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Australia 16-20 Ireland
Ireland claimed the third test and series to win the Lansdowne cup.It was their first series win in Australian soil since 1979.Jonathan Sexton was the man of the day as he booted 5 penalties with C.J Stander crossing over from a rolling maul for his side only try.Australia’s points came off from Marika Koroibete’s try converted by Foley.Bernard Foley further scored three penalties to bring his side tally to 16.
New Zealand 49-14 France
Damian McKenzie proved his critics wrong as he scored 24 points in the last test of the steinlager series.Unlike in the first half,the all blacks put in a strong second half performance to fend off the much improved French side.Their patience of playing narrow before going out wide and the match awareness of each player proved it hard for France to handle.McKenzie had a brace with Ioane crossing the white wash three times.Ben Smith and loose forward Matt Todd also had a try.Damian McKenzie made no mistake with his boot as he converted all the seven tries.French points came from two converted tries courtesy of Baptiste Sevin and Wesley Fofana.
England 25-10 South Africa
The Red Roses came back to winning ways thanks to Owen Farrell’s boot.Wing Jonny May scored England’s only try converted by Owen Farell.He further delivered six penalties for his side.Jesse Kriel’s converted try and a penalty from Elton Jantjies was the only response from the South Africa side.
Scotland 44-15 Argentina
Los puma’s woeful performance was again seen over the weekend.The side has failed to click on international scene where it matters most despite having surprised some of the big teams in the super rugby.Scotland dominated the South American side in the open play.George Horne scored a brace with Blair Kinghorn,Stuart Mclnally,Magnus Bradbury and Douglas Fife having single each.Peter Horne booted four conversions and two penalties.
Tonga 27-19 Fiji
Tonga shocked the Pacific Nations Cup champions with a solid display which saw them claim a rare win over the John McKee coached side.With 15 minutes to go,Fiji were sitting at the helm and they look to get away with it.Paula Ngauamo,Steve Mafi and Dan Faleafa crossed over for Tongan side with Sonate Takulua converting them all and also splitting the posts with two penalties. Fiji’s tries came from Frank Lomani,Vereniki Goneva and Olympic gold medalist Villiame Mata.Ben Volavola managed to convert two tries.

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