The Big Three still look… big (Rugby World Cup updates)

17 09 2007

New Zealand, South Africa & Australia are performing as expected, and nothing seen has changed any predictions of the All Blacks, Springboks & Wallabies making the semis of the Rugby World Cup in France.

France defeated Namibia 87-10

Viva le Francais!But finally a Northern Hemisphere team has looked like a team that’s come here to play. France’s defeat of Namibia at a hefty total of 87-10 puts the Irish performance in dire perspective. Ireland managed eke out a win against Namibia 32-17.
But they haven’t been alone.
Thus far we’ve had England only just managing to put away the US 28-10 then getting a thrashing to the tune of 36-0 from South Africa.
Wales struggled against Canada, then was soundly beaten by Australia – despite a home ground advantage & quite a few dubious decisions in their favour.
Ireland had to be licking their lips post France’s opening day loss to Argentina, but their performance against the two ‘minnow’ teams in Namibia & Georgia has been anything but encouraging. Verily, they were damn lucky to walk away with a win against a courageous Georgia.

France looked well under-done against Argentina, but this win against Namibia exhibits just a little of what was expected from the Northern powers, but up to this point, has not been forthcoming.

A good win, but only what was expected.

Tonga defeated Samoa 19-15

The Tongan KailaoThis upset is huge. Earlier this year Samoa had beaten Tonga by some 50 odd points, and history has generally favoured the Samoans in this encounter. So for the Tongans to win this when it mattered most – and finishing with a mere 13 men (after 2 yellows & a send-off red) – was amazing. Tonga were always the aggressor, and Samoa appeared out-passioned, out-hustled… and out-muscled.

Fiji defeated Canada 29-16Fiji Rugby

Yet another great effort by Canada, who next play Japan in what should be a fantastic encounter next Tuesday. Canada looked strong at the start, and their rolling maul was great during the first half. They looked to run out of steam, but then changed tactics & ran wide – and really threatened the Fijians. Still, the Fijians just had too much strength all over the ground – their backs seemingly looming just as large as their forwards – and their expansive running game was just too much for the gallant Canadians.

Games this week:

Rugby World Cup18th – Scotland vs Romania … should be an easy win for Scotland the Brave!
19th – Italy vs Portugal … Italy should win this comfortably… but these days who the heck knows!
20th – Wales vs Japan … Wales looks to have too much for the Brave Blossoms in this Cardiff encounter.
21st – France take on Ireland … could be a ripper of a game, or the Irish might get stomped. Who can tell these days with those Northern Hemisphere lads!

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4 responses

17 09 2007

Thank goodness the French are back. Have to have at least one NH team that isn’t an embarrassment.

18 09 2007

You base your statement very early in the comp.

England will be back in the Quarters to defeat the Wallabies with a superior pack (61% possession v the Boks) amd a new back line with Gomersall, Wilko, Barkley, Hipkiss, Sackey, Flood, Lewsey, Robinson.

If the forwards decide to recycle the ball faster then beware.

Game on!


18 09 2007

Sorry Kip – nothing that’s occurred thus far would support your statement.
The English look awful. I wish it were otherwise, but they really need to focus on Tonga & Samoa, rather than just ‘hoping’ for the quarters.

21 09 2007
Jimbo Jones


yeah Kip KEEP DREAMING!!!!!


you crack me up…
never ending dreamer… don’t worry, you’re ‘rebuidling’ for another thrashing I’m afraid.

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