Fiji 27-30 Uruguay
We have our first upset of the Rugby World Cup! Uruguay have beaten Fiji!
Fiji were huge favourites for this game, with the bookie handicap at Fiji -32, and somehow Uruguay upset the odds to record the first upset of this year’s tournament.
The Fijians scored first and then I think they became complacent, with some players including Vereniki Goneva looking totally disinterested. They managed 2 bonus points, scoring five tries to three, but they missed four conversions, whilst Uruguay’s three converted tries and three penalties were enough to secure the win. I suspect they won’t be too worried about missing the bonus point when they celebrate tonight.
Santiago Arata scored a brilliant individual try, skipping through defenders and then racing away, and even though they had the lead at the break, you thought it was only a matter of time before Fiji got their act together.
But it wasn’t to be, Uruguay held firm, and a late penalty delivered an 8-point cushion which meant Fiji’s late try was irrelevant. Well done Uruguay!
Day 7 Preview
England v USA
I quite like the look of England’s team for this fixture, and I’m excited to see if they can string together a more coherent attacking game than was managed against Tonga. Yes the Tongans are disruptive, but that doesn’t explain every handling error and missed opportunity, and there is huge room for improvement despite a 32-point victory.
That the result was never in doubt is partly testament to England’s defence, which looked rock solid, albeit without too much to trouble them from Tonga’s attack. I would expect tomorrow’s game to be similar in that regard, and they should be targeting a ‘clean sheet’ to keep USA try-less. A watertight defence can take you a long way in a World Cup, and it could well offset some of the deficiencies in England’s attack, and in their suspected mental fragility.
Nevertheless, this should be an opportunity to score some tries. There are several big ball-carriers up front, and they need to get England onto the front foot and ‘earn the right’ to go wide to the speedsters on each wing, rather than forcing things too soon. It’s not that hard, and if I can see it, surely Eddie can?
Another bonus point win here with a few more chances taken, coupled with another resolute defensive effort, will help to build confidence going into the crucial matches against Argentina and France. Every match for England theoretically gets harder, and I’d expect to see a corresponding step up in performance tomorrow.
My Superbru prediction is England by 43, and I have England -34 on the handicap too.
How do you think the game will go?