Georgia 10-45 Fiji
Nearly 30% of people on Superbru predicted a win for Georgia, but Fiji were comfortably superior winning by 35 points.
To be fair, in the early stages, Fiji looked a little reticent to play and Georgia’s scrum was dominant, but once Fiji had scored their first try, there was no stopping them as they put together some great running and handling. Semi Radradra scored two lovely tries, and actually Fiji could have scored a few more had they taken all of their chances.
Georgia looked pretty limited in ambition and ability, and as a friend remarked, there has been no real evidence at this World Cup to suggest that they deserve a place in the Six Nations.
It’s Wales up next for Fiji, and this will have given them a confidence boost at just the right time. Should Wales be worried?
Ireland 35-0 Russia
It was a comfortable scoreline for Ireland, recording the essential bonus-point win, but it was another match with plenty of errors and missed opportunities.
The main thing that struck me watching Ireland is that neither South Africa nor New Zealand will be too worried about facing them in the quarter-finals, and I think a first-ever semi-final appearance is unlikely.
This was a second-string side for Ireland, and Johnny Sexton has been used sparingly as Joe Schmidt keeps him wrapped up for the more important matches to come, but there doesn’t appear to be much confidence in the Ireland camp.
What do you think of Ireland so far?
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South Africa v Italy
Alongside England, Italy is the only team to manage a maximum 10 points from their opening two fixtures, and they temporarily sit atop Pool B ahead of South Africa and New Zealand.
I think Italy have been made to look good by Namibia and Canada so far, and the order should be restored in this pool by the final whistle here.
I have South Africa by 28 on Superbru, and that’s exactly the bookie handicap, so I’m still undecided whether to big or small.