Monday, 19 November 2012

Autumn Internationals - round 2

The second weekend of November tests has just finished. Only France and Ireland A managed to save Europe from the whitewash. The French defeated Argentinians 39:22 and cemented their fourth position in the IRB ranking. Ireland A had no problems outplaying Fiji (53:0). This game, however, did not count as a test match so the result has had no influence on the ranking. Other European nations lost their games.

Italians were defeated by New Zealand 10:42. England, despite being a favourite, lost to Australia 14:20. The Scots failed to win with South Africa (10:21) and Wales, after a dramatic game, were beaten by Samoa 19:26.

In a week time, the fight for the most desirable positions in IRB ranking will continue.
The up to date ranking is:

1. New Zealand 92.91 (points)
2. South Africa 86.05
3. Australia 85.94
4. France 84.99
5. England 81.96
6. Argentina 79.89
7. Ireland 79.04
8. Wales 78.95
9. Samoa 78.79
10. Scotland 77.42
11. Italy 76.61
12. Tonga 74.51

Tier 1 and tier 2 games are accompanied by unusual and interesting matches such as clubs challenging national teams. Below are last weeks’ results including lower ranked nations.

Leicester Tigers - Maori All Blacks 32:24
Gloucester - Fiji 31:29
Newcastle Falcons - Tonga 24:13
Wales - Samoa 19:26
Georgia - Japan 22:25
RFU Championship XV - Maori All Blacks 21:52
Italy – New Zealand 10:42
England - Australia 14:20
Scotland – South Africa 10:21
Ireland A - Fiji 53:0
France - Argentina 39:22
Chile - Portugal 22:28

It’s worth mentioning that Leicester Tigers played in shirts with letters on instead of numbers which has become a tradition in this kind of games.