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    Wales beat South Africa 22-20 in Washington DC
    By Philip Marsh

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    Winning try-scorer Ryan Elias was making just his third Wales appearance
    Wales v South Africa
    Wales (14) 22
    Tries: Amos, Williams, Elias Cons: Anscombe 2 Pens: Anscombe
    South Africa (3) 20
    Tries: Ismaiel, Mapimpi Cons: Jantjies 2 Pens: Jantjies, Du Preez
    Ryan Elias' late try gave Wales a 22-20 victory against a much-changed South Africa in Washington DC.

    Warren Gatland's side took an 11-point lead into half-time but South Africa fought back strongly after the break.

    The Springboks, who named seven debutants, led 22-17 with five minutes to play but an error by replacement Robert du Preez gifted Wales the win.


    Wales now travel to Argentina for two Tests against the Pumas, on 9 and 16 June.

    The build-up to the game had been dominated by questions about the fixture's validity. Wales were without most of their British and Irish Lions, while South Africa left top players at home as they prepare for the three-Test series against England.

    Former Wales captain Gwyn Jones had called the match a "shambles" that "devalued international rugby", while Premiership Rugby boss Mark McCafferty said the game should not be taking place because it was arranged outside the international window.

    Wales head coach Gatland countered by describing those criticising the Test match as "bitter and twisted" and insisted it was vital for his preparations for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

    A crowd of 21,357 turned up to watch the experiment.

    The game struggled to entertain in the early stages, with most scrums needing to be reset, before South Africa's Elton Jantjies scored the first points of the game from the boot after 20 minutes when Wales conceded a penalty at the breakdown.

    Steff Evans was then forced off after 30 minutes with a knee injury and replaced by Hadleigh Parkes, and the Scarlets centre made an immediate impact.

    Ellis Jenkins forced the Springboks into a mistake that set Wales free in South African territory. Jenkins, Parkes and Ross Moriarty showed quick hands before full-back Hallam Amos went over for the opening try.

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    Hallam Amos went to the 2018 Commonwealth Games with the Welsh sevens team
    Minutes later, Wales were over again. Tomos Williams, winning his first Wales cap, broke two tackles five metres from the line to score a debut try.

    Gareth Anscombe's conversion meant Wales took a 14-3 lead into the break.

    Travis Ismaiel gave South Africa the perfect start to the second half, intercepting Amos' loose pass for the simplest of finishes.

    Anscombe replied with a well-taken penalty before Wales missed a glorious opportunity to extend their lead once again.

    Moriarty powered over the gain line before sidestepping a couple of Springbok defenders. From the breakdown the ball was spread wide where several Welsh players lay in wait against just a couple of Springboks, but centre Owen Watkin knocked the ball on.

    Watkin was then shown a yellow card for deliberately playing the ball out of bounds under pressure from Jesse Kriel, denying the Springbok a clear try-scoring opportunity.

    With a man advantage, South Africa soon got their try. Dominance at the scrum gave the southern hemisphere side the perfect platform to get the ball wide to wing Makazole Mapimpi, who scored in the corner.

    Replacement Du Preez kicked South Africa into a three-point lead with minutes left on the clock but his mistake then gifted Wales the win.

    Tomos Williams charged down Du Preez's late kick and the ball fell kindly to Welsh replacement hooker Elias who sealed Wales' third consecutive win over the Springboks.

    Williams impresses on debut
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    Tomos Williams scored a try in Cardiff Blues' Challenge Cup final win over Gloucester
    Williams impressed throughout against South Africa, as the Cardiff Blues scrum-half showed why Gatland gave him his first cap.

    The debutant started off on the right foot, making a crucial tackle on Travis Ismaiel to stop South Africa going over early on.

    As the first half was drawing to a close, Williams scored his first international try after shrugging off the attention of both Jason Jenkins and Ivan van Zyl.

    And it was the scrum-half's determination in closing down South African clearances that led to Wales' winning try, as his block deflected Elias to score the winning try.

    With Rhys Webb now unavailable for Wales selection following his move from Ospreys to Toulon, Williams showed against South Africa why he should be considered as an alternative to Gareth Davies and Aled Davies.

    Captain Ellis Jenkins was superb in attack and defence as he demonstrated Wales' strength in depth at open-side flanker with Sam Warburton and Josh Navidi injured, Justin Tipuric rested and James Davies also in the summer tour squad.

    Wales: Hallam Amos; Tom Prydie, George North, Owen Watkin, Steff Evans; Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Dillon Lewis; Cory Hill, Bradley Davies; Seb Davies, Ellis Jenkins (capt), Ross Moriarty.

    Replacements: Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Rhodri Jones, Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright, Aled Davies, Rhys Patchell, Hadleigh Parkes.

    South Africa: Curwin Bosch; Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel, Andre Esterhuizen, Makazole Mapimpi; Elton Jantjies, Ivan van Zyl; Ox Nche, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Wilco Louw, Jason Jenkins, Pieter-Steph du Toit (capt), Kwagga Smith, Oupa Mohoje, Dan du Preez

    Replacements: Akker van der Merwe, Steven Kitshoff, Thomas du Toit, Marvin Orie, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Embrose Papier, Robert du Preez, Warrick Gelant

    Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU).

    Assistant referees: Alexandre Ruiz (FR) and Frank Murphy (IRE).

    TMO: David Grashoff (RFU).

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    2018 summer internationals: New Zealand 52-11 France






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    Second-half replacement Damian McKenzie was influential in New Zealand's comeback
    New Zealand v France
    New Zealand (8) 52
    Tries:
    Barrett 2, Taylor, Ioane 2, McKenzie, Laumape, Savea Cons: Barrett 3 Pens: Barrett 2
    France (11) 11
    Try:
    Grosso Pens: Parra 2
    New Zealand cannot be "seduced" by their thumping 52-11 win over France, says head coach Steve Hansen.

    The All Blacks produced a second-half masterclass to overturn a half-time deficit at Eden Park on Saturday.

    "The big thing is not getting seduced by the scoreboard," said Hansen.


    France led at half-time thanks to an interception try by Remy Grosso and two Morgan Parra penalties, with Beauden Barrett scoring a try and penalty for the All Blacks.

    "I thought the 10 minutes before half-time [were important] and you have to respect [their defence]," Hansen added.

    "We were trying to go through them rather than around them and once we started to do that and make them work a bit harder then we knew it would pay dividends later on."

    A Barrett penalty early in the second period tied the scores before France lock Paul Gabrillagues was sin-binned for a high tackle.

    The floodgates then opened and the hosts scored 41 points in 28 minutes.

    Second-half tries from Codie Taylor, Barrett, Rieko Ioane (2), Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape and Ardie Savea guided the All Blacks to their first victory of the summer.

    The second Test will be played on 16 June in Wellington.

    Line-ups
    New Zealand: Jordie Barrett; Ben Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock (c), Scott Barrett, Liam Squire, Sam Cane, Luke Whitelock.

    Replacements: Laumape, McKenzie, TJ Perenara, A Savea, Fifita, Tu'ungafasi, Tu'inukuafe, Harris

    France: Maxime Medard; Teddy Thomas, Mathieu Bastareaud (c), Geoffrey Doumayrou, Remy Grosso, Anthony Belleau, Morgan Parra; Dany Priso, Camille Chat, Uini Atonio, Paul Gabrillagues, Yoann Maestri, Judicael Cancoriet, Fabien Sanconnie, Kevin Gourdon,

    Replacements: Fickou, Plisson, Serin, Lapandry, Le Roux, Slimani, Baille, Pelissié,

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    Australia 18-9 Ireland: Tourists' 12-game winning run comes to an end






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    Bernard Foley's try gave Australia a two-point lead at half-time
    First Test: Australia v Ireland
    Australia (8) 18
    Tries:
    Foley, Pocock Con: Foley Pens: Foley 2
    Ireland (6) 9
    Pens:
    Carbery 3
    Australia ended Ireland's record-breaking winning streak as sterling defence set up a nine-point defeat of the Six Nations champions in Brisbane.

    Tries by Bernard Foley and David Pocock helped the Wallabies bring Ireland's 12-game run to a halt.

    Foley also kicked two penalties and a conversion for the hosts, who take an early lead in the three-Test series.


    Joey Carbery kicked three penalties for the visitors, who had tries by CJ Stander and Kieran Marmion ruled out.

    The Wallabies employed an aggressive defensive strategy to effectively unsettle their guests at the Suncorp Stadium with Pocock, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau continuously disrupting Ireland's rhythm.

    Foley's try in the 35th minute gave the home side a deserved two-point advantage at half-time but Ireland thought they had taken control after the restart when Stander barrelled his way over the line.

    But the Munster flanker was held up by Australian wingers Marika Koroibete and Dane Haylett-Petty and video replays could not show if he had been able to ground the ball.

    Folau then had a try ruled out for foul play in the build up, while Marmion's injury-time score was also cancelled out by the television match official.

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    Kieran Marmion's late effort was ruled out because of a knock on
    Wallabies get their homework right
    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was pitting his wits against some of his former Leinster players and he would have been pleased with how his side were able to counteract Ireland's traditional strengths.

    Full-back Folau won his head-to-head aerial battle with opposite number Rob Kearney while Beale produced a thundering hit on Conor Murray to snuff out a trademark Irish loop play.

    The home side defended with speed and intelligence and Pocock was a constant threat as the Wallabies earned an incredible 14 turnovers.

    In contrast, Ireland appeared disjointed in defence with Robbie Henshaw looking uncertain in the outside centre berth.

    It took a superb covering tackle by Jacob Stockdale on Koroibete to deny the Wallaby wing the opening score in the 20th minute after Henshaw had charged out of the line but missed his tackle on Beale.

    The Leinster man repeated his mistake 15 minutes later when he could not get to Foley in time and the fly-half threw a quick pass to spark the attack that finished with him diving over in the corner.

    Stander stopped
    Ireland were fortunate to only trail by two points at the break and began the second half in determined fashion with a clever interchange between Bundee Aki and James Ryan, which allowed Stander to barge through the Australian defence.

    The South Africa-born number eight showed impressive pace and strength to get to the line but could not get a clear grounding after excellent covering work by the two Australian wings.

    The visitors attempted to ratchet up the pressure but Carbery missed a penalty and then Pocock produced a couple of excellent turnovers to help clear their lines.

    A rare mistake by the Wallaby blind-side allowed Carbery another shot at goal that saw the visitors move into a one-point lead but the hosts took charge during the final quarter.

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    Johnny Sexton's second-half introduction failed to turn the game in Ireland's favour
    Building pressure
    Ireland swept to the Six Nations title with a game plan based on their ability to retain the ball and put the opposition tacklers under pressure but Australia cleverly used the same tactic against them.

    Folau's opportunistic score was called back for a tackle off the ball but it served as a warning for the Irish defence.

    The hosts went back on the attack and inched their way closer to the try line through 14 muscular phases only for Samu Kerevi to drop the ball when a score seemed likely.

    Undaunted, Australia came again when Folau won another spectacular aerial contest to spark an attack before Stockdale was penalised for not releasing the ball.

    The Wallabies scented victory and they tested the Irish defence through nine phases before Pocock darted over for the clinching score.

    Line-ups
    Australia: Folau; Koroibete, Kerevi, Beale, Haylett-Petty; Foley, Genia; Sio, Paenga-Amosa, Kepu, Rodda, Coleman, Pocock, Hooper, Timu.

    Replacements: Latu for Paenga-Amosa (56), Robertson for Sio (62), Tupou for Kepu (56), Simmons for Rodda (56), Tui for Pocock (73), Samu for Timu (49), Phipps for Genia (73), Hodge for Haylett-Petty (62).

    Ireland: R Kearney; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Carbery, Murray; McGrath, Herring, Jo Ryan, Henderson, Ja Ryan, O'Mahony, Murphy, Stander.

    Replacements: Cronin for Herring (57), Healy for McGrath (48), Furlong for Jo Ryan (48), Roux for Henderson (64), Conan for O'Mahony (69), Marmion for Murray (77), Sexton for Carbery (57), Larmour for Earls (25).

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    South Africa beat England 42-39 in first Test in Johannesburg
    By James Standley

    BBC Sport



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    Mike Brown scored the first of England's three quick tries - but the tourists ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard
    First Test: Australia v Ireland
    South Africa (29) 42
    Tries:
    De Klerk, Nkosi 2, Le Roux, Dyantyi Cons: Pollard 4 Pens: Pollard 3
    England (27) 39
    Tries:
    Brown, Daly, Farrell, Itoje, May Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Daly, Farrell
    England lost their fourth Test in a row as South Africa launched an astonishing fightback to win the first Test.

    England raced into a 24-3 lead as Mike Brown, Elliot Daly and Owen Farrell crossed for converted tries.

    But the Springboks led 29-27 at the break via Faf de Klerk, S'busiso Nkosi (2) and Willie le Roux tries.


    Aphiwe Dyantyi then went over for the hosts, and two Handre Pollard penalties meant scores from Maro Itoje and Jonny May were not enough for England.

    It meant new South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus won his first match since replacing Allister Coetzee.

    The two sides meet again next Saturday in the second Test in Bloemfontein.

    Billy's back - what about England?
    It was an astonishing first 40 minutes in Johannesburg, with England - so poor in recent games - playing near perfect rugby at the start.

    Number eight Billy Vunipola, fit again and playing his first Test for more than a year, fielded the kick-off and was back on his feet to make the third carry of the game too.

    South Africa were clearly all too aware of the threat he posed, and in England's first attack his mere presence was enough to fix two South Africa defenders and create the space for Brown out wide.

    From then on, a high-octane game largely passed him by, and South Africa's Duane Vermeulen was the standout number eight on the pitch.

    With plenty of possession and field position in the opening quarter, George Ford shone at fly-half for England.

    It was his neat pass that put May through to feed Brown, and he soon freed the winger once more to set up Farrell.

    In between, Daly - who had boomed over a penalty from his own 10m line - also raced over and it looked as though England were back on track.

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    England were in the ascendancy in the opening 20 minutes of the first half, with skipper Owen Farrell scoring one of three tries during that period - 55,260 inside Ellis Park watch on
    New-look South Africa's English connection
    To say Erasmus and new captain Siya Kolisi were experiencing a baptism of fire would be a huge understatement.

    England were almost out of sight on the scoreboard, and on pitch the Boks, when they finally managed to secure some ball, were making a stream of errors.

    Within a two-minute period Lukhanyo Am dropped the ball, De Klerk passed behind Vermeulen and Kolisi passed only to grass, before a threatening attack was turned over by England inside their 22.

    But the Boks were determined to mark the dawn of a new era by playing with pace and width, and it was the two England-based players - Sale scrum-half De Klerk and Wasps full-back Le Roux - who engineered the most spectacular of turnarounds.

    De Klerk, all fizz around the fringes, sniped over from close range for the first try, and Le Roux, the gliding playmaker up from full-back who delivered the passes that set the Boks' electric wingers running free, raced over for their fourth.

    In between, the sizzling Nkosi scored twice - the first when Daly failed to deal with his chip ahead - and the Boks' commitment to attack had been handsomely rewarded.

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    Siya Kolisi (centre) was the first black player to captain a South Africa team
    Slow, quick, quick
    If the first half had been dominated by attack, the start of the second saw defence come to the fore.

    South Africa assumed control of possession and territory and would have been out of sight had Pollard managed to land more than one of his first three penalty attempts.

    England seemed to be struggling with the altitude and their last chance surely went when Mako Vunipola was yellow-carded for making contact with De Klerk as he hoisted a kick.

    The Boks made the extra man count as 6ft 9in second row RG Snyman nonchalantly sent Dyantyi over untouched - but back came England.

    Itoje made up for conceding a couple of penalties by stretching over before Pollard finally made the game safe for the Boks with a penalty.

    Even then the scoring was not done, May racing clear for a typically elusive score, but it was the Springboks who emerged triumphant from a compelling first match of what looks like being a gripping three-Test series.

    Man of the match - Faf de Klerk
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    The scrum-half - brought back by new coach Erasmus for his first Test in two years - sets the tempo for South Africa, and that tempo is fast, aggressive and relentless. Excellent for Sale Sharks in the English Premiership last season, he maintained that ebullient form on his return to the international stage
    What they said - 'We have to stick together'
    England captain Owen Farrell told Sky Sports: "We got off to a good start but then a few errors crept in. Our discipline then let us down.

    "We have to look at the game and make sure we stick together. This will make us better and get the best out of us."

    South Africa captain Siya Kolisi on Sky Sports: "It was a beautiful game. We worked really hard to make sure we were ready for this game, and thanks to everyone for coming out to support us.

    "I didn't need to say anything [when England scored their third try]. We knew what we were doing wrong, we just had to pick the tempo up and we did that and it worked in our favour."

    The pundits' view - 'A lot of places where England can improve'
    Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson

    "England were good at times - playing away from home, at altitude. They nearly turned it around at the very end. But again, their poor discipline cost England. Individual errors keep costing them, and that's what the England management will be disappointed with.

    "It's a tough start to be in Ellis Park - England will be better in the next two Tests. They've got a lot to look at and a lot of places where they can improve."

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    Line-ups
    South Africa: Le Roux; Nkosi, Am, De Allende, Dyantyi, Pollard; De Klerk, Vermeulen, Du Preez, Kolisi, Mostert, Snyman, W Louw, Mbonambi, Mtawarira.

    Replacements: Van der Merwe, Kitshoff, T du Toit, P du Toit, Notshe, I Van Zyl, Jantjies, Gelant.

    England: Daly; May, Slade, Farrell, Brown; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Isiekwe, Robshaw, T Curry, B Vunipola.

    Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Williams, Shields, Hill, Spencer, Francis, Solomona.

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    Canada 10-48 Scotland
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    By Tom English


    Summer tour: Canada v Scotland
    Canada
    (3) 10
    Try: Penalty try Pen: O'Leary
    Scotland (15) 48
    Tries: McGuigan, Jackson, Turner 3, Bradbury, Carmichael Cons: Hidalgo-Clyne 3, Kinghorn 3 Pen: Hidalgo-Clyne
    George Turner scored a hat-trick of tries as Scotland opened their summer tour with victory over Canada.

    Byron McGuigan and Ruaridh Jackson touched down in the first half.

    Turner went over early in the second period and Adam Hastings made his Scotland debut off the bench before Canada got a penalty try.


    Magnus Bradbury's score was followed by two more from Turner and Lewis Carmichael ran through for the final try late on.

    The Scots play the United States in Houston next Sunday before finishing their tour against Argentina in Resistencia the following Saturday.

    The Commonwealth Stadium, home of the Edmonton Eskimos football team, has had more thunderous evenings. The sparse crowd in the 60,000-seater stadium lent the occasion a slightly odd air, but Scotland had a job to do, atmosphere or no atmosphere. This was not a marquee Test match, but it was an important one for Gregor Townsend in his mission to deepen his player pool.

    It began promisingly with Scotland asking questions of Canada from the get-go and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne popping over a penalty when that defence got stressed. Those three points were the first of the scrum-half's international career.

    And it got better soon after when James Lang on his debut re-gathered his own loose pass and flung it wide to McGuigan, who made light work of finishing it off in the left corner. Hidalgo-Clyne missed the conversion, but the early signs were good.

    Canada had won only four of their previous 20 Tests and had lost to Uruguay three times, USA twice and Brazil once. USA, Fiji and Georgia all put 50 points on them in the past year. That's the kind of territory you thought Scotland were heading for once McGuigan scored.

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    Townsend fielded four debutants in Edmonton
    The points mountain would come later but for a spell the game went flat and Scotland's error count mounted. Shane O'Leary made it 8-3 with the boot. Canada lost their loosehead, Noah Barker, to the bin for a dangerous tackle on Allan Dell, targeting his right leg, but Scotland went pointless in those 10 minutes. Jackson thought he had scored but was done for a double movement.

    Scotland's performance called out for a more direct approach, a tighter, forward-dominated effort that drove through the guts of the Canadians. What was obvious from early on was the effectiveness of their maul - and that was how Scotland kicked on to win this comfortably. They tormented the Canadians from close range.

    Just after the half-hour, Canada spilled it in a daft exit play from their own 22. Scotland got a lineout and mauled it 15 metres. Turner, on for the unlucky Fraser Brown who exited with a rib injury, fed Hidalgo-Clyne who shipped it on to Jackson. Simple. The scrum-half added the conversion for a 15-3 lead.

    Two minutes after the break, another lineout maul and another try for the Scots, Turner getting on the end of it this time. Hidalgo-Clyne's conversion gave Scotland the belief to motor on and build their margin.

    The opposite happened. Hastings - son of former Scotland captain Gavin - came on and played nicely. Scotland were pushed back and pinned inside their own 22 in the early minutes of his involvement, though. Jackson was done for a deliberate knock on as Canada tried to exploit space out wide and a penalty try was given, along with a yellow card for the fly-half.

    At 22-10, Scotland needed a nudge to wake themselves up. It came when Ben Toolis gobbled up a loose ball and carried his team forward. Blair Kinghorn was in support and took Scotland to the line. When it came back out, the excellent Dave Denton carried effectively yet again and the space opened up for Bradbury to score his first try for Scotland.

    Kinghorn converted to make it a 19-point game and that stretched out to 24 points when another devastating Scottish maul rolled straight and true and across the Canadian line. Once again it was Turner on the end of it.

    The hooker had the night of his life behind that maul. It was a wrecking ball weapon for the Scots and they poured on the misery when returning to Canada's 22 and launching another driven maul. Turner - who else? - got the touchdown for his hat-trick, the first for a Scot since Ally Hogg got three against Romania in 2007.

    Kinghorn made it 41-10 with the conversion and Carmichael, on his debut, raced away off a pass from Bradbury to get Scotland's seventh of the night. Kinghorn's extras made it 48-10.

    A pleasing second half and a positive beginning to Scotland's summer trek.

    Canada: Parfrey, Hassler, Fraser, Blevins, Van der Merwe, O'Leary, Mack; Barker, Barkwill, Ilnicki, Ciulini, Olmstead, Rumball, Heaton, Campbell.

    Replacements: Howard, Sears-Duru, Keith, Keys, Dobravsky, Ferguson, Davis, Sauder.

    Scotland: Kinghorn, L Jones, Harris, Lang, McGuigan, Jackson, Hidalgo-Clyne; Dell, Brown, Berghan, Toolis, Gilchrist, Bradbury, Ritchie, Denton.

    Replacements: Turner, Bhattie, McCallum, Hamilton, Price, Hastings, Bennett.


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    Wales produce impressive display to beat Argentina 23-10 in first Test






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    Flanker James Davies races through for Wales' first try against Argentina
    Argentina v Wales - first Test
    Argentina (3) 10
    Try:
    Lezana Con: Gonzalez Iglesias Pen: Sanchez
    Wales (17) 23
    Tries:
    J Davies, North Cons: Patchell 2 Pens: Patchell 2, Anscombe
    Wales produced a hugely impressive display to beat Argentina in the first Test in San Juan.

    Flanker James Davies scored his first try for his country in a fine all-round display, while George North finished off a sniping break by Gareth Davies.

    Fly-half Rhys Patchell kicked 10 points to keep Wales in the driving seat.


    Argentina had chances to score but were denied by last-ditch Welsh defence and had to settle for Tomas Lezana's late consolation try.

    The Pumas took an early lead at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario through the boot of Nicolas Sanchez, after Wales number eight Ross Moriarty was caught on the wrong side of a ruck.

    But Wales hit back in style as full-back Hallam Amos flicked the ball out of the back of his hand to send James Davies clear, allowing the open-side to dot down in the right corner for his first Test try on just his second cap.

    Patchell converted from tight on the right touchline but Wales were soon under pressure as Argentina surged forward in search of a reply.

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    Hallam Amos' fine handling skills unlocked the Argentina defence for the opening Wales try
    The home side were only denied a try thanks to Wales captain Cory Hill, who got under a pile of blue and white shirts to prevent Santiago Garcia Botta grounding the ball over the line.

    Argentina remained camped in Wales' 22, but Davies showed the defensive part of his game to win a turnover and clear the pressure.

    Wales worked their way upfield and added a second score as Gareth Davies took a tap-down from the back of a line-out to race through, the scrum-half finding North on his shoulder in support.

    The British and Irish Lion, restored to his usual wing berth after experimenting at centre against South Africa last week, touched down for his 33rd Wales try.

    That matched the tally of wing great Ieuan Evans and North goes joint third in Wales' all-time list, behind Gareth Thomas on 40 and Shane Williams on 58.

    Patchell - who had perhaps been fortunate to escape without further punishment for earlier taking Pumas full-back Emiliano Boffelli out in the air - again added the extras and then struck a penalty to give Wales a 17-3 lead at half-time.

    The Scarlets fly-half stretched Wales' lead with his second penalty after the restart, although he was wide with an easier effort soon after.

    Santiago Medrano thought he had claimed the Pumas' first try when he crawled over from short range, only for the TMO to rule out his effort for a double movement as the prop had been held in the tackle.


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    Argentina continued to huff and puff, but it took until three minutes from the end for replacement Lezana to finally overcome Wales' stalwart defence.

    Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias' conversion made it 20-10 but Wales comfortably saw out the remaining time, with replacement fly-half Gareth Anscombe having the last word with a penalty.

    A youthful Wales now take on Argentina in the second Test in Santa Fe next Saturday, at the 47,000-capacity Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez Stadium, with the chance of a famous series win.

    The men in red last won a series in Argentina in 1999, when current Wales attack coach Rob Howley was the scrum-half.

    Wales in seven heaven
    Open-side Ellis Jenkins had impressed last week in captaining Wales to a 22-20 win over South Africa, but found himself rested in San Juan as Wales coach Warren Gatland explored the depth of his playing resources.

    That gave James Davies the chance to stake his claim to the seven shirt and the 27-year-old Scarlets flanker rose to the occasion magnificently.

    His support play for Wales' opening try - finishing off a sweeping backs move for his first Test try - would have pleased the Wales coaching staff.

    But perhaps what would have impressed more was how he went about his defensive duties.

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    Flanker James Davies was winning his second Wales cap, having made his debut in the 2018 Six Nations against Italy
    Argentina had been expected to display the greater fluency, with the core of the side playing regularly together in the Super Rugby side Jaguares.

    But the home side's rhythm - and possession - was constantly challenged by the Wales breakaway trio of Davies, namesake Seb and Moriarty who harried the Pumas at every breakdown.

    James Davies' display adds more glitter to the embarrassment of riches Wales have at open-side, and Gatland with some welcome selection problems as he builds towards the 2019 World Cup.

    Lions skipper Sam Warburton and Josh Navidi are injured and Justin Tipuric, another Lion, was rested for the summer tour, while Jenkins impressed against the Springboks last week and Aaron Wainwright came off the bench late on against Argentina for his first cap.

    Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli; Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano; Nicolas Sanchez, Gonzalo Bertranou; Santiago Garcia Botta, Agustin Creevey (capt), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Javier Ortega Desio.

    Replacements: Julian Montoya, Javier Diaz, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lezana, Martin Landajo, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Sebastien Cancelliere.

    Wales: Hallam Amos; Josh Adams, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, George North; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Elliot Dee, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Cory Hill (capt), Seb Davies, James Davies, Ross Moriarty.

    Replacements: Ryan Elias, Nicky Smith, Tomas Francis, Josh Turnbull, Aaron Wainwright, Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Owen Watkin.

    Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland).

    Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Mathieu Raynal (France).

    TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa).

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    Ireland win thriller against Australia in Melbourne to level Test series
    By Richard Petrie

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    Johnny Sexton scored 16 points on his return to the Ireland starting line-up
    Second Test: Australia v Ireland
    Australia (14) 21
    Tries:
    Beale, penalty try, Tupou Cons: Foley 2
    Ireland (16) 26
    Tries:
    Conway, Furlong Cons: Sexton 2 Pens: Sexton 4
    Ireland secured a deserved 26-21 win over Australia in Melbourne to level their series at 1-1, with the decisive final Test to come in Sydney next week.

    Andrew Conway and Tadhg Furlong scored Ireland's tries, with Johnny Sexton kicking 16 points as the tourists were rewarded for a dominant performance.

    Ireland could now earn a first southern hemisphere series win since 1979.


    Kurtley Beale and Taniela Tupou crossed for Australia, who were also awarded a penalty try in the first half.

    The Wallabies ended Ireland's 12-match unbeaten run with an 18-9 success in Brisbane in the first Test but Joe Schmidt's side now have an opportunity to end their Grand Slam-winning season on a high.

    Ireland's victory maintains their second position in the IRB world rankings, ahead of third-placed Australia.

    Ireland recover from early deficit
    Beale's second-minute try got the hosts off to a flying start but Ireland took advantage of wing Marika Koroibete's yellow card as Conway dived over in the corner.

    Returning fly-half Sexton converted and added three penalties to put the Irish in control but referee Paul Williams awarded a penalty try against Cian Healy for illegally collapsing the maul and sent the prop to the sin bin, leaving the score 16-14 at the break.

    Ireland bossed the second half and Jack McGrath and Keith Earls both grounded over the line but had their 'tries' ruled out for a double movement and a knock-on respectively following consultations with the Television Match Official.

    Furlong bulldozed his way over the line to give his side some breathing space, but McGrath's yellow card for a deliberate knock-on in the ruck on 76 minutes, followed by Tupou's touchdown a minute later, made for a nervous finish for Schmidt's men.

    Forwards build platform for success
    Ireland made eight changes for the game, with a strong starting line-up made up entirely of players from Munster and European Champions Cup and Pro14 winners Leinster.

    Conway justified his inclusion with his first-half try before going off injured, skipping over after Conor Murray collected the ball at the back of a rolling maul and floated a pass to the Munster winger.

    Ireland enjoyed the majority of territory and possession, defended resolutely and showed an increased physicality, aggression and intensity, while Sexton's influence and accuracy off the tee proved vital.

    A much-changed pack built the platform for victory, hooker Niall Scannell proving efficient, Devin Toner and CJ Stander playing significant roles and Furlong making important line breaks and ensuring reward for his side's superiority in the third quarter with his 54th-minute try.

    Captain Peter O'Mahony was perhaps the stand-out performer among the forwards however, affecting a number of turnovers at crucial stages of the match.

    Munster-bound former Scarlets forward Tadhg Beirne made his debut as one of a raft of second half-replacements introduced from the bench.

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    Kurtley Beale gave Australia an early lead with his second-minute try
    Indiscipline costly for Australia
    Australia coach Michael Cheika named an unchanged side as the Wallabies attempted to construct some continuity and momentum in the wake of their win in the opening Test.

    Centre Beale ran a brilliant line to run onto Bernard Foley's inside pass and sprint in behind the posts early on but indiscipline proved the hosts' undoing as Koroibete was sent to the bin for a tip tackle on Rob Kearney soon after.

    The loss of scrum-half Will Genia with a broken arm was a major blow and Cheika's side were unable to take advantage of their extra-man advantage as they failed to put any points on the board during Healy's 10-minute first-half absence.

    David Pocock starred for the home side, again proving a thorn in Ireland's side at the breakdown, while front-row substitute Tupou's late try proved a consolation.

    What they said
    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, speaking to Sky Sports: "We made it far too easy for Kurtley Beale to score under the sticks from the start but from that moment on we knuckled down and worked into the game. We scored a great try and that boosted our confidence. We accumulated points like we didn't last week. The third quarter was probably the turning point of the game."

    Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony, speaking on Sky Sports: "Last week they taught us a good few lessons, it has taken one of our best performances of the year to beat them.

    "They are incredibly proud playing here at home. It was appropriate we put in one of our best performances of the year.

    "It would have been disappointing for next week to be a dead rubber. We are looking forward to assessing the game and looking at what we did well and what we can improve for next week."

    How they lined up
    Australia: I Folau; D Haylett-Petty, S Kerevi, K Beale, M Koroibete; B Foley, W Genia; C Timu, M Hooper (capt), D Pocock; A Coleman, I Rodda; S Kepu, B Paenga-Amosa, S Sio.

    Replacements: T Latu, T Robertson, T Tupou, R Simmons, L Tui, P Samu, N Phipps, R Hodge.

    Ireland: R Kearney; A Conway, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, K Earls; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, N Scannell, T Furlong; D Toner, James Ryan; P O'Mahony, D Leavy, CJ Stander.

    Replacements: R Herring, J McGrath, A Porter, T Beirne, J Murphy, J Cooney, J Carbery, J Larmour.

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    New Zealand 26-13 France: Benjamin Fall sent off as All Blacks clinch series






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    France's Benjamin Fall was sent off following this challenge on Beauden Barrett
    Second Test: New Zealand v France
    New Zealand (21) 26
    Tries:
    Moody, Smith, J Barrett 2 Cons: McKenzie 3
    France (6) 13
    Tries:
    Gomes Sa Cons: Plisson Pens: Parra 2
    France full-back Benjamin Fall was sent off for dangerous play after 12 minutes as the All Blacks wrapped up a series win in Wellington.

    Fall took out All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett in the air before the world champions ran in three first-half tries through Joe Moody, Ben Smith and Jordie Barrett.

    Full-back Barrett added another try in the second half after nice link-up play with Damian McKenzie before Cedate Gomes Sa scored a late consolation for the tourists.


    The All Blacks' victory means they take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the third Test in Dunedin on Saturday, 23 June.

    "It's always a shame when someone gets red-carded, particularly for an offence that is not really intentional," said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen.

    "It was a challenge and Fall got it wrong. The referee had to red-card him because that's what the rules say but it does spoil the game.

    "I don't think there was any intention for him to hurt Beauden Barrett. And when there's no intention it becomes a grey area - the game is not black and white."

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    South Africa 23-12 England: Tourists lose second Test for fifth defeat in row
    By James Standley

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    It was yet another dispiriting defeat for Eddie Jones' England
    Second Test: South Africa v England
    South Africa (13) 23
    Tries:
    Vermeulen, penalty Con: Pollard Pens: Pollard 3
    England (12) 12
    Tries:
    Brown, May Con: Farrell
    England lost their fifth Test match in a row as South Africa wrapped up the series 2-0 with one match to play.

    The tourists once again started well and raced into a 12-0 lead with Mike Brown and Jonny May scoring fine tries.

    The Boks fought back as a Duane Vermeulen try and Handre Pollard's boot gave them a one-point lead at the break.


    A penalty try saw the hosts stretch well clear and they kept England scoreless in the second half.

    It is the first time since 2014 they have lost five in a row - a sequence that saw them beaten four times by New Zealand and once by South Africa.

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    South Africa head into the third and final Test with the series already wrapped up
    Deja vu all over again
    History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes, so the saying goes, and that was the case for much of the first half.

    In the first Test in Johannesburg England raced into an early 24-3 lead before ultimately losing 42-39, and the pattern was mirrored in Bloemfontein.

    It was a more aggressive and abrasive 40 minutes than the opener last weekend, with England's forwards keen to get stuck in - and often transgressing as a result.

    Billy Vunipola - who was to be forced off by yet another injury just before half-time - made the initial impact, hitting and spinning to make ground in heavy traffic, before crisp passing enabled May to give Brown a simple run-in for the first try.

    They soon added a second as quick hands in midfield - including a batted pass from the juggling Brown - saw May scorch 40 metres, but once again they could not hold on to a significant early advantage.

    Boks bounce back - again
    Inspired by their big runners up front, the Boks came to life and duly led by half-time.

    Vermeulen was once again a massive figure at number eight and his powerful score - he stepped Billy Vunipola before powering past Maro Itoje - got the scoreboard ticking over and heralded what was to come.

    Pollard's boot did the rest as the hosts led 13-12 at the break.

    England were their own worst enemies, with some petulant indiscipline from Mako Vunipola and Itoje aiding the South Africa cause, and they also threw plenty of handling errors into the mix.

    They had to start the second half better than the hosts, but two early knock-ons halted their attempts to generate momentum and effectively killed off their challenge.

    Things go from bad to worse for England
    A huge South Africa scrum, which saw Kyle Sinckler pop up under the pressure and immediately be replaced, earned them a penalty try and a third Pollard penalty was scant reward for a dominant third quarter.

    England boss Eddie Jones rang the changes in an attempt to inject some life into his out-gunned charges, with Danny Cipriani returning to the Test stage for the first time since 2015 and immediately looking a greater threat than Ford at 10.

    But yet more errors and poor discipline - of which a blatant hand on the ground from Nathan Hughes which brought a yellow card was the worst example - ensured there was only ever going to be one winner.

    After the final whistle had gone things went further downhill for England, with Brown and Joe Marler confronting fans as they walked down the tunnel.

    Man of the match - Duane Vermeulen
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    Argentina 12-30 Wales: Warren Gatland's side finish summer tour unbeaten






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    Josh Adams was originally withdrawn from Wales' summer squad after being ineligible to face South Africa
    Argentina v Wales - second Test
    Argentina
    (5) 12
    Tries: Delguy, Montoya Cons: Sanchez
    Wales (19) 30
    Tries: Adams, Amos Cons: Patchell Pens: Patchell 6
    Wales finished their summer tour unbeaten after another resounding win over Argentina in Santa Fe.

    Warren Gatland's side eased to a 2-0 series win following victory over South Africa in Washington DC.

    Wales dominated throughout the match, fly-half Rhys Patchell notching up 20 points in a composed performance.


    The only negative was a late red card for number eight Ross Moriarty, sent off for a prolonged headlock on Pumas outside-half Nicolas Sanchez.

    It was Wales' first series win in Argentina since 1999 and this impressive victory means Gatland's side are in line to move up to third in the world rankings, overtaking England and Australia.

    Patchell's boot was aided by two Welsh tries with a superb solo effort from wing Josh Adams and a well-worked score for Hallam Amos.

    The hosts were penalised throughout and showed a distinct lack of discipline with Pumas head coach Daniel Hourcade announcing afterwards he will step down after next week's game with Scotland.

    Wales had won the first game of their summer tour against South Africa in Washington DC before beating Argentina in the first Test 23-10.

    Gatland made five changes for this game which included playing openside flankers Ellis Jenkins and James Davies in the same back-row after the pair had produced man-of-the-match performances in the opening two games.

    The tactic worked as the duo continually turned over possession and forced Argentina to give away penalties at the breakdown.

    It was another successful decision by Gatland who has blooded and exposed young inexperienced players to Test rugby after leaving most of Wales' 2017 British and Irish Lions at home to rest.

    The successful tour has also created more strength in depth and competition for places ahead of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

    Strong start
    Wales started off the brighter of the two sides, taking advantage of Argentine ill-discipline as Patchell kicked the visitors into an early 6-0 lead.

    Another penalty against the Pumas, this time at the scrum, just in their own territory gave Wales a chance to extend their lead but Patchell's first miss of the game kept it a one-score game.

    A loose pass from the Scarlets fly-half then looked to be running out of play before it was picked up by Adams.

    The Worcester wing, who was recalled for the tour after initially being withdrawn, managed to gather the ball before proceeding to weave his way through the Pumas defence.

    The 23-year-old spotted a gap and broke over the gain line before side-stepping Emiliano Boffelli to score his first ever try for Wales, which Patchell converted.

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    Rhys Patchell was successful with six of the seven penalties he attempted
    Despite a brief foray into the opposition 22, Argentina struggled to get a foothold in the game and Gatland's side continued to make them pay.

    Wales thought they had a second try when Patchell's chip was caught by Owen Watkin but after consulting with the touch judge, referee Jaco Peyper ruled the centre was in front of the ball when it was kicked.

    However the Welsh didn't leave Argentinean territory without picking up another three points from Patchell's boot as they extended their lead to 16 points.

    That soon became 19 as yet more ill-discipline from Argentina at the breakdown was penalised and Patchell, once again, made no mistake with the kick.

    With a minute remaining in the first half the Pumas finally got on the scoresheet. Second row Guido Petti saw a big gap in the Welsh defence before offloading to Bautista Delguy, who went over in the corner.

    Sanchez missed the resulting conversion as Wales took a commanding 19-5 lead into half-time.

    Patchell precision
    The second-half started much like most of the first with Patchell slotting over another penalty, this one from inside his own half.

    Patchell added yet another three points before Moriarty linked up with the backs for a brilliantly worked Welsh try.

    Quick hands from the number eight saw the ball move wide to George North, who skipped passed a defender before passing inside for Amos to cross.

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    Hallam Amos also scored a try in Wales' first Test this summer against South Africa
    Patchell could not kick the conversion from the tight angle, before being replaced by Gareth Anscombe, as Wales extended their lead to 25 points.

    As the home crowd began to filter out and the atmosphere dropped, so did the tempo of the match.

    It wasn't until the 75th minute the home side had their first real chance of the half to score with a lineout on the Welsh five metre line.

    Moriarty's red mist
    However, as was the story of the match, Argentina could not string together any momentum and after just a few phases, Wales were awarded another penalty at the breakdown and the chance to clear their lines.

    Wales threatened to cross once again late on before tempers started to fly. Moriarty held Puma's Sanchez in a headlock after reacting to an off-the-ball push.

    Moriarty's actions were in front of assistant referee Andrew Brace and prompted a member of the Argentina medical staff to become involved in the altercation.

    After referring the incident to the television match official, Moriarty was sent off by referee Peyper for his actions.

    With the man advantage Argentina scored a consolation try through replacement prop Julian Montoya but the result was beyond doubt.

    Despite the disappointing end, Wales ran out commanding winners on the night and 2-0 winners on the Argentina leg of the tour.

    Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli; Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Santiago Garcia Botta, Agustin Creevey (capt), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Javier Ortega Desio.

    Replacements: Julian Montoya, Javier Diaz, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lezana, Tomas Lezana, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Sebastien Cancelliere.

    Wales: Hallam Amos; Josh Adams, Scott Williams, Owen Watkin, George North; Rhys Patchell, Aled Davies; Rob Evans, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Cory Hill (capt), Ellis Jenkins, James Davies, Ross Moriarty.

    Replacements: Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Bradley Davies, Josh Turnbull, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Tom Prydie.

    Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

    Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland)

    TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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    USA 30-29 Scotland: Americans stun Scots to register first Tier One victory
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    By Tom English



    Highlights: USA 30-29 Scotland
    Summer tour: USA v Scotland
    USA
    (13) 30
    Tries: Taufete'e 2, Germishuys Cons: MacGinty3 Pens: MacGinty 3
    Scotland (24) 29
    Tries: Kinghorn, penalty try, Turner, Fife Cons: Kinghorn 2 Pen: Kinghorn
    Blair Kinghorn missed a last-gasp kick for victory as the USA claimed a first win over Scotland.

    Scotland led through Kinghorn's early try, but after that they found the United States tough to deal with.

    Samu Manoa's sin-binning was followed by a penalty try and one from George Turner, but two from Joe Taufete'e and one from Hanco Germishuys gave the USA a deserved lead.


    Dougie Fife scored in time added on, but Kinghorn could not convert.

    Scotland had never lost to the USA before. Heading into this one there had been five official Tests and an unofficial international match and Scotland had won the lot.

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    Blair Kinghorn (grounded) celebrates his early opening try that gave Scotland the lead
    In the stifling heat of Houston, Scotland made a blistering start and there was a certain inevitability about the inspiration behind the opening try which flew in after just 59 seconds. Captain for the night Stuart Hogg saw a gap and darted through it, then drew his man and put it on a plate for Kinghorn. The wing converted to put Scotland on the front foot before the USA knew what was happening.

    The hosts had won five-in-a-row coming into this. They weren't exactly beating up world rugby's big guns, but they had confidence and they had bulk, and in their fly-half, AJ MacGinty, they had a clever leader. MacGinty made it 7-3 with the boot as USA found their feet.

    Their ball-carriers started to punch holes. Nobody punched as heavily as Taufete'e - their battering ram of a hooker - who got on the ball and caused Scotland problems. Cam Dolan wasn't far behind. Orchestrating the whole shooting match was MacGinty who was wonderful.

    A huge call went against the hosts midway through the opening half when Peter Horne spun through a tackle inside the USA's 22 and put his younger brother George through at the posts. Manoa hit him high and got binned. Wayne Barnes double-downed on the punishment by giving the penalty try. It was contentious. The home team looked to have another defender tracking Horne.

    MacGinty narrowed it to 14-6 while Manoa was off, but America felt his loss when Scotland scored again and once more it was the lineout maul that did the damage. Turner got a hat-trick from driven lineouts against the Canadians and he got another score here. That's four tries in a total of 85 minutes for the hooker. It put him on an all-time try-scoring par for a hooker with Gordon Bulloch and Ross Ford. Those two took a damn sight longer than 85 minutes amass their collection.

    Kinghorn's conversion made it 21-6 to Scotland and at the time it looked like a lead they were likely to add to. Instead, USA started launching their ball-carriers and with a lot more accuracy and they got their rewards.

    Just before the break, big Taufete'e thundered his way over from close-range and just after the break, following a lineout maul of their own, it was big Joe again who did the damage. He peeled off back and went for glory, bumping Turner and Luke Hamilton and then dragging Zander Fagerson and George Horne with him over the line. You could have constructed a wall of reinforced concrete and the hooker would have comfortably taken that out as well on his way to the line.

    The excellent MacGinty took care of the conversion and then added a penalty and suddenly it was a one-point game.

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    Joe Taufete'e battered through the Scotland defence and squeezed over the line for the US
    Scotland became a mess. They ran the gamut of mistakes and exerted zero control at half-back. This was a rough night for Adam Hastings on his first Scotland start, but Hastings wasn't the only one struggling to get grip out there. Collectively, they started to sink in the face of American passion and American pressure.

    On the hour, the USA hit the front and again it was MacGinty who was at the heart of it. He put up a garryowen that Matt Fagerson dealt with calamitously, missing the high ball and allowing the advancing MacGinty to gather and ship it on to openside Germishuys to score in the corner. The fly-half's extras made it 30-24 and a stunning victory loomed large on the Houston horizon.

    Townsend took off some of his tyros and got experience on to the park for the salvation job, but USA were heroic when they needed to be.

    MacGinty made a key tackle on Tim Swinson on the right touchline as the lock was building up a head of steam approaching the five-metre line, then Shaun Davies, the scrum-half, did sensationally well to deny Mark Bennett on a crash ball. Bennett went over the try-line but Davies did enough to loosen the ball from his grip as he tried to get it down.

    The Scots spent the last 10 minutes more or less camped in the host's half and set up a breathless finale with Hastings floating a sweet skip-pass to Fife who went over in the left corner with 84 minutes on the clock. At 30-29 it all fell to Kinghorn to land the conversion to steal it, but from far out on the wing he couldn't nail it.

    USA basked in the moment and they deserved to. What a moment for them; a first win against a Tier One country. A wretched night for the Scots, but a momentous occasion for the brilliant MacGinty and the team he inspires.

    USA: Hooley, Scully, Campbell, Lasike, Brache, MacGinty, Davies; Fry, Taufete'e, Mullen, Manoa, Civetta, Quill, Germishuys, Dolan.

    Replacements: Fawsitt, Lamositele, Baumann, Peterson, Landry, Augspurger, Magie, Audsley.

    Scotland: Hogg, Kinghorn, Grigg, P Horne, McGuigan, Hastings, G Horne, Bhatti, Turner, Z Fagerson, Carmichael, Toolis, Swinson, Hamilton, M Fagerson.

    Replacements: Brown, Dell, McCallum, Gilchrist, Denton, Hidalgo-Clyne, Bennett, Fife.

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    New Zealand 49-14 France: Rieko Ioane scores hat-trick as All Blacks win series 3-0






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    Reiko Ioane scored a second-half hat-trick
    Third Test: New Zealand v France
    New Zealand (21) 49
    Tries:
    Smith, Todd, Mckenzie (2), Ioane (3) Cons: McKenzie 7
    France (14) 14
    Tries:
    Serin, Fofana Cons: Belleau (2)
    Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick of tries as New Zealand wrapped up a 3-0 series win over France by beating them 49-14 in the third and final Test.

    The first half was closely contested with the All Blacks taking a 21-14 lead into half-time in Dunedin, but France failed to score after the break.

    Ioane scored a second-half hat-trick, while Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith and Matt Todd also crossed for the hosts.


    France's tries came from Baptiste Serin and Wesley Fofana.

    The tourists lost 52-11 in the first Test and 26-13 in the second as they also lost the final match against a much-changed New Zealand.

    All Blacks fly-half McKenzie scored two tries and kicked seven out of seven conversions.

    "We were tight in the first half but in the second half the All Blacks increased the pace of the game and they scored a lot of tries," said Serin.

    "We tried to run the ball a lot as well, but we exposed ourselves to the counter-attack and that's something we need to work on."

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    Ireland hold off a determined fight back by Australia to win three-Test series
    By Cian Murtagh

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    Ireland lost just one of their 11 games in the 2017-18 season
    Third Test: Australia v Ireland
    Australia (9) 16
    Try:
    Koroibete Con: Foley Pens: Foley 3
    Ireland (12) 20
    Try:
    Stander Pens: Sexton 5
    Ireland resisted a sustained second-half assault to earn a first series victory in Australia for 39 years.

    The Six Nations Grand Slam champions needed the boot of Johnny Sexton to steer them through a scrappy but compelling contest in Sydney.

    CJ Stander's try at the start of the second half was cancelled out by an excellent score by Marika Koroibete.


    The Wallabies scented a win but the Irish defence held firm before Sexton kicked a late insurance penalty.

    The tourists found themselves under relentless pressure as Australia sought to harness the momentum of Koroibete's try.

    There was still time after Sexton's fifth and final penalty for the home side to stage one final, desperate attack but Bernard Foley's wayward pass missed its target and rolled out of play just as the clock turned red.

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    Prop Tadhg Furlong was a threat in the loose for Ireland
    Wallabies learn Melbourne lessons
    A major factor in Ireland's win in Melbourne to level the series had been their ability to negate the influence of Australia's key players.

    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had clearly learnt from that defeat as number eight David Pocock and full-back Israel Folau were both to the fore in the opening quarter after their captain Michael Hooper suffered an early hamstring injury.

    Folau won the ball from the opening kick-off and his aerial contest with Peter O'Mahony was a feature of the game up to the 30th minute when the Ireland captain was carted off injured and the Wallabies full-back was shown a yellow card for taking the flanker out in the air.

    The sides were level on six points and 14 players apiece at that point after Sexton and Foley had traded penalties and Jacob Stockdale had also been sent to the sin bin for leading with his forearm.

    The Ireland fly-half pushed his side back ahead with a 35th minute penalty.

    Australia thought they had levelled before the break when Foley punished a Conor Murray offside but the hosts conceded a penalty from the restart - much to the annoyance of Chieka - and Ireland led by three at the interval.

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    Marika Koroibete's try set up a dramatic final quarter at the Sydney Football Stadium
    Stander turns pressure to points
    Ireland had dominated the territory and possession stats in the opening half but, not for the first time in the series, they had struggled to convert that pressure into scores.

    They began the second half determined to correct their profligacy and immediately set up camp in the Australian 22 after a clever kick by Sexton.

    The Irish pack cranked up their line-out maul and were held up at the first attempt before Stander was at the tail of a second driving wedge that powered over the line.

    Sexton missed the conversion, which left Ireland with a precarious eight-point lead.

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    Johnny Sexton kicked 15 points as Ireland clinched their first series win in Australia since 1979
    Koroibete sparks fight back
    In what was the final game of a gruelling 11-match season, Ireland began to tire as the final quarter approached and the Wallabies sensed their chance as Foley turned down two kickable penalty chances to kick into the corner instead.

    The first attack produced a chance for Folau when the full-back found some space on the blind-side but the final pass went over his head.

    But there was no mistake at the second time of asking as the Irish defence was sucked infield and Foley's perfectly-weighted kick bounced up into the path of Koroibete, who dragged Sexton over the line with him.

    The conversion meant it was just a one-point game with more than 20 minutes remaining, and Australia attacked in waves against a tiring Irish defence.

    Robbie Henshaw was penalised for a high tackle but Foley's penalty attempt drifted across the face of the posts and substitute scrum-half Joe Powell's pass was knocked-on by Samu Kerevi when a try seemed inevitable.

    Ireland countered with Sexton's penalty in the 78th minute on a rare foray into the opposition half before the Wallabies final, desperate attack fizzled out as the hooter sounded.

    What they said
    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, speaking to Sky Sports: "I think a heck of a lot of it tonight was about character. Maybe we should have got a little bit more out of that first half.

    "The Wallabies then came back and they came back in waves, but I think credit to Jordan Larmour, Jordi Murphy, Tadhg Beirne for coming into a real furnace and to come out on the other side. I hope that furnace helps them become the diamonds that we need.

    "The provinces do a great job looking after the players and making sure they have enough juice in the tank. I don't think we could play again next week, I think all that juice is gone."

    Ireland try scorer CJ Stander speaking on Sky Sports: "We knew it was going to be a cup final for us coming down here, especially as it was the last game of the season so I think we just got out there and gave it 100%.

    "We knew Australia would attack us from minute one. We pride ourselves on our defence. They came at us wave after wave for the last 20 minutes and we stood up and I am immensely proud of the guys."

    Australia number eight David Pocock speaking on Sky Sports: "It was a great battle. Every week you were trying to analyse their game and see what weaknesses of ours they were going to try to target.

    "But credit to them, maybe their game management was a little better across the series."

    How they lined up
    Australia: Folau; Haylett-Petty, Kerevi, Beale, Koroibete; Foley, Phipps, Sio, Paenga-Amosa, Kepu, Rodda, Coleman, Tui, Hooper, Pocock.

    Replacements: Latu, Robertson, Tupou, Simmons, Hanigan, Samu, Powell, Hodge.

    Ireland: R Kearney; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; J McGrath, N Scannell, Furlong, James Ryan, Toner, Stander, O'Mahony, Conan.

    Replacements: R Herring, Healy, John Ryan, Beirne, Murphy, Marmion, Byrne, Larmour.

    Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)

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    England beat South Africa 25-10 in third Test but lose series 2-1
    By James Standley

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    Jonny May's spectacular finish made the game safe at a sodden Newlands
    Third Test: South Africa v England
    South Africa (3) 10
    Try:
    Kriel Con: Jantjies Pen: Jantjies
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    Try:
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    England halted their losing run as they ground their way to victory over South Africa in the third and final Test.

    In extremely wet conditions in Cape Town three Owen Farrell penalties to one Elton Jantjies effort gave England a 6-3 lead.

    South Africa went ahead via a converted Jessie Kriel try soon after the break.


    But England turned the screw and three Farrell penalties and a Jonny May try sealed victory, although South Africa took the series 2-1.

    After the snooker table firmness and speed of the surface in the first two matches, the Newlands pitch was more akin to the sodden bogs found on the moors of northern England.

    Combined with an extremely greasy ball it made for an entirely different kind of game to the pacy, cavalry-charge rugby seen on the Highveld.

    Instead we saw siege-gun rugby, with both scrum-halves repeatedly launching hanging box kicks from the base of the ruck as the two teams looked to edge into opposition territory.

    Both sides made numerous errors as the ball squirmed from hand repeatedly.

    But as the game wore on the tourists - raised on the wet weather rugby of an English winter - were increasingly dominant.

    A tale of two fly-halves
    All headlines before the match, in England at least, had focused on the return of the prodigal son.

    In the end the conditions dictated that Danny Cipriani - the reformed bad boy or misunderstood maverick of English rugby depending on your view - had a fairly quiet day on his first international start for a decade, until a superb late kick to set up May's try.

    With scrum-half Ben Youngs kicking repeatedly from the base of the ruck and either Farrell or Elliot Daly taking the penalties, it was seven minutes and 50 seconds before the fly-half first handled.

    He showed some typically nice touches with ball in hand, and put himself about in defence when South Africa attacked, quick to get back and have a second go if his first tackle did not succeed.

    And with the final whistle imminent he finally produced the sort of visionary play his fans were waiting for, kicking through under extreme pressure for the flying May to win the race to touch down and put the game out of sight.

    His opposite number Jantjies had a game to forget, spilling the ball several times, being charged down on others and failing to give the Boks any sort of control before being substituted after 58 minutes.

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    It was not hard to see what setting up May's try meant to recalled fly-half Cipriani (right)
    Better discipline from England
    England's discipline had been extremely poor in the first two matches but they were much improved on Saturday.

    Instead, it looked as though errors would be their undoing, as time and again in the first half they followed up good play with a bad mistake.

    Two instances in particular stood out. First Joe Marler won a penalty at a breakdown in the England 22 to halt a threatening attack, only for Farrell to miss touch.

    And, approaching the half-hour mark, Curry won a superb penalty at another ruck, but Daly promptly booted the ball dead rather than into touch.

    The mistakes threatened to allow South Africa into the game, but the hosts were just as error-prone and the longer the match went on the more assured England looked, with the pressure they put the hosts under allowing Farrell's metronomic boot to keep building the score.

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    Heavy rain in the build-up meant the match was played in extremely difficult conditions in Cape Town
    Sinckler shines
    Up front Kyle Sinckler carried hard and often to give England momentum in a difficult first half, Tom Curry confirmed he is growing into Test rugby on the open-side and the dogged Chris Robshaw relished the slow, wet conditions.

    May confirmed he is a Test-class finisher on the wing and Farrell was assured at inside centre, but England were far from perfect.

    The line-out struggled as Jamie George and co were put under extreme pressure, while head coach Eddie Jones will know it was a much-changed Bok side from the team that won the first two Tests.

    Jantjies looked a class below the man he replaced, Handre Pollard, while new full-back Warrick Gallant combined sublime interventions with stupid penalties.

    But after their recent poor run all England will care about as they head for the beach is that an alarming run of defeats has finally been halted.

    Man of the match - Tom Curry
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    In a match that was won in the trenches, 20-year-old England flanker Curry was always at the heart of the scrap, leading the way in the tackle count and a constant presence at the breakdown
    England: E Daly (Wasps); J May (Leicester Tigers), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), O Farrell (Saracens, capt), M Brown (Harlequins); D Cipriani (Wasps), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers); J Marler (Harlequins), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), J Launchbury (Wasps), M Itoje (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins), T Curry (Sale Sharks), N Hughes (Wasps).

    Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), A Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), J Hill (Exeter Chiefs), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), S Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), B Spencer (Saracens), D Solomona (Sale Sharks)

    South Africa: W Gelant (Bulls); S Nkosi (Sharks), J Kriel (Bulls), A Esterhuizen (Sharks), A Dyantyi (Lions); E Jantjies (Lions), F de Klerk (Sale Sharks); T Mtawarira (Sharks), C Ralepelle (Sharks), F Malherbe (Stormers), RG Snyman (Bulls), F Mostert (Lions), S Kolisi (Stormers), PS du Toit (Stormers), D Vermeulen (Unattached).

    Replacements: S Brits (Unattached), S Kitshoff (Stormers), T du Toit (Sharks), JL du Preez (Sharks), S Notshe (Stormers), E Papier (Bulls), H Pollard (Bulls), W le Roux (Wasps).

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    Argentina 15-44 Scotland: George Horne grabs brace as Scots end tour on high
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    Summer tour: Argentina v Scotland
    Argentina (3) 15
    Tries:
    Lezana, Gonzalez Iglesias Con: Sanchez Pen: Sanchez
    Scotland (36) 44
    Tries:
    G Horne 2, Kinghorn, McInally, Bradbury, Fife Cons: P Horne 4 Pens: P Horne 2
    Scotland wrapped up their summer tour with a record victory over a woeful Argentina side in Resistencia.

    Scrum-half George Horne scored the first of his two tries with barely a minute gone, and the Scots added four more before half-time.

    Blair Kinghorn, Stuart McInally, Magnus Bradbury and Horne again capitalised on dismal defence as the Scots led 36-3.


    The Pumas rallied with tries for Tomas Lezana and Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias but Dougie Fife crossed for Scotland.

    Peter Horne added 14 points with the boot as Scotland put last week's one-point loss to the USA behind them to secure their record win in Argentina, comfortably beating a 12-point victory in 2008.

    This was a rout to sit alongside the humiliation the Argentina footballers suffered at Croatia's hands, a systematic deconstruction of their rugby team in front of their own bemused people.

    Argentina, playing their last game under their departing and beleaguered coach Daniel Hourcade and with a win return of just three in their last 20 Tests, were a rabble and Scotland were not in any kind of mood to go easy on them.

    If there was concern over the rookie half-backs, George Horne and Adam Hastings, then it faded to nothing very early on.

    After just two minutes, the pair combined to get Scotland off to a perfect start, Hastings cutting a nice line, breaking a tackle (to say Argentina's defence was paper-bag thin would be an insult to paper bags) before finding Horne running free outside him.

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    Adam Hastings enjoyed a superb game orchestrating Scotland's attacks from fly-half
    First blood to Scotland, as was the case against the USA in Houston last week. First blood and second blood in Resistencia.

    Nick Grigg was next to gallop down the red carpet the Pumas brought with them on the night. Haring into the 22, Grigg was composed, looked both ways and made the right decision in giving it to Kinghorn, who ran on to score.

    Ten minutes gone, and with Pete Horne's conversions it was 14-0 to Scotland. They were only getting started, though. McInally took it up off a line-out in Argentina's 22, bust through a non-tackle from Nicolas Sanchez and ran in for try number three and a 21-0 lead.

    When Sanchez put over a penalty to reduce the deficit to a mere 18 points, there was almost embarrassed applause from the home crowd, an outbreak of soft clapping that was replaced by more groans soon after.

    Agustin Creevy, a great hooker having a nightmarish evening, overthrew at a line-out and Fraser Brown, outstanding at open-side, seized on it and drove the Scots forward.

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    Stuart McInally celebrated his first match as captain by scoring a try
    It took them a few phases but Bradbury piled over and with Horne's conversion and then a penalty, Scotland had broken the 30-point barrier inside 30 minutes. The Pumas were squirming, a complete contrast to the Scots, who were revelling in exorcising the horrors of Houston.

    Their fifth try arrived before the break, beginning with Brown turning over Pumas ball inside his own 22. Scotland carried on downfield where, at the pivotal moment just 5m from the Argentina line, George Horne dinked a little chip in the air which Hastings batted back to his scrum-half.

    Horne, a try-scoring machine for club and now, seemingly, for country, touched down for his second of the game.

    The young men embraced in celebration of their one-two as well they might. It was a lovely piece of improvisation and far too much for the Pumas to handle.

    Scotland gave up a handsome lead in America, but there was never the remotest suggestion that the same physical deficiency and ill-discipline were going to be repeated.

    Ten minutes into the second half, Tomas Lezana, the blind-side, went over for a try converted by Sanchez but Scotland responded in quick order.

    Off a scrum in the Pumas' 22, Scotland threw in all sorts of deception and dummy runners before Stuart Hogg threw a superb long pass off his left hand to Dougie Fife, who could have crawled over given the space he was in.

    Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias got Argentina's second try, but Peter Horne checked any momentum they might have kidded themselves into thinking they had by making it a 29-point game with a penalty.

    It meandered to a close. The Pumas had taken enough punishment and had nothing left to give.

    Scotland, meanwhile, coasted home knowing that they had done their work in that tumultuous first half. After Houston, this was a huge response and a fine way to end their trek.

    Team line-ups:
    Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Bautista Ezcurra, Sebastian Cancelliere, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Javier Diaz, Agustin Creevy (captain), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Guido Petti, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Leonardo Senatore.

    Replacements: Julian Montoya (for Creevy, 49), Santiago Garcia Botta (for Diaz, 49), Santiago Medrano (for Tetaz Chaparro), Marcos Kremer (for Alemanno, 56) Tomas Lavanini (for Matera, 56), Gonzalo Bertranou (for Landajo, 56), Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (for Ezcurra, 56) Juan Cruz Mallia (for Orlando, 66).

    Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Dougie Fife, Nick Grigg, Pete Horne, Blair Kinghorn, Adam Hastings, George Horne; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally (capt), Simon Berghan, Tim Swinson, Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury, Fraser Brown, David Denton.

    Replacements: George Turner (for McInally, 66), Jamie Bhatti (for Dell, 49), Zander Fagerson (for Berghan, 49), Ben Toolis (for Swinson, 5), Jamie Ritchie (for Brown, 59), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (for G Horne, 66), James Lang (for Hastings, 72), Chris Harris (for Grigg, 59).

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