Let’s remember the legendary match between the Welsh and Fijians, as well as the debut of the armored Springboks and Chile’s first World Championship match.
It was a Sunday to remember at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, with three matches played and a growing number of spectacles. Early this morning in Toulouse, Japan made a winning debut against Chile, a team playing its first ever World Championship match. Then in Marseille, world champions South Africa made a victorious debut against Scotland at the end of a protracted match, and in the evening, probably the match of the year took place: Wales and Fiji delighted the Bordeaux audience and, in any case, this is from all the TVs in the world with a crazy duel without a host for a long time.
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Scoreboard and highlights of the match Japan-Chile (42-12)
Japan’s first Rugby World Cup match was anything but a walk in the park as it took them almost an hour to find the bonus point against debutants Chile. The South Americans defended as best they could while they had them against the Brave Blossoms, who kept the pace well in attack and soared in the second half until the final +30.
Japan: 15 Semishi Masirewa, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Dylan Riley 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Jone Naikabula, 10 Rikiya Matsuda, 9 Yutaka Nagare (c), 8 Jack Cornelsen, 7 Kanji Shimokawa, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Amato Fakatawa 4 Amanaki Saumaki, 3 Jiwon Goo, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Keita Inagaki
Accessible: 16 Shota Hori, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Asaeli Ai Walu, 19 Warner Dirns, 20 Shota Fukui, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Tomoki Osada, 23 Lomano Lemeki
Goals: Phakatawa 9′, Nyqabula 30′, Phakatawa 39′, Leitch 54′, Nakamura 71′, Dirns 79′
Transformations: Matsuda 10′, 31′, 40′, 54′, 72′, 80′
Chile: 15 Inaki Ayarza, 14 Santiago Videla, 13 Domingo Saavedra, 12 Matias Garaful, 11 Franco Velarde, 10 Rodrigo Fernandez, 9 Marcelo Torrealba, 8 Alfonso Escobar, 7 Raimundo Martine, 6 Martin Seagren (C), 5 Javier, 4th . Saavedra, 3 Matias Dittus, 2 Diego Escobar, 1 Javier Carrasco
Accessible: 16 Augusto Boehme, 17 Salvador Lues, 18 Inaki Gurruchaga, 19 Pablo Huete, 20 Santiago Pedrero, 21 Ignacio Silva, 22 Lucas Carvallo, 23 Jose Ignacio Larenas
Goals: Fernandez 7′, Escobar 48′
Transformations: Seen 7 ‘
Scoreboard and highlights of the match South Africa-Scotland (18-3)
A potentially decisive Group B battle that will see the Springboks pick up four very important points early on to progress to the next round. The reigning world champions, who had good possession from the start, could not go down against the Scots, who were still proud of themselves and were able to finish the first half 6-3. The match was decided in the first 10 minutes of the second half. , with Du Toit and Arendse scoring to take the score to 18-3, a score which was then defended to the end by an already very solid South African defence.
South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Money Libbock, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c) , 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 France Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Accessible: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 R.G. Snyman, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Duane Vermeulen, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Willie le Roux.
Goals: Du Toit 44′, Arendse 50′
Conversions: De Klerk 51′
Free kicks: Libbock 13′, 25′
Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sion Tuipulotu, 11 Doohan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ben White, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Rory Darge, 6 Jamie Ritchie (c), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schumann
Accessible: 16 Dave Cherry, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 W.P. Nel, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Matt Fagerson, 21 Ali Price, 22 Cameron Redpath, 23 Ollie Smith
Free kicks: Russell 40′
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Protocol and highlights of the Wales-Fiji match (32-26)
What to say? Race of the year? Probably based on what we saw in Bordeaux. A brutal match from all points of view in which Wales, having gone down 8-14 after 18 minutes, responded by scoring a partial 3-0 try to take a 32-14 lead. the final, peaceful, the authors of an exciting match, they manage to win back, and Tuisova and Doge sensationally renew the challenge, but in the last possession of the ball, with the possibility of victory, a striker arrives and gives Wales a huge success.
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulup Faletau, 7 Jack Morgan (capt), 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Adam Bird, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Thomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Gareth Thomas
Accessible: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Dafydd Jenkins, 20 Tommy Reffell, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Sam Costelow, 23 Rio Dyer
Tests: Josh Adams (7′), George North (29′), Louis Rees-Zammit (48′), Elliot Dee (66′).
Conversions: Dan Biggar (30ft, 49ft, 67ft)
Free kicks: Dan Biggar (2′, 24′)
Fiji: 15 Ilaisa Droasese, 14 Seleshitino Ravuthaumada, 13 Vaisea Nayakalevu (c), 12 Semi Radradra, 11 Vinaya Habosi, 10 Teti Tela, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Leika Tagitagivalu, 6 Albert Tuisue, 5 Te Ahivaru Chirikidaweta, 4 Isoa Nasilasila, 3 Luke Taghi, 2 Samuel Matavesi, 1 Eroni Mavi
Accessible: 16 Tevita Ikanivere, 17 Peni Rawai, 18 Mesake Doge, 19 Temo Mayanavanua, 20 Levani Botia, 21 Simione Kuruvoli, 22 Joshua Tuisova, 23 Sireli Makala
Goals: Vaisea Nayakalevu (14′), Leika Tagitagivalu (17′), Jozua Tuisova (73′), Mesake Doge (78)
Conversions: Frank Lomani (15′, 18′, 73)
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