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World Cup heartache for England's women
But what a weekend in the Aviva Premiership!
Posted Sep 06, 2010 by Weekend Round-Up
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Firstly, I'd like to say commiserations to England's ladies who fought bravely but narrowly lost out 13-10 to the New Zealand ladies in the final of the Women's World Cup yesterday. I had predicted that the Black Ferns would run away with the win but the English spirit shone through and the team did the nation proud. Well done England.
It proved to be a weekend full of quality performances and great victories in the Aviva Premiership. Where to start? Well I think it has to be with new-boys Exeter Chiefs. They made their Premiership debut on Saturday and after an exemplary kicking display from fly-half Gareth Steenson, they beat Gloucester 22-10. Mark foster scored the Chiefs other points.
Reigning champions Leicester Tigers didn't get their title defence off to the best of starts as they were beaten by bitter rivals Northampton Saints 27-19 at Franklin's Gardens. Tigers are regarded as one of the favourites for the league crown again this season but a devastating display from prop Soana Tonga'uiha, who scored twice, swept them aside and got the Saints off to a flier.
Elsewhere in the Premiership, Sam Vesty-inspired Bath beat Leeds Carnegie 32-16. Vesty scored a try, added two penalties and three conversions. London Irish got the better of rivals Saracens 33-16 while Wasps and Harlequins opened with 29-29 draw. In the live televised game on Friday evening, Sale beat Newcastle 35-18.
In the Tri-Nations, we were dealt another cracker as Australia edged South Africa 41-39 in a thrilling tie on Saturday. The Wallibies led 31-13 at the break and despite a blistering fight back from the Springboks, they held on for the win which in turn confirmed the Boks to the wooden spoon in the Southern Hemisphere's premier international competition.