Wal­la­bies over­come Ire­land

Wanganui Chronicle - - Sport -

Un­de­feated in their pre­vi­ous 12 tests, Ire­land met their match in the form of a dogged Aus­tralian side which stood up in the im­por­tant mo­ments. Cap­tain Michael Hooper led a team with some new ad­di­tions to its for­ward pack, in­clud­ing Caleb Timu, Bran­don Paenga-Amosa and Pete Samu, and while there were some teething prob­lems — par­tic­u­larly come li­ne­out time — the home side showed plenty of re­silience to win 18-9. Other games in the in­ter­na­tional win­dow saw Ja­pan at home beat Italy, 34-17, Ge­or­gia pip Tonga, 16-15, and Fiji out­last Samoa, 24-22.

Wales pum­mel Pu­mas

Wales have re­stored some re­spectabil­ity for the Six Na­tions. The Welsh have beaten Ar­gentina 23-10 in San Juan to pre­vent a Rugby Cham­pi­onship clean sweep. The match turned on a crit­i­cal pas­sage of play in the mid­dle of the first half when Wales led 7-3. Ar­gentina re­lent­lessly bat­tered the Wales try­line through pick-and-go plays but the de­fence re­fused to yield.

Boks hold out Eng­land

South Africa came from 24-3 down to win 42-39 and wrench the first test out of Eng­land’s hands with a 26-point burst in 19 min­utes at the end of the first half. Spring­boks winger S’Bu­siso Nkosi scored two tries on his test de­but in that pe­riod to help put South Africa ahead after be­ing way be­hind and look­ing ragged. The Boks held on grimly after two late Eng­land scores by lock Maro Itoje and winger Jonny May. The loss at El­lis Park was a fourth straight in tests and fifth over­all for Eng­land.

Aussies eclipse NZ women

The New Zealand women’s sev­ens team has been left to rue a slow start to the world se­ries. De­spite mak­ing four out of the five se­ries fi­nals, the Com­mon­wealth Games cham­pi­ons are go­ing to have to set­tle for sec­ond over­all, with Aus­tralia re­claim­ing the se­ries crown. Black Ferns Sev­ens coach Al­lan Bunt­ing says their fifth-place fin­ish at the sea­son-opener in Dubai proved costly.

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