Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 4th 2015 Contents LONDON---Bernard Foley orchestrated Eng-
land s demise at the Rugby World Cup, scor-
ing all but five of Australia s points in a 33-
13 win yesterday that ensured the host team
exited the tournament in the pool stage.
After losing narrowly last weekend to Wales,
England needed to beat two-time champion
Australia to maintain a chance of progressing
from Pool A, the most difficult group at the
It started badly for England, with flyhalf
Foley crossing for sniping tries in the 20th
and 35th minutes, converting them both and
adding a penalty to give the Wallabies a 17-
3 lead at halftime.
Foley extended the lead to 17 points with
a penalty goal soon after the break, before
winger Anthony Watson triggered an England
resurgence by beating two defenders to score
a strong try in the right corner in the 56th.
Owen Farrell converted and added a penalty
goal to make it 20-13 but his yellow card in
the 71st for an illegal shoulder charge on Matt
Giteau left England a man short to the end
of the game.
Foley landed two more penalties and con-
verted Giteau s last-minute try from the side-
line to finish with a personal haul of 28 points.
"We weren t worried about the score, we
just wanted to (win)," Wallabies captain
Stephen Moore said before praising the per-
formances of Foley, back-rowers David Pocock
and Michael Cooper, and the scrum.
England had won its previous three World
Cup matches against Australia, including an
extra-time win in the 2003 final in Sydney
when Jonny Wilkinson landed a dropped goal
to break the deadlock.
And the English were slight favorites, with
an 81,000-plus crowd at Twickenham, their
headquarters, an expected dominance in the
scrum, and immense public support in the
days leading up to the match.
But little more than two weeks after starting
the tournament with a bonus-point win over
Fiji, Stuart Lancaster s team was out of con-
tention regardless of what happens in its last
pool game against Uruguay. Australia and
Wales will meet next weekend to decide top
spot in the pool, with the winner likely to
avoid South Africa in the quarterfinals.
The loss continued a horrible stretch of
pool-stage exits at World Cups for England
which started with the football team going
out early in Brazil last year, and continued
with the cricket team s poor performance in
Australia and New Zealand in March, and
now the rugby.
A report in The Independent newspaper
on Saturday estimated an England defeat
would deal a 3 billion pound hit to the econ-
omy. But while the absence of the home team
will certainly deprive the tournament of some
atmosphere, organizers were confident after
selling the bulk of tickets and broadcasting
rights well in advance.
Home teams have made the semifinals or
better in all but one of the previous World
Cups, with South Africa (1995) and New
Zealand (2011) winning the title on home soil.
The England players gave Australia a guard
of honour as they left the field at the end of
the game, not unlike the tunnel that thousands
of fans formed for the home team as the bus
arrived at Twickenham. When the knockout
stage starts, they ll join the ranks of the spec-
Springboks' power sets up
34-16 win over Scotland
NEWCASTLE, England---It seems the loss
to Japan was just a blip for the Springboks,
South Africa continued its recovery from
the most stunning result in Rugby World Cup
history by beating Scotland 34-16 yesterday,
backing up its 40-point win over Samoa last
week to go top of Pool B. Qualification in first
place looks likely now for the two-time cham-
pions, who play the United States in their
last pool match on Wednesday.
The big Springbok forwards dominated up
front at St. James Park to set up first-half
tries for flanker Schalk Burger and JP Pietersen,
and a late third for winger Bryan Habana---
his 61st in tests.
Flyhalf Handre Pollard booted 19 points,
missing just one of his seven kicks at goal.
Scotland dropped to second place in the
group and may need to beat Samoa next
weekend to advance.
The Scots spent much of the build-up to
the game fending off accusations that they
had picked a weakened team to save some of
their top players for a more winnable match
But there was vast difference between the
teams in terms of physicality, with the Spring-
boks forwards overshadowing their counter-
Sensing that, there was no frills to South
Africa s play. Kicking for territory and using
the pack to batter holes in the Scotland defense
were tactics that created the tries. (AP)
Japan boosted their hopes of reaching the
Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first
time with victory over Samoa in Milton
The Brave Blossoms, who beat South Africa
in their opening match, led 20-0 at the break
thanks to a penalty try, Akihito Yamada s
score and Ayumu Goromaru s boot.
Goromaru s two penalties extended the
lead before Paul Perez s try for Samoa.
But Japan held out to win a second game
at a World Cup for the first time.
They had lost 11 of their previous 14 meet-
ings with Samoa, and conceded at least two
tries in every World Cup match they had
Victory for Eddie Jones men against the
three-time quarter-finalists puts them in a
great position to qualify from Pool B, with
their last match against the United States---
yet to earn a point---next weekend.
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RUGBY WORLD CUP
Australia win puts host
England out of contention
NEVER GIVE UP: South Africa's Francois Louw is tackled by Scotland's David Denton during
their Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and South Africa at St James' Park,
Newcastle, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
POINTS CELEBRATIONS: Australia's Bernard Foley, right, celebrates after scoring a try during
the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in
London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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