2019 Rugby World Cup about to start


Blackleaf
#1


The 2019 Rugby World Cup gets underway tomorrow, with hosts Japan taking on neighbours Russia.

New Zealand and England - the two finalists of this year's Cricket World Cup - are the favourites, with New Zealand playing South Africa on Saturday and England playing Tonga on Sunday.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WBFDbGW5XR0
 
NZDoug
#2
All Black s- Springboks should be a killer.
I more sleep til game time.
Go Blacks!
 
Blackleaf
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

All Black s- Springboks should be a killer.
I more sleep til game time.
Go Blacks!

It's a repeat of that famous 1995 Final, when Pienaar's Springboks defeated the might of Lomu's All Blacks to lift the trophy for the first time just after the end of Apartheid.

It's a mouthwatering affair - a clash of titans - and I'll probably watch it tomorrow with a few drinks and nibbles.
 
Blackleaf
#4
Hosts win opening match at Rugby World Cup

Japan 30-10 Russia



Wing Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as hosts Japan got their World Cup campaign under way with a 30-10 victory against Russia.

Russia took an early lead through wing Kirill Golosnitskiy, but Matsushima replied for the hosts.

He grabbed his second to put Japan ahead just before half-time and Pieter Labuschagne broke away to add another after the break.

Matsushima then ran through to claim a four-try bonus point for his side.

Japan, in Pool A with Scotland, Ireland and Samoa, are aiming to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.


The opening ceremony mixed the traditional with the modern and delighted the fans

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said before the tournament that "rugby mania" was going to captivate the nation and Japan's comeback in front of a vociferous crowd gave the tournament an early boost.

In Shibuya, home to Tokyo's famous crossing, there is only an occasional sign that a World Cup is taking place just an hour away.

But travelling to the stadium, the train filled with more and more Japan shirts while every metro stop and the nearest station to the venue was awash with red and white.

Once inside the near 50,000 capacity venue, supporters watched an opening ceremony like no other in rugby - reflecting the World Cup's first visit to Asia - and cheered it on enthusiastically at every stage.

In 2015, Japan were the first team in history to win three World Cup games and miss out on the quarter-finals and coach Jamie Joseph has made it clear that their objective is to make it out of the pool stages this time around.

But they will be competing with Ireland, Scotland and Samoa for one of the top two spots in Pool A to achieve that goal and there will be no room for any more nervous starts.


The Tokyo Stadium was awash with the red and white hooped shirts of Japan fans

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49768827
 
NZDoug
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

It's a repeat of that famous 1995 Final, when Pienaar's Springboks defeated the might of Lomu's All Blacks to lift the trophy for the first time just after the end of Apartheid.
It's a mouthwatering affair - a clash of titans - and I'll probably watch it tomorrow with a few drinks and nibbles.

Arrr, t'is true, mate.
Pizza and merlot here!
Go Blacks!!!
Last edited by NZDoug; Sep 21st, 2019 at 02:36 AM..Reason: I missed.
 
Blackleaf
#6
New Zealand 23-13 South Africa



New Zealand-South Africa

Possession: 47%-53%

Territory: 41%-59%

Metres made: 367-372

Defenders beaten: 35-28

Tackles made/attempted: 86/114-72/107

Turnovers conceded: 12-18

Penalties conceded: 4-9

Defending champions New Zealand produced a clinical display to hold off a spirited South Africa in their World Cup Pool B opener in Yokohama.

The Springboks started brightly and took the lead with a Handre Pollard penalty before the All Blacks hit back.

Richie Mo'unga drew New Zealand level and two quick tries by George Bridge and Scott Barrett put them in front.

Pieter-Steph du Toit's try and a Pollard drop-goal made it tense before Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett penalties.

The result means New Zealand extend their winning run to 15 games in the competition, last losing to France in the 2007 quarter-finals.

South Africa play Namibia next on Saturday, 28 September (10:45 BST), while the All Blacks face Canada on 2 October (11:15).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49781330


France 23-21 Argentina



France held off a second-half comeback by Argentina to win a gripping World Cup match in Tokyo.

The Pumas overturned a 20-3 half-time deficit to take a 21-20 lead until Camille Lopez's drop-goal put France ahead again in the Pool C encounter.

Tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont gave France the advantage.

Guido Petti and Julian Montoya crossed for the Pumas and Benjamin Urdapilleta's penalty put them ahead before replacement Lopez struck.

The Pumas, who had lost their previous nine internationals, had another the chance to win it late on, but Emiliano Boffelli's long-range penalty drifted just wide.

England start their Pool C campaign on Sunday against Tonga, who are Argentina's next opponents on Saturday, 28 September. France resume when they take on the United States on Wednesday, 2 October.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49754321


Australia 39-21 Fiji



Australia ran in four second-half tries as they fought back to beat Fiji in their opening 2019 World Cup match.

The 2015 finalists were trailing until halfway into the second half before hooker Silatolu Latu went over for two tries inside five minutes.

Peceli Yato's try gave Fiji an early 8-0 lead, and a shock looked possible when Waisea Nayacalevu scored under the posts early in the second half.

But Australia roared back to end fears of a first loss to Fiji since 1954.

The Wallabies' next outing in Group D is on Sunday, 29 September, when they face Wales in Tokyo.

Yato was outstanding, but was forced off after only 25 minutes with a head injury following a collision with Australia winger Reece Hodge.

Australia had looked to be finding their feet when Michael Hooper crossed for a try following Yato's opener, and after Hodge scored in the corner the teams went into half-time with Fiji leading 14-12.

But when Nayacalevu latched onto a loose pass on the halfway line to sprint home just three minutes into the second half, a shock Fiji win was a distinct possibility.

However, Latu's first international tries, both scored from line-outs, settled Australia nerves before Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete put the two-time World Cup winners comfortably clear.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49752131
 
NZDoug
#7
Doesn't the half back for the Springboks look like Sarah Netanyahu?
Also, Tonga had Straya shaken in their boots.
Fairy tale win for the Cherry Blossoms.
Go Blacks!
 
Blackleaf
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

Doesn't the half back for the Springboks look like Sarah Netanyahu?
Also, Tonga had Straya shaken in their boots.
Fairy tale win for the Cherry Blossoms.
Go Blacks!

Faf de Klerk plays for Greater Manchester club Sale Sharks.



 
Blackleaf
#9
Azzurri open World Cup campaign with victory

Italy 47-22 Namibia



Italy began their World Cup Pool B campaign with a bonus-point victory over Namibia in changing weather conditions in Osaka.

The Namibian part-timers took an early lead through Damian Stevens before the Azzurri drew level with a penalty try.

Italy then took control with tries from Tommaso Allan and Tito Tebaldi.

Edoardo Padovani, Carlo Canna, Jake Polledri, Matteo Minozzi scored after the break, while JC Greyling and Chad Plato scored consolations for Namibia.

Italy initially struggled in the pouring rain and had to wait until the 25th minute to take the lead, but as the sun emerged in the second half, the Six Nations side turned on the style as they overpowered their opponents, who at 23 are the lowest ranked side in the tournament.

Italy captain Sergio Parisse, 36, became only the third man to play in five World Cups, matching the totals of compatriot Mauro Bergamasco and Samoa's Brian Lima, and his 141st international cap also drew him level with former Ireland and British Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll in second place on the all-time list.

"The important thing was to win and take the five points," Parisse said.

"Big congratulations to Namibia as well because they never gave up. They kept playing to the end."

The only negative for the Azzurri was when Tiziano Pasquiale was stretchered off before the break.

Play was briefly paused while the prop received medical attention for what appeared to be a neck injury.

Italy are next in action against Canada on Thursday, 26 September (08:45 BST), while Namibia face neighbours South Africa on Saturday, 28 September (10:45).

Defending champions New Zealand, who beat South Africa on Saturday, are the other team in the group.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49786413


Ruthless Ireland dismiss meek Scotland

Ireland 27-3 Scotland



Ruthless Ireland franked their status as the world's top-ranked side with a clinical Rugby World Cup victory against a meek Scotland in Yokohama.

The Irish went over in their first two incursions into the Scottish 22, James Ryan and Rory Best ploughing over to put them 12-0 ahead after 15 minutes.

Greig Laidlaw got the Scots on the board, but a wretched bounce led to Tadhg Furlong adding a third try before the half was out.

Andrew Conway then crossed after the break to secure Ireland's bonus point.

Ireland play hosts Japan on Saturday next, with Scotland facing Samoa two days later.

Hosts Japan won the first match in Pool A on Friday, defeating Russia 30-10, with the Samoans yet to play.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49783206
 
Blackleaf
#10
Watching England start their World Cup campaign against Tonga. And, my God, it's looking ominous for the Tongans.

Tongan-born Manu Tuilagi is on fire for England. England have a 15-3 lead after 30 minutes with Tuilagi scoring both tries. The guy looks unstoppable. He rampages through the Tongans like a bull, brushing off their big men as though they are little children.

It he keeps up this form throughout the tournament, there's only going to be one winner.



 
NZDoug
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Faf de Klerk plays for Greater Manchester club Sale Sharks.

Egzackly so!
Wait til MHZ and the gang catch on to this.
There is more to rugby than meets the eye, bosun.
 
NZDoug
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Watching England start their World Cup campaign against Tonga. And, my God, it's looking ominous for the Tongans.
Tongan-born Manu Tuilagi is on fire for England. England have a 15-3 lead after 30 minutes with Tuilagi scoring both tries. The guy looks unstoppable. He rampages through the Tongans like a bull, brushing off their big men as though they are little children.
It he keeps up this form throughout the tournament, there's only going to be one winner.

Its not going to be Tonga.
23.00hrs now.
Go Tonga!
 
Blackleaf
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

Egzackly so!
Wait til MHZ and the gang catch on to this.
There is more to rugby than meets the eye, bosun.

In the UK, there are 2 million rugby union players in England alone.

In the USA, there are 125,000.
 
Blackleaf
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

Its not going to be Tonga.
23.00hrs now.
Go Tonga!

England leading 18-3 as half time approaches.

The All Blacks smashed the Tongans 92-7 earlier this year.

But the only thing that matters is the victory, not the margin of victory.
 
NZDoug
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

England leading 18-3 as half time approaches.
The All Blacks smashed the Tongans 92-7 earlier this year.
But the only thing that matters is the victory, not the margin of victory.

Bonus points for 3 or more tries or sum such nonsense.
Weather cancelations are considered a draw.
Unfair weather attrition.
Heat problems the threat, I think.
Sewccond half, here we go.
Go, Tonga!
Not sure if I can stay awake.
 
Blackleaf
#16


England are running into the World Cup's biggest player today.

Ben Tameifuna weighs in just north of 24 stones (336 pounds).
 
Blackleaf
#17
England get bonus point in win over Tonga

England 35-3 Tonga

At the Saporro Dome



England's World Cup campaign got off to a spluttering but winning start as they fought their way past unfancied Tonga.

Two first-half tries from the buccaneering Manu Tuilagi and a second-half rumble from Jamie George off a driving maul opened a gap, Owen Farrell landing three penalties and two conversions.

Replacement hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie grabbed the bonus-point fourth try late on but the expected avalanche of points never materialised.

Tonga had shipped 14 tries to New Zealand earlier this month and had won only one of their last seven coming into this tournament.

But they caused England problems at the breakdown, and coach Eddie Jones will want much more from his side as they look to win the Webb-Ellis Trophy for the second time in their history.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49786758
 
Blackleaf
#18
Wales 43-14 Georgia

In Toyota City



Wales delivered a performance of contrasting halves in their opening Rugby World Cup match as they produced a bonus-point, six-try win over Georgia in Toyota City.

Tries from Jonathan Davies, Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams and Liam Williams secured the bonus point before half-time.

The fluent first 40 minutes was followed by a scrappy second-half performance against a rejuvenated Georgian side.

Replacement scrum-half Tomos Williams and George North added second-half tries.

Australia now await Wales in what will effectively be a potential Pool D decider in Tokyo on 29 September.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49793961
 
Blackleaf
#19
England 45-7 USA



England hit their World Cup straps with a seven-try demolition of the USA to make it two bonus-point wins from two.

Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie scored first-half tries from driving mauls after skipper George Ford went under the posts after six minutes.

Four more in the second half - two from Joe Cokanasiga, one apiece from latecomers Ruaridh McConnochie and Lewis Ludlum - were a fitting reward for a much-improved performance in the heat and humidity of Kobe.

In a World Cup becoming defined by safe tackling technique, US flanker John Quill was sent off for a horrible shoulder charge on replacement Owen Farrell, the England talisman lucky not to suffer serious injury.

But the man Farrell had come on for, Piers Francis, may himself face retrospective action after a questionable challenge in the opening moments of the game.

England's set-piece was dominant, the US forwards unable to cope at the scrum or to find an answer when their opponents set the maul.

Tougher tests lie ahead in the shape of Argentina and France but England will travel to Tokyo this weekend in much improved mood.

https://www.bbc.co.uk
 
NZDoug
#20
ya, so things are basically following the script, except the Uruguay 30-27 Fiji upset.
Fiji rested some of their top guys thinking this would be push over.
stunner.....
 
NZDoug
#21
Tough seeing Tonga getting their arses kicked by Argie.
28-7 close to the end of the first half.
Tonga population 100,00
Argentina 45 million
Go Tonga!
 
NZDoug
#22
O.M.G.!
Japan beats Ireland 19-12 !
Shock and horror!!!
ONWARD.
GO BLACKS !
 
Blackleaf
#23
Dazzling display gives hosts shock victory over Ireland

Japan 19-12 Ireland



Hosts Japan pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history as they beat world number two-ranked Ireland 19-12 in Shizuoka.

Tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney saw Ireland lead at the break, although three Yu Tamura penalties kept the game to within one score.

Replacement Kenki Fukuoka dived over in the corner on 59 minutes to put the Brave Blossoms in front.

Tamura's 72nd-minute penalty sealed a monumental win.

Not since Japan's win over South Africa four years ago in Brighton has rugby witnessed a result that will resound around the world in the way this one will.

This was not a result borne of Irish indiscipline or stage fright, but of a truly stunning Japanese performance in front of a cacophonous crowd that lifted their side with a stunning noise that greeted every metre gained, tackle made and turnover won.

It is a result that will, regardless of what happens in the next six weeks of rugby, leave a legacy for generations to come, and will send rugby into a new stratosphere of popularity within the country.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49849736
 
Blackleaf
#24
Quote:

world number two-ranked Ireland

Flattering.
 
Blackleaf
#25
South Africa score nine tries in rout of Namibia

South Africa 57-3 Namibia



South Africa scored nine tries in a predictably one-sided drubbing of neighbours Namibia in their second Rugby World Cup outing.

Hooker Mbongeni Mbonambi ploughed over for two scores as the Springboks built a 28-point lead by the interval.

There was no let-up after the break with Warrick Gelant going over before scores for Makazole Mapimpi, Siya Kolisi and Schalk Brits.

Namibia's only points came via a solitary penalty from Cliven Loubser.

Things will not get any easier for the lowest-ranked side in the Rugby World Cup - in their next encounter, in eight days' time, they meet world number ones and two-time defending champions New Zealand in Tokyo.

South Africa's next match is a meeting with Italy in Shizuoka on Friday.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49864374
 
Blackleaf
#26
Gatland's men hold out to win World Cup thriller

Australia 25-29 Wales



Wales overcame a resurgent Australia in an utterly enthralling encounter in Tokyo to secure one of their greatest Rugby World Cup victories.

In a breathless start to the match, Wales burst out of the blocks to lead 10-0 thanks to Hadleigh Parkes' try and Dan Biggar's measured kicking.

Australia fought back with a try of their own from a cross-field kick as Adam Ashley-Cooper touched down, but then Gareth Davies intercepted a pass from Will Genia before sprinting clear to give Wales a 23-8 half-time lead.

Dane Haylett-Petty's try early in the second half renewed Australia hope and brought to Wales minds a foreboding sense of history repeating against a team who had beaten them agonisingly on so many occasions.

Those fears deepened as Michael Hooper drove over from close range and Matt Toomua kicked a penalty to reduce the Wallabies' deficit to 26-25, only for replacement Rhys Patchell to kick his third penalty to restore Wales' lead to four points.

Warren Gatland's side effectively had to navigate the final few moments with 14 men as full-back Liam Williams soldiered on with an injury, but they dug in admirably to record a famous victory.

With two wins from two, Wales are now in pole position to finish top of Pool D and earn a potentially more favourable draw in the knockout stages.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49869891
 
NZDoug
#27
No surprises in Pool B last night.
Steady as she goes, mates!
 
Blackleaf
#28
England are first team to reach the quarter-finals. Argentina are out

England 39-10 Argentina

At Tokyo Stadium



England ran in six tries against the 14 men of Argentina to make it three bonus-point wins from three and guarantee themselves a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

With Tomas Lavanini sent off early for an illegal tackle on England captain Owen Farrell, Eddie Jones' side cut loose and first-half tries from Jonny May, Elliot Daly and Ben Youngs established a 12-point lead.

George Ford, Luke Cowan-Dickie and the returning Jack Nowell added further tries during a more subdued second half in sweltering conditions in the Japanese capital Tokyo.

The defeat puts the Pumas - semi-finalists in two of the past three World Cups - out of the tournament at the group stage for the first time in 16 years.

But England rumble on, building on the displays against Tonga and the USA, and know victory against France in a week's time will set up a likely quarter-final against Australia.

They were far from flawless once again, yet are exactly where head coach Jones would want them to be three weeks into a campaign that will surely become far more challenging in the coming matches.

Red mist costs Argentina as England cash in



England had not been behind in this tournament but after Matias Moroni ran on to Urdapilleta's cross-kick and kicked on again, only May's pace got him to the loose ball first to save the try.

From the subsequent five-metre scrum England were penalised and Urdapilleta landed the three points - yet England struck back moments later.

After an initial counter-attack down the right through Daly and Anthony Watson, they drove off a line-out to within a few metres, and with the Pumas defence committed fly-half Ford went left to May for the winger to accelerate into the corner.

It was a frenetic start, and the decisive incident stemmed from all that passion and energy spilling over.

As Youngs tapped a quick penalty and fed Farrell, Lavanini thumped into him at pace, his left shoulder crashing on to the head of the inside-centre.

Argentina had promised a war, but this was a clear illegal assault under the game's revised tackling protocols and referee Nigel Owens had no option but to reach for the red card.

Farrell hooked the subsequent long-range penalty, but England began to look for width to work and tire the 14 men.

Daly broke down the left to send May deep into the opposition 22, Manu Tuilagi charged on after the ball was worked right and after a series of forward drives to within half a metre Ford sent it out wide left to Daly again, who juggled the ball before accelerating past Emiliano Boffelli and over the line.

And with the half-time gong having sounded, England showed an impressive ruthlessness once more - Youngs diving over from three metres after his team went through 20 phases.

Only the inaccuracy of Farrell's place-kicking kept Argentina anywhere close, with all three conversions missed in addition to that penalty to keep England's lead down to 15-3.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49944723
 
Blackleaf
#29
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M5u0X1P-9sk
 
Blackleaf
#30
Wallabies move top of Pool D with bonus-point win

Australia 45-10 Uruguay



Australia recovered from defeat by Wales to beat Uruguay 45-10 on Saturday and move top of World Cup Pool D.

The Wallabies lost an enthralling clash 29-25 to Warren Gatland's side in Tokyo last week, having also suffered a scare in their opening win over Fiji.

First-half sin-bins for Adam Coleman and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto contributed to another sloppy start before Australia hit their straps in Oita.

Teenage wing Jordan Petaia was among the scorers with a try on his debut.

Dane Haylett-Petty and Tevita Kuridrani also crossed in the first half and Kuridrani added his second after the break to make sure Australia earned a bonus point.

Will Genia and James Slipper - who scored his first international try in his 94th Test for Australia - also touched down and Haylett-Petty crossed for his second of the match, before Manuel Diana scored a consolation try for Uruguay.

"I thought we were just a little bit off the pace at the start and that's three times now," said Australia coach Michael Cheika.

"I'll have to get my pre-match speech a little bit better. We were reading the first half nicely but it looked like we were just a click away. And then we got the pace up in the second half."



https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49943851


Hosts close to qualification for World Cup quarter-finals

Japan 38-19 Samoa



Hosts Japan moved closer to a first World Cup quarter-final with a dramatic bonus-point victory over Samoa.

The sides exchanged three penalties in a nervy start before Samoan-born centre Timothy Lafaele scored the opening try.

Kazuki Himeno, Kenki Fukuoka scored after the interval before Kotaro Matsushima sealed the late bonus point, while Henry Taefu scored a consolation.

Japan top Pool A and will qualify if Scotland fail to beat them and Russia in their final two matches.

The unbeaten Brave Blossoms face Scotland in the final pool game on Sunday, 13 October (11:45 BST) while Samoa, who are out of the tournament, will end their campaign against Ireland on 12 October (11:45).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49945731
 

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