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Scotland 0-28 South Africa.

South Africa made the most of a poor Scotland performance in the Sunday match with 3 first half tries and one after the break to win 28-0. It all started badly for Scotland as Scotland hooker Ross Ford failed to hit his man at the line out on several occasions during the first half, and that practically set the tone for the first half. With South Africa dominant during the opening spells the Springbok scored the opening try from a great driving lineout on the fourth minute to take the lead. Scotland held on but 2 tries in quick succession before the break put the game beyond any doubt. The fourth try was very similar to the first one almost sucker punched Scotland who played much better in the second half, but they could not make the break through.

Scotland play Australia next week in their final match on the Autumn internationals, and I suspect we will see an improved Scotland, but Australia will be too much for them and Australia to win by 15 points.

England 22-30 New Zealand

On Dan Carters 100th cap for the All Blacks they were barley 100 seconds into the match before New Zealand ran in a try after a wonderful off load from Kieron Reid found the hands of Julian Savea who ran in to score and easy try. In the first 20minutes of the match as a whole England never really got started. This was shown when Kieron Reid scored the second try to put the All Blacks 17-3 in front. England fought back quickly and scored one of their own and at half time the score was England 16-20 New Zealand.

England took the lead on the hour but then another great offload, this time from Nonu, reached Savea who bundled over the line for his second of the afternoon. Another penalty for New Zealand put the game beyond doubt and the match finished 22-30.

England have played all 3 of their matches now so will not play next weekend.

Wales 40-6 Argentina

Wales crushed Argentina in this encounter running and converting 4 tries. The first of these was a beautiful solo interception from Mike Phillips where he ran most of the pitch to dive in over the line. The second try came from a line out even with Wales down to 14 men with a player in the sin bin George North found space and ran in under the posts to extend the Welsh lead.

The 3rd try came in the second half with some wonderful play by the Welsh backs and some non-greedy rugby gave Toby Faletau the try and Wales where looking safe at this point in the match. The 4th try came from a driving maul from a line out in which Wales powered their way over the line.

Wales play Tonga on Friday and I fully expect wales to win by at least 20 points.

Ireland 15-32 Australia

The typical team try helped Australia to open the scoring in this match where they ran in four tries and converted 3 of them as Ireland had no response to the force that was Australia. The same again for the second try except it was Michael Hopper who ran in for the try in almost the same spot as Nick Cummings who scored the first try. Just before half time Ireland clawed it back to 12-15 at half time as Australia had Hooper in the sin bin.

When the Wallabies got their full accompaniment back on the pitch they ran in 2 more tries and Ireland had no response to this as the match Finished 15-32. Australia finished the match with 14 as Tevita Kuridrani was sent off for a dangerous tackle. It was the correct decision as he was lifted off of the ground and put down with no care on his neck; the referee was spot on here.

Ireland will play New Zealand on Sunday and the All Blacks will win this game handsomely by 20 points if Ireland doesn’t get their act together. But in the past Ireland has played poorly against the world champions and this may also factor in the way the match pans out.

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