In Aberdeen Steve Mafi got a last minute yellow card for a petulant tip over after the whistle, but it mattered not as Tonga secured a shock 21-15 over the Scots, their first against a home nation. Marcos Ayerza was not as lucky as Argentina were pummelled by Ireland 46-17.
At Twickenham some muddled thinking by both players and management cost England a victory, Toby Flood scored 6 points before departing early. Manu Tuilagi tried valiantly to keep England in it with a series of powerful bursts as Dan Cole and Tom Youngs went well. Ben Youngs and Geoff Parling round out the England contingent that was close but not good enough.
In Florence Martin Castrogiovanni and his Italy chums came agonisingly close to a maiden victory against Australia as they lost 19-22. In Tbilisi Vereniki Goneva played at 12 and grabbed a try as Fiji pulled off a close victory 24-19 against Georgia, confirming a whitewash for the hosts and preventing one for themselves.