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The first week of 2017 Autumn Test matches occurred last week in Europe with no major upsets but some surprisingly close game results.
For the USA (which did not play), the key contest was Germany’s home victory against Brazil 45-12. The Eagles play Germany away thist week (Saturday, November 18) for the first time. Rugby in Germany is on the upswing in team performance and fan interest.
The most significant win was Ireland’s easy handling of South Africa 38-5. The Irish have split the last four matches against the Springboks, going one win and two losses on the 2017 tour when the three games were decided each by six points. Last week’s 33-point win may be a dual reflection of Irish rugby power and South Africa decline.
England defeated Argentina 21-8, hardly the margin of a home victory in Twickenham as anticipated by Eddie Jones, the English coach. The Red Roses have gone 20-1 since their elimination early in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, losing only to Ireland away at the end of this year’s Six Nation championship.
Georgia routed Canada 54-22, a dispiriting outcome for rugby in Canada, which has seen a series of continuing losses for the Men’s XV, which lost to the USA twice in the RWC 2019 qualification. The Canadians will meet Uruguay for the RWC America’s 2 spot.
Australia were victors over Wales 29-21, a disappointing Welsh outcome at home in Cardiff. The Wallabies gained confidence after their upset of New Zealand in the last match of this year’s Bledisloe Cup.
Other Match Results
Russia 21 - Kenya 10
New Zealand 38 – France 18
Scotland 44 – Samoa 38
Italy 19 – Fiji 10
Test action returns to Europe this weekend.