Is Scotland's exit out of the RWC karma?

OPINION: Scotland's controversial exit out of the Rugby World Cup could be seen as karma as officials last week missed a clear knock on by Greig Laidlaw, in the lead up to his game-winning try against Manu Samoa in their final pool B game.

Craig Joubert's decision to penalise Scotland for an offside play could be a blessing from the rugby Gods as Samoa were denied a famous win over the Scots at St James' Park, Newcastle.

Rugby fans are quick to forget that Japan should have been the team that faced Australia in this morning's quarter final.

Scotland won the match against Samoa 36-33 but had Laidlaw's try been disallowed or referred to the TMO, Samoa could have very well won the match.

Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u crossed over the white chalk for Samoa after a brilliant inside ball by Jack Lam in the dying minutes of the match.

The tension in the faces told it all - knockout rugby at its best. Source: SKY

The brave blossoms, Japan would have qualified for their first ever quarter final appearance in the tournament.

With rugby fans complaining about the slow style of officiating at the tournament, Joubert's on-the-spot decision to award a penalty to the Wallabies catered to the appetite of what sort of style football they want to see.    

Japan's 12 points would have been enough to surpass the Scottish had Samoa not been denied a historic win.

So before Scottish fans and rugby enthusiasts go head hunting for Joubert's indefinite suspension from refereeing any more World Cup fixtures, you got to feel for the Japanese and Manu Samoa players and fans.

Ben Lam burns Manawatū defenders with sheer pace, scores try-double in Wellington's demolition win

The Wellington Lions roared to victory in a one-sided Mitre 10 Cup affair, outclassing Manawatū 47-7 in Palmerston North today.

Wellington were unstoppable in the first half, running in five tries to lead 25-0 at halftime.

Lions winger Ben Lam was unstoppable in the 32nd minutes, as he burned the Turbos defence with sheer pace as he ran 80 metres to score his first try in the match.

He scored a try-double with the winger crossing in the 80-minute mark to seal a dominant victory for his side.

Wellington will take on Tasman Mako next week on Saturday, in their next NPC clash at Westpac Stadium.

The Turbos were no match for the Lions, going down 49-7 in Palmerston North. Source: SKY



Wyatt Crockett scores after breakout run by Mako fullback as Tasman hold off Steelers dramatic comeback

Tasman Mako have held off a late fightback by Counties Manukau to win 21-19 in their Mitre 10 Cup match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson this afternoon.

The home team led Counties 14-0 at halftime after two converted tries in the first spell.

Mako fullback Will Jordan created a brilliant try in the 32nd minute when sliced in between two Steelers defenders around the halfway mark.

He went onto beat two more defenders before offloading the ball to former All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett who had enough speed to dot down over the try-line.

Tasman will take on Wellington next week in their next NPC match on Saturday at Westpac Stadium.

The former All Blacks prop can thank Will Jordan for his try in Tasman’s 21-19 win in Nelson. Source: SKY



Watch: All Blacks take in sights and sounds of Buenos Aires on Argentina arrival

The All Blacks are taking in the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires, having arrived in Argentina ahead of next Saturday's Rugby Championship clash.

Touching down in the Argentina capital, the All Blacks hit the streets to get a taste of Buenos Aires.

A contingent containing the likes of Anton Lienert-Brown, Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett hit the shops, while the likes of Sonny Bill-Williams and Sam Cane took in some Buenos Aires street games.

The All Blacks face The Pumas in Buenos Aires next Sunday.

The All Blacks are settling in ahead of facing the Pumas next weekend. Source: ESPN


Rampaging Akira Ioane scores try in 29 seconds as Auckland edge Taranaki in brutal NPC clash

It didn't take Akira Ioane long to make his presence felt, scoring a try in 29 seconds of Auckland's Mitre 10 Cup match against Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth tonight.

Ioane made sure to make Taranaki pay for their mistake as they fumbled the ball off the kick-off.

Auckland spread the ball wide down the left flank where Ioane was stationed, with the number eight charging over to score from 30 metres out.

Bottom of the premiership ladder Taranaki threw everything they had at the visitors, but went down 31-30 to Auckland.

Alama Ieremia's team are unbeaten so far in the Mitre 10 Cup and are at the top of the premiership ladder after their win over Taranaki.

Auckland take on Otago next Friday at Eden Park.

Auckland held on to defeat Taranaki 31-30 at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. Source: SKY