It was an exciting weekend of international rugby with some great test matches on Saturday.
Wales secure a home win over England which saw them move to the number 1 ranking in the World.
The All Blacks came back from last weeks humiliation in Perth to smash the Aussie at Eden Park.
Italy ran ramped against Russia and the French were just too good for the Scots.
Full Match Reports
The All Blacks kept their hands on the Bledisloe Cup after smashing the Aussies the same way it was done to them the previous week in Perth.
The All Blacks ran in 5 tries and kept the Wallabies scoreless in the game.
It was a brutal test match with the All Blacks smashing the Aussies all over the field as they stepped up big time this week. Their defence was brilliant and disrupted the Australian attacking ability.
The big name players for coach Hansen stepped up and showed that they are ready to defend the World Cup next month in Japan.
There has been a lot of talk around Sonny Bill Williams, and if he is still good enough, well he just showed yesterday how good he really is and he was not alone.
Players like Read, Cane, Smith and Mo’unga had all brilliant games.
They may have lost their World number 1 ranking but they are still the best in the world and will be favourites going into Japan.
All Blacks: Tries – Richie Mo”unga, Aaron Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Sevu Reece, George Bridge Conversions – Richie Mo”unga(3) Beauden Barrett Penalties – Richie Mo”unga
Australia: Nothing, niente, niks, lutho, bogerol
Wales turned the tables on Saturday when they beat England in a hard fought test match 13-6.
With the win Wales will move to the number one World Ranking spot and will surely go into the World Cup with that tag.
Wales was much better and show better intensity throughout the match. They put England under a lot of pressure which Eddie Jones players did not handle well.
Poor discipline cost England at the end but they also did not create enough changes through some poor handling and decision making from the players.
Next week England takes on Ireland in another warm-up test as they shape up to challenge for the World Cup.
Pens: Biggar, Halfpenny
Pens: Ford 2
Yellow Card: Watson
Sometimes winning ugly also helps in building for a tournament like the World Cup.
The whole idea of this test match for Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus was to filter out the must, maybe’s and the no’s.
It was a difficult test for the Springboks as they players struggle to get any momentum but that was understandable with the little time this group had to prepare.
It is always difficult to go into a test match with players that have not played a lot with each other and it showed on the field on Saturday.
The Argentinians came hard at the Springboks as we expected them to do after the hammering the Boks gave them at home in the Rugby Championship.
They were much better than the previous week as they stood up in the set pieces and had enough control of the ball to take the test match.
They almost did but a what was suppose to be a winning try was rules by the TMO and referee as obstruction and the Springboks were able to hang on to the lead.
It is unfair to criticise any player with so little time to really get defence and attacking structures in place but there was some players that did themselves no favours.
One will have to see how Rassie will take this test to select his final 31-man squad for the World Cup but we can be assure that he has a good idea already.
Springboks: Tries – S”busiso Nkosi(2) Conversions – Elton Jantjies Penalties – Elton Jantjies(4)
Argentina: Tries – Guido Petti Pagadizaval, Pablo Matera Conversions – Joaquin Diaz Bonilla Penalties – Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Benjamin Urdapilleta
Italy demolish Russia on Saturday scoring 13 tries agains the 2 from Russia.
It was a great performance from the Italians as they took another step towards their preparation for the World Cup.
Russia will be worrying at this moment as they are in the same group as Ireland, Scotland Japan and Samoa.
It was a dominate performance from the Italians which they will take forward in preparing for rugby showpiece in Japan.
Italy 85 Tries – Matteo Minozzi 3, Mattia Bellini 2, Edoardo Padovani 2, Luca Morisi, Sergio Parisse, Jayden Hayward, Tommaso Allan, Simone Ferrari, Carlo Canna Conversions – Tommaso Allan(6), Carlo Canna(4)
Russia 15 Tries – Kirill Golosnitskiy, Bogdan Fedotko Conversions – Yury Kushnarev, Penalties – Ramil Gaisin
France were rampant against Scotland on Saturday when they ran in five tries to take the win.
The Scots were not in the game at all and only score three points as they struggled to get any momentum in the test. There quality of play was poor to say the least and they just made too many mistakes.
The French exploded the Scots defence with some great handling and quick play. Scoring their first try in the second minute of the test laid the foundation for an emphatic win.
Although it was not Scotland first choice side on the night, they will be worried that they were totally outplayed and outclassed by the French.
Next week the two teams does it again but this time Scotland will have the home ground advantage.
Tries: Raka, Medard 2, Alldritt, Dupont
Cons: Lopez 2
Yellow Card: Hastingson
Next weeks test matches:
Tonga taking on Western Force
Scotland host France
England clash with Ireland
Uruguay welcome Samoa