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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Nilgiri, Oct 6, 2019.
I don't see a thread open on it anywhere.
Anyway good job beating the Argies just now @waz
Who even watches rugby here?
Pomms were lucky, Argies basically played with 14 against 16 that whole match.. And they only managed to score 35 points, With a full 15 side Pumas side it would have been a different story.. What a farce of a call that red card was.. And that from whu they consider the best international referee Nigel Owens.. Refereeing have been atrocious this tournament especially from the French refs, Finally and surprisingly World Rugby acknowledging it
Only South Asian country that takes Rugby seriously is Sri Lanka.. Rest are obsessed with Cricket
So can't expect many here to even realize the 3rd biggest sporting event globally is going on right now
Japan really excelled this WC, and topped it off by beating the Scots in close game:
They are in the QFs!
Commiserations @Gibbs , poms just were too strong for you lot this time around:
I would think the NZ vs ENG semi final will be the match of the championship...should be great to watch.
Expected result mate, Aussies lack debt and ARU need a complete overhaul starting with Cheika been kicked out, Ideally he should have been two years ago
Was expecting a upset but to no avail.. England was clinical, It will be a super Semi.. And will be rooting for the Pomms.. Hoping for a Saffa ENG final.. Will be a cracker of a game with perhaps the best two forward packs in this WC
Its all happened now. Gonna be a cracking final and I would think poms will win coz of their dynamic play and overall temperament.
I am damn disappointed ..... All Blacks out. Very disheartening.
I always support them too heh. The Haka!...its such great tradition that has no real equivalent anywhere else (in larger sporting world)....though I am seeing a few other pacific islands do their kind of war dance at start too.
first time watched any highlights of rugby match played between England and New Zealand .Kabadi is more exciting than rugby lol
Haaa haaa.. Perhaps i need to do more predictions from now on
If the Bokks gonna play like they did in this Semi, Poms gonna run all over them.. Really don't understand why De Klerk is rated so highly and was played full 80 mins ??!! Some comparing him to the late great Van der westhuizen is a bloody joke imo.. Bugger nearly killed the game with his aimless box kicks from the base giving away far too many possession away.. Bokks were mighty lucky
As for the AB's, Well they didnt know what hit them.. England were clinical and tackled the Blacks in to submission.. And kept the intensity for 80 full mins never letting go of the stranglehold.. Maro Itoje was playing in a another realm !! What a talent for England.. Breathtaking
As for the finals my heart says Bokks but my brain says Ingerland by 12
To be fair it has become more of a theatrical spectacle than what it's meant to be.. Granted the Haka has attracted people from non traditional Rugby nations to the game given the brand that is the All Blacks but it's lost it's real purpose imo
So much so NZ cant even find a full blooded Maori these days to lead the Haka (It has to be led by Maori), Given the team is 50% Pakeha and 50% other Pacific islanders
Its ok mate . I did not mean to hurt your religious beliefs i.e rugby game..keep playing/watching/enjoying
I just played rugby in High school ...watched a bunch on TV when it was on back then (tri nations, WC etc)...so I have no where near the amount of knowledge like you of the players out there heh. But it makes sense given you are in one of the "Big 3".
I basically tune into WC these days, given its the apex etc. Somewhat more so this time coz I wanted to see if all blacks could win 3 in a row .
Like I didn't know that stuff about the Haka....very interesting though. It makes sense (that tradition of having a maori lead it) and yes they should always have a full blood maori fella for sure...to lead it. I just watched it through the 90s rugby era and bit into the 2000s...and it was just something I made to tune in early for and support NZ, because its a real unique tradition. Helped having good number of Kiwi and Aussie friends though....best rivalry on earth lol.
I got back into rugby bit more lately again because acquaintance of mine, she played for canada women's rugby team many moons back...and she is super super into it still as you can imagine, to the tiniest technical detail lol.
Oh well another 4 year wait...
Well done South Africa.
I do!. Boks played amazingly well. Just incredible.
Well, they did white wash the English. I was expecting this as England tends to lose their nerve. The defence of SA was incredible and they just would not let them thru. We needed this win.
I am not impressed with NZ. They just have lost their mojo.
Watch SA play my friend!. They just got the right flair.
Yes same here. Rugby is a god's gift to mankind; We dont fear any country in the northern hemisphere. as long as the cup stays below the equator i am happy