New Zealand: 9th September - 23rd October
definately a foward pass though
i was just writing a rant that wales needed to sort out thier place-kicking, i think that when they come to review the tournament in a few weeks the missed kicked will haunt them
england will be thinking the same
Definitely in the plural
you don't expect a Wales team to go down due to missed kicks
Ratzer - reread my post and wasn't meaning to try and wind you up. Though born in England my family routes are in Wales so was very much supporting them.
Cake - lurk and read more than I post so still been around. A long while since you kindly ran Blackpool marathon for me! I did Consiton Trail Martahon in July, on a hot day and ended up with a bad back. Been an idiot I carried on training for a few months until I decided to get it sorted and am now just running twice a week and swimming three times...............going to get the bike back out at the weekend......................o no traithlon is pulling me back in!
Great match. Australia started really well - didn't really see enough of that up to now. Good finish by Wales. Thought they used Roberts straight up the middle too much, Aus seemed to have the answer for that.
Wales look in good shape for next 6N. Just need to kick 3pts at appropriate times
Little Nemo - No more marathons! wrote (see)
... going for France by 3 points on Sunday
Been trying to envisage how this might come about. So here is my take on how it might play out.
Brad Thorn, fired up by the ocassion, is over-enthusiastic in his performance of the haka and stamps on McCaw's ankle. McCaw collapses in a heap. Cory Jane is so shocked that he swallows his chewing gum and starts to choke. Ma'a Nonu sees Jane's predictament and rushes over to give him the Heimlich manoeuver. On his way to save Jane he stands on McCaw's other ankle. As he performs the heimlich manouver Ma'a Nonu gets disoriented and instinctively spear tackles Jane into the ground. Jane's chewing gum is dislodged, as is his shoulder. Alain Rolland (remember him) points out to the illegal tackle to the referee Craig Joubert, who red cards Ma'a Nonu. Mealamu remonstrates with Joubert. Angrily calling him a complete and utter banker. Joubert red cards Mealamu.
For 79 minutes the scores are tied at 0-0. On two occasions a nervous All Black side have knocked on with the try line at their mercy. Then in the eightieth minute Yashvili sees Lievrement on the sidelines and tries to dropkicks the ball at him to demonstrate his disgust at the inelegance of Lievrement's moustache. In keeping with France's RWC 2011 performance he slices the kick horribly.
It goes over the bar. Joubert raises his arm. France win by 3 points.
I look forward to it
Well I had planned to get up early, go for a run, have a bath and then settle down to the match tomorrow.
But now I'm ill so instead I'll probably be watching it from under a duvet drinking a Lemsip.
Just time to wish both teams good luck and one last croaky
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!
Well done New Zealand, best team of the tournament and deserved winners
But at least France played well and restored some pride. If you had asked me yesterday if I'd take a one point loss I'd have bitten your hand off but now I can't help wondering what if Trinh-Duc had kicked that penalty...
I thoroughly enjoyed that final. No real investment in it and yet I was on the edge of my seat at times. I was waiting for the All Blacks to choke, but they didn't. In the end a result which seemed to be fair to everyone involved, if a little hard for the French to grasp. The ABs did deserve to win that tournament, right from the off, and needed to in their own back yard. The French didn't deserve to win before the match, yet on the day they brought a great game and made the whole thing exciting. That probably was the Bleu's one great game of the tournament, but the ABs were ready for it.
I've enjoyed the whole tournament, and think that apart from the odd little bits of schedule niggles the whole thing went really well. Samoa perhaps deserve a place in the tri/quad-nations, and perhaps more than Argentina, though I expect the Argies to become a force in World rugby over the next eight to ten years, as their inclusion will repair their base of players. Perhaps someone could suggest having two tiers to the Southern Hemisphere tournament, with one team going up and one down each year. Okay, so the top three would always be the same, but the experience of playing them would get shared around.
Four years time, in England, and I'm expecting a Northern nation to lift the cup. No idea who, but I think even England might soon grasp the idea of building a squad over four years to attack the tournament. The English and the Irish need to start over. The French will be very interesting during the 6N. I wonder if we will see a settled team? As much as Marc Lievremont made outside observers scratch their heads, his coaching team and many of the players believed he was superb, and the way he understood their psyche to galvanise them was impressive.
All in all a great tournament. Roll on February! (And December, though that's a more local affair...)
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