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#RWC2015 - From our Resident Rugby Pundit; Jon

With so much action in this year's Rugby World Cup, our very own resident rugby guru will be summing up some of the key games.

Jon Stevens, is the current captain of Bletchley Rugby Club second team, and has been a player for 16 years. Check out Jon's write-up on some of the key games from the Rugby World Cup 2015.

It's the FINAL |  Sat 31st Oct

After six weeks of hard hitting rugby action, more than 250 tries and over 2,000 points scored, we are down to the final two teams with defending champions New Zealand taking on Australia in the final.

The past weekend saw two superb semi-final games, with the Kiwis managing to defeating an extremely competitive Springbok side with a narrow 18-12 victory and Australia taking down Argentina 29-15.

This Friday’s Bronze Final promises to be an all-out war between two extremely physical sides in South African and Argentina, but all eyes will now be on Twickenham this Saturday for what promises to be a game for the ages with the two dominant sides in world rugby battling to take home the sport’s richest prize – the Web Ellis Cup!

Arg - 64 vs Namibia - 19 | 11 Oct 15

Argentina secured a comprehensive victory over Namibia at the weekend and will be heading to the quarter finals after a 64-19 bonus point win. Namibia head home without a win in their world cup campaign, but the Pumas will be going through to the knockout stages as the runners up in Pool C.

France - 9 vs Ireland - 24 | 11 Oct 15

Ireland’s victory over France means that they will avoid reigning champions New Zealand following a 24 – 9 win. The victory was bittersweet though as Ireland may have lost skipper Paul O Connell, Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony to injuries meaning the knockout stages will be a huge challenge with quarter final opponents Argentina looking in good form.

Fiji - 47 vs Uruguay - 15 | 7 Oct 15

The game did not disappoint as both teams played open attacking rugby at Stadium MK! The tone was set early with a Fiji score and a yellow card for Uruguay all in the first five minutes!  Uruguay battled bravely and played some great rugby, scoring twice – the first time they have crossed the line in a World Cup game since 2003. Ultimately Fiji were just too strong and ended their World Cup campaign with a seven try victory, the final score 47-15.  Despite the wet weather, the record attendance crowd were in good spirits and Milton Keynes finished their hosting of the World Cup in fine style.

France - 41 vs Canada - 18 | 1st Oct 15

Milton Keynes Stadium (the home town of BI WORLDWIDE UK) hosted France and Canada for the Pool D clash at Stadium MK.  28,000 + fans watched a flowing game with France running out 41-18 winners.  Canada put on a spirited display crossing the line twice, but the French class was too much for them and their five try haul means ‘les bleus’ picked up the bonus point.

Wales - 23 vs Fiji- 13 | 1st Oct 15

Pool A is going to go down to the wire after amazing performance from Fiji against Wales meant that despite the Welsh taking the win, they didn’t pick up a bonus point in a 23-13 victory.  Wales are now three from three and favourites to win the pool, but they were given a huge test by Fiji who came back after the break in a fantastic second half performance.

All eyes now will be on the two big games on Saturday; Scotland vs South Africa and England’s must win game against Australia!

Scotland - 39 vs USA - 16 | 27th Sept 15

Scotland defeated a brave USA side on Sunday and are now topping Group B after a 39-16 victory despite being behind at half time.  With two wins from two and ten tries scored, Scotland have enjoyed an easier start to their World Cup campaign, but business will no doubt pick up when they take on group favourites South Africa next weekend it what will surely decide who will finish group winners.

England - 25 vs Wales -28 | 26th Sept 15

England suffered a shock defeat at Twickenham after an understrength Wales side came back from 10 points down to claim a massive victory leaving the hosts in real danger of not making it out of the group stages.  Despite a 16-9 half time lead, England eventually lost the game 25-28 after an amazing Wales comeback, with England crucially going for the win instead of kicking for the draw in the closing minutes.  Next up for England is Australia on Saturday in what will no doubt be an equally thrilling game.

New Zealand - 58 vs Namibia - 14 | 24th Sept 15

The All Blacks maintained their 100% start to the World Cup with a solid performance, defeating Namibia 58-14.  Despite being the lowest ranked team in the competition, the African side put forward a valiant effort and scored a great try in the second half and can be proud of how they played against far superior opposition.  New Zealand continue their fine run of form and are without a doubt the team to beat.  All eyes now will be on Twickenham for tomorrow’s massive clash between England and Wales.

New Zealand - 26 vs Argentina - 16 | 20th Sept 15

Defending champions were given a scare by an excellent Argentina side that gave them all they could handle at a packed Wembley stadium.   The Pumas came out strongest and immediately put the All Blacks under pressure forcing ill-discipline at the breakdown resulting in two NZ players being sent to the sin bin, including captain Richie McCaw!  Whilst Argentina tried to hold on, the All Blacks came out fighting in the second half and in their usual ruthless fashion, overpowered the Puma defence to take a 26-16 victory.

South Africa -32 vs Japan -34 | 19th Sept 15

Japan captured the hearts of rugby fans all over the world when they defeated the mighty Springboks in the game of the tournament so far!  Japan were massive underdogs going into the game against the Southern Hemisphere giants and two time world cup winners, but were simply relentless for 80 minutes and threw everything at South Africa!  This was epitomised in the closing minutes where Japan had the chance to finish the game with a draw with an easy penalty, but instead opted to go for it and eventually scored with the final play of the game to earn a 34-32 win and a possibly the greatest upset in rugby history!

England - 35 vs. Fiji - 11 | 18th Sept 15

England kicked off the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a hard fought victory over a determined Fiji side.  With a full capacity Twickenham crowd in attendance, the hosts ran out comfortable winners 35 – 11 with a last minute bonus try from Billy Vunipola.  England will need to raise their game when they take on Wales next weekend in what promises to be a corker!

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