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Week 1

British Lions v Japan Maori All Blacks v Samoa England A v Scotland A

British & Irish LionsBRITISH & IRISH LIONS 28 - 10 JAPANJapan

Saturday 26 June 2021 - BT Murrayfield
KO: 15:00 HT: 21-0

Japan T: Adams, van der Merwe, Henshaw, Beirne C: Biggar (4)

British & Irish LionsT: Himeno C: Tamura P: Tamura

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Maori All BlacksMĀORI ALL BLACKS 35 - 10 SAMOASamoa

Saturday 26 June 2021 - Sky Stadium, Wellington
KO: 19:05 HT: 21 - 7

Maori All Blacks15 Kaleb Trask 14 Shaun Stevenson 13 Billy Proctor 12 Alex Nankivell 11 Sean Wainui 10 Otere Black 9 Bryn Hall 1 Pouri Rakete-Stones 2 ASH DIXON (C) 3 Josh Hohneck 4 Manaaki Selby-Rickit 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere 6 Reed Prinsep 7 Billy Harmon 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas BENCH: 16 Kurt Eklund 17 Tamaiti Williams 18 Marcel Renata 19 Josh Dickson 20 Jacob Norris 21 Sam Nock 22 Josh Ioane 23 Jonah Lowe

SCORERS T: Stevenson (2), Wainui, Dixon, Douglas C: Black (3), Ioane (2)

Scotland15 Tomasi Alosio 14 Johnny Vaili 13 Losi Filipo 12 Henry Taefu 11 Neria Fomai 10 Rodney Iona 9 Dwayne Polatataiva 1 Albert Anae 2 Ray Niuia 3 Kalolo Tuiloma 4 Benjamin Nee-Nee 5 Samuel Slade 6 Henry Time-Stower 7 JACK LAM (C) 8 Olajuwon Noa BENCH: 16 JP Sauni 17 Jonah Aoina 18 Michael Alaalatoa 19 Teofilo Paulo 20 Theo McFarland 21 Auvasa Falealii 22 Stacey Ili 23 Elisapeta Alofipi

SCORERS T: Fomai C: Iona P: Iona

Referee: Nic Berry (RA) Asst Referees: Graham Cooper (RA), Reuben Keane (RA) TMO: Mike Fraser (NZRU)





Sunday 27 June 2021 - Mattioli Woods Welford Road
KO: 14:00
CANCELLED following the confirmation that three members of the Scotland camp tested positive for COVID-19.

Cancelled by COVID-19




Week 2

South Africa v Georgia Ireland v Japan Wales v CanadaMaori All Blacks v Samoa Lions Rugby v British Lions New Zealand v TongaRomania v Argentina England v USA Uruguay v Argentina XV

South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 40 - 9 GEORGIAGeorgia

Friday 02 July 2021 - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
KO: 19:00 HT: 19-9

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 Rosko Specman* 13 Jesse Kriel 12 Frans Steyn 11 Aphelele Fassi* 10 Handré Pollard (VC) 9 Cobus Reinach 1 Ox Nché 2 Bongi Mbonambi 3 Trevor Nyakane 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Franco Mostert 6 Siya Kolisi (C) 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 8 Kwagga Smith BENCH: 16 Malcolm Marx 17 Steven Kitshoff 18 Frans Malherbe 19 Marvin Orie 20 Jasper Wiese* 21 Herschel Jantjies 22 Elton Jantjies 23 Damian Willemse

SCORERS T: Fassi, Mbonambi, Reinach, Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Marx C: Pollard (4), Elton Jantjies

Georgia15 Davit Niniashvili 14 Akaki Tabutsadze 13 Giorgi Kveseladze 12 Merab Sharikadze (C) 11 Demuri Tapladze 10 Tedo Abzhandadze 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze 1 Guram Gogichashvili 2 Jaba Bregvadze 3 Giorgi Melikidze 4 Davit Gigauri 5 Konstantine Mikautadze 6 Giorgi Tsutskiridze 7 Beka Saghinadze 8 Tornike Jalagonia BENCH: 16 Giorgi Chikoidze 17 Nikoloz Khatiashvili 18 Luka Japaridze 19 Nodar Cheishvili 20 Giorgi Javakhia 21 Ilia Spanderashvili 22 Gela Aprasidze 23 Giorgi Badunashvili

SCORERS P: Abzhandadze (3) Yellow Card Saghinadze

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU) Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes (RFU), Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU) TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)




IrelandIRELAND 39 - 31 JAPANJapan

Saturday 03 July 2021 - Aviva Stadium
KO: 13:00 HT: 19-7


Ireland v Japan The anthems are in progress at Lansdowne Road, and you can find the teams & officials her as we prepare to bring you live coverage...
Ireland 0 - 0 Japan 1min Former Quins chap Karl Dickson kicks off proceedings in Dublin, Joey Carbery starting us off...and Japan react well to poor beginnings
Ireland 0 - 0 Japan 2mins Ireland fluff their next attempt at possession too, Japan attacking lineout and James Ryan instils foul play in the air - Yu Tamura teeing up the first attempt at the uprights
Ireland 0 - 3 Japan 3mins Japan take first blood and crack open the scoreboard with a 3-pointer
Ireland 0 - 3 Japan 5mins A better restart from Carbery and Ireland build phases going forward, but the defence haven't let the Irish anywhere further than the 10m, and end up going backwards
Ireland 0 - 3 Japan 7mins Multiple phases come to nothing, and eventually the ball is nicked for the Brave Blossoms to shoot back over halfway, but a player off his feet and the ball is back for Ireland
Ireland 5 - 3 Japan 8mins The next phase of attack from Ireland is much improved, running hard and barrelling through the defence in the 22 and Chris Farrell crashes over the whitewash to the side of the post 🏉
Ireland 7 - 3 Japan 9mins Carbery bangs over the conversion and Ireland finally have the start they were hoping for
Ireland 7 - 3 Japan 11mins Japan's restart falters slightly, but they have ball in hand and breach the Irish 22, who gift another penalty; Japan don't take an easy 3 and instead kick to touch for a 5m lineout...
Ireland 7 - 10 Japan 12mins ...and the setpiece is executed like clockwork, collecting the ball and driving forward, captain Michael Leitch finding the goal line to score and Tamura converts well 🏉
Ireland 7 - 10 Japan 14mins The Irish restart isn't great, and quickly Japan are back in possession and they belt over halfway, again threatening the 22 through Siosaia Fifita, and the Irish cough up another penalty
Ireland 7 - 10 Japan 16mins A fifth penalty from Ireland already allows Japan to kick to touch for another 5m lineout and they are forced wide toward nearside touch and are recycling the ball efficiently...
Ireland 7 - 15 Japan 18mins ...and 11 phases in, the Brave Blossoms have excellent offloading skills for Timothy Lafaele to stretch over to ground the ball under the posts 🏉
Ireland 7 - 10 Japan 19mins But TMO Claire Hodnett halts the conversion and illustrates to Ref Dickson the pass from Tamura was forward; no try 🙈
Ireland 7 - 10 Japan 21mins It's a defensive scrum for Ireland and prop Jiwon Koo is pinged for infringing, the Irish able to escape their own half and move into attack mode...
Ireland 7 - 10 Japan 23mins Ireland breach the Japan 22 and set up an attacking 5m lineout, but the result is Japan stealing possession promptly, and a Brave Blossoms defensive scrum ensues...
Ireland 7 - 10 Japan 25mins The Blossoms move play outside their 22, and other scrum and they clear over halfway, but Jordan Larmour kicks it back to the Japan 22, aerial football the result...
Ireland 12 - 10 Japan 26mins Finally Carbery keeps ball in hand and runs, chips ahead, secures the ball & from midfield, they offload well for Stuart McCloskey to just stay inside the right side of touch to score in the corner 🏉
Ireland 12 - 10 Japan 28mins Carbery misses the conversion, and the Irish waste no time in coughing up another penalty after the restart. Leitch having turned over possession deftly at he breakdown, and Tamura tees up again...
Ireland 12 - 10 Japan 29mins ...but Tamura's kick only finds the left upright, repelling the ball away for no points
Ireland 12 - 10 Japan 31mins Larmour's game is over as he is replaced by Shane Daly, while his team secures possession and move play away from their own 22 to over halfway
Ireland 12 - 10 Japan 33mins The breakdown is won by Japan and they repel the Irish back over halfway from a defensive 10m scrum, Ireland infringing yet again as a result
Ireland 12 - 10 Japan 34mins Play is halted for Ryan banging his knee, but he's up and we resume play; it was Japan who coughed up the penalty at that last breakdown and Ireland have a defensive lineout
Ireland 12 - 10 Japan 35mins But Japan wrestle back possession quickly, still in Ireland territory and they deftly slither through all the defence who miss numerous tackles, Lafaele again finding the whitewash...but...
Ireland 12 - 15 Japan 35mins ...Ref Dickson just wants to check the build up before awarding the score; no issues this time and Lafaele chalks up his try 🏉
Ireland 12 - 17 Japan 36mins While Peter O'Mahony gets some attention, Tamura bangs over the conversion
Ireland 12 - 17 Japan 38mins Ireland manage to reach the Japan 22 again from the restart, but Kotaro Matsushima steals it back at the breakdown and the ball is cleared back up toward the midfield
Ireland 12 - 17 Japan 39mins The Irish attack again, Japan don't let them get too far but the ball finds touch in Ireland's favour; an attacking lineout and the Irish drive forward, but it's no easy run yet...
Ireland 12 - 17 Japan 40mins Japan are pinged for offside and the Irish have penalty advantage being played, but a quick break for Koo to get attention as Ireland are camped in the Japan 22...
Ireland 17 - 17 Japan 40+1mins The penalty comes and Ireland pick and go ahead for Finlay Bealham to drag over the whitewash to score and equalise as the Japanese are offside again...🏉
Ireland 19 - 17 Japan 40+2mins Carbery nails the conversion and Ireland head into halftime fractionally in the lead. But the Irish are not looking particularly impressive so far this half

Ireland v Japan HTIreland 19 - 7 Japan HT T: Farrell, McCloskey, Bealham C: Carbery (2) | T: Leitch, Lafaele C: Tamura (2) P: Tamura

Ireland 19 - 17 Japan 40mins Ireland don't make a brilliant start to the second half, Japan with the first scrum in attack
Ireland 19 - 17 Japan 42mins Ireland secure possession at their 22 and clear Japan back up to halfway, but the visitors waste not time in making the yards back into Irish territory
Ireland 19 - 17 Japan 42mins But play is halted as Farrell gets attention, having got his head on the wrong side of his tackle Ryoto Nakamura; Billy Burns replaces him
Ireland 19 - 22 Japan 43mins Farrell walks off for an HIA while Japan have an attacking scrum, and sublime hands has them sprinting across the field, ending an excellent play with an impressive try from Fifita 🏉
Ireland 19 - 24 Japan 45mins Tamura adds the extras, and it's a solid start from the visitors
Ireland 19 - 24 Japan 46mins Irish attempt to attack again, the defence halts them proficiently, but a miskick from Naoto Saito gives Ireland a midfield attacking lineout
Ireland 19 - 24 Japan 47mins As Farrell fails his HIA, Ireland win their lineout, are almost turned over by Pieter Labuschagne but Atsushi Sakate is on the wrong side of the ruck &Ireland can make some yards with a tactical kick
Ireland 26 - 24 Japan 49mins The attacking 22 lineout fro Ireland is solid, and the well executed setpiece allows Josh van der Flier to fly over the whitewash to score, Carbery adding the extras
Ireland 26 - 24 Japan 51mins Daly smashes down on Matsushima's leg and play is halted; Carbery also gets attention as the fullback is helped off the pitch, Shane Gates debuting for the Brave Blossoms
Ireland 26 - 24 Japan 53mins The penalty was for Ireland before stoppage, and they set up a strong attacking lineout in the 22, Ronan Kelleher making the first convincing break, he's halted in front of the posts...
Ireland 33 - 24 Japan 53mins ...but the ball is swiftly recycled and hurtled out wide to Jacob Stockdale who flies over for try 🏉, converted by Carbery
Ireland 33 - 24 Japan 55mins Ireland do well from the Japan restart, retaining possession and an attack comes from the midfield, but a bizarre kick from Carbery...
Ireland 33 - 31 Japan 57mins ...and it's Japan who collect from outside their own 22, most excellent hands in offload and it's Saito who sprints in the next try absolutely unhindered by any defence; Tamura converts 🏉
Ireland 33 - 31 Japan 59mins Ed Byrne and John Ryan replace Dave Kilcoyne and Bealham in the front row for Ireland
Ireland 36 - 31 Japan 61mins Japan cough up a penalty and it's there for Carbery to take a 3-pointer to increase the Irish lead, and he does it well
Ireland 36 - 31 Japan 63mins Semisi Masirewa goes up under a high ball, Ryan almost taking him out smacking his legs in the air, but Ref Dickson calls it wrong by awarding just a penalty instead of the yellow card
Ireland 36 - 31 Japan 65mins Kosuke Horikoshi, Craig Millar and Asaeli Ai Valu have replaced the Japan front row, Keita Inagaki , Sakate and Koo off
Ireland 36 - 31 Japan 65mins In the final quarter, the pace slows a fraction, as Kaito Shigeno and Rikiya Matsuda replace Tamura and Saito
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 67mins Ireland manage to take their lead over a score as Labuschagne is pinged at the breakdown and Carbery punishes Japan with another 3-pointer
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 69mins More changes for Ireland as Rob Herring and Gavin Coombes replace Kelleher and O'Mahony
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 71mins Japan are in possession and making some yards, but it's far slower than previously, tiring somewhat...
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 73mins Time off for Ryan Baird to get some attention before play resumes, Ireland having won back possession...
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 75mins ...and they shift play back over halfway, again the pace is lacking and a penalty is coughed up again inside the 22
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 76mins Japan clear to touch for an attacking lineout, and an opportunity arises for the visitors, but coming in from offside following the setpiece as possession is reversed
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 78mins Ireland are able to thump the ball downfield and take play back deep into Japanese territory
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 79mins Craig Casey replaces Jamison Gibson Park for the dying minutes as the Irish now camp out in the 22...
Ireland 39 - 31 Japan 80mins It's a Japan defensive scrum as Ireland lose possession in the 22, they go wide and struggle to escape, but a penalty comes, the ball doesn't find touch and Hugo Keenan runs the ball out for the win
Ireland (19) 39 - 31 (7) Japan FT The Brave Blossoms more than lived up to their name, only fatigue and second half indiscipline nobbled them, particularly after Matsushima went off. Ireland...well...they won, but unconvincingly

Ireland v Japan FT

Ireland15 Hugo Keenan 14 Jordan Larmour 13 Chris Farrell 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Joey Carbery 9 Jamison Gibson Park 1 Dave Kilcoyne 2 Ronan Kelleher 3 Finlay Bealham 4 Ultan Dillane 5 James Ryan (C) 6 Peter O’Mahony 7 Josh van der Flier 8 Caelan Doris BENCH:16 Rob Herring 17 Ed Byrne 18 John Ryan 19 Ryan Baird 20 Gavin Coombes* 21 Craig Casey 22 Billy Burns 23 Shane Daly

SCORERS T: Farrell, McCloskey, Bealham, van der Flier, Stockdale C: Carbery (4) P: Carbery (2)

Japan15 Kotaro Matsushima 14 Semisi Masirewa*13 Timothy Lafaele 12 Ryoto Nakamura 11 Siosaia Fifita 10 Yu Tamura 9 Naoto Saito 1 Keita Inagaki 2 Atsushi Sakate 3 Jiwon Koo 4 Wimpie van der Walt 5 James Moore 6 Michael Leitch 7 Pieter Labuschagne 8 Kazuki Himeno BENCH: 16 Kosuke Horikoshi 17 Craig Millar 18 Asaeli Ai Valu 19 Jack Cornelsen 20 Tevita Tatafu 21 Kaito Shigeno 22 Rikiya Matsuda 23 Shane Gates*

SCORERS T: Leitch, Lafaele, Fifita, Saito C: Tamura (4) P: Tamura

Man of the Match: Josh van der Flier Ireland

Referee: Karl Dickson (RFU) Asst Referees: Luke Pearce (RFU), Andrea Piardi (FIR) TMO: Claire Hodnett (RFU)




WalesWALES 68 - 12 CANADACanada

Saturday 03 July 2021 - Principality Stadium
KO: 15:00 HT: 40-5


Wales 0-0 Canada 0m 8,000 people are finally back in the Principality Stadium for the first time since the pandemic as Jonathan Davies leads Wales out
Wales 0-0 Canada 0m The teams are out and it’s time for the anthems...
Wales 0-0 Canada 0m Tom Rogers and Ben Carter make their debuts, whilst Leigh Halfpenny gains caps 100
Wales 0-0 Canada 1m Sheedy gets proceeding underway and It appears that Halfpenny could be in trouble already as it looks like he’s picked up a knee injury. Canada secure a penalty
Wales 0-0 Canada 2m It’s an extended break in play before a devastated Halfpenny is stretchered off, acknowledging the loud applause
Wales 0-0 Canada 3m Nick Tompkins replaces Halfpenny. Canada miss the penalty, but the hosts are stunned after Moriarty is pinged for off-side, Canada spread the ball wide with Kainoa Lloyd beating Tom Rogers to cross in the corner
Wales 0-5 Canada 5m The conversion is missed, but Wales fight right back with Tomos Williams taking the quick tap penalty before crossing for the try
Wales 0-0 Canada 7mins If you're wondering where to watch this match on UK TV outside of Wales, it's hiding on BBC Two Wales (Sky 971/980 or iPlayer)
Wales 7-5 Canada 7m Sheedy adds the extras as the hosts take the lead. From the restart Williams box kicks downfield but Lloyd is pinged for obstruction and Sheedy kicks for territory
Wales 7-5 Canada 8m Wales secure and demonstrate some beautiful handling as Halaholo finds Rogers who is just bundled into touch, denying the young Scarlet a debut try
Wales 7-5 Canada 11m Wales continue to attack but the ball is intercepted and it’s a foot race and Canada are denied. We have our first scrum of the game…
Wales 7-5 Canada 13m Wales have the put in, with Williams feeding. Canada are pinged, offering Sheedy the chance to kick downfield. Again, Wales secure and launch an attack but the ball is lost
Wales 7-5 Canada 14m A break in midfield sees the rejuvenated Jonathan Davies racing towards the try line, perfectly timing his pass to James Botham who crosses in the corner
Wales 12-5 Canada 16m Sheedy’s conversion attempt hits the posts. Canada have possession from the restart following a knock-on from Rogers but Wales win the ball back. Wales are pinged and Canada secure a line out in the Welsh 22
Wales 12-5 Canada 19m But the ball is hoofed downfield and it’s some sublime passing from the men in red before Jonah Holmes accepts Tompkins’ pass to cross the whitewash
Wales 19-5 Canada 21m A lovely kick from Sheedy adds the extras before Wales attack again. Williams kicks downfield but Coats can’t gather cleanly and loses the ball forward
Wales 19-5 Canada 22m Dee finds his man at the line-out and launch an attack before being pinged for not releasing
Wales 19-5 Canada 24m It’s likely that Halfpenny has suffered an ACL injury and faces a long spell out of the wishes to him for his recovery
Wales 19-5 Canada 25m Williams again feeds the scrum, as the Welsh forwards drive forward, winning a penalty as their dominance at the set piece continues. Wales have the lineout just outside the Canadian 22
Wales 19-5 Canada 26m The hosts recycle the ball well before Moriarty finds a small gap, as the men in red drive to within inches of the try line. We have advantage but Nicky Smith drives over from close range for try number 4
Wales 26-5 Canada 28m It’s a simple conversion for Sheedy. Rogers wins a superb turn over from the restart, securing the penalty and offering Wales another attacking opportunity
Wales 26-5 Canada 30m The hosts are deep in the Canadian 22, and it’s raining tries in Cardiff as Elliot Dee scores his first try for Wales
Wales 33-5 Canada 32m Another Sheedy conversion further extends the Welsh lead. Canada attack from the restart but Dillon Lewis secured the turnover and Sheedy again kicks downfield, taking play back into the Canadian 22
Wales 33-5 Canada 35m Wales again secure a penalty at the breakdown, and we have a further line out in the Canadian 22. It’s advantage to Wales before Will Rowlands bursts through for Wales’ sixth try
Wales 40- 5 Canada 38m Sheedy again is successful with the boot. Wales are caught napping following the restart, but are pinged. Dee finds his man but Wales are pinged and Canada have an opportunity right at the end of the first half
Wales 40-5 Canada 40m + 1 Wales steal the line out but Canada manage to get the ball back, but the ball is lost forward and the half draws to a close

Wales v Canada HTWales 40-5 Canada HT T: Williams, Botham, Holmes, Smith, Dee, Rowlands C: Sheedy (5) | T: Lloyd

Wales 40-5 Canada 41m The teams are back out for the second half with Nelson getting proceedings underway as Wales continue their attack from the first half, but Wales are pinged, offering Canada a line out on the 22
Wales 40-5 Canada 42m Cole Keith, Tyler Rowland and Michael Smith are on for Canada
Wales 40-5 Canada 43m Canada attempt to run out of their 22, following a Welsh knock-on, they have the advantage and consequently the scrum put-in
Wales 40-5 Canada 45m the visitors have a free kick but Wales secure possession as Tom Rogers dances his way through the gap. The Welsh attack continues with the props combining to find Rogers who offloads
Wales 47- 5 Canada 46m And its Tomos Williams who crosses under the posts. Sheedy adds the extras as Rowlands is replaced by Josh Turnbull
Wales 47-5 Canada 47m Canada have a further attacking opportunity as they kick for the corner. Quattrin finds his man as the visitors inch towards the try line. Wales are pinged for offside and Canada have a second chance
Wales 47-5 Canada 49m Basham & Gareth Thomas come on for their first caps for Wales. Wales also bring on Brown
Wales 47-5 Canada 51m Tom Rogers shows his X factor with a superb side step before demonstrating his pace as he races down the touch line, but he’s taken out and Holmes can’t gather for the try. Hardy is on for Williams
Wales 47-5 Canada 53m There's also a change in hookers for both with Elias & Howard coming on. Moriarty can’t quite get his pass away cleanly to Elias for a further welsh try
Wales 47-5 Canada 54m Canada have a defensive scrum and secure a penalty offering the visitors the chance to clear their lines. Vikilani and Braude are substituted by Canada
Wales 47-5 Canada 56m A break from Hardy finds his skipper who offloads to Basham who somehow manages to ground the ball in the corner, but the TMO has been called upon to check the grounding
Wales 47-5 Canada 58m The try is good and up steps Sheedy - it’s a beautiful conversion from the touch line. He’s replaced by Ben Thomas who makes his debut
Wales 54-5 Canada 59m It’s a familiar position for Wales, attacking in the Canadian 22. The visitors are pinged, Thomas kicks for the corner, the ball is recycled but Tompkins can’t gather
Wales 54-5 Canada 62m But the hosts have a second attempt, they drive off the line out, with Basham on hand to dab down for his brace
Wales 61-5 Canada 63m What a kick from replacement Ben Thomas as Wales keep the scoreboard ticking at almost a point a minute
Wales 61-5 Canada 65m Hardy feeds the scrum for Wales as Wales attack from inside their own half but Halaholo is pinged. Canada kick downfield
Wales 61-5 Canada 66m The visitors secure the ball and set up the maul before spreading to the backs, they have the advantage, chip through and it looks like Lloyd has won the foot race
Wales 61-5 Canada 67m The TMO checks the grounding but it appears he knocks it on into touch, so we go back for the advantage
Wales 61-5 Canada 67m Again, Canada kick for the corner, Howard finds his man and the visitors are inches from the try line
Wales 61-5 Canada 68m it looks like they have got the try, but again we go to the TMO...the on field decision is that the ball has been knocked on, this is confirmed and Canada have the scrum put in. Carson is on for Keys
Wales 61-5 Canada 68m Its a solid scrum from the visitor, great angles run resulting in Cooper Coats diving over for Canada’s second try
Wales 61-12 Canada 70m The conversion is good, bringing Canada’s score to double figures. Wales are pinged and Canada have a further attacking opportunity
Wales 61-12 Canada 72m The visitors manage to build up some phases as Wales defend for the longest period all vane but their attack is halted by the referee’s whistle
Wales 61-12 Canada 74m Dragon’s Ben Carter is named man of the match as Wales have an attacking opportunity, Canada are pinged and Thomas kicks for the corner
Wales 61-12 Canada 75m The line out is a bit of a shambles and Canada have the put in at the scrum. The visitors run from deep before Percillier kicks downfield offering Wales an attacking opportunity, but Hardy is pinged
Wales 61-12 Canada 77m The visitors secure the line out, but are lunged for coming in at the side. Foxy takes the ball quickly, Tompkins kicks downfield but Nelson is there to cover
Wales 61-12 Canada 80m But it’s the visitors that could end the scoring as they run the ball from deep, but they are penalised and Wales loom to end on a high
Wales 61-12 Canada 80m +1 The Welsh boys are queuing up but eventually Thomas floats a pass out to Jonah Holmes who scores his second
Wales 68-12 Canada 80m +2 The conversion from Thomas is good as an impressive Wales secure the victory with some lovely attacking rugby

Wales v Canada FT

Wales15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Jonah Holmes 13 Uilisi Halaholo 12 Jonathan Davies (C) 11 Tom Rogers* 10 Callum Sheedy 9 Tomos Williams 1 Nicky Smith 2 Elliot Dee 3 Dillon Lewis 4 Ben Carter* 5 Will Rowlands 6 Ross Moriarty 7 James Botham 8 Aaron Wainwright BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Gareth Thomas*18 Leon Brown 19 Josh Turnbull 20 Taine Basham* 21 Kieran Hardy 22 Ben Thomas* 23 Nick Tompkins

SCORERS T: Williams, Botham, Holmes (2), Smith, Dee, Rowlands, Basham (2) C: Sheedy (7), Ben Thomas (2)

Canada15 Cooper Coats 14 Cole Davis 13 Ben Lesage 12 Quinn Ngawati 11 Kainoa Lloyd 10 Peter Nelson 9 Ross Braude 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Andrew Quattrin 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Conor Keys 5 Josh Larsen 6 Reegan O’Gorman 7 Lucas Rumball (c) 8 Siaki Vikilani BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Cole Keith 18 Tyler Rowland 19 Donald Carson 20 Michael Smith 21 Lucas Albornoz 22 William Percillier 23 Robbie Povey

SCORERS T: Lloyd, Coats C: Nelson

Man of the Match: Ben Carter Wales

Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU) Asst Referees: Christophe Ridley (RFU), Tom Foley (RFU) TMO: Stuart Terheege (RFU)




Maori All BlacksMĀORI ALL BLACKS 38 - 21 SAMOASamoa

Saturday 03 July 2021 - Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
KO: 16:30 HT: 19-7

Maori All Blacks15 Josh Ioane 14 Jonah Lowe 13 Billy Proctor 12 Alex Nankivell 11 Sean Wainui 10 Otere Black 9 Sam Nock 1 Tamaiti Williams 2 Ash Dixon (C) 3 Josh Hohneck 4 Manaaki Selby-Rickit 5 Pari Pari Parkinson 6 Reed Prinsep 7 Billy Harmon 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas BENCH: 16 Kurt Eklund 17 Ollie Norris 18 Marcel Renata 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere 20 Josh Dickson 21 Bryn Hall 22 Rameka Poihipi 23 Shaun Stevenson

SCORERS T: Lowe (2), PT (2), Dixon, Wainui C: Black, Ioane

Scotland15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Elisapeta Alofipo 13 Stacey Ili 12 Henry Taefu 11 Neria Fomai 10 Rodney Iona 9 Auvasa Faleali’i 1 Albert Anae 2 Ray Niuia 3 Michael Alaalatoa (C) 4 Benjamin Nee-Nee 5 Theo McFarland 6 Samuel Slade 7 Alamanda Motuga 8 Henry Time-Stowers BENCH: 16 JP Sauni 17 Tietie Tuimauga 18 Kalolo Tuiloma 19 Teofilo Paulo 20 Genesis Mamea-Lemalu 21 Jonathan Taumateine 22 D’Angelo Leuila 23 Joe Perez

SCORERS T: Fomai, Alosio, Tuiloma C: Taefu (3) Yellow Card Slade, Lelamu

Referee: Mike Fraser (NZRU) Asst Referees: Brendon Pickerill (NZRU), Paul Williams (NZRU) TMO: Shane McDermott (NZRU)




Lions RugbyLIONS RUGBY 14-56 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Saturday 03 July 2021 - Emirates Airline Park, J'burg
KO: 18:00 HT: 7-21

LionsT: Vincent Tshituka, Rabz Maxwane C: Hendrikse (2)

British & Irish Lions T: Rees-Zammit, Watson, Price, Adams (4), Davies C: Farrell (8)

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New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 102 - 0 TONGATonga

Saturday 03 July 2021 - Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
KO: 19:05 HT: 43-0

New Zealand15 Damian McKenzie 14 Will Jordan 13 Rieko Ioane 12 Quinn Tupaea* 11 George Bridge 10 Richie Mo’unga 9 Brad Weber1 Karl Tu’inukuafe 2 Dane Coles 3 Angus Ta’avao 4 Scott Barrett 5 Samuel Whitelock (C) 6 Akira Ioane 7 Dalton Papali'i 8 Luke Jacobson BENCH: 16 Asafo Aumua 17 George Bower* 18 Tyrel Lomax 19 Patrick Tuipulotu 20 Ethan Blackadder* 21 Finlay Christie* 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Jordie Barrett

SCORERS T: McKenzie, Papali’i (2), Weber (3), Jordan (5), Jacobson, Mo'unga, Reiko Ioane, Tuipulotu, Bridge C: Mo'unga (7), Beauden Barrett (4)

Tonga15 James Faiva 14 Hosea Saumaki* 13 Fine Inisi* 12 Nikolai Foliaki* 11 Penikolo Latu 10 Kalione Hala 9 Sonatane Takulua (c) 1 Duke Nginingini* 2 Sam Moli* 3 Sila Puafisi 4 Don Lolo* 5 Zane Kapeli 6 Mateaki Kafatolu* 7 Solomone Funaki* 8 Sione Tuipulotu* BENCH: 16 Siua Maile 17 Jethro Felemi* 18 Tau Koloamatangi* 19 Harrison Mataele* 20 Viliame Taulani* 21 Nasi Manu 22 Leon Fukofuka 23 Walter Fifita*

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZRU) Asst Referees: Paul Williams (NZRU), Brendon Pickerill (NZRU) TMO: James Leckie (RA)




RomaniaROMANIA 17 - 24 ARGENTINAArgentina

Saturday 03 July 2021 - Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
KO: 21:00 HT: 9-17

Romania15 Ionel Melinte 14 Ionuț Dumitru 13 Taylor Gontineac 12 Alexandru Bucur 11 Nicolas Onuțu 10 Daniel Plai 9 Gabriel Rupanu 1 Alexandru Savin 2 Eugen Căpățînă 3 Alexandru Țăruș 4 Florian Roșu 5 Adrian Moțoc 6 Cristi Chirică 7 Cristi Boboc 8 Andre Gorin (C) BENCH: 16 Florin Bărdașu 17 Ionel Badiu 18 Vasile Bălan 19 Marius Antonescu 20 Mihai Macovei 21 Vlad Neculau 22 Florin Surugiu 23 Robert Neagu

SCORERS T: Căpățînă P: Melinte (4) Yellow Card Chirică

Argentina15 Emiliano Boffelli 14 Santiago Cordero 13 Matías Moroni 12 Jerónimo De la Fuente 11 Juan Imhoff 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Tomás Cubelli 1 Facundo Gigena 2 Julián Montoya (C) 3 Enrique Pieretto 4 Marcos Kremer 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Pablo Matera 7 Francisco Gorrissen 8 Rodrigo Bruni BENCH: 16 Facundo Bosch 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Facundo Isa 20 Juan Martín González 21 Gonzalo Bertranou 22 Domingo Miotti 23 Bautista Delguy

SCORERS T: Bruni, Cordero, PT, Gonzalez C: Miotti

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR) Asst Referees: Craig Evans (WRU), Adam Jones (WRU) TMO: Eric Gauzins (FFR)





Sunday 04 July 2021 - Twickenham
KO: 14:00 HT: 26-3


England v USA Happy Independence Day to all our USA peeps! The sun is out for your guys today...
England v USA Your updated teams and the officials... as the anthems ring out across SW London
England 0 - 0 USA 1min We have KO in the sunshine from Ref Brace on the whistle and USA in dark red today, the Americans fast up to the England 22 but soon repelled...
England 0 - 0 USA 3mins It's an England lineout on halfway which is won but an infringement from Ellis Genge and USA have a scrum on halfway
England 0 - 3 USA 5mins USA come away with the penalty and they opt to go for the uprights from in front of the posts, and Luke Carty is bang on target from that far back; excellent effort
England 5 - 3 USA 6mins But before you can blink, the restart is quite brilliant from England, Max Malins running down the line & offloading to Sam Underhill before being forced into touch, who scores in the corner 🏉
England 5 - 3 USA 8mins The ever reliable Marcus Smith, however, misses the conversion, though England have overtaken their rivals early doors
England 5 - 3 USA 9mins As USA bother the England 22 again already, play is halted as Malins is sent off for a head injury assessment, young Jacob Umaga replacing him
England 5 - 3 USA 11mins The defensive effort from England is successful and the USA are soon pushed back up to halfway, but a penalty comes form the breakdown for the visitors
England 5 - 3 USA 13mins The lineout is won but the maul is halted & at the breakdown, England wrestle possession from USA and thump the ball clear; it comes back momentarily but the end is an England attacking lineout
England 10 - 3 USA 14mins A most effective setpiece from England as the ball is won, hurled out wide, and through numerous hands, it flies from Henry Slade to Ollie Laurence who slam dunks in the corner to score 🏉
England 12 - 3 USA 15mins Laurence's bare backside is on full display courtesy of Ruben de Haas attempting to halt Ollie's gallop to the corner, but only succeeding in exposing him 😆 Meanwhile Smith converts this time
England 12 - 3 USA 16mins Play is halted at the next breakdown after Marcel Brache almost tips over Malins (who is back on from his HIA), but it's simply a penalty and we play on
England 12 - 3 USA 18mins Play returns to the midfield and the Ref calms the teams down, having had a word with the captains
England 12 - 3 USA 20mins It's a USA scrum just inside their half and the visitors secure he ball, going wide, finding no way through so belting the ball downfield where it's deftly collected and England run it back
England 12 - 3 USA 22mins The result is another midfield scrum, on the USA 22, which ends in a USA defensive 10m lineout...
England 17 - 3 USA 23mins England waste no time in wrestling back possession, Harry Randall taking a quick tap and go from the ruck, out to Freddie Steward who chips ahead, Joe Cokanasiga chasing and scoring 🏉
England 19 - 3 USA 25mins Smith takes his time with the conversion and sweeps the ball through the uprights; these young England bucks are looking quite impressive...
England 19 - 3 USA 27mins The USA can't take advantage of being in England territory from the restart as they a soon muscled back into their own half, but are gifted a penalty inside their 10m to clear well
England 19 - 3 USA 27mins At the England 22, USA have a lineout to secure, they head in toward the posts, the ball flung back out toward touch but the penalty soon comes to England, not letting USA make forward yards
England 19 - 3 USA 29mins A brief time off for medical attention -with the A Team theme for the interlude- before England win their defensive scrum and have a free kick
England 24- 3 USA 30mins Smith finds touch at the USA 10m, and the previous setpiece is replicated - with less hands this time - for Joe Coka to fly over in the corner for a second, the Americans surfing in his wake 🏉
England 26- 3 USA 32mins Smith's first attempt was quite obviously a nervous aberration, as he again smashes over the conversion again from nearside wide
England 26- 3 USA 34mins The USA have had no shortage of possession, but have never come closer than c. 5m of the England whitewash so far; this time they reach the 22 before being turned over
England 26- 3 USA 35mins A time off as Laurence charges toward the corner and in attempting to halt him, Brache clashing heads with him, Ollie off for HIA replaced by Dan Robson
England 26- 3 USA 38mins Well there's no arguing with technology is there, especially at Twickenham when they don't have normal plug switches 🙄
England 26- 3 USA 39mins Now we have power again, England have landed in the USA 22, and are camped right on top of the whitewash, hoping to nail another try but the ball is lost forward; USA 5m defensive scrum...
England 26- 3 USA 40mins The Americans retain the ball, but make no headway, Carty eventually reaching for the ball and kicking into touch for halftime

England v USA HTEngland 26 - 3 USA HT T: Underhill, Lawrence, Cokanasiga (2) C: Smith (3) | P: Carty

England 26 - 3 USA 40mins Some corrections: Malins never did return from his HIA, Umaga stayed on, and Brache did go off for an HIA too after clashing heads with Lawrence, Christian Dyer replacing him before HT
England 26 - 8 USA 41mins An excellent opening effort from the Americans as from an attacking 5m lineout, Jamason Fa'anana Schultz crashes over for the first USA try 🏉
England 26 - 8 USA 43mins But Carty can't find his target and misses the conversion
England 26 - 8 USA 45mins The USA are fast back in England territory having chased their opposition from theirs, and have the homeside pinned at their 22, but the ball is turned and England have a defensive scrum
England 26 - 8 USA 47mins The scrum has to be reset twice before we can move ahead, and it's England in control, back over halfway, with changes incoming...
England 26 - 8 USA 48mins Jamie Blamire and Ted Hill replace Curtis Langdon and Josh McNally | Joe Taufete’e and Dino Waldren on for Mikey Sosene-Feagai and Paul Mullen
England 31 - 8 USA 50mins Blamire shows his mettle early doors by heaving over the whitewash a minute after arriving on the paddock for England... 🏉
England 31 - 8 USA 52mins Smith misses another conversion from out wide as Nate Brakeley and Psalm Wooching replace Nick Civetta and Fa’anana-Schultz
England 31 - 8 USA 53mins Play is back on halfway but we halt as Lewis Ludlam and Ben Curry replace Ludlow and Callum Chick
England 31 - 8 USA 55mins The USA force England onto the back foot in their own half, and we have a reprieve as Joe Heyes as replaced by Trevor Davidson in the front row
England 31 - 8 USA 56mins It's a USA attacking scrum outside the 22 which they win, a free kick to touch and a 22 lineout is well won...despite England disruption...though eventually they do turnover the ball...
England 31 - 12 USA 57mins ...but the ball goes awry for Randall and it is pounced own behind enemy lines by Cam Dolan to score 🏉
England 31 - 15 USA 58mins Carty adds the extras for the Americans and the score is looking far more respectable 😎
England 31 - 15 USA 59mins From the restart, England charge to the corner with some passion, but Steward knocks on over the whitewash, confirmed by TMO Ben Whitehouse
England 31 - 15 USA 60mins The USA struggle with their 5m defensive lineout, but eventually snaffle the ball back and clear to touch, England with an attacking lineout outside the 22
England 31 - 15 USA 62mins "Swing Low" reverberates around the stadium as the mêlée on the ground has knock ons from both sides, England awarded the penalty & securing a 5m attacking lineout... "HEAVE!" from the stands
England 31 - 15 USA 64mins The skies have greyed over as the USA repel England in most fervent fashion, play back up at the 10m before England can attack again...the ball saved over the line by USA
England 36 - 15 USA 65mins It's a penalty to England and they have an attacking 5m scrum; Randall carries out wide from the base and Smith collects and almost Ash-splashes his excellent score 🏉
England 36 - 15 USA 66mins Not that it matters with that scoreline, but amusingly Smith misses his easiest conversion of the afternoon 🙈
England 36 - 15 USA 68mins As play settles in the midfield, another scrum for England on the USA 10m, Hanco Germishuys replaces Dolan at No8
England 41- 15 USA 69mins And the score Randall has been itching for comes as he picks off the base from behind the 10m, dummies beautifully and charges in under the posts 🏉
England 43- 15 USA 71mins Thankfully, from right in front of the posts in the 22, Smith nails it 😜
England 43- 15 USA 72mins As the USA move play deep into the England 22, the American bench is now empty as Mike Baska makes his international test debut for de Haas
England 43- 20 USA 73mins It's an attacking 5m scrum for the Americans, and as is becoming their habit, they don't just nail it but Germishuys immediately finds the whitewash to breach it 🏉
England 43- 22 USA 74mins Carty duly adds the extras. This is turning into a fun match 😂
England 48- 22 USA 75mins England hurtle from the midfield to the USA 22, win a penalty, tap and go , Robson getting the ball to Ludlam to score 🏉
England 43- 22 USA 76mins Ah. But before Smith can convert the under the posts try, the TMO decides it's a no try and it's chalked off
England 43- 27 USA 78mins The Americans, on the other hand, have a plan of their own, and from the restart, Dyer launches an attack to score himself under the posts at real pace 🏉
England 43- 29 USA 79mins And Carty is right on target too from in front of the posts
England 43- 29 USA 80+2mins England charge into the USA 22 again, the Americans kick them out, they attempt another breakaway, but from the midfield, the Ref calls time on an entertaining match
England (26) 43 - 29 (3) USA FT Congratulations to England’s Harry Randall rightly awarded Man of the Match 🎉🍾

England v USA FT

England15 Freddie Steward 14 Joe Cokanasiga 13 Henry Slade 12 Ollie Lawrence 11 Max Malins 10 Marcus Smith 9 Harry Randall 1 Ellis Genge 2 Curtis Langdon 3 Joe Heyes 4 Josh McNally 5 Charlie Ewels 6 Lewis Ludlow (C) 7 Sam Underhill 8 Callum Chick BENCH: 16 Jamie Blamire 17 Beno Obano 18 Trevor Davison 19 Ted Hill 20 Ben Curry 21 Lewis Ludlam 22 Dan Robson 23 Jacob Umaga

SCORERS T: Underhill, Lawrence, Cokanasiga (2), Blamire, Smith, Randall C: Smith (4)

USA15 Marcel Brache 14 Mikey Te’o 13 Bryce Campbell (C) 12 Calvin Whiting 11 Mika Kruse* 10 Luke Carty* 9 Ruben de Haas 1 David Ainu’u 2 Mikey Sosene-Feagai 3 Paul Mullen 4 Gregory Peterson 5 Nick Civetta 6 Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz 7 Riekert Hattingh* 8 Cam Dolan BENCH: 16 Joe Taufete’e 17 Matt Harmon* 18 Dino Waldren 19 Nate Brakeley 20 Psalm Wooching 21 Hanco Germishuys 22 Mike Baska* 23 Christian Dyer

SCORERS T: Schultz, Dolan, Germishuys, Dyer C: Carty (3) P: Carty

Man of the Match: Harry Randall England

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU) Asst Referees: Andrea Piardi (FIR), Ben Blain (SRU) TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)




UruguayURUGUAY 42 - 26 ARGENTINA XVArgentina

Sunday 04 July 2021 - Estádio Charrúa, Montevideo
KO: 15:00 HT: 21-14

Uruguay15 Rodrigo Silva 14 Manuel Viñals 13 Felipe Arcos Pérez 12 Andrés Vilaseca (C) 11 Gastón Mieres 10 Felipe Berchesi 9 Tomás Inciarte 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Germán Kessler 3 Diego Arbelo 4 Felipe Aliaga 5 Ignacio Dotti 6 Franco Lamanna 7 Santiago Civetta 8 Manuel Diana BENCH: 16 Facundo Gattas 17 Juan Echeverría 18 Ignacio Péculo 19 Juanjuan Garese 20 Diego Magno 21 Eric Dosantos 22 Baltazar Amaya 23 Felipe Etcheverry 24 Leandro Leivas 25 Manuel Chamyan 26 Guillermo Pujadas

SCORERS T: Vilaseca, Kessler, Dotti, Viñals, Etcheverry, Gattas C: Berchesi (5), Etcheverry Yellow Card Dosantos

Argentina15 Ignacio Gandini 14 Conrado Roura 13 Rodrigo Fernandez Criado 12 Lautaro Bavaro 11 Manuel Bernstein 10 Lautaro Simes 9 Ignacio Calas 1 Rodrigo Martinez Manzano 2 Nicolás Revol Pitt 3 Axel Zapata 4 Mariano Muntaner 5 Juan Pablo Zeiss Balbastro 6 Lucio Sordoni 7 Francisco Minervino 8 Federico Gutierrez Márquez BENCH: 16 Rafael Iriarte 17 Joaquín Pellandini 18 Martín Elias 19 Gerónimo Prisciantelli 20 Juan Pablo Castro Collado 21 Agustín Segura 22 Tomás Malanos 23 Julián Quetglas Bojar 24 Juan Bautista Daireaux 25 Martín Bogado 26 Martín Cancelliere

SCORERS T:  Elías, Fernández Criado, Daireaux, Simes C: Eliás (2), Prisciantelli 

Referee: Nehuén Jauri Rivero (UAR) Asst Referees: Matías Esteban (URU), Roberto Barreiro (URU)




Week 3

Australia v France Sharks Rugby v British Lions South Africa v GeorgiaWales v Argentina England v Canada Samoa v TongaBulls Rugby v British Lions Sharks Rugby v British Lions New Zealand v FijiIreland v USA Romania v Scotland

AustraliaAUSTRALIA 23 - 21 FRANCEFrance Rugby

Wednesday 07 July 2021 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
KO: 20:00 HT: 7-15


Wallabies v France It's just a few minutes till KO in Brisbane, so here are the teams & officials for the first international of the day...(no you're not is Wednesday 😜)
Wallabies v France Les Bleus have not beaten the Wallabies on Aussie soil since 1990 - 31 years 🙊 Tonight's match is a head to between the Aussies ranked 7 in the world, and the French ranked 5.
Wallabies v France It's anthem time at the Suncorp in front of a crowd of 20,000 fans...
Wallabies 0 - 0 France 1min There's been a change in referee with Brendon Pickerill not Paul Williams on the whistle as the Aussies kick off
Wallabies 0 - 0 France 2mins France are penalised early and play returns for the Aussies to the midfield, but the favour is soon returned for a defensive first scrum on the 10m for Les Bleus
Wallabies 0 - 0 France 3mins James Slipper is the guilty party as the scrum has to be reset; the French hold solid and they are fast over halfway, over the Aussie 10m, breaching the 22 but Michael Hooper stops the assault
Wallabies 0 - 5 France 5mins The Aussies have a defensive scrum deep in their 22, and the ball comes out but is picked up by Louis Carbonel, Les Bleus quickly off the mark and they go out wide for Gabin Villière to score 🏉
Wallabies 0 - 5 France 7mins The conversion is from wide and it doesn't go to plan for young Carbonel, but Les Bleus have taken first blood with aplomb...
Wallabies 0 - 5 France 9mins It's not an impressive start from the homeside, more ball given up to Les Bleus and it's a scrum on halfway for the visitors, but Sekou Macalou spills it...
Wallabies 0 - 5 France 11mins The put in is reversed and this time the Aussies execute their setpiece efficiently, clearing to the French 22 for a defensive lineout for Les Bleus
Wallabies 0 - 5 France 12mins The Aussies snipe at he breakdown enough to steal possession and are more than effective from the ensuing attacking scrum, Hunter Paisami collecting and sprinting out and under the posts...
Wallabies 0 - 5 France 14mins ...but before the try is called, TMO Glenn Newman has up the replay to show the ball was knocked on over the goal line. But what a run from Paisami! Defensive scrum to Les Bleus...
Wallabies 0 - 5 France 16mins A couple of resets before Slipper is again pinged, France clearing up to their 10m for a lineout, eventually completing the setpiece and they run the ball over halfway into Aussie territory
Wallabies 0 - 8 France 18mins The Aussies attempt to secure the ball at the ensuing breakdown, but they cough up a penalty instead, punished by a solid 3-pointer from Carbonel as Les Bleus edge ahead on the scoreboard
Wallabies 0 - 8 France 20mins Aussie restart is thwarted as they are pushed back to halfway, so the kick comes in but the French have no intention of letting the homeside back into their half, aerial football ensues...
Wallabies 0 - 8 France 21mins Les Bleus are effective in their counter attack, setting a scrum inside the 10m and the ball goes via Macalou to Baptiste Couilloud to Carbonel to Villière who sprints and flies under the posts!
Wallabies 0 - 15 France 23mins It's not awarded immediately as the TMO just checks the passing is not forward - it's not and Les Bleus have another excellent try, converted by Carbonel 🏉
Wallabies 0 - 15 France 25mins Not so great for Aussie fans, but this is an interesting game for the neutral or French, the visitors schooling the homeside in test rugby; Aussies have entered French territory again...
Wallabies 0 - 15 France 27mins ...and this time their plan works, winning the battle of the breakdown, kicking to touch for a 22 attacking lineout , well won and advantage is being played from the setpiece...
Wallabies 0 - 15 France 28mins The penalty comes from France, the Aussies set another 5m lineout and again they secure the ball well, not rushing while Les Bleus are pinged for offside...
Wallabies 0 - 15 France 29mins Another 5m lineout which is secured, and the homeside attack, only for the French to infringe again; Aussie 5m scrum to come...
Wallabies 0 - 15 France 31mins The scrum pops up and has to be reset, still in favour of the Aussies...but they hold their nerve and shape and complete...
Wallabies 0 - 15 France 32mins There is no straight run through so the Wallabies are forced wide of their position, but the French repeatedly infringe at the maul and offside; time off as Ref Pickerill has a word with captain Jelonch
Wallabies 5 - 15 France 34mins Les Bleus are warned and the Wallabies have another penalty, from which they maul their way over the whitewash eventually...long awaited and deserved for Brandon Paenga-Amosa 🏉
Wallabies 7 - 15 France 36mins Noah Lolesio nails the conversion from wide on the 22 and the Aussies can breathe a sigh of relief for now; excellent attacking effort from them
Wallabies 7 - 15 France 38mins France hold well from the restart and force play to the fringes of the Aussie 22 before they get turned over for the homeside to clear play back to halfway
Wallabies 7 - 15 France 40mins Les Bleus attempt to attack again from the midfield, but Jelonch is caught knocking and holding on for too long to reverse possession in favour of the opposition and the siren blares...
Wallabies 7 - 15 France 40mins Wallabies kick to touch for a 22 lineout but the ball goes long, collected in French hands and shipped to Carbonel to kick to touch for half time

Wallabies v France HTWallabies 7 - 15 France HT T: Paenga-Amosa C: Lolesio | T: Villière (2) C: Carbonel P: Carbonel

Wallabies 7 - 15 France 40mins No changes at half time as Les Bleus kick off the second half, Matt Philip receiving well and an early penalty comes to the homeside
Wallabies 7 - 15 France 42mins From deep in their own half, the Aussies steadily work their way up to the French 22 before Les Bleus get over the ball and steal back possession
Wallabies 10 - 15 France 43mins But the proceeding play has Hooper back over the ball at the breakdown and winning a penalty for Lolesio to punish Les Bleus with, and reduce the deficit to just 5...
Wallabies 10 - 15 France 44mins The restart has Les Bleus with an attacking lineout inside the 10m, but the ball is overthrown and the Aussies can take full advantage running the ball over halfway swiftly...
Wallabies 10 - 15 France 45mins ...and chipping ahead for the ball to breach the whitewash, but Baptiste Couilloud reaches it first to save the try
Wallabies 10 - 15 France 47mins Not a lot the Aussies can do about that, but a most excellent effort from them; play resumes and the French are quickly on the front foot again in Aussie territory...
Wallabies 10 - 15 France 48mins ...but the Aussies snaffle back possession and they quickly attempt to exit their own half, but not for long, Les Bleus back with ball in hand and on the 22 for an attacking lineout
Wallabies 10 - 15 France 50mins Les Bleus just keep the ball in the lineout though to the end, possession is retained and after the maul spins, Hooper is pinged at the breakdown, gifting another penalty his 22 🙈
Wallabies 10 - 18 France 51mins Carbonel adds another 3-pointer while Taniela Tupou replaces Allan Alaalatoa, from the restart, it's the Aussies who win the next battle before a time off
Wallabies 10 - 18 France 53mins As the Aussies win an attacking scrum and set up a 5m a lineout, Tapu Falatea, Baptiste Pesenti and Cameron Woki replace Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua and Macalou
Wallabies 10 - 18 France 55mins The play is there for the taking but as the ball flies over the whitewash, it bounces unfavourably and Tom Wright knocks it on instead of grounding it for the try 🙈
Wallabies 10 - 18 France 57mins Defensive scrum for Les Bleus in their 22 is executed but not proficiently enough for a solid exit, so it takes a second effort via a lineout before they put some distance between the Aussies & their 22
Wallabies 13 - 18 France 59mins Les Bleus 10m defensive scrum does not go so well and the Aussies win the penalty, splitting the French scrum, and Lolesio pops over a 3-pointer efficiently to bring them back within a score
Wallabies 13 - 21 France 61mins However, the homeside trip up at the breakdown as they attempt to exit their own half, handing over a penalty to Les Bleus who immediately claw back those 3 points through Melvyn Jaminet this time
Wallabies 13 - 21 France 63mins Amongst the mêlée , Lachlan Lonergan, Tate McDermott and Angus Bell on for Paenga-Amosa, Gordon and Slipper | Anthony Etrillard and Quentin Walcker on for Jean-Baptiste Gros and Gaëtan Barlot
Wallabies 13 - 21 France 65mins France win a midfield lineout but an error is forced and it's a solid scrum from the Aussies who breach the French half...
Wallabies 13 - 21 France 67mins Les Bleus quickly grab possession and push back as Andrew Kellaway makes his Wallabies debut for Wright
Wallabies 13 - 21 France 69mins The French give away another penalty, the Aussies able to shift play deeper into opposition territory, advantage being played and a 5m attacking lineout on its way...
Wallabies 18 - 21 France 70mins As Teddy Iribaren replaces Couilloud, the Aussies take to the lineout well and through a heap of pick & goes along the whitewash, eventually it's Hooper who breaches it 🏉
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 72mins Lolesio adds the extras and the game is smashed wide open with only 8 minutes to go and a point between them... 😮
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 74mins The Aussies are on the back foot in their own half, but they are awarded a scrum on their 10m and have an opportunity to breach French territory if they keep their form...
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 76mins The scrum is well won and the Aussies set up an attacking lineout, outside the 22, again won and Lolesio attempts a drop goal...but it flies just wide 🙊
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 77mins The Aussies go again as Tupou bulldozes his way toward the French 22 like a rhino...but he is taken down short and the French can clear their lines...
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 78mins Les Bleus set up a 22 lineout in attack which they do secure, but the Aussies steal possession in the next phase and reverse the direction of play, charging toward the halfway line...
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 79mins The French have to defend their 22 with a lineout and the Aussies have an opportunity here...but the French win the battle and it's still their ball...
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 80mins It's a 10m defensive lineout for France and they retain their ball as the siren goes for 80 minutes, the ball passing out and back for someone to clear but McDermott steals it in the 22 🙊
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 80+1mins The entire Aussie squad is over the ball, retaining possession and only 3m from the whitewash, miniscule pick & goes and advantage being played...
Wallabies 20 - 21 France 80+2mins The Aussies creep closer and closer to the whitewash and closer to the posts, the pitch under the posts is a mess, the Aussies are forced wide and Lolesio attempts to drop but is charged down...
Wallabies 23- 21 France 80+3mins ...but the advantage still stands so we're back for the penalty in the 22 in front of the posts, the French told by the Ref they are not to charge, and the Aussies steal victory from the jaws of defeat
Wallabies 23- 21 France FT And for the last 10 minutes, it was so insane, I forgot to add the Aussie conversion from Hooper's try 🙈
Wallabies (7) 23 - 21 (15 France FT Well if that's setting the tone for this new week of international rugby, it's going to be a rollercoaster! That was bonkers, but we like insanity over mediocrity any day... Congratulations 🇦🇺🏉🎉

Wallabies v France FT

Australia15 Tom Banks 14 Tom Wright 13 Hunter Paisami 12 Matt To’omua 11 Marika Koroibete 10 Noah Lolesio 9 Jake Gordon 1 James Slipper 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 3 Allan Alaalatoa 4 Matt Philip 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 6 Rob Valetini 7 Michael Hooper (C) 8 Harry Wilson BENCH: 16 Lachlan Lonergan*17 Angus Bell 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Darcy Swain*20 Isi Naisarani 21 Tate McDermott 22 Len Ikitau*23 Andrew Kellaway*

SCORERS T: Paenga-Amosa, Hooper C: Lolesio (2) P: Lolesio (3)

France Rugby15 Melvyn Jaminet 14 Damian Penaud 13 Arthur Vincent 12 Jonathan Danty 11 Gabin Villière 10 Louis Carbonel 9 Baptiste Couilloud 1 Jean-Baptiste Gros 2 Gaëtan Barlot 3 Demba Bamba 4 Killian Geraci 5 Romain Taofifenua 6 Dylan Cretin 7 Anthony Jelonch (c) 8 Sekou Macalou BENCH: 16 Anthony Etrillard 17 Quentin Walcker 18 Tapu Falatea 19 Baptiste Pesenti 20 Florent Vanverberghe 21 Cameron Woki 22 Teddy Iribaren 23 Anthony Bouthier

SCORERS T: Villière (2) C: Carbonel P: Carbonel (2), Jaminet

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (NZRU) Asst Referees: Nic Berry (ARU), Damon Murphy (ARU) TMO: James Doleman (NZRU)




SharksSHARKS 7 - 54 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Wednesday 07 July 2021 - Emirates Airline Park, J'burg
KO: 20:00 HT: 0-26

SharksT: Venter C: Bosch Yellow Card Kok

British & Irish LionsT: Adams (3), van der Merwe (3), Aki, Rees-Zammit C: Farrell (3), Russell (4)

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South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA vs GEORGIAGeorgia

Friday 09 July 2021 - Emirates Airline Park, J'burg
KO: 19:00 HT: tbc
CANCELLED following confirmation that members of the Springbok and Georgia camps tested positive for COVID-19.
Cancelled by COVID-19




WalesWALES 20 - 20 ARGENTINAArgentina

Saturday 10 July 2021 - Principality Stadium
KO: 13:00 HT: 6-13


Wales 0-0 Pumas 0m Time for head to Cardiff, the teams are out ready for the anthems
Wales 0-0 Pumas 1m Wales have made 3 changes from the team that beat Canada last week as Sánchez gets things underway. Mallía starts the visitors’ attack but the Welsh defence is solid before Smith is pinged
Wales 0-0 Pumas 2m Sánchez kicks downfield but the throw in is too long offering the hosts the chance to counter
Wales 0-0 Pumas 3m Wales lose possession but re-gain, a superb break from Wainwright in midfield comes to nothing as the support play comprises of wayward passes. Wales secure a penalty
Wales 0-0 Pumas 5m Sheedy kicks downfield, Dee finds his man and Wales launch an attack around half way, but they kick possession away offering the Argentinians the chance to counter
Wales 0-0 Pumas 7m Amos chases the high ball, wins the aerial battle and the hosts march towards the try line, the secure a penalty and opt to kick for the corner
Wales 0-0 Pumas 8m The ball is secured...but it’s another penalty and another kick to the corner. Again the ball is won cleanly but Rowlands is pinged for a double movement
Wales 0-0 Pumas 9m Argentina clear their lines, secure the line out and set up an effective rolling maul before Rowlands makes amends forcing the ball forward and we have our first scrum
Wales 0-0 Pumas 10m Hardy feeds, but the scrum is re-set. The second attempt results in a penalty for the hosts. Up steps Sheedy...
Wales 0-0 Pumas 12m The ball just sails to the right of the posts and play continues. Sánchez kicks downfield but the ball trickles over the try line for a 22m drop out
Wales 0-0 Pumas 14m Sheedy takes it quickly but Wainwright is taken by surprise and is pinged. Sánchez slots over the penalty to put the Pumas ahead
Wales 0-3 Pumas 17m An early penalty from the restart offers Sheedy the opportunity to draw things level. He slots over his second attempt with ease
Wales 3-3 Pumas 18m The visitors launch an attack but Moroni is pinged for offside. The hosts launch an attack from the lineout, but Halaholo fumbled the pass. Dillon Lewis is pinged at the scrum offering the Pumas an opportunity
Wales 3-3 Pumas 20m The lineout is won, the visitors launch an attack but a forward pass halts the attack. Wainwright leaves for a HIA, replaced by Josh Turnbull
Wales 3-3 Pumas 22m Hardy feeds the scrum but it’s scrappy and Argentina launch an attack, but a huge tackle from Turnbull secures turnover ball. Sheedy kicks for touch. The lineout is won but the maul is going backwards
Wales 3-3 Pumas 23m Hardy outs in a kick to nothing, but Sánchez is pinged for obstruction. Sheedy kicks into the Pumas’ 22. Wales secure the lineout but again Carley’s whistle halts proceeding. Another penalty, and its kickable...
Wales 6-3 Pumas 25m It’s well struck and Wales take the lead for the first time. Carreras goes down injured after colliding with Turnbull’s knee. He’s replaced by Santiago Chocobares
Wales 6-3 Pumas 28m After a warning at the scrum Carley issues a double yellow card for Lewis and Chaparro. Bruni and Turnbull are forced to leave the pitch to make way for the new props
Wales 6-3 Pumas 30m A dangerous tackle on Kieran Hardy who was under the high ball is reviewed by the TMO Hodnett. It looks like Mallía has made contact with the head....
Wales 6-3 Pumas 30m Carley agrees that there are no mitigating circumstances and the full back is shown a red card
Wales 6-3 Pumas 31m Hardy feeds the scrum and the hosts launch an attack, but it’s all very lateral as the ball is lost. Play is stopped as Hodnett brings Botham’s tackle to Carley’ attention, but it’s deemed just a penalty
Wales 6-3 Pumas 32m Sánchez boots downfield, the ball is secured and the powerful Puma forwards charge deep into the Welsh 22. The ball is recycled, the phases built up and they have the advantage as Foxy strays offside
Wales 6-6 Pumas 34m From the restart Wales launch an attack, but are finding it difficult to penetrate the Pumas defence and finally yield the penalty just as the yellow card offenders return to the pitch
Wales 6-6 Pumas 38m It’s a Puma line out deep in the Welsh 22. They typically catch and drive before Pablo Maters powers over from close range for the first try
Wales 6-13 Pumas 40m Sánchez slots over the conversion and despite being a man down, it’s the visitors who take the lead at half time

Wales v Argentina HTWales 6-13 Pumas HT: P: Sheedy (2) Yellow Card Lewis | T: Matera C: Sánchez P: Sánchez (2) Yellow Card Chaparro Red Card Mallía

Wales 6-13 Pumas 41m The teams are out for the start of the second half...with a Sheedy kicking off. Sánchez replies as Wales secures the lineout. Halaholo finds a gap...
Wales 6-13 Pumas 42m Play continues but the ball is lost at the breakdown and Wales are pinged. Halaholo is replaced by Tompkins, he appears to be limping
Wales 6-13 Pumas 43m The Pumas secure the lineout and begin their drive, but the ball is won back by Foxy who offloads to Holmes but it’s inside the Welsh 22. Play is very scrappy from both sides, Argentina have the scrum put in
Wales 6-13 Pumas 45m The scrum is won, Moroni runs through a weak tackle from Sheedy before off-loading to his centre partner de la Fuente who crosses under the posts
Wales 6-20 Pumas 47m Sánchez adds the extra from in front of the posts as Pivac makes the changes at half back with Tomos Williams & Jarrod Evans on for Hardy & Sheedy
Wales 6-20 Pumas 48m Their impact is almost immediate as Wales come close to scoring their first try, but Lane is inches short. Wales have an attacking scrum deep in the Pumas 22
Wales 6-20 Pumas 49m Turnbull works hard driving forward as the Welsh forwards inch towards the whitewash. Wales have the advantage for offside, so it’s a kick to nothing, but Moriarty can’t get to the ball in time
Wales 6-20 Pumas 51m Wales take it quickly and drive forward, another offside advantage as Botham drives, the ball is spread and finds Will Rowlands who crashes over the try line
Wales 13-20 Pumas 52m Evans adds the conversion. The ball is lost forward following the restart with Cubelli feeding
Wales 13-20 Pumas 53m The scrum is reset and again the penalty goes against the hosts. Sánchez steps up for the penalty attempt...
Wales 13-20 Pumas 53m Its a let off for Wales as Sánchez is off-target. Gareth Thomas is on for Wales as the hosts attack, but it’s turned over. Matera kicks and chases and puts in a dive that Tom Daly would be proud of...
Wales 13-20 Pumas 56m Sánchez gets another penalty attempt but it’s another kick that sails to the left of the posts. Lavanini is on for the Pumas
Wales 13-20 Pumas 59m Dragons’ Cubelli feeds the scrum as the Pumas launch another attack inside the Welsh half. Matera dances around the touch line but Tompkins forces the ball in touch for a Welsh throw in
Wales 13-20 Pumas 61m Turnbull drives off the line out. Sánchez kicks the ball out on the full. Gigena and Medrano are on in the front row for Argentina
Wales 13-20 Pumas 63m Wales opt to kick possession away instead of playing through the phases but finally have the ball back. Turnbull finds a gap but it’s all very frustrating
Wales 13-20 Pumas 63m Another break from Holmes, but again the support play lets the hosts down. Moroni kicks the ball out on the full and Wales are deep in the Pumas’ 22 but are penalised. Elias and Basham are on for Dee and Botham
Wales 13-20 Pumas 65m Argentina drive off the lineout , but the hosts win the ball back. Amos breaks but its late tackle on Foxy and he looks in pain...
Wales 13-20 Pumas 66m Fortunately he’s strapped up and able to continue. Wales secure the lineout and set up the rolling maul, inches from the try line. Wales have the advantage, another kick for nothing
Wales 13-20 Pumas 68m Unfortunately Holmes fumbles the ball and we go back for the penalty. The Pumas are the hosts pick and drive, but concede the penalty
Wales 13-20 Pumas 68m Leon Brown is on for Wales and straight into the scrum. A huge tackle at the base of the scrum from Williams and Wales have the penalty. They opt for the scrum. Domingo Miotti is on for Sánchez
Wales 13-20 Pumas 69m Wales are very fortunate to win a penalty following a very shaky scrum, but despite this they opt for the scrum again
Wales 13-20 Pumas 70m Williams waits, looks around for options...and then sidesteps and races over the line in typical scrum half fashion!
Wales 20-20 Pumas 72m Evans adds the conversion and its all square in Cardiff. The Pumas have possession on half way but Basham is pinged for off side and the Pumas have a penalty. Bosch is on for the visitors
Wales 20-20 Pumas 74m The Pumas are in no hurry to take the penalty, but Miotti is way off target. Despite kicking away possession, Wales reclaim the ball before Williams box kicks...but Cordero knocks on - it’s a chance!
Wales 20-20 Pumas 75m Rowlands wins the ball, and its spread to the backs, but Tompkins is pinged. Hallam Amos is named man of the match
Wales 20-20 Pumas 76m The Pumas set up the drive on half way, recycling the ball as they await a Welsh error, but Holmes breaks and Wales opt to kick again...
Wales 20-20 Pumas 79m Chocobares is pinged for’s a huge kick for Jarrod Evans that could clinch victory at the death...
Wales 20-20 Pumas 80m But his kick sails wide, the hosts continue to play before the ball is kicked out for the end of the game

Wales v Argentina FT

Wales15 Hallam Amos 14 Jonah Holmes 13 Uilisi Halaholo 12 Jonathan Davies (C) 11 Owen Lane 10 Callum Sheedy 9 Kieran Hardy 1 Nicky Smith 2 Elliot Dee 3 Dillon Lewis 4 Ben Carter 5 Will Rowlands 6 Ross Moriarty 7 James Botham 8 Aaron Wainwright BENCH:  16 Ryan Elias 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Leon Brown 19 Josh Turnbull 20 Taine Basham 21 Tomos Williams 22 Jarrod Evans 23 Nick Tompkins

SCORERS T: Rowlands, Williams C: Evans (2) P: Sheedy (2) Yellow Card Lewis

Argentina15 Juan Cruz Mallía 14 Santiago Carreras 13 Matías Moroni 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente 11 Santiago Cordero 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Tomás Cubelli 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 2 Julián Montoya (2) 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela 4 Guido Petti 5 Marcos Kremer 6 Pablo Matera 7 Facundo Isa 8 Rodrigo Bruni BENCH:  16 Facundo Bosch 17 Facundo Gigena 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Tomás Lavanini 20 Matías Alemanno 21 Gonzalo Bertranou 22 Domingo Miotti 23 Santiago Chocobares

SCORERS T: Matera, de la Fuente C: Sánchez (2) P: Sánchez Yellow Card Chaparro Red Card Mallía

Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU) Asst Referees: Luke Pearce (RFU), Karl Dickson (RFU) TMO: Claire Hodnett (RFU)




EnglandENGLAND 70 - 14 CANADACanada

Saturday 10 July 2021 - Twickenham
KO: 15:00 HT: 40-14


England v Canada And from Cardiff to Twickenham for the anthems of the Canucks and England.
England 0 - 0 Canada 1min We have KO from Marcus Smith under the watchful eye of Welsh Ref Craig Evans...
England 0 - 0 Canada 1min ...and immediately the Canucks get both turned over and gift a penalty for England to kick to touch for a 5m attacking lineout; catch > drive > Jamie Blamire scores 🏉
England 7 - 0 Canada 2mins Smith promptly adds the extras 💥 But here's hoping this isn't a cricket score today, and Canada's Welsh coaching squad have worked their magic on the Canucks
England 7 - 0 Canada 4mins Charlie Ewels is pinged for offside after the restart, and Peter Nelson kicks to touch for an attacking lineout at the 22...
England 7 - 0 Canada 6mins The lineout is won, but at the breakdown Canada lose possession and Ref Evans awards the penalty to England for a defensive scrum deep in their 22
England 7 - 0 Canada 7mins Harry Randall kicks to touch over halfway for a defensive Canada lineout at the 10m, which they win, and Dan Kelly is pinged for offside, allowing the visitors to get back on the front foot
England 7 - 0 Canada 8mins Neat work from the Canucks in retaining attacking lineout ball, and from near touch they go wide, and there is space but Cole Davis fails to offload 🙈
England 7 - 5 Canada 9mins But the Canucks are not phased and they work their play again, this time Ross Braude reaching the whitewash and scoring 🏉
England 7 - 7 Canada 10mins Nelson equalises on the scoreboard with a respectable conversion 💥
England 7 - 7 Canada 12mins England retaliate immediately, bulldozing their way into the Canadian 22 but are closed down - illegally. Smith kicks to the corner for a 5m lineout...
England 14 - 7 Canada 13mins The lineout is proficient and Canada continue to infringe, cynically stopping the attack and Ref Evans runs under the posts for a penalty try, simultaneously dispatching Reegan O'Gorman 🟨
England 119 - 7 Canada 15mins The restart is not good for Canada a man down as England snaffle possession and with an assist from Henry Slade, debutant Adam Radwan sprints in the third try for England with elegance
England 21 - 7 Canada 17mins Smith performs his duty in excellent fashion 💥 and England are already running away with this game...
England 21 - 7 Canada 19mins The Canucks head in the right direction from the restart, but they manage to knock on swiftly allowing England to get possession and bolt off in the opposite direction...
England 26 - 7 Canada 20mins An attacking lineout from England and Ellis Genge gallops down the centre of the pitch, eventually halted but quickly offloaded, Alex Dombrandt snatching and getting it to Joe Cokanasiga...
England 28 - 7 Canada 21mins ...who zips round the corner to touch down for a fourth try 🏉, Smith adding the extras 💥
England 33 - 7 Canada 23mins There is no time to take a breath before England snatch the ball from the Canucks again from the restart and Cokanasiga bulldozes through Nelson to score a brace 🏉
England 35 - 7 Canada 24mins Smith. Extras. Standard. 💥
England 35 - 7 Canada 25minsCanada have possession for a nano second, but they are bordering on their own territory, but England nick it again, and Cokanasiga offloads to Smith who chips ahead...
England 35 - 7 Canada 26mins for Slade to chase it into the goal area, grounding it but it looks out of play...
England 35 - 7 Canada 26mins Play is halted for TMO Whitehouse to have a look at the pass from Coka to Smith - that's backwards - but Slade has knocked on centimetres from the back white line 🙈
England 35 - 7 Canada 28mins Finally some ball in hand for the Canucks & they have an attacking 10m lineout, secured and passed back to Nelson on halfway who kicks it a tad too long for Coka to call the mark in the 22
England 35 - 7 Canada 29mins But play is halted as Jake Ilnicki gets attention for captain Lewis Ludlow's knee in his face at the ruck
England 35 - 7 Canada 29mins TMO shows the replay which shows quite clearly it's nasty and should be a red card, but the Ref decides it's 🟨 - poor call; Ilnicki has gone off for an HIA
England 35 - 7 Canada 30mins Cole Keith replaces the injured prop and England are bloody lucky at that call. Genge is now captain as the Canucks attack into the England 22...
England 35 - 7 Canada 31mins Radwan saves the first assault deep in his 22, Canada go again and the Ref has words with Genge regarding both Harry Wells and Ewels infringing - warning given
England 35 - 12 Canada 32mins Canada go for the 5m attacking lineout, secure the ball, pick and go from near touch across the width of the pitch for Kainoa Lloyd to collect and pounce over for the deserved try 🏉
England 35 - 14 Canada 34mins A solid finish for the Canucks and Nelson adds the conversion to make the scoreboard to look healthier 💥
England 35 - 14 Canada 36mins England begin the restart well, but the defence kicks in fro the Canucks, the ball goes loose after England fumble it; the Canucks have an opportunity but the chip ahead falters...
England 35 - 14 Canada 37mins ...and the Canucks are pinged for not releasing, England able to regroup and force play back into Canadian territory with an attacking lineout
England 35 - 14 Canada 39mins The scoreline so far belies the scoreboard; Canada are losing this while England are taking advantage of an inexperienced Tier 2 team - the latter aren't looking impressive with a gameplan
England 40- 14 Canada 40mins It's a 5m lineout and catch and drive and score for Blamire, try not awarded immediately but Asst Ref intervenes detailing Siaki Vikilani was offside; the try is good 🏉
England 42- 14 Canada 40+1mins The conversion is a walk in the park for Smith 💥 and we have halftime

England v Canada HTEngland 42 - 14 Canada HT T: Blamire (2), PT, Radwan, Cokanasiga (2) C: Smith (5) Yellow Card Ludlow | T: Braude, Lloyd C: Nelson (2) Yellow Card O’Gorman

England 42- 14 Canada 40mins We have kick off of the second half and England benefit immediately with an attacking lineout...
England 42- 14 Canada 42mins Lloyd intercepts and bolts away, but the whistle has gone for offside...he ain't going nowhere; result is an England lineout on halfway from Nelson's clear deep in his own territory
England 42- 14 Canada 44mins A kick one way...a kick the other, and Nelson clears again directly to England hands and they are in attacking mode again, to kick to touch for a lineout...
England 47- 14 Canada 45mins The setpiece is excellent and it's Genge who carries the ball over the whitewash 🏉...I've lost count of the number
England 49- 14 Canada 47mins Smith knows he's added the extras💥, but he probably doesn't know yet that Warren Gatland has just called him as fly half cover for Finn Russell for Lions 🙊💥💥
England 49- 14 Canada 49mins There's no resting on their laurels for England as they have come out far more focussed, and before you could say boo to a Canadian goose, they're off again...
England 56- 14 Canada 51mins More excellent play from the England boys initiated by Smith and off to Dombrandt who could've dummied but offloads to Radwan for a brace 🏉 Smith nails the conversion 💥
England 56- 14 Canada 53mins You have to feel for the Canucks who are being mauled for a second week on the trot, and are really not getting a look in, devoid of possession for the longest time
England 56- 14 Canada 54mins Time off for a foul play check; in the meantime, Michael Smith and Quinn Ngawati on for O’Gorman and Ben Lesage | Dan Robson and Lewis Ludlam on for Randall and Ludlow
England 56- 14 Canada 55mins Also in the meanwhile, England have an attacking lineout, catch, drive, maul over the whitewash for a score but it's chalked off on review
England 56- 14 Canada 57mins Eric Howard is on for Andrew Quattrin, Beno Obano for Genge, Slade is captain, and England have another opportunity to attack, albeit from a little further back in Canadian territory
England 61- 14 Canada 58mins It's another lineout catch and drive and as England heave over the whitewash, Blamire claims his hat trick before he is replaced by Curtis Langdon
England 63- 14 Canada 59mins Smith > tee > kick > extras > 2 points > 100% record today with 9 conversions 💥
England 68- 14 Canada 61mins After Joe Marchant replaces Coka, Robson sets up the play for Radwan to nail his hat trick on debut... 🏉
England 70- 14 Canada 63mins Copy & Paste..Smith > tee > kick > conversion > 2 points > 10 conversions 💥
England 70- 14 Canada 65mins Donald Carson has replaced Conor Keys, and George Furbank is on for Smith
England 70- 14 Canada 66mins A sneaky Channel 4 camera has snuck into the tunnel & looks like Smith's been told about his Lions call up coz he looks shell-shocked
England 70- 14 Canada 68mins England are still on the front foot after Canada makes further changes, white ball at the Canuck 22 and a penalty for Slade to kick to touch for a 5m lineout
England 70- 14 Canada 70mins The lineout is good for England, but the defence steps up and prevents another score at the moment, Canada managing to clear their lines somewhat...
England 70- 14 Canada 72mins For the first time in an age, the Canucks venture into England territory...but it is not to last as they are promptly turned and play shifts back over halfway
England 70- 14 Canada 74mins From the midfield, England kick to touch for a lineout following a Canadian offside and they edge closer to the 22
England 70- 14 Canada 76mins The Canucks steal possession from the 5m lineout and advantage is played, the visitors able to repel their opposition back to the midfield, and over halfway, penalty coming...
England 70- 14 Canada 78mins The visitors manage to clear to touch for an attacking lineout, they secure it and just about breach the 22, but the England defence brings the attack to a juddering halt 🙈
England 70- 14 Canada 79mins England thump Canada back over halfway, but the visitors do have the throw in to the lineout, so they make one last ditch attempt...reaching halfway but pushed back so the ball goes high...
England 70- 14 Canada 80mins Freddie Steward collects and England run the ball back, and knock ons come from both sides, England first, and Ref Evans calls time on the misery of the Canucks...
England (42) 70 - 14 (14) Canada FT Match over England squad serenade Smith live on TV to chant "Lions! Lions!" before 'Sweet Caroline' roars out across the stadium at HQ, Smith predicting a 2-0 England win tomorrow

England v Canada FT

England15 Freddie Steward 14 Joe Cokanasiga 13 Henry Slade 12 Dan Kelly* 11 Adam Radwan* 10 Marcus Smith 9 Harry Randall 1 Ellis Genge 2 Jamie Blamire 3 Joe Heyes 4 Harry Wells* 5 Charlie Ewels 6 Lewis Ludlow (C) 7 Sam Underhill 8 Alex Dombrandt* BENCH:  16 Curtis Langdon 17 Beno Obano 18 Paul Hill 19 Callum Chick 20 Lewis Ludlam 21 Dan Robson 22 George Furbank 23 Joe Marchant

SCORERS T: Blamire (3), PT, Radwan (3), Cokanasiga (2), Genge C: Smith (9) Yellow Card Ludlow

Canada15 Cooper Coats 14 Cole Davis 13 Ben Lesage 12 Lachlan Kratz 11 Kainoa Lloyd 10 Peter Nelson 9 Ross Braude 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Andrew Quattrin 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Reegan O’Gorman 5 Conor Keys 6 Corey Thomas 7 Lucas Rumball (C) 8 Siaki Vikilani BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Cole Keith 18 Liam Murray 19 Donald Carson 20 Michael Smith 21 Quinn Ngawati 22 William Percillier 23 Robbie Povey

SCORERS T: Braude, Lloyd C: Nelson (2) Yellow Card O’Gorman

Man of the Match: Ellis Genge England

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU) Asst Referees: Pierre Brousset (FFR), Chris Busby (IRFU) TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)




SamoaSAMOA 42 - 13 TONGATonga

Saturday 10 July 2021 - Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
KO: 16:30 HT: 6-3

Samoa15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Tomasi Alosio* 13 Stacey Ili 12 Henry Taefu 11 Neria Fomai* 10 Rodney Iona 9 Auvasa Faleali’i 1 Tietie Tuimauga* 2 Ray Niuia 3 Michael Alaalatoa (C) 4 Benjamin Nee-Nee 5 Samuel Slade* 6 Olajuwon Noa*7 Alamanda Motuga 8 Henry Time-Stowers BENCH: 16 Seilala Lam 17 Jonah Aoina* 18 Kalolo Tuiloma 19 Theo McFarland 20 Jack Lam 21 Jonathan Taumateine* 22 D’Angelo Leuila 23 Ed Fidow

SCORERS T: Niuia, Motuga, Taefu, Fidow, Ili C: Taefu (3), Leilua P: Taefu (3)

Tonga15 James Faiva 14 Penikolo Latu 13 Fine Inisi* 12 Nikolai Foliaki 11 Hosea Saumaki 10 Kalione Hala 9 Sonatane Takulua (C) 1 Jethro Felemi 2 Sam Moli 3 Sila Puafisi 4 Don Lolo 5 Zane Kapeli 6 Sione Tu’ipulotu 7 Mateaki Kafatolu Solomone Funaki* 8 Nasi Manu BENCH: 16 Siua Maile 17 Duke Nginingini 18 Ben Tameifuna 19 Harrison Mataele 20 Viliame Taulani 21 Leon Fukofuka 22 Nafi Tui’itavake 23 Sam Vaka*

SCORERS T: Taulani C: Takulua P: Takulua (2)  Yellow Card Taulani

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (NZRU) Asst Referees: Angus Mabey (NZRU), Marcus Playle (NZRU) TMO: Glenn Newman (NZRU)




BullsBULLS C - C BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Saturday 10 July 2021 - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
KO: 18:00
Cancelled by COVID-19

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SharksSHARKS 31 - 71 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Saturday 10 July 2021 - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
KO: 18:00 HT: 26-26

SharksT: Volmink (2), Abrahams, Hendrikse, Kok C: Cronje (3) Red Card Hendrikse

British & Irish LionsT: Harris, George (2), van der Merwe, Beirne (2), Conan, Daly, Watson (2), Curry C: Biggar (8) Yellow Card Murray

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New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 57 - 23 FIJIFiji

Saturday 10 July 2021 - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
KO: 19:05 HT: 21-11


All Blacks v Fiji As the anthems ring out at Forsyth Barr in Dunedin, the Islander sides prepare to perform the Cibi & the Haka.

All Blacks 0 - 0 Fiji 1min As we have KO in NZ, we are informed that there has been another change in officials, and it's Paul Williams on the whistle, not Nic Berry nor Damon Murphy 🙄
All Blacks 0 - 0 Fiji 2mins Immediately the ball sides both ways, but a hiccough from Ben Volavola allows Sevu Reece to kick from deep, the ball finding the goal area but bouncing into deal ball before Reece can reach it
All Blacks 0 - 0 Fiji 4mins The ball has been ripped away already a couple of time s by the ABs, but it's Fiji with the first opportunity for points as a penalty is coughed up whilst the Flying Fijians are deep in ABs territory...
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 5mins Fiji takes first blood through the boot of Volavola who bangs through the 3-pointer💥
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 7mins However, Fiji immediately reciprocate with a penalty of their own outside their 22, and the ball is kicked to touch for a 5m attacking lineout
All Blacks 5 - 3 Fiji 7mins The ball is neatly secured, a driving maul is thwarted by Fiji so the ABs go out from Aaron Smith, through David Havili and George Bridge to Jordie Barrett who somersaults over the whitewash 🏉
All Blacks 7 - 3 Fiji 9mins Big bro Beauden Barrett bangs over the conversion, and what a contest this will be this evening...💥
All Blacks 7 - 3 Fiji 11mins The restart is proficient from Fiji, winning an attacking scrum, landing at the ABs 22, advantage being played and the penalty comes...
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 12mins From just outside the 22 and slightly off centre, Volavola pumps over the next penalty and reduces the deficit to a single point 💥
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 14mins The restart brings a touch of aerial football, eventually Jordie B finding touch for a midfield lineout...
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 15mins The lineout is secured but the ensuing play is stilted, the ABs retaining the ball and advantage being played from a breakdown penalty from Volavola...
All Blacks 12 - 6 Fiji 17mins Penalty comes just outside the 22, ball to touch from another 5m lineout, catch & drive and to the line, but it's pick & go before the ball's outside to Havili who flies over the whitewash at the posts 🏉
All Blacks 14 - 6 Fiji 18mins Beauden B adds the simple extras from in front of the posts💥
All Blacks 19 - 6 Fiji 20mins Havili may not have been in the black shirt for 4 seasons, but he's making up for it today, as after breakdowns are won & the ball is turned over deftly, he runs in a brace under the posts unhindered 🏉
All Blacks 21 - 6 Fiji 22mins Another easy conversion from Beauden B as the ABs rack up the scoreboard steadily...💥
All Blacks 21 - 6 Fiji 23mins The ABs lose a lineout, a chink in the armour Fiji can exploit, but as a monster charge comes from the Fijians, a boot catches Beauden B in the face at his tackle and time is off as claret is seen
All Blacks 21 - 6 Fiji 25mins Beauden B is sent off for a check, Damian McKenzie on in his place. Meanwhile, the Fijians are flying and are deep in the ABs 22 on the attack...
All Blacks 21 - 6 Fiji 26mins The Fijians are at the AB's posts, are forced to recycle as Nemani Nadolo swings his arms around to attract attention, advantage is being played while the ball finds the winger but the pass goes wide 🙈
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 28mins We're back for the penalty, Fiji opt for a 5m lineout instead of easy 3, they catch & drive & pick & go & shift in field, keeping discipline at the breakdown for Albert Tuisue to heave over to score 🏉
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 30mins Volavola, however, kicks the conversion only well enough to repel off he upright and not find the mark
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 32mins The speed of this match is bonkers, and we're already into the final 10 minutes, Fiji beginning to win the battle of the breakdown as well as tackling like rhinos, especially Levani Botia
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 34mins The ABs cough up another breakdown penalty for the Fijians to set a 22 lineout platform to attack from; the lineout is won, the ABs steal back possession but the Fijians come hard again, from the 10m now
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 36mins But a mistake from Volavola gives the ABs an opportunity to set up their own 5m attacking lineout at the other end of the pitch...
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 37mins The lineout ball is just about secured, the next play disrupted by Botia, who is pinged for offside, giving the ABs a 5m attacking scrum; harsh penalty though
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 38mins The scrum is solid & Hoskins Sotutu pulls away but is quickly shut down, the ball has to be recycled many times as the defence is strong; ABs go 8 phases, advantage being played & the ball ends in touch
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 39mins The whistle goes for the penalty, it's another attacking scrum, this time on the nearside of the posts, the opportunity comes but goes begging as Johnny Dyer disrupts the breakdown & effects the turnover
All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 40mins The Fijians take their penalty by belting the ball into to touch as the half time siren has gone. At that pace, and more so the size of those hits, both sides could do with the break!

All Blacks v Fiji HTAll Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji HT T: Jordie Barrett, Havili (2) C: Beauden Barrett (3) | T: Tuisue P: Volavola (2)

All Blacks 21 - 11 Fiji 41mins Fiji don't have the best start, pinged for reacting after the whistle had gone, and Fiji also losing the electric Nadolo for Manasa Mataele
All Blacks 26 - 11 Fiji 43mins The early ill-discipline puts the ABs on the front foot, and they attack with verve for Bridge to find the whitewash, taking advantage of an overlap to the left and duping the defence 🏉
All Blacks 26 - 11 Fiji 45mins With Beauden Barrett still off (I think 🤔), those nailed on conversions are no longer, the conversion missed
All Blacks 26 - 16 Fiji 47mins Good restart for Fiji to set up attacking lineout, & what the ABs haven't managed yet Fiji do, the ball from Sam Matavesi to Temo Mayanavanua back to Matavesi & offloaded to Mesulame Kunavula to score 🏉
All Blacks 26 - 16 Fiji 49mins It's a missed conversion for Volavola too from out wide 🏉
All Blacks 26 - 16 Fiji 51mins It's a new front row for the ABs, Ethan de Groot on debut, Tyrel Lomax and Dane Coles for George Bower, Nepo Laulala and Codie Taylor
All Blacks 26 - 16 Fiji 53mins A lightning break from Reece again and he bolts toward the corner but is shut down, & the ABs are prevented from playing in cynical fashion, Kini Murimurivalu sent to the naughty step for his effort 🟨
All Blacks 31 - 16 Fiji 54mins A man up, the ABs take full advantage and it's newly arrived Coles who gallops over the whitewash for the next try... 🏉
All Blacks 31 - 16 Fiji 55mins It appears Beauden Barrett did return earlier (must pay more attention!), but he misses another conversion 🙊
All Blacks 31 - 16 Fiji 57mins Simione Kuruvoli is off for an HIA, Peni Ravai and Kunavula also off for Setareki Tuicuvu, Haereiti Hetet, Peceli Yato
All Blacks 31 - 16 Fiji 58mins With heaps of fresh legs, the Fijians are refreshed and drive toward the whitewash, are halted, captain Botia has a word with Ref Williams hoping for justice for cynical play...there are only penalties
All Blacks 31 - 23 Fiji 59mins So the Flying Fijians fly again, or actually heave and drive and maul toward the whitewash, and in no time Ref Williams is under he posts signalling a penalty try, Havili off to the naughty step 🟨
All Blacks 36 - 23 Fiji 62mins The ABs aren't having this, being mauled by the Fijians, and have another plan, again it's Coles who is the protagonist against the opposition as he discovers he whitewash for a second time 🏉
All Blacks 38 - 23 Fiji 63mins As Beauden B adds the extras 💥, previously, Sam Whitelock replaced Patrick Tuipulotu
All Blacks 38 - 23 Fiji 65mins The ABs are playing far more efficiently in this final quarter, and have also refreshed more of their side with Luke Jacobson and Finlay Christie on for Sotutu and captain Smith
All Blacks 38 - 23 Fiji 68mins Fiji are no longer getting a look in as the All Blacks are on the front foot incessantly now, Fiji not seeing ABs territory for an age...
All Blacks 43 - 23 Fiji 70mins Also newly arrived Will Jordan is the next to get a look in, making a break, shut down by Botia initially, but he finds a way to sprint to the goal line for another score 🏉
All Blacks 43 - 23 Fiji 72mins Beauden B is having a bit of a shocker after that kick to his head as he misses another conversion, while Peni Narisia makes his Fiji debut for Matavesi
All Blacks 48 - 23 Fiji 73mins Meanwhile, Coles is on fire as he lands a hat trick for the All Blacks, bulldozing his way to the whitewash 🏉
All Blacks 50 - 23 Fiji 74mins And Mr Barrett has found his mojo again as he nails the conversion 💥
All Blacks 50 - 23 Fiji 76mins Whitelock makes a galloping break along the tramline, offloads to Ethan Blackadder who makes a few more yards toward he 22 but is bulldozed down by another Fijian rhino 🙊
All Blacks 55 - 23 Fiji 77mins Well, it appears that Coles hooker is on a mission today, as no defender can stop him from charging over the whitewash, flicking off defenders, and he lands a fourth try 🏉🙊
All Blacks 57 - 23 Fiji 79mins And it's another conversion for the All Blacks as they creep closer to the 60 mark...💥
All Blacks 57 - 23 Fiji 80+1mins The siren may have gone, but it's Fiji in possession and finally in All Black territory again with a lineout...& apologies for denying them the last conversion on the scoreboard 🙈
All Blacks 57 - 23 Fiji 80+2mins The Fijians run close, bullocking their way toward the whitewash, but they can't find the white line and are deftly turned over one last time, the ABs primed to run off, but the FT whistle is blown
All Blacks v Fiji FTAll Blacks (21) 57 -23 (11) Fiji FT Despite 9 tries vs 3, that's the lowest score for NZLvFIJ, & the highest for Fiji. What a match! The Flying Fijians were magnificent, & they sang their hearts out with mana at the end beautifully.

New Zealand15 Jordie Barrett 14 Sevu Reece 13 Rieko Ioane 12 David Havili 11 George Bridge 10 Beauden Barrett 9 Aaron Smith (C) 1 George Bower 2 Codie Taylor 3 Nepo Laulala 4 Patrick Tuipulotu 5 Brodie Retallick 6 Shannon Frizell 7 Ethan Blackadder 8 Hoskins Sotutu 16 Dane Coles 17 Ethan de Groot* 18 Tyrel Lomax 19 Samuel Whitelock 20 Luke Jacobson 21 Finlay Christie 22 Damian McKenzie 23 Will Jordan

SCORERS T: Jordie Barrett, Havili (2), Bridge, Coles (4), Jordan C: Beauden Barrett (6) Yellow Card Havili

Fiji15 Kini Murimurivalu 14 Eroni Sau 13 Waisea Nayacalevu 12 Levani Botia (C) 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Ben Volavola 9 Simione Kuruvoli 1 Peni Ravai 2 Samuel Matavesi 3 Mesake Doge 4 Temo Mayanavanua 5 Leone Nakarawa 6 Johnny Dyer 7 Mesulame Kunavula 8 Albert Tuisue 16 Peni Narisia* 17 Haereiti Hetet 18 Leeroy Atalifo 19 Tevita Ratuva 20 Peceli Yato 21 Setareki Tuicuvu 22 Eneriko Buliruarua* 23 Manasa Mataele*

SCORERS T: Tuisue, Kunavula, PT P: Volavola (2) Yellow Card Murimurivalu

Referee: Paul Williams (NZRU) Asst Referees: Mike Fraser (NZRU), Jono Bredin (NZRU) TMO: Chris Hart (NZRU)





Saturday 10 July 2021 - Aviva Stadium
KO: 19:15 HT: 31-3


Ireland v USA 15 minutes till KO in Dublin. While we take a breath from this insane day of rugby...
Ireland 0 - 0 USA 1min The anthems are done, I have a large (3rd 🙈 )☕️🍸 to hand and we have kick in Dublin from the USA...
Ireland 0 - 0 USA 2mins Ireland don't start particularly well and USA have a 5m attacking lineout early doors...
Ireland 0 - 0 USA 3mins ...but Joe Taufete'e doesn't find his man in the lineout so Ireland can steal possession and clear the Americans (good name for a TV show that 😜 ) back from their 22...
Ireland 0 - 0 USA 4mins The Irish make a hash of that too, and not until a second attempt do they manage to clear USA outside of their 22, but Taufete'e doesn't help the American cause 🙊
Ireland 0 - 0 USA 6mins Ireland are finding their feet and make their way to the USA 22, advantage being played; the penalty comes after Ireland knock on and Joey Carbery tees up fro in front of the posts...
Ireland 3 - 0 USA 7mins Ridiculously simple penalty conversion for Carbery, but I wonder how miffed he is at Marcus Smith being called up to Lions ahead of him... 🤔
Ireland 3 - 0 USA 9mins The USA do well from the restart, setting a 22 lineout which they neatly win, and Stuart McCloskey infringes at the breakdown...
Ireland 3 - 0 USA 11mins USA decide not to take the easy 3 and instead kick to nearside touch for another 5m lineout, which is won but they are forced wide to far touch, a poor pass allowing Ireland to push them out
Ireland 3 - 0 USA 13mins But advantage was being played so we're back for the penalty and it's déjà vu - a 5m attacking lineout on the nearside, the ball just about secured but Caelan Doris (🙊😝) steals possession
Ireland 3 - 0 USA 15mins Ireland clear USA back, but they regroup and attack again from further away, going 9 phases as Taufete'e is down injured in the middle of the pitch 🤔
Ireland 3 - 0 USA 15mins Finally Ref Raynal call a time off as Taufete'e shakes off the knock and play is resumed...
Ireland 8 - 0 USA 16mins Ireland finally escape their own half and Robert Baloucoune sprints from halfway to the tryline leaving the American defence in his wake, falling at his feet to score on debut awfully well 🏉
Ireland 10 - 0 USA 18mins It's not hard work, but it is a solid conversion from Carbery 💥
Ireland 10 - 3 USA 19mins A moment of relief after McCloskey is pinged for not releasing in the next play and Luke Carty tees up and opens the account for the USA
Ireland 10 - 3 USA 21mins It's all looking a little less tragic for the Americans, but from the restart, the Irish are clearly on a mission...
Ireland 15 - 3 USA 23mins Nick Civetta is pinged for not rolling away at he breakdown and Ireland put their full force into operation, ending with Ronan Kelleher going over in the corner for a 2nd try 🏉
Ireland 17 - 3 USA 25mins Carbery adds the extras as the USA look a tad lost 💥
Ireland 22 - 3 USA 26mins And before you have time to take a breath, Ireland perform the same manoeuvre with a maul to attack the USA whitewash and it's debutant Nick Timoney who claims try No3 🏉
Ireland 24 - 3 USA 27mins Carbery does his duty admirably 💥, and the worry is this may also become a cricket score 🙈
Ireland 29 - 3 USA 29mins And's initiated by Andrew Conway, assisted by Hugo Keenan who charges through the 22 and Kelleher nails on the final movement to secure the try 🏉
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 31mins Carbery > tee > set > step back > step sideways, kick > conversion > 💥
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 33mins Ireland are back in USA territory again, but we have a time off as bodies are strewn all around getting attention, the Americans priming for a defensive scrum on their 10m...
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 35mins The USA are effective with their setpiece and kick Ireland way back over halfway into their own half, but of course it doesn't last long as Casey kicks tactically rather well...
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 36mins ...Ireland fast charging into American territory, but the visitors react well and the counter-attack results in a defensive scrum for them
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 37mins The scrum has to be reset before it is completely, and Ireland are cleared just inside of the 10m, but what is thought to be a lineout transforms into an attacking scrum for the homeside...
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 39mins This scrum goes twice before we get anywhere, still with Ireland, and frankly, though the ball comes out, it's a shoddy mess, USA awarded the penalty and free kick...
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 40mins The clock's gone red as the USA attack into the Ireland half, winning their midfield lineout and making maybe 10 yards before the y are deftly turned over
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 40+2mins Ireland eventually barge through the midfield and think another score might be on, and Doris breaches the USA 22 after an exchange of hands but hurtles the ball forward fro half time

Ireland v USA HTIreland 31 - 3 USA HT T: Baloucoune, Kelleher (2), Timoney C: Carbery (4) P: Carbery | P: Carty

Ireland 31 - 3 USA 41mins Well that's a start to the 2nd half: USA defensive scrum at the 22, win it, Ruben de Haas goes to clear but gets charged down by Doris and he pounces on the ball to ground it but de Haas forces a knock on
Ireland 31 - 3 USA 42mins Will Addison is on for Ireland, Conway off for an HIA | Nate Brakeley is on for Peterson
Ireland 36 - 3 USA 44mins Ireland don't lose another opportunity and off the maul, Kelleher bolts away over the whitewash for a brace 🏉
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 46mins As it's confirmed that Conway won't be back having failed his HIA, Carbery adds the extras for Ireland 💥
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 48mins Dave Kilcoyne makes a significant break, Carbery chips ahead but McCloskey can't get to it in in time to score
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 50mins the Irish brace themselves and attack again into the US 22 but a penalty is coughed up, the American able to clear their lines...
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 51mins In the meantime, replacement hooker Kapeli Pifeleti comes on for Taufete'e as Ireland attack deeper into USA territory again
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 52mins USA repel the Ireland attack after Coombes knocks on and Carty clears his lines outside the 22
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 53mins Play is halted as Riekert Hattingh's tackle on Kelleher is investigated by TMO Eric Gauzins...
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 53mins Looks like it's all over for the USA as a red card threatens for a shoulder to the real time it looks like Kelleher drops but in slowmo, obviously it looks horrific
Ireland 38 - 3 USA 53mins Captain Bryce Campbell attempts to argue the point with Ref Raynal for a forward pass and falling, but the USA are down to 14, Hattingh seeing red 🟥
Ireland 43 - 3 USA 54mins From the penalty, a maul is generated and again Kelleher peels off and pounces over the whitewash to score a 4th, before being replaced by Dave Heffernan 🏉
Ireland 45 - 3 USA 55mins Harry Byrne has replaced Carbery and he immediately arrives to pop over the conversion 💥
Ireland 50 - 3 USA 56mins Ed Byrne has replaced Kilcoyne whilst Baloucoune assists McCloskey in securing the next Irish try
Ireland 50 - 3 USA 57mins Harry B misses the conversion, but frankly it's not really going to effect much here, as more changes are incoming
Ireland 50 - 3 USA 59mins Fineen Wycherley and Caolin Blade both debut for Ireland replacing Casey and Ryan Baird | Paul Mullen has gone off in the front row
Ireland 50 - 3 USA 61mins Ireland continue their assault on the USA after Mike Baska replaces de Haas at scrum half, Keenan finding the whitewash but it's not awarded immediately and checked first...
Ireland 57 - 3 USA 62mins The try is good for Keenan and Harry B adds the extras 🏉💥
Ireland 57 - 3 USA 64mins This must just be so depressing for the Americans, barely getting a touch on the ball as Ireland have it all their way 🙄
Ireland 57 - 3 USA 66mins USA make a rare visit to the Irish 22, but are promptly pinged for Ireland to clear them away, whilst a heap more changes have happened off the American bench
Ireland 57 - 3 USA 67mins Matt Harmon, Psalm Wooching and Will Magie have arrived for David Ainu'u, Hanco Germishuys and Christian Dyer
Ireland 57 - 3 USA 69mins The Irish attack again from a quick tap and go, but are halted by a call from the Ref, Coombes thinks he's over but the officials have a different view
Ireland 62 - 3 USA 71mins Keenan effects quick ball for Boyle to assist with Coombes this time scoring with no doubt whatsoever🏉
Ireland 64 - 3 USA 73mins Harry B adds the conversion 💥 but there's still time for this to exceed the ridiculously high scoring other matches today...
Ireland 64 - 3 USA 75mins The USA venture one more time into the Irish 22 and they decide to camp out, starting with a 5m lineout...
Ireland 64 - 8 USA 77mins The Irish can't find a way to repel these Rottweiler's puppies from their 22, and after almost 5 minutes of persistence, it's Baska who claims the only try for the USA
Ireland 64 - 10 USA 78mins Magie converts the try well 💥 and no, I'm not bonkers calling them Rottweiler puppies - the USA were mightily impressive against England last week in the second half
Ireland 64 - 10 USA 80mins The benches long emptied, the Irish aren't done yet and repeatedly assault the USA 22, determined for one more score...
Ireland 64 - 10 USA 80+2mins Wave after wave of attack from the Irish and it looks like Bealham may have scored, but the officials want to have a look at it first...
Ireland 69 - 10 USA 80+2mins All angles are observed and eventually the try is given to Bealham 🏉
Ireland 71 - 10 USA 80+3mins Addison adds the extras 💥 and the USA can end this last two hours of misery 🙈 Tier 2 nations just need to be given more opportunities else they will never step up to the next level🙄

Ireland v USA FT

Ireland15 Hugo Keenan 14 Robert Baloucoune* 13 James Hume* 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Andrew Conway 10 Joey Carbery 9 Craig Casey 1 Dave Kilcoyne 2 Ronan Kelleher 3 Tom O’Toole* 4 Ryan Baird 5 James Ryan (C) 6 Caelan Doris 7 Nick Timoney* 8 Gavin Coombes BENCH:  16 Dave Heffernan 17 Ed Byrne 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Fineen Wycherley* 20 Paul Boyle* 21 Caolin Blade* 22 Harry Byrne* 23 Will Addison

SCORERS T: Baloucoune, Kelleher (4), Timoney, McCloskey, Keenan, Coombes, Bealham C: Carbery (5), Harry Byrne (3), Addison P: Carbery

USA15 Mike Te’o 14 Christian Dyer 13 Calvin Whiting 12 Bryce Campbell (C) 11 Mika Kruse 10 Luke Carty 9 Ruben de Haas 1 David Ainu'u 2 Joe Taufete'e 3 Paul Mullen 4 Gregory Peterson 5 Nick Civetta 6 Hanco Germishuys 7 Riekert Hattingh 8 Cam Dolan BENCH:  16 Kapeli Pifeleti 17 Matt Harmon 18 Dino Waldren 19 Nate Brakeley 20 Psalm Wooching 21 Andrew Guerra* 22 Michael Baska 23 Will Magie

SCORERS T: Baska C: Magie P: Carty Red Card Hattingh 

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR) Asst Referees: Adam Jones (WRU), Ben Blain (SRU) TMO: Eric Gauzins (FFR)





Saturday 10 July 2021 - Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
KO: 21:00 HT: tbc
CANCELLED following the confirmation that further members of the Scotland camp tested positive for COVID-19.

Cancelled by COVID-19




Week 4

Australia v France South Africa A v Lions South Africa A v BullsWales v Argentina Tonga v Samoa Stormers v British LionsGeorgia v Scotland New Zealand v Fiji Australia v France

AustraliaAUSTRALIA 26 - 28 FRANCEFrance Rugby

Tuesday 13 July 2021 - AAMI Park, Melbourne
KO: 20:00 HT: 13-16


Wallabies v France Bonjour rugby peepals! The superior sport starts early this week 😜 10 minutes till KO in Melbourne.
Wallabies v France If last week's insane 23-21 thriller is anything to go by, this game will be more edge-of-seat madness taking the action breathlessly to the final minute...
Wallabies vs France But before the real action can get underway, we'll have flags unfurled, teams appearing, the respect to the nation given before the anthems...
Wallabies 0 - 0 France 1min Nick Lolesio kicks off proceedings under the watchful eye of Ref James Doleman and the ball is quickly back at halfway in Aussie hands, going backwards to their 10m before the homeside run it forward
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 2mins The first penalty goes to France and Melvyn Jaminet tees up almost from halfway and he bangs over the long range kick to open the French account beautifully
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 4mins Aussie restart is good and advantage is being played as they steadily work their way into French territory; the penalty comes and they go again but barely approach the 22 before Les Bleus steal possession
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 5mins Captain Anthony Jelonch takes the ball like candy from a baby at the breakdown with Tom Banks trapped on the ground, but Les Bleus hand over a penalty in their counter-attack immediately 🙈
Wallabies 5 - 3 France 6mins The Aussies can kick tactically deep into French territory and the setpiece is most proficient, the ball finding Marika Koroibete who charges though open field to score magnificently 🏉
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 7mins But TMO Brendon Pickerill decided to go back 237 phases to check a potential knock on, and the ball came off the elbow of Tom Wright so Koroibete's excellent try is chalked off 🙄
Wallabies 0 - 6 France 9mins Disheartened , the Aussies gift another kickable penalty to Les Bleus almost directly, and Jaminet just splices the upright from in front of the post all the way back on the 10m 💥
Wallabies 0 - 6 France 11mins The Aussies immediately barrel into the French 22 again from the restart close to the whitewash, but are promptly turned over again at the ruck as the ball is ripped away and France clear their lines
Wallabies 0 - 6 France 13mins Les Bleus also again immediately hand over a penalty through a knock on, handing the Aussies a 10m attacking scrum which is neatly won and they make it to the 22 before...
Wallabies 0 - 6 France 15mins ...a pass goes awry, finding touch instead of a player giving Les Bleus a 22 defensive lineout. The setpiece is good but captain Michael Hooper steal possession and Koroibete...
Wallabies 0 - 6 France 17mins ...flies over in the corner, but is bundled on the wrong side by Damian Penaud before he can ground the ball. The officials all jump o nit and again Koroibete is denied a score
Wallabies 3 - 6 France 18mins But a penalty soon comes to Australia and Lolesio wastes no time in converting it into a 3-pointer 💥
Wallabies 3 - 6 France 20mins The Aussies are soon back on the front foot in attack, but again they get stripped of possession at the breakdown, and from the midfield, the ball goes out wide to Arthur Vincent to Cameron Woki...
Wallabies 3 - 11 France 21mins ...who hurtles the ball out to Penaud along the tramline, back to Woki and out to Penaud again and he flies over the whitewash to score 🏉
Wallabies 3 - 13 France 23mins And Jaminet adds the extras for Les Bleus 💥
Wallabies 6 - 13 France 25mins In the run up to the score, Baptiste Couilloud went down injured, but jumped back up quickly to continue. But then Woki is the guilty party in gifting a penalty for Lolesio to bang over with ease 💥
Wallabies 6 - 13 France 27mins Couilloud is pinged at the breakdown after a high ball flies in, the Aussies able to set an attacking lineout...
Wallabies 6 - 13 France 29mins The lineout is won and the Aussies reach the 22 but he ball finds touch for a French defensive lineout, promptly stolen by the Australians who can attack again
Wallabies 6 - 13 France 31mins The Aussies make a few yards before again the ball heads to touch for another French defensive lineout a little further back from their 22, and this time they secure it to force the Aussies back somewhat
Wallabies 6 - 13 France 33mins The next play gives the French a scrum on halfway, steadily executed and Les Bleus charge toward the Aussie 22, the homeside infringing in defence to hand over another penalty
Wallabies 6 - 16 France 34mins Jaminet tees up and adds another 3-pointer for Les Bleus 💥
Wallabies 6 - 16 France 36mins The restart favours Australia, Woki pinged for diving on the ball, the Aussies setting a 5m attacking lineout and they catch and drive and break away and advantage is being played...
Wallabies 11 - 16 France 38mins The lineout is replayed from the penalty, they catch, drive, they reach the 22, no way through so the ball goes wide and Taniela Tupou offloads to Jake Gordon who flies over in the corner 🏉
Wallabies 13 - 16 France 40mins Well that was unexpected from Tupou! Prop did good as French defence simply couldn't keep up. Lolesio adds the extras from out wide💥 Just time for a restart & the ball is quickly kicked to touch for HT

Wallabies v France HTWallabies 13 - 16 France HT T: Gordon C: Lolesio P: Lolesio (2) | T: Penaud C: Jaminet P: Jaminet (3)
Wallabies 13 - 16 France HT Well, we definitely have game on in Melbourne. Exciting play from both sides, and fast open rugby at tempo being enacted

Wallabies 13 - 16 France 40mins We have kick off for the second half, and I doubt there will be time to get bored...France on the front foot, driving steadily to the Aussie 22...
Wallabies 13 - 16 France 42mins ...and they pick and go and within a whisper of the whitewash before Hooper makes his move and picks the ball off from the ruck and halts the French assault
Wallabies 13 - 16 France 44mins The Australians reverse direction and from the French 22, are soon camped out themselves in the opposition 22, but are struggling to find a way through the blue wall of defence
Wallabies 16 - 16 France 45mins The Wallaby persistence pays off with advantage being played, the penalty comes, and while Koroibete gets his wrist strapped, Lolesio pops over a 3-pointer to equalise 💥
Wallabies 16 - 16 France 47mins Restart has the Aussies back in control of possession quickly, they head toward the French 22 again, but can't find a way forward to kick possession into French hands who despatch the ball straight back
Wallabies 16 - 16 France 48mins The homeside can't secure the ball and the French take advantage, shifting play quickly over halfway, setting a scrum on the Aussie 10m
Wallabies 16 - 19 France 50mins The ball eventually finds Wright who goes to run away to score, but the whistle has long gong for a French penalty and Jaminet retakes the lead with a 3-pointer almost from halfway 💥
Wallabies 16 - 19 France 52mins The restart fails miserably for the Aussies & Les Bleus charge into the Aussie 22 like lightning, picking and going along the whitewash, the Green & Gold defence holding well but a penalty is coming...
Wallabies 16 - 19 France 54mins The penalty comes and the French tap and go, and again it's pick and go along the goal line, advantage being played again, and Romain Taofifenua twists and think he's over under the posts, but...
Wallabies 16 - 22 France 55mins ...he's knocked on over the line. However, advantage was still being played so Jaminet can simply kick over a 3-pointer from directly in front of the posts 💥
Wallabies 16 - 22 France 55mins Andrew Kellaway and Tate McDermott replace Wright and Gordon
Wallabies 16 - 22 France 56mins It's a crowd of 20,113  in COVID-19 restricted Melbourne; more sense down under than there is in SW London 🙄
Wallabies 16 - 22 France 57minsIt's an Aussie scrum on the French 10m, and they win the penalty for a free kick to touch, and a 5m attacking lineout
Wallabies 16 - 22 France 59mins Les Bleus have charged from their own 22 and have reached the Australian 22, and penalty advantage is being played again, and play is both fast and furious...
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 62mins Angus Bell, Isi Naisarani and Darcy Swain on for James Slipper, Harry Wilson and Matt Philip | Enzo Forletta and Killian Geraci on for Jean-Baptiste-Gros and Pierre-Henri Azagoh
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 61mins Off of Woki stealing a 5m attacking Wallabies lineout, the French have covered the entirety of the pitch to reach the whitewash again, & the penalty comes for Jaminet to convert 💥
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 63mins Australia make a smidgeon of headway from the restart, the ball finding touch for a French 22 defensive lineout, just about secured and they drive away...
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 65mins The ball is cleared for an Aussie attacking lineout inside the 10m, cleanly won and the Wallabies attempt to breach the gainline, winning the battle of the breakdown just outside the 22...
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 66mins Lachlan Lonergan and Len Ikitau on for Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Matt To'omua | Anthony Etrillard and Sekou Macalou on for Gaëtan Barlot and Ibrahim Diallo
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 67mins We think it's a scrum but Ref Doleman confesses a failure of comms so didn't hear Killian Geraci was caught offside, so it's a penalty to the Wallabies, who back themselves and kick to touch
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 69mins But instead of a neat Aussie catch and drive and maul over the whitewash, the French force the Wallabies all the way back up to the midfield, and it's a long way back to the 22 for the Wallabies...
Wallabies 16 - 25 France 70mins Aussies reach the 22 but are promptly turned over yet again & before they know it, they are back up at the midfield; an awesome line from Banks to break through to Andrew Kellaway to Hooper to score!
Wallabies 23 - 25 France 71mins Matt To'omua on for Hunter Paisami | Anthony Bouthier on for Kilian Geraci
Wallabies 23 - 25 France 71mins But it's not awarded immediately despite the on-field try call; the TMO checks a ball is knocked back by blue, not knocked on - it is and the Hooper try stands, Lolesio converting 🏉💥
Wallabies 23 - 25 France 73mins It's going to be a knife-edge ending again at this rate! After a heap of confusion over player numbers off the bench, play is resumed and Australia are not only on the front foot on the French 10m...
Wallabies 26 - 25 France 74mins ...but Demba Bamba is pinged for offside and Lolesio tees up from wide of centre, on the 10m, 40 metres out, and he splices the upright to take the lead for the first time 💥
Wallabies 26 - 25 France 76mins Well phew 🙊 The Australians have the put in to the scrum following the restart in the midfield, just inside Aussie territory...and the French are determined in their hit and heave and the penalty comes
Wallabies 26 - 28 France 77mins And Jaminet is perfectly on target in splicing the uprights, all the way back from the halfway line but in front of the posts 💥
Wallabies 26 - 28 France 77mins Teddy Iribaren is on for Couilloud
Wallabies 26 - 28 France 79mins The Wallabies restart has them steadily shifting deeper into French territory, carrying the ball over the 10m, out wide, almost intercepted but not quite, and just outside the 22, a penalty comes...
Wallabies 26 - 28 France 79mins ...but it's for Sekou Macalou who picks off the ball from the ruck and there are only seconds to go 🙊
Wallabies 26 - 28 France 80mins The time is taken, the ball is kicked back to the 22 and as the clock turns red, Les Bleus belt the ball into touch for the win - their first on Australian soil in 31 years

Wallabies v France FT

Australia15 Tom Banks 14 Tom Wright 13 Hunter Paisami 12 Matt To’omua 11 Marika Koroibete 10 Noah Lolesio 9 Jake Gordon 1 James Slipper 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 3 Taniela Tupou 4 Matt Philip 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 6 Rob Valetini 7 Michael Hooper (C) 8 Harry Wilson BENCH: 16 Lachlan Lonergan 17 Angus Bell 18 Allan Alaalatoa 19 Darcy Swain 20 Isi Naisarani 21 Tate McDermott 23 Andrew Kellaway

SCORERS T: Gordon, Hooper C: Lolesio (2) P: Lolesio (4)

France Rugby15 Melvyn Jaminet 14 Damian Penaud 13 Arthur Vincent 12 Jonathan Danty 11 Gabin Villière 10 Louis Carbonel 9 Baptiste Couilloud 1 Jean- Baptiste Gros 2 Gaëtan Barlot 3 Wilfried Hounkpatin 4 Pierre-Henry Azagoh 5 Cyril Cazeaux 6 Ibrahim Diallo 7 Cameron Woki 8 Anthony Jelonch (C) BENCH: 16 Anthony Etrillard 17 Enzo Forletta 18 Demba Bamba 19 Killian Geraci 20 Romain Taofifenua 21 Sekou Macalou 22 Teddy Iribaren 23 Anthony Bouthier

SCORERS T: Penaud C: Jaminet P: Jaminet (7)

Referee: James Doleman (NZRU) Asst Referees: Nic Berry (RA), Damon Murphy (RA) TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZRU)




South AfricaSPRINGBOKS A 17-13 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Wednesday 14 July 2021 - Cape Town Stadium
KO: 20:00 HT: 17-3

South Africa T: Nkosi, Am C: Steyn (2) P: Steyn Yellow Card de Klerk, van Staden

British & Irish Lions T: Jones C: Farrell P: Farrell (2)

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South AfricaSPRINGBOKS A 14 - 17 BULLS RUGBYBulls

Saturday 17 July 2021 - Cape Town Stadium
KO: 13:00 HT: 14-0

South Africa A vs BullsA monster penalty goal by Chris Smith, gave the Vodacom Bulls a hard-fought and deserved 17-14 win over South Africa 'A' in their Castle Lager Lions Series clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Smith, who had replaced an impressive Johan Goosen minutes earlier, placed the kicking tee just inside his half and the ball snuck over the crossbar, but they all count and the Vodacom Bulls took the lead with less than five minutes left.

Goosen, on debut for the Vodacom Bulls, earlier made a sizeable mark on the game. The men from Pretoria were trailing by 14-0 at the break, but two interventions by their starting flyhalf saw Keagan Johannes race in for a try under the sticks and a minute later, Johan Grobbelaar scored on the same spot, both converted by Goosen to draw scores level in a flash.

After 65 minutes of to and fro and some glimpses of class, Goosen stepped inside some defenders and fed his halfback partner who ran in untouched.

The Johannes try gave some meaning to the game, and certainly sparked the interest of Goosen, who sniffed out the opportunity like an experienced pivot.

From the restart, Goosen again saw a gap in the tiring SA 'A'-side defence and put Muller Uys through at full speed. The big flanker ran strongly and the Vodacom Bulls distributed nicely out to the wing, where FC du Plessis found himself trapped against the touchline, but a clever kick infield was gathered by Grobbelaar who ran in without a green jersey in sight.

Goosen kicked the conversion and suddenly it was all square with 10 minutes to play, which is how it stayed until Smith landed the bomb that earned Jacques Nienaber a first defeat in green and gold as head coach.

The match reminded much of a typical SA derby in the early stages, although SA 'A' opted for lineout drives and not kicking to the poles. The Bulls repelled the first one, but conceded a penalty in the process and from the next drive erred again, but managed to stop the drive (illegally) again. This time SA 'A' opted for a scrum, but the men from Pretoria were rewarded a penalty when Coenie Oosthuizen lost his bind.

That respite was short-lived however as SA 'A' caught the Vodacom Bulls defence napping, with Cobus Reinach delivering a sniping break to hand Aphelele Fassi an easy run in. Elton Jantjies converted from right in front to hand his team a 7-0 lead 12 minutes in.

The Vodacom Bulls came with a ferocious charge though and from the kick-off enjoyed a long spell inside the SA 'A' 22. They kept pegging away at the A-side's defence and got some sort of reward then Wandisile Simelane was binned for going offside.

It did not deliver any points though and the men in green and gold could escape without conceding.

Both teams showed little ambition to carry the ball in the early stages, but the game opened up midway through the first half, with both sides starting to use their backs to gain territory. Tight defence reigned though and it became a slugfest of rucks and big hits.

The second try of the match came just before halftime, with Simelane getting his five pointer. The midfielder had to thank a number of good runs by a rash of ball-carriers, as the SA 'A'-side seemed to find some patience on attack and a willingness to work off the ball.

They stretched the Bulls defence till Simelane could eventually just drop over the line without a defender in sight to stop him.

The second half, bar some exciting runs by Rosko Specman on the wing for SA 'A', will be remembered for the Vodacom Bulls' comeback.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber expressed his disappointment in the 17-14 defeat South Africa ‘A’ suffered to the Vodacom Bulls, and said the result did matter in the bigger scheme of things.

A much-changed SA ‘A’ side could not replicate same spirited effort from their 17-13 victory over the British & Irish Lions on Wednesday night against the men from Pretoria, who edged the win through a late penalty goal after both sides scored two converted tries.

“We wanted this match for a number of reasons, and I am happy that we managed to play today,” said Nienaber.

“We needed three games to get our ducks in a row before the Test series and we got that. The result was not what we had hoped for, but a number of questions were answered, especially with regards to the readiness of individual players and their readiness for selection.

“As a team, the performance was not there, and I blame myself for that as well. The lack of dominance from our pack was not what we had expected. With the late confirmation of the game, we also did not do any analysis on the Bulls and that showed, while I did expect a better set-piece platform.”

Nienaber praised the Vodacom Bulls on their performance: “The Bulls were good and desperate, and they showed how much they wanted it. The disappointing part is that they wanted it more as a team.”

Courtesy of SA Rugby

South Africa15 Aphelele Fassi 14 Yaw Penxe 13 Wandisile Simelane 12 Damian de Allende 11 Rosko Specman 10 Elton Jantjies (C) 9 Cobus Reinach 1 Coenie Oosthuizen 2 Joseph Dweba 3 Vincent Koch 4 Jean-Luc du Preez 5 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg 6 Marco van Staden 7 Rynhardt Elstadt 8 Kwagga Smith BENCH: 16 Fez Mbatha 17 Thomas du Toit 18 Wilco Louw 19 Jasper Wiese 20 Sanele Nohamba 21 Sbu Nkosi 22 Jesse Kriel 23 Damian Willemse 24 Lizo Gqoboka

SCORERS T: Fassi, Simelane C: Jantjies (2) Yellow Card Simelane

Bulls15 FC du Plessis 14 Marco Jansen van Vuuren 13 Harold Vorster 12 Cornal Hendricks 11 Stravino Jacobs 10 Johan Goosen 9 Zak Burger 1 Simphiwe Matanzima 2 Schalk Erasmus 3 Jacques van Rooyen 4 Walt Steenkamp 5 Ruan Nortje 6 Nizaam Carr (C) 7 Muller Uys 8 WJ Steenkamp BENCH: 16 Johan Grobbelaar 17 Gerhard Steenekamp 18 Mornay Smith 19 Janko Swanepoel 20 Arno Botha 21 Keagan Johannes 22 Chris Smith 23 David Kriel 24 Jan-Hendrik Wessel

SCORERS T: Johannes, Grobbelaar C: Goosen (2) P: Smith

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen Asst Referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Rasta Rasivhenge TMO: Marius Jonker





WalesWALES 11 - 33 ARGENTINAArgentina

Saturday 17 July 2021 - Principality Stadium
KO: 15:00 HT: 8-17


Wales 0-0 Pumas 0m The teams are out in the glorious sunshine ready for the anthems...
Wales 0-0 Pumas 0m Despite it being played in Cardiff, we started with HWFN as Wales are the ‘away’ team
Wales 0-0 Pumas 1m Sánchez gets the game underway, it’s gathered by Turnbull. Williams finds Carreras but it goes forward and the hosts have the advantage
Wales 0-0 Pumas 2m Wales continue their attack but Chocobares rips and we have our first scrum
Wales 0-0 Pumas 3m Sánchez kicks downfield, the Pumas hold on to possession and find gaps in the Welsh defence, gaining a penalty for their efforts
Wales 0-0 Pumas 4m They opt for the’s relatively straight forward, but Sánchez is off-target
Wales 0-0 Pumas 4m The Pumas continue to pressurise the hosts, but are pinged on half way. We have a break in play for an appears Sánchez is down. Domingo Miotti is warming up...
Wales 0-0 Pumas 5m TMO Foley checks the incident, but it was accidental contact. Evans kicks for the corner. Turnbull bursts off the line out, its recycled but lose possession in the tackle offering the Pumas the chance to counter
Wales 0-0 Pumas 7m A break in minefield sees Foxy offload to Owen Lane who squeezes over in the corner for the first try
Wales 5-0 Pumas 8m The applause from Wayne Pivac speaks volumes! Evans is just wide with the conversion attempt. It’s a dangerous restart from the visitors, securing a scrum, they’re deep in the Welsh 22...
Wales 5-7 Pumas 11m And just as last week, the Pumas hit right back with Moroni driving over from close range. Sánchez adds the extras
Wales 5-7 Pumas 12m It’s a strong restart from Wales with Foxy finding a huge gap in midfield, he offloads to Tom Rogers who can’t gather...he’ll be disappointed with that
Wales 5-7 Pumas 14m The hosts are strong in the scrum, but Tompkins is pinged for a high tackle. The Pumas win their lineout but errors from both sides creep in, Williams is pinged for a deliberate knock-on
Wales 5-7 Pumas 15m Sánchez kicks for a line out on the Welsh 22. The visitors set up their rolling maul, we’re playing advantage...
Wales 5-7 Pumas 17m The Pumas kick for the corner...they’re inches short of the looks like Cubelli has scored, but he loses the ball forward over the line - it’s a defensive Welsh scrum
Wales 5-7 Pumas 19m The scrum is reset, but Wales win a penalty on the second attempt. Evans boots downfield. Dee finds his man but kick possession away, the ball is lost forward for an Argentine scrum
Wales 5-7 Pumas 21m it’s a huge scrum from the visitors, and they win a penalty. Sánchez kicks for a line out on the 22
Wales 5-7 Pumas 23m They build up the phases, but it’s all pretty lateral. Wales are pinged for off-side
Wales 5-7 Pumas 24m This time they opt for the posts...Sánchez is on target
Wales 5-10 Pumas 28m Wales attack from the re start but the Pumas counter. Evans attempts to clear but he’s flattened by Moroni. Argentina have an attacking scrum just under the posts
Wales 5-10 Pumas 29m Bruni picks and drives - he’s almost over the whitewash but is brought down. Cubelli picks up and somehow gets the ball down for the try. Sánchez adds the extras
Wales 5-17 Pumas 30m From  the restart, Isa is pinged. Foxy opts got the posts and Evans slots it over with ease
Wales 8-17 Pumas 32m The Pumas are back in possession, but Williams runs out of his 22 before box kicking, but it’s too far for Rogers to chase. The ball is lost forward for a Welsh scrum
Wales 8-17 Pumas 34m Another strong scrum and another penalty as Chaparro is pinged. Wales kick for the corner, but Dee over throws the line out 🙉
Wales 8-17 Pumas 35m The errors continue for Wales as Amos loses the ball forward. Bruni picks up from the scrum as Argentina attack into the Welsh 22...this time it’s a Welsh put in at the scrum
Wales 8-17 Pumas 38m Williams passes to Foxy who kicks downfield for a line out on half way...
Wales 8-17 Pumas 39m The Pumas launch a final attack of the half, Sánchez attempts a drop goal, but it sails wide of the posts
Wales 8-17 Pumas 40m A further handling error from Wales ends the half

Wales v Argentina HTWales 8-17 Pumas HT T: Lane P: Evans | T: Moroni, Cubelli C: Sánchez (2) P: Sánchez

Wales 8-17 Pumas 41m Time to cut out the Moriarty breaks from the restart, but possession passes from one to the other before Argentina are pinged...
Wales 8-17 Pumas 42m Evans kicks downfield, Wales secure the ball but it’s lost again resulting in a foot race between Sánchez and Evans. Evans dabs the ball down
Wales 8-17 Pumas 43m The handling errors continue with the ball going forward off a Puma hand. Williams picks and passes but a pass to the touch line halts the attack
Wales 8-17 Pumas 46m A turnover from Turnbull puts the hosts back in control along with a knock on from Mallía. Medrano and Lavanini are on for Argentina
Wales 8-17 Pumas 48m Screech comes on for his first cap, along with a new front row for Wales. Wales have the advantage for off-side
Wales 8-17 Pumas 50m The hosts opt for the posts...and its straight through the posts for Evans
Wales 11-17 Pumas 51m Imhoff is on for Argentina. Wales have the scrum put in, and launch an attack from half way with replacement Halaholo finding a few metres. Williams is pinged as Moriarty goes down with a knee injury
Wales 11-17 Pumas 53m Gigena is on for the Pumas. Williams tries to keep the ball in play -it’s a Wales line out, but again it’s a loose pass. Alemanno is on
Wales 11-17 Pumas 55m Foxy intercepts, but Pearce’s whistle stops him in his tracks as Sánchez adds a further penalty to Argentina’s tally
Wales 11-20 Pumas 57m Rhodri Jones is on for Wales as again the hosts launch an attack. Lane can’t get his pass to Foxy...and it’s time off - Amos is in trouble here
Wales 11-20 Pumas 59m Amos’ eyes don’t leave the ball as he bumps into Cubelli before the tackle in the air, but could be mitigating circumstances that could mean yellow not red?
Wales 11-20 Pumas 59m It is a 🟨 and a penalty...Sánchez boots downfield
Wales 11-20 Pumas 60m The Pumas take advantage of their extra man as they pick and drive into the Welsh 22, but the hosts turnover before a kicking battle ensues. Basham is on for Wales
Wales 11-20 Pumas 61m Wales also make a change at half back with Sheedy & Hardy on. The Pumas secure the lineout but the ball spills for a Wales put in
Wales 11-20 Pumas 62m The Pumas are back in possession as Hardy is pinged for off side but there’s also a late tackle from Basham on Carreras
Wales 11-20 Pumas 64m Sánchez points to the posts and you feel the game is slipping away from Wales. He’s on target ...
Wales 11-23 Pumas 65m Wales have a mountain to climb...just as Sheedy knocks on and then the Pumas do, resulting in a Welsh put in at the scrum
Wales 11-23 Pumas 66m Wales get the ball away but find it almost impossible to penetrate the Pumas defence. Ezcurra is on at Scrum Half
Wales 11-23 Pumas 68m His first job is to feed the scrum as play centres on half way. Lane breaks, Sheedy chips over and Basham turns over enabling Wales to launch an attack...but surprise surprise, the ball is lost forward
Wales 11-23 Pumas 70m Amos returns from his sin binning. Bosch comes in for the Pumas who win a penalty at the scrum. Sánchez looks to add to his personal tally of 13 points
Wales 11-23 Pumas 72m He hits the posts! It’s still a threatening position for Wales, but Petti is pinged for off side
Wales 11-23 Pumas 73m Hardy is unable to gather the high ball and so it’s another scrum for the Pumas. Ezcurra feeds, and win a penalty. Sánchez is going for the posts again
Wales 11-23 Pumas 75m Rodrigo Bruni is named man of the match. On this occasion, Sánchez’s kick sails through the posts
Wales 11-26 Pumas 77m The hosts launch a last gap attack, but Tompkins is pinged, pretty much summing up the afternoon. The Pumas drive off the line out, edging closer to the whitewash...
Wales 11-26 Pumas 79m Matera breaks through and is over to add to the try he scored last week. Sánchez adds the extras
Wales 11-33 Pumas 80m There is time for the restart, but it’s been a tough day at the office for the hosts and finally the ball goes dead to end the game

Wales v Argentina FT

Wales15 Hallam Amos 14 Owen Lane 13 Nick Tompkins 12 Jonathan Davies (C) 11 Tom Rogers 10 Jarrod Evans 9 Tomos Williams 1 Gareth Thomas 2 Elliot Dee 3 Leon Brown 4 Ben Carter 5 Will Rowlands 6 Josh Turnbull 7 James Botham 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Sam Parry 17 Rhodri Jones 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Matthew Screech* 20 Taine Basham 21 Kieran Hardy 22 Callum Sheedy 23 Uilisi Halaholo

SCORERS T: Lane P: Evans (2) Yellow Card Amos

Argentina15 Santiago Carreras 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Santiago Chocobares 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente 11 Matías Moroni 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Tomás Cubelli 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 2 Julián Montoya (C) 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela 4 Guido Petti 5 Marcos Kremer 6 Pablo Matera 7 Facundo Isa 8 Rodrigo Bruni BENCH: 16 Facundo Bosch 17 Facundo Gigena 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Tomás Lavanini 20 Matías Alemanno 21 Felipe Ezcurra 22 Domingo Miotti 23 Juan Imhoff

SCORERS T: Moroni, Cubelli, Matera C: Sánchez (3) P: Sánchez (4)

Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU) Asst Referees: Matthew Carley (RFU), Karl Dickson (RFU) TMO: Tom Foley (RFU)




TongaTONGA 15 - 37 SAMOASamoa

Saturday 17 July 2021 - FMG Stadium, Hamilton
KO: 16:00 HT: 3-20

Tonga15 Kalione Hala 14 Penikolo Latu 13 Fine Inisi 12 Nikolai Foliaki 11 Hosea Saumaki 10 James Faiva 9 Sonatane Takulua (C) 1 Jethro Felemi 2 Siua Maile 3 Sila Puafisi 4 Don Lolo 5 Harrison Mataele 6 Sione Tu’ipulotu 7 Mateaki Kafatolu 8 Nasi Manu BENCH: 16 Jay Fonokalafi* 17 Duke Nginingini 18 Ben Tameifuna 19 Maama Vaipulu 20 Viliame Taulani 21 Aisea Halo* 22 Nafi Tui’itavake 23 Walter Fifita

SCORERS  T: Fonokalafi, Tu’ipulotu C: Faiva P: Faiva

Samoa15 Tomasi Alosio 14 Ed Fidow 13 Stacey Ili 12 Henry Taefu 11 Neria Fomai 10 Rodney Iona 9 Jonathan Taumateine 1 Tietie Tuimauga 2 Ray Niuia 3 Michael Alaalatoa (C) 4 Benjamin Nee-Nee 5 Samuel Slade 6 Olajuwon Noa 7 Alamanda Motuga 8 Henry Time-Stowers BENCH: 16 Seilala Lam 17 Jonah Aoina 18 Kalolo Tuiloma 19 Theo McFarland 20 Jack Lam 21 Dwayne Polataivao 22 D’Angelo Leuila 23 Losi Filipo*

SCORERS T: Fidow, Taumateine, Ili, Tuiloma C: Taefu (3), Iona P: Taefu (3) Yellow Card Tuimauga

Referee: Paul WIlliams (NZRU) Asst Referees: Dan Waenga (NZRU), Angus Mabey (NZRU) TMO: Chris Hart (NZRU)




Stormers STORMERS 3 - 49 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Saturday 17 July 2021 - Cape Town Stadium
KO: 18:00 HT: 3-21

Stormers  P: Swiel

British & Irish LionsT: Beard, Cowan-Dickie, Hill, Conan, Fagerson, Rees-Zammit, Simmonds C: Smith (7)

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Saturday 17 July 2021 - Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
KO: 19:00 HT: tbc
CANCELLED following the confirmation that members of the Georgia camp tested positive for COVID-19.

Cancelled by COVID-19




New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 60 - 13 FIJIFiji

Saturday 17 July 2021 - FMG Stadium, Hamilton
KO: 19:05 HT: 29-6


All Blacks v Fiji The teams are on the paddock at FMG Hamilton in Waikato and the atmosphere is electric with what looks like a full house of fans...
All Blacks v Fiji The anthems are underway...
All Blacks v Fiji There's no less fire in the eyes of he Fijians as they face Ka Mate having fiercely performed the Cibi at the All Blacks. KO is imminent...
All Blacks 0 - 0 Fiji 1min Fiji start proceedings and Sevu Reece thumps the ball brilliantly for a first lineout...
All Blacks 0 - 0 Fiji 2mins The Fijian defensive lineout is secured and they come away with a penalty from the breakdown, setting a midfield lineout to attack from
All Blacks 0 - 0 Fiji 2mins The Fijians are like lightning through the midfield, Eneriko Buliruarua electric as they bolt for the 22 on the near side, Damian McKenzie dragging the ball into touch
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 4mins It's a 5m attacking lineout for Fiji and they execute it well, advantage being played as the next assault comes, the whistle goes for the penalty; it's an easy 3-pointer for Ben Volavola 💥
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 6mins The restart from the ABs results in Fiji on the front foot again from ball in hand, again a penalty coming to the visitors and it does for a defensive scrum just inside their 22
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 8mins It's a solid scrum from Fiji and they clear the ABs back up to halfway, but concede a penalty and Richie Mo’unga kicks to the corner for an attacking 5m lineout
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 9mins The lineout is a bit shocking, Codie Taylor overthrowing in the setpiece, allowing Fiji to escape their dangerzone and clear their lines promptly
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 11mins The Fijians soon have the ABs pinned back in their own 22, but the homeside manage to regain possession for Mo'unga to clear his line back over halfway for ...
All Blacks 0 - 3 Fiji 12mins The Fijian lineout is stolen but the visitors win the ensuing battle at the breakdown, Fiji steal possession deftly
All Blacks 5 - 3 Fiji 14mins The ABs regroup from the midfield and set a 22 lineout, and it's textbook setpiece from far touch as the ball reaches David Havili who flicks it to Reece to sprint in to score 🏉
All Blacks 7 - 3 Fiji 16mins Mo'unga adds the extras for the ABs to open their account 💥, but after the restart, Akira Ioane infringes promptly enough to hand over a penalty outside his own 22 🙊
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 17mins Volavola wastes little time in reducing the deficit to just one point 💥
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 19mins We have an ABs attacking scrum on the Fiji 10m a these two giants of the southern hemisphere are battling neck and neck for supremacy...
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 21mins The scrum is secured and Aaron Smith kicks to inadvertently set a 22 lineout...which again is promptly stolen by Fiji 🙊 and they clear the ABs back up to halfway again
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 22mins It's a midfield lineout, and Ardie Savea knocks on as a result, but Fiji had also been noted for the same earlier, giving the ABs another scrum, just inside their half...
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 24mins The ABs just about secure the scrum ball and Reece is off but bundled straight into touch; advantage was being played for Fiji angling at the push and the penalty is for the homeside
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 26mins The next attacking phase has the ABs back into Fijian territory, the Fijians winning the ball but Johnny Dyer is offside so Mo'unga can kick to touch for a 22 lineout
All Blacks 7 - 6 Fiji 27mins The ABs lose yet another lineout, this time for the throw not being straight, and the Fijians exit their 22 neatly after dominating their defensive scrum
All Blacks 10 - 6 Fiji 28mins But following the lineout outside the 22, Fiji are pinged at the breakdown, and are duly punished by Mo'unga who converts the penalty into a 3-pointer from in front of the posts 💥
All Blacks 15 - 6 Fiji 30mins The restart has the ABs from the counter with an attacking scrum at Fiji's 22 which they neatly win, Mo'unga close to hand to offload to Reece who charges along touch to score in the corner 🏉
All Blacks 17 - 6 Fiji 32mins Mo'unga neatly bangs over the conversion from out wide 💥 For rugby's sake, here's hoping the All Black gates haven't opened too wide for the flood to smother Fiji...
All Blacks 17 - 6 Fiji 34mins The ABs have found their form and they are all over the Fijian 22 again, while the visitors are reacting frantically and gifting penalties all over the park...
All Blacks 22 - 6 Fiji 36mins It's captain Leone Nakarawa who is guilty & earns a 🟨 having been warned by Ref Murphy, ABs tap & go in the Fiji 22, the ball goes wide for Fijian-born Reece to secure a hat trick before halftime 🏉
All Blacks 22 - 6 Fiji 38mins This time Mo'unga misses his mark at the uprights, but the Fijians already have a long way back as the ABs attack Fijian territory again from the restart
All Blacks 27 - 6 Fiji 40mins A lineout goes to plan for the ABs and they have reverted to form, making the offloading look effortless, Savea finishing of the play with a try of his own just after the siren goes off 🏉
All Blacks 29 - 6 Fiji 40+1mins A triumphant 50th cap score for Savea is celebrated with a delightful conversion from Mo'unga 💥 and we're into the break...

All Blacks v Fiji HT All Blacks 29 - 6 Fiji HT T: Reece (3), Savea C: (3) P: Mo'unga | P: Volavola 🟨 Nakarawa

All Blacks 34- 6 Fiji 41mins The second half kicks off, Fiji still a man down with Nakarawa in the bin, the ABs with a 22 scrum and Kini Murimurivalu permits the homeside to attack like clockwork, Will Jordan in with the score 🏉
All Blacks 36- 6 Fiji 42mins Mo'unga pops over the conversion 💥 while Rieko Ioane replaces Jordan and Albert Tuisue on for Dyer
All Blacks 36- 11 Fiji 44mins While Nakarawa prepares to return, the Flying Fijians decide enough is enough, and attacking from deep, Peni Ravai charges in a first Fijian try 🏉
All Blacks 36- 13 Fiji 46mins Volavola wastes little time in adding the conversion 💥
All Blacks 36- 13 Fiji 48mins But of course the ABs waste not a moment in breaching he Fijian 22 and set an attacking scrum from which to assault the whitewash again...
All Blacks 41- 13 Fiji 49mins ...and it's clockwork from the All Black pack, as the ball rushes out and finds the hands of Reiko Ioane who sweeps round the corner to land try no.6 🏉
All Blacks 43- 13 Fiji 51mins It's not the easiest of conversions, but that's no problem for Mo'unga who smashes it 💥
All Blacks 43- 13 Fiji 53mins Samisoni Taukei'aho (on debut), Ethan de Groot and Angus Ta’avao have replaced George Bower, Codie Taylor & Nepo Laulala while Akira Ioane infringes for Fiji to make inroads...
All Blacks 43- 13 Fiji 55mins Manasa Mataele replaces the electric Nemani Nadolo for Fiji as the ABs look to move Fiji away from their 22...
All Blacks 43- 13 Fiji 57mins And they do, not just away, but the ABs are quickly in the opposition 22 and on the attack, setting a 22 lineout as Beauden Barrett replaces Mo'unga
All Blacks 48- 13 Fiji 59mins It's a textbook catch and drive for the ABs, the Fijians all over the shop except where they should be, and a heave from the pack allows Taukei'aho to score on debut 🏉 , Barrett missing the conversion
All Blacks 48- 13 Fiji 61mins Eroni Mawi and Leeroy Atalifo replace Ravai and Mesake Doge as the ABs are on the attack again
All Blacks 48- 13 Fiji 62mins But an intercept comes deep in Fijian territory for Volavola to sprint the length of the pitch and looks like he may be over, McKenzie hot on his heels...Ref Murphy puts up his hand for the score but...
All Blacks 48- 13 Fiji 63mins What a magnificent effort, but what excellent defence from McKenzie to prevent that try by a whisper
All Blacks 48- 13 Fiji 65mins Brad Weber is for Smith | Kitione Kamikamica and Moses Sorovi on for Murimurivalu and Peceli Yato
All Blacks 48- 13 Fiji 66mins Time off for a TMO check after a huge hit on McKenzie from a monster Fijian, but al views checked and it's just a penalty
All Blacks 53- 13 Fiji 68mins The result of the penalty gives replacement Shannon Frizell a too easy run in over the whitewash to score 🏉
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 69mins It's a neat little conversion from Barrett 💥 as the ABs rack up the points on the scoreboard, the Fijians racking up the penalties 🙈
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 71mins As the pace settles to breathable without oxygen, Mesulame Dolokoto replaces Sam Matavesi and play is in the midfield
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 73mins The ABs cough up a penalty of their own, but the Fijians are hard pressed to make anything of it in their own half; Teti Tela on for Volavola
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 74mins ABs are quickly back with ball in hand and go 9 phases until the ball bounces off Reece as a knock on
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 76mins It's a Fiji defensive scrum in their 22 after a water break, but they struggle to get out of the dangerzone, Anton Lienert-Brown effecting a turnover...
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 77mins ...but that opportunity is blown by Reece, Fiji able to set a lineout back up toward their 22, giving them some space to breathe...
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 78mins An infringement comes from Savea after Fiji win their lineout and kick to touch for a 22 attacking lineout...
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 79mins ...but the counter from the ABs is effective enough to set a defensive scrum just inside halfway
All Blacks 55- 13 Fiji 80+1mins Advantage is being played as the ABs shift over halfway, and we come back for the penalty to set a 22 lineout, and the danger of course is a catch an drive from so close...
All Blacks 60- 13 Fiji 80+2mins ...and it's one hell of a debut from Taukei'aho as it's the young hooker who flies over the whitewash to score the damning 9th All Black try 🏉
All Blacks 60- 13 Fiji FT There's no conversion for Barrett, but it's all over for Fiji who put up one hell of a fight of the last week against the mighty All Blacks

All Blacks v Fiji FT

New Zealand15 Damian McKenzie 14 Will Jordan 13 Anton Lienert-Brown 12 David Havili 11 Sevu Reece 10 Richie Mo’unga 9 Aaron Smith 1 George Bower 2 Codie Taylor 3 Nepo Laulala 4 Scott Barrett 5 Sam Whitelock (C) 6 Akira Ioane 7 Ardie Savea 8 Luke Jacobson BENCH: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho 17 Ethan de Groot 18 Angus Ta’avao 19 Brodie Retallick 20 Shannon Frizell 21 Brad Weber 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Rieko Ioane

SCORERS T: Reece (3), Savea, Jordan, Reiko Ioane, Taukei'aho (2), Frizell C: Mo'unga (3), Barrett P: Mo'unga

Fiji15 Kini Murimurivalu 14 Setareki Tuicuvu 13 Waisea Nayacalevu 12 Eneriko Buliruarua 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Ben Volavola 9 Frank Lomani 1 Peni Ravai 2 Sam Matavesi 3 Mesake Doge 4 Temo Mayanavanua 5 Leone Nakarawa (C) 6 Johnny Dyer 7 Mesulame Kunavula 8 Peceli Yato BENCH: 16 Mesulame Dolokoto 17 Eroni Mawi 18 Leeroy Atalifo 19 Albert Tuisue 20 Kitione Kamikamica 21 Moses Sorovi 22 Teti Tela 23 Manasa Mataele

SCORERS T: Ravai C: Volavola P: Volavola (2) Yellow Card Nakarawa

Referee: Damon Murphy (RA) Asst Referees: Graham Cooper (RA), Jordan Way (RA) TMO: James Leckie (RA)




AustraliaAUSTRALIA 33 - 30 FRANCEFrance Rugby

Saturday 17 July 2021 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
KO: 20:00 HT: 20-20


Wallabies v France We await the teams to arrive on the park at Suncorp for this evening's deciding battle between the Aussies & Les Bleus...
Wallabies v France The anthems are done in Brisbane and we await kick in front of a joy of fans to enjoy what's coming...
Wallabies 0 - 0 France 1min Noah Lolesio kicks off proceedings under the watchful eye of Referee Ben O'Keeffe, and the French deal with it well to set up an attacking lineout from the boot of Baptiste Couilloud
Wallabies 0 - 0 France 1min We have the first time off as Filipo Daugunu is sent off after injuring his hand in a tackle with Melvyn Jaminet , Reece Hodge on in his place
Wallabies 0 - 0 France 2mins It's a defensive lineout for the Aussies, advantage being played, and eventually the penalty comes for offside first and James Slipper not releasing after turning over ball
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 3mins It's a simple 3-pointer for Les Bleus through Jaminet from in front of the posts
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 4mins Play is halted after captain Anthony Jelonch is taken out hard by Marika Koroibete and TMO Glenn Newman is on the case...
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 4mins Captain Michael Hooper is called over with Koroibete & it's a tad harsh as the wing is sent off for the rest of the match seeing red 🟥 ; there was definitely mitigation...unimpressive call from officials
Wallabies 0 - 3 France 6mins Les Bleus take the penalty to set a 22 lineout and it's neatly taken, the ball rushed to the whitewash and Hooper pinged for not releasing; penalty France
Wallabies 0 - 8 France 7mins Another lineout is set, a 5m attacking one from the whitewash and again the setpiece is excellent, catch, drive, maul and they heave over the goal line for Couilloud 🏉
Wallabies 0 - 10 France 8mins The conversion is added and France are away 💥... A shame about the red card as any win now will be marred by mitigation of XIV vs XV
Wallabies 5 - 10 France 10mins The Wallabies park their loss and the work efficiently from the restart, barging their way forward and the ball finds Tate McDermott who finds the whitewash under the uprights 🏉
Wallabies 7 - 10 France 11mins It's a simple conversion for Lolesio and the Aussies are back in the match with game face on 💥
Wallabies 7 - 13 France 13mins Oh but as is so often the case in these last few matches, the Aussies are great at self-sabotage by gifting a penalty directly after notching up a score; Jaminet punishes them immediately 💥
Wallabies 7 - 13 France 15mins Play resumes in the midfield and it's the Aussies with possession but in defence outside their 22, a scrum incoming...
Wallabies 7 - 13 France 17mins A reset is forced, but not until Jelonch returns from passing his HIA, Alexandre Becognee returning to the bench after an early cameo
Wallabies 12 - 13 France 19mins The scrum is good for the Wallabies and they shift play over halfway for a French lineout, won by Les Bleus but an offload is perfectly intercepted by Lolesio to sprint to from inside the 10m to the goal line 🏉
Wallabies 14 - 13 France 21mins Lolesio pops over the conversion and the homeside can take the lead for the first time in the match 💥
Wallabies 14 - 13 France 23mins This Wallabies team despite being a man down have their heads up, and soon have an attacking lineout outside France's 22, securing the ball and advantage being played...
Wallabies 17 - 13 France 25mins The whistle goes and the penalty is awarded, on the 22 and in front of the posts Lolesio adds another 3 💥; meanwhile Aussie fans are incensed at Jelonch's tackle on Len Ikitau but there's nothing in it
Wallabies 17 - 13 France 27mins French lineout on Australia's 10m is neatly won, and the Aussie's are pinged for collapsing the maul giving Les Bleus a 10m attacking scrum
Wallabies 17 - 13 France 29mins After the scrum is of course reset once or twice 🙄 , it's Australia who come away with the scrum penalty and suddenly they are in French territory, threatening the 22...
Wallabies 17 - 13 France 31mins ...breaching it but a kick goes long to find touch instead of Hodge, allowing Les Bleus to retaliate and shift play back up to the midfield
Wallabies 17 - 13 France 33mins The Aussies work their way back in their preferred direction, but McDermott is pinged at the breakdown and off a defensive 10m scrum, Jaminet clears the ball away, aerial football ensuing...
Wallabies 17 - 13 France 35mins The ball comes for France in the end to kick to touch for a 10m attacking lineout, and they attack with ferocity, breaching the Aussie 22 and advantage being played...
Wallabies 17 - 13 France 35mins Les Bleus are up to the posts through Couilloud and Jelonch, they are repelled, Jaminet goes hard but he's whacked away by Isi Naisarani, another tackle from McDermott but the penalty comes
Wallabies 17 - 18 France 36mins Les Bleus take a quick tap and go and they dance around the Wally defence for Cameron Woki to slam down the try at the post at a second attempt to score 🏉
Wallabies 17 - 20 France 37mins Jaminet adds the extras and Les Bleus are back in front by a nose 💥
Wallabies 17 - 20 France 38mins From an Aussie attacking lineout inside the 10m, the ball eventually finds Teddy Thomas from the breakdown who sprints the length of the pitch to score! The try is given on fold, but it's to the TMO to check the B/D
Wallabies 17 - 20 France 39mins The try was glorious, but the play from Les Bleus at the breakdown was a plethora of infringements so it's no try and a 22 attacking scrum for the Wallabies
Wallabies 17 - 20 France 40+1mins The scrum is solid and the Hooper-McDermott combination almost climaxes in a try, but isn't quite there, but a penalty is coming as advantage is being played, despite the French running the ball away...
Wallabies 20 - 20 France 40+2mins The penalty is directly in front of the posts and Lolesio pops it over to take the sides all square into the break 💥. V entertaining game so far...

Wallabies v France HTWallabies 20 - 20 France HT T: McDermott, Lolesio C: Lolesio (2) P: Lolesio (2) Red Card Koroibete | T: Couilloud, Woki C: Jaminet (2) P: Jaminet (2)

Wallabies 20 - 20 France 41mins Les Bleus are a man up but this hasn't phased the Wallabies as the teams are all square going into the second half...
Wallabies 20 - 20 France 42mins Le Bleus are up to the Aussie 22 but it's the homeside with ball in hand, feeding into the first scrum of the half... which of course needs to be reset
Wallabies 20 - 20 France 44mins It's the visitors who walk away with the ball following the scrum and they head back into Wallabies territory from the midfield, but Hooper steals the ball at the breakdown
Wallabies 20 - 20 France 46mins A tactical kick to touch from the Wallabies and they are bordering on the French 22 with a lineout, but the French come up with ball in hand from the breakdown for a defensive 5m scrum
Wallabies 20 - 25 France 47mins Not quite a 5m scrum but inside the 22 and the French are not just away, but Thomas chips ahead, collects > Couilloud > Anthony Hastoy > Pierre-Louis Barassi who sprints to the line to score! 🏉
Wallabies 20 - 27 France 48mins Oh my that was nothing less than c'est magnifique! Jaminet has added the extras 💥
Wallabies 20 - 27 France 49mins There's a load of changes, but hang on a sec...
Wallabies 25 - 27 France 51mins Wallabies have a penalty to kick to touch for an attacking 5m lineout and they catch and drive and heave and don't just threaten the whitewash following wave after wave, but Taniela Tupou crosses it 🏉
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 52mins This is utterly splendid rugby as both teams are balancing on a knife-edge of 27-all and half an hour to go following Lolesio's conversion 💥
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 54mins Of course Australia duly gift the next penalty almost immediately, but luckily for them , Jaminet's kick at the uprights isn't quite accurate enough from some distance, and the score stands
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 56mins So, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou and Rob Valetini came on for Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa and Lachlan Swinton | Demba Bamba on for Sipili Falatea
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 57mins It's a penalty for the Wallabies this time which like his opposite counterpart a few minutes ago , Lolesio also pushes to the left of the uprights 🙈
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 59mins It's an Aussie scrum at the French 10m and they go 6 phases up to the 22 with advantage being played...and the penalty comes...
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 61mins A kick to the corner for a 5m lineout and the setpiece is good, and Paisami hopes to sneak through - advantage being played - but he can't find a away through...
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 63mins Julien Heriteau has replaced Thomas and he runs away with the ball from the mêlée but the penalty comes - scrum no.2
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 65mins Scrum no.2 is also ultimately unsuccessful as the French disrupt play, but again gift a penalty for scrum no3. - all from 5 metres out from the tryline
Wallabies 32 - 27 France 66mins Scrum no.3 is more effective and the Aussies drive and cajole and heave and recycle and pick n go and Paisami finally finds the whitewash! 🏉
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 66mins But play is halted and the TMO checks the play and it's clear there is quite a foray at the breakdown and there are two movements and it's no try
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 68mins It's a penalty for France and the win their 22 defensive lineout, clear and the Aussies come back hard, battling to breach the 22 in retaliation...
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 70mins It's Les Bleus that win this battle and before you've time to take a breath, they've kicked the ball to the Aussie 22 for a defensive Wallabies lineout, both won and penalty awarded at the breakdown
Wallabies 27 - 27 France 71mins Australia quickly remove Les Bleus from the danger zone, shifting play over halfway, winning a penalty which Lolesio tees up from 42m out as Jake Gordon replaces McDermott to applause
Wallabies 30 - 27 France 73mins Lolesio takes his time with his kick and it's worth the effort as he sneaks the lead for the Wallabies 💥
Wallabies 30 - 30 France 74mins Good restart for Les Bleus as they retain possession, and Australia in true churlish fashion, Rob Valetini gifting a penalty to the French for a high tackle on Jaminet; the Frenchman punishes them 💥
Wallabies 30 - 30 France 76mins The next restart is for Australia and the French infringe at the breakdown, gifting their own penalty outside their own 22, and the tee is sent out to Lolesio 🙊
Wallabies 33 - 30 France 78mins No longer in front of the posts, Lolesio takes his time and steadies himself before punching over the penalty 3-pointer to nudge ahead again... 💥
Wallabies 33 - 30 France 80mins The restart has a penalty for France as we approach 80 minutes on the clock; it's far out from the uprights so the French opt for touch and a 22 lineout...
Wallabies 33 - 30 France 80mins Woki secures the lineout and the French maul over the 22 along touch but at the death, Darcy Swain is quite excellent and wins the ball back for the homeside and it's all over.
Wallabies 33 - 30 France FT Well that was an electric 3-test series which by the skin of their teeth, the Wallabies secured from a magnificent Les Bleus. Bloody well done Wallabies 🎉🏆🍾

Wallabies v France FT

Wallabies v France Trophy des Bicentenaires

Australia15 Tom Banks 14 Filipo Daugunu 13 Len Ikitau 12 Hunter Paisami 11 Marika Koroibete 10 Noah Lolesio 9 Tate McDermott 1 James Slipper 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 3 Allan Alaalatoa 4 Darcy Swain 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 6 Lachlan Swinton 7 Michael Hooper (C) 8 Isi Naisarani BENCH: 16 Jordan Uelese 17 Angus Bell 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Matt Philip 20 Rob Valetini 21 Jake Gordon 22 Matt To’omua 23 Reece Hodge

SCORERS T: McDermott, Lolesio, Tupou C: Lolesio (3) P: Lolesio (4) Red Card Koroibete

France Rugby15 Melvyn Jaminet 14 Damian Penaud 13 Pierre-Louis Barassi 12 Arthur Vincent 11 Teddy Thomas 10 Antoine Hastoy 9 Baptiste Couilloud  1 Enzo Forletta 2 Gaëtan Barlot 3 Sipili Falatea 4 Cyril Cazeaux 5 Romain Taofifenua 6 Dylan Cretin 7 Cameron Woki 8 Anthony Jelonch (C) BENCH: 16 Anthony Etrillard 17 Quentin Walcker 18 Demba Bamba 19 Pierre-Henry Azagoh 20 Alexandre Becognee 21 Teddy Iribaren 22 Anthony Bouthier 23 Julien Heriteau

SCORERS T: Couilloud, Woki, Barassi C: Jaminet (3) P: Jaminet (3)

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (NZRU) Asst Referees: Paul Williams (NZRU), Mike Fraser (NZRU) TMO: Glenn Newman (NZRU)




Week 5

South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 17-22 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Saturday 24 July 2021 - Cape Town Stadium
KO: 18:00 HT: 12-3

South AfricaT: de Klerk P: Pollard (4)

British & Irish Lions T: Cowan-Dickie C: Biggar P: Biggar (4), Farrell

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Week 6

South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 27 - 9 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Saturday 31 July 2021 - Cape Town Stadium
KO: 18:00 HT: 6-9

South Africa T: Mapimpi, Am C: Pollard P: Pollard (5) Yellow Card Kolbe

British & Irish Lions P: Biggar (3) Yellow Card van der Merwe

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Week 7

South Africa v British Lions New Zealand v Australia

South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 19 - 16 BRITISH & IRISH LIONSBritish & Irish Lions

Saturday 07 August 2021 - Cape Town Stadium
KO: 18:00 HT: 6-10

South AfricaT: Kolbe C:  Pollard P: Pollard (2), Steyn (2)
British & Irish LionsT: Owens C: Russell P: Russell (3)

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New ZealandNEW ZEALAND 33 - 25 AUSTRALIAAustralia

Saturday 07 August 2021 - Eden Park, Auckland
KO: 19:05 HT: 16-8


All Blacks vs Wallabies The teams are out at Eden Park, All Black captain Sam Whitelock runing out first on request of Aaron Smith who today becomes a centurion; the anthems are done, the haka is performed led by Smith & it's game time!
All Blacks v Wallabies Aaron Smith 100 up Bledisloe Cup 1All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 1min We have kick off from Noah Lolesio, and funnily enough, no one seems to be having a hissy fit about a full Kiwi complement of officials...🤔
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 2mins The Aussies win the first penalty and kick downfield to touch for an attacking 22 lineout, but it ends better for the ABs as they have a defensive scrum
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 4mins Solidly executed by centurion Aaron Smith and the ball is thumped to the Aussie 22, only to be kicked away, penalty to Aussies at the breakdown and they clear over halfway for a 10m attacking lineout
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 5mins This lineout is better won, but again the ABs end up with a scrum penalty, which again they cleanly win and go wide this time, reaching halfway but knock on
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 7mins Solid tackles coming in at the midfield, David Havili knocking on courtesy of Hunter Paisami, but the kick to touch doesn't go far, and the lineout is again poor for the Aussies
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 9mins There shouldn't be much rust to fall away after the July Tours, but both sides are flailing a tad, ABs stealing back possession but only at the Aussie 10m...
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 11mins It's the ABs coughing up continuous penalties at the breakdown, and the Aussies coughing up inadequate lineouts; this one's not straight either but they get away with it
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 13mins The Aussies secure the ball momentarily but Brandon Paenga-Amosa the guilty party in handing over the penalty in the midfield for the ABs to kick to touch for a 22 lineout of their own
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 14mins The ball is nicked by the visitors and they win a defensive scrum in front of the posts in 22, executing it well and quickly to clear, only for the ABs to run it back from deep in their own territory...
All Blacks 0 - 0 Wallabies 15mins But the pass from Ardie Savea following Codie Taylor's break is forward; Aussie scrum on halfway is lost for a collapsing scrum and it's time for the first points potentially fro the resulting penalty...
All Blacks 3 - 0 Wallabies 17mins Richie Mo'unga tees up in front of the posts but at halfway, at perfectly splices the uprights to get he scoreboard ticking over 💥
All Blacks 3 - 0 Wallabies 19mins The restart has a smidgeon of kicking, and the ball bounces forward off Tom Banks' face for a knock on and penalty to the ABs for an attacking scrum on the Aussie 10m
All Blacks 6 - 0 Wallabies 20mins The positive for the Aussies is that they only cough up a penalty to lose another 3-pointer from Mo'unga, rather than 7 from that vantage point, inside the 22 💥
All Blacks 6 - 0 Wallabies 22mins The restart has the Aussies on the attack quickly, and as they approach the ABs 22, the ball lands for a goal line dropout for the homeside, giving the visitors an attacking lineout...
All Blacks 6 - 0 Wallabies 24mins The penalty is secured by the Aussies and Lolesio has an opportunity to open the account for the Australians, but he takes an age to tee up...
All Blacks 6 - 0 Wallabies 25mins ...and manages to push the ball wide of the uprights so they come away with nothing for their efforts, from not a difficult distance 🙊
All Blacks 6 - 0 Wallabies 27mins The restart works in favour of the ABs, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto pinged for obstructing at the breakdown at the Aussie 22, giving Mo'unga another opportunity for points
All Blacks 9 - 0 Wallabies 29mins The ball is held on the tee closer to touch than the centre, so not the easiest penalty conversion, but Mo'unga is fairly seasoned by now, and adds another 3 💥
All Blacks 9 - 0 Wallabies 30mins A far improved lineout fro m the Aussies off the restart, and Tate McDermott collects from the back of the breakdown to make a break, still low, Brodie Retallick pinged for tickling his neck in a tackle
All Blacks 9 - 3 Wallabies 31mins This time Lolesio doesn't falter in his kicking prowess, and the Wallabies are on the board from Retallick's penalty... 💥
All Blacks 9 - 3 Wallabies 33mins Lovely hands from the ABs as they attack toward the Aussie 22, quick ball from Smith to Mo'unga to Akira Ioane back to Mo'unga but the defence edges them toward and into touch
All Blacks 9 - 8 Wallabies 35mins Excellent efficiency from the Aussies as they traverse the ball downfield, over halfway, attacking 10m lineout to Paisami who offloads to Andrew Kellaway who sprints through the defence to score 🏉
All Blacks 9 - 8 Wallabies 37mins But Lolesio can't find his target again and the ABs manage to stay ahead despite the try from the Green & Gold
All Blacks 9 - 8 Wallabies 39mins A penalty comes for the ABs outside the Aussie 22, and it's an easy 3 if they want it, but the kick goes to touch instead for an attacking 5m lineout...
All Blacks 14 - 8 Wallabies 40mins ...and the efficiency is perfectly commendable in the lineout, the ball thrown > caught > carried to the goal line en masse, recycled by Sevu Reece and he finds the whitewash 🏉
All Blacks 16 - 8 Wallabies 40+1mins 💥 and the conversion is over promptly from Mo'unga, the ABs scoring late and more than cancelling out the previous effort from the opposition for half time

All Blacks v Wallabies HT Bledisloe Cup 1All Blacks 16 - 8 Wallabies HT T: Reece C: Mo'unga P: Mo'unga (3) | T: Kellaway P: Lolesio

All Blacks 16 - 8 Wallabies HT Neither side is covering themselves in glory - it's been messy and fraught, but not at any crazy pace. Both teams are yet to find their feet, but on the precipice of TRC2021, it's a start...

All Blacks 16 - 8 Wallabies 40mins Give Lolesio his dues for his missed kicks - the breeze is strong at Eden Park tonight and all Mo'unga's kicks have been held in place before coming off the tee; wind is in Aussie favour this half
All Blacks 16 - 8 Wallabies 41mins ABs kick off, Aussies take it well, a little aerial football ensues and Reece infringes in defence at the ABs 10m, giving the opposition a scrum
All Blacks 16 - 8 Wallabies 43mins After a tad of faffing, the scrum is completed, both front rows going down and Ref Williams says play on, the Aussies securing their ball and making some yards toward the 22...
All Blacks 21 - 8 Wallabies 45mins The ball finds touch for an ABs 5m defensive lineout, which is not just well secured, but Smith kicks for the ball to go from midfield > Retallick > Havili > Savea > Reece > whitewash > 🏉 > magnificent!
All Blacks 16- 8 Wallabies 46mins However, Aussie captain Michael Cooper wanders over for a quiet word with the ref, and TMO Glenn Newman has a close look at the forward pass to Retallick - and it was. No try.
All Blacks 16- 8 Wallabies 47mins Well despite the no score, that was dangerous and exciting from the ABs, and just shows their capability from their own 22; but almost as quickly, the ABs cough up a kickable penalty in defence
All Blacks 21- 8 Wallabies 51mins From an attacking position at the ABs 22, the Aussies go to offload but Mo'unga intercepts and runs the length of the pitch and smacks down the grounding to score 🏉 Oh so dangerous!
All Blacks 23- 8 Wallabies 52mins Mo'unga wastes no time in converting his delightful try as changes are afoot...
All Blacks 23- 8 Wallabies 53mins Karl Tu’inukuafe replaces George Bower and Taniela Tupou for Allan Alaalatoa in the front rows
All Blacks 23- 8 Wallabies 56mins Ooh ouch 🙈 Those pesky All Blacks are so deceptive and sharp as the ball flies out in attack from Ioane > X > tip on from Damian McKenzie > Havili > Anton Lienert-Brown who goes to ground...
All Blacks 28- 8 Wallabies 57mins ...but Smith collects and flings it out and Havili is the expert who flies over almost in the corner 🏉 Such class...
All Blacks 28- 8 Wallabies 59mins That not so favourable wind is causing a headache for the kickers, and Mo'unga can't convert that one, but the ABs are looking comfortable
All Blacks 28- 8 Wallabies 60mins Angus Ta’avao on for Nepo Laulala and Angus Bell and Fraser McReight for Harry Wilson and Slipper as the Aussies breach the ABs 10m, win the ball and almost find the 22 but Paisami knocks on
All Blacks 28- 8 Wallabies 62mins Samisoni Taukei'aho and Jordie Barrett on for Taylor and Reece | Angus Bell and Fraser McReight for Harry Wilson and Slipper
All Blacks 33- 8 Wallabies 63mins Meanwhile, the ABs have a taste for that whitewash now and from an attacking lineout on the Aussie 22, after a tussle a couple of metres out, the ball is taken out wide and it's McKenzie who flies over in the corner 🏉
All Blacks 33- 8 Wallabies 64mins There's no conversion yet again, but the ABs are racking up the score
All Blacks 33- 8 Wallabies 65mins Patrick Tuipulotu and Beauden Barrett for Retallick and Mo'unga | Matt Toomua and Matt Philip for Paisami and Darcy Swain; Aussies win a penalty for ABs not releasing and they kick to touch for a 5m attacking lineout
All Blacks 33- 8 Wallabies 67mins They catch and rive, are all over the tryline but are forced back with advantage being played; the penalty comes and they set up another 5m lineout
All Blacks 33- 8 Wallabies 68mins Luke Jacobson comes on for Akira Ioane who's put in a decent shift
All Blacks 33- 13 Wallabies 69mins The Wallabies are on the front foot and attacking deep into the All Blacks 22 again, the pressure piling on around the posts and it's Banks who finds the goal line out wide after 10 phases of bloody hard work 🏉
All Blacks 33- 13 Wallabies 70mins Ref Williams has a word with Captain Whitelock as the ABs have been busy haemorrhaging penalties around the breakdown at their goal line
All Blacks 33- 13 Wallabies 71mins As more changes are on the brink, Lolesio is really having a rotten day off the boot 🙈
All Blacks 33- 13 Wallabies 71mins Jordan Uelese, Jake Gordon and Reece Hodge on for Petaia, Paenga-Amosa and McDermott
All Blacks 33- 13 Wallabies 72mins It's an ovation for Price as he leaves the field as a proud and deserved centurion, Brad Weber on for him 👏 👏 👏
All Blacks 33- 13 Wallabies 73mins The Aussies are back on the front foot, and another penalty gives them another attacking lineout, this time inside the 10m
All Blacks 33- 18 Wallabies 75mins A cheeky chip through from Lolesio and Banks chases it to hunt out the whitewash yet again and the deficit is being summarily reduced 🏉
All Blacks 33- 18 Wallabies 76mins But dear oh dear, Lolesio shan't be celebrating much post-match as another kick at the uprights goes awry to the right 🙊
All Blacks 33- 18 Wallabies 77mins The Aussies win a penalty off the ABs restart at their own 22, pushing play back up to their 10m for a defensive lineout, breaching halfway and Hodge makes a break
All Blacks 33- 18 Wallabies 78mins 8 phases in the Aussies have made it to the ABs 22, and a penalty comes for Ta’avao offside; 5m lineout set…
All Blacks 33- 18 Wallabies 79mins The lineout is won but Uelese is pinged for latching on; ABs clear for a defensive lineout just outside their 22; it's won but all the ABs are offside so the penalty is for the Wallabies again
All Blacks 33- 18 Wallabies 80+1mins The Aussies opt to tap and go; they need to be controlled now as they have a screaming opportunity to match ABs tries despite the score...slowly edging ahead, advantage being played...
All Blacks 33- 23 Wallabies 80+2mins The ABs hand over further penalties and the advantage is taken, kick to touch for another 5m lineout, and it's tidy... catch > drive > Jordan Uelese behind it and he breaks off and is over 🏉
All Blacks 33- 25 Wallabies 80+3mins So the Antipodeans are equal on the tries, but Lolesio will rue his missed penalties and conversions; however, this time, the kick is good 💥 Huzzah 🎉
All Blacks (16) 33 - 25 (8) Wallabies FT Well that's all for now, and Bledisloe 1 goes to the All Blacks. It's all to play for with two more opportunities to come, starting in 7 days, same place, same time...

All Blacks v Wallabies FT Bledisloe Cup 1

New Zealand15 Damian McKenzie 14 Sevu Reece 13 Anton Lienert-Brown 12 David Havili 11 Rieko Ioane 10 Richie Mo’unga 9 Aaron Smith 1 George Bower 2 Codie Taylor 3 Nepo Laulala 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Sam Whitelock (C) 6 Akira Ioane 7 Dalton Papali'i 8 Ardie Savea BENCH: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe 18 Angus Ta’avao 19 Patrick Tuipulotu 20 Luke Jacobson 21 Brad Weber 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Jordie Barrett

SCORERS T: Reece, Mo'unga, Havili, McKenzie C: Mo'unga (2) P: Mo'unga (3)

Australia15 Tom Banks 14 Jordan Petaia 13 Len Ikitau 12 Hunter Paisami 11 Andrew Kellaway 10 Noah Lolesio 9 Tate McDermott 1 James Slipper 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 3 Allan Alaalatoa 4 Darcy Swain 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 6 Rob Valetini 7 Michael Hooper (C) 8 Harry Wilson BENCH: 16 Jordan Uelese 17 Angus Bell 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Matt Philip 20 Fraser McReight 21 Jake Gordon 22 Matt To’omua 23 Reece Hodge

SCORERS T: Kellaway, Banks (2), Uelese C: Lolesio P: Lolesio

Referee: Paul Williams (NZR) Asst Referees: Mike Fraser (NZR), Brendon Pickerill (NZR) TMO: Glenn Newman (NZR)




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