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It wasn't necessarily the wrong plan, just the wrong throw.
Front of the line out? I mean if you gamble, gamble, don't go for the safest (and by far the easiest to defend) option.
As for not looking like missing a kick; Biggar hadn't, right up until he missed a relatively easy, third shot against Oz.
Had that happened to Farrell, I pretty sure hindsight would have fed folks opinions in favour of taking the line out.

 I think it's a bit unfair to distill issues such as captaincy down to a single issue.
Maybe the simpler question is better: Is Robshaw good enough? Judging from the back row play we have witnessed other top nations, the answer would be a straight forward no.

It wasn't really a single decision, much as it pains me to say it, Jonny Wilkinson summed it up in his"long chains comment", that decision was formed on a training pitch in team meetings and discussions over the last two years not in that split second. I don't think Robshaw is a captain with a full grasp on strategy but there's no-one else on that team you'd want to lead you.


Post Merge: October 12, 2015, 16:27
So, you don't see a 4 day turn around for players that have turn in the biggest performance of their lives as an issue effecting their performance against a second straight, top team?

I certainly do. I'm pretty certain that Wales faded quite noticeably against Fiji in their second half.

I'm not saying that given a few more days for recovery, Japan would have beaten Scotland, just that they would have been more competitive over the eighty minutes and folded completely, like they did.

When have any of the media except the Scottish jesters labelled Scotland as a top team on the way into this tournament?? I'd love to read that, 10th seed doesn't sound like a top team to me.

I don't see that it's as big an issue as everyone is making out it is. Yes they were tired but I don't see it as the sole issue like the media is portraying, "Scotland won because Japan were knackered".... going a bit too far. What would have happened if the US had beaten Scotland?? Can't see the media letting Scotland away with the "we were tired" routine can you?? I feel sorry for Japan they created the result of the tournament but that's part of the game, it happens, we move on.

The Tournament is what it is, the wee fish get the short end of the deal in terms of turnaround whereas certain teams never have less than a 7 day turnaround, not that it did them any good. unles all the teams get some kind of parity then something like this can always happen
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