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7 October 2019

Bath Rugby's Francois Louw, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson were in action over the weekend in Japan, as South Africa and England looked to secure their route through to the knock-out stages. Here's a recap of how they got on. 

South Africa v Italy (Friday)

Francois Louw came on as a second half replacement, as South Africa cruised to an impressive 49-3 victory over Italy.

Cheslin Kolbe showed just why he is regarded as one of the best wingers in world rugby, scoring twice in a Man of the Match display from the Toulouse winger. The Springboks scored a further five tries against an Italian side, who had to play the final 37 minutes with a man disadvantage following the dismissal of Andrea Lovotti.  

Louw will start at number eight for his country, as they look to secure their place in the knock-out stages against Canada tomorrow morning.

ENGLAND V ARGENTINA (SATURDAY)

Bath Rugby’s Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson helped England to the knock-out stages with a convincing six-try 39-10 win against Argentina.

Jonny May set Eddie Jones’ side on their way with a ninth minute try before Argentina were dealt a blow to their chances. A high tackle from Tomas Lavanini on Owen Farrell saw the Pumas reduced to 14 men with just 17 minutes on the clock.

England made the extra man count, with Elliot Daly and Ben Youngs crashing over before the interval, to give their side a 12-point advantage at the break.

George Ford, Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie secured the bonus-point victory to set up a quarter-final clash against either Australia or Wales.

Underhill was at his industrious best making 16 tackles, whilst Watson continued to provide a running threat in the England back line.

England will face France on Saturday to decide who tops Pool C, with both teams unbeaten in their opening three games.

 

 

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