After an electric opening weekend of Rugby World Cup action, we take a look at the games that could set the pulses racing in the second week of the tournament…
1.Scotland v Japan (23/09/2015 14.30GMT)
Japan’s victory over the Springboks has made this a must watch game for every neutral. The side that comes out on top could well find themselves edging their way into the quarter finals if other results go their way. Both sides are also jam-packed with talented nimble players who like to throw the ball around and score tries.
2.Australia v Fiji (23/09/2015 16.45GMT)
Whilst the Wallabies will be favourites for this game, Fiji have the potential to run them close and could even cause an upset if things go their way. The most exciting aspect of this game though could be the style of rugby adopted by both sides. Expect plenty of running rugby as the two teams love to play expansive games which could result in plenty of tries.
3.Argentina v Georgia (25/09/2015 16.45GMT)
This will definitely be a game for the purists as two of the most dominant packs in world rugby go head to head. Whilst Los Pumas have the backs to play plenty of running rugby, expect Georgia to try and keep this game tight, driving it through the forwards and focussing on the set piece. If you’re a fan of mauls and scrums then this is definitely the game for you.
4.South Africa v Samoa (26/09/2015 16.45GMT)
Given the Springboks shock loss to Japan, Pool B has been blown wide open with at least four teams all in with a serious chance of making the quarterfinals. This game could go someway to deciding whether South Africa or Samoa make it through. Expect the Springboks to be hurting and to come out all guns blazing against a good Samoan side.
5.England v Wales (26/09/2015 20.00GMT)
What’s not to love about this encounter? Two of the oldest enemies in world rugby going head-to-head in a winner takes all clash that could go some way to deciding who makes it out of Pool A. There’s every chance that this could turn into a cagey scrappy affair, but with so much on the line, expect the tension to be palpable.