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South Africa join England in Final

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South Africa 37 – Argentina 13 This was a game too far for Argentina. They did well to upset France in the tournament opener but I never thought they would have the quality to challenge the Boks. South Africa went in 24-6 at halftime without really breaking a sweat, a lot of their points coming from the Pumas’ mistakes. In the second half it looked like the Argentineans might make a fist of it after Manuel Contempomi scored a well-worked try. But after that they seemed to run out of ideas and the Boks responded with tries of their own from Danie Roussouw and Bryan Habana, who equalled Jonah Lomuh’s eight-try World Cup haul with his second touchdown of the match. I think that coach Jake White will be concerned though about the performance of the Bok forwards who were slow to the breakdowns and failed to secure the ball from the restart on several occasions. The scrum also looked creaky although this phase of the game is traditionally one of Argentina’s strengths. No doubt he will be hoping that South Africa can replicate their performance in their previous game against England to beat them in the final, but it won’t be as easy against a much-improved side. It’s going to be one hell of a game!

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Written by macinjay

October 14, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Posted in Rugby

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  1. so i guess you still fancy SA mac? they do look awesome. but have england one last performance in them?

    as you say one hell of a match in prospect.

    fpb

    FPB

    October 15, 2007 at 12:15 am

  2. I think that if SA step up and play the kind of rugby they are capable of it will be very difficult for England, who it has to be said are not as good as the team that won it in ’03.

    macinjay

    October 15, 2007 at 9:21 am

  3. you’re right M but the spirit in the E side looks good now. SA to start favourites but if England can clobber habana and stay within 5 points of them with 20 mins to go, it will be interesting to see who has the greater will to win. should be a cracking match.
    pp

    FPB

    October 15, 2007 at 3:25 pm

  4. Good luck to team SA, you guys were the better team. You can count on my supporrt in the final

    Pumas Supporter
    http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com

    john

    October 15, 2007 at 11:07 pm

  5. that’s a bit hard faced john after all the positive things i’ve been saying about the pumas performance at this RWC. see postings ‘don’t cry for Arg; let’s embrace them’ and ‘the shirts off their backs’.

    we’re you’re biggest fans!
    fpb
    http://www.pastapaulie.wordpress.com

    FPB

    October 18, 2007 at 9:04 pm

  6. congrats to SA mac. it would have been a better match if that try had been allowed but the tournament’s best team won. no question.
    fpb

    FPB

    October 21, 2007 at 11:17 am

  7. Thanks Pauli! Yes, the match didn’t quite live up to expectations. The disallowed try was one of those 50-50 decisions but I thought that the Boks would have enough in the tank if things got tight.

    macinjay

    October 22, 2007 at 7:39 am


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