Let’s review the opening weekend of the 2021 Rugby World Cup!
South Africa 5 France 40
France racked up six tries to win their opening match of the 2021 Rugby World Cup. Le Bleus opened the scoring with a try in the first two minutes of the match. At the half it was South Africa 0 France 19 but South Africa opened the second half with a score in the corner. France dominated the rest of the match adding three more tries wrapping up the match 40-5.
France faces England next on October 15 and South Africa will see Fiji on October 16.
Fiji 19 England 84
England scored a massive 14 tries in their opening match against Fiji. The first half saw exciting play from Fiji and they kept the Red Roses on their toes scoring 3 tries. It was all England in the second half though and they continued their unbeaten streak.
Fiji will face South Africa on October 16 and England will see France on October 15.
Australia 17 New Zealand 41
The Wallaroos stormed into Eden Park scoring three quick tries that stunned the crowd into silence. That silence was broken after 14 minutes when they crossed the line for the first time. Two yellow cards for Australia allowed New Zealand to take the lead and eventually winning 41-17.
Australia will play Scotland on October 15 and New Zealand will face Wales on October 16.
USA 10 Italy 22
Just four and a half minutes into the match, the Eagles touched down their first try. From there they dominated the stat sheet as far as possession, territory and set pieces. The story though was Italy’s defense and scoring four tries to grab the critical bonus point.
USA faces Japan on October 15 while Italy sees Canada on October 16.
Japan 5 Canada 41
The Maple Leafs came out with a bang scoring in the first two minutes of the match. Japan played fierce defense throughout the entire match but could only muster one unconverted try. Canada’s set piece should send shivers through the rest of the competition as they controlled the scrum and their driving maul was deadly.
Japan will play the USA on October 15 and Canada will face Italy on October 16.
Wales 18 Scotland 15
Last minute wins are always dramatic but this match had it all. Wales came out incredibly confident from the start and led 15-5 at the half. Scotland had the chance to close the score but a struggle at the tee made that difficult. Wales also had ill discipline in defense but was allowed to continue this poor behavior in the second half. Wales broke the tie at the 82nd minute with a penalty goal.
Wales will face New Zealand on October 16 and Scotland sees Australia October 15.
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