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RWC 2011: Winning Performance Group Games

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The 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC 2011) kicked off in New Zealand on 9 September at Eden Park, Auckland.

Information about the tournament can be found at the official website.

The opening game was New Zealand v Tonga.

This blog post records winning performance in the group games.

IRB Ranking

The IRB Rankings (5 September) of the teams in the tournament are:

  • New Zealand (1)
  • Australia (2)
  • South Africa (3)
  • France (4)
  • England (5)
  • Wales (6)
  • Scotland (7)
  • Ireland (8)
  • Argentina (9)
  • Samoa (10)
  • Italy (11)
  • Tonga (12)
  • Japan (13)
  • Canada (14)
  • Fiji (15)
  • Georgia (16)
  • Romania (17)
  • USA (18)
  • Russia (19)
  • Namibia (20)

Game Outcome and IRB Ranking

The higher IRB ranked team has won 35 out of the 40 games played. The exceptions are four lower ranked team wins: Canada (ranked 14th) defeated Tonga (ranked 12th); Ireland (ranked 8th) defeated Australia (ranked 2nd); Argentina (ranked 9th) defeated Scotland (ranked 7th); Tonga (ranked 12th) defeated France (ranked 4th). There was one drawn game Japan (ranked 13th) drew with Canada (ranked 14th).

Winning Margin

(Winning team in bold)

87 South Africa v Namibia

76 New Zealand v Japan

74 Wales v Namibia

66 Wales v Fiji

64 England v Georgia, New Zealand v Canada

62 Australia v USA

50 Ireland v Russia

46 South Africa v Fiji, Australia v Russia

37 Samoa v Namibia

36 Italy v Romania

35 Argentina v Romania

31 New Zealand v Tonga, England v Georgia

30 Ireland v Italy

27 France v Canada

26 France v Japan, Australia v Italy

24 Fiji v Namibia

20 New Zealand v France, Samoa v Fiji

18 Argentina v Georgia

17 Italy v USA

16 Georgia v Romania

13 Tonga v Japan

12 Ireland v USA

10 Scotland v Romania

9 Scotland v Georgia, Ireland v Australia

8 South Africa v Samoa

7 USA v Russia, Wales v Samoa

5 Canada v Tonga, Tonga v France

4 England v Argentina, England v Scotland

1 South Africa v Wales, Argentina v Scotland

0 Canada v Japan

Winning Performance: Scoring Profile

The higher ranked team scored the first converted try, was leading at half time and won on 26 occasions in 40 games played (New Zealand v Tonga, Scotland v Romania, France v Japan, Fiji v Namibia, Ireland v USA, South Africa v Wales, Samoa v Namibia, USA v Russia, New Zealand v Japan, Argentina v Romania, South Africa v Fiji, England v Georgia, France v Canada, Tonga v Japan, New Zealand v France, England v Romania, Italy v Russia, Australia v USA, Ireland v Russia, Italy v USA, South Africa v Namibia, Wales v Namibia, South Africa v Samoa, Australia v Russia, New Zealand v Canada, Wales v Fiji).

Australia were drawing at half time (6-6) against a lower ranked team (Italy), no tries were scored in the first half. Australia scored the first converted try in the second half and won the game. Australia were drawing at half time against a lower ranked team (Ireland), no tries were scored in the game and Australia lost.

Scotland were leading at half time (9-3) against a lower ranked team (Georgia), no tries were scored in the game and Scotland won. Scotland were leading at half time (6-3) against a lower ranked team (Argentina), no tries were scored in the first half, Argentina scored the only converted try of the game and defeated Scotland.

England were losing at half time (3-6) to a lower ranked team (Argentina), no tries were scored in the first half. England scored the first (and only) converted try in the game in the second half and won. England were losing at half time (3-9) to a lower ranked team (Scotland), no tries were scored in the first half. England scored the first (and only) converted try in the game in the second half and won.

Canada scored the first converted try, were leading a higher ranked team at half time and won the game (against Tonga).

Wales did not score the first converted try of the game against a lower ranked team (Samoa) and were losing at half time. Wales scored the only try of the second half and won the game.

Japan did not score the first converted try of the game against a lower ranked team (Canada) but were winning at half time and drew the game.

Georgia were leading at half time (12-6) against a lower ranked team (Romania), no tries were scored in the first half, Georgia scored the only converted try of the game and won the game.

Samoa were leading at half time (12-0) against a lower ranked team (Fiji), no tries scored in the first half, Fiji scored the first try of the second half and won the game.

Tonga scored the first converted try, were leading at half time against a higher ranked team (France) and won.

Argentina scored the first try against a lower ranked team (Georgia), were losing at half time and won.

Ireland were leading at half time (9-6) against a lower ranked team (Italy), no tries scored in the first half, scored the first converted try of the game and won.

Tries Scored

241 tries have been scored in the 40 group games of the tournament (no tries were scored in the Scotland v Georgia, Australia v Ireland games):

First Half (108 Tries)

00:49 Kahn Fotuali’i (Samoa v Namibia)

02:45 Sergio Parisse (Italy v USA)

02:52 Frans Steyn (South Africa v Wales)

03:07 Conrad Smith (New Zealand v Japan)

03:12 Shontayne Hape (England v Georgia)

03:53 Vincent Clerc (France v Canada)

04:19 Julien Pierre (France v Japan)

04:36 Santiago Fernández (Argentina v Romania)

05:09 Vereniki Goneva (Fiji v Namibia)

05:17 Jamie Roberts (Wales v Fiji)

05:55 Sergio Parisse (Italy v Russia)

06:18 Berrick Barnes (Australia v Russia)

06:20 Gio Aplon (South Africa v Namibia)

06:25 Viliami Ma’afu (Tonga v Japan)

06:27 Zac Guildford (New Zealand v Canada)

06:37 Ryan Smith (Canada v France)

06:49 Dth Van der Merwe (Canada v Japan)

07:20 Scott Williams (Wales v Namibia)

07:10 Mike Blair (Scotland v Romania)

07:32 Rob Horne (Australia v USA)

08:06 Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Argentina v Romania)

08:48 Drew Mitchell (Australia v Russia)

09:10 Morne Steyn (South Africa v Samoa)

09:15 Fergus McFadden (Ireland v Russia)

09:33 Shota Horie (Japan v Canada)

09:36 Adam Thompson (New Zealand v France)

10:27 Victor Vito (New Zealand v Canada)

10:42 Israel Dagg (NZ v Tonga)

10:45 Rocky Elsom (Australia v USA)

11:36 Francois Trinh-Duc (France v Japan)

11:47 Ben McCalman (Australia v Russia)

12:23 Sean O’Brien (Ireland v Russia)

12:56 Jebb Sinclair (Canada v Tonga)

13:04 Giulio Toniolatti (Italy v Russia)

13:06 Kensuke Hatakeyama (Japan v Tonga)

13:44 Aled Brew (Wales v Namibia)

14:39 Tukulua Lokotui (Tonga v Japan)

14:58 Mark Cueto (England v Romania)

15:00 David Pocock (Australia v Russia)

15:13 Tommaso Benvenuti (Italy v Russia)

15:22 Richard Kahui (New Zealand v Japan)

16:o3 Alesana Tuilagi (Samoa v Namibia)

16:20 Scott Williams (Wales v Fiji)

16:45 Cory Jane (New Zealand v France)

17:01 Toby Faletau (Wales v Namibia)

17:13 Chris Wyles (USA v Italy)

17:16 Leone Nakarawa (Fiji v Namibia)

18:33 Mike Petri (USA v Russia)

19:00 Richard Kahui (NZ v Tonga)

19:44 Vereniki Goneva (Fiji v Namibia)

19:46 Israel Dagg (New Zealand v Canada)

20:06 Juan Figallo (Argentina v Romania)

20:14 Joe Ansbro (Scotland v Romania)

20:36 Israel Dagg (New Zealand v France)

20:41 Shontayne Hape (England v Georgia)

21:00 Jerome Kaino (New Zealand v Japan)

21:28 Mark Cueto (England v Romania)

21:42 David Pocock (Australia v Russia)

21:43 Bryan Habana (South Africa v Namibia)

22:40 Giulio Toniolatti (Italy v Russia)

22:53 JJ Gagiano (USA v Australia)

24:11 Zac Guildford (New Zealand v Canada)

25:28 Gurthrö Steenkamp (South Africa v Fiji)

25:45 Michael Leitch (Japan v Tonga)

25:58 Sukanaivalu Hufanga (Tonga v France)

26:02 Mark Cueto (England v Romania)

28:13 Israel Dagg (NZ v Tonga)

28:20 Penalty Try (Italy v Russia)

28:31 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand v Canada)

29:13 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Argentina v Romania)

29:34 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand v Japan)

29:39 Luciano Orquera (Italy v USA)

29:50 Penalty Try (South Africa v Namibia)

30:10 Kurtley Beale (Australia v USA)

30:23 James Arlidge (Japan v France)

31:27 Juan Jose Imhoff (Argentina v Georgia)

31:43 Chris ashton (England v Romania)

31:46 Ionel Cazan (Romania v Argentina)

31:52 Richard Kahui (NZ v Tonga)

31:57 George North (Wales v Fiji)

32:18 Vladimir Ostroushko (Russia v Australia)

33:21 Alexander Yanyushkin (Russia v Italy)

33:31 Jaque Fourie (South Africa v Fiji)

33:47 Andy Ellis (New Zealand v Japan)

33:58 Vincent Clerc (France v Japan)

34:03 Alesana Tuilagi (Samoa v Namibia)

34:07 Anthony Faingaa (Australia v USA)

34:31 Zac Guildford (New Zealand v Canada)

34:41 Chris Ashton (England v Romania)

35:21 Stephen Moore (Australia v Russia)

35:25 Colin Slade (New Zealand v Japan)

36:44 Edoardo Gori (Italy v Russia)

37:26 Isaac Boss (Ireland v Russia)

37:38 Jaque Fourie (South Africa v Namibia)

38:05 Keith Earls (Ireland v Russia)

38:13 Lasha Khmaladze (Georgia v Argentina)

38:31 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia v Russia)

38:44 Sam Warburton (Wales v Fiji)

39:35 Siale Piutau (Tonga v Canada)

39:41 Tommy Bowe (Ireland v USA)

39:46 Kosuke Endo (Japan v Canada)

40:11 Conor Trainor (Canada v New Zealand)

40:13 Andre Trimble (Ireland v Russia)

40:19 Mihaita Alexandru Lazar (Romania v Scotland)

40:22 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy v USA)

40:49 Vereniki Goneva (Fiji v Namibia)

41:20 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia v England)

41:41 Anthony Perenise (Samoa v Wales)

Second Half (133 Tries)

40:23 Ben Youngs (England v Romania)

40:58 Israel Dagg (New Zealand v France)

41:38 Salesi Ma’afu (Australia v Russia)

41:55 Conor Trainor (Canada v New Zealand)

42:37 Heinz Koll (Namibia v Fiji)

43:13 Phil McKenzie (Canada v Japan)

43:53 Jimmy Cowan (New Zealand v Canada)

44:33 Drew Mitchell (Australia v USA)

44:35 Richard Kahui (New Zealand v Japan)

46:27 Delon Armitage (England v Georgia)

46:28 Scott Williams (Wales v Namibia)

46:59 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland v Italy)

47:44 Keith Earls (Ireland v Russia)

47:45 Tomasso Benvenuti (Italy v Russia)

47:46 Pat McCabe (Australia v USA)

48:06 Frans Steyn (South Africa v Fiji)

48:12 Frans Steyn (South Africa v Namibia)

48:30 Drew Mitchell (Australia v Russia)

48:53 Ben Foden (England v Romania)

48:54 Ben Alexander (Australia v Italy)

48:57 James Arlidge (Japan v France)

49:21 Gethin Jenkins (Wales v Namibia)

49:48 Vasily Artmeyev (Russia v Ireland), Vladamir Ostroushko (Russia v Italy)

50:14 Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand v Japan)

50:19 Jamie Roberts (Wales v Fiji)

50:53 Vereniki Goneva (Fiji v Namibia)

50:54 George Stowers (Samoa v South Africa)

51:16 Jerome Kaino (New Zealand v Canada)

51:22 Keith Earls (Ireland v Italy)

52:20 Siale Piutau (Tonga v Canada)

52:22 Heinz Koll (Namibia v Wales)

53:35 Toby Faletau (Wales v South Africa)

53:57 Maxime Mermoz (France v New Zealand), Fetu’u Vainikolo (Tonga v Japan)

54:00 Alesana Tuilagi (Samoa v Namibia)

54:42 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia v Italy)

55:17 Isaia Toeava (New Zealand v Japan)

55:27 Rory Best (Ireland v USA)

55:38 Chrysander Botha (Namibia v Fiji)

55:58 Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia v Romania)

57:04 Hirotoki Onozawa (Japan v New Zealand)

57:37 James O’Connor (Australia v Italy)

58:26 Paul Williams (Samoa v Namibia), Denis Simplikevich (Russia v Ireland)

58:31 Lloyd Burns (Wales v Fiji)

58:52 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia v USA)

58:55 Jerome Kaino (NZ v Tonga)

59:05 Tommy Bowe (Ireland v USA)

59:21 Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand v Canada)

59:34 Andrew Hore (New Zealand v Japan)

59:56 Denis Simplikevich (Russia v Australia)

60:01 Morne Steyn (South Africa v Namibia), Penalty Try (Italy v USA)

60:18 George North (Wales v Namibia)

60:32 Manu Tulagi (England v Romania)

61:24 Kahn Fotual’i (Samoa v Fiji)

61:33 Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand v Japan)

61:48 Manu Tuilagi (England v Georgia)

62:00 Jonathan Davies (Wales v Namibia)

62:28 Danie Van Wyk (Namibia v Samoa)

62:30 Juan de Jongh (South Africa v Namibia)

62:34 Morné Steyn (South Africa v Fiji)

62.58 Alisi Tupuailai (Japan v Tonga)

63:17 Luke McLean (Italy v Russia)

63:33 Damien Traille (France v Canada)

63:43 Juan Jose Imhoff (Argentina v Romania)

63:46 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia v USA)

64:17 Rob Kearney (Ireland v Russia)

64:28 Gio Aplon (South Africa v Namibia)

64:37 Chris Ashton (England v Georgia)

64:42 Francois Hougaard (South Africa v Wales)

65:38 George North (Wales v Namibia)

65:40 Digby Ione (Australia v Italy)

65:55 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia v USA)

66:28 Daniel Carpo (Romania v Scotland)

66:30 Ben Youngs (England v Argentina)

66:36 Aaron Carpenter (Canada v Tonga)

66:55 Netani Edward Talei (Fiji v Samoa)

66:57 Shane Williams (Wales v Tonga)

67:02 Tom Croft (England v Romania)

67:13 Jerome Kaino (New Zealand v Canada)

67:39 Francois Hougaard (South Africa v Namibia)

67:45 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales v Fiji)

67:50 Konstantin Rachkov (Russia v Australia), Felipe Contepomi (Argentina v Georgia)

69:15 George Stowers (Samoa v Fiji)

69:21 Chris Ashton (England v Romania)

69:24 Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa v Fiji)

69:53 Scott Williams (Wales v Namibia)

70:08 Anthony Faingaa (Australia v USA)

70:13 Lionel Nallet (France v Japan)

70:37 Juan de Jongh (South Africa v Namibia)

70:45 Alexey Makovetskiy (Russia v Italy)

71:22 Genaro Fessia (Argentina v Romania)

71:56 Alisona Taumalolo (Tonga v NZ)

72:11 Shane Jennings (Ireland v Russia)

72:15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Argentina v Scotland)

72:20 Lloyd Williams (Wales v Fiji)

72:40 Phil Mackenzie (Canada v Tonga)

74:36 Simon Danielli (Scotland v Romania)

74:40 Ander Monro (Canada v Japan)

74:45 Lloyd Williams (Wales v Namibia)

75:12 Francois Trinh-Duc (France v New Zealand)

75:32 Danie Rossouw (South Africa v Fiji)

76:00 Adam Thomson (New Zealand v Japan)

76:01 Zac Guildford (New Zealand v Canada)

76:14 Ma’a Nonu (NZ v Tonga)

76:33 Alesandro Zanni (Italy v Russia)

76:37 Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand v France)

76:53 Lee Byrne (Wales v Namibia)

76:58 Naipolioni Nalaga (Fiji v Namibia)

76:58 Pascal Pape (France v Japan)

77:04 Chris Ashton (England v Scotland)

77:05 Danie Rossuw (South Africa v Namibia)

77:36 Simon Danielli (Scotland v Romania)

77:44 Radike Samo (Australia v USA)

78:08 Theuns Kotze (Namibia v Samoa)

78:10 Vincent Clerc (France v Canada)

78:12 Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand v Japan)

78:14 Berrick Barnes (Australia v Russia)

78:24 Tony Buckley (Ireland v Russia)

78:36 Agustín Gosio (Argentina v Georgia

79:16 Francois Hougaard (South Africa v Namibia)

79:27 Victor Vito (New Zealand v Canada)

79:29 Keith Earls (Ireland v Italy)

80:08 Paul Emerick (USA v Ireland)

81:01 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales v Namibia)

81:13 Jonathan Davies (Wales v Fiji)

81:17 Morgan Parra (France v Japan)

81:31 Vincent Clerc (France v Canada)

81:40 Chris Ashton (England v Georgia)

82:00 Vincent Clerc (France v Tonga)

Referees

The referees who have officiated in the tournament are:

George Clancy (Ireland) (NZ V Tonga, Scotland v Tonga, South Africa v Namibia, Italy v USA)

Dave Pearson (England) (Scotland v Romania, Russia v USA, Tonga v Japan, Georgia v Romania)

Nigel Owens (Wales) (Fiji v Namibia, New Zealand v Japan, Australia v USA, South Africa v Samoa)

Steve Walsh (Australia) (France v Japan, Argentina v Romania, Wales v Namibia, France v Tonga)

Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand) (Argentina v England, Australia v Ireland, Fiji v Samoa, Australia v Russia)

Alain Rolland (Ireland) (Australia v Italy, Wales v Samoa, New Zealand v France, Argentina v Georgia)

Craig Joubert (South Africa) (Ireland v USA, France v Canada, Ireland v Russia, England v Scotland)

Wayne Barnes (England) (South Africa v Wales, Italy v Russia, Argentina v Scotland, Wales v Fiji)

Romain Poite (France) (Samoa v Namibia, South Africa v Fiji, England v Romania, New Zealand v Canada)

Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa) (Tonga v Canada, England v Georgia, Canada v Japan, Ireland v Italy)

Photo Credit

USA Eagles 2011 Rugby World Cup Welcoming Ceremony

RWC Opening Fireworks

Author: Keith Lyons

Clyde Street has been my WordPress blog since June 2008. I write about learning, teaching and performing.

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