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18-09-2015, 10:32 PM
RE: Rugby World Cup 2015
(18-09-2015 10:25 PM)Stevil Wrote:  
(18-09-2015 10:17 PM)DLJ Wrote:  Gotta feel a little sorry for Namibia.

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They made it to the world cup, and got to play against some of the rugby greats.

Quite an achievement. Go Namibia!

African sports is as corrupt as fuck...

All the money meant for youth development in sports like rugby and football from Kenya to Uganda to Gambia to Nigeria to Cameroon to namibi disapears into the private pockets of corrupt officials and African nations continue to underperform.

The only exception is South African rugby.... for all the wrong reasons unfortunatly.

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19-09-2015, 01:39 AM
RE: Rugby World Cup 2015
(18-09-2015 04:20 PM)Stevil Wrote:  From the London Times
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/rugb...561948.ece
"Not many shows are perfect on opening night, and England certainly weren’t here. This was a start, little more. Something to build on. Their lines are far from perfect.

They tried to run far too many of them at Twickenham last night. England had talked and talked about not playing into Fiji’s hands. They had the forward power to grind them down, but they played a different game altogether."
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But the British Press are always hard on their own sport stars.

Yeah, I'm not sure why we've drifted away from the very tactics that historically have worked well - i.e a grinding forward pack and recycling.

I could see glimmers of the fresher approach in some of the build-up games. Some exciting, more expansive play which did convert to points. So, an attempt at more of the same last night wasn't particularly fearful, and the Fijians did well to disrupt it. I don't expect a similar display to win games against stronger oppos, but the extra gear necessary, I believe, is in there somewhere.

However, if that is the style of play that has been adopted I'll roll with it for now. If it does pay off in terms of score tally it will certainly make for a better spectacle than the bludgeoning style that has typically been the route to success for european nations in the last twenty years.

But, hell, we won with a decent - if not a little flattering - scoreline, and have week to regroup... and to enjoy the rest of the show.

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19-09-2015, 01:48 AM
RE: Rugby World Cup 2015
(19-09-2015 01:39 AM)Siz Wrote:  But, hell, we won with a decent - if not a little flattering - scoreline, and have week to regroup... and to enjoy the rest of the show.
England being in the pool of death may benefit from it becoming battle hardened.

NZ may come out undercooked against Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia.
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19-09-2015, 01:59 AM
RE: Rugby World Cup 2015
(19-09-2015 01:48 AM)Stevil Wrote:  
(19-09-2015 01:39 AM)Siz Wrote:  But, hell, we won with a decent - if not a little flattering - scoreline, and have week to regroup... and to enjoy the rest of the show.
England being in the pool of death may benefit from it becoming battle hardened.

...or lose...! Laugh out load

Quote:NZ may come out undercooked against Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia.
Plenty of exhibition rugby to enjoy there. Pressure's on NZ to perform.

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19-09-2015, 09:20 AM
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Ireland 50 - Canada 7 Big Grin

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19-09-2015, 09:39 AM
RE: Rugby World Cup 2015
(19-09-2015 09:20 AM)Marozz Wrote:  Ireland 50 - Canada 7 Big Grin

You let them score a try?!

Oh, the shame...Laughat

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19-09-2015, 09:49 AM
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A silly mistake, but Canada deserved it based on their performance for the first 20 minutes of the second half. Main thing is that Sexton and O'Connell came through unscathed.

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19-09-2015, 10:04 AM
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19-09-2015, 11:36 AM
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It looks as though they've ranked all the pools into likely finish positions... All except Pool B which shows USA coming in last. Go Japan! Laugh out load

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19-09-2015, 12:05 PM
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Fuckadoo, Japan beat S.A!

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