Ireland 16-9 New Zealand – Player Ratings

Ireland were brilliant in defence to beat the World Champions for only the second time, but how did the players rate? Ireland 15. Rob Kearney – 8/10 Perhaps lucky to avoid further punishment for a tackle in the air on Reiko Ioane, but generally very solid under the high ball, removing Barrett’s kicking threat. It takes…

What did we learn from England’s tight victory over Japan?

With only a year until the World Cup and a mounting injury list halting Eddie Jones’ bid to build consistency in his selection, England used their Autumn International clash against Japan to test the second-string. It looked as if it would backfire, but the introduction of numerous star players helped England overturn the 10-15 half-time…

England have late try ruled-out as New Zealand edge Twickenham clash

New Zealand triumphed 16-15 over a pugnacious England side in a rainy clash in South-West London. England raced into a 15-0 lead through tries from Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley, but the All Blacks hit back with Damian McKenzie’s try before half-time, and 11 points from the boot of Beauden Barrett ensured that they can…

England overcome horror first-half to beat South Africa

South Africa were left to rue missed opportunities as England repressed a difficult first-half to kickstart their Autumn Internationals campaign with a 12-11 win. Owen Farrell kicked nine points, but his huge tackle – ruled legal by referee Angus Gardner – with the clock dead will be debated endlessly in the coming days. Farrell smashed…

Saracens edge Glasgow in fiery Champions Cup encounter

Saracens beat Glasgow Warriors 13-3 at Scotstoun to open their European campaign with a victory. An early try from Michael Rhodes, as well as eight points from the boot of England international Owen Farrell, cancelled out Adam Hastings’ penalty. It was an opportunity for young Scottish fly-half Hastings to test himself against one of the best…

Sale win basement battle as Gloucester defy critics: Premiership Conclusions

We’ve played six games, and heading into the European break we’ve got a pretty good idea of the runners and riders in the Gallagher Premiership. It’s Premiership Conclusions time… Results Bath Rugby 24-39 Exeter Chiefs Harlequins 20-25 Saracens Northampton Saints 15-23 Leicester Tigers Sale Sharks 20-7 Newcastle Falcons Wasps 21-35 Gloucester Rugby Exeter overcome early…

Bath fall victim to another late surge as Exeter fly to victory

Exeter fought past a difficult start to beat Bath 24-39 in a bonus-point victory at the Rec. 14 points from the boot of Gareth Steenson, as well as five tries ensured that Exeter would travel back to the South coast victorious. While Bath’s opening try came through Semesa Rokoduguni’s brilliant chip for Rhys Priestland to…

Leicester topple Sale in dour Welford Road clash

Sale were left to regret missed kicks as Leicester won 19-15 in a sorry affair at Welford Road. Marland Yarde opened the scoring with a simple try in the opening stages, but his five-pointer was cancelled out only minutes later when Kyle Eastmond flew over. Eastmond’s try was as good as it got for Leicester…

Quins recover while Saints win away: Premiership Conclusions

There’s only one round of Premiership Rugby left before the competition breaks until November, and Josh Bartholomew is, as ever, here to run you through the talking points from the weekend so far. Results: Newcastle Falcons 22-23 Wasps Bristol Rugby 40-45 Northampton Saints Exeter Chiefs 28-11 Worcester Warriors Gloucester Rugby 25-27 Harlequins Saracens 50-27 Bath…

Exeter impress again but Harlequins in a battle: Premiership Conclusions

It has been one of the most pulsating starts to a Premiership season in recent memory, and Josh Bartholomew is evaluating Round Four. It’s Premiership Conclusions time everybody… Results: Newcastle Falcons 17-24 Exeter Chiefs Sale Sharks 13-31 Wasps Bristol Bears 20-13 Harlequins Bath Rugby 17-15 Northampton Saints Results aren’t everything (though they help)… Last season, Newcastle finished…