South Africa seal win over tough Scotland as hosts England are all but condemned too an early exit after a loss to Australia.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
England became the first ever host nation to be knocked out at the group stage as they succumbed to a shocking 33-13 loss to Australia at the Twickenham stadium in London. The hosts were coming off a 28-25 loss to Wales last week.
The atmosphere at Twickenham was electric as English fans turned out in huge numbers to support their team. The game started at a frantic pace though Australia soon showed why they are regarded as one of the tournament favorites with fly half Bernard Foley showing his class converting a penalty and being on the end of two tries as England went into half time trailing Australia by a 17-3 margin.
The hosts came back in the second half determined to make their way back but Foley was having an extremely good game as he added another try though England tried hard to shorten the deficit with a try from Anthony Watson and a penalty from Owen Farrell. But Australia put the final nail in the coffin with a counter attacking try by Giteau and the resultant penalty was converted by the ever ready Foley to condemn England to elimination from the tournament.
Earlier on Saturday, South Africa continued to make amends for their shock opening day loss to Japan with a gritty 34-16 win over Scotland. Despite the retirement of Captain Jean De Villiers and the injury to the experienced Victor Matfield , the Springboks played their hearts out and there was more joy for Bryan Habana as he scored his 61st try in test rugby making him 3rd on the all-time all scorers list.
In the days’ first fixture Japan thrashed Samoa by a 29-5 margin.