Argentina 47-17 USA
The Pumas gave a good account of themselves in their final World Cup fixture, thrashing the USA by 30 points. Bautista Delguy made some memorable contributions, showing a glimpse of why he was selected ahead of Santiago Cordero.
The Americans were very poor though, missing nearly a half-century of tackles, and perhaps they are more focused on beating Tonga at the weekend.
Scotland 61-0 Russia
A great performance from Scotland will give them confidence going into their crucial game with Japan on Sunday. They were expected to get the required bonus point, but the showing from their second-string players should lift the whole camp and give them the belief to overcome the hosts.
George Horne managed a hat-trick from scrum-half, whilst fly-half Adam Hastings scored two and was denied his third at the death as it was ruled out for a forward pass.
In keeping Russia at bay, Scotland became the first ever team to win back-to-back games to nil.
I think they might beat Japan on Sunday – what do you think?
Wales 29-17 Fiji
This was a lot more fun than I expected, and Fiji controlled the match for a long time, racing to a lead through two early scores and then regaining it in the second half when you might have expected Wales to pull away.
They threatened to score late on with only 5 points between the teams, but Wales just about prevailed in the end and my pre-match prediction was way off.
Josh Adams scored a great hat-trick, overshadowing his more illustrious colleague on the other wing, and Liam Williams looked threatening with the ball in hand running from full-back.
There were concerns for Dan Biggar after a nasty collision with Liam Williams, and is likely concussed, but he left the field on foot. Jonathan Davies also hobbled off after setting up Adams’ third try, and both are key players for Wales if they are to reach the last week of the tournament.
It was very enjoyable to see Fiji fighting so hard, whilst displaying some of their handling flair in attack, but that defeat to Uruguay ultimately made it all in vain, and if they had avoided that banana skin, this group would have been much more competitive.
On this evidence, and given the injury concerns, England fans might fancy a quarter-final against Wales more than Australia, particularly as a win there would lead to a semi-final meeting with South Africa rather than New Zealand.
How do you rate Wales so far in the tournament?
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Australia v Georgia
The Wallabies go into their final group game determined to work on their discipline, having conceded more penalties than Uruguay in their last match, and they had two players sin-binned. Ill-discipline is unlikely to cost them against Georgia, but it could be a problem come the knockout stages. The Georgians have been slightly disappointing for me, and haven’t challenged Wales or Fiji so far, and I suspect this will be another heavy defeat.
This is Australia’s final match of the pool stages, with the odds suggesting that a quarter-final against England awaits. I’m not sure how much we’ll learn from this one as it’s mostly a second-string side, but Michael Cheika’s selections have been slightly odd so far, so you never know.
I’ve picked Australia by 33 on Superbru, and Australia -25 looks generous with the bookies.