There are more Scots than All Blacks in our RWC Team of the Midweek

Plenty of Vern Cotter’s men impressed in their win over Japan.

1. Mihai Lazar (Romania)

The Castres prop flirted with legality on more than one occasion in Romania’s defeat to France but he was the anchor of a very solid scrummaging effort.

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2. Ross Ford (Scotland)

Scotland’s lineout was never in any trouble against Japan, and Ford was just as active in open play, putting in 15 tackles.

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3. Manasa Saulo (Fiji)

Saulo and the Fijian front row showed that their effort against England was no flash in the plan, and they gave the Wallabies pack plenty to think about on Wednesday.


4. Luke Romano (NZ)

Namibia captain Jacques Burger may have knocked Romano into ward four with a thumping first-half tackle, but it wasn’t enough to knock him out of our selection.

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5. Bernard Le Roux (France)

Played out of position in the second row, Le Roux came in for plentiful praise from Philippe Saint-Andre after the win over Romania. “If we had 15 players like him yesterday, the match would have been easier,” the French coach said.

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6. David Pocock (Australia)

Two tries and a man-of-the-match performance. A flying start by David Pocock.

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7. John Hardie (Scotland)

If new boy Hardie keeps playing like he did against Japan, it won’t be long before he’s a fan favourite. After keeping this move alive with a brilliant scoop out the side door, he deservedly caught up with play in time to apply the finishing touch.

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8. Amanaki Lelei Mafi (Japan)

Scored Japan’s try against Scotland and always looked to put the Cherry Blossoms on the front foot by running some great lines.

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9. Morgan Parra (France)

His usual excellent self as he conducted the French orchestra.

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10. Finn Russell (Scotland)

Made sure to celebrate a very happy 23rd birthday by burrowing over for a try in the win against Japan.

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11. Ayumu Goromaru (Japan)

This. Tackle.

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12. Sonny Bill Williams (NZ)

If SBW keeps producing bits of skill like this, he’ll be a permanent fixture in our selection.

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13. Mark Bennett (Scotland)

The outstanding Scottish player on his World Cup debut, Bennett ran in two tries against Japan.

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14. Nehe Milner-Skudder (NZ)

After arriving at the World Cup with a fanfare, Milner-Skudder disappointed against Argentina, but he bounced back with two tries and the man of the match prize against Namibia on Thursday night.

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15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Read the game as well as ever, and set up Bennett for a try with a lightning 40-yard break.

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– Niall Kelly and Sean Farrell

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