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World Cup: Wales wins and Portugal’s chances of securing fourth place increase – Rugby

World Cup: Wales wins and Portugal’s chances of securing fourth place increase – Rugby

Georgia lost 43-19 in the final round

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Wales today beat Georgia 43-19 and secured first place in Group C of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, a result that increases Portugal’s chances of reaching fourth place in the group.

The final result left the Georgians with a negative lead of 49 points in overall group matches, compared to 40 for Portugal, meaning that if the ‘Wolves’ lose by seven points or less to Fiji on Sunday, they will add one point to their defensive bonus. They have surpassed “lelos” in the rankings.

Georgia currently occupies fourth place with three points, and Portugal occupies last place with two points, but the two teams tied 18-18 in their meeting in the group stage, and the criterion for the second tiebreaker is the difference in points scored and received in all matches. game.

In Nantes, winger Louis Reis-Zammit completed a hat-trick of attempts, in the 43rd, 67th and 74th minutes, to contribute decisively to Wales’ start on the scoreboard, after “Lilos” reduced the gap to only five points. (24-19) after 62 minutes.

Soon after, England battled back to beat Samoa, casually, 18-17, in Lille, thanks to a Danny Kerr try (73rd) converted by Owen Farrell. The first place in Group Four is no longer far from the English, regardless of the result of the match between Japan and Argentina, which will decide, on Sunday, the second team in the group to qualify for the quarter-finals.

At the end of the day, Ireland, at the top of the world rankings, won in Paris with a score of 36-14 and took first place in Group Two, depriving the Scots of their dream of qualifying alongside South Africa, and thus causing the first major upset. From the world championship.

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The Irish victory also set up the first two quarter-final matches and the long-awaited ‘early finals’: Ireland and New Zealand are discussing progressing to the semi-finals, on October 14, while France and South Africa are in contention for the same access. Next day.

The Rugby World Cup France 2023 will be held from September 8 to October 28.

By Lusa