June Internationals: England snaps losing streak

by AFP

Captain Owen Farrell's 20 points and a Jonny May try earned England a much-needed consolation victory from their tour of South Africa as the visitors won 25-10 at Newlands.

While England's performance was anything but polished they made the most of South Africa's ill-discipline as the hosts - who won the series 2-1 - conceded 14 penalties to six and made 13 handling errors.

Farrell punished the Springboks as he kicked through five of his first six goal attempts to earn a 15-10 lead going into the final quarter, before May's try killed off England's five-test losing streak with a flourish.

When a knock-on gifted England possession midway into South Africa's half, five-eighth Danny Cipriani sent a raking kick into the right corner where man-of-the-match May, who scored in the previous two tests, pounced again.

It was a rare piece of flair in an otherwise error-strewn game, which was played on the back of two hours of relentless winter rain.


South Africa 10

Tries: Kriel

Cons: Jantjies

Pens: Jantjies

England 25

Tries: May

Cons: Farrell

Pens: Farrell 6 


It was another tough night for Argentina. Photo: AFPScotland have blown away Argentina with a devastating first-half display to post a 44-15 victory and leave the ailing Pumas in dire straits.

Scotland ripped through some feeble Argentine defence to post a barely believable 36-3 halftime lead against a team who have fallen away dramatically since their run to the semi-finals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

George Horne crossed twice in the first half and there were also tries for Stuart McInally, Magnus Bradbury and Blair Kinghorn as Scotland's new-look side took total control.

Tomas Lezana and debutant replacement Santiago Gonzalez replied for an improved Argentina early in the second half but Dougie Fife added another try for the Scots.

Scotland beat Canada but then lost 30-29 to the United States last week, prompting coach Gregor Townsend to make eight changes to his starting team.

Argentina lost both tests against Wales this month and have had victories over only Italy, Georgia and Japan in a dire run since 2016 encompassing 18 defeats from 22 games.


Argentina 15

Tries: Lezana, Orlando

Cons: Sanchez

Pens: Sanchez

Scotland 44

Tries: G Horne 2, Kinghorn, McInally, Bradbury, Fife

Cons: P Horne 4

Pens: P Horne 2 


Rieko Ioane scored a dazzling second-half hat-trick as New Zealand punished France 49-14 to complete a clean sweep of their three-Test series in Dunedin on Saturday.

There were 11 tries, seven for the All Blacks -- three to Ioane and two to Damian McKenzie -- and two for France as both sides relished the freedom to attack on a firm surface in the enclosed Dunedin stadium.

McKenzie converted all the All Blacks' tries to finish with a match haul of 24 points, while Ioane took his try haul to 16 from 16 Tests.

It rounded off a torrid tour for France, who were dismembered 52-11 in the first Test and gallantly went down 26-13 in the second, following an early red card which was rescinded after the game.


New Zealand 49

Tries: Ioane 3, McKenzie 2, Smith, Todd

Cons: McKenzie 7

France 14

Tries: Serin, Fofana

Cons: Belleau 2 


Japan have finished their June Series on a high with a win over Georgia. Photo: Getty ImagesJapan thrashed Georgia 28-0 on Saturday to end a busy month of home Tests on a high note after splitting a two-match mini-series against Italy.

The 2019 World Cup hosts, ranked one spot above Georgia at 11th in the world, ran in three second-half tries after a scrappy first period in rain-soaked Toyota.

Leading by nine points at the break, Japan broke the game open when Wimpie van der Walt bundled over three minutes after the restart, quickly followed by a brilliant solo try from Lomano Lemeki.

Kazuki Himeno added a third try for the Brave Blossoms, who were never seriously threatened by the visitors.

Earlier this month, Japan beat Italy 34-17 before coming up just short in a 25-22 defeat against the Azzurri last weekend.

Fly-half Yu Tamura finished with 10 points but completed just four of eight attempts with the boot, missing several easy kicks.

He slotted two first-half penalties but sliced three more easy kicks wide before Ryuji Noguchi gave Japan a 9-0 advantage at the interval.


Japan 28

Tries: Van Der Walt, Lemeki, Himeno, 

Cons: Tamura 2

Pens: Tamura 2, Noguchi

Georgia 0


The boot of Sonatane Takulua and a late try by Dan Faleafa sealed an upset 27-19 win for Tonga over Pacific Nations Cup champions Fiji in Lautoka on Saturday.

The match settled unfinished business between the two sides after they finished first and second without playing each other in the recent two-round Nations Cup tournament, also involving Samoa and Georgia.

Fiji coach John McKee had said his side could not consider themselves true champions unless they beat Tonga, and with 20 minutes remaining they led 19-14 and appeared on their way to victory.

But ill discipline proved costly as Takulua slotted two penalties, Fiji went down to 14-men when Vereniki Goneva was yellow carded and Faleafa crossed for his try.

Tonga had set the early pace with a converted try to Agen hooker Paul Ngauamo, and Frank Lomani levelled for Fiji at 7-7 with a try just before half-time converted by Ben Volavola.

Immediately after the start of the second half, Tonga pulled away again when Castres lock Sitiveni Mafi scored.

Fiji eventually hit the front with tries in quick succession to Newcastle centre Goneva and lock Viliame Mata.

Goneva's try saw him equal the long-standing Fiji record of 20 Test tries set by Sanivalati Laulau who retired 33 years ago.

But it also proved the catalyst for Tonga's late 13-point charge to take the game.


Fiji 19

Tries: Lomani, Goneva, Mata

Cons: Volavola 2

Tonga 27

Tries: Ngauamo, Mafi, Faleafa

Cons: Takulua 3

Pens: Takulua 2


The USA have continued a strong run in June, with a big win over North American rivals, Canada.

America stunned Scotland in the second June week, before claiming another dominant victory on Sunday morning (AEST).


Canada 17

Tries: Olmstead, Hassler

Cons: O'Leary 2

Pens: O'Leary

USA 42

Tries: Dolan 3, Augspurger, Scully, De Haas

Cons: MacGinty 3

Pens: MacGinty 2