Sport | Autumn Internationals Round up | Article

This weekend saw the return of the November international tests, which also marks the start of a new international season for most of the northern hemisphere nations. This article is basically to summarise the fixtures of this weekend for the home nations – Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales – and to look forward and predict the results – and potentially scores- for the next weekend fixtures that will occur on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of November.
Scotland 42-17 Japan
Scotland beat Japan in the opening game of the November Tests after overcoming a scare at the start of the second half in which Japan ran in 2 tries to make the score 18-17 by the 51st minute of the match. However the difference in class between the two sides was shown when Scotland ran in 4 unanswered tries, 3 of which were converted, to make the score 42-17. Overall, brave effort by Japan, however not good enough as Scotland look forward to Sunday and the visit of the Springbok
I predict a win in this match for South Africa however they will be made to fight for most of the match but overall class will shine through and the ‘Bok to win by 10 points.
England 31-12 Argentina
England continues to build onwards and upwards after a win against Australia last week, and another win against the Puma’s. They ran in four tries against a side which for most of the match did not look at the races this weekend. Argentina only getting points from penalty’s conceded by England. All of the tries that England scored came from good play and very poor defence to show the difference in class between these two sides, in fact Argentina’s overall standard of rugby is very good and I am surprised that they were beaten so easily.
Looking forward, England has to face the world’s best side this weekend and we shall see if they can repeat the result from a few years ago when they beat New Zealand. However I think New Zealand will have too much for England and will win by 15 points.
Ireland 40-9 Samoa
Ireland where very professional, no less scrappy, in their victory over Samoa –who themselves are no pushovers- restricting Samoa to penalty points whereas Ireland ran in 5 tries, converted 3, and scored 3 penalties. However like the Scotland/Japan match it was close at half time (14-6) but Ireland went on to run in tries after the break to win the match comfortably.
New coach Joe Schmidt will want to build on the win when they take on Australia, however the tourists should win this match by 20 points unless Ireland can pull something out of the bag, which still may not be enough.
Wales 15-24 South Africa
Wales where the only home nation to be defeated this weekend in a match where the Springbok where the better team in my opinion but if it was not for the kicking of Leigh Halfpenny then the score gap would have been wider. South Africa scored 3 tries, converted all 3, and had a penalty. The best of these tries was the 3rd try which came in the second half after a beautiful kick from the ‘Bok scrum half Fourie du Preez in which he chased it, received the ball from a close in pass and there was no one near him as he ran in under the sticks.
Wales looked lacklustre; however they will face the wounded Argentina side that lost to England. Wales should win this game, but it will be close, 5 points in it.

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