England and New Zealand maintained their flawless starts to the 2023 Rugby World Cup with overwhelming victories on Friday, setting up a mouth-watering face between the two sides in the quarter-finals.
The tournament was significant for the rise of new teams, such Portugal and Japan. Portugal made their Rugby World Cup debut, and Japan created history by reaching the semifinals.
England defeats Chile
England defeated Chile 48-5 in their third Pool D game due to winger Jonny May’s hat-trick. With eight tries scored and 14 points from George Ford, the hosts were never in danger.
Chile put up a valiant fight, but they were simply outmatched by an English team that was stronger. Hooker Vicente del Solar’s lone attempt came in the second half.
New Zealand too strong for Argentina
In Pool C, New Zealand defeated Argentina 39-10 because they were simply too powerful for their opponents. Beauden Barrett scored two tries and added 14 points for the All Blacks, who scored in five different attempts. With only two penalties from scrum-half Tomas Cubelli, Argentina was unable to stop the All Blacks’ offensive threat.
England and New Zealand to meet in quarter-finals
The quarterfinal match between England and New Zealand will now take place on October 14 and is sure to be exciting. The two teams are comparable and have a long history of conflict.
Despite the fact that England has never defeated New Zealand in a Rugby World Cup, they will be optimistic about their chances this time. They are playing in front of their own audience and have a talented team led by Captain Owen Farrell.
The defending champions and one of the favorites to win the Rugby World Cup is New Zealand. They have a top-notch team under the command of captain Sam Cane, and they pose a constant threat when they attack.
Other Rugby World Cup updates
In other Rugby World Cup news, on Thursday, France defeated Japan 23-17 in a Pool A match. At halftime, France had a 23-10 advantage over Japan. However, Japan rallied in the second half and scored a try through winger Kenki Fukuoka to close the gap to six points.
France, though, managed to hang on and earn their second triumph of the competition. On October 8, they will now play South Africa in their last pool game. Ireland defeated Scotland 27-17 on Wednesday in Pool B. James Lowe and Robbie Henshaw’s touchdowns for the Irish gave them the lead early on, and they never looked back.
In the second half, Scotland scored two tries of their own, but it was not enough to keep them from losing for the first time in the competition. On October 7, Ireland will now play Wales in their last pool game.
Rugby World Cup 2023: What to look out for this weekend
The Rugby World Cup this weekend will include a number of thrilling matchups.
Fiji will play Georgia at Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday in a Pool C match. One of the world’s most entertaining teams, Fiji is always capable of scoring tries from any spot on the field. Georgia, a tough and physical team, will try to deceive the Fijians.
Argentina will play Chile in a Pool D encounter at Nantes’ Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday as well. While Chile will try to improve on its performance against England, Argentina will try to recover from its loss to New Zealand.
Australia and Portugal will play each other in a Pool C game on Sunday at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne. Australia, one of the favorites to win the Rugby World Cup, will try to defeat Portugal in order to advance to the quarterfinals.
Portugal is the underdog in this game, but they plan to pull a surprise. They have a lot of talented players on their roster, like center Bernardo Mendes and wings Manuel Cardoso.
Numerous teams are in the running to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which is expected to be an exciting competition. The two favorites are England and New Zealand, although a number of other teams, like as France, South Africa, and Ireland, could compete with them.
The competition is already beginning to take shape, even if there are still a number of matches to be played. On October 14 and 15, the quarterfinals will be contested, and on October 21 and 22, the semifinals. On October 28, the championship game will take place in Paris’ Stade de France.
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