Current form so far: LW
Wales 15 – 24 South Africa
Wales 40 – 6 Argentina
The loss against South Africa in the first week was a gruesome and a hard hitting game. With both teams making many errors throughout the game, it was hard to watch at times. Regardless of the loss, Wales proved themselves against Argentina in their next match.
Looking at Wales’ poor Autumn Test form, before the win against Argentina, Wales had not won an autumn international since 2009. This poor record was demolished when Wales ran rampant against the Argentinian squad. Tries by Phillips, North, Falatau and Owen, all converted along with four well struck penalties by Leigh Halfpenny was enough to end their torment.
Wales vs Tonga (Friday 22nd November 2013)
Wales vs Australia (Saturday 30th November 2013)
Current form: WWL
England 20 – 13 Australia
England 31 – 12 Argentina
England 22 – 30 New Zealand
England had an impressive autumn test in their three games. Starting with a home tie with Australia, England impressed the home fans with a victory over Australia. Two converted tries from Robshaw and Farrell, with two penalties from Farrell, was enough to earn the victory over the Aussies. A good start.
Building on this, Argentina were up next. Although they held strong for the start of the match, the pressure of playing England overcame them and they ended up losing the game. With tries coming from Launchbury, Twelvetrees, Ashton and Morgan, and a penalty kicked by farrell, England overcame their second test.
Their final test match of the Autumn came when world champions New Zealand visited Twickenham last weekend. England proved to really push the All Blacks and put on an impressive showing where they took a 22-20 lead before conceding a try and penalty to lose the game.
Current form so far: WL
Ireland 40 – 9 Samoa
Ireland 15 – 32 Australia
The Republic of Ireland began their autumn tests with a massive victory against Samoa, a tough opponent for most due to them being an extremely physical side. Two tries by Kearney, tries coming from O’Mahony, O’Brien and McFadden along with three penalties kicked by Jackson was enough to dominate this one.
Following the victory, Ireland faced a tough test match against the Wallabies. In the end, Australia proved to be too much for the Irishmen and ended up losing the game, with New Zealand still to face, can Ireland pull off an upset?
Ireland vs New Zealand (Sunday 24th November 2013)
Current form so far: WL
Scotland 42 – 17 Japan
Scotland 0 – 28 South Africa
Scotland, like Ireland started their test by scoring more than 40 points in their first game to claim a first victory. Tries coming from Laidlaw, Dickinson, Weir, Lamont and two from Seymour as well as two penalties struck by Laidlaw was plenty to put Japan down as a victory for the Scots.
However, their test took a rotten turn when South Africa visited Murrayfield. South Africa completely blocked Scotland out, showing a fantastic all round play to score 28 points and concede none. It looks ominous for Scotland for their next test match against Australia on Saturday.
Scotland vs Australia (Saturday 23rd November 2013)