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Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
« Reply #180 on: September 17, 2015, 10:59 »
Confident of Ireland reaching at least the semis this year.
The law of averages says it has to happen sometime soon.

Their best chance was last time round when a final place was well within their capability. This time they don't look as potent, over-reliant on Sexton who's good but no Dan Carter.

All Blacks are clear favourites but demonstrated again last time that they always have one sub-par performance in every World Cup.
Australia have risen back up the rankings to 2, but they'll be lucky to go through the tournament without meeting a referee who penalises their scrummage out of existence.
South Africa at 3 are the same beasts as always only with less cutting edge than in their best years.
England at 4 have home field advantage and could go all the way but look, as ever, like a work in progress.
Wales, unlucky not to go all the way last time round, have just lost two key squad members and have to beat Australia or England even to progress to the latter stages and even if they do, they have a woeful record against the Southern Hemisphere teams.
Ireland at 6, see above.
France at 7, who knows what they'll produce? Inconsistency mainly.
Argentina at 8, easy group but I think the UK won't be as happy a hunting ground as France was.

The inescapable conclusion is that no-one will win.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #181 on: September 18, 2015, 19:35 »
    Well the waiting is nearly over with just half an hour to go until the RWC kicks of. Really looking forward to this, come on England.

    Looking forward to seeing Israel Folau when he gets going.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #182 on: September 18, 2015, 21:14 »
    That Nadolo fella would give Betancur a run for his money in a tug-of-war
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #183 on: September 18, 2015, 21:35 »
     Nandolo just runs through half of the English team.

    Swing low just about sums up the game with 15 minutes or so left.
    Poor fare.
    Dallaglio now whining about the referee, which he wasn't doing in the first half.

    Already obvious to me is the fact that the most influential player of the tournament will be the TMO.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #184 on: September 18, 2015, 23:53 »
    Swing low is a sh*te song at the best of times!
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #185 on: September 19, 2015, 09:32 »
     Ultimately, England got through their tricky opener with all they desired: a bonus point win and no injuries.
    I was at the Wales v Fiji game last year and that was awful, due in no small measure to an inexperienced referee, the even more tedious TMO referrals and some strange decisions that resulted.

     On that subject, beware French officials sitting in front of video screens.

     I watch quite a lot of the French pro 14s and to say that their upstairs decisions regularly appear crazy and totally out of synch with the rest of the planet is an under statement.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #186 on: September 19, 2015, 09:34 »
    Well, thank goodness it was Fiji.

    The biggest causes for concern are:

    1 the scrum - if we play like that against say, South Africa, we will get penalised into oblivion. All they'll need to do is drop the ball, win a penalty at the subsequent scrum, and march up the field.

    2. The breakdown - we didn't win anything, we lost loads - most top teams will turrn turnover ball into points.

    3. Lack of on-the-field management - England made huge progress when sending big men up the 12 channel. They did it in two drives but didn't really seem to incorporate this into a change of strategy, it just sort of occurred and then they tried something else. If the fringes are protected and if the ball gets passed down the line to a winger confronted by 3 opposition backs, the gaps must be elsewhere. You've got to earn the right to go wide, otherwise you're running into trouble with no support.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #187 on: September 19, 2015, 11:52 »
    Does anyone have a match schedule for this World cup? And what is the best way to watch, livestream? There are a few matches live on tv here though.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #188 on: September 19, 2015, 12:37 »
    Does anyone have a match schedule for this World cup? And what is the best way to watch, livestream? There are a few matches live on tv here though.
    http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/fixtures
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #190 on: September 19, 2015, 13:58 »
    English scrum has looked uncharacteristically weak for a while now, they will come under serious pressure later in the tournament.

    I think ultimately they took their opportunities well and did what they needed to, less nervy than the tournament opener could have been.

    Imho they need to drop Ford for the Australia and Wales games. What he brings in his attacking game is nullified by the sides weakness in defence and lack of control over some of the basics of the game. Farrell is much better at this, same as Wilkinson used to be. If they're going to win this they will need to be same old boring England for long parts of games and strangle the opposition.


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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #191 on: September 19, 2015, 14:25 »
    Does anyone have a match schedule for this World cup? And what is the best way to watch, livestream? There are a few matches live on tv here though.

    Fixture list here:
    https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/fixtures

    It's a pity it's not on the BBC, cos I assume you can get that.
    ITV, never had cause to look and it's not as easy as i thought.

    This site seems to fit the bill though.
    Ireland v Canada for my local stadium, up next in about 5 minutes. ;)

    http://www.realstreamunited.com/rugby-live-streaming-video.html

    The recommended stream looks good to me.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #192 on: September 19, 2015, 15:20 »
    Yes I cannot get ITV. I can get BBC 1234 but not ITV. Earlier this year I watched 6 nations cup on BBC :cool

    The streams look good. Canada is getting slaughtered by Ireland :D Georgia beat Tonga :o
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #193 on: September 19, 2015, 17:08 »
    Very lively start by Japan against the Boks without reward
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #194 on: September 19, 2015, 18:15 »
    Canada is getting slaughtered by Ireland :D
    Yes they did. A good start!
    But  *jp!!!
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #195 on: September 19, 2015, 18:46 »
    I think I speak for us all.
    What the flip just happened?
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    « Reply #196 on: September 19, 2015, 18:48 »
    Wow Japan!!!! *jp *jp
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #197 on: September 19, 2015, 18:52 »
    Amazing,

    So glad they went all or nothing.

    They could have kicked a penalty or tried for a drop goal for the draw but they went for it and got what it deserved.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #198 on: September 19, 2015, 18:54 »
    That was truly brilliant!

    Absolutely stunning.

    Ha ha ha ha ha
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #199 on: September 19, 2015, 19:42 »
     I just finished.

    Wtf? I mean wtf did we just witness?
    Me too with the so glad they went all or nothing, sentiment.
    Unbelievable is a word often misused, but in this instance that was truly unbelievable.

    The Japanese and neutrals who watched will still think they were dreaming.
    The SAs will think they are stuck in a nightmare, wishing they can wake up.
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #200 on: September 24, 2015, 19:58 »
    *na vs. *nz tonight.

    They're going to get slaughtered, but I don't care ... Go *na Namibia! :cheer
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #201 on: September 24, 2015, 20:08 »
    New Zealand will be slaughtered at home in the media if they don't rattle up 100 points.... never mind  #scotland won yesterday that's really ALL that matters!!
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #202 on: September 24, 2015, 20:36 »
    It's already pretty emphatic....
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #203 on: September 24, 2015, 20:57 »
    *nz 34-6 *na at halftime.

    Wasn't ever going to be a real contest, but *na are holding up well. Got close to the *nz try-line several times, but not good enough to get through the defense and score a try.
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    « Reply #204 on: September 24, 2015, 21:59 »
     Surprisingly low score for NZ, I think. Helped by a brace of late tries, but well below their par.
    They have always been unmerciful when it comes to racking up points against minor opposition.

    To me, they look a bit stale, after their long season.
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    « Reply #205 on: September 24, 2015, 22:00 »
    Decent performance by ~ *na, thought they were in for a hammering after 20 minutes but they gave a very good account of themselves and deserved their try.

    Amazing *nz try at the end though!
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #206 on: September 24, 2015, 23:08 »
    Chapeau to  *na they stood up well to  *nz easily expected a 100 point gap
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    Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
    « Reply #207 on: September 26, 2015, 21:57 »
     Wales! :D
    How did we manage that, coming back as we did with a completely re-shuffled back line?
    Our George in the centre, scrum half on wing, Out half as full back and......................Alex "Clueless" Cuthbert.

    Lizzie A wins too.
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