Scots without net, back to earth for Uruguay, and a record of precocity

It's today

Dominating the Russians, the Samoans took five important points on Tuesday (September 24th). WILLIAM WEST / AFP

Only meeting, Monday, September 30, the confrontation between Scots and Samoans should be disputed. Mathematically, the two nations can still dream of a qualification for the quarter, even if the path leading to the final phases may be particularly sinuous. Dominated in his first (and only) game against Ireland, Scotland did not score a single point and is not entitled to the error, while the Manu Samoa, third, have gleaned the point of bonus against Russia (9-34). "We can not try to compete physically with them, we have to be smarter. We know exactly what lies ahead, it's a country of warriors "said Sean Lamont, the assistant coach of the XV thistle, suspicious.

With Japan in full swing – two wins in as many games – and Ireland, first world nation despite losing to the Nipons, Scotland and Samoa's chances of getting out of Pool A remain slim.

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It was yesterday

  • Uruguay surprised the Fijians (27-30) on Wednesday (September 25th).

    Georgia-Uruguay (33-7)

Wednesday night, the Uruguayans had caused the first surprise of this world by winning against Fiji (27-30). A performance that these amateur and semi-professional players have failed to reiterate against Georgians who launch their world, without trembling, a few days after taking the water against Wales (14-43). The Lelos, who scored five tries, snatched a bonus win that would put them in third place in Group D, but it will be difficult for them to hope for a qualification unless they create the feat against the Australians on 11 October.

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  • The Welsh have defended a lot against the Wallabies, making a total of 183 tackles. And some stolen stops.

    Australia-Wales (25-29)

In a scenario similar to that of France-Argentina (23-21), the Welsh saw the Australians catch up late in the game, as they had quickly widened the gap to lead by fifteen points in the middle -time. Badly enough, the Red Dragons did not give in, resting on a solid defense. Despite two tries scored in the second period, the Australians ran after the mark throughout the game, including the good game at the foot of the opening half Welsh Dan Biggar and his replacement Rhys Patchell, both authors of a drop .

With this victory, the men of Warren Gatland ensure, except surprise, the first place in Group D, to the detriment of Australia. If the Blues qualify, this result will have an impact on the rest of the course of the XV of France, since the posters of the quarterfinals of the two pools are linked, the leader of each of these groups facing the second of the other group.

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It is said

And yet the French Rugby Federation would have preferred that it is not the case. By announcing on Twitter and in an official announcement the replacement of the pillar Demba Bamba, a package following a tear in the thigh, by Uini Atonio, also injured, the FFR has spread a "fake news". It was Cedate Gomes Sa, the Racing 92 player, who was finally called by coach Jacques Brunel and his deputy " like the others ", Fabien Galthié.

A strategy to sow trouble and destabilize Americans?

It's seen

A bullet exit, a few meters from the opponent's in-goal, which, in three passes, ends up flattened left side. It is thanks to two similar tests that the Japanese have created the surprise in 2015 against South Africa and, a few days ago, against Ireland.

It's heard

Sean Maitland should be lined up today against Samoa in a chopper match for Scotland. A doubly special match for the winger of the Saracens, who will have the opportunity to put some pads to his cousin, Pele Cowley. The opening half Samoan is not titular, but he could return, which seems to excite the Scotsman, who wishes "To beat him". Sean Maitland may also have the opportunity to play against another cousin, Australia's Quade Cooper.

"It will be a special match. We grew up together. It's pretty crazy. He was injured at the last World Cup, so he did not play against us. It's particular. I look forward. "

This is the series

By registering two drops against Australia, Wales has increased their number to five since the start of the competition. Less popular, these kicks that have helped the XV of the Rose in the past are still valuable. The players of the France team, saved by Camille Lopez, can testify.



As the number of seconds that was enough to open Dan Biggar to register one of these drops against Australia. This drop, which has become the new record in the Rugby World Cup, counted in the Wales match against the Wallabies (29-25). Released on injury a few minutes later, Dan Biggar left his place to Rhys Patchell, who proved that he was also adroit at the foot by registering a drop early in the second period.

Vincent Bresson


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