RWC 2015 Round Two: Wales stun hosts England, South Africa back to winning ways

Injury-plagued Wales pulled off an incredible victory over hosts England in their Pool A clash as Dan Biggar scored a crucial penalty to hand Warren Gatland’s side a 28-25 victory at Twickenham.

England dominated the first half with a Johnny May try giving them a 16-9 lead at half-time but further penalties from man of the match Biggar and a 71st minute try from Gareth Davies brought the Welsh level before a seventh penalty handed Wales a massive win.

Gareth Davies scores a late try as Wales produced a stunning comeback against England image: stuff.co.nz

Gareth Davies scores a late try as Wales produced a stunning comeback against England
image: stuff.co.nz

Their win did come at a cost however with Scott Williams, Liam Williams and Hallam Amos all adding to Gatland’s injury woes ahead of a clash with Fiji, while for England they will face a crucial match with Australia next weekend.

Speaking of the Wallabies, they opened their account with a win with a dominant display in a 28-13 bonus point win over Fiji in other pool A game.

Number eight David Pocock scored two opening half tries before Sekope Kepu got Australia’s third on 43 minutes with a hat-trick of Bernard Foley’s penalties also helping them secure that crucial bonus point.

South Africa came out all guns blazing after their shock defeat to Japan last week as the Springboks ran riot over Samoa in pool B with a comfortable 46-6 victory.

JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries in their first win of the World Cup, with Schalk Burger, Schalk Brits and Bryan Habana also adding to South Africa’s six tries to hand them a bonus point win over a poor Samoa side.

Japan failed to follow-up on that shock win over South Africa as Scotland overcame a slow start to get their campaign off to a winning start on Wednesday as the Scots recorded a comfortable 45-10 win over Japan.

All of Scotland’ tries came in the second half after a double from Mark Bennett along with tries from John Hardie, Tommy Seymour and Finn Russell helped Vern Cotter’s side to an opening win and bring Japan back down to earth.

JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries in South Africa's demolition of Samoa image: rte.ie

JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries in South Africa’s demolition of Samoa
image: rte.ie

In pool C, defending champions New Zealand ran riot on Namibia in their pool C clash as the All Blacks picked up a comfortable 58-14 bonus point victory.

Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea both scored a brace of tries as New Zealand entered double figures for tries with ten in total as the tournament favourites made it two wins from two.

It was also all to easy for Argentina in the other pool C game as the Pumas secured their first win of the campaign with a 58-9 demolition of Georgia.

Two tries each Santiago Cordero and Juan Imhoff, along with further tries from Tomas Lavanini, Tomas Cubelli, Martin Landajo saw the Pumas ease to victory over Georgia, with further kicks Nicolas Sanchez and Marcelo Bosch securing what could be an all important bonus point.

France made it two wins from two as they battled to a 38-11 bonus point victory over Romania with two tries from Sofiane Guitoune helping Les Bleus over the line.

Romania did improve on their opening round defeat but they never really caused France problems as further tries from Yannick Nyanga, Wesley Fofana, and Gael Fickou helped secure a bonus point for Philippe Saint-Andre’s side.

France made it twos wins from two with a win over Romania image: theguardian.com

France made it twos wins from two with a win over Romania
image: theguardian.com

The other group D game saw Italy pick up their first win of the campaign after a hard-fought 23-18 win over a spirited Canada side to keep hopes of a quarter-final place alive.

Tries from Michele Rizzo and Gonzalo Garcia, plus 13 points from the boot of Tommaso Allan was just about enough for Jacques Brunel’s side to bag a five point win with a much tougher test against Ireland next for the Italians.

Round Two Results

Pool A

Australia 28-13 Fiji
England 25-28 Wales

Pool B

Scotland 45-10 Japan
South Africa 46-6 Samoa

Pool C

Argentina 54-9 Georgia
New Zealand 58-14 Namibia

Pool D 

France 38-11 Romania
Italy 23-18 Canada

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