while the Pumas are frazzled as they go even further back before a turnover comes
Pumas 3-20 Wales 52m Patchell tees up from 49m in front of the posts and he sends it off target by a country mile
Pumas 3-20 Wales 53m Tomas Francis & Nicky Smith replace Lewis and Smith while the Pumas turnover the ball momentarily
Pumas 3-20 Wales 54m Seb Davies goes off, Aaron Wainwright replacing him as possession is reversed for into the ruck in the side
Pumas 3-20 Wales 55m Wales are all over the Pumas' 22 but a knock comes to halt their momentum
Pumas 3-20 Wales 55m Another time off as Javier Diaz replaces Santiago Garcia Botta at loosehead before the Pumas have their 5m defensive scrum...
Pumas 3-20 Wales 56m Penalty advantage being played despite the Pumas not escaping their 22; Adams knocks on and the Welsh are forced back for Pumas to clear
Pumas 3-20 Wales 57m Two minutes pass before Botta returns to the paddock and Diaz is back on the bench; Pumas do batter and attack up towards the Welsh 22
Pumas 3-20 Wales 59m Wales regain possession and Patchell kicks the ball clear over halfway; Botta is apparently off again and Diaz back on!
Pumas 3-20 Wales 60m Earlier, Sebastian Cancelliere replaced Bautista Delguy | Ryan Elias, Aled Davies & Gareth Anscombe on for Elliott Dee, Gareth Davies & Patchell
Pumas 3-20 Wales 62m Pumas turn their fortunes a little and make it into the Welsh 22...but it doesn't last
Pumas 3-20 Wales 63m Cancelliere gets close but they are turned over right up close to the whitewash
Pumas 3-20 Wales 64m A scrum doesn't help & the Welsh force the Pumas back outside their 22
Pumas 3-20 Wales 65m Julian Montoya & Santiago Medrano replace Creevy & Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Pumas 3-20 Wales 66m The Pumas continue to be forced backwards up to halfway and Wales simply take advantage of the lack of any anything from the Pumas
Pumas 3-20 Wales 68m Matías Alemanno for Lavanini | Josh Turnbull for Hill
Pumas 3-20 Wales 70m Pumas have none of their expected flair and effervescence; the Welsh aren't much more exciting but at least a scoring points and are making plays even if it all lacklustre
Pumas 3-20 Wales 71m Josh Adams gets awfully close to scoring but the Pumas steal possession and clear the Welsh back well
Pumas 3-20 Wales 72m Pumas lineout set up on the Welsh 22 but the maul goes nowhere and the homeside don't try anything different to baffle the Welsh
Pumas 3-20 Wales 73m Pumas go from near touch to the far side and make a few yards into the 22, now 5m short and the Welsh ordered to release...
Pumas 3-20 Wales 74m Time off as the Ref goes to the TMO to ask if there is any reason not to award the try to Marcus Kremer
Pumas 3-20 Wales 74m Advantage was being played anyway; no try for Kremer crawling to the tryline and not making any attempt to get back to his feet
Pumas 3-20 Wales 75m Back for the penalty and it's a Pumas 5m attacking scrum...
Pumas 3-20 Wales 76m Scrum has to be reset while the Welsh just take their time doing anything at all to run the clock down
Pumas 3-20 Wales 77m Free play to the Pumas but each player keeps running directly ahead, despite this tactic failing for 77 minutes so far!
Pumas 8-20 Wales 78m The Pumas are held back again and again until Lezana shows a moment of creativity and slips through the defence to score!
Pumas 10-20 Wales 79m Gonzalez Iglesias converts quickly and from the restart, the Pumas run out of their 22 before a turnover comes on the Welsh 10m
Pumas 10-20 Wales 80m The Pumas are back in front of their whitewash and a final penalty comes to the Welsh...
Pumas 10-23 Wales 80+1m ...Anscombe tees up directly in front of the posts and adds the final 3 points before the final whistle

Argentina v Wales FT 2018

Argentina15 Emiliano Boffelli 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Matías Orlando 12 Jerónimo de le Fuente 11 Ramiro Moyano 10 Nicolas Sanchez 9 Gonzalo Bertranou 1 Santiago Garcia Botta 2 AGUSTIN CREEVY (C) 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 4 Guido Petti 5 Tomas Lavanini 6 Pablo Matera 7 Marcos Kremer 8 Javier Ortega Desio BENCH: 16 Julian Montoya 17 Javier Diaz 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Tomas Lezana 21 Martin Landajo 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias 23 Sebastian Cancelliere

SCORERS T: Lezana C: Gonzalez Iglesias P: Sanchez

Wales15 Hallam Amos 14 Josh Adams 13 Scott Williams 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 George North 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Gareth Davies 1 Wyn Jones 2 Elliot Dee 3 Dillon Lewis 4 Adam Beard 5 CORY HILL (C) 6 Seb Davies 7 James Davies 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Rob Evans 18 Tomas Francis 19 Josh Turnbull 20 Aaron Wainwright* 21 Aled Davies 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 Owen Watkin

SCORERS T: James Davies, North C: Patchell (2) P: Patchell (2), Anscombe

Referee: Andrew Brace Asst. Referees: Jaco Peyper, Mathieu Raynal TMO: Marius Jonker




South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 42 - 39 ENGLANDEngland

Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg - Saturday 09 June 2018
KO: 17:05 HT: 29-27 Att: 55,260


Boks v England Tendai The Beast Mtawarira wins his 99th cap for the Boks today, while Mako Vunipola wins his 50th for England; not many better giants of rugby around today than these two! But beating that even, Siya Kolisi debuts as captain...
Boks v England Owen Farrell captains England today, but Mako V will run out first for his momentous caps of 50...
Boks v England Before Siya leads his team out on this monumental day for indigenous South Africans, a few chaps wearing bits of animals skins doing lots of kangaroo like jumping...
Boks v England Tears of pride in the eyes of Jonny May as the England boys belt out the National Anthem...
Boks v England No less passion for the Bokke either for their tri-language anthem and we're almost ready for KO in J'burg...sadly with huge swathes of empty seats *sigh*


Boks 0-0 England 1m We have KO and the first penalty comes from Jean-Luc du Preez off his feet giving Elliot Daly a chance to kick at the uprights from his own 10m!
Boks 0-3 England 2m It's Daly - not sure anyone can kick as accurately from distance as him in international rugby! It's first blood for England...
Boks 0-8 England 3m This is utterly ridiculous! Daly kicks ahead immensely, Mako V is huge and new wing Mike Brown sprints to the corner to score already!
Boks 0-10 England 4m Bok defence was almost nowhere to be seen...meanwhile psycho-eyes Faz is perfect with his conversion from touch. 10 points in 4 minutes....Mr Jones will be pleased!
Boks 0-10 England 7m Wilco Louw next to be pinged at the first scrum and another England penalty; Faz sets up midfield lineout which is good but the Boks win a penalty soon after
Boks 0-10 England 8m Boks set up a lineout on the England 22; England are pinged & it's a Bok scrum on the England 22
Boks 3-10 England 10m Further infringement from England and Handré Pollard tees up for an easy 3 points to get the Boks on the board
Boks 3-10 England 12m England reply from the restart by hurtling up to and into the Bok 22 again already...this is going to be class rugby
Boks 3-15 England 13m George Ford quickly gets the ball out to May from the ruck to Daly who flies over in the corner for a second try already
Boks 3-17 England 14m Another perfect conversion from Faz from touch and England are proving their detractors wrong from the outset
Boks 3-17 England 15m A little aerial football ensues before England have a lineout on the Bok 10m
Boks 3-22 England 16m A perfect lineout from Jamie Ford and as the ball goes out, Ford to May to Faz who sprints in under the posts for try no. #3
Boks 3-24 England 17m Faz's easiest conversion so far and this could be a cricket score at this rate. Come on the Bokke! Give England a game!!!
Boks 3-24 England 19m But it's another penalty from England, and the Boks have another 22 lineout...can they produce more than a 3-pointer this time?
South Africa v England Faf de Klerk 2018Boks 8-24 England 20m S’busiso Nkosi almost makes it but is shut down just short by Ford; Maro Itoje tackles Duane Vermeulen but slips while Faf de Klerk collects the ball and finds the whitewash
Boks 8-24 England 21m The conversion goes awry from Pollard, and England are quickly bearing down in Bok territory again...
Boks 8-24 England 22m Time off momentarily as Take On Me by Aha rebounds around the stadium (don't ask!) before play resumes
Boks 8-24 England 23m This is going to be very feisty! Bok lineout in the midfield as the Bok crowd get a little fraught... Henry Slade again knocks the ball out of Bok hands
Boks 8-24 England 24m It's an England defensive lineout just inside their 10m
Boks 8-24 England 25m Time's finally caught up with the points as a Daly kick gives the Boks another line out just inside England territory
Boks 8-24 England 26m Another knock on from the Boks gives England another scrum in the midfield and they clear over halfway...
Boks 8-24 England 27m ...the Boks run it back and make it over halfway but come up against a wall of white
Boks 8-24 England 28m Boks are finding it harder to find space but they go wide and Nkosi makes a break, only for Daly to shut him down
Boks 8-24 England 29m Boks get turned over, England clear but the homeside come back hard; Damian de Allende chips ahead for ball to surpass the tryline...
Boks 13-24 England 29m ...chip ahead was in fact from debutant Nkosi and Daly misses putting it away for Nkosi to score!
Boks 15-24 England 30m Boks have parked their early shock; Pollard converts and the homeside are right back in this game
Boks 15-24 England 32m It's the Boks looking far more dangerous now, breaching every gain line along the way and into the 22 with such fast hands...
Boks 20-24 England 33m ...and it's Nkosi who lands the ball last for another try in the corner!
Boks 22-24 England 34m And this time Pollard doesn't miss from touch and England's advantage is almost wiped out
Boks 22-24 England 35m The restart has the ball back in the Bok 22 but Chris Robshaw makes an error for the Boks to take a penalty to clear the opposition back up to halfway
Boks 22-24 England 35m Nick Isiekwe is sent off by England management for England debutant but hugely experienced Brad Shields to replace him - time off as Ref comms go down
Boks 22-24 England 36m Bok lineout just inside their half; England -or more accurately Shields- fails to disrupt it tho Itoje goes to steal at the breakdown, but he's pinged for a high tackle
Boks 22-24 England 37m The Boks are now into the England 22 but are turned over and cleared back for an attacking lineout outside the 22...
Boks 27-24 England 38m ...from far touch, the Boks play a blinder in wide to the nearside and Willie le Roux finds the whitewash easily
Boks 29-24 England 39m The England defence has just fallen apart again and the Boks are taking full advantage; Pollard adds the extras
Boks 29-24 England 40+1m But the Boks promptly hand over a kickable penalty just outside their 22 and wide from the restart; Faz tees up...
Boks 29-27 England 40+2m ...and he has no problem reducing the deficit to just two points

Boks 29-27 England HT T: de Klerk, Nkosi (2), le Roux C: Pollard (3) P: Pollard | T: Brown, Daly, Farrell C: Farrell (3) P: Daly

South Africa v England HT 2018Boks 29-27 England HT This match is utterly insane and really quite brilliant!
Well I don't know about you guys, but a drink is most definitely required with this crazy going on!
Boks 29-27 England HT Big decisions for both coaches with timing of replacements in the second half; HT stats are not looking good for England...

Boks 29-27 England 41m England KO the second half, and this game is anyone's as the Boks run out of their 22 with a huge sprint from RG Snyman almost to the England 22!
Boks 29-27 England 42m Scrum outside the England 22 for the Boks but it collapses before the ball is released...reset; and the players are getting antsy on both sides with some pushing and shoving
Boks 29-27 England 43m de Klerk runs off into the England 22 with ball in hand and the ball just hits Ford on the head; Bok scrum again a little closer to the 22
Boks 29-27 England 44m England creating so much space for the Boks to run thru - they haven't caught on yet - but are saved by a poor pass from Pollard and Aphiwe Dyantyi can't catch it as ball flies forward into touch
Boks 29-27 England 45m England scrum clears the Boks back up to halfway for a lineout and de Klerk kicks it to touch in England's 22
Boks 29-27 England 46m England forced to defend their 22 again but do so deftly, the Boks back up at halfway again but in possession...
Boks 29-27 England 47m England regain the ball & Daly clears up to the 10m as Tom Curry gets attention from the medics - time off
Boks 29-27 England 48m Steven Kitshoff & Thomas du Toit replace the Beast and Louw in the front row and as play resumes, Itoje interferes with Vermeulen again in the lineout, making no attempt to reach the ball
Boks 29-27 England 49m Poor show from Itoje doing it for a second time; lucky for him, Pollard misses the penalty kick
Boks 29-27 England 50m But Pollard gets another opportunity almost immediately after Itoje tackles de Klerk off the ball. Can't really say what I'm thinking about Itoje right now!
Boks 32-27 England 51m From 39m, Pollard is just off centre and he increase the Boks lead to 5, deservedly. England discipline - well, Itoje discipline is just rubbish.
Boks 32-27 England 52m Billy V runs the ball out of his 22 from the restart, then big bro Mako takes over but another penalty is gifted to the Boks; scrum on England's 10m
South Africa v England S’busiso Nkosi Mike Brown 2018Boks 32-27 England 53m Scrum has to be reset before the ball shoots out but Dyantyi hurls the ball forward to nowhere; had he kept it, the entire near side of the pitch was devoid of England players up to the tryline
Boks 32-27 England 54m Ref has a stern word with both hookers before England have the scrum on their 22
Boks 32-27 England 55m England pinged for illegal scrummaging and the Boks come away with the penalty just outside the England 22
Boks 32-27 England 56m Pollard tees up from fairly wide and 36m from the uprights - the ball bounces off the post but none of the England boys can secure it well
Boks 32-27 England 57m England manage to get the ball away to the midfield with a fumble or two and the Boks want to come back but time off for changes; Harry Williams for Kyle Sinckler...
Boks 32-27 England 58m Akker van der Merwe on for Bongi Mbonambi before the Boks win their attacking scrum on the England 10m
Boks 32-27 England 59m Another scrum is set for the Boks closer to far touch but still on the 10m before play is halted for le Roux to get treatment
Boks 32-27 England 60m Finally England have both the ball and some territory in the right half for them, but Oh Faf de Klerk!
Boks 32-27 England 61m de Klerk first stops Billy V from taking action, then takes down Robbo hard, before bouncing back up immediately and halting Slade from going anywhere
Boks 32-27 England 62m Mako V has had enough, loses his cool and illegally goes for de Klerk, and is promptly sent to the naughty step for the first time in his 50 caps
Boks 32-27 England 63m Luke Cowan-Dickie on for George
Boks 37-27 England 64m Meanwhile, Dyantyi finally gets his try as England are still leaving gaping holes in their defence...
Boks 39-27 England 65m Pollard adds the extras while Nathan Hughes replaces injured Curry
Boks 39-27 England 66m Warrick Gelant replaced le Roux earlier; Boks finally hand over a kickable penalty to England but Faz knows they need the points so kicks to touch for lineout
Boks 39-27 England 67m The lineout is good and England make their way to the whitewash tho are forced to recycle...
Boks 39-32 England 68m Itoje redeems himself by collecting the ball from the back of the ruck and reaches over the pile of Boks on the floor to ground the ball, finally
Boks 39-32 England 69m But just as Faz goes to take the kick, the TMO decides he needs to check Itoje wasn't offside to begin with; if he'[d been paying attention, it would've been obvious he was
Boks 39-32 England 71m After a load of faffing, Faz is a little rocked and he misses the conversion
Boks 39-32 England 72m Sikhumbuzo Notshe & Ivan van Zyl on for Kolisi & de Klerk
Boks 39-32 England 73m Still only a score in it as the Boks charge towards the England dangerzone again with such vengeance; Brownie, however, gets there and stops any potential scoring
Boks 39-32 England 74m England make a heap of ground themselves and are deep in the Bok half, but not for long as they are forced backwards despite May making yards
Boks 42-32 England 75m Another penalty from England and Pollard punishes them with another 3 points from 47m
Boks 42-32 England 76m Ben Spencer, Piers Francis & Denny Solomona on for Youngs, Marler & Ford
Boks 42-37 England 77m Elton Jantjies on for Pollard to a roar from the crowd while May sprints under the posts to score!
Boks 42-39 England 78m Faz wastes no time adding the extras, no doubt rueing his previous miss and play continues...
Boks 42-39 England 79m The restart doesn't pin England back in their own 22 this time for long and Hughes breaks first, goes backwards, ball wide and penalty comes to England
Boks 42-39 England 80m Daly thumps the ball from his own 22 over halfway for a 10m attacking lineout....but the Boks disrupt the setpiece and it doesn't look hopeful for the visitors
Boks 42-39 England 80+1m Boks check the clock and Jantjies kicks the ball to touch for the first Test win of the Steinlager Series
Boks 42-39 England FT A well deserved win for the Springboks who were superior in their discipline; England look better but failed in discipline & the defence just left gaping holes to be taken advantage of
Boks 42-39 England FT 12 penalties for England to Boks' 4. Billy V chatting post-match but it's nonsense him saying England can control the discipline when they haven't for 5 consecutive matches

South Africa v England Full Time 2018

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 S’busiso Nkosi* 13 Lukhanyo Am 12 Damian de Allende 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi* 10 Handré Pollard 9 Faf de Klerk 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Bongi Mbonambi 3 Wilco Louw 4 RG Snyman* 5 Franco Mostert 6 SIYA KOLISI (C) 7 Jean-Luc du Preez 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Akker van der Merwe 17 Steven Kitshoff 18 Thomas du Toit 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe 21 Ivan van Zyl 22 Elton Jantjies 23 Warrick Gelant

SCORERS T: de Klerk, Nkosi (2), le Roux, Dyantyi C: Pollard (4) P: Pollard (3)

England15 Elliot Daly 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Slade 12 OWEN FARRELL (C) 11 Mike Brown 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Maro Itoje 5 Nick Isiekwe 6 Chris Robshaw 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Joe Marler 18 Harry Williams 19 Brad Shields* 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Ben Spencer* 22 Piers Francis 23 Denny Solomona

SCORERS T: Brown, Daly, Farrell, Itoje, May C: Farrell (4) P: Daly, Farrell Mako Vunipola

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe Asst. Referees: Romain Poite, Glen Jackson TMO: Simon McDowell




USAUSA 62 - 13 RUSSIARussia

Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver - Saturday 09 June 2018
KO: 18:00 HT: 34-13

USA v Russia 2018

THE USA Eagles soared to a first victory of their June Test Series with a nine try-fest over Russia in Denver.

After the Russians drew first blood, fans at Dick's Sporting Good's Park were unsure of what they were about to see. But, a few minutes into the first half, the Eagles found their rhythm to meet physicality with accuracy and convert nine tries for a 62-13 victory in the Emirates Airline Summer Series. Beginning their summer schedule as intended by earning their eighth consecutive win over Russia.

Within the first three minutes, Russia's Mikhail Babaev had already put his side up, 7-0. With an attack deep in USA territory, the Bears took advantage of early Eagle penalties and kept the ball moving past the gain line. It was not until the 8th minute where the United States tightened gaps in their own defensive line to keep the Russians from advancing into dangerous territory.

A critical turnover one minute later proved to be one of many notable turning points in the game. A high kick allowed the Eagles to win the ball mere meters from the line where the entire squad combined to help Joe Taufete'e seize the first USA try, 7-5.

Russia displayed dominance in the set piece throughout the next several minutes of play, earning a penalty goal by Yuri Kushnarev to bring themselves up 10-5.  The brief momentum would not last long however, as John Quill notched another over the line in the 19th minute. A running maul lead Paul Lasike to follow suit after and the United States had built a 10-19 lead.

It was a good offensive push for the USA but the squad still had their work cut out for them. Yuri Kushnarev converted a penalty goal in the 29th minute and the Russians were only one score away of taking control of the match.

Both teams spent the next several minutes in a series of lineouts, each hoping to employ the same strategic positioning that could exploit defensive mistakes. But, the Eagles held strong and spent the reminder of the half racking up points on the scoreboard.

A penalty goal by AJ MacGinty and a combined breakaway from Shaun Davies and Joe Taufete'e on opposite sides of the pitch gave way for the USA to move up 27-13. Marcel Brache employed fancy footwork to break wide open on the next possession, running the length of the pitch to increase the lead 34-13 at half time.

When play resumed, Brache was at it again, dotting down for an untouchable second consecutive try for the United States to grip hold of their powerful momentum, 39-13.

Some injuries and substitutions forced the dynamic of the USA strategy to fall out of rhythm for a bit, but the Eagles succeeded at keeping Russia out of the try zone. In fact, the Russian edge would never increase past 13 points whereas the Eagles would put another three tries over the line.

Precise offloads, good pitch positioning and agile running allowed Nate Augspurger to pick up a sneaky breakaway, Cam Dolan to exploit the left flank and Captain Blaine Scully to push one in during the 80th  minute to capture the 62-13 victory.

The United States undoubtedly improved as the match went own, taking control of a game that did not start quite as they had hoped.

"The boys made some really good decisions and obviously followed up with some really good execution and going in at halftime with five tries under the belt -- all of them coming from the strategy and the plan that we put into place -- was good," said USA Eagles Head Coach Gary Gold, speaking on the various turning points of the game.

USA15 Will Hooley 14 BLAINE SCULLY (C) 13 Bryce Campbell 12 Paul Lasike 11 Marcel Brache 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Shaun Davies 1 Eric Fry 2 Joe Taufete’e 3 Paul Mullen* 4 Samu Manoa 5 Nick Civetta 6 John Quill 7 Hanco Germishuys 8 Cam Dolan BENCH: 16 James Hilterbrand 17 Olive Kilifi 18 Chris Baumann 19 Greg Peterson 20 Ben Landry 21 Nate Augspurger 22 Will Magie 23 Dylan Audsley

SCORERS T: Taufete'e (2), Quill, Lasike, Brache (2), Augspurger, Dolan, Scully C: MacGinty (4), Magie (3) P: MacGinty

Russia15 VASILY ARTEMYEV (C) 14 Mikhail Babaev 13 Dimitri Gerasimov 12 Sergey Trishin 11 Aleksei Mikhaltsov 10 Yuri Kushnarev 9 Konstantin Uzunov 1 Valery Morozov 2 Stanislav Sel'skiy 3 Evgeni Pronenko 4 Bogdan Fedotko 5 Evgeny Elgin 6 Nikita Vavilin 7 Tagir Gadzhiev 8 Anton Rudoy BENCH: 16 Evgeni Matveev 17 Sergey Sekisov 18 Anton Drozdov 19 Andrei Garbuzov 20 Dimitri Krotov 21 Vasilii Dorofeev 22 Kirill Golosnitskiy 23 Aleksandr Budychenko

SCORERS T: Babaev C: Kushnarev P: Kushnarev (2)

Referee: Federico Anselmi Asst. Referees: Frank Murphy, Ben Whitehouse TMO: David Grashoff




CanadaCANADA 10 - 48 SCOTLANDScotland

Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton - Saturday 09 June 2018
KO: 19:00 HT: 3-15 Att: 12,824

SCOTLAND scored seven tries and saw impressive debuts from four young players as they defeated Canada 48-10 in Edmonton on the first leg of the 2018 Summer Tour.


Hooker George Turner scored a hat-trick of tries after coming on for Fraser Brown in the first half, and became the first Scotland player to touch-down three times since Ally Hogg against Romania in 2007.

Scotland were looking to test out new combinations and bring new faces into the Test team at the Commonwealth Stadium and the visitors generated strong set-pieces and good understanding among the backs in a game often that lacked fluidity.

Canada had the edge in experience with 343 caps spread out among its starting 15. The Scottish starting XV had just 177 combined caps with 10 players still to reach double digits in Test appearances.

Scotland settled into the game quicker, gained good possession and generated four tries through driving mauls and a good set piece, which gave them a dominant platform as the game wore on.

Canada had chances in the first 40 minutes but didn’t threaten the visitors line and had to deal with a yellow card after prop Noah Barker was binned for a late tackle on fellow loose-head prop Alan Dell.

At the home of the Edmonton Eskimos CFL team, any chance of a Canada win slowly melted in the sultry evening heat as Scotland steadily built a lead they never relinquished from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne’s opening penalty on the five-minute mark.

A try from Bryon McGuigan shortly after, following a neat pick-up off the deck from debutant James Lang, put the winger in at the corner. Stand-off Ruaridh Jackson thought he had extended the lead on the half-hour after twisting over the line and avoiding touch but was adjudged to have knocked-on when grounding the ball. He was rewarded later in the half after another strong lineout maul in the Canadian’s 22 created space on the narrow side for the Glasgow Warrior to score.

With only a penalty to show from Canada’s Shane O’Leary, the visitors went into the break with a convincing  15-3 lead.

Hooker Turner opened his account early in the second-half from an attacking lineout. The Scottish rolling maul punched a hole in the hosts defence and Turner dotted down.

Canada responded well and put the Scots under pressure from the restart, resulting in a penalty try and Jackson being sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on, taking the score to a more respectable 10-22..

Scotland held firm with a man down and freshened up the attack with Ali Price coming on for Hidalgo-Clyne on 50 minutes and prop Jamie Bhatti replacing Dell. Adam Hastings also came off the bench to replace fellow debutant, to make a piece of Scottish rugby history, following his father Gavin’s footsteps to represent his country and becoming the 15th father/son combinations to be capped for Scotland.

Scotland built good pressure during Jackson’s sin-binning and spent extended spells in the opposition 22, which nearly resulted in a try. In-form Edinburgh full-back Blair Kinghorn made his first start in his favoured position and narrowly missed out on a score on 53 minutes, being held up after breaking through the home defence.

Soon after, however, Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury broke through a gap in the defence to score, stretching the lead to 19 points.

Edinburgh lock Lewis Carmichael joined the game on the hour to make his Scotland debut, replacing Ben Toolis, with Murray McCallum coming on for Simon Berghan at the same time. McCallum put in a thumping tackle on half-way to stop a Canada attack and win Scotland a penalty, and was nearly the recipient of the resulting try from a rolling maul, but it was ruled out.

Scotland did, however, have a penalty, which was kicked to the corner, with Turner finishing the resulting maul for his second. Three minutes later Turner had his hat-trick from an identical move, as the Canadian defence tired up front, 10-41.

Scotland, to their credit, still looked hungry and continued to pass crisply and run through their attacking patterns as the game entered the final phases. As the Scots pressured Canada in their 22, Bradbury fed Lewis Carmichael, who was took a great inside line and powered on for 20 metres to score on his debut to complete the win and secure the Douglas JL Horn Memorial Cup.

Canada v Scotland winners 2018

Canada15 Pat Parfrey 14 Jeff Hassler 13 Doug Fraser 12 Nick Blevins 11 DTH VAN DER MERWE (CC) 10 Shane O’Leary 9 PHIL MACK (CC) 1 Noah Barker 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Paul Ciulini 5 Evan Olmstead 6 Lucas Rumball 7 Matt Heaton 8 Luke Campbell BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Cole Keith 19 Conor Keys 20 Dustin Dobravsky 21 Andrew Ferguson 22 Cole Davis 23 Theo Sauder*

SCORERS T: PT P: O'Leary Barker

Scotland15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Lee Jones 13 Chris Harris 12 James Lang* 11 Byron McGuigan 10 Ruaridh Jackson 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 1 Allan Dell 2 Fraser Brown 3 Simon Berghan 4 Ben Toolis 5 GRANT GILCHRIST (C) 6 Magnus Bradbury 7 Jamie Ritchie* 8 David Denton BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Murray McCallum 19 Lewis Carmichael* 20 Luke Hamilton 21 Ali Price 22 Adam Hastings* 23 Mark Bennett

SCORERS T: McGuigan, Jackson, Turner (3), Bradbury, Carmichael C: Hidalgo-Clyne (2), Kinghorn (3) P: Hidalgo-Clyne Jackson

Referee: Shuhei Kubo Asst. Referees: George Clancy, Derek Summers TMO: Dave Ardrey




New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 52 - 11 FRANCEFrance

Eden Park, Auckland - Saturday 09 June 2018
KO: 19:35 HT: 8-11 Att: 45,850



ABs 0-0 France 0m The Ka Mate anthem is done and Luke Pearce blows the starting whistle for France to KO... 
ABs 0-0 France 1m Les Bleus get to halfway from the KO & captain Mathieu Bastareaud attempts to offload but the end result is a knock on from France & an ABs scrum 
ABs 0-0 France 2m Scrum is solid but ball finds touch on the French 22 for the visitors to throw in in defence... 
ABs 0-0 France 3m France clear up to halfway into ABs hands and advantage is being played; the penalty comes for the homeside 
ABs 0-0 France 4m The penalty is on halfway; the senior of the Barretts, Beauden signals it may be a kick too far, so Jordie Barrett tees up 
ABs 0-0 France 5m But Jordie B is off with his kick tso the score remains at nil all
ABs 0-0 France 5m Barrett parents must be beaming with pride with all three boys, Beauden, Jordie & Scott all starting on home soil for the first time for the ABs 
ABs 0-5 France 6m Meanwhile, Teddy Thomas makes a superb break over halfway from the backfoot, is taken down, but Les Bleus get the ball to Remy Grosso who flies over the goal line unhindered 
ABs 0-5 France 7m Morgan Parra, however, can't make the conversion, but the French have drawn first blood where the ABs looked a tad rusty in defence 
ABs 0-5 France 9m Restart puts the French back in control with a defensive scrum; they clear to the midfield and it's a French lineout... 
ABs 0-5 France 10m The ABs steal the French lineout & Ryan Crotty looks to offload charging towards the French 22, but it ends up in the hands of Geoffrey Doumayrou who intercepts...
ABs 0-5 France 12m Les Bleus can't get the ball away from their dangerzone and instead hand over a penalty to the ABs in a much more kickable position 
ABs 3-5 France 13m Beauden B takes the penalty kick at finally gets the ABs on the scoreboard 
ABs 3-5 France 14m French do well from the restart and make it to the ABs 22 with ball in hand but a knock on gives the ABs a defensive scrum 
ABs 3-5 France 15m Another solid scrum from the ABs (obviously we expect no less) and they clear to halfway for a French lineout 
ABs 3-5 France 16m Looks to be going well for Les Bleus until Paul Gabrillagues jumps into the ABs channel and gives away a free kick
ABs 3-5 France 17m ABs opt for a scrum and it's good, but Bastareaud takes out Crotty with a thundering tackle and the ball flies forward
ABs 3-5 France 18m Les Bleus have the put in to the scrum now in the midfield after a short time off 
ABs 3-5 France 19m The ABs attempt to steal possession of the ball through Aaron Smith but he doesn't release so it's a French penalty; but Smith gets gobby & Ref Pearce reprimands him well
ABs 3-8 France 20m Pearce has made it clear he's taking no back chat from anyone; Parra tees up the penalty kick and stretches the French lead 
ABs 8-8 France 21m But the Barrett brothers have other ideas and years of knowing each other better than most, Scott sets up the pass to Jordie & eventually ball gets to Beauden thru Crotty who sneaks over in the corner 
New Zealand v France Beauden Barrett try 2018ABs 8-8 France 22m Beauden misses the conversion so it's all square at Eden Park heading into the second quarter 
ABs 8-8 France 23m The Thanos-like beast that is Uini Atonio is pinged with the French on the front foot; ABs escape another French attack into their territory & clear them back 
ABs 8-8 France 24m Atonio bulldozes ahead from his own 10m and it takes three ABs to take him down over halfway, and eventually they  do 
ABs 8-8 France 25m Don't you love that props now think they are wingers and can charge like v fast rhinos through anything or anyone!
ABs 8-8 France 26m A quick injury time off but nothing serious and play resumes with the ABs in possession quickly in the midfield 
ABs 8-8 France 27m Les Bleus waste no time in stealing the ball back and Joe Moody is pinged for a high tackle giving the penalty to the French but just inside their own half 
ABs 8-8 France 28m It's a kick too far so it's a French lineout outside the ABs 22...
ABs 8-8 France 29m The lineout is more than efficient and Grosso comes from nowhere to make a break, but he French lose the opportunity
ABs 8-8 France 30m ABs back in control and the ball plays a little aerial game before Maxime Médard knocks on under a high ball in the midfield 
ABs 8-8 France 31m It might be a wrong call from the Ref - penalty instead of scrum for offside, but it's an ABs scrum on the halfway line
ABs 8-8 France 32m ABs scrum efficiently and set up a lineout on the French 22
ABs 8-8 France 33m But the ABs' plan doesn't quite work and it's the French with a penalty, clearing to halfway & forcing the ABs out of their dangerzone 
ABs 8-8 France 34m Back to the midfield, Sam Whitelock is pinged and Parra decides to take a shot at goal from 51m just off centre 
ABs 8-11 France 35m A perfect punch kick from Parra and Les Bleus are back in front as the ball floats gently over the crossbar 
ABs 8-11 France 37m The restart is good for the ABs and they very quickly on the attack, Anton Lienert-Brown belting towards the goal line to score... 
ABs 8-11 France 38m ...but much to the ire of the ABs fans, Aaron Smith is offside and no try is called for his obstruction of the French defence - ABs ball though 
ABs 8-11 France 39m The ABs are already deep into the French 22 and cannot afford to come away with nothing as the halftime siren goes
ABs 8-11 France 40m The French defence is nothing short of impressive as Crotty looks to score but he's short... 
ABs 8-11 France 40+1m ...a quick recycle and Sam Whitelock goes for the line but the ball is held up; the whistle goes 

ABs 8-11 France HT T: Beauden Barrett P: Beauden Barrett | T: Grosso P: Parra (2)

All Blacks v France HT 2018ABs 8-11 France HT Well deserved lead for Les Bleus - I'm exhausted just watching!

ABs 8-11 France 41m We're back for the second half, and are the ABs going to switch up to the next gear and tear the French apart?
ABs 8-11 France 42m France hand over their 6th penalty (to ABs 5) but it's in their own 22 and Beauden kicks to touch for a 5m lineout
ABs 8-11 France 43m The French have other ideas and steal the ball proficiently to win a defensive penalty - the scrum is good for Les Bleus 
ABs 8-11 France 44m Anthony Belleau clears his lines from just behind the tryline forcing the ABS back towards the midfield 
ABs 8-11 France 45m Meanwhile Rabah Slimani replaces Atonio in the front row for the French
ABs 8-11 France 45m Joe Moody is pinged after the rush defence from the French which is serving them well 
ABs 8-11 France 45m Karl Tu’inukuafe makes his All Blacks debut off the bench replacing Moody during a time off 
ABs 8-11 France 46m It's a French defensive scrum on the their 22 but it's rocked by the ABs who win the scrum penalty 
ABs 8-11 France 47m Beauden B tees up from the 22 just wide of centre to equalise....
ABs 11-11 France 48m ....and he does so it's all square again in Auckland 
ABs 11-11 France 49m The restart has Les Bleus out of their own half momentarily, so far pretty much pinned in their 22 - but it's aerial football and back to the midfield 
ABs 11-11 France 50m The halfway lineout gives possession back to the ABs and they attempt to make gains into French territory, but the defence is frustrating them 
ABs 11-11 France 51m Pearce makes his first major frightful call, yellow carding Gabrillagues for a tackle that went nowhere near the neck at all - appalling reffing! That's why we have a TMO 
ABs 16-11 France 52m The replay clearly shows the tackle was fine; but of course the ABs score off the back of a man up through Codie Taylor. The French should be incensed 
ABs 16-11 France 53m Pearce's first major international reffing gig - if you watch the Premiership, you'll know how poor he can be. And he just illustrated it perfectly 
ABs 18-11 France 54m Meanwhile, Beauden B converts Taylor's try 
ABs 23-11 France 56m The ABs have shaken off the rust after the first half as excellent hands with a man advantage allows Ben Smith to fly over in the corner to score 
ABs 25-11 France 57m Beauden B converts the try magnificently from out wide - makes you wonder how he missed the first one 
ABs 25-11 France 58m Grosso in possession from the restart, Ofa Tu'ungafasi who's just replaced Owen Franks tackles him but heads clash badly with Sam Cane coming in from behind with a high tackle. Sadly, Neither the citing commissioner nor World Rugby saw anything wrong with Cane’s tackle, and Tu'ungafasi was only awarded a warning yellow card retrospectively, despite Grosso suffering a double face fracture from the dubious high tackle and shoulder charge.

ABs 25-11 France 59m Parra's distance kick just misses the upright as wholesale changes are made 
ABs 25-11 France 60m Changes to come in a minute as the ABs are bearing down again on the French 22... 
ABs 30-11 France 61m ....and Aaron Smith passes out to Reiko Ioane who charges into the empty space out wide to score in the corner
ABs 30-11 France 62m Beauden B misses the conversion, and someone finally realises Cane whacked his head earlier & is sent off for HIA - Ardie Savea on. Ref should've caught that too since he saw the replay! 
ABs 30-11 France 63m This is the perfect illustration how an inexperienced international referee can break a game that was previously excellent through one bad call 
ABs 35-11 France 64m Damian McKenzie who recently replaced Jordie Barrett runs in his first try of the match with such ease... 
ABs 35-11 France 65m Beauden B misses another conversion; no time to give you the other changes just yet! 
ABs 40-11 France 66m McKenzie switches up a sprint gear to match Usain Bolt & offloads to Ngani Laumape who replaced Crotty who finishes off the move with another score 
ABs 40-11 France 67m Beauden B appears to no longer care for accuracy and misses another conversion. Not that it will affect the score anyway 
ABs 40-11 France 68m Teddy Thomas makes a break from deep in his own 22 but eventually gets shut down nearer the midfield 
ABs 40-11 France 69m Les Bleus make it into ABs territory to the 10m but it's a scrum to the All Blacks 
ABs 40-11 France 70m The scrum is solid and France are on the back foot again back in their own half, but have possession 
ABs 40-11 France 71m Cane has passed his HIA and is back on for Savea back on bench 
ABs 40-11 France 72m Tu’inukuafe pinged in the midfield giving the French a penalty on halfway 
ABs 40-11 France 73m Les Bleus keep hold of the ball and run it into the ABs 22 with verve through 10 phases... 
ABs 45-11 France 74m ...but as Médard goes to offload out wide, Ioane intercepts in the French 22 and bolts the length of the field to score at the other end, Thomas hot on his heels but only taps him at the end 
ABs 45-11 France 75m Beauden B tees up from almost touch, and he blows it again
ABs 45-11 France 76m Four minutes remain and the ABs have ball in their own half, charge out of it and good hands take them to the French 22, McKenzie flying over in the corner, but...
ABs 45-11 France 77m ...the TMO puts up the replay with his feet in touch - no try
ABs 45-11 France 78m TJ Perenara, who replaced Aaron Smith an age ago gets well involved and as the ABs threaten to score again, the French can only take the ball into touch 
ABs 50-11 France 79m 5m attacking lineout for the ABs and Savea, who's back on, claims the final try at the posts 
ABs 52-11 France 80m Beauden B finally converts the 8th try - but he couldn't miss that if he tried! 
All Blacks v France FT 2018ABs 52-11 France FT Poor ref takes nothing away from the All Blacks scoring 7 tries in the second half; there was little doubt they'd turn up for the second 40 

New Zealand15 Jordie Barrett 14 Ben Smith 13 Anton Lienert-Brown 12 Ryan Crotty 11 Rieko Ioane 10 Beauden Barrett 9 Aaron Smith 1 Joe Moody 2 Codie Taylor 3 Owen Franks 4 SAM WHITELOCK (C) 5 Scott Barrett 6 Liam Squire 7 Sam Cane 8 Luke Whitelock BENCH: 16 Nathan Harris 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe* 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi 19 Vaea Fifita 20 Ardie Savea 21 TJ Perenara 22 Damian McKenzie 23 Ngani Laumape

SCORERS T: Beauden Barrett, Taylor, Ben Smith, Ioane (2), McKenzie, Laumape, Savea C: Beauden Barrett (3) P: Beauden Barrett (2)

France15 Maxime Médard 14 Teddy Thomas 13 MATHIEU BASTAREAUD (C) 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 11 Remy Grosso 10 Anthony Belleau 9 Morgan Parra 1 Dany Priso 2 Camille Chat 3 Uini Atonio 4 Paul Gabrillagues 5 Yoann Maestri 6 Judicaël Cancoriet 7 Kelian Gourdon 8 Fabien Sanconnie BENCH: 16 Adrien Pélissié 17 Cyril Baille 18 Rabah Slimani 19 Bernard Le Roux 20 Alexandre Lapandry 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Jules Plisson 23 Gaël Fickou

SCORERS T: Grosso P: Parra (2) Gabrillagues

Referee: Luke Pearce Asst. Referees: Angus Gardner, John Lacey TMO: George Ayoub




AustraliaAUSTRALIA 18 - 9 IRELANDIreland

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Saturday 09 June 2018
KO: 20:00 HT: 8-6 Att: 46,273


Wallabies v Ireland Aussies no longer let just the Kiwis do native things before a match, and the Welcome to Country is given (amusingly) before the anthems
Wallabies v Ireland While we wait for KO in Brisbane, might just say a magnificent Happy Birthday to Her Majesty The Queen as the #TroopingoftheColour is happening right now in London town
Wallabies v Ireland Saffa Ref Marius van der Westhuizen checking his watch to signal KO in the Suncorp Stadium...


Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 1m Ireland KO the match and Israel Folau (you probably know what we think about him!) tries to get under it but is tackled in the air for a penalty to the Aussies
Wallabies 0-0 Ireland 2m Kurtley Beale thumps the ball into Irish territory and it's another penalty to the Aussies already, Folau involved again with Rob Kearney
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 3m Bernard Foley tees up from directly in front of the posts for an easy 3 pointer to open the account for the homeside
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 4m Conor Murray gets under a high ball in the midfield from the restart but is bashed by Marika Koroibete (replaced Dane Haylett-Petty after squads were announced a couple of days back)
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 5m Aussie defensive scrum on their 10m and the execute it well, go wide and over halfway, but Michael Hooper pinged for not releasing after Robbie Henshaw gets over the ball
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 6m Irish lineout ensues from the penalty on halfway, as efficient as the Aussie scrum
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 7m Ireland build 9 phases into Aussie territory outside the 22 but penalty comes for the homeside after they force a knock on; Murray is down - time off
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 8m Murray is fine; Irish scrum (must have missed something there!) outside the Aussie 22 but the hits are coming in hard and fast from the boys in Green & Gold and Murray pinged
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 9m Aussies clear to touch for lineout on the 22 and it's bang on, they go wide towards far touch but Adam Coleman pinged for off feet so Irish escape the attack
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 10m Another time off for James Ryan to get treatment on his shoulder; wondering how much of this is an Irish tactic to disrupt Wallaby momentum
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 12m 10 phases for Ireland before a chip ahead into the Aussie 22 from Peter O'Mahony before the ball is bundled into touch by Aussie hands
Wallabies 3-0 Ireland 13m A load of fumbling for the ball before the ball is in touch; Irish lineout in the Aussie 22
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 14m Beale's timing is off and the Irish win a penalty in front of the posts which Joey Carbery punches over to equalise
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 15m Wallabies' turn to build the phases now from the restart as they sweep into Irish territory but 5 in and Ryan strips the ball from G&G hands
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 16m Aussie defensive line out on their 22 is messy but they do keep ball in hand just, Iain Henderson pinged in the ruck for not releasing & Aussie clear well
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 17m Kearney & Jacob Stockdale both get under the high ball at their 22; Kearney finds a space but is promptly shut down
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 18m Ireland recycle and clear from their own 22; Stockdale gets to the ball over halfway but Coleman wraps him up into touch for Aussie penalty
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 19m The Aussie lineout is good and they head over halfway in a hurry, almost a shoe in for a try but for Stockdale who tackles hard into touch
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 21m Ireland clear the Aussies back but they come back hard and fast; O'Mahony steals the ball at the ruck & Ireland deflect yet another attack outside their 22, clearing inside their 10m for a lineout
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 22m Irish lineout puts them back over halfway into Aussie territory, the ball goes high and Beale's kick is charged down...
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 23m Time off as Keith Earls is down injured after a clash with Dane Haylett-Petty who was moved pre-match to 14 from 11
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 24m Irish lineout from Aussie clearance on the 10m; Irish attack hard but Folau intercepts brilliantly... time off again
Wallabies 3-3 Ireland 24m Earls sent off for HIA (which should've happened already) and Jordan Larmour replaces him
Wallabies 3-6 Ireland 25m Back on and Aussies pinged for not staying on feet at the ruck; of course complete rubbish and he was on his feet. But van der Westhuizen gives the penalty to Ireland and Carbery doubles the score
Wallabies 3-6 Ireland 26m World Rugby really need to sort out the consistency of refereeing - some you can't stop from running off to the TMO at every breath, and others refuse to use him when it's obvious they should
Wallabies 3-6 Ireland 28m Midfield scrum has to be reset before Ireland come away with it and head up to the Aussie 22 before the ball finds touch
Wallabies 3-6 Ireland 29m Aussie 22 defensive lineout and the ball bounces into Irish hand sin the Aussie 22; defence is holding well so far...
Wallabies 3-6 Ireland 30m ...and the Aussies turn over the ball and clear outside the 22. The ball finds touch again outside the Aussie 22 & G&G have another line out which goes well and they clear way over halfway
Wallabies 3-6 Ireland 32m Ireland fumble the ball away with poor passing, but clear it back over halfway; Aussies back in possession....
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 34m ...they build a few phases before they are forced back again, but the Aussies aren't resting on their laurels and good hands in attack beginning with Foley allow him to end the move with a try in the corner
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 35m Foley can't convert from touch, but the homeside are ahead on the board again with just four minutes of the half remaining
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 37m Players are blowing ever so slightly - it has been an insane pace so far with the humongous hits from the Aussies; G&G defensive scrum on their 10m
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 38m Irish almost disrupt the Aussie game with a turnover but it doesn't quite work and G&G have another defensive lineout, on the far 10m touch & Will Genia clears in excellent fashion
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 39m Aussies clear to Irish 22 and Kearney calls the mark; Irish clear but Aussies want another score and Samu Kerevi offloads to Koroibete who charges along the touchline, not hearing the whistle...
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 40+1m ...Ref noticed a forward pass; Irish defensive scrum on their 10m, Murray kicks it into touch as soon as he gets his hands on it for halftime

Wallabies 8-6 Ireland HT T: Foley P: Foley | P: Carbery (2)

Australia v Ireland HT 2018Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 41m Foley kicks off the second half and steadily work their way towards the Irish 22...
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 41m ...Stockdale attempts to disrupt momentum again, forcing the Aussies back but actually not succeeding completely
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 42m Eventually possession changes hands and the Irish have a job fighting their way out of their own half before CJ Stander charges to the tryline with Haylett-Petty & Koroibete hot on his heels
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 42m Ref goes to TMO for try/no try - inconclusive result, though Haylett-Petty does hold it up. Irish attacking scrum just inside the Aussie 22...
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 43m The wall of Green & Gold is holding up well in their 22, and they push the visitors outside of it; 10 phases in they've barely breached it again...
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 45m ...17 phases and the Irish are back inside, 18 and there's a maul, on the cusp of the 19th, David Pocock effects the turnover he's masterfully known for
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 46m Irish pushed back and Aussie lineout but it's messy and Caleb Timu is pinged for offside; Carbery tees up from in front of the posts, just inside the Aussie 10m
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 47m But Carbery blows it - not sure hw coz that was easy pickings
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 47m Aussies have possession again but they are making seriously silly mistakes, handing it back to Ireland promptly
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 48m Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong on for Jack McGrath and Jack Ryan; Peter Samu on for Timu
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 50m Aussies make some yards and again are solid in steadily heading towards the Irish 22...
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 51m ...but Folau comes into the ruck from the side and hands possession directly back to the visitors
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 52m Churlish mistakes from the Aussies have Ireland with the majority possession and territory; if they cut those out, and the excess penalties, they could put Ireland away
Wallabies 8-6 Ireland 54m Not convinced by another penalty to Ireland, but the Ref's given it & Carbery tees up again to take the lead...
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 55m ...and he does. Changes coming in too.
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 56m Latu, Tupou & Simmonds on for Paenga-Amosa, Kepu & Rodda | Cronin & Sexton on for Herring & Carbery
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 57m Irish scrum in the midfield; Aussies concentrate on Sexton and fail to notice Murray chipping ahead towards the goal line, though luckily for them it finds touch
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 58m Aussie defensive scrum just outside their 22 is more efficient and they breach Irish territory again, though the Irish are quickly back in possession on the back foot
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 60m 7 phases in but Ireland can't get out of their own half and eventually the Aussies turn over that ball inside the Irish 10m...
Wallabies 13-9 Ireland 61m ...superb play from Genia to Beale to Foley to Folau who sprints from out wide along touch to score magnificently!
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 61m But TMO Skeen pokes his nose in, and replays a late hit earlier from Coleman on Henderson off the ball - decision reversed and it's no try - Irish penalty
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 62m Captain Hooper argues it didn't affect the outcome, but the Ref's not having it; Sexton has an opportunity here but his kick doesn't find touch
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 63m Tom Robertson & Reece Hodge on for Sio & Haylett-Petty
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 63m TMO checks for Cronin neck roll and the Wallabies are only awarded a penalty because he 'didn't finish him off'; all the officials completely ignore the shoulder charge on Scott Sio who's had to go off because of it
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 65m Quinn Roux has replaced Henderson as the Aussies are making some serious yards into the Irish half, breaching the 22...
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 66m ...13 phases and just a couple of metres short of scoring and a massive tackle forces the error by Green & Gold - so near yet so far as the penalty goes to Ireland
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 67m Time off as an Irish player gets attention; play resumes with an Irish defensive scrum just 5m from the tryline
Wallabies 8-9 Ireland 68m The scrum is massive from the Wallabies and they turn it enough to take the penalty! Hooper points to the uprights from almost in front, inside the 22...
Wallabies 11-9 Ireland 69m ...and Foley takes the homeside back ahead by a very narrow two points; they need to hold out for 10 minutes yet
Wallabies 11-9 Ireland 70m Restart allows Ireland to kick the ball high to midfield but Folau gets under it; Aussies collectively gallop towards the Irish 22 & Ireland think they've stolen it but the Ref directs the penalty to the Wallabies for hands in the ruck
Australia v Ireland 2018Wallabies 16-9 Ireland 72m G&G go for quick tap rather than goal, testing the Irish defence to breaking point along the tryline until it does and Pocock finally scores!
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 73m Foley adds the conversion and puts 2 scores of daylight between the sides - it's a small mountain to climb for Ireland in 7 minutes
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 74m Restart has the Wallabies making ground through Beale, but quickly the ball comes back & the Irish are en masse into the Aussie half...
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 75m ...the ball goes loose repeatedly in the Aussie 22 but the Irish are on the floor while the Aussies manage to collect it again & again before they can clear properly
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 76m The Irish come back awfully quickly and are straight in to the 22, and as Murray goes to pass it out wide from the base of the ruck, the whistle goes for a knock on for an Aussie penalty
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 77m If Murray had kept his cool and explained an Aussie hand was holding the ball in the ruck, he could have got the Ref to reconsider; instead he got gobby & van der Westhuizen sent him packing
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 78m Aussie defensive scrum outside their 22 and they clear the Irish back over halfway...
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 79m ...who respond by building 15 phases, but most of them back in their own half
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 80m 17 phases and the Irish are over halfway, but not much further; Aussies pinged for tackling man off ball - penalty to Ireland and Ref indicates there's enough time for a lineout
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 80+1m It's a 5m lineout for Ireland and they desperate for a consolation score before the final whistle goes...
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 80+2m ...quick ball and good recycling eventually has Kieran Marmion go over the tryline to score
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland 80+3m But TMO pipes up again for a potential knock on just before the grounding; TMO instructs Ref on his camera he's clearly seen it so it's no try
Wallabies 18-9 Ireland FT The second half gave the Australians a deserving and well-earned win over Ireland; the tired after a long season excuses are already coming in from the North. This despite the Aussies only having 40% possession & territory

Australia v Ireland FT 2018

Australia15 Israel Folau 14 Dane Haylett-Petty 13 Samu Kerevi 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Marika Koroibete 10 Bernard Foley 9 Will Genia 1 Scott Sio 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa* 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Izack Rodda 5 Adam Coleman 6 David Pocock 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Caleb Timu BENCH: 16 Tolu Latu 17 Tom Robertson 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Rob Simmons 20 Lukhan Tui 21 Pete Samu 22 Nick Phipps 23 Reece Hodge

SCORERS T: Foley, Pocock C: Foley P: Foley (2)

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Joey Carbery 9 Conor Murray 1 Jack McGrath 2 Rob Herring 3 John Ryan 4 James Ryan 5 Iain Henderson 6 PETER O’MAHONY (C) 7 Jordi Murphy 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Cian Healy 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Quinn Roux 20 Jack Conan 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Johnny Sexton 23 Jordan Larmour

SCORERS P: Carbery (3)

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen Asst. Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Paul Williams TMO: Ben Skeen




Week 2

South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 22 - 20 WALESWales

RFK Stadium, Washington DC - Saturday 02 June 2018
KO: 17:00 HT: 14-3 Att: 21,357

WALES scored a late try to beat a young Springbok side by 22-20 in difficult conditions at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Saturday, with no fewer than 13 Springboks making their Test debuts in the US capital city.

Hallam Amos, Tomos Williams and Ryan Elias crossed for Wales' tries while Gareth Anscombe scored seven points. The Springboks scored two tries of their own with Travis Ismaiel and Makazole Mapimpi both crossing on their test debuts.

Elton Jantjies opened the scoring for South Africa with a straightforward penalty after Tom Prydie had sealed off at the preceding ruck.

Wales were dealt a severe blow when left wing Steffan Evans left the field injured after appearing to damage his knee. With the game descending into a slugfest Wales scored two tries in three minutes to take control of this test match.

The first try came as a result of captain Ellis Jenkins pinching the ball from the ruck in the South African 22. The ball was recycled with Hadleigh Parkes and Ross Moriarty showing good hands to put Dragons full back Amos over.

Wales now had the bit between their teeth and after stringing some phases together Cardiff Blues scrum half Williams wriggled his way over the try line to score on his international debut. The Springboks pushed hard to narrow the deficit on the stroke of half time with a series of powerful surges on the Wales line.

But openside flanker Jenkins was again to the fore winning a penalty at the breakdown meaning Wales turned around 14-3 ahead at the interval.

The Boks fought back strongly in the second half but in the end they just came up short, with mistakes at crucial times costing the team. It took only three minutes of the second half for South Africa to cross the whitewash with Ismaiel intercepting a loose pass from Amos to run in unopposed.

But Anscombe further extended Wales' lead with a penalty attempt after the Springboks had infringed at the tackle area. Wales butchered a clear try scoring opportunity when No 8 Ross Moriarty charged clean through.

The ball was recycled only for Owen Watkin to knock the ball forward with four men outside him. Gatland's side were then reduced to 14 men when Watkin was sent to the sin bin for deliberately knocking the ball over his own dead ball line after being pressured by Jesse Kriel.

After a series of dominant scrums Mapimpi crossed at the far-left hand corner with Jantjies successful with a touchline conversion meaning the scores were level at 17-17 going into the final quarter. The South African forwards began to dominate their Welsh opponents as they attempted to drive their way over the try line.

With Wales under severe pressure Ismaiel appeared to cross at the right-hand corner but was forced into touch by Cory Hill. Robert Du Preez put South Africa into the lead with a penalty attempt from right in front of the posts after their forwards destroyed the Wales scrum.

But just as the Springboks looked to be heading for victory Elias touched down for Wales after a charge down from Williams. The Springboks pushed hard for the win but Wales held out to record a notable victory.

South Africa15 Curwin Bosch 14 Travis Ismaiel* 13 Jesse Kriel 12 Andre Esterhuizen* 11 Makazole Mapimpi* 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Ivan van Zyl* 1 Ox Nche* 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle 3 Wilco Louw 4 Jason Jenkins* 5 PIETER-STEPH DU TOIT (C) 6 Kwagga Smith* 7 Oupa Mohoje 8 Dan du Preez BENCH: 16 Akker van der Merwe* 17 Steven Kitshoff 18 Thomas du Toit* 19 Marvin Orie* 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe* 21 Embrose Papier* 22 Robert du Preez* 23 Warrick Gelant

SCORERS T: Ismaiel, Mapimpi C: Jantjies (2) P: Jantjies, du Preez

Wales15 Hallam Amos 14 Tom Prydie 13 George North 12 Owen Watkin 11 Steff Evans 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Tomos Williams* 1 Nicky Smith 2 Elliot Dee 3 Dillon Lewis 4 Bradley Davies 5 Cory Hill 6 Seb Davies 7 ELLIS JENKINS (C) 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Wyn Jones 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Adam Beard 20 Aaron Wainwright* 21 Aled Davies 22 Rhys Patchell/Gareth Davies 23 Hadleigh Parkes

SCORERS T: Amos, Williams, Elias C: Anscombe (2) P: Anscombe Watkin

Referee: Matt Carley Asst. Referees: Alexandre Ruiz, Frank Murphy TMO: David Grashoff




Week 1

England ENGLAND RUGBY 45 - 63 BARBARIANS Barbarians

Twickenham - Sunday 27 May 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 28-45 Att: 51,636


England v BaaBaas The anthems is done; the sun is shining (for now!) And we're almost ready for KO at HQ
England v BaaBaas Ref: Mathieu Raynal Asst Refs: Nigel Owens, Ben Whitehouse TMO: Brian MacNeice

England 0-0 BaaBaas 0m George Ford kicks off the match and it's a positive start for England so far...
England 0-0 BaaBaas 1m BaaBaas take possession but are pinned back in their own 22
England 0-5 BaaBaas 2m It's Semi Radradra who sprints almost the length of the pitch thru all the England defence, offloads to Josua Tuisova who hands possession at the goal line to Chris Ashton to splash down the 1st try with panache
Chris Ashton ash splash England v BarbariansEngland 0-7 BaaBaas 3m Finn Russell adds the extras and the BaaBaas have started as they mean to go on, laying down a marker from the outset
England 0-7 BaaBaas 5m First scrum has the visitors putting in, but it has to be reset before it even gets going
England 0-7 BaaBaas 6m A solid scrum from the BaaBaas and it's Ashton again who grounds the ball as it races ahead of him from his chip through!
England 0-12 BaaBaas 7m Ref Raynal just quickly confirms with the TMO MacNeice if there is any reason he can't award the try - and there isn't; a brace for Ashy already!
England 0-14 BaaBaas 8m Russell makes the conversion with ease again
England 0-14 BaaBaas 9m England are finally threatening the BaaBaas 22 but an intercept comes and they're off, Ashy making back the yards over halfway before Ford shuts him down...
England 0-19 BaaBaas 11m ...despite some good tackles coming in, the BaaBaas secure a penalty deep in the England 22 which Justin Tipuric gets quickly to Russell to chip over & Victor Vito collects, evades a poor tackle from Ben Youngs to score
England 0-21 BaaBaas 12m Russell adds the extras and the BaaBaas are on fire while England have had 13% possession and couldn't really catch a cold so far
England 0-21 BaaBaas 14m BaaBaas coach Pat Lam looking deadly serious but a wry smile creeps in; Eddie Jones is looking mostly unimpressed, understandably
England 0-21 BaaBaas 15m BaaBaas defensive scrum just 5m from their tryline but penalty goes to England, setting up a 5m lineout
England 0-21 BaaBaas 16m If England score from here, they have huge problems; Ref is playing advantage as they are forced wide
England 5-21 BaaBaas 17m Jonny May gets the ball out to Elliot Daly who twists and flips his way over the tryline to score for England
England 5-21 BaaBaas 18m Ford adds the extras and finally England are on the board
England 5-21 BaaBaas 19m England scrum on halfway and it doesn't even get going before the BaaBaas hand over the penalty, and England react well with a superb break from young hooker Jack Singleton...
England 12-21 BaaBaas 20m ...Ashy misses the tackle and the ball finds Piers Francis who rolls over the tryline to score
England 14-21 BaaBaas 21m Fordy adds the extras and England are right back in this game with passion and intent
England 14-21 BaaBaas 23m Off an England attacking scrum taking them into the BaaBaas 22, it's Tuisova who comes away the ball & runs it out before Russell knocks it on
England 14-21 BaaBaas 24m BaaBaas back in possession and they get over halfway, are a little hindered before they breach the 22 again...
England 14-26 BaaBaas 25m ...Vito to Russell to Ashy who Ash-splashes his hat trick try already!
England 14-26 BaaBaas 26m Russell adds the conversion, and the BaaBaas have come to play! But don't doubt England for a moment...
England 19-28 BaaBaas 27m Zack Mercer flicks off Vito's tackle and runs in another try for the homeside
England 21-28 BaaBaas 28m Fordy converts deftly and a roar went up a few minutes ago from England fans as Danny Cipriani replaces Henry Trinder
England 26-28 BaaBaas 30m Fordy offloads neatly following the restart from the BaaBaas to Francis who again runs an excellent line and scores a brace!
England 28-28 BaaBaas 31m The BaaBaas did not even bother trying to stop Francis as he ran in unhindered, followed up with a conversion from Ford to equalise
England 28-28 BaaBaas 34m The sun is still shining as England prep a defensive scrum in their 22; BaaBaas promptly hand over the penalty again...
England 28-28 BaaBaas 35m England clear the BaaBaas back to the midfield but the BaaBaas come back hard, winning a penalty inside the England 10m
England 28-28 BaaBaas 36m The BaaBaas breach the England 22 but are turned over with little effort to be forced outside
England 28-33 BaaBaas 38m ...but Vito disrupts England, Ashy breaks and offloads to Russell who skids in the try for the BaaBaas
England 28-35 BaaBaas 40m ...and he converts his own try to send the BaaBaas into the break with a 7-point lead

England 28-35 BaaBaas HT T: Daly, Francis (2), Mercer C: Ford (4) | T: Ashton (3), Vito, Russell C: Russell (4)

England v Barbarians HT May 2018England 28-35 BaaBaas HT Now this is what you call fun rugby and in the sunshine. Excellent effort from both sides! The discipline may give England the edge in the second half, but they are playing some of the best in the world!

England 28-35 BaaBaas 40m Should be another exciting 40 minutes coming up as we resume play...
England 28-35 BaaBaas 41m ...and the BaaBaas launch themselves straight into the England 22 for starters
England 28-35 BaaBaas 42m England repel them momentarily but the BaaBaas have an attacking lineout outside the England 22; Chris Robshaw misses a vital tackle and...
England 28-40 BaaBaas 43m ...and excellent hands from the visitors put Semi Radradra over for a sixth try already
England 28-42 BaaBaas 44m Russell adds the extras to put a bit more daylight between the scores
England 28-42 BaaBaas 46m Mark Wilson & Ellis Genge on for Joe Marler & Zach Mercer
England 28-42 BaaBaas 47m Loni Uhila on for Denis Buckley
England 28-42 BaaBaas 48m Time off as Ref & TMO have a look what's going on in the ruck with Sitaleki Timani
England 31-42 BaaBaas 49m Penalty to England which has 3 points added by Ford while Eddie Jones finally proves to himself Mike Brown is no wing and replaces him with Denny Solomona
England 31-42 BaaBaas 50m As England start to make some serious headway, John Afoa infringes & England end up with an attacking lineout...
England 31-42 BaaBaas 51m For the first time with verve, 'Swing Low' reverberates around Twickenham after BaaBaas are pinged again for not rolling away this time in their own 22
England 31-42 BaaBaas 52m Huge applause for Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe as he is replaced by Nili Latu
England 31-42 BaaBaas 53m Genge outruns everything thinking he's scored but the whistle has gone for a Russell penalty earlier
England 31-42 BaaBaas 54m England attack, BaaBaas hand over yet another penalty and England go again...
England 31-42 BaaBaas 55m ...the homeside pile in under the posts, the ball has clearly found touch against the post but Ref says play on; Youngs has to pull ball out from over the tryline to score again >>> TMO
England 36-42 BaaBaas 56m It's Launchbury who scores the first time; eventually Ref concedes England have scored
England 38-42 BaaBaas 57m Ford converts the try; meanwhile Malakai Fekitoa has replaced Josh Matavesi
England 38-42 BaaBaas 58m Scrum on the England 10m and the BaaBaas come away with a free kick but really aren't making any ground at all...
England 38-42 BaaBaas 59m ...spoke too soon as the break comes from Fekitoa to Tuisova to Uhila to Timani to score!
England 38-47 BaaBaas 59m The clock is stopped as every pass is visually interrogated by the TMO; they have to concede that is clearly a good try
England 38-49 BaaBaas 60m Russell converts while Joe Tekori replaces Timani
England 38-49 BaaBaas 61m Tatafu Polota-Nau & Greig Laidlaw replace Benjamin Kayser & Rhodri Williams
England 38-49 BaaBaas 62m England make some yards thru Cipriani and Solomona but he latter is caught in touch; Nick Schonert & Dan Robson on for Kyle Sinckler & Youngs
England 38-49 BaaBaas 63m Genge is on the attack but Latu takes him out with a full on collision, ripping the ball away deftly...
England 38-49 BaaBaas 64m ...time off as the medics rush out to Genge
England 38-49 BaaBaas 65m Obviously a brick s**t house like Genge is just fine and bounces back up; Ramiro Herrera on for Afoa
England 38-49 BaaBaas 66m England in possession after a turnover but deep in their own half; thankfully opt to run it out...
England 38-49 BaaBaas 66m This game is utterly insane - and bloody good with it!
England 38-49 BaaBaas 67m England attacking lineout just inside the BaaBaas half and threaten the 22 but are promptly turned over...
England 38-49 BaaBaas 67m ...and the ball is hurtled from Tipuric to Ashton who runs from almost his own 22 to all but score with Ford hot on his heels!
England 38-49 BaaBaas 68m But TMO confirms a knock on by black; England ball deep in defence
England 38-49 BaaBaas 69m England defensive lineout outside their 22 leads to a defensive scrum closer to the midfield but still in their own half
England 38-49 BaaBaas 70m Luke McAlister has replaced Russell; Josh Beaumont replaced Elliott Stooke a while back but is pinged to put the BaaBaas back in an attacking position
England 38-54 BaaBaas 72m It's a BaaBaas lineout which results in Laidlaw doing the double on England by scoring the 7th try following on from winning the Calcutta Cup earlier in the year
England 38-56 BaaBaas 73m Laidlaw converts his try and England really haven't any hope of winning, but they've put in a bloody good effort with a large proportion of novices at international level
England 38-56 BaaBaas 75m BaaBaas aren't done yet and have an attacking lineout just inside the England half, but the ball is stolen...
England 43-56 BaaBaas 76m ...Francis to Cipriani who chips ahead to May who bolts to the tryline to score!
England 43-56 BaaBaas 77m George McGuigan replaced Jack Singleton earlier; Ford converts the try...
England 45-56 BaaBaas 78m ...BaaBaas threaten the England tryline again but England deftly force them way way back...
England 45-61 BaaBaas 79m ...Ford goes to clear them away again but Tuisova gets in the way & he flicks the ball away to Vito who scores another!
England 45-63 BaaBaas 80m Fernández Lobbe comes back on for a final hurrah and converts the ninth magnificent try for the Barbarians
England v Barbarians FT May 2018England 45-63 BaaBaas What a perfectly brilliant match and awesome way to end the season. Bravo Barbarians FC

England v Barbarians May 2018

England15 Elliot Daly 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Trinder 12 Piers Francis 11 Mike Brown 10 GEORGE FORD (CC) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Joe Marler 2 Jack Singleton 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Elliott Stooke 5 Joe Launchbury 6 CHRIS ROBSHAW (CC) 7 Tom Curry 8 Zach Mercer BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Nick Schonert 19 Josh Beaumont 20 Mark Wilson 21 Dan Robson 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Denny Solomona

SCORERS T: Daly, Francis (2), Mercer, Launchbury, May C: Ford (6) P: Ford

Barbarians15 Chris Ashton 14 Josua Tuisova 13 Semi Radradra 12 Josh Matavesi 11 Niyi Adeolokun 10 Finn Russell 9 Rhodri Williams 1 Denis Buckley 2 Benjamin Kayser 3 John Afoa 4 Ultan Dillane 5 Sitaleki Timani 6 JUAN MARTIN FERNANDEZ LOBBE (C) 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Victor Vito BENCH: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau 17 Loni Uhila 18 Ramiro Herrera 19 Joe Tekori 20 Nili Latu 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Luke McAlister 23 Malakai Fekitoa

SCORERS T: Ashton (3), Vito (2), Russell, Radradra, Timani, Laidlaw C: Russell (7), Laidlaw, Fernández Lobbe

Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst. Referees: Nigel Owens, Ben Whitehouse TMO: Brian MacNeice




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