Sunday, November 22, 2009

International Rugby Results: Friday-Saturday 20-21 November

New Zealand 19, England 6 at Twickenham
Scotland 9, Australia 8 at Murrayfield
Wales 33, Argentina 16 in Cardiff
South Africa 32, Italy 10 in Udine
France 43, Samoa 5 in Paris
Ireland 41, Fiji 6 in Dublin
Japan 27, Canada 6 in Tokyo (2nd test)
United States 27, Uruguay 6 in Lauderhill (WCQ Americas R2, Playoff 2nd leg)
Argentina ‘A’ 24, Portugal 13 in Lisbon

Scotland ‘A’ 38, Tonga 7 in Galashiels
Italy ‘A’ 8, Georgia 7 in Palmanova

The biggest upset of the weekend was Scotland's 9-8 win over Australia. Although a little unfair to Scotland, one would have to ask the question, how did Australia lose this one? Still, the result is the result. Australia's hopes of remaining undefeated on this tour has vanished.

All the other European contests went as predicted. New Zealand added to Martin Johnson's misery with the England team. Wales won well against an Argentine team perhaps below strength, whilst South Africa won their first match on tour. France and Ireland won their test matches against the Pacific Island teams with such ease that Fiji's cry of 'foul' against the IRB for not demanding players be released from club could well be heard again.

Japan won against Canada again, wrapping up the series 2-0. I just don't get how easily Japan has won this series.

The USA entered the Rugby World Cup finals for 2011 by defeating Uruguay 27-6 at home, thus scoring a 54-29 aggregate against Uruguay. Uruguay is not out of the reckoning yet. They have a chance to get in to the finals via a repecharge system.

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