England 13, Argentina 9 in Dunedin (World Cup, Pool B)
|Scotland 34 - 24 Romania in Invercargill (World Cup, Pool B)|
|France 47 - 21 Japan in Albany (World Cup, Pool A)|
Fiji 49 - 25 Namibia in Rotorua (World Cup, Pool D)
England came back from 3-9 down to edge past a determined Argentina in the second half. All the goal kickers left their kicking boots behind. Poor goal kicking nearly lost England the game. Jonny Wilkinson had a shocker.
The scene has now been set. Expect the unexpected at ths World Cup. Romania very nearly created the first major upset when it led Scotland with ten minutes to go. A penalty and two tries from Scotland winger Simon Danielli saved the day for Scotland. But what a game from Romania.
I was at the France-Japan game. What a performance by Japan! They came within 4 points of France mid way through the second half. They missed a certain try at this stage and that try could well have turned the game completely Japan's way. France made replacements and scored some late tries against a tiring Japanese side. The spectacle was just fantastic. Catch my pics on the other posting.
Vereniki Goneva was Fiji's hero as he scored 4 out of their 6 tries in a high-scoring win over Namibia in what has been described as a thrilling match. The Namibians put up a good fight against the Fijians. Here is another example of a minnow playing with passion and pride at the special event. This is what World Cup rugby is all about.