Round 3 Round Up

We now know who our quarterfinalists are and who they will play. We've seen some quality games and even a World Cup first this weekend.

Italy vs Fiji: The Fijians garunteed their spot in the next round with a 38-10 victory over the Azzurri. We saw a total of 21 penalties and 3 sin bins in this ill-disciplined game, don't let that take anything away from the performance of either side though. Williame, Naqaima, Raiwalui all grabbing a try each and Vunivalu helping himself to a hatrick, Fiji converted 5 of their 7 conversions. Mantellato and Milone made the scoresheet for Italy, they were only able to convert 1 of their attempts at goal.

New Zealand vs Tonga: This game was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Tonga recording their first ever victory over the Kiwi's in this thrilling 28-22 game. As predicted it was the side that came up with the least errors that would take the win, the Kiwi's making 14 in comparison to Tonga's 8. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scored twice with Rapana and Watene-Zelezniak scoring one a piece, Johnson kicking 3 of 4 conversions. David Fusitua scored 3 tries for Tonga, including the try that would seel the game, Hopoate grabbing a try and Lolohea raced 40 metres off the back of an intercepted pass.  Tonga converted 4 of their 6 shots at the sticks, including a penalty.

Samoa vs Scotland: For the first time in World Cup history a team made the quarterfinals, without winning a single game. Samoa scraped through on points difference, Scotland attempted 3 drop goals and a 40 metre penalty kick in the dying minutes of this 14-14 nail biter, narrowly missing with all of them. Tries coming from Tonumaipea, Wright and Junior Paulo for the Samoans, they were only able to convert just one of their 3 kicks. The Braveheart's certainly lived up to their name, their tries came through Tierney and Mariano, both were converted before Scotland added another 2 points to tie the game up at 14 all, unfortunately for Scotland that's how it stayed and it would send them home on points difference.

Australia vs Lebanon: The Lebanese side really put in a big performance against Australia. While they did fail to register points, they did put in a lot of effort in defence. Only conceding 34 points in a game where most people had tipped the Aussies to do twice as much damage as they did is a somewhat moral victory Lebanon, however moral victories don't win you a World Cup. Two tries from Munster and one each from Cordner, Trjbojevic, Gagai and Maloney, with 5 out of 6 successful conversions, gave Australia a 34 points to nil victory.

PNG vs USA: The USA's tournament is over, this was confirmed by a 64 points to nil loss against a very in form PNG side. It took the Kumuls just 7 minutes to crack the US defence, Lachlan Lam grabbing his first of two tries on a debut to remember. Joining him on the long list of try scorers were; Mead, MacDonald, Segeyaro, Amean, Griffin and Justin Olam bagging himself a hatrick. Martin impressively converted 10 of 11 of his shots at the sticks.

Wales vs Ireland: With the news that PNG had won their final game, this meant whatever happened in this game had no relevance on the next round, Ireland however wanted to sign off in style. That's exactly what they did, a wonderful performance to top off an exciting tournament for the Irish. Tries for Philbin, Pewhairangi, Kay, Finn and Roberts getting himself a double, Finn converting 5 of 6 attempts. Wales did grab a try of their own through Morris close to the hour mark, Davies added the extras. The game finishing 34-6 to Ireland.

England vs France: England started quickly on the demolition job of France, so quickly that they were 18 points up after just 8 minutes, from there the game settled down into a calmer rhythm. The first half was all one way traffic and France did well to keep the score down. England's leading try scorer in the competition struck twice more, Jermaine Mcgilvary scoring twice in the second half. He was joined on the score sheet by; Widdop, Graham, Ratchford, Bateman and Percival with Widdop slotting 4 of 7 attempts at goal. France didn't leave empty handed though, Benjamin Garcia crashed over from dummy half, just 3 metres from the English line. Albert graciously added the extras to see France exit the tournament, losing 36-6.

This is how the next round lines up.

Australia vs Samoa
Tonga vs Lebanon
New Zealand vs Fiji
England vs Papua New Guinea



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