Six among the eight Rugby World Cup quarter-final spots have now been loaded, with the other two spots to be filled by Scotland, Ireland or hosts Japan.
England and Wales are very much sure of playing the next round, while New Zealand joined South Africa in the last eight when they got two points from their cancelled game with Italy. France and Australia are very much through too.
Lets show you what exactly is going on in each of the pool, as SportRazzi computed.
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Following the rules, teams receive four points for a win and two for a draw. A bonus point is awarded for scoring four tries or for a defeat by seven points or fewer. Then the winners and runners-up in each pool qualifies for the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, If two teams are tied at the end of the group stage, the victorious team among the teams will be ranked higher. Then, in the event that two or more teams are tied, points difference will be used to separate them with various other eliminators used if points differences are equal.
Ireland v Samoa (12 October):Ireland will qualify for the last eight with a bonus-point victory, while any win may be enough.
Japan v Scotland (13 October): Japan moved back to the top of the table with victory over Samoa, and a win or draw against Scotland would put them through to their first World Cup quarter-final.
What Scotland will get will largely depend on how Ireland fares on Saturday: If Ireland lose, Scotland will progress with a draw, but if Ireland claim a losing bonus point or draw, Scotland must beat Japan to deny Ireland a place in the last eight.
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If Ireland win, a Scotland victory (with no bonus points for Scotland or Japan) will take them through at the expense of Japan – by virtue of winning Sunday’s match.
For Japan, Scotland and Ireland all finishing on 15 points, the quarter-final places would be decided on points difference only.
South Africa is the first team from Pool B to reach the quarter-finals when they defeated Canada 66-7 on Tuesday, but defending champions New Zealand topped the group when their final pool match against Italy was cancelled.
New Zealand, who have lost no match, got two points to go ahead of South Africa and qualify as Pool B winners.
England and France had concluded their qualification before Typhoon Hagibis ended their chances of a meeting in Pool C. Both sides ended their group campaigns unbeaten but Eddie Jones’ side took top spot while France, who claimed fewer bonus points, qualified in second place.
Australia v Georgia (11 October):Australia have qualified for the quarter-finals but must have to beat Georgia to grow their chances of securing top spot in the group.
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Wales v Uruguay (13 October): The truth is that Wales should finish as group winners given their final match is against outsiders Uruguay.
Knockout stages – Match Fix?
|19 October||England||v||Runner-up, Pool D|
|New Zealand||v||Runner-up, Pool A|
|20 October||Winner, Pool D||v||France|
|Winner, Pool A||v||South Africa|
|26 October||Winner, QF1||v||Winner, QF2|
|27 October||Winner, QF3||v||Winner, QF4|