Rugby World Cup

Sloppy, but coach unfazed

The 43-10 win over Georgia at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium was not the emphatic victory the side had hoped for, after talking about needing to step up a level during the week.

There were some positives, with Waisake Naholo's outstanding opening try with his first touch in a World Cup and Julian Savea's hat-trick putting smiles on the face of the All Blacks coach.

However it will be the error rate that will be of most concern, with the side struggling with some of the basics of the game.

Scotland face huge task to topple Springboks in Rugby World Cup

He paid tribute to the legend of the Bokke - their two World Cup wins, their strength in-depth and their monstrous 40-point awakening against Samoa after the horrors of Japan - while at the same time saying that their reputation will count for nothing when these teams start battering each other to a pulp in front of a Newcastle crowd that will be heavily lopsided in Scotland's favour.

"They're just 15 guys," said Scott of the South Africans.

England v Australia: Biggest game of our careers - Stuart Lancaster

About 82,000 will be at Twickenham on Saturday, and defeat means England would be the first World Cup hosts to fail to reach the knockout stages.

They have won four of the past five meetings with Australia.

"It is a huge game, at home. With the whole country behind us, we'll be difficult to beat," Lancaster said.

Australia have won both their matches in the tournament, while England let slip a 10-point lead with 30 minutes remaining to lose 28-25 to Wales in their previous encounter.

All Blacks struggle to win over Georgia

The All Blacks scored four first-half tries and led 22-10 at the break.

But Steve Hansen won't be happy with his team's performance as they made far too many errors.

Our rugby reporter says while the All Blacks had the vast majority of the ball they were generally unable to break the Georgian defence, while their handling let them down.

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Wales took a huge step closer to the World Cup quarter-finals by beating Fiji 23-13 in an epic Pool A clash at the Millennium Stadium.

Over in Pool D, France closed in on a quarter-finals spot after scoring five tries in a 41-18 win against Canada.

 

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Coach Philippe Saint-Andre named a line-up with four changes from the side that beat Italy in their opening match at Twickenham on September 19.

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Tonga win 'another step' towards World Cup dream

The side ran in five tries to beat Namibia 35-21 in Exeter and grab their first win of the Rugby World Cup.

Telusa Veainu and Jack Ram were both promoted to the starting line-up because of injuries and made the most of their opportunities, scoring two tries apiece, while Latiume Fosita also dotted down.

The winning margin could have been more, but fullback Vunga Lilo struggled with the kicking duties, landing just three of seven attempts, before Kurt Morath came off the bench to slot a late penalty that made him Tonga's all-time highest points scorer.

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And the fallout from the hosts' crushing late loss at the weekend continues.

Former England captain Will Carling aimed his cricitism at Stuart Lancaster's methods, suggesting his players are treated like 'schoolboys'.

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Vunipola has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a knee ligament strain.

Harlequins number eight Nick Easter, 37, who has 52 Test caps, has been called up as a replacement.

England have played two games in the World Cup. They beat Fiji 35-11 followed by a defeat against Wales on Saturday,

They are third in Pool A and face Australia at Twickenham on Saturday and Uruguay a week later, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals.

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England’s hopes of making it out of their highly competitive Pool A are hanging by a thread following Saturday's hearertbreaking 28-25 defeat to Wales at Twickenham.

Stuart Lancaster’s men must now prepare for a huge ‘knockout’ clash with two-time world champions Australia on Saturday, where they must win to have any chance of a spot in the last eight.