September 25, 2020

Ireland, Wales, England win at Rugby World Cup

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Ireland’s Tommy Bow

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wales dealt a blow to Samoa’s chances of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 16 years with a 17-10 victory Sunday.

Samoa was unable to beat Wales for a third time at a World Cup. It now must face Fiji and defending champion South Africa in matches five days apart to try and advance from Pool D.

England, coming off a victory over Argentina, scored six tries and beat Georgia 41-10 to stay in first place in Pool B.

France later held off Canada 46-19 for its second bonus-point win. The result pits the French against top-ranked New Zealand, which also has 10 points from two victories in Pool A.

Defending champion South Africa dazzled in a 49-3 win over Fiji, while Australia’s vaunted backs were smothered in a 15-6 defeat to an impassioned Ireland team in the Rugby World Cup’s first major upset.

In Saturday’s first match, Argentina rebounded from an opening loss to England by beating Romania 43-8.

The Irish did not win any of their four warmup matches last month. But they outsmarted and outsmucled the Wallabies in the rain, shaking up the playoff possibilities.

If Ireland holds on to win Pool C, it likely will avoid meeting New Zealand, Australia or South Africa in the early playoffs.

 

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