New Zealand: 9th September - 23rd October
Yes, illegal tackle and red card deserved according to the commission board of the IRB which has presented the referees with explicit instructions on these tackles. Regardless of the fact there was no drive into the ground, Clerc was lifted beyond the horizontal and the tackling player made no attempt to safely bring him to ground.
Doesn't matter. The game was destroyed by a mistake with no malicious intent. That Wales managed to play so well even though their set pieces were destroyed, with France capitalising on the scrum and line-out deficits, speaks volumes for the players who remained. 14 men can't beat 15 when all else is equal. 7.5 men can't beat 8 in the scrum. A reduced line-out invites the opposition to challenge your limited options. Still S Jones should have converted the try, and Halfpenny was agonisingly short on the penalty. But had either of those gone over surely the French would have thrown everything and the évier into the last few minutes. As it was they held the Welsh at the 10yard line making a drop impossible and their discipline was superb. And the extra man really told.
We'll never know what would have happened. All we can be sure of is that the trophy is staying in the Southern hemisphere. Still, I will be supporting the French. I just don't see them having any chance at all. None at all.
But nearly all of them have gone before the citing commission and received bans of 3 weeks plus presumably because they should have been red cards in the first place.
I think it was dangerous even if it wasn't done with malice or intent. Vincent Clerc ended up landing on the back of his neck.
But it did ruin the match and I think Wales would have won if Warburton hadn't been sent off.
I forgot I'm doing a 10 mile tomorrow so I'll miss NZ v. Aus. I wonder if I can avoid the result before I get to watch the recording?
D'oh - completely forgot to set up the recording and overheard the result anyway from a car radio!
Just seen the highlights and NZ looked scarily good so I guess we're heading for a repeat of the first World Cup final. Hope that France come good and put up a decent performance, I'd hate to see a massacre
At least the ITV commentary team have calmed down a bit and are no longer calling France the worst team ever
Good luck to Wales for Friday!
My predictions were 100% wrong this weekend...
...so i predict NZ will win ...
hope that does the trick
I thought it was still a cracking game, tense right up until the final seconds, lots of close calls - like the kick from half way, should Wales have gone for the drop goal etc.
I do agree that the rule hasn't been consistently applied though.
I reckon wales will want to come out blazing against the aussies and show that they feel they deserve to be in the final - "do it for sam" mentality - i hope they do
then again genia and particularly cooper have been turd all tournament and might just turn on some magic all of a sudden not that there isn't any pressure
I have never seen a player fall apart - quite as spectacularly as Cooper - a month ago all the talk was about how he was the new superpower at 10 yet a soon as there is some pressure he flapped like a flag!
the kiwi's look awesome - even if they don't win next weekend McCaw will probably be remembered as one of the games great number 7's
i think that the way they so easily beat the French in the group stages will have put some of the millennium stadium ghosts to rest
2 great games. I really wish England could rediscover some of their previous verve and play a bit more like Australia and NZ. But that's probably hoping too much in the near future.
So disappointed for Wales (saying that as an Englishman) Just hope that NZ tear France a new one next weekend. No way France deserve to be in the final. Good thing though is that history is against them as no team has won the tournament having lost a game let alone 2.
Honestly, BDB! Next you'll be saying France are as bad as England in 2007...
We'll have to agree to disagree, BDB
My hopes for Sunday are:
Oh well, at least Phillipe Saint-Andre is taking over after this
I'm with you in hoping it's a good game at least Nemo. Though I expect if NZ score early, then it will be a serious kicking. We know how fickle the French support is and the team don't play well from behind.
Yes, FB - he really knows how to motivate his squad doesn't he? Though I find it odd the other sides get a kicking in the press for a night out in the pool stages, yet some of the French squad think it's a good idea to go out a week before a final. Me, sour grapes? Too right
Well I agree with ML on this one. I don't think you can go out and celebrate getting to the final after a game like that. You should be thanking God or whoever and working on playing properly for the next match. All joking aside they probably are the worst French team I've seen and yet they're in the final when better French teams from the past have fallen short. Bizarre!
I hope that PSA can get some team spirit back and I'll accept an unsuccessful 6N if they start playing some proper running rugby again.
I'm going to be a nervous wreck by Sunday!
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