October 2015 was a jam-packed month of sport.
Starting with the biggest event of the month, the Rugby World Cup was one of the best in recent memory. The United Kingdom were excellent hosts. All host nations put in a great performance in the group stages, bar England who exited before the knockout rounds after some poor performances. Ireland tried their hardest but Argentina were just too strong for a battered and bruised Irish side who were missing key players such as Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony and of course Paul O’Connell. The All Blacks were the form team of the tournament, decimating France and going on to beat South Africa. Australia were to be the All Blacks final opponents after impressive displays against Scotland and Argentina. The final was a great event and did not disappoint. Tries from Nehe Milner Skudder, Ma’a Nonu and Beauden Barrett secured New Zealand’s victory. Australia put up a good fight through the likes of David Pocock and Brendan Foley, but Dan Carter was to be the difference in a Man of the Match performance.
In tennis October was Novak Djokovic’s month by doing a clean sweep of the major tennis tournaments. He picked up the China Open, Shanghai Rolex Masters and also the BNP Paribas Masters.
In Formula One the big event was the United States Grand Prix, which was successfully defended by Lewis Hamilton and his team, Mercedes. The event was held in torrential conditions but Lewis prevailed as the winner.
UFC had yet another stellar month, coming to Dublin yet again for another sell-out. The main event pitted Dublin’s Paddy Holohan against Louis Smolka. After a great fight, Smolka submitted Holohan in a rear naked choke hold. In their biggest event of the month, UFC 192, the main event saw Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier defeat Alexander Gustafsson to defend his Light Heavyweight Title via split decision. Earlier in the night, Ryan Bader defeated Rashad Evans to further his chances of a title fight against Cormier.
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