Two weeks in and the swimming pools have began to take form, with the cream rising to the highest and a few epic battles, but no outright upsets to talk of to date.
Every week, we’ll be rating the highest 10 groups based mostly on their performances within the World Cup to date and considering their wins, opposition and total performances.
Let’s see how the groups are faring after Week 2.
1. France (final week 1)
Coming off the again of a robust efficiency in opposition to the All Blacks, the hosts made a variety of adjustments to their squad to tackle Uruguay. Regardless of being pushed by the South People, the French confirmed their depth and held on to place 1 with a robust efficiency, sealing the sport when Louis Bielle-Biarrey crossed with eight minutes to go. Melvyn Jaminet continued his sturdy begin to the event with 5 profitable kicks within the 27-12 victory. With Namibia up subsequent, France ought to proceed on their successful methods.
2. South Africa (final week 2)
The Springboks had a chance to check their depth in opposition to Romania, with two of their 2019 heroes Malcolm Marx and Eben Etzebeth being dominated out earlier than the match. With far an excessive amount of energy upfront and out extensive, the Boks continued their sturdy begin to the event with each Cobus Reinach and Makazole Mapimpi crossing for hat methods within the 76-0 rout. Going into their high of the pool conflict with Eire, the Boks have bolstered their squad with the inclusion of Handre Pollard to exchange Marx.
3. Eire (final week 3)
The Irish have began their World Cup with two formidable victories, this time over a robust and prepared Tongan aspect, together with skilled internationals Vaea Fifita, Malakai Fekitoa and Charles Piutau. Regardless of the opposition, the Irish bought into their stride early, mentioning an Irish factors scoring file for Johnny Sexton on the best way to a 59-16 win. Bundee Aki wanting sturdy within the midfield, with Caelan Doris and Tadgh Beirne main the best way up entrance. Subsequent up the Irish tackle the Springboks in a conflict that can probably decide which group takes out their pool, as we begin to get an concept of the Quarter Remaining match ups.
4. New Zealand (final week 5)
After a defeat to France of their opener, the All Blacks wanted to attain two issues within the second spherical. Firstly, obtain ascendancy up entrance to permit their backs entrance foot ball, and secondly enhance their self-discipline. From the beginning, their pack appeared dominant even reaching a close to 5 metre push over attempt off Namibia’s feed. This ascendancy led to Cam Roigard and Damian McKenzie operating riot, each scoring tries with McKenzie kicking eight conversations on the best way to a powerful 71-3 win. On the self-discipline entrance, issues improved considerably though there have been nonetheless a variety of penalties, nevertheless a yellow card turned crimson for Ethan de Groot will see him sweating on the end result as New Zealand goes into its bye week.
5. England (final week 4)
England at the moment are 2 from 2 having overcome a persistent Japanese efficiency. Ford as soon as once more led from the entrance along with his boot, kicking 4 conversations and two penalties, whereas Lewis Ludlam, Courtney Lawes, Freddie Steward and Joe Marchant all scored tries. England can be pleased to have received their second straight recreation, regardless of being booed by their very own followers for his or her lack of endeavour, and seem to have already sewn up a spot within the Quarter Finals with outsiders Chile up subsequent.
6. Wales (final week 7)
Regardless of coming into the World Cup off form, Wales sit atop the pool of loss of life with two wins and two bonus factors after overcoming Portugal 28-8. Having rung the adjustments, Warren Gatland can be pleased with the end result if not the efficiency of his group. The elder statesman, Leigh Halfpenny, had an excellent evening off the tee with 3 from 3 conversions, whereas Louis Rees-Zammit, Dewi Lake, Jac Morgan and Taulupe Faletau every scored a attempt. Sterner issues are to come back, with the Wallabies up subsequent in a make or break recreation for each groups.
7. Fiji (final week 8)
Velocity, power, talent and set piece. After ruing missed alternatives in opposition to Wales final week, Fiji got here out charging this week in opposition to the Wallabies. By half time they held a 12-8 lead, nevertheless their dominance over the Australians was solely beginning. Josua Tuisova appeared stuffed with tempo and energy, crossing after half time to increase their lead, whereas the wheels steadily fell off for the Wallabies. With the group at their backs, the Fijians overpowered the Wallabies scrum late to safe an historic victory. Having alredy performed the opposite two greatest groups of their pool, the Fijian’s destiny is now of their fingers.
8. Italy (final week 9)
A bye within the weekend gone, but the Italians transfer up a spot on the Energy Rankings. They’ll be recent and rearing to go in opposition to Uruguay this week, earlier than their World Cup steps up a gear with a should win recreation in opposition to the All Blacks subsequent week. Lose that and so they face the prospect of getting to beat the hosts within the remaining spherical to make the Quarter Finals.
9. Australia (final week 5)
Sacre bleu. Issues are going from unhealthy to worse for the Wallabies, who began the World Cup with their entrance row shares wanting skinny, then misplaced Taniela Tupou and their (fifth) captain Will Skelton within the construct up. They knew how the Fijians have been going to play however didn’t appear to have the sport plan or gamers to have the ability to maintain strain and maintain again the Fijians’ energy recreation. Mark Nawaqanitawase once more appeared vigorous, Nick Frost was sturdy at lineout time, but it surely was the hooking of Carter Gordon early within the second half which set alarm bells ringing. With depth at 10 already a priority, can Eddie Jones depend on Gordon within the should win recreation in opposition to Wales this weekend, or will he choose 3 Take a look at veteran Ben Donaldson to guide his group?
10. Samoa (new entry)
Starting the World Cup with a bye isn’t excellent, however Samoa bought the ball rolling this week with a strong 43-10 win over Chile. Christian Leali’ifano led the best way with the boot as Duncan Paia’aua, Jonathan Taumateine and Fritz Lee scored tries and Sama Malolo bought two. The Samoans will face a a lot sterner problem subsequent week as they tackle Argentina, however can be higher for his or her first hit out. A win’s a win.
What do you assume Roarers, who’re wanting the most effective? Which groups have essentially the most room to enhance?