1. Hate to say I told you soEveryone agreed last week that Wales' decision to play a midweek game against the Chiefs was rugby suicide, with two more tests to come against the All Blacks. The fact that injuries meant that front line players like Sam Warburton, Jamie Roberts and
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.
SOUTH AFRICA15. Willie le Roux: 6
He’s so Jekyll and Hyde. One piece of brilliance is usually followed by a poor kick or a lot of lateral running.14. JP Pietersen: 5.5
A mere passenger for most of the game and didn’t influence too much when it opened up.13. Lionel Mapoe: 5.5
Stripped to the waist, amidst the maelstrom that was Melbourne’s AAMI Park, Dan Cole stood oozing Englishness. Having been de-robed with comical ease whilst attending one of the many scraps that broke out in the second test between Australia and England, the Leicester Tigers’ prop forward walked away from the
AUSTRALIA15. Israel Folau: 6.5
Wasn't as dangerous as last weekend despite seeing loads of the ball (the stats say he touched it 31 times). The dire turf underfoot wouldn't have helped as he struggled to get purchase on the counter attack.14. Dane Haylett-Petty: 7
Spilled a couple of English kicks but grew
Saturday in Melbourne may have heralded a new dawn for English rugby. England appears to be the coming force and alongside New Zealand can dominate the game in the preceding years to Japan 2019.Of course one result should not be overstated, but away series wins are rare and should
New Zealand vs WalesWales played really well in the first test last weekend - in fact, you could go as far to say it was one of the best performances for quite some time. They lost that game by 18 points.So this week, after a midweek pummelling by the Chiefs
Head coach Joe Schmidt has, somewhat surprisingly, made several changes to the Ireland team to take on South Africa in the second test this weekend.Ireland shocked the rugby world last weekend, registering their first ever win on South African soil - despite playing the majority of the game with just
Allister Coetzee has made two changes to the South Africa team to take on Ireland this weekend, as the Springboks look to bounce back after their shock defeat in the opening game.Elton Jantjies starts at fly-half, with Pat Lambie ruled out with concussion - Morné Steyn comes onto the bench.
Eddie Jones has made two changes to the England team to take on Australia in Melbourne this weekend, as the visitors look to win their first ever series Down Under.There are recalls to the starting line-up for George Ford and Jack Nowell, while Owen Farrell moves to the centre. Intriguingly,