Ulster Rugby wing Jacob Stockdale and hooker Rory Best helped Ireland to a first win over New Zealand on home soil as they defeated the All Blacks 16-9 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.
It was the 22-year-old Stockdale who scored the game’s only try in the 49th minute, while captain Best led his country by example in the tight and loose.
Stockdale has already lit up this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, scoring two tries in as many matches as the Irish province moved to third in Pool 4 ahead of their crucial double-header next month against 2018 semi-finalists Scarlets.
Munster Rugby flanker Peter O’Mahony was named man-of-the-match in Dublin after another stunning defensive display. The 29-year-old has been instrumental in lifting his province to the top of Pool 2 in the Champions Cup.
One Word – Winners!
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) November 17, 2018
Bath Rugby wing Joe Cokanasiga and Newcastle Falcons flanker Mark Wilson scored their first international tries on Saturday as England ground out a 35-15 win over Japan at Twickenham.
Wilson – who captains the Pool 5 leaders – touched down after 58 minutes and Cokanasiga powered over with 10 minutes left, having opened his Champions Cup account last month with a try in his first match in the competition, a 35-35 Pool 1 draw against Wasps.
Saracens wing Liam Williams bagged two tries for Wales in his 50th Test as they cruised to a 74-24 win over Tonga at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.
Newcastle Falcons’ Mark Wilson scoring his first try for England in today’s game against Japan. Well done from all at the club. pic.twitter.com/F00cBGMbW2
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) November 17, 2018
The 27-year-old British and Irish Lion has made one appearance in the Champions Cup so far this season as Saracens have marched to the top of Pool 3 with successive triumphs.
Another wing on form is Racing 92’s Teddy Thomas, who notched a try either side of half-time as France battled to a 28-13 win over Argentina in Lille on Saturday.
The 25-year-old played a key part in Racing’s run to the Champions Cup final last season, scoring two tries in their semi-final win over Munster Rugby, and has continued in similar fashion this season, touching down against Ulster in Round 2 as the Parisian club stormed to the top of Pool 4.