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Favourites prevail at World CupColin Charvis is all smiles after his team survived some anxious moments

All four favourites won on the third day of the Rugby World Cup, but the results were not as lopsided as expected.

In the opening match, Wales overcame a shaky start against a committed Canadian side before recovering to win 42-17 in Nantes.

The Canadians had threatened a major upset by taking a 17-9 lead before crumbling in the second half.

"We were good for the first 60 minutes, and then we missed some tackles and the wheels kind of fell off the bus in the second half," Canada coach Ric Suggitt said.

Flyhalf James Hook gave Wales a 9-0 lead through three penalties before Canada answered in style.

Jamie Cudmore, Craig Culpan and Morgan Williams crossed the line to put
Canada 17-9 ahead in the 45th minute, before the team tired and let the Welsh back into the game.
Wales regained the lead with a try blitz in which Shane Williams crossed
the line twice and Alun Wyn Jones, Sonny Parker and Colin Charvis also
touched down.
"I've always said that the opening game is always a test of nerves as much as a test of the way the team has played, and we were definitely affected by that today," Wales coach Gareth Jenkins said.
"The second half was more like the way we intended to play, and in the end we came through with the results."
South Africa 59-7 Samoa
The Springboks withstood an early physical onslaught by Samoa before running away with the game to win 59-7 over Samoa.
Flying winger Bryan Habana scored four tries while Percy Montgomery contributed 29 points.
South Africa moved to 6-0 against Samoa and recorded its largest winning margin, surpassing the 60-10 victory in 2003.
Bryan Habana: Springboks try machine
The Springboks earned a bonus point to top the group with five points, one more than England after its 28-10 win over United States on Saturday.

In contrast, Samoa were left fuming at referee Paul Honiss who they believe disallowed a valid try just after the interval as they looked to bring themselves back into the contest.
The 126-kilogram No. 8 Henry Tuilagi and Semo Sititi combined to force a five-meter scrum, from which lock Joe Tekori scored, only for it to be disallowed for offside.
"I was very disappointed with the referee," Sititi said.
"I told him that two teams were playing, not one. Always the decisions went against us and it was very disappointing, although I tried to keep the players' heads up."
Brian Lima made history in the 61st minute when the substitute winger took the field for Fa'autu, becoming the only man to play in five World Cups after he made his tournament debut in 1991 against Wales at age 19.
Unfortunately, Lima had to be replaced after only four minutes after knocking himself out while attempting a big hit on reserve flyhalf Andre Pretorius.
Scotland 56-10 Portugal
Scotland Rory Lamont scored twice in three minutes to set the tone for Scotland's opening 56-10 win over Portugal.
The flying fullback scored the opening points, chiming into the backline as it shredded Portugal's disorganized defense in the 12th minute.
When Lamont scored his next, another World Cup scoring blowout seemed inevitable.
But while Scotland dominated possession and territory, the difference was not reflected on the scoreboard until late, Portugal offered some plucky opposition in its World Cup debut, and the Scots squandered opportunities.
Portugal enjoy their World Cup debut
The Portuguese were playing a cup final today," Scotland coach Frank Hadden said.

"We always knew it would be extremely difficult and very awkward. And they proved it.
Portugal coach Tomaz Morais said his lineup had improved exponentially since its last match against a major European rival, versus Italy last October.
"Against Italy, Portugal could hardly do anything in 80 minutes," he said.
"During the first 20 minutes of the second half, we managed to dominate against Scotland. This is incredible evolution."
Ireland 32-17 Namibia
Irelandís Brian O'Driscoll marked his return from injury with a try and Ireland held on to down a spirited Namibia 32-17 in their Group D match.
Although Ireland got the victory, it was Namibia that stole the headlines as the African minnows outscored the Irish 14-12 in the second half.
Ireland then dominated before the break to take a 20-0 lead before flyhalf Emile Wessels scored a penalty with the last kick of the half to put Namibia on the scoreboard.

Brian O'Driscoll scores for Ireland

The Irish stretched further ahead with a penalty try in the 49th minute, but that sparked a stirring Namibian comeback.
Flanker Jacques Nieuwenhuis and then center Piet van Zyl crossed for tries within five minutes of one another to bring the score back to 27-17 by the 64th minute.

Only a disputed try by substitute Jerry Flannery in the 76th minute gave the Irish score a sense of respectability.
The bonus point Ireland earned for scoring four tries sent it to the top
of Group D above Argentina, which upset France 17-12 in the opening match of the championship.
Namibia, which was humiliated 105-13 by South Africa in a World Cup warmup, was the better side after the break against Ireland, although it never quite looked like breaking its record seven-match World Cup losing streak.

Suspended: England's Phil Vickery arrives for his judicial hearing in Paris
PARIS, 11 September - Following a RWC 2007 judicial hearing the Judicial Officer (JO) Professor Lorne Crerar upheld the citing complaint and confirmed that England prop Phil Vickery breached Law 10.4(d) (tripping an opponent with the foot/leg) during the England v USA match on Saturday, 8 September in Lens.

The JO deemed the trip was a deliberate act and was delivered with some force, causing the opposing player to be knocked over. The opposing player had no opportunity to take remedial action.

The JO determined the offence to be at the mid range of seriousness. There were no aggravating circumstances and the JO took into account several mitigating circumstances including the immediate admission of culpability, the playerís good character and his conduct during the hearing.

The entry point for a mid range offence is four weeks. In light of the mitigating factors the JO imposed a sanction of two matches.

The player has 48 hours in which to appeal the decision.

Argentina 33 Georgia 3
Updated: 06:09, Wednesday September 12, 2007
Argentina have dismissed Georgia 33-3 in their Rugby World Cup matchup in Lyon.
In the first International between the two countries, Argentina held only a 6-3 lead at half time thanks to a physical Georgia defence, before the gates opened in the second half.
The Argentines, who are on track for a quarter-final berth, finally crossed the tryline after 47 minutes with winger Lucas Borges.
Federico Martin Aramburu also scored in the 80th minute to give Argentina a 30 point lead and a valuable bonus point.

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