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2022 Autumn Internationals Review

England v Tonga

Autumn gives us many things, Halloween, Bonfire night, dark evenings and most importantly lots of International Rugby. England’s Autumn International campaign got off to a start with a game against Tonga. This was the fourth time the pair have met in competitive games, England were expected to maintain their 100% winning record against them. This was to be the first time in a very long time that we were going to see a sold-out Twickenham. One man that was not however in attendance was Owen Farrell, The England Fly Half missed out due to a positive COVID test.

The last time the doors were open at Twickenham was March 2020, England powered to a slim victory against Wales beating them 33-30. Before the game with Tonga many Rugby fans described the feeling of having fans back at Twickenham as ‘surreal’.

The roar at Twickenham was ferocious when the players made their way onto the pitch. England knew they needed a blend of experience and professionalism along with young and upcoming talent to get the result they wanted in front of 82,000 at the home of Rugby. The National anthem bellowed around Twickenham before England’s first test this Autumn got underway.

Courtney Lawes captained the side in Farrell’s absence, giving the England side a last blast of encouragement before Tonga got proceedings underway on a brisk November afternoon. It took England only 3 minutes to get over the try line. After a quick move from England, Adam Radwan bundled his way to the corner making it 5-0. England put more points on the board after building the momentum from halfway, allowing Jamie George to spin off the back and force his way over the line. Another try scored, both being right in the corner. Henry Slade attempted another tricky conversion but failed to go between the posts. The score remained 10-0.

Tonga’s first points arrived after 20 minutes, Sonatane Takulua precisely struck a penalty which floated over the posts, Tonga were up and running. The question was how far could they run? The converted penalty provided Tonga with momentum and a slight belief. This momentum was short lived when Manu Tuilagi brushed off defenders with ease before spinning it into the path of Jonny May. May wriggled past the challenges of the Tonga defenders and managed to get the ball down in the corner. Slade added the extras with a pinpoint conversion, England 17 Tonga 3. To add salt to their wounds, Solomone Kata was sin binned shortly after for his dangerous challenge on Jonny May.

One of England’s stand out players over the last few years has been Maro Itoje, he has cemented his spot as an England regular of late. He was in support of Lawes who popped it to him after breaking the Tonga line. Itoje had the pace and power to touch the ball down and increased England’s lead by 24-3. As half time quickly approached, England found time to squeeze another try in. This time Ben Youngs was the man who slid over the line for England’s 5th try of the game. The score line was 29-3 in England’s favour going into the break, much to Eddie Jones’ satisfaction.

England went into the second half making just the one substitution. Sam Underhill departed to make way for the Harlequins youngster Alex Dombrandt. Dombrandt has been instrumental for Quins putting in some heroic performances and playing a big role in their title winning season in the Premiership.

Swing Low echoed round an excitable Twickenham as the second half got underway. As Tonga welcomed back Kata to the field after his stint in the sin bin, another was on their way there as the referee deemed Walter Fifita’s knock on to be deliberate. This seemed harsh but England did not care in the slightest.

Tonga’s afternoon went from bad to worse. Ben Youngs was in again, scoring his second try of the game and what a try it was! Youngs snatched the ball after a Tonga scrum, from there it was a clear charge which saw him over the chalk. This was becoming a rout as this put England 34-3 up. Another Quins rising talent entered the fray in Marcus Smith, he got a great reception from the Twickenham faithful. Jonny May added another to his name stretching desperately and scoring. Smith notched up the score with a successful conversion making it 41-3.

England went into the last 10 minutes in bullish form scoring three tries, all with perfect accuracy from the conversions. England had mauled Tonga in the first game of their 2021 Autumn Internationals campaign, beating them 69-3. After the match a pleased Eddie Jones expressed his delight and said that he wants his England side to be the best in the world.

England v Australia

England returned to Twickenham with a spring in their step after the thrashing of Tonga. They knew that this would be a much more challenging hurdle to overcome. COVID had struck the England side once again infecting Ellis Genge, the latest victim to be ruled out by it. Eddie Jones has a seven-match winning streak against the Wallabies dating back from 2016 to 2019. Australian coach Dave Rennie was asked about this recent record. Rennie’s response was clear and concise saying ‘History counts for nothing tonight. We’ve prepared really well and we’re going to rip into it.’

Talking done, it was time for these two Rugby heavyweights to go head-to-head. Once again, the atmosphere around Twickenham was electric. Fireworks shot up from the roof, fire balls roared into the air and Seven Nation army blared, the stage was set. Smith got the game underway, booting the ball into the dark sky.

England conceded an early penalty which somewhat dented the atmosphere. Australia’s James O’Connor squeezed his kick between the posts to earn the Wallabies an early lead. 4 minutes later the Atmosphere was back at full capacity as Freddie Steward found a gap and drove into it to find the try line. Captain Owen Farrell added the conversion, England were off the mark.

After a string of penalty conversions for both sides, it became apparent that the kickers for both teams needed to be sharp all evening. England went into half time with a slender lead over Australia, edging it 16-12. England had 65% of possession in the first half compared to Australia’s 35%.

Australia mounted the pressure on England early in the second half with a converted penalty. Only one point separated the two, nerves were high. Twickenham leaped into outrange when veteran Courtney Lawes was tip tackled by Angus Bell. The outcome of the TMO was a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, could England take advantage of the extra man?

After further penalties scored for both sides, the game was poised at 22-15 to England with 15 minutes to play. The boot of Marcus Smith had been sublime since Farrell went off injured. He had a chance to leverage England to a 10-point lead, he did so with a very competent kick. As the game was nearing a close there was to be one last piece of action. Sam Simmonds grabbed onto a loose ball and charged down the wing, he found hooker Jamie Blamire who has now scored four tests tries in a row. The referee blew his whistle on the game shortly after, England had made it 2 from 2. Eddie Jones’ side are in formidable form of late. The next game comes against South Africa, this fixture is a replay of the 2019 World Cup final. England will be seeking revenge in what will be a physically and mentally demanding fixture at Twickenham.

England v South Africa

The last time that these two sides met was in the World Cup Final in 2019, England were brushed aside by a dominant South Africa that day. This Autumn International fixture was a chance for England to show how far they have come since then. Both teams knew the challenge in front of them would be an arduous one. The national anthems got underway, England’s followed South Africa’s. The noise circulating Twickenham was deafening.

South Africa’s Handre Pollard got proceedings underway. England needed to be sharp from the off, and sharp they proved to be. It took England seven minutes to get off the mark. Marcus Smith’s excellent vision found Henry Slade on the left, Slade’s long pass ended up in the arms of Tuilagi who powered to score the first try of the game. This was huge for England and sent the fans into pandemonium. It was a tricky conversion for Smith to land as it was situated by the left touch line, he didn’t let the pressure get to him and calmly converted. It is always a danger scoring as early as that as it leaves you vulnerable for a long period of time, England knew they needed to keep the pressure on and keep chipping away at the scoreboard.

England’s try scorer Tuilagi went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. He had injured himself in the process of scoring England’s first try. Max Malins replaced Tualagi who looked absolutely devastated being forced of through injury. Shortly after the replacement, England were caught off guard by a bouncing ball which forced a knock on. South Africa had a chance to capitalize on this England error, they chose to kick at goal. Handre Pollard made no mistake with an easy kick which reduced England’s lead to four points.

England’s scrummaging was nothing short of excellent. They managed to quickly recycle the ball promptly from the scrum with Ben Youngs spinning it to Freddie Steward who couldn’t be brought down, despite the efforts from four South African’s. England had scored their second try of the game. Once again, Marcus Smith was flawless with the conversion making it 14-3 to England.

Every England player looked determined to protect this lead and did not look phased by the challenge from the world champions. You could tell that the World Cup defeat hurt this bunch of players, and this was their chance to ease some of that pain. South Africa’s scrum proved to be just as powerful as England’s, their scrum earned them a penalty advantage which gave them the opportunity at another three points. Pollard added to his tally and made the score 14-6. England got their own chance shortly after to score a penalty. Sharp shooting Smith keeps his 100% kicking record intact.

After a string of penalties for South Africa the half ended with England on top leading 17-12 and what a half it was. England played the first half without fear and showed real promise. However, the Springboks have won their last three games despite trailing at half time. The second half promised drama.

England were let off the hook early in the second half with Pollard misjudging a penalty kick. A sense of de ja vu kicked in for South Africa as they missed another penalty not long after, would this come back to haunt them? South Africa seemed to step it up a gear throughout the second half,  and looked to mount some dangerous attacks. Pollard looked to have his shooting boots on this time as he floated a penalty over the posts, leaving South Africa just two points behind a nervous looking England.

The South Africa pressure proved to intense for England and after winning a penalty, South Africa were leading the game. The score was 17-18 in the Springboks favour with 15 minutes left to play.

Not many 20-year old’s can say they have scored a try against South Africa at Twickenaham. Well, one man who now can is Sale Sharks youngster Raffi Quirke. England were on the ball with a quick line out, shifted effectively to Quirke who gleefully who dived over the try line. This put England back in control, giving them a 24-18 lead. England’s defensive discipline did not last long at all as they gave Makazole Mapimpi too much space on the left flank to place the ball over the line. England were back in a frantic state, they were one point up with ten minutes to go. The lead was then stolen from England as they gave away a cheap knock on and to their disappointment South Africa scored it.

With four minutes to play the game was poised at 14 players each side, Siya Kolisi was sin binned as referee Andrew Brace deemed his attempt to go for the ball as not genuine. England needed a moment of magic to win this game. This magic came in the form of Marcus Smith. England had won a penalty with less than a minute to go, fans cheered before the kick was even taken. Smith stepped up and dispatched the penalty sending a wave of celebration around Twickenham. England had avenged their loss of the final in Yokohama and against all odds beaten South Africa in the dying stages. A heroic performance by all.

Round up from the other Nations


Wales kicked of their Autumn Campaign with a tough test against the Springboks. The World Champions looked to get their Autumn’s off to a flyer against a Wales side with multiple new additions. It was a tame match with the only try of the game coming in the 74th minute. The two teams Fly Half’s were on terrific form with Dan Biggar kicking 6 from 6 penalties and Handre Pollard with 4 from 4. It had been eight years since South Africa had beaten Wales at the Principality Stadium.

The next opponent for Wales came in the form of Fiji. Wales knew it would be a physically demanding match. The game ended 38-23 with an unconvincing performance from Wales. Fiji were down to 14 men for the majority of the game as Sau received a red card in the 25th minute. Wales made the game very hard for themselves, Fiji played with pride, and it showed as they had nothing to lose.

The last Test Match at the Principality Stadium for Wales was against Australia. A highly intense match saw Wales edge the win 29-28. It was the 10th test win for Wales under Wayne Pivac and a good way to close their Autumn International series.


Scotland got their Autumn matches underway at Murrayfield. The visitors were Australia. After a low scoring first half, not much changed in the second. The game ended 15-13, with the hosts coming out on top. This was Scotland’s third win in a row over Australia.

Scotland were back at Murrayfield, this time hoping to overcome South Africa. Murrayfield was packed to the rafters and a huge roar echoed around it. Scotland led 10-8 at half time but the Springboks were just too strong for Scotland in the second half, beating them 30-15.

Scotland completed their Autumn Internationals with a match up against Japan. Scotland’s scrums and mauls were dominant all afternoon. This helped them to a victory, beating the Japanese 29-20. A successful campaign through Scottish eyes.


Ireland thrashed Japan at the Aviva stadium, they gained their first win of the Autumn beating Japan 60-5. Ireland scored eight tries compared to Japan’s one. What a start for the Irish.

Ireland stunned a well drilled New Zealand side who were the next side to visit the Aviva Stadium. The match ended 29-20 to Ireland. This was only Ireland’s third win in 33 matches against the All Blacks.

The last game at the Aviva Stadium saw Ireland host a technical Argentina side. Going into the game Ireland knew this wouldn’t be a walk in the park, however that’s what it turned out to be. Ireland scored seven tries to overwhelm Argentina and win the match 53-7. An unbeaten campaign for the Irish, putting them in good stead for the upcoming Six Nations.

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ICC T20 World Cup Review

England – How it began

England kicked off their T20 World Cup in great fashion in a bustling Dubai by thrashing the reigning champions West Indies by 6 wickets. England’s bowlers were on fine form, Adil Rashid took four, Moeen Ali taking two, Tymal Mills also taking two and one each for Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan. England were just as clinical with the bat, only losing four wickets. Butler earned England most of their runs with 24 not out, a combined effort saw England over the line with 56-4. England got the job done in only 8.2 overs, England have their eye on the trophy and what a way to get their tournament underway.

Despite missing some keys players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran who are all nursing injuries, England still produced a dominant performance. These players were instrumental during the 2019 ODI World Cup, with Stokes and Archer displaying heroics in the final against New Zealand.

Battering of Bangladesh

With the first game out the way and now a distant memory, England’s next hurdle came in the shape of Bangladesh. Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with Ali taking two early wickets. Bangladesh star man Shakib Al Hasan was dismissed shortly after by Chris Woakes. Bangladesh only managed to conjure up a total of 124 runs, the feeling after that innings was positive from an England perspective.

Jason Roy opened the batting in characteristically bullish style. He produced 61 runs, hitting five 4’s and three 6’s. Roy’s night came to an end when he was caught by Nasum. Butler was also victim to being caught, finishing his time with the bat on 18 runs. Malan and Bairstow saw out the win in comfortable style. This was Bangladesh’s second loss of the tournament, it doesn’t look likely that they will progress much further in the competition. England, however, have put themselves in prime position going into their third match against Australia. The match with Australia will be a tricky test for England’s cricketers.

Damage Done in Dubai

The stage was set at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The England players knew this was a crucial game and if won they would be a brilliant position. An unchanged England side opted to bowl first. Woakes took a huge first wicket taking David Warner after only two balls with Warner scoring just one run. This pattern continued when a heroic catch from a bang in form Woakes who sent Steve Smith on his way for 1. The rest of England’s bowling was sharp and had a very dangerous feel to it. Australia’s batsman finished their innings on an underwhelming 125.

England’s stand out batsman this game was Jos Buttler, who smashed his was to a very impressive 71 not out. It took England 11.4 overs to score a total of 126. Another opponent dismantled, could England be the team to beat during this T20 World Cup? With Jos Buttler talked about being the best short format batsman in the world, it’s no surprise that the confidence in the camp was continuing to increase.

Buttler’s Batting Brilliance

England’s game against Sri Lanka was going to be far from an easy fixture. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first. England had proved handy with the bad throughout the tournament so far. However, this was not mirrored at the start of the innings with Jason Roy being bowled out after facing only 6 balls. It was England’s other opening batsman, Jos Buttler who was to make the headlines. Buttler spent 104 minutes in bat, in this time he managed to hit a huge score of 101 not out. He managed six 4’s and six 6’s. His aggressive approach was exactly what England needed. He became only the fourth man to to hit a T20 hundred for England, and what a time to do it. England ended their innings with 163-4. It was up to Sri Lanka to chase down that score. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with a mix of aggressive fast bowling and tantalising spin. Sri Lanka could only reach 137 all out, England had proved they were just too powerful for Sri Lanka.

Sharjah Summed Up

Sharjah is where England played their final group match of the tournament. This challenge was in the form of a South Africa side who were also looking to progress to the later stages of the T20 World Cup. England decided to field first. England’s bowlers could not seem to replicate a brilliant bowling performance like the one against Australia. South Africa ended their time with the bat on 189-2, a very respectable score.

England were somewhat inconsistent in their batting and suffered their first defeat in the T20 World Cup. England, South Africa and Australia all finished their group matches on 8 points each. This didn’t however hinder England’s progression to the semi-final as they had a better overall run rate than South Africa. England’s Net run rate was 2.464, Australia’s 1.216 and South Africa’s being 0.739. This meant England and Australia made it to the semi-finals, while South Africa’s tournament came crashing to a halt.

Round up from Group 2 

Group 2 also provided a similar amount of drama, with some outstanding cricket being played. Pakistan strolled to being crowned group winners, they remained unbeaten in their group winning all five of their games. New Zealand were hot on the tails of the Pakistan team, they won 4 out of 5 of their matches, only losing to a persistent Pakistan side by 5 wickets. The team that surprised many were India. India didn’t manage to make it out the group and only mustered up 3 wins from their 5 games. With India being a nation who are cricket mad, this must have come as a huge disappointment to many Indian fans, including Virat Kohli, who took his final bow as T20 Indian camptain. One team from each group disappointed with no wins across all their games and those two teams were Bangladesh and Scotland.

All Set for the Semis

The First semi-final commences on the 10th of November where England take on New Zealand. This will be a re-match of the 2019 Cricket ODI World Cup Final. New Zealand will be looking to avenge the loss they were handed by England in a stunning final in England. It promises to a heavily contested match as both teams finished on 8 points in the group stage. England have been tipped to edge it against New Zealand, I’m sure cricket fans across England will be watching with everything crossed.

Pakistan face Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday the 11th of November. A ruthless Pakistan side are the only team who have gone unbeaten throughout the tournament so far and they will of course look to keep that 100% winning record intact against Australia. The favourites going into this semi-final are Pakistan, can Australia cause an upset and make it to the final? England won a tight T20 series 2-1 against Pakistan in the summer, so Eoin Morgan and the team will be confident in facing them in the final., even without Jason Roy and Tymal Mills due to injury.

Tale of the Two Semis

New Zealand looked to take revenge of England in the first Semi-final of the T20 World Cup. New Zealand took to the field first and hoped their bowlers could get in some early wickets. England’s batting performance got off to a modest start. The two openers Butler and Bairstow earned England a combined total of 42 runs off 41 balls. The stand out batsman during England’s innings was Ali who produced a great total of 51, which kept England hopes alive. New Zealand had 166 to chase. They managed to chase England’s 166 with an over to spare. Impressive performances from Mitchell, Conway and Neesham helped New Zealand edge it over England. It was not to be for England but they can hold their heads high after a tournament with some great performances.

The second Semi-Final saw Australia and Pakistan battle it out for a place in the lucrative T20 World Cup Final. Australia won the toss and like many teams over the tournament, decided to field first. Pakistan have showed throughout the World Cup they can be very useful with the bat and this pattern continued. Rizwan hit 67 after being caught out by Smith, Babar also fell victim in Australian hands as he was caught by Warner. It was Pakistan’s opening three who really made up most of the runs, Their closing three only managed a total of 2 runs between them. As well as New Zealand, Australia finished the game off in 19 overs. Notable performances from Stonis and Wade who remained not out, saw Australia to the win with 177-5. It was to be a final between the two teams in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Final

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted the Final and what a venue it is. New Zealand were put into bat first, Guptill got things underway with a trio of fours in quick succession. Things were going well for New Zealand, Williamson was mounting a promising attack for them up until a rampant Williamson dismissed him. Williamson took a further two wickets in a short space of time, this was to be the downfall for New Zealand. Australia needed to score 174 runs to win the T20 World Cup. It was their time to bat and openers Warner and Finch confidently made their way out to the pitch. Finch didn’t last long as he was caught by boult for 5, Warner however hit a very respectable 53. Marsh earned Australia the majority of their runs, hitting a huge 77, Maxwell contributed 28 runs which saw Australia win their first T20 World Cup. Australia had powered to an 8 wicket thrashing of New Zealand. And just like that the curtain is closed on the T20 World Cup, what a tournament it has been from Dubai.

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Latest From the Premier League

All 20 teams have now played 8 games and the Premier league is heating up. We have seen a fair share of drama so far and long may it continue throughout the season. Along with having some of the greatest players, the unpredictability of the Premier league makes it the best league in the world.   

Manager Watch

The Premier League season always provides twists and turns throughout the season. We have already seen Watford manager Xisco Munoz get given his marching orders after being sacked by the Watford board after just 10 months in charge, this didn’t come a surprise to many as Watford have had 17 managers in the last ten years. The man to take the reins at Watford is ex Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri. Watford fans will be hoping he can replicate the miracle he produced when in charge of Leicester.

Staying on the topic of football managers, the inevitable has happened, Steve Bruce’s time as Newcastle manager has come to an end after Bruce departed Newcastle by mutual consent. The departure is due to Newcastle consistently underperforming but mainly down to the change in ownership of the club. The takeover brings an end to Mike Ashley’s 14-year spell as Newcastle United owner. The billion-pound takeover aims to resurge Newcastle’s hopes for titles and silverware, their last major trophy was the FA Cup in 1955.

One man who’s future is constantly in doubt is Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. With a group of talented individuals he can’t seem to galvanise his side. After a ambitious transfer window in the summer, Manchester United were dubbed favourites to take the Premier League crown. So far they have showed signs of inconsistency in their first eight games and the manager has come under fire from various football pundits. Will Ole be at Old Trafford come the end of the season? Only time will tell.

Manchester United v Liverpool: One to Watch

This fixture is one of the fiercest in the Premier League. This weekend both teams go head-to-head in an important Premier League battle. Manchester United have won just one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool, drawing 6 and losing 3. After Liverpool got the better of United with a convincing 4-2 victory at Old Trafford in May, they are looking to secure consecutive league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since January 2002.

The current Manchester United team have not really been hitting the heights that many expected so far this season. With the return of Ronaldo and positive additions in the form of Sancho and Varane, you would have thought they would be sitting higher than 6th, four points behind their opponents on Sunday, Liverpool.

View From the Top

Chelsea currently lead the way at the top of the table with 18 points, Stamford Bridge is proving to be a difficult place to get a result for teams at the moment. Top will be playing bottom at the Bridge this weekend as Norwich City make the trip to London, in which will be a huge task for them.

Liverpool are only a point behind the leaders Chelsea, with a convincing 5-0 win over Watford and an entertaining win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League they will be looking to continue this fine form, however the challenge at hand is a big one with the massive game at Old Trafford this weekend.

A team that has surprised the Premier League so far this season is Brighton. Brighton are currently in the top four on 15 points, but it is a long season and I can’t see them holding this position throughout the season. Brighton come up against the team who are above them in the table, Manchester City. Last years champions are currently sitting in third, as they have proved over a number of seasons now, they can be rampant, ruthless and relentless on their day. Manchester City are brimming with talent this season with De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Bernado Silva and the addition this term of Jack Grealish, they are a team who can punish any side.

Tottenham Hotspur, who with the team they have should really be pushing higher up in the league. This has been the tale of past seasons for Spurs and it is looking like the same story so far this season. Harry Kane got off the mark against Newcastle last weekend scoring his first goal in the Premier League this season, can he be instrumental for them this season amid all the transfer talk which surrounded him in the summer?

Looking Down the League

A team that are morphing into mid table regulars of late are Arsenal. Arsenal have gone from top 4 contenders in previous years to a mediocre mid table outfit. Their draw with a revitalised Crystal Palace under Viera at the Emirates Stadium on Monday just showed how far they had really fallen. Palace capitalised on Arsenal’s sloppy performance, Arsenal struck late on to rescue a point. Arsenal currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League with lot’s of work needed to be done.

When looking at the bottom of the table there are a few teams that could be in big trouble this season based of their starts to their campaigns. Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich are currently sitting in the bottom three in the Premier League. All the teams in the bottom three have not managed a win so far this season. Norwich who have become a yoyo club sit rock bottom on 2 points with Newcastle and Burnley just above on 3 points.

In my opinion I think that these three teams will be relegated come the end of the season. The one team that won’t be feeling too nervous being in the bottom three at this stage is Newcastle United as their season is potentially going to take a massive turn due to the billion pound takeover. The January transfer window will be an exciting one to see who they recruit in this massive re-build.

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