This is Day 3 of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and if today’s games are as good as yesterday’s we are in for a cracker of a day. Scotland, Fiji and France were pushed all the way by so called minnows Romania, Namibia and Japan proving that the gap between top teams and the rest of the field is shrinking. These 3 games were not only entertaining but also of good quality: the attacks had to work hard to finally find breaches in defense which only happened towards the end of each game. Not a single one sided game won 70-80 nil, which was great. Then the top match of the day saw England narrowly beat the Pumas 13-9 in an old fashioned battle between the 2 enemies. Wilko had a day off with the boot which was not too damaging for the other ‘men in black’ as both Contepomi and Rodriguez had a shocker too for Argentina.
Today, Sunday 11 September, 3 big games for very different reasons: at 3.30pm NZT, Tri Nations holders Wallabies play the tough Italians in Auckland for what should be a top battle up front. Then, still in group C, the Irish face the USA in an emotionally charged match as we are today celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Twin towers tragedy. A minute of silence will be respected before the game. Then, the main act at 8.30pm when 2007 RWC holders South Africa play Wales. The Springboks will try to make a statement in beautiful Wellington tonight and smash the Welsh. Burger and Brussow are back in the 3rd row alongside superman Pierre Spies in what is arguably the scariest 3rd row trio in world rugby. For those who fancy a bet, it’s also a great day to make a few bucks as Wallabies v Italy and SA v Wales might not be as one sided as one thinks. Plus you can tip on who will score the first try, what will be the margin and so on…all info at the bottom of this page and in all our special ‘bookmaker’ pages. Keep in mind that Bwin and Betclic are offering rugbylivebet visitors a €30/£30 bonus.
Sunday 11 September, day 3 of the 2011 RWC, full program:
Pool C, 3.30pm kick off, NHS, Auckland, 15deg, windy/showers, attendance: 27000;FT Australia 32 – 6 Italy (HT6-6)
The Wallabies have to learn to be patient and wait for the match to open up. Their first half was rather scrappy with many faults at the breakdown but they showed in the second half what they can do with the ball. James O’Connor only played 30 minutes although this coincided with the Wallabies dominating the Italians and scoring tries, which surely wasn’t unnoticed by Robbie Deans. Ioane had a great game and was probably the best wallaby on the field, being dangerous each time he touched the ball with his sharp and fast footwork. Nice arvo for the Aussie scrum against the highly rated Azzuri except at the end of the game when the match was already over.
Full-time score: Wallabies 32 ( Tries: Alexander, Ashley-Cooper, O’Connor, Ioane ; 2 pens: Cooper ; 3 convs: O’Connor ) – Italy 6 ( 2 pens: Bergamasco )
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Anthony Fainga’a, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill (cap), 4 Dan Vickerman , 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Bench: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 James O’Connor
Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Sergio Parisse (cap), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Cornelius Van Zyl, 4 Carlo Antonio Del Fava, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Bench: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Lorenzo Cittadini, 18 Marco Bortolami, 19 Paul Derbyshire, 20 Edoardo Gori, 21 Riccardo Bocchino, 22 Luke McLean
Pool C, 6pm kick off, New Plymouth, 11deg/drizzle, attendance: 23000. FT Ireland 22-10 USA
A win is a win but the Irish won’t be that pleased with their performance. Many handling errors, a very ordinary performance from Jonathan Sexton with the boot, Ireland will have to lift their game if they want to do anything during this RWC. Their scrum was huge though and will take a lot of positive out of this one. The Eagles played a simple but very committed brand of rugby, their defense was outstanding and they often dominated the Irish at the breakdown. Nice performance by the Americans who will have a crack at the Italians too (and the Wallabies).
Full-time: Ireland 22 (Tries: Bowe 2, Best ; 1 conv & 1 pen: Sexton; 1 conv: O’Gara ) – USA 10 ( Try: Emerick; 1 conv Malifa & 1 pen: Paterson)
Ireland: 15 Geordan Murphy, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (cap), 12 Gordan D’Arcy, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Tom Court.Bench: 16 Jerry Flannery, 17 Tony Buckley, 18 Donnacha Ryan, 19 Denis Leamy, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Andrew Trimble.
USA: 15 Blaine Scully, 14 Taku Ngwenya, 13 Paul Emerick, 12 Andrew Suniula, 11 James Paterson, 10 Roland Suniula, 9 Mike Petri, 8 Nic Johnson, 7 Todd Clever (cap), 6 Louis Stanfill, 5 Hayden Smith, 4 John van der Giessen, 3 Shawn Pittman, 2 Phil Thiel, 1 Mike MacDonald. Bench: 16 Chris Biller, 17 Matekitonga Moeakiola, 18 Scott LaValla, 19 Pat Danahy, 20 Tim Usasz, 21 Nese Malifa, 22 Colin Hawley.
Pool D, 8.30pm kick off, Wellington, 11 deg, dry & windy, attendance: 36000: FT South Africa 17 – 16 Wales
What a game it was! The Welsh really gave it to the Springboks especially at the breakdown where their back row Warburton, Faletau and Lydiate matched the likes of Burger, Spies and Brussow. The intensity of the game was just outstanding, both sides rising to the occasion in front of a hysterical crowd. It could have gone either way but the Boks handled the money time better…that’s what 815caps on a pitch bring to a side.
Full-time score: South Africa 17 (Tries: Frans Steyn, Hougaard, ; 2 convs & 1 pen: Morné Steyn ) – Wales 16 (Try: Faletau ; 1 conv & 3 pens: Hook)
South Africa: 15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (cap), 1 Tendai Mtawarira. Bench: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 CJ van der Linde, 19 Johann Muller, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Butch James.
Wales: 15 James Hook; 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies,12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Shane Williams,10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips; 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (cap), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Huw Bennett, 1 Paul James. Bench: Lloyd Burns, Ryan Bevington, Bradley Davies, Andy Powell, Tavis Knoyle, Scott Williams, Leigh Halfpenny
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