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Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Old Aug 27th 2011, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Alfresco
Well done Wallabies.
Agree, a great result, but in the context of the WC, means absolutely nothing
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Old Aug 27th 2011, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Amazulu
Agree, a great result, but in the context of the WC, means absolutely nothing
Apart from a few nerves in the All Black camp.
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Old Aug 27th 2011, 3:39 pm
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I don't think the AB's suffer from nerves, it's just a hiccup.
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Old Aug 27th 2011, 4:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Alfresco
Apart from a few nerves in the All Black camp.
Yeah but the All Blacks are so used to going into World Cups unbeaten for ages and then choke at the moment when it is all too important. Maybe the stumble has come at just the right time for them?
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I don't think the AB's suffer from nerves, it's just a hiccup.
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Yeah but the All Blacks are so used to going into World Cups unbeaten for ages and then choke at the moment when it is all too important. Maybe the stumble has come at just the right time for them?
Possibly yeah. I really do think they will win it on home soil, to be honest. This is their best opportunity by far and they have an awesome team.

Just saying that they are beatable and that gives other teams hope and some degree of confidence of beating them.

I'll vote once I know which teams remain in the fray after to the pool games.
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Old Aug 27th 2011, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Alfresco
Possibly yeah. I really do think they will win it on home soil, to be honest. This is their best opportunity by far and they have an awesome team.

Just saying that they are beatable and that gives other teams hope and some degree of confidence of beating them.

I'll vote once I know which teams remain in the fray after to the pool games.
All credit to the Wannabes, that first half they took the game by the scruff of the neck and it took the AB's far too long to aclimatise. Had they been able to address their issues in that first half instead of leaving it until the second half they would have probably steamrollered the Aussies.

However, the Aussie's second half try shows how dangerous they will be in the WC (even though Genia's pass was forward in my eyes). That try came completely against the run of play. But Genia really did expose some of the slow AB's at the breakdowns.
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Australias issue is they think the game is about backs. When they come up against forwards on song their backs do not get the ball to be dangerous with. Then they complain everyone else plays boring rugby.

Originally Posted by Broad Shoulders
All credit to the Wannabes, that first half they took the game by the scruff of the neck and it took the AB's far too long to aclimatise. Had they been able to address their issues in that first half instead of leaving it until the second half they would have probably steamrollered the Aussies.

However, the Aussie's second half try shows how dangerous they will be in the WC (even though Genia's pass was forward in my eyes). That try came completely against the run of play. But Genia really did expose some of the slow AB's at the breakdowns.
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Old Aug 30th 2011, 1:47 am
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Possibly yeah. I really do think they will win it on home soil, to be honest. This is their best opportunity by far and they have an awesome team.
I think NZ will do it this time.

Originally Posted by Amazulu
Agree, a great result, but in the context of the WC, means absolutely nothing
Indeed.

Originally Posted by chris955
England have won the 6 nations loads of times, it's not a huge deal. You have to remember here it is the League guys that are the 'heroes'. It really is hard to find anyone more arrogant than an Aussie sports fan.
Disagree. I'm with Rambi. The problem with this Aussie sport thing is that the story grows with the telling on BE. I know lots of Aussies who are not that into sport, into baiting; are even quite even. It was one of the first things I realised when I had been here a while. I've even drawn a few and they haven't taken the bait. The only time I came across one-eyed supporters was in a workplace with an unduly large amount of battler types. It sometimes seems that sports fans are their own worst enemy.

You're right though that it's League in Sydney that is the game. Union is for Rah-rahs - and rightly so.
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Old Aug 30th 2011, 9:43 am
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Dallaglio's Worldcup show seems quite a nice build up to the world cup, anyone catch that?
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I see that Ch9 is going to be showing the Australia games and the quarters, semis and finals, does anyone know if another free-to-air channel will be showing the England games? I was hoping perhaps Gem would be.....

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Dallaglio's Worldcup show seems quite a nice build up to the world cup, anyone catch that?
It's on my list from UKNova, I blew my broadband allowance early last month
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Can't ever recall England winning the 6 nations being front page news at home???

English football is different. But that's only front page to turn the managers into a root vegetable.

It's when aussies lose they are at their most arrogant. As if the sport doesn't exist.
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Can't ever recall England winning the 6 nations being front page news at home???

English football is different. But that's only front page to turn the managers into a root vegetable.

It's when aussies lose they are at their most arrogant. As if the sport doesn't exist.
Doesn't it normally get a photo and caption?
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I see that Ch9 is going to be showing the Australia games and the quarters, semis and finals, does anyone know if another free-to-air channel will be showing the England games? I was hoping perhaps Gem would be.....

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Doesn't look like it. Only 9 and Fox have rights.
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Doesn't look like it. Only 9 and Fox have rights.
Yeh but 9 own Gem and Go! and showed the Bledisloe cup, for instance, on Gem.

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