There weren’t many surprises in the Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter-final results, which took place this past weekend. All of the remaining four teams in the competition form part of the top four best-ranked rugby nations in the world. With that being said, it also meant that the hosts of the rugby tournament were knocked out in the quarter-final stage of the competition, leaving local fans to root for another team.
RWC Quarter-Finals Results
First up in the RWC quarter-finals was England vs Australia clash, with the English tipped as favourites to win. The England national team made little work of their old enemy Australia, beating the Wallabies 40-16 at Tokyo Stadium. It took a quickfire try double in the first half of the match from Jonny May to settle the game. The Roses side face a tough test against the defending champions New Zealand, who are going for their third straight Rugby World Cup title.
The All Blacks have not lost a single match in the rugby finals, and when they met Ireland, they didn’t look to give up that record. New Zealand maintained their formidable form to win 46-14. Predicted to be a close one, the experience of the All Blacks proved vital in the tie. They took their chances and Ireland simply didn’t have enough for the reigning champions. By the time Ireland put points on the board through Robbie Henshaw, the game had been long done and dusted at 41-7.
Latest World Rugby Men’s Rankings
The Springboks and England have climbed up the World Rugby Men’s Rankings for their showing in the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019. South Africa was outside of the top four after they lost to the All Blacks while England rose above the Welsh side to claim the second spot. The Boks were boosted by their showing against the hosts Japan in which they triumphed 26-3 at Tokyo Stadium. The score was expected to be higher than that, however, it was a great display of defensive tactics by coach Rassie Erasmus.
The early game on Sunday was Wales vs France, with the Welsh team coming out trumps. The third best rugby nation scrapped through a difficult tie against the French to win 20-19. They will fancy their chances against the Springboks after winning their last four consecutive matches. The two sides met in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in which the Boks came out victorious.
Here’s a list of the current World Rugby Men’s Rankings: