2007 Rugby World Cup Pool A

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Pool A of the 2007 Rugby World Cup began on 8 September and was completed on 30 September. The pool was composed of 2003 World Cup winners England, as well as Samoa, South Africa, Tonga and United States.

Overview[edit]

Pool A threw up few surprises, with both South Africa and England qualifying for the quarter-finals, as expected. Third place went to Tonga, who beat the USA and South Pacific neighbours, Samoa, to secure a place in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Tonga also gave the eventual champions a close run, losing by less than a try. Both South Africa and England went on to reach the final of the tournament, which South Africa won by 15 points to 6.

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  South Africa 4 4 0 0 189 47 +142 3 19
2  England 4 3 0 1 108 88 +20 2 14
3  Tonga 4 2 0 2 89 96 −7 1 9
4  Samoa 4 1 0 3 69 143 −74 1 5
5  United States 4 0 0 4 61 142 −81 1 1

All times local (UTC+2)

England vs United States[edit]

8 September 2007
18:00
England  28 – 10  United States
Tries: Robinson 35' m
Barkley 40+' c
Rees 49' c
Con: Barkley (2/3)
Pen: Barkley (3/3) 7', 22', 31'
Report Tries: Moeakiola 74' c
Con: Hercus (1/1)
Pen: Hercus (1/1) 9'
England
FB 15 Mark Cueto
RW 14 Josh Lewsey
OC 13 Jamie Noon
IC 12 Mike Catt Substituted off 63'
LW 11 Jason Robinson Substituted off 67'
FH 10 Olly Barkley
SH 9 Shaun Perry Substituted off 60'
N8 8 Lawrence Dallaglio Temporarily suspended from 74' to 80+' 74' to 80+'
OF 7 Tom Rees
BF 6 Joe Worsley Substituted off 69'
RL 5 Ben Kay
LL 4 Simon Shaw Substituted off 63'
TP 3 Phil Vickery (c) Substituted off 63'
HK 2 Mark Regan Substituted off 63'
LP 1 Andrew Sheridan
Replacements:
HK 16 George Chuter Substituted in 63'
PR 17 Matt Stevens Substituted in 63'
LK 18 Martin Corry Substituted in 63'
FL 19 Lewis Moody Substituted in 69'
SH 20 Peter Richards Substituted in 60'
CE 21 Andy Farrell Substituted in 63'
CE 22 Mathew Tait Substituted in 67'
Coach:
England Brian Ashton
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United States
FB 15 Chris Wyles
RW 14 Salesi Sika Substituted off 52'
OC 13 Paul Emerick Temporarily suspended from 80+' to 80+' 80+' to 80+'
IC 12 Vahafolau Esikia Temporarily suspended from 30' to 40' 30' to 40'
LW 11 Takudzwa Ngwenya
FH 10 Mike Hercus (c)
SH 9 Chad Erskine
N8 8 Henry Bloomfield Substituted off 56'
OF 7 Todd Clever
BF 6 Louis Stanfill
RL 5 Mike Mangan Substituted off 69'
LL 4 Alec Parker
TP 3 Chris Osentowski
HK 2 Owen Lentz Substituted off 53'
LP 1 Mike MacDonald Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Blake Burdette Substituted in 53'
PR 17 Matekitonga Moeakiola Substituted in 60'
LK 18 Hayden Mexted Substituted in 69'
FL 19 Inaki Basauri Substituted in 56'
SH 20 Michael Petri
FH 21 Valenese Malifa Substituted in 52'
CE 22 Albert Tuipulotu
Coach:
New Zealand Peter Thorburn

Man of the Match:
Olly Barkley (England)

Touch judges:
Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Fourth official:
Bruno Gaudefrin (France)
Fifth official:
Eric Molier (France)

South Africa vs Samoa[edit]

9 September 2007
16:00
South Africa  59 – 7  Samoa
Tries: Habana (4) 33' m, 56' c, 66' c, 76' m
Montgomery (2) 40+' c, 53' m
Fourie 47' c
JP Pietersen 80+' c
Con: Montgomery (5/8)
Pen: Montgomery (3/3) 3', 10', 15'
Report Try: Williams 18' c
Con: Williams (1/1)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 46,575
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
South Africa
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers Substituted off 43'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James Substituted off 59'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez Substituted off 65'
N8 8 Danie Rossouw Substituted off 65'
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha Substituted off 67'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde Substituted off 67'
HK 2 John Smit (c) Substituted off 64'
LP 1 Os du Randt Substituted off 51' Substituted in 67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted in 64'
PR 17 BJ Botha Substituted in 51'
LK 18 Johannes Muller Substituted in 67'
FL 19 Wickus van Heerden Substituted in 65'
SH 20 Enrico Januarie Substituted in 65'
FH 21 Andre Pretorius Substituted in 59'
FB 22 Francois Steyn Substituted in 43'
Coach:
South Africa Jake White
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Samoa
FB 15 David Lemi
RW 14 Lome Fa'atau Substituted off 61'
OC 13 Gavin Williams
IC 12 Jerry Meafou Substituted off 61'
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu Substituted off 59'
SH 9 Junior Polu
N8 8 Henry Tuilagi Substituted off 57'
OF 7 Semo Sititi (c)
BF 6 Daniel Leo
RL 5 Kane Thompson
LL 4 Joe Tekori Substituted off 63'
TP 3 Census Johnston
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger
LP 1 Justin Va'a Substituted off 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tanielu Fuga Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Kas Lealamanua Substituted in 63'
PR 18 Alfie Vaeluaga Substituted in 57'
FL 19 Justin Purdie Substituted in 63'
CE 20 Elvis Seveali'i Substituted in 61'
FH 21 Loki Crichton Substituted in 59'
WG 22 Brian Lima Substituted in 61' Substituted off 65'
Coach:
New Zealand Michael Jones

Man of the Match:
Percy Montgomery (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Chris White (England)
Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Fourth official:
Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Fifth official:
Eric Gauzins (France)

United States vs Tonga[edit]

12 September 2007
14:00
United States  15 – 25  Tonga
Tries: MacDonald 47' m
Stanfill 67' c
Con: Hercus (1/2)
Pen: Hercus (1/2) 33'
Report Tries: Maka 2' c
Vaka 59' m
Vaki 70' c
Con: Hola (2/3)
Pen: Hola (2/2) 7', 26'
United States
FB 15 Chris Wyles
RW 14 Salesi Sika
OC 13 Albert Tuipulotu
IC 12 Vahafolau Esikia Substituted off 61'
LW 11 Takudzwa Ngwenya
FH 10 Mike Hercus (c)
SH 9 Chad Erskine
N8 8 Henry Bloomfield Substituted off 54'
OF 7 Todd Clever
BF 6 Louis Stanfill
RL 5 Mike Mangan
LL 4 Alec Parker
TP 3 Chris Osentowski
HK 2 Owen Lentz Substituted off 47'
LP 1 Mike MacDonald Substituted off 54'
Replacements:
HK 16 Blake Burdette Substituted in 47'
PR 17 Matekitonga Moeakiola Substituted in 54'
LK 18 Hayden Mexted
FL 19 Inaki Basauri Substituted in 54'
SH 20 Michael Petri
FH 21 Valenese Malifa
CE 22 Philip Eloff Substituted in 61'
Coach:
New Zealand Peter Thorburn
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Tonga
FB 15 Vungakoto Lilo
RW 14 Tevita Tu'ifua
OC 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga
IC 12 Epi Taione Substituted off 71'
LW 11 Joseph Vaka Substituted off 61'
FH 10 Pierre Hola
SH 9 Soane Havea Substituted off 41'
N8 8 Finau Maka Substituted off 65'
OF 7 Nili Latu (c) Substituted off 65'
BF 6 Hale T Pole
RL 5 Paino Hehea
LL 4 Lisiate Fa'aoso
TP 3 Kisi Pulu
HK 2 Aleki Lutui Substituted off 76'
LP 1 Soane Tonga'uiha Substituted off 66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ephraim Taukafa Substituted in 76'
PR 17 Toma Toke Substituted in 66'
FL 18 Viliami Vaki Substituted in 65'
N8 19 Lotu Filipine Substituted in 65'
FB 20 Sione Tu'ipulotu Substituted in 41'
CE 21 Isileli Tupou Substituted in 71'
WG 22 Aisea Havili Substituted in 61'
Coach:
Tonga Quddus Fielea

Man of the Match:
Mike MacDonald (United States)

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Christophe Berdos (France)
Television match official:
Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Jean-Christophe Gastou (France)

England vs South Africa[edit]

14 September 2007
21:00
England  0 – 36  South Africa
Report Tries: Smith 6' c
Pietersen (2) 38' c, 64' c
Con: Montgomery (3/3)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 11'
Montgomery (4/4) 36', 46', 55', 79'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,523
Referee: Joël Jutge (France)
England
FB 15 Jason Robinson Substituted off 58'
RW 14 Josh Lewsey
OC 13 Jamie Noon Substituted off 80'
IC 12 Andy Farrell
LW 11 Paul Sackey
FH 10 Mike Catt
SH 9 Shaun Perry Substituted off 41'
N8 8 Nick Easter
OF 7 Tom Rees Substituted off 53'
BF 6 Martin Corry (c)
RL 5 Ben Kay
LL 4 Simon Shaw Sent to blood bin 55' to 60' Substituted off 78'
TP 3 Matt Stevens
HK 2 Mark Regan Substituted off 56'
LP 1 Andrew Sheridan Substituted off 78'
Replacements:
HK 16 George Chuter Substituted in 56'
PR 17 Perry Freshwater Substituted in 78'
LK 18 Steve Borthwick Substituted in 55' Substituted off 60' Substituted in 78'
FL 19 Lewis Moody Substituted in 53'
SH 20 Andy Gomarsall Substituted in 41'
SH 21 Peter Richards Substituted in 80'
CE 22 Mathew Tait Substituted in 58'
Coach:
England Brian Ashton
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South Africa
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Francois Steyn Substituted off 76'
LW 11 Bryan Habana Sent to blood bin 56' to 61'
FH 10 Butch James Substituted off 71'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Danie Rossouw
OF 7 Juan Smith Substituted off 71'
BF 6 Wickus van Heerden
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha Substituted off 53'
TP 3 BJ Botha
HK 2 John Smit (c) Substituted off 71'
LP 1 Os du Randt Substituted off 61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted in 71'
PR 17 CJ van der Linde Substituted in 61'
LK 18 Johannes Muller Substituted in 53'
N8 19 Bobby Skinstad Substituted in 71'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar Substituted in 56' Substituted off 61' Substituted in 67'
FH 21 Andre Pretorius Substituted in 71'
CE 22 Wynand Olivier Substituted in 76'
Coach:
South Africa Jake White

Man of the Match:
Fourie du Preez (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
Carlo Damasco (Italy)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Fourth official:
Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Fifth official:
Eric Gauzins (France)

Notes[edit]

  • Percy Montgomery equalled Joost van der Westhuizen as the most-capped Springbok with his 89th appearance.
  • This was the first scoreless match for England at the World Cup; it was also the first time a past World Champion had failed to score in a World Cup match. It was only the fifth time a side had failed to score in a World Cup match, after Canada, Spain, Namibia and Romania, although Scotland joined this list later in the tournament.

Samoa vs Tonga[edit]

16 September 2007
16:00
Samoa  15 – 19  Tonga
Pen: Williams (5/6) 6', 21', 23', 29', 69' Report Try: Taione 60' c
Con: Hola (1/1)
Pen: Hola (4/5) 3', 38', 47', 67'
Samoa
FB 15 Gavin Williams Substituted off 80'
RW 14 Sailosi Tagicakibau Substituted off 56'
OC 13 Elvis Seveali'i
IC 12 Seilala Mapusua
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Loki Crichton
SH 9 Steve So'oialo Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Semo Sititi (c)
OF 7 Ulia Ulia Substituted off 62'
BF 6 Daniel Leo
RL 5 Kane Thompson
LL 4 Joe Tekori Substituted off 62'
TP 3 Census Johnston Substituted off 56' Substituted in 80'
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger Substituted off 59'
LP 1 Justin Va'a
Replacements:
HK 16 Tanielu Fuga Substituted in 59'
HK 17 Muliufi Salanoa Substituted in 56' Substituted in 80'
LK 18 Leo Lafaiali'i Substituted in 62'
FL 19 Justin Purdie Substituted in 62'
SH 20 Junior Polu Substituted in 56'
FH 21 Lolo Lui Substituted in 80'
WG 22 David Lemi Substituted in 56'
Coach:
New Zealand Michael Jones
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Tonga
FB 15 Vungakoto Lilo
RW 14 Tevita Tu'ifua
OC 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga
IC 12 Epeli Taione Temporarily suspended from 28' to 38' 28' to 38' Substituted off 73'
LW 11 Joseph Vaka
FH 10 Pierre Hola
SH 9 Enele Taufa Substituted off 43'
N8 8 Finau Maka Substituted off 80'
OF 7 Nili Latu (c)
BF 6 Hale T Pole Red card 72'
RL 5 Paino Hehea
LL 4 Inoke Afeaki Substituted off 56'
TP 3 Kisi Pulu
HK 2 Ephraim Taukafa Substituted off 50'
LP 1 Soane Tonga'uiha Substituted off 73' Substituted in 80'
Replacements:
HK 16 Aleki Lutui Substituted in 50'
PR 17 Toma Toke Temporarily suspended from 75' to 80+' 75' to 80+' Substituted in 73'
FL 18 Viliami Vaki Substituted in 56'
FL 19 'Emosi Kauhenga
FB 20 Sione Tu'ipulotu Substituted in 43'
CE 21 Isileli Tupou Substituted in 73'
FB 22 Hudson Tonga'uiha
Coach:
Tonga Quddus Fielea

Man of the Match:
Finau Maka (Tonga)

Touch judges:
Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Fourth official:
Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Fifth official:
Jean-Christophe Gastou (France)

South Africa vs Tonga[edit]

22 September 2007
14:00
South Africa  30 – 25  Tonga
Tries: Pienaar (2) 18' c, 65' m
Smith 59' c
Skinstad 62' m
Con: Pretorius (1/1)
Montgomery (1/3)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 54'
Montgomery (1/1) 76'
Report Tries: Pulu 44' c
Hufanga 70' m
Vaki 72' c
Con: Hola (2/3)
Pen: Hola (2/3) 9', 78'
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 40,069
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
South Africa
FB 15 Ruan Pienaar
RW 14 Ashwin Willemse Substituted off 48'
OC 13 Wynand Olivier
IC 12 Wayne Julies Substituted off 48'
LW 11 JP Pietersen
FH 10 Andre Pretorius Substituted off 60'
SH 9 Enrico Januarie
N8 8 Bobby Skinstad (c)
OF 7 Danie Rossouw Sent to blood bin 25' to 31' Substituted off 50'
BF 6 Wickus van Heerden
RL 5 Albert van den Berg Substituted off 48'
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 CJ van der Linde
HK 2 Gary Botha Substituted off 48'
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp Substituted off 48'
Replacements:
HK 16 John Smit Substituted in 48'
PR 17 BJ Botha Substituted in 48'
LK 18 Victor Matfield Substituted in 48'
FL 19 Juan Smith Substituted in 25' Substituted off 31' Substituted in 50'
WG 20 Bryan Habana Temporarily suspended from 69' to 79' 69' to 79' Substituted in 48'
FH 21 Francois Steyn Temporarily suspended from 63' to 74' 63' to 74' Substituted in 48'
FB 22 Percy Montgomery Substituted in 60'
Coach:
South Africa Jake White
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Tonga
FB 15 Vungakoto Lilo
RW 14 Tevita Tu'ifua
OC 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga
IC 12 Epeli Taione Substituted off 77'
LW 11 Joseph Vaka Temporarily suspended from 63' to 73' 63' to 73' Substituted off 73'
FH 10 Pierre Hola
SH 9 Sione Tu'ipulotu Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Finau Maka
OF 7 Nili Latu (c) Substituted off 67'
BF 6 Viliami Vaki
RL 5 'Emosi Kauhenga Sent to blood bin 51' to 67'
LL 4 Paino Hehea Substituted off 67'
TP 3 Kisi Pulu
HK 2 Aleki Lutui Substituted off 67'
LP 1 Soane Tonga'uiha
Replacements:
HK 16 Ephraim Taukafa Substituted in 67'
PR 17 Toma Toke
LK 18 Inoke Afeaki Substituted in 51'
FL 19 Lotu Filipine Substituted in 67'
SH 20 Soane Havea Substituted in 67'
CE 21 Isileli Tupou Substituted in 77'
WG 22 Aisea Havili Substituted in 73'
Coach:
Tonga Quddus Fielea

Man of the Match:
Finau Maka (Tonga)

Touch judges:
Federico Cuesta (Argentina)
Paul Marks (Australia)
Television match official:
Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)
Fourth official:
Tony Spreadbury (England)
Fifth official:
Bruno Gaudefrin (France)

Notes[edit]

England vs Samoa[edit]

22 September 2007
16:00
England  44 – 22  Samoa
Tries: Corry (2) 2' c, 76' c
Sackey (2) 32' c, 80+' m
Con: Wilkinson (3/4)
Pen: Wilkinson (4/6) 15', 22', 33', 72'
Drop: Wilkinson (2/3) 6', 69'
Report Try: Polu 47' c
Con: Crichton (1/1)
Pen: Crichton (5/5) 9', 12', 38', 40+, 42'
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Attendance: 37,022
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
England
FB 15 Josh Lewsey
RW 14 Paul Sackey
OC 13 Mathew Tait Substituted off 73'
IC 12 Olly Barkley
LW 11 Mark Cueto
FH 10 Jonny Wilkinson
SH 9 Andy Gomarsall
N8 8 Nick Easter
OF 7 Joe Worsley Substituted off 70'
BF 6 Martin Corry (c)
RL 5 Ben Kay
LL 4 Simon Shaw Substituted off 65'
TP 3 Matt Stevens
HK 2 George Chuter
LP 1 Andrew Sheridan Substituted off 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Mark Regan
PR 17 Perry Freshwater Substituted in 65'
LK 18 Steve Borthwick Substituted in 65'
FL 19 Lewis Moody Substituted in 70'
SH 20 Peter Richards
CE 21 Andy Farrell
CE 22 Dan Hipkiss Substituted in 73'
Coach:
England Brian Ashton
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Samoa
FB 15 Loki Crichton
RW 14 David Lemi
OC 13 Seilala Mapusua Substituted off 70'
IC 12 Brian Lima Substituted off 73'
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu
SH 9 Junior Polu Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Henry Tuilagi Substituted off 70'
OF 7 Semo Sititi (c)
BF 6 Daniel Leo
RL 5 Kane Thompson
LL 4 Joe Tekori Substituted off 75'
TP 3 Census Johnston Substituted off 75'
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger
LP 1 Kas Lealamanua Substituted off 62' Substituted in 75'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tanielu Fuga
PR 17 Fosi Pala'amo Substituted in 62'
FL 18 Justin Purdie Substituted in 75'
PR 19 Alfie Vaeluaga Substituted in 70'
CE 20 Steve So'oialo Substituted in 67'
CE 21 Jerry Meafou Substituted in 70'
FH 22 Lolu Lui Substituted in 73'
Coach:
New Zealand Michael Jones

Man of the Match:
Loki Crichton (Samoa)

Touch judges:
Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Fourth official:
Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Eric Gauzins (France)

Samoa vs United States[edit]

26 September 2007
20:00
Samoa  25 – 21  United States
Tries: Fa'atau 5' m
Tuilagi 9' c
Thompson 37' c
Con: Crichton (2/3)
Pen: Crichton (2/2) 30', 72'
Report Tries: Ngwenya 53' c
Stanfill 79' m
Con: Hercus (1/2)
Pen: Hercus (3/4) 32', 65', 75'
Samoa
FB 15 Loki Crichton
RW 14 Lome Fa'atau Substituted off 60' Substituted in 79'
OC 13 Elvis Seveali'i
IC 12 Seilala Mapusua Substituted off 79'
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu Substituted off 70'
SH 9 Junior Polu Substituted off 70'
N8 8 Alfie Vaeluaga Substituted off 67' Substituted in 70'
OF 7 Justin Purdie Substituted off 78'
BF 6 Semo Sititi (c)
RL 5 Kane Thompson Substituted off 64'
LL 4 Leo Lafaiali'i
TP 3 Census Johnston
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger Substituted off 73' Substituted in 78'
LP 1 Kas Lealamanua Substituted off 70'
Replacements:
HK 16 Silao Vaisola Sefo Temporarily suspended from 76' to 80+' 76' to 80+' Substituted in 73'
PR 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga Substituted in 70'
LK 18 Joe Tekori Substituted in 64'
FL 19 Ulia Ulia Substituted in 67' Substituted off 70'
SH 20 Steve So'oialo Substituted in 70'
WG 21 David Lemi Substituted in 60'
FH 22 Lolo Lui Substituted in 70'
Coach:
New Zealand Michael Jones
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United States
FB 15 Chris Wyles
RW 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya
OC 13 Philip Eloff
IC 12 Vahafolau Esikia Substituted off 73'
LW 11 Salesi Sika
FH 10 Mike Hercus (c)
SH 9 Chad Erskine
N8 8 Fifita Mounga Temporarily suspended from 52' to 62' 52' to 62' Substituted off 64'
OF 7 Todd Clever Substituted off 45'
BF 6 Louis Stanfill
RL 5 Hayden Mexted
LL 4 Alec Parker
TP 3 Chris Osentowski
HK 2 Owen Lentz
LP 1 Mike MacDonald Substituted off 68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Blake Burdette Substituted in 45'
PR 17 Matekitonga Moeakiola Substituted in 68'
N8 18 Henry Bloomfield
FL 19 Mark Aylor Substituted in 64'
SH 20 Michael Petri
FH 21 Valenese Malifa
CE 22 Albert Tuipulotu Substituted in 73'
Coach:
New Zealand Peter Thorburn

Man of the Match:
Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (Samoa)

Touch judges:
Hugh Watkins (Wales)
Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Television match official:
Dave Pearson (England)
Fourth official:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Fifth official:
Cyril Lafon (France)

England vs Tonga[edit]

28 September 2007
21:00
England  36 – 20  Tonga
Tries: Sackey (2) 20' m, 38' m
Tait 57' c
Farrell 66' c
Con: Wilkinson (2/4)
Pen: Wilkinson (2/3) 14', 36'
Drop: Wilkinson (2/2) 32', 72'
Report Tries: Hufanga 17' c
Pole 80' c
Con: Hola (2/2)
Pen: Hola (2/2) 11', 55'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,085
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
England
FB 15 Josh Lewsey
RW 14 Paul Sackey Substituted off 69'
OC 13 Mathew Tait
IC 12 Olly Barkley Substituted off 52'
LW 11 Mark Cueto Substituted off 73'
FH 10 Jonny Wilkinson
SH 9 Andy Gomarsall
N8 8 Nick Easter
OF 7 Lewis Moody
BF 6 Martin Corry (c) Substituted off 64'
RL 5 Ben Kay
LL 4 Steve Borthwick
TP 3 Matt Stevens Substituted off 58'
HK 2 George Chuter Substituted off 68'
LP 1 Andrew Sheridan
Replacements:
HK 16 Lee Mears Substituted in 68'
PR 17 Phil Vickery Substituted in 58'
N8 18 Lawrence Dallaglio Substituted in 64'
FL 19 Joe Worsley
SH 20 Peter Richards Substituted in 73'
CE 21 Andy Farrell Substituted in 52'
CE 22 Dan Hipkiss Substituted in 69'
Coach:
England Brian Ashton
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Tonga
FB 15 Vungakoto Lilo
RW 14 Tevita Tu'ifua
OC 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga Substituted off 60'
IC 12 Epeli Taione
LW 11 Joseph Vaka Substituted off 67'
FH 10 Pierre Hola
SH 9 Sione Tu'ipulotu Substituted off 69'
N8 8 Finau Maka
OF 7 Nili Latu (c)
BF 6 Hale T Pole
RL 5 Lisiate Fa'aoso Substituted off 67'
LL 4 Viliami Vaki Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Kisi Pulu
HK 2 Aleki Lutui Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Soane Tonga'uiha Sent to blood bin 46' to 50' Substituted off 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ephraim Taukafa Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Taufa'ao Filise Substituted in 46' Substituted off 50' Substituted in 55'
FL 18 Maama Molitika Substituted in 61'
LK 19 Inoke Afeaki Substituted in 67'
SH 20 Paino Hehea Substituted in 69'
FB 21 Hudson Tonga'uiha Substituted in 60'
WG 22 Aisea Havili Substituted in 67'
Coach:
Tonga Quddus Fielea

Man of the Match:
Paul Sackey (England)

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Christophe Berdos (France)
Television match official:
Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Tony Spreadbury (England)
Fifth official:
Eric Molier (France)

South Africa vs United States[edit]

30 September 2007
20:00
South Africa  64 – 15  United States
Tries: Burger 10' c
Steyn 28' c
Habana (2) 35' c, 42' m
van der Linde 48' c
du Preez 54' c
Fourie (2) 64' c, 73' c
Smith 77' c
Con: Montgomery (6/7)
James (2/2)
Pen: Montgomery (1/1) 17'
Report Tries: Ngwenya 39' c
Wyles 51' m
Con: Hercus (1/2)
Pen: Hercus (1/1) 20'
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Attendance: 28,750
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)
South Africa
FB 15 Percy Montgomery Substituted off 67'
RW 14 Akona Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Francois Steyn Substituted off 67'
LW 11 Bryan Habana Substituted off 53'
FH 10 Butch James
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Schalk Burger
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Wickus van Heerden Substituted off 71'
RL 5 Victor Matfield Substituted off 75'
LL 4 Albert van den Berg Substituted off 56' Substituted in 75'
TP 3 BJ Botha Substituted off 25'
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Os du Randt Substituted off 72'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted in 72'
PR 17 CJ van der Linde Substituted in 25'
LK 18 Bakkies Botha Substituted in 56'
N8 19 Bobby Skinstad Substituted in 71'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar Substituted in 67'
FH 21 Andre Pretorius Substituted in 67'
WG 22 JP Pietersen Substituted in 53'
Coach:
South Africa Jake White
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United States
FB 15 Chris Wyles Substituted off 75'
RW 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya
OC 13 Philip Eloff
IC 12 Vahafolau Esikia
LW 11 Salesi Sika Substituted off 75'
FH 10 Mike Hercus (c)
SH 9 Chad Erskine Substituted off 75'
N8 8 Dan Payne Substituted off 75'
OF 7 Todd Clever Temporarily suspended from 24' to 32' 24' to 32' Sent to blood bin 43' to 55'
BF 6 Louis Stanfill Substituted off 75'
RL 5 Mike Mangan
LL 4 Alec Parker
TP 3 Chris Osentowski
HK 2 Owen Lentz Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Mike MacDonald Substituted off 49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Blake Burdette Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Matekitonga Moeakiola Substituted in 49'
FL 18 Mark Aylor Substituted in 43' Substituted off 55' Substituted in 75'
N8 19 Henry Bloomfield Substituted in 75'
SH 20 Michael Petri Substituted in 75'
FH 21 Valenese Malifa Substituted in 75'
CE 22 Thretton Palamo Substituted in 75'
Coach:
New Zealand Peter Thorburn

Man of the Match:
Schalk Burger (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Federico Cuesta (Argentina)
Paul Marks (Australia)
Television match official:
Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)
Fourth official:
Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Fifth official:
Romain Poite (France)

Notes[edit]

  • Takudzwa Ngwenya's try, which he scored from his own half after faking out Bryan Habana and running past him, was named the Try of the Year in international rugby by the International Rugby Players' Association, an award handed out at the 2007 IRB Awards.[1]
  • Thretton Palamo became the youngest player ever to appear in the Rugby World Cup, at age 19 years 8 days. The previous record was held by Federico Méndez of Argentina, who appeared in the 1991 Rugby World Cup at 19 years 54 days.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Rugby News Service (2007-10-21). "Habana named IRB Player of the Year". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, Joel, Rugby News Service (2007-09-05). "Thretton takes milestone in his stride". Rugby World Cup. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 

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