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Old 05.10.2007, 17:03
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

My ears are burning

I have a work function tonight, so I will see how I am feeling tomorrow. It will either be Paddy's or with you lot
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Old 06.10.2007, 18:14
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Hoorayyyy!
But boy was that close...

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Old 06.10.2007, 23:48
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

New Zealand choked that one... Can't understand why, with two minutes to go and two points down, NZ didn't go for a drop goal when they right up on the French 22.
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Old 07.10.2007, 18:12
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Fiji put up a good fight, another great game to watch. Watching New Zealand last night in Lady Hamilton we had the pleasure of a pub full of French fans, including the obligatory really annoying, really short, really drunk Parisian that always seems to turn up on such occasions. Not the best evening of rugby...

Mind you, he almost fell off the chair he was standing on at some point, which had absolutely nothing to do with me moving it away from me into a wet area while he was on the loo, honest...
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Old 07.10.2007, 19:11
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

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MARSEILLE, 7 October - South Africa have booked a spot in the world cup semi-finals with a 37-20 defeat of Fiji at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.
However, Fiji's brilliant attacking play and brutal defence pushed South Africa all the way.
Fiji really gave us a game, and what a tough one at that!
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Old 07.10.2007, 19:41
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New Zealand choked that one... Can't understand why, with two minutes to go and two points down, NZ didn't go for a drop goal when they right up on the French 22.
And not just once, but at least twice, if not three times in under 5 minutes.

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Fiji really gave us a game, and what a tough one at that!
As much as I hoped that South Africa won the game, I think Fiji deserved to win. They did play better and made less mistakes. But...c'mon, Fiji shouldn't leave the next world champion out of the tournament.
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Old 08.10.2007, 09:01
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

What a mess of a weekend that was, but not all that surprising.

My beloved Wallabies are out, but then our scrum and kicking have been pretty ordinary for the whole tournament. Congrats to the Poms, but it would be nice to see them attempt to score a try every now and then instead of just getting close enough for Wilkinson to score a penalty kick. Sure, it wins games, but it is never entertaining to watch, whomever they play against.

As for the All Blacks... well, their group matches were almost all absolute walkovers, no close matches at all. So when it was clear that they weren't going to beat France by 60-odd points, the wobbles set in. You can almost always rely on NZ to choke when the stakes are high enough.

So there will be a few sad faces back in Australia, but in NZ it will be the start of a few weeks (months? years?) of mourning. There is no more miserable place to be than in New Zealand after the All Blacks have lost a game. Makes standard British sourness look like Mardi Gras.
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Old 08.10.2007, 09:36
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

This argument gets raised so often by the Whingin' Aussies. The reason we get those penalties is because committing a foul is the only way the Aussies could stop a try. Stop cheating and we'll start scoring tries instead of goals...



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My beloved Wallabies are out, but then our scrum and kicking have been pretty ordinary for the whole tournament. Congrats to the Poms, but it would be nice to see them attempt to score a try every now and then instead of just getting close enough for Wilkinson to score a penalty kick. Sure, it wins games, but it is never entertaining to watch, whomever they play against.
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Old 08.10.2007, 10:00
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

This argument gets raised by everone, which is why I said "whomever they play against". I don't care who England plays against, but in many games, England goes for the quick 3 points in the event of a penalty instead of trying to go for the try. It works, it wins games, but its still dull to watch.

And in Saturday's game, a few of the English penatlies were awarded due to faults in the Aussie scrum. How bad scrum technique constitutes cheating or fouling is beyond me.
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Old 08.10.2007, 10:10
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Last night, the German program Weltspiegel did a report on the World Cup. Nothing about the game itself, but simply about how violent the game is, how incomprehensible the rules can be, and how the French women find the rugby players attractive.

Why does the German media have trouble understanding a sport that has actual teamwork, no diving and no hooligans? Hang on, I think I may have just answered my own question...
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Old 08.10.2007, 10:16
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

the pain of the last 10 minutes of lasts night game was unbearable ... would have helped if we had actuallly tried to be inventive in the preceding 70 mins ...

Congrats Caleb & any other Gaucheros on here, well deserved & I'll be behind you til the final.
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Old 08.10.2007, 11:12
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Thnx Polorise, it was a very hard game, and even though I guess the Pumas did deserve to win when looking at the whole game, the last 30min or so belonged to Scotland entirely. You guys wore us out, and it showed in the game style: Argentina became 100% a defensive team and Scotland capitalized on it very well by putting more juice on the field with 6 new players at the same time ! I think I lost 5kg of body weight in the last 7 minutes alone !
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Old 08.10.2007, 11:53
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

the head here.

download Zattoo on your laptop and watch itv1 channel. only on weekends they air it and its free but the quality is not so good.
Pickwicks shows the games on a big screen also cool
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Old 08.10.2007, 15:29
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

I think you may be confusing rugby union with rugby league. There are many very different facets to union, and the Aussies are currently only good at the bits that are like league. You can't say everybody else is boring because they actually use all of the tactics that make up union.

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This argument gets raised by everone, which is why I said "whomever they play against". I don't care who England plays against, but in many games, England goes for the quick 3 points in the event of a penalty instead of trying to go for the try. It works, it wins games, but its still dull to watch.

And in Saturday's game, a few of the English penatlies were awarded due to faults in the Aussie scrum. How bad scrum technique constitutes cheating or fouling is beyond me.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

South Africa will take the world cup.
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Old 08.10.2007, 20:30
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Congrats to the Poms, but it would be nice to see them attempt to score a try every now and then instead of just getting close enough for Wilkinson to score a penalty kick. Sure, it wins games, but it is never entertaining to watch, whomever they play against.
Dunno what game you were watching but I thought England played some fantastic attacking rugby and we were playing for the tries but kept getting fouled!
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Old 09.10.2007, 10:02
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I think you may be confusing rugby union with rugby league. There are many very different facets to union, and the Aussies are currently only good at the bits that are like league. You can't say everybody else is boring because they actually use all of the tactics that make up union.

Do I get another tit-for-tat groan for my troubles?
On Saturday, England were clearly the better team - no question there. There's no way that I was criticising England's performance on Saturday, nor am I whining simply because we lost. We've been crap during this tournament and I didn't honestly expect us to get far. And with how we did on Saturday, we didn't deserve to go any further.

I'm not confusing union and league, although I must admit that I am more used to league (even though it is clearly the inferior variety), where going for the easy kick instead of trying go for the line is allowed but frowned upon and considered the soft option.

When a team scores all of its points simply by penatlies it is not all that entertaining (yes, I know it takes 2 teams to do this) - this was the main point I was trying to make yesterday, even though it didn't come across too clearly. Maybe in the future I should stay away from forums when i've only had a few hours sleep...

Now, having clarified what I said yesterday, do I get groaned at again

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Dunno what game you were watching but I thought England played some fantastic attacking rugby and we were playing for the tries but kept getting fouled!
My comments were not referring specifically to Saturday's game, just a general comment. On Saturday England were good, Australia were not, England won. Simple. No complaints from me, except for any I may have against my own team.
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Old 14.10.2007, 09:40
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

HOOOOOORRAAAAAAYYYYY!!!

I can't believe it!!! But my excruciating headache and lost voice tells me it's true... COME ON ENGLAND!
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Old 14.10.2007, 20:07
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Well done, England. That opening try was brilliant.

Why the French tried to counter it with a bunch of missed drop goals instead of going for a try is a mystery to me.
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Old 15.10.2007, 09:44
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

England Vs. South Africa final!

Wow, this is going to be awesome!

COME ON BOKKE!

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