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A few international games were played this past week, most important, the first contests in the four-team African nations’ round robin in Madagascar to determine the fifth spot in 2015’s Rugby World Cup Pool C.
South Africa 55 – Scotland 6 – The Springboks demonstrated the benefit from using previously capped players, swamping the Scots 55-6 in an eight try romp. The South African team numbered 502 caps to Scotland’s 275, as the IRB’s second ranked world XV handily defeated the touring side. Scotland went 3-1 on its four game tour, beating the USA, Canada, and Argentina, before meeting top class competition in South Africa. Scotland’s coach Vern Cotter, has fourteen-months to make his team more competitive against other A sides. For the record, Scotland has not won a Six Nations Cup in the 14-years of the event’s existence. In Pool B of the RWC, Scotland will play the Springboks, Samoa, Japan, and the USA.
USA Women 10 – Wales Women 7: A narrow win in a downpour and on a soaked pitch. The Eagles resume again this Wednesday, July 2, against England in a non-test match. The tour winds up Sunday, July 6, against England. Both contests are in London and begin 9.a.m.Eastern time. (Nowhere on the web - either on the England RFU web site, or commercial British rugby sites, or British media sites - are the stadium venues listed for these games.)
AFRICAN RWC QUALIFIER
The final spot for 2015’s RWC Pool C is being played in a four-nation round robin. The teams contending are: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, and host, Madagascar. Results from last week were:
Zimbabwe 57 – Madagascar 22
Kenya 29 – Namibia 27
The action returns Wednesday, July 2, with the third, and final game played Sunday, July 6.