It was high redemption for England in Cardiff as they overcame an eight point deficit with a dominant second half performance that sent Welsh fans reeling.
Nigel Carolan’s young Irish squad got their tournament off to a fine start with a win over Italy in atrocious weather at the Stadio Lamarmora in Biella.
On second thought, perhaps some old traditions are best left to fade away into oblivion. What should have been a cracking match was instead a bore.
In the end it was the Springboks, not the Welsh, who fell flattest in a match that should only be described as a bridge too far for all concerned.
England got their scalp that they so desperately wanted, but didn’t really show anything that would suggest their World Cup chances have increased.
A review of five other test matches from this past weekend, including matches in Italy, Scotland, England, France, and Georgia.
The All Blacks sure know how to spoil a party. When Beauden Barrett went over on the 69th minute the Millenium Stadium went from theme park to mortuary.
Some days it’s hard to pin down exactly what went wrong. Others, it hits you like a Moe special right across the chops. This was clearly one of those days.
Another terrific defensive performance by Ireland gave them the perfect ending to a magnificent international season as they pipped Australia in Dublin.
Fiji escaped the embarrassment of a loss to the Eagles by the skin of their teeth, just holding out after playing shorthanded for a quarter of the match.