The much-anticipated Rugby World Cup has begun in scintillating fashion. There have been epic encounters already that have already made this a tournament to remember.
The teams we all expect to be dominating have been and they’ve been doing so in fine fashion.
England continued their dominance in the second game of their group after humiliating the United States 45-7. This was already England’s second bonus point and has already made them the favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals. The 2003 champions simply thrashed their opponents in Kobe City with the USA almost nearly becoming the first team at this year’s tournament to not register a try until a late try saved them from this.
The USA Have Some Way To Go
The USA will now continue to wait for their first Rugby World Cup win since the 2011 edition. Rugby in the US is continuing to grow but for them to reach a level of being able to compete with the very best; it will take some time. It was clear with the match being extremely one-sided, but the biggest moment of the game was the red card given to Quill after he shoulder charged England captain Owen Farrell. England are looking dominant and have surely made a statement going forward in the tournament.
Uruguay Make History
Uruguay pulled off one of the most famous shock victories in Rugby World Cup history when they beat Fiji 30-27. The South Americans squad mainly consists of non-professional rugby players which made the win all the more surprising. Uruguay may have won World Cups in football but in rugby, it has been another story with this being just their third win in four tournaments.
The Next Challenge
Fiji will be extremely hard on themselves especially since they are a nation who lives and breathes rugby. More importantly, they are ranked nine places above Uruguay, Fiji had an impressive game against Australia which at one point they looked like winning. Uruguay next face Georgia which is a team, in theory, more on their level. If the Uruguayans beat Georgia, they will stand a big chance of finishing third which means they will qualify for the 2023 edition.
Stand Out Players Thus Far
We all couldn’t wait for so mesmerizing rugby and that’s what we’ve been getting from certain players. Springbok winger Cheslin Kolbe impressed immensely during their game against the mighty All Blacks. It might have been in a losing cause, but his dancing feet had everyone in excitement whenever he touched the ball. Without a doubt, we can expect more jaw-dropping moments from the former sevens bronze medallist.
How could we not mention the two-time rugby world player of the year Beauden Barrett? He has been shifted from his preferred fly-half position to fullback but that has only shown his versatility and class as a player. Beauden was irreplaceable in their opener against South Africa, barely putting a foot wrong. He will remain a highly influential figure who can change any game in an instance.
England lock Maro Itoje coming into the world cup was a player who was on everyone’s lips. He has been in tremendous form this year and his taken it into the World Cup. It is easy to forget that his only 24 years of age since he achieved so much in his career. He has been extremely dominant in England’s first two games and can be key for England if they stand any chance at winning the tournament.