On the day Jonny Wilkinson set a world points record, the England flyhalf was upstaged by opposite number Chris Paterson in Scotland's upset 15-9 victory at Murrayfield on Saturday. Paterson, a metronome-like place kicker, is on a remarkable run of 30 successful penalties and conversions in a row dating back to the 2007 World Cup.
Jake White has a lot to thank England for as South Africa coach and he may be eternally grateful by the end of Saturday's World Cup final at the Stade de France. Twickenham, across the English Channel from France, marked the moment 11 months ago when White's Springbok side beat England 25-14 to ensure they remained together for the World Cup campaign.
South Africa coach Jake White said his team played one of the best matches of his tenure to crush England 36-0 in their World Cup Pool A match on Friday. He added that one of the most pleasing aspects of their victory was that the world champions had few chances to score.
Argentina made another statement for inclusion in a top annual competition with their win over France but their treatment as second class citizens is manifest in having to play their second World Cup match four days later. The Pumas meet Georgia in the next Pool D game at the Gerland stadium on Tuesday.
Wales had to call on the experience of captain Gareth Thomas and Stephen Jones coming off the bench on Sunday to repel Canada and record a 42-17 victory in the second Pool B match at La Beaujoire on Sunday. Canada were 17-9 ahead close to the hour after three unanswered tries before Wales at last showed some true attacking flair.
An intriguing midfield duel is in prospect when Liverpool meet PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday. Argentina's Javier Mascherano, who only joined Liverpool in January after an unhappy introduction to English football at West Ham United, looks set for his European debut, facing off against PSV's vastly experienced captain, Phillip Cocu.