Ireland ran out comfortable winners over Romania in their pool D match as Joe Schmidt’s side secured a 44-10 bonus point win in front of a record crowd for a Rugby World Cup game at Wembley.
Tommy Bowe and Keith Earls both scored two tries each as Rob Kearney and Chris Henry also touched down in a six try victory for the Irish, while Ian Madigan also kicked 100% of his scores to make it two wins out of two.
The other pool D game saw France continue their winning mentality with a 41-18 victory over a spirited Canada but the strength of the French team was too much for Kieran Crowley’s side to handle.
Wesley Fofana, Guilhem Guirado and Rabah Slimani all crossed the line in the first half to give Les Bleus a 12-point lead and further tries from Pascal Pape and debutant Remy Grosso secured a bonus point and put them in a strong position to reach the last eight.
In pool A, Uruguay proved no match for Australia as the Wallabies ran riot over the South Americans scoring 11 tries in the process in a 65-3 win putting them three points clear of England pool A.
Sean McMahon, Ben McCalman and Drew Mitchell accounted for six of those tries with two each, while Dean Mumm, Henry Speight, Matt Toomua, Tevita Kuridrani also got on the score sheet as the Aussies geared up for their next clash with England in style.
Wales moved top of pool A but they were made to do it the hard way against Fiji, who made Warren Gatland’s side work for their third straight victory with a 23-13 win.
Gareth Davies and Scott Baldwin’s first half tries for Wales proved crucial as they survived late pressure from Fiji – who scored a brilliant try from Vereniki Goneva – the Welsh survived to take a massive step towards the quarter-finals.
New Zealand did book their spot in the quarter-finals as the All-Blacks ran riot over Georgia with a comfortable 43-10 bonus point victory although there were still a few errors from the tournament favourites.
Julian Savea scored a hat-trick of tries from and along with further scores from Waisake Naholo, Dane Coles, Kieran Reed, Malakai Fekitoa in a seven-try win but a few missed conversions and poor decision-making could have made it such a bigger margin.
Tonga held out of for victory as they overcame a battling Namibia 35-21 as two tries each from Telusa Veainu and Jack Ram and a further score from Latiume Fosita from helped them secure a bonus point and move above Argentina and Georgia into second place in pool C.
Scotland moved top of Pool B for the time being as they overcame a slow start with a sublime second half display to secure a 39-16 win over USA.
Titi Lamositele’s try gave the States a 13-6 lead at half-time but Scotland came straight out of the blocks in the second-half with a Tim Visser try less than 90 seconds in, as Sean Maitland, WP Nel, Matt Scott and Duncan Weir also crossed the line to claim a bonus point for the Scots.
Round Three results
Australia 65-3 Uruguay
Wales 23-13 Fiji
Scotland 39-16 USA
New Zealand 43-10 Georgia
Tonga 35-21 Namibia
France 41-18 Canada
Ireland 44-10 Romania