Rugby World Cup | Wins for England, Argentina, Japan and South Africa

David Smith

Look away now Ireland fans.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup continues to produce a plethora of entertaining matches, stunning upsets and intriguing battles.

In our latest round of match reports, we reflect on wins for England, Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

England thump USA in seven-try victory

England made it two wins from two in Pool Cwith a comprehensive 45-7 win over the USA.

Eddie Jones’ men scored seven tries in a ruthless display against the Americans at Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium.

England made 10 changes to the team which beat Tonga last week, but made a bright start nonetheless.

George Ford opened the scoring with a sixth-minute try, finding a gap to go through under the posts following an English break down the left.

Ford – captaining his country for the game – converted to make it 7-0.

Billy Vunipola registered England’s second unanswered try in the 25th minute, powering over from a lineout.

Ford converted once again, before Luke Cowan-Dickie’s 33rd-minute try from another maul extended England’s lead even further.

Try number four (and thus a bonus point) came courtesy of Joe Cokanasiga in the 48th minute; the Bath player crossing the whitewash after Jonathan Joseph was stopped just short of the line.

His club teammate Ruaridh McConnochie scored the Europeans’ fifth try 10 minutes later – which Ford converted – before Lewis Ludlam made it six eight minutes after that.

Cokanasiga’s second try four minutes from time was England’s seventh, but the USA managed a consolation try in the dying seconds.

Bryce Campbell breached the England defence to get the Americans on the scoresheet, with AJ MacGinty adding a conversion.

The second half was soured by the first red card of the tournament, which was shown to the USA’s John Quill for a dangerous tackle in the 70th minute.

Tougher tests against France and Argentina await England, but this was a powerful performance from Jones’ men.

Bonus-point win for Argentina over Tonga

Argentina secured a 28-12 bonus-point victory over Tonga at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.

The South Americans amassed a 28-0 lead (and a bonus point) inside 27 minutes in their second Pool C encounter.

Julian Montoya claimed two tries in the opening 16 minutes, both of which were converted by Benjamin Urdapilleta.

Montoya was making his first start of the tournament, having come off the bench to score a try in Argentina’s defeat to France.

Santiago Carreras registered Argentina’s third try in the 19th minute, with Urdapilleta adding his third conversion.

Montoya completed his hat-trick of tries in the 25th minute, becoming the first hooker to score a hat-trick at a Rugby World Cup since 1999.

Urdapilleta slotted his fourth conversion to give Argentina a 28-0 lead.

Telusa Veainu got Tonga on the scoreboard with a try just before the half hour mark, which was converted by Tane Takulua.

Argentina led 28-7 at the interval, but failed to add to their tally in the second half. Tomas Cubelli had a try ruled out for the South Americans in the 52nd minute for a knock-on.

Veainu notched his second try for Tonga with 15 minutes remaining, but Argentina saw out the final quarter to claim their first victory of the tournament.

Hosts Japan inflict shock defeat on Ireland

Japan produced a shock 19-12 win over Ireland at the Shizuoka Stadium on Saturday.

Tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney gave Ireland a 12-3 lead after 20 minutes, but the hosts produced an excellent turnaround to start the first Rugby World Cup on Asian soil with back-to-back wins.

Three first half penalties from Yu Tamura kept Japan hot on Ireland’s heels, with Joe Schmidt’s men holding a narrow 12-9 advantage at the half-way point.

Kenki Fukuoka registered the Brave Blossoms’ sole try in the 58th minute, giving the hosts the lead for the first time.

Tamura converted to make it 16-12, and added another penalty in the 71st minute to secure a famous victory for Japan.

The upset has thrown Pool A wide open.

Next up for Ireland is a clash against Russia.

Cloud nine for South Africa against Namibia

South Africa scored nine tries as they beat Namibia 57-3.

The Springboks hammered their Pool B opponents at Toyota Stadium following last week’s bruising defeat to New Zealand.

Mbongeni Mbonambi scored their first try in the ninth minute, with Elton Jantjies adding two points from the conversion.

Francois Louw soon registered South Africa’s second try, with Jantjies converting once again.

Cliven Loubser got Namibia on the scoreboard with a 23rd minute penalty, but Makazole Mapimpi crossed the whitewash at the other end just three minutes later.

Lukhanyo Am added yet another South Africa try in the 40th minute, followed swiftly by another Jantjies conversion.

Tries from Warrick Gelant, Mapimpi, Siya Kolisi and Schalk Brits ensued in the second half as South Africa ran riot.

This was a ruthless display from the Springboks, and they remain on course to finish second behind New Zealand in Pool B.