2007 Rugby World Cup: Fiji, Tonga and France win
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Pacific Island nations were pushing for places in the knockout stage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup today. Fiji overcame Canada 29-16, claiming a vital bonus point to go second in Pool B ahead of Wales.
|September 16, 2007
|Fiji||29 – 16||Canada||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Referee: Tony Spreadbury
|Try: K Leawere 22'
K Ratuvou (2) 28', 80'
V Delasau 42'
Conv: N Little (3) 23', 43', 80'
Pen: N Little 8'
|Try: R Smith 60'
Conv: J Pritchard 61'
Pen: J Pritchard (3) 4', 27', 74'
Canada scored the first points of the match through a James Pritchard penalty. Nicky Little equalised for Fiji four minutes later, and they took the lead in the 20th minute after a try from Kele Leawere. Canada kept in touch with another penalty from Pritchard, but Fiji extended their lead to 15-6 immediately when Kameli Ratuvou scored a try.
After half-time Vilimoni Delasau scored Fiji's third try, but Canada closed the gap to six points after a try from Ryan Smith and a third penalty from James Pritchard. Kameli Ratuvou sealed the win and a crucial bonus point for Fiji after a last minute try, taking the final score to 29-16.
Fiji are currently second in Pool B with ten points, ahead of Wales with five and behind Australia on points difference. Canada are bottom of the group with no points, one short of Japan.
|September 16, 2007
|Samoa||15 – 19||Tonga||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
|Pen: G Williams (5) 6', 21', 23', 29', 69'||Try: E Taione 60'
Conv: P Hola 61'
Pen: P Hola (4) 3', 38', 47', 67'
In Pool A, Tonga produced a surprise win over Samoa. Pierre Hola kicked them into the lead with a penalty in the third minute, but Samoa's Gavin Williams kicked four penalties to give Samoa the lead. Hola kicked a second penalty for the Tongans in the 38th minute, making the score at half-time 12-6.
Tonga took the lead in the second half with two more penalties from Pierre Hola and a try from Epeli Taione. Gavin Williams scored a fifth penalty for Samoa, but Tonga held on for the victory despite having one player sent off and another receiving a yellow card towards the end of the match.
Tonga go second in Pool A with eight points, behind South Africa with nine and ahead of England with four. Samoa are fourth in the pool with one point, ahead of the United States who have none.
|September 16, 2007
|France||87 – 10||Namibia||Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
Referee: Alain Rolland
|Try: C Heymans 7'
D Marty 11'
T Dusautoir 21'
L Nallet (2) 32', 40'
V Clerc (3) 38', 59', 65'
J Bonnaire 47'
S Chabal (2) 49', 54'
J-B Élissalde 56'
R Ibañez 75'
Conv: J-B Élissalde (11) 12', 22', 33', 39', 40', 48', 50', 55', 57', 60', 66'
|Try: B Langenhoven 79'
Conv: T Losper 80'
Drop: E Wessels 10'
Having drastically changed the side that lost to Argentina in the opening match of the tournament, France had no problems in this match and Cédric Heymans opened the scoring with a seventh minute try. Namibia responded three minutes later with a drop goal from Emile Wessels. David Marty continued the scoring for France, but Namibia lost a player soon afterwards when Jacques Nieuwenhuis received a red card for a dangerous tackle. France scored four more tries in the first half, one each from Thierry Dusautoir and Vincent Clerc and two from w:Lionel Nallet to bring the score to 40-3 at half time.
Vincent Clerc scored two more tries in the second half, and Julien Bonnaire, Sébastien Chabal (2), Jean-Baptiste Élissalde and Raphaël Ibañez added more. Bratley Langenhoven scored a late consolation try for Namibia to reduce France's lead to 77 points.
France are third in Pool D with six points, behind Argentina and Ireland who both have nine. Namibia are bottom of the group with no points, behind Georgia with one.
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