CJ Stander of Ireland dives over a maul to score his team's opening try
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 19: CJ Stander of Ireland dives over a maul to score his team's opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) © Getty Images
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Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell looks forward to the first round of Rugby World Cup knockout action.
New Zealand and Australia are peaking at the right time, with Argentina hovering, while Ireland and Wales are threats from the north if they can both find 15 fit men to take the field.
As round two of the Rugby World Cup kick offs, we present Opta Sports stats to whet your appetite.

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  P W D L Pts
Leinster 22 17 1 4 82
Glasgow 22 18 0 4 79
Munster 22 16 0 6 74
Ulster 22 15 0 7 70
Ospreys 22 13 1 8 66
Scarlets 22 11 1 10 55
Cardiff Blues 22 8 1 13 41
Edinburgh 22 7 0 15 38
Dragons 22 7 1 14 35
Connacht 22 6 0 16 35
Benetton Treviso 22 5 1 16 30
Zebre 22 5 2 15 29
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  • CJ Stander of Ireland dives over a maul to score his team's opening try

    CJ Stander of Ireland dives over a maul to score his team's opening try
    © Getty Images

  • A mix up between Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour of Scotland gifts a try to Keith Earls of Ireland

    A mix up between Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour of Scotland gifts a try to Keith Earls of Ireland
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