Ireland win against South Africa, the All Blacks masters Wales, Scotland and Italy start well

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Saturday 05 November 2022 at 8:46 pm

Italy and Scotland prevailed against Samoa and Fiji respectively in their first match of the Autumn Tour on Saturday. New Zealand, for their part, got the better of Wales in Cardiff when Ireland won against South Africa.

Ireland sends a very clear message. On the occasion of the reception of the reigning world champion of South Africa, the XV of Clover signed a short but precious victory at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. It took Jonathan Sexton just three minutes to open the scoring from a penalty but Damian Willemse responded very quickly. The yellow card received by Cheslin Kolbe for a reversal tackle on Mack Hansen in the quarter of an hour of play did not upset the deal and the Springboks even lost the opportunity to get the lead from Damian Willemse on a penalty. Jonathan Sexton did not tremble four minutes from half-time but, two minutes after the siren, Cheslin Kolbe tied the two teams on the scoreboard. As soon as the restart was over, the Irish got their hands on the ball and Josh van der Flier got the Clover XV fans to their feet with the first try of the match after a carried ball. The Springboks took another header when Mack Hansen went on to finish a smoothly driven fast break three minutes later. Back on the wall, the South Africans waited the last quarter of an hour to respond. Franco Mostert was able to break through the Irish defense to bring his team back to five lengths. Jonathan Sexton then gave some air to his training but the Boks finished strong. Kurt-Lee Arendse, found at the end of the line, leads South Africa to three points but Cheslin Kolbe misses the transformation. Without trembling, Ireland secured victory (19-16) and pointed the way to the XV of France.

New Zealand too strong for Wales

The All Blacks didn’t miss their first real test. A week after a slow win in Japan, Ian Foster’s players clearly won at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium against Wales. While Richie Mo’unga quickly opened the scoring from a penalty, the first try came after eleven minutes with Codie Taylor. The hooker then went there with double him after a quick five-yard penalty. The Leek XV reacted a quarter of an hour before the break thanks to Rio Dyer before Gareth Anscombe brought the Welshman back to seven points. However, Jordie Barrett went on to flatten the All Blacks’ third try at the interval, with Gareth Anscombe leading Wales to nine points in the interval from a penalty. The Welsh striker once again found his target shortly after half-time, but Aaron Smith gave New Zealand new life. The Welsh resistance worked wonders with Justin Tipuric finding the rat hole to record the second try of the Leek XV… but he scored the last points for his team. Two minutes later, Aaron Smith breathed new life into New Zealand. In the last quarter of an hour, Ardie Savea, Jordie Barrett and Samisoni Taukei’aho have gone there from their rehearsals for a clear victory for the All Blacks (23-55), who will go to Scotland next weekend when the country of Wales will receive Argentina.

Scotland and Italy at the appointment

After an appetizer last Saturday (victory for Australia in Scotland and New Zealand in Japan), the Autumn Tour 2022 which, less than a year before the World Cup in France, should give a good idea of ​​who will be the favorites and the outsider of the next World Cup, continue this Saturday. First major European nation on the bridge this Saturday, Italy did little harm to Samoa, a team still ahead of them (11th against 14th) in the world rugby ranking. The Squadra Azzurra, in difficulty during the 6 Nations Tournament (four defeats) but which this summer has regained confidence against the weaker nations, won 49-17 (28-0, mt) in Padua, thanks to the goals of Brex, Bruno (double), Ioane (double) and Cannone, while the Samoans managed to make a good last half hour, with three goals from Seuteni, Paia’aua and McFarland. Next week should prove to be more complicated for Italy, against Australia … For its part, Scotland (9th in the world) received Fiji (12th) at Murrayfield, and Thistle’s XV won on the score of 28-12. However, he only led 14-12 at half time, after Turner and Hastings tries, against Tuicuvu and Rotuisolia tries. But the Scots managed a good second half, well helped by their opponent’s indiscipline (two yellow cards in the second period), and scored by van der Merwe and White. A good start, before taking on the New Zealand ogre in a week …

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