Rugby World Cup: Team of the weekend

Rugby World Cup: Team of the weekend

1. Steven Kitshoff - South Africa


Good at the set-piece. Some strong carries also.
 
2. Jamie George - England
 
In a scrappy England win, George performed well at the set piece and got himself on the end of a well worked mauling try for England. A special mention for Rory Best who put in a solid 80 minute shift for Ireland.
 
 


 
 
 
3. Tadgh Furlong - Ireland
 
 
Showed great power to crash over from short range. Dominated in the scrum and defended well.
 
4. Scott Barrett - New Zealand
 
On the end of a breakaway try for NZ as South Africa had the defending champs on the ropes. Good around the park and strong in defence.
 
5. James Ryan - Ireland
 
Got Ireland's performance kick started with a powerful score. Dominant at the set piece. 
 
6. Ardie Savea - New Zealand 
 
Work rate was superb. Carried well and made a nice break, super solid in defence and managed to grab a couple of turnovers for his side.
 
7. Peceli Yato - Fiji
 
An incredible 25 minute stint from the Fijian. Such a shame he was forced off early after scoring an early try, looked so good going forward.
 
8. CJ Stander - Ireland
 
 
Back to his usual best. Carried hard and well and was strong in defence as he covered both 6 and 8 for Ireland today. Man of the mach deserved.
 
 
9. Conor Murray - Ireland
 
Controlled the game excellently for Ireland. In particular his kicking game was fantastic, putting Scotland under immense pressure.
 
10. Richie Mo'unga - New Zealand
 
The 10-15 combo of Mo'unga/Barrett worked well vs the Springboks. Controlled the game well after the Springboks dominated early on. Looked solid off the tee too.
 
11. Damian Penaud - France
 
Had a wonderful game, especially in the first half. Some silky offloads and great breaks going forward. Got himself an assist too. Fiji's Radrada deserves a mention for his effort vs Australia.
 
12. Gael Fickou - France
 
Man of the match for the French in a tough game, carries such presence on the pitch and took his try well.
 
13. Manu Tualigi - England
 
 
Ran some great lines all day at the Tongans, was powerful going forward and very deserving of his two tries.
 
14. Kotaro Matsushima - Japan
 
The hosts got off to a flying start, with star winger Matsushima claiming a hat-trick. The Suntory Sungolaith winger took his 3 tries excellently
 
15. Beauden Barrett - New Zealand
 
The two-time world player of the year was electric going forward. Kicking game was good and got himself an assist.

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