After the second victory of Los Pumas in the World Cup against Chile, and the victory of Fiji against Georgia (17-12) and the crushing defeat of Scotland in Romania (84-0), the action continues in the group stage of Rugby World Cup in France with two matches that can be followed on the Star+ platform.
In the case of the Wallabies against the Portuguese, the Oceania team needs a win and will wait for other results to see if it can avoid being eliminated in the group stage of a World Cup for the first time in its history. The match starts at 12.45.
After a sudden defeat against Wales (40-6), which created a global impact on the sport, the team led by Eddie Jones is indebted to their performance and will now try to end their participation in that area with a victory against one of the weaker sets in Europe. It is the key that they can win with a bonus point and then wait for the head-to-head between the Fijians and the Portuguese in the final match.
In front of the Australians is Portugal, who are in the last position of Group C after increasing the parity against the Georgians. Can the Portuguese beat Saint-Étienne?
Australia: 1. Angus Bell, 2. David Porecki (c), 3. James Slipper, 4. Nick Frost, 5. Richard Arnold, 6. Tom Hooper, 7. Fraser McReight, 8. Rob Valetini, 9. Tate McDermott, 10. Ben Donaldson, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Lalakai Foketi, 13. Izaia Perese, 14. Mark Nawaqanitawase, 15. Andrew Kellaway.
Substitutes: 16. Matt Faessler, 17. Blake Schoupp ‚18. Pone Fa’amausili, 19. Robert Leota, 20. Josh Kemeny, 21. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22. Carter Gordon and 23. Suli Vunivalu.
Portugal: 1- David Costa, 2- Mike Tadjer, 3- Diogo Hasse Ferreira, 4- José Madeira, 5- Martim Belo, 6- David Wallis, 7- Nicolas Martins, 8- Thibault de Freitas, 9- Samuel Marques, 10 – Jerónimo Portela, 11- Rodrigo Marta, 12- Tomás Appleton (C), 13- Pedro Bettencourt, 14- Raffaele Storti, 15- Nuno Sousa Guedes
Substitutes: 16- Francisco Fernandes, 17- Duarte Diniz, 18- Francisco Bruno, 19- Steevy Cerqueira, 20- Rafael Simões, 21- João Belo, 22- Joris Moura, 23- Manuel Cardoso Pinto.
South Africa played against Tonga
After the early final against Ireland, the Springboks close Group B against Tonga. The 13-8 loss to Nienaber’s team will force them to a lopsided victory against the Islanders while looking forward to what the confrontation between the Irish and Scotland will be like last week.
For their part, the Tongans have lost both of their World Cup matches (16-59 against Ireland and 17-45 against Scotland) and will face a group as powerful as South Africa. The game will start at 4:00 pm.
History shows that they met once: it was in the 2007 World Cup, with a victory for the Springboks by a tight 30-25 in the city of Lens, France.
South Africa: 15. Willie le Roux 14. Grant Williams 13. Canan Moodie 12. Andre Esterhuizen 11. Makazole Mapimpi 10. Handre Pollard 9. Cobus Reinach 1. Ox Nche 2. Deon Fourie 3. Vincent Koch 4. Eben Etzebeth 5. Marvin Orie 6. He Kolisi (c) 7. Duane Vermeulen 8. Jasper Wiese
Substitutes: 16. Marco van Staden 17. Steven Kitshoff 18. Trevor Nyakane 19. Franco Mostert 20. Kwagga Smith 21. Jaden Hendrikse 22. Manie Libbok 23. Jesse Kriel.
Tonga: 1- Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 2- Paula Ngauamo, 3- Ben Tameifuna (C), 4- Halaleva Fifita, 5- Sam Lousi, 6- Tanginoa Halaifonua, 7- Sione Talitui, 8- Semisi Paea, 9- Augustine Pulu, 10- William Havili, 11- Anzelo Tuitavuki, 12- Pita Ahki, 13- Malakai Fekitoa, 14- Fine Inisi, 15- Salesi Piutau
Substitutes: 16- Sam Moli, 17- Tau Koloamatangi, 18- Sosefo Apikotoa, 19- Adam Coleman, 20- Sione Vailanu, 21- Sonatane Takulua, 22- Patrick Pellegrini, 23- Afusipa Taumoepeau.