Awful North – Rugby World Cup updates…

10 09 2007

France 07I don’t think anything’s happened that will make the Southern Hemisphere powers of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia quake. Verily, we could possibly see an all-Southern Hemisphere semi-finals for the first time ever with Argentina throwing down the gauntlet in Pool D.
Reigning World Cup holder England? Laughable thus far…
France? Already down 1-0 in a tight pool…
Ireland? Barely managed to beat Rugby minnow Namibia…
Wales? Not bad, but certainly their performance inspired no fear in the top nations…

So, September 9th’s games brought us the following:

Wales 42 def Canada 17 – A solid victory by the Welsh, but unless they pick up their game considerably I don’t believe they’ll be a match for the Wallabies in their clash this weekend. The Canadians took it right to them – the halftime scoreline was unbelievable: 12-9 to Canada. The Welsh looked underdone for all but 20 minutes of this game, but that was enough. 5 tries in that time span had Canada gone. Still, it will be interesting to see what Fiji can run against Wales…

South Africa 59 def Samoa 7 – For the first 20 minutes or so of this game, it looked as if the Samoans might take it right up to the ‘Boks. At one stage, the scoreline read 9-7, and the South African unit was playing fairly undisciplined rugby. However, they settled down, and played a good solid brand that saw them defeat a pretty good team by a pretty handy margin. The ‘Boks are here. And yes, they are for real.

Scotland 56 def Portugal 10 – well, this was one game where everything went as expected. The Scottish unit easily put away World Cup debutante Portugal. Thing is, with the rest of the pools being topsy-turvy it’s hard to equate this into anything meaningful. Still, that said & done… after watching the ‘Italian Job’ the ABs did on Italy, I think the Scots are probably salivating over their September 29th clash with the Azzurri.

Ireland 32 def Namibia 17 – After the Argentine defeat of France, I pretty much penciled in Ireland to go through with Argentina to the Quarters. After this insipid performance, I’m not so sure. Ireland are a good unit, there’s no doubting that – but Namibia aren’t. Oh for sure – there’s no denying that they played with courage and verve, but a 15 point win over one of the teams most deserving of the ‘minnow’ tag is pretty damn indicative of a pathetic effort. Do I think Ireland can get to the Quarters? Of course. Are they better than this? Undoubtedly. Will any of the Southern Hemisphere giants be panicked over this performance? Nuh-uh, no way.

Still – the Northern Hemisphere nations may bounce back. I certainly hope so… thus far nothing to cheer about.

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11 09 2007
kip

Well I beg to differ.

World Cup competitions and indeed Top tournaments generally, often see the eventual winners start slowly.

How many times have we seen teams off to a flyer, indeed flyers, only to see them splutter and fail later on?

The NH teams are moving into gear. We have seen the best of the SH bully boys. Now it is personal!

kip

12 09 2007
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12 09 2007
withmalice

lol… thanks for the free promotional code – I hope you don’t mind readers using it (of course you don’t!)! 😉

Here in Japan I have J-Sports – all 48 games live, for about $20 US.

8 10 2007
carole

oops….thank goodness for South Africa. So much for predictions!

8 10 2007
withmalice

I’d suggest that at the time of writing this Carole, it was accurate.
But still, Aus & NZ out… colour me surprised.

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