Riddle me this: ‘Boks get the job done

23 10 2007

Riddler?  One-eyed All Black fan!Congratulations South Africa!

Firstly, congratulations to the Springboks. You showed great flair and tenacity through-out the tournament and you fully deserved the win. Congratulations to England as well for making it as far as you did. To many you didn’t deserve to make it as far as you did on your feeble efforts of the last four years but you did and hopefully you can build on this.

Well we saw the final on Saturday night and pretty much, like a fair majority of the tournament, it did not happen without a degree of controversy. Cueto - no tryThis time the Cueto try which was disallowed has seen the English up in arms. The English players and their supporters have screamed foul at video referee Stuart Dickinson claiming an Aussie conspiracy. However Dickinson got it right and it was no try. Watching the game initially I thought it was a try but one picture clearly shows Cueto’s foot on the touch line. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Boks up – fallen English Roses

21 10 2007

Congratulations to South AfricaCongratulations to South Africa on winning the Rugby World Cup!

Dragged myself out of bed at 3:45 am to see the Springboks lead from beginning to end in what was really a pretty average game of rugby. No tries, no chances taken… but South Africa win by 9 points.

South Africa 15 – England 6

Kicking dominated the game – both as far as scoring and tactics. Both teams relied on it heavily throughout the match, but it was the strength of the South African forwards that realised the victory for the ‘Boks. Neither side particularly threatened out wide, the English lacking the ability to run there (especially once Robinson went off injured), and the ‘Boks lacking the will. Read the rest of this entry »

Viva Los Pumas!

20 10 2007

3rd place game – Argentina 34 def. France 10

Victory!And a big well done to Argentina, who this Rugby World Cup manage to do something twice that the All Blacks couldn’t do once: beat France.

The Argentineans finished the way they started, with a victory over Les Bleus. Not to be outdone with history, the French have also managed to do something never done before in the history of the RWC – with this loss they become the first host to lose 3 games at home. Argentina have now beaten France in 6 of their last 7 games.

The French were absent at the breakdown, Argentina slowed the ball down around the ruck, and made plays when opportunities presented.

Hopefully, from here, Argentina force their way into one of the big annual tournaments. As an Australian, I would love to see them welcomed into the Tri-Nations.

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Trampled English Roses still bloom, but for how much longer?

20 10 2007

‘Boks to winSorry England, I just can’t see it happening.

South Africa will win the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

It’s astounding that the two teams from Pool A have both arrived at the final, and what’s even more amazing is the way they’ve gotten here.
Truth: England have struggled more than once throughout this tournament. Pool games against the US, Samoa and Tonga were all won, but hardly in convincing fashion. Against South Africa, they looked way out of their league – losing without even scoring: 36-0. Read the rest of this entry »

Riddle me this: England To Be Stopped

16 10 2007

The World Cup Final

Time for the big one- the Rugby World Cup final. South Africa is there and that is no surprise. Most were picking themRiddler?  One-eyed All Black fan! to comfortably qualify from their side of the draw and they did just this. However their opponent is a huge shock. It is England.

After four year of complete hopeless and worthless rugby, the English find themselves in the final against all logical predictions. Do they deserve to be there? On their effort of the last few weeks nobody can deny them. On their efforts of the last four years as champions?  A definite ‘hell no’. On the basis of that it would be a complete travesty to see them salute in this tournament. However I think the ‘Boks have what it takes to ensure England don’t hoist Bill again and the Southern Hemisphere and tri Nations re-affirm their positions as the superior competition and hemisphere. Read the rest of this entry »

Riddle me this: Le Frog Choke

15 10 2007

Riddler?  One-eyed All Black fan!Semi Finals in review…

Had the radar on this week when I tipped England to get up in a close affair and the Boks to breeze past Argentina with no problems. As sure as the sun comes up, the French choked after a huge game the prior week. After putting up with the taunts of the cocky French for a week, it was pleasing to see them exit the competition this week. Once again France has proven themselves to be just as big a choker as the All Blacks, if not bigger. After all, of the five consistent powers in rugby, they are the only one to have never held Bill aloft, despite disposing of the favourites at three of the tournaments and making the finals at two of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Riddle me this: No French Kisses

13 10 2007

Riddler?  One-eyed All Black fan!The Semi Finals

With the Kiwi’s and Aussies out of the tournament, this world cup has lost a lot of its gloss and the four teams remaining consist of three of the most boring on the planet in England, Argentina and France and one with flair in South Africa. Wont be losing any sleep over the prospect of this lot playing and might turn my focus to the Air NZ semi finals instead which will be a hell of a lot more entertaining.

France versus England
Well it semi-final time and I don’t think many where expecting this match up. Instead of a possible clash between two electric dynamic teams in New Zealand and Australia, we are left with two of the most boring sides in the competition squaring off in France and England. Read the rest of this entry »