Springboks and Fiji have a historic weekend at Twickenham, De Allende v Esterhuizen and are Samoa World Cup quarterfinals contenders?
Shaun and Thala reflect on the final weekend of Rugby World Cup warm up matches.
We start with the Springboks’ record breaking victory over the All Blacks in Twickenham. We look at what the differences were between this victory and the loss in the Rugby Championship, we split some hairs on what the Boks did not do well in the game and discuss whether the All Blacks loss exposed long standing issues or was it a rare blip.
We spend some time looking at some of the selection dilemmas Jacques Nienaber still has, which include De Allende v Esterhuizen, Mostert v RG Snyman, Faf de Klerk v Jaden Hendrikse and which of the 4 wingers to pick.
We then discuss Fiji’s first win over England and marvel at the discipline in Fiji’s approach, their strong tight five and kicking game, their position as the favourites in Group C of the World Cup and where to from here for England.
We then round up the other weekend’s matches, including Samoa running Ireland very close, the brilliance of 2nd half Scotland against Georgia, Italy thrashing a Japan team that is looking very beatable and whether Australia’s loss to France is all part of Eddie Jones’ plan.
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