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The recent autumn internationals played in Europe witnessed no upsets but many close matches in highly competitive games.
Perhaps the greatest shock of the day was England’s rout of Canada 79-5. The Red Roses finished second in the recent Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, losing to New Zealand in the finals. Canada, suffering a poor pool position, did not finish in the top four places at the tournament but were still considered competitive to England, New Zealand, and France.
In the other contest, France defeated Italy 41-21 away at Lamarmora Stadium.
The USA defeated Germany 46-17, the first match between these two nations.
England had an easy time beating Australia 30-6 in a contest between old rivals. The Eddie Jones coached side numbers only one loss (Ireland) since the last RWC in October 2015.
Scotland put up a spirited battle against New Zealand, losing 22-17. The Scots are no wins in 112 years against the All Blacks. (youtube.com/watch?v=SDODiBbQWNM). New Zealand were leading 22-10 when Scotland scored a nifty try via seven passes and one grub kick to make it 22-17. A last-minute breakthrough at the 79th-minute was stopped by Beaudon Barrett to end the home side’s final chance for a tie or win.
South Africa bounced back from their Ireland loss to defeat France 18-17 in Paris. Canada moved into the win column beating Spain 37-27, bringing their record from the last RWC to 5 wins, 13 losses, and one draw.
The other results:
Ireland 23 – Fiji 20
Japan 39 – Tonga 6
Romania 17 – Samoa 13
Brazil 23 – Belgium 19
Wales 12 – Georgia 6
Argentina 31 – Italy 15
Uruguay 52 – Namibia 36
The final autumn tours end next Saturday.