It was a weekend of international rugby as the Rugby Championship concluded. The Pacific Nations Cup is progressing and World Cup warm-up games have begun. Bet Central brings you the 5 Takeaways from the weekend’s action.
Fijian Rugby In A Healthy Space
Fiji recorded a phenomenal win against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup as they won 33-19 in Apia in Samoa. The Fijians were brilliant and sit on top of the log ahead of their trip to Japan.
Semi Radradra captained a Fijian Drua-laden side which showed the advantage of having a side in Super Rugby Pacific, the team’s progression has directly impacted positively the performance of the Fijian national side.
Scott Barrett Is World Class
Scott Barrett produced arguably the best performance of his Test career in a 60-Test career. He was world class in one of the great Bledisloe performances historically.
It remains to be seen whether he has usurped Test veteran Sam Whitelock who himself has been a decorated lock for the All Blacks. Barrett may not get to Whitelock’s level, but he may have taken his place in the starting XV.
Allan Ala’alatoa Is A Huge Loss For Wallabies
Allan Ala’alatoa is a huge asset for the Wallabies and when he went down in the 37th minute of Bledisloe 1, there would have been great concern for the struggling side.
The post-match information on his injury is grim with the veteran set to miss the World Cup after suffering what seems like an Achilles injury. He is a massive loss for the Wallabies who need all the experience they can get.
Duane Vermeulen Needs To Start For Boks
The Springboks will in all likelihood have Siya Kolisi back in time for the World Cup in France, so there would be no need to entrust Duane Vermeulen with the Bok no.8 jersey.
But he has done so well in the Rugby Championship, it’s plausible that he may not relinquish the jersey. His leadership will also come as an added bonus.
Darcy Graham Is A Pocket Dynamo
Darcy Graham was phenomenal for Scotland in a scrappy affair between his nation and Italy, he scored twice as Scotland edged the Italians 25-13.
He was returning to international duty after missing the 6 Nations and looked sharp in a Player of the Match effort, he will be massive for Scotland if he goes to the World Cup.