The 2013 Autumn Internationals are now well underway, with rugby union heavyweights from the Northern and Southern hemisphere meeting in a series of intense clashes.
Tickets for the Autumn Internationals are now in scarce supply, with demand soaring after last weekend’s matches.
England 31-12 Argentina
Stuart Lancaster’s England side followed up their fine victory over Australia with a solid if unspectacular victory over Argentina.
Chris Ashton was fortunate to be restored to the starting XV after some mediocre form thanks to a Christian Wade injury, but did at least back it up with a try on his return.
England next face New Zealand, and could reach second in the world rankings if they win. Lancaster will need his team to improve if they are to match their 2012 Twickenham victory over the All Blacks.
Scotland 42-17 Japan
Scotland beat a spirited Japan team thanks to a brace of tries from Tommy Seymour on his home debut.
Kenki Fukuoka pulled the game back with two tries of his own, but Kelly Brown’s side pressed on and claimed a deserved victory.
Scotland face South Africa next, and the Springboks will certainly be a sterner test.
Wales 15-24 South Africa
Wales lost at home to South Africa in what was Warren Gatland’s 21st defeat in 22 matches against the Springboks, New Zealand and Australia.
The Welsh remained in the game thanks to the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, but tries from Jean De Villiers, Bismarck Du Plessis and Fourie Du Preez won the match for the visitors.
Wales meet Argentina next in what ought to be a more winnable encounter.
Ireland 40-9 Samoa
Ireland thrashed Samoa thanks to a five try masterclass, and overtook both their opponents and Wales to reach sixth in the world rankings as a result.
Tries from Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Dave Kearney (2) and Fergus McFadden completed the rout.
Next up for the Irish will be the Wallabies.