The best teams from the home unions take on the finest teams from the Southern Hemisphere. Another weekend of autumn internationals to look forward to for rugby fans and they certainly lived up to their expectations last week. As the teams build up towards the Ruby World Cup (2015), it seems we might be in for a few surprise!
Last weekend, Ireland managed to turn it on and beat South Africa in a tight encounter as most of last weekend’s games were. A narrow win by 6 points suggested that nothing can be taken for granted during the autumn internationals, especially considering the Springboks have been in great form and the Irish were under-strength. Jonathan Sexton lead the way by putting Ireland 6-0 ahead and later in the game, he came up trumps again with two more penalties to secure the win for Ireland. You would expect Ireland to win two games back to back as they take on Georgia this weekend.
Wales on the other hand, fell just short of beating Australia in what was a fantastic game which ended with a late winning moment courtesy of Bernard Foley. It became the 10th time on the trot that Australia beat Wales, so the jinx is still there for the Welsh. But there is a lot of positives for Wales to take from the game into this week’s game against Fiji which you would back them to come out victorious in.
England fell just short of ending their losing streak against the All Blacks. But the strength and quality ruled the roost in the second half, which lead to England losing for a fourth time in a row for the first time in eight years. England can be positive despite the defeat after going in at half time in the lead by 3 points and if the opposition wasn’t New Zealand, there is a strong chance they would have ended their poor streak. But it doesn’t get much easier this week for Stuart Lancaster’s men as they take on South Africa who will be desperate to get over their shock defeat against Ireland last week.
Our predictions this week:
Italy to beat Argentina
South Africa to beat England
Wales to beat Fiji
New Zealand to beat Scotland
Australia to beat France
Ireland to beat Georgia
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