The 'other' June tests



  • Topic for all those June test matches without their own thread.
     
    Sat 11 June, 2:00pm
    Samoa v Georgia
    Apia


     
    Sat 11 June,  3:00pm
    Fiji v Tonga
    Suva
    Sky Sport 1
     
    Sun 12 June, 3:00am
    South Africa v Ireland
    Cape Town
    Sky Sport 2
     
    Sun 12 June, 6:45am
    Argentina v Italy
    Santa Fe
    Sky pop-up (Ch55)



  • England Saxons play SA A tonight (sat morning NZ), if its on it'll be a cracker. The Saxons team is fucking great & very "runny" - Cipriani, Rokoduguni, Devoto etc. And I guess the SA team will be a quota fest.
     
    On Sky Sports 3 UK at 18.30 tonight...
     
    I imagine Sky NZ will be showing golf or highlights of last years Tour de France... 
     
    South Africa A: 15 Leolin Zas, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Garth April, 9 Nic Groom, 1 Thomas du Toit, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 3 Vincent Koch, 4 JD Schickerling, 5 Stephan Lewies, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Oupa Mohoje (c), 8 Nizaam Carr.
    Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Lukhanyo Am.
     
    England Saxons: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 1 Alec Hepburn, 2 Tommy Taylor,  3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Dave Attwood (c), 5 Charlie Ewels,  6 Don Armand, 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Sam Jones.
    Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Mitch Lees, 20 Dave Ewers, 21 Micky Young, 22 Sam James, 23 Christian Wade.



  • England Saxons play SA A tonight (sat morning NZ), if its on it'll be a cracker. The Saxons team is fucking great & very "runny" - Cipriani, Rokoduguni, Devoto etc. And I guess the SA team will be a quota fest.
     
    On Sky Sports 3 UK at 18.30 tonight...
     
    I imagine Sky NZ will be showing golf or highlights of last years Tour de France... 
     
    South Africa A: 15 Leolin Zas, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Garth April, 9 Nic Groom, 1 Thomas du Toit, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 3 Vincent Koch, 4 JD Schickerling, 5 Stephan Lewies, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Oupa Mohoje (c), 8 Nizaam Carr.
    Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Lukhanyo Am.
     
    England Saxons: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 1 Alec Hepburn, 2 Tommy Taylor,  3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Dave Attwood (c), 5 Charlie Ewels,  6 Don Armand, 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Sam Jones.
    Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Mitch Lees, 20 Dave Ewers, 21 Micky Young, 22 Sam James, 23 Christian Wade.

    Close! A replay of the Criterium Du Dauphine .................... and UK Super League, France v Romania (Euro2016) and a replay of NZU20 v Georgia U20 (among other things). But not this game.



  • Saxons win 32-24. Really enjoyed that game, good watch. That Haley looks very handy, reminds me of a young Dagg. Kvesic is quite the douche huh.



  • Tompkins had a great game at 13 as well. SA were pretty poor in first half, but came back stronger in second half. England's counterattacking was the difference, some great tries.



  • Pretty enjoyable game in the end. Tompkins, Haley, Hepburn and Robson very good. SA subs definitely made a difference in the second half. No reason why Haley and Robson can't knock on the door of the senior setup fairly quickly. Robson especially is unlucky not to be in Oz as he's outplayed Care and Youngs all season.
     
    Looking forward to the game next week as it was a better watch than some of these A games tend to be.



  • Oh yeah Robson was fantastic, brilliant try too, that was a ridiculous run.



  • I've looked online at the Sky TV guide and can't see tonight's Aust-Eng game listed.  Don't tell me they're not showing these games live on SS1 or the Rugby Channel.



  • I've looked online at the Sky TV guide and can't see tonight's Aust-Eng game listed.  Don't tell me they're not showing these games live on SS1 or the Rugby Channel.

    Look in my first post, it's on Sky Sport 2!



  • Saxons win 32-24. Really enjoyed that game, good watch. That Haley looks very handy, reminds me of a young Dagg. Kvesic is quite the douche huh.

    Why so? I didn't see him do anything douchey?
     
    I'm a big Kvesic fan but he was a mixed bag today. Won some great turnovers like no-one else in England can, but also slipped off a couple of tackles and failed to own the space between his pack and flyhalf in defence.
     
    Cracking match, Haley & Hepburn pick of the bunch for me. Tompkins good too, although still a little raw. How Dan Robson isn't with the main team in Australia I'll never know, and it was as gutting to see him go off with that ankle injury as it was great to see him score that ridiculous try on it.
     
    For the Saffers, I thought their big blonde lock looked good, and they weirdly seemed to have all their bulk on the bench. Next week should be fun assuming both teams rotate a bit.



  • Look in my first post, it's on Sky Sport 2!

    I don't see the Australia-England test listed above.  SS2 has live NRL all evening according to the Sky TV guide.
     
    Edit: Live on SS4.



  • I don't see the Australia-England test listed above.  SS2 has live NRL all evening according to the Sky TV guide.
     
    Edit: Live on SS4.

    Ahhhhh, yes, sorry. I wasn't quite awake yet and read your post wrong. For some weird reason I thought you were talking about SA v Ire, which you clearly weren't.



  • Georgia leading 9-6 vs Samoa at Halftime...

    Will be interesting to see how this team grows over the next few years, and if they can be good enough to qualify for the next RWC.. There are a few injuries and "family absences"

    The Samoa team to play Georgia:
    

    Albert Nikoro*
    Faatoina Autagavaia (18)
    Reynold Lee Lo (6)
    Faialaga Afamasaga (3)
    David Lemi (capt) (42)
    Patrick Fa'apale (7)
    Dwayne Polataivao*
    Jeff Lepa*
    TJ Ioane (8)
    Alafoti Faosiliva (15)
    Teofilo Paulo (22)
    Faatiga Lemalu (15)
    James Johnston (14)
    Motu Matuu (31)
    Sam Aiono (1)
    Reserves: Seilala Lam*, Nuuuli Lene*, Jake Grey (4), Talaga Alofipo*, Oneone Faafou (2), Danny Tusitala*, D'Angelo Leuila*, Malu Falaniko*.



  • About ten minutes into the second half, Samoa took a 16-9 lead, after a converted try from Lemi. Georgia's number 7 (Giorgi Tkhilaishvili) just scored from a driving maul and after the conversion it's 16 all.



  • Samoan scrum is getting demolished



  • some huge units in the Fijian team



  • anyone else watching this...seems sky have 2 audio streams and one of them is about a second or so ahead of the play, so you hear a whistle, a second or so later you see the ref blow a penalty and hear the whistle again.



  • Samoa draw 19-19 with Georgia.



  • Awful game of rugby I thought. Samoa had no scrum at all. Good to see them blooding younger players however.



  • Awful game of rugby I thought. Samoa had no scrum at all. Good to see them blooding younger players however.

    Yeah 7 debutantes plus another 8 guys with under 10 tests. Will be a steep learning curve for many of them over the next few years as they try to build for 2019.



  • Fiji thoroughly deserved the win against Tonga. Tonga had their moments but the Fijians looked a lot more threatening with ball in hand.



  • Osbourne didn't have his best game. Nakarawa is some player.



  • Highlights South Africa 'A' v England Saxons
     
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  • Oh yeah Robson was fantastic, brilliant try too, that was a ridiculous run.

    Kind of ridiculous he could almost come to a complete stop and not get swallowed up by cover of some sort.
    This was far away from test standard rugby.



  • Did anyone see the match between Argentina and Italy? Just noticed the final score was 30-24 to Argentina. Somehow I expected a more convincing win by the Pumas. Maybe due to Jaguares fatigue? Or isn't Italy as bad as I expected?
     
    This is the only legal highlights video that I could find: http://www.espn.com.ar/video/clip/_/id/2701343



  • Conor O'Shea (former Ireland FB and Harlequins coach) has taken over the helm at Italy.He's a smart thinker and knows his coaching. He's got s tough job ahead of him, but I think he'll make a difference over the next couple of years both to teams playing in PRO12 and with the test team.



  • Have to give props to Georgia who have started a three-match tour to the Pacific Islands this month with consecutive matches against Samoa, Tonga and Fiji - good experience and support for all four teams.



  • Humidity must be a bastard for the Lelos 🙂



  • Have to give props to Georgia who have started a three-match tour to the Pacific Islands this month with consecutive matches against Samoa, Tonga and Fiji - good experience and support for all four teams.

    The one thing Georgia don't need is more props



  • Faialaga Afamasaga (3)

    Any who watched the game see how Faialaga went?
     
    He's been playing for my club (Mid Western) this season.
    Hope he doesn't get injured in these tests, as we are missing him big time! Damn International season, getting in the way of club season!!! :knuppel:  :whistle:



  • Any who watched the game see how Faialaga went?
     
    He's been playing for my club (Mid Western) this season.
    Hope he doesn't get injured in these tests, as we are missing him big time! Damn International season, getting in the way of club season!!! :knuppel:  :whistle:

    Barely saw any of the ball. Made an error towards the end as Samoa finally had some posession in the Georgian 22 which ended any hopes of Samoa winning.



  • The official livestreamer of Samoa v Georgia has posted the full match on Youtube (anthems only start at 10'28''):
     
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    A low quality highlights video has been posted by the Georgian Rugby Union (with Georgian commentary):
     
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  • Thanks Stargazer. Here is the equivalent for the Tonga v Fiji match played up at Laucala Bay Suva also on Saturday
     



  • Highlights South Africa 'A' v England Saxons

    Enjoyed that - hard to tell from the highlights but the Saxons looked like they were getting a bit of altitude fatigue, then finished it off.



  • Here's the list with this weekend's games and the tv channels on which we can watch them in NZ. Times are NZ times. If I can find any official streams of the games that aren't televised, I'll add them later. Help is appreciated. Please, let me know if you spot a mistake.
    I'm disappointed the USA v Italy and Canada v Russia games aren't broadcasted in NZ.
     
    Sat 18 June, 5.10am
    South Africa A v England Saxons
    George (SA)
     
    Sat 18 June, 12:45pm
    Tonga v Georgia
    Suva
     
    Sat 18 June, 3:00pm
    Fiji v Samoa
    Suva
    Sky Sport 1
     
    Sat 18 June, 7:35pm
    All Blacks v Wales
    Wellington
    Sky Sport 1
    Prime delayed 8.30pm
     
    Sat 18 June, 10:00pm
    Australia v England
    Melbourne
    Sky Sport 2
     
    Sat 18 June, 10:20pm
    Japan v Scotland
    Aichi
    Rugby Channel
    Sky Sp 1 delayed 11.00pm
     
    Sun 19 June, 3:00am
    South Africa v Ireland
    Johannesburg
    Sky Sport 1
     
    Sun 19 June,   9:00am
    Canada v Russia
    Calgary
     
    Sun 19 June, 1:00pm
    USA v Italy
    San Jose
     
    Mon 20 June, 9:10am
    Argentina v France
    Tucumán
    Sky Sport 1



  • Saxons win 29-26, after trailing 26-8. Scrappy game, some ropey officiating (cut both ways, I suspect), but great defensive performance by England, tackle count and possession stats were massively weighted against England , particularly in first half, but surprisingly they were only a couple of minutes away from leading at half time. SA a bit clueless in attack, except for a more coherent surge at the start of second half, and their kicking from hand and tee throughout was poor. Then for the last third of the match, England's lineout catch and drive clicked, Cipriani started to turn the screws, and England clawed their way home.
    England starting to get some grit back in both senior squads, it seems.



  • Good work Stargazer. Did a bit of googling for Tonga v Georgia from Suva this afternoon and came up with this.
     


     
    Not sure whether it will work or not but at least it is something that might give us a chance. Need something to watch between viewing my Club's Under 12s game at 11.00 and the start of a Premier game here in Wellington (which, weatherwise aint too bad at the moment) as I start my build up and pre-match preparation for 7.35 tonight.



  • Good work Stargazer. Did a bit of googling for Tonga v Georgia from Suva this afternoon and came up with this.
     


     
    Not sure whether it will work or not but at least it is something that might give us a chance. Need something to watch between viewing my Club's Under 12s game at 11.00 and the start of a Premier game here in Wellington (which, weatherwise aint too bad at the moment) as I start my build up and pre-match preparation for 7.35 tonight.

    Anyone got this to work?  Linked to a dodgy website... and no stream



  • Found a link to georgian live tv. Click on the button with "live" on it. I had Bing first translate the page: http://1tv.ge/ge/live.html



  • After 15 minutes into the second half, Georgia leads 16 to 13.


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