2015 Rugby World Cup: 5 teams that surprised everyone in the pool stages
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is enjoying a cessation of hostilities for five days now that all the matches of the pool stage have been completed. The action resumes this Saturday with the quarterfinals kicking off, but until then let’s relive some of the action from the group stages.There were quite a few teams that surprised viewers and opponents alike with their performances. Here we have a look at five teams that caught everyone off guard.
South Africa were the big boys in the group, Japan were the young upstarts having beaten the big boys and caused a stir, yet it was Scotland who along with South Africa qualified from Pool B.
Quietly going about their business, the Scots managed to creep up and usurp Japan to grab the second qualification spot behind South Africa. What’s worth special mention is their performance in their last game against Samoa where they managed a come-from-behind 36-33 win in a game that went back-and-forth and ended up being the second highest scoring game of the tournament in what was an amazing game at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, definitely a contender for match of the tournament.
Some of their key players are suspended for their quarterfinal clash against Australia, but as always the other players have promised to do them proud by putting in a performance worth remembering.