In the other match of the day, Australia surprisingly lost to Fiji.
Group D of the Rugby World Cup has already completed its second series of matches. England and Japan completed it, on a day when South Africa and Fiji also shone. The former for achieving the fastest bonus point in tournament history, while the Flying Fijians for beating Australia for the first time in 69 years.
In the case of the Chilean rivals from Group D, the duel was much more difficult than initially thought and the Japanese entered the break with only three points (9-13) from La Rosa. A result which put the English in check, who despite a comfortable victory against Argentina in the first match, seemed much more complicated with the Japanese defensive system. In fact, England’s first try came exclusively because of an error in the Asians’ lineout.
The truth is that the second half completely changed the logic of the match and revealed the Europeans, who not only won, but also took the bonus point. Successful test for a team which still does not have its captain, Owen Farrell. The fly-half was suspended for two matches and will only be able to return this weekend, when La Rosa faces the Cóndores.
Fiji, for their part, had their big night in France. They had just lost to Wales and in a duel of oceanic nations they made history. They beat Australia 22-15, in what was their first victory in 69 years against the Wallabies. . A match which sets Group C on fire, since the three aforementioned nations will have serious chances of qualifying for the next round.
Even the fact that the defending champions fielded a substitute team did not prevent South Africa from suffering a major defeat. They beat Romania 76-0 to earn the fastest bonus point in World Cup history.
The bonus point is added to the overall standings and is awarded when a team scores four tries in a match or is beaten by less than seven points. In the case of the Springboks, they achieved this after scoring four goals in the first 11 minutes of play.
In total, there were 11 tries that the Africans converted in Bordeaux, decisively subduing a Romania which did not succeed even from the posts and which only had two tries on its rival at 22 meters.
In this way, South Africa continues with a perfect result in this World Cup, but not as leader of its group. This site has it Ireland, who obtained the bonus point in their two matches . First against Romania and yesterday against Tonga. The two teams will face each other on September 23.
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