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Game #1 - Pool A at Twickenham
England 31- Fiji 11
Ahead 18-8 at the break, England added 13 points while the Islanders could only muster three points. Fiji missed four penalties. A great try by Nemani Nadolo on a superb kick from his scrum half. The Red Roses seemed a tad nervous but what team wouldn't be, playing at home after the opening ceremonies. Twitter afire with comments on the four TMO viewings, which interrupted play. A bonus point for scoring four tries.
Game #2 - Pool C at Kingsholom
Georgia 17- Tonga 10
A well fought victory for Georgia over an opponent higher in the rankings. A defense that never wavered led by Gorgodze, who made an outstanding tally of 27 tackles. Tonga seemed listless.
Game #3 - Pool D at Millennium Stadium
Ireland 50 - Canada 7
The first RWC mismatch, where a superior Tier 1 team handily overpowered a Tier 3 fifteen squad. The Irish looked fresh and purposeful, scoring seven tries to one. A bonus point awarded. The steady standout Johnny Sexton was man of the match.
Game #4 - Pool B at Brighton
Japan 34 - South Africa 32
Some hyperbole: we may never witness an upset of this caliber in a lifetime. Impossible to consider before kickoff. Tears of joy in every Brave Blossom players' eye. The rugby world shocked. But remember, in 2011 when France lost to Tonga, Les Blues rallied to advance into the final game against the All Blacks. The Boks must win all the remaining three games to gain a place in the quarter-finals.
Game #5 - Pool D at Twickenham
France 32 - Italy 10
A well-disciplined French side scored two tries and five penalties against long-time rival Italy. The French pack dominated play and Italy could not mount a cogent attack. It seems that the last game (France vs. Ireland) will decide who wins this pool.
Games Sunday, September 20
Wales vs. Uruguay in Millennium Stadium (Pool A)
Samoa vs. USA in Brighton (Televised on Universal Sports free; 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET) (Pool B)
New Zealand vs. Argentina in Wembley Stadium (Pool C)