Clinical Kiwis tame LionsThe first test. All of that build up. All of the excitement. The thrills of the opening fifty minutes or so. The outcome? A deflating and frustrating 30-15 loss for the Lions.New Zealand were at their clinical and skilful best. Surprisingly, they didn't create as many chances
Lions win crucial Maori clashThe British and Irish Lions warmed up for their first fixture against New Zealand with an emphatic 32-10 victory or the Maori All Blacks. Whilst the game was full of Lions dominance in many facets, which will be playing of New Zealand's minds, there will be
Last weekend's picks weren't bad, but the Springboks were better than expected in their first outing this year, and I should probably back them this week.Tonga v Wales
It's a young Welsh side, and it will be interesting to see how Sam Davies goes at fly-half. Should be a straightforward
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England still need to face sternest test of the AutumnEngland showed tenacity and gall buy the bucket load in the face of adversity at the weekend, in a performance that may well be looked on in years to come as one of the defining moments of Eddie Jones’ tenure as
Who exactly is refereeing the matches now?The much maligned Beauden Barrett try at the weekend will be debated for a long time and what effect it had on the final result in Dublin on Saturday evening, but what was most farcical was who made the final decision on it.Jaco Peyper
New Zealand exact revenge in brutal encounterTwo weeks ago, Ireland had stunned the rugby world with their most famous win, beating the All Blacks for the first time. It was somewhat unfortunate for them that New Zealand had an opportunity to re-establish their authority so soon. They did so using
1. Ireland’s future is brightThey will have been devastated to lose this series after the winning position that they let slip in Johannesburg last weekend, but what this tour has brought to light is the fact that there is a real wealth of talent in the Irish rugby system.To travel
New Zealand v WalesWales once again showed that they can mix it with the best last week, but yet again they only showed it for a short amount of time. The second half they were simply blitzed and only a late surge gave the score line some form of
SCOTLAND15. Stuart Hogg: 7
Scotland's best fly-half on the day, adding excellent distance to the kicking game in defensive situations. Unusually secure under the high ball and his one line break set up the position for Nel's try. On the downside he butchered a two on one with Maitland outside him.