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Old 10-08-2011, 06:27 AM   #1531
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Aus vs SA first.

May I just say, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALES
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:45 AM   #1532
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you my and deservedly so

ok, so i gotta get up early again

although, it will be good to see the pumas tear the kiwis a new arsehole. carter, mccaw....i wonder who they could lose tomorrow
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:51 PM   #1533
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Ha ha now that is even more insane than your Italy to beat Ireland prediction!

I'm in the lead in the ESPN fantasy rugby world cup, 40 quid coming my way woo
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:22 PM   #1534
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nah, few more all black injuries will make it anyones competition
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #1535
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England sucked hard today. SURPRISE.
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:32 PM   #1536
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not surprised at all
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:32 PM   #1537
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First up is Australia to run wild on South Africa. Australia by 13+

New Zealand to overcome the Pumas by 20+.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:41 PM   #1538
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rsa to win

kiwis to kick pumas out of the park but not without an injury or two
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:42 PM   #1539
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Wales to lose in the final.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:57 AM   #1540
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:46 AM   #1541
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Wow the all blacks were very ordinary today. They let the pumas cross first and they could only answer it with 2 tries (and SEVEN penalties oh my fucking god i hate union), and one of those was in like the 78th minute when no one gave a fuck anyway. And how are they gonna deal with a wallabies side that just did that to the springboks' attack?
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:45 AM   #1542
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Didn't watch either game today because I would have actually had to get up early but from reading the match reports, SA should have won their QF. Having 73% territory is crazy man.
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:49 AM   #1543
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wales, mediocre team to world beaters in just 6 months, wow

rsa gone, france not cohesive, wales beat ireland, hate aussies, never hear the end of it if new zealand won

poor world cup
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:18 AM   #1544
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Every team you expected to win lost.. I'd call that a great world cup. It's not gonna get any better until the IRB actually show an interest in the game and lessen the points earnt from drop goals and penalties. It's like their only concern is to appease english soccer fans
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:20 AM   #1545
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See the stats of Wallaby tackles? Fuck. me. dead.


Territory: 24 (Aus) to 76 (RSA)
Possession: 56 to 44
Tackles: 147 to 53

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Old 10-09-2011, 05:24 AM   #1546
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Tough break South Africa, Wallabies too good but also didn't look that amazing. Absolute grind though.

NZ v Pumas went exactly how I thought on the board though it took them more time than I thought to get over 20 points ahead.

NZ v Australia next week in the match most people were expecting would have been the final. Pocock with the exact opportunity to demonstrate that he is the world's best #7.

Wales v France both playing for the chance to win their first ever World Cup, it'll be massive.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:26 AM   #1547
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nah i forgot to watch it and can't find the stats anywhere. I'm guessing it was incredible in some way? Was it a poor game from SA or a good one from australia?
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:26 AM   #1548
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In like, 48 hours, this cup has got so interesting.

EDIT, stats above
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:32 AM   #1549
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Tough break South Africa, Wallabies too good but also didn't look that amazing. Absolute grind though.

NZ v Pumas went exactly how I thought on the board though it took them more time than I thought to get over 20 points ahead.

NZ v Australia next week in the match most people were expecting would have been the final. Pocock with the exact opportunity to demonstrate that he is the world's best #7.

Wales v France both playing for the chance to win their first ever World Cup, it'll be massive.
If Wales can beat the Ireland team that beat Australia, I see no reason they can't push over France. But then France beat England, which is something Wales haven't done very often. Probably the most interesting match-up of the series.

Australia just beat NZ 2 months ago to claim the bledisloe and tri-nations cups. Given that and NZ's performance against argentina, which they only won because an inexperienced team gave away far too many penalties in a pressure game, I'm putting my money on the wallies. Australia V Wales.

btw is the four-nations a go? or was that just talk?

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Old 10-09-2011, 05:36 AM   #1550
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It's an interesting pair of matches for the next round.
Europe on one side of the draw and Australasia on the other.

I'm tending to lean towards it being Wales v Australia too.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:43 AM   #1551
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Yeah the Tri Nations becomes the Four Nations in 2012 with Argentina I imagine flying all over the place to come and visit us all.

I back Australia to win the cup. I've been saying it for three years so I'm not about to stop.

Wales or France? So hard to pick. Wales were in unstoppable form against Ireland, but France, I still have trouble believing a team can be so different from match to match. They make looking at things on paper pretty pointless.

In the first ten minutes of France v England I was 100% sure that France were going to win, it was just there plain as day in the body language and the attitude.

England and South Africa both sent packing, I got everything I wanted this weekend as far as rugby goes.

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Old 10-09-2011, 05:45 AM   #1552
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I'm concerned about Australia playing so much in their halves, especially with kicking being the obvious trend of this cup. If they can keep the kickers shut down I think they'll take it out, but I'd prefer for a more traditional try-oriented game and moving the ball out to the wings a lot more cleanly.
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If France beat Wales and then win the final, I'll probably kill myself.
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I think France can only beat the big four teams when those teams are having a bad day. Wales aren't one of those teams but I think they will want it more than the French, and they'll be in form to get it.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:49 AM   #1556
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I'm concerned about Australia playing so much in their halves, especially with kicking being the obvious trend of this cup. If they can keep the kickers shut down I think they'll take it out, but I'd prefer for a more traditional try-oriented game and moving the ball out to the wings a lot more cleanly.
This has been the trend since 2003 when England discovered they could win by abusing the rules and just kicking penalties and drop goals every time they're within 90 metres of the try-line. Like I said, it's not gonna go away until they fix the rules. We will never see a try-oriented game again, except those against Namibia or some shit.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:50 AM   #1557
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France have a great history of rugby in the south. Don't discount them as a the underdogs; I reckon they're technically really good. Fucking huge forward pack. I'd be nervous if I was Wales.


EDIT: Yeah. Jonny Fucking Wilkinson OBE.

I think Australia is strong enough at breaking rucks to have a try focus and force opponents into doing the same. But it'd only work if they pretend their half doesn't exist and keep the ball forward aggressively.

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Old 10-09-2011, 06:06 AM   #1558
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France technically are a good team yeah, it's not so much about that it's just that sometimes they just absolutely do not turn up to play.

I was watching them against England and thinking, their last two pool games, did they just not bother because they knew they'd be in the quarters anyway? It genuinely seems like they're not trying sometimes, and then bang, put paid to England very quickly.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:18 AM   #1559
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Inbetween the celebrations of South Africa being sent packing, it's worth noting that John Smit and Victor Matfield are both hanging up the boots. They've been great contributors to the game and Matfield especially will be remembered as the blueprint of a world class second rower.

Peter De Villiers is standing down too, what a character.
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I don't mean to nag you all like your mum about it, but it pisses me off that much. Is there a single rugby fan in the world that prefers a system whereby every single game is won based on penalty kicks and drop goals, rather than strong running and magic passing? I bet the stone-cutters are behind this one
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