Monday, 12 November 2012

Autumn Internationals - round 1

November is a good month for rugby fans. For four weeks supporters will have a chance to watch word’s rugby elite challenging European Nations. The rivalry this year will be very tense as there is a lot to fight for. After Autumn Internationals, IRB ranking will be used to seed teams to the Rugby World Cup 2015 pools. A place among the first four guarantees avoiding the most powerful teams at the pool stage. Places 5-8 are pretty good, too, and should let the teams look at the pool stage quite optimistically. However, if the team fails to be ranked in the top 8, they will have to face two theoretically better opponents.

So far, Autumn Internationals have not disappointed. Games were very fierce and played at high intensity.

In round one, England scored seven tries and crushed Fiji 54:12. English team played in a very efficient and spectacular way, which will definitely help to build up the team’s confidence before the next game. Next opponent – Australia will be more difficult, but Wallabies already lost to France 33:6.

In other games, Italians beat the ambitious players from Tonga 28:23. Argentinians, hardened in the Rugby Championship used their experience from playing with the best to beat Wales in Cardiff 12:26. Spectators in Dublin watched a real thriller. Ireland hosted South Africa. Both teams played in a similar, very physical style, but it were the visitors who managed to get the win in this close match.

On Sunday, in Edinburgh brave Scots played with the best team on the word – New Zealand.  They tried their best and gave supporters plenty to cheer for but this was not enough to stop mighty All Blacks who won 22:51.

More exciting fixtures are waiting for us next week:
Wales - Samoa
Italy - New Zealand
England - Australia
Scotland - South Africa
France - Argentina