Big upset at RWC 2019
By Mike Godfrey
Arguably the second biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history after Japan’s win over the Springboks at RWC 2015 saw the same nation slay the world number two team, Ireland by 19 – 12 in Shizuoka on Saturday.
The thunderous 62 000 capacity crowd urged their team on for the entire game. After the game the Irish captain, Rory Best congratulated them on their emotional victory.
This feat can make Japan’s coach Jaimie George’s ambition of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarter finals a near reality as they now head Pool A. Ireland on 6 points are placed second with Samoa third on 5 points.
Italy on 10 points head Pool B with South Africa second on 5 points after two games. The Boks easily disposed of their country neighbours by 57 – 3 scoring a total of nine tries against a weakened Namibian team. Both Bok lock forwards, R G Snyman and Lood de Jager had sound performances placing pressure on the present selection of Franco Mostert.
Lood de Jager was all over the pitch running good angles and put in many tackles. Bok coach Rassie Erasmus could very well add de Jager to his A-side.
The All Blacks are third on 4 points but have a game in hand.
England top Pool C but face a daunting task to reach the finals as they will face five top teams en route to the grand finale. They face Argentina on the 5th of October and then France on the 12th of October. Argentina are second with 6 points and France third with 4 points with a game in hand.
In Pool D Wales held on to win, but their half time 23 – 8 lead against a rejuvenated Australia in the second half of this piping hot encounter was quickly depleted. Wales scored two tries in the first half when Hadleigh Parks and Gareth Davies crossed over for tries. Australia scored three second-half tries via Adam Ashley-Cooper, Dan Haylett-Petty and inspirational captain Michael Hooper. Wales held on desperately in the closing minutes to clinch a clinical 29 – 25 victory. This puts Wales in pole position with 9 points followed by Australia with 6 points. Georgia are third with 5 points followed by Uruguay with 4 and Fiji with 2 points.
In closing, it has been an entertaining 2019 Rugby World Cup with many tricky games to come. As they say in the classics ‘’The best is yet to come!’’