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England rise from the ashes

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Who would have thunk it? Unfancied England defeated Australia earlier this afternoon in a hard-fought Rugby World Cup 1/4 Final 12 points to 10. The English dominated the Wallabies up front and were a completely different side from the one that got a drubbing from the Boks in the pool matches. As always Australia looked threatening when their backs managed to get their hands on the ball – their winger Lote Tiqiri scored the only try of the match in the first half – but England denied them possession at the all-important breakdowns. The pressure told and Australia conceded a series of penalties; England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson converted enough of these to see them through (although Australian captain Stirling Mortlock missed a difficult penalty with three minutes to go that could have turned it the other way).

One step closer to my dream final of South Africa v England. England will have their work cut out for them to get there (they face either home nation France or favourites New Zealand in the semis), but then no-one expected them to get this far in the first place.

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Written by macinjay

October 6, 2007 at 5:49 pm

England v Tonga

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I followed this World Cup Rugby match online because the South African Broadcasting Corporation isn’t showing it. (Note to self: must get Satellite TV!) England won 36-20, which doesn’t surprise me. Tonga have had a great tournament with a close win over Samoa and a five-point loss to South Africa. Tellingly though the Boks started with their second-string side who also failed to impress in the warm-up game against Irish club side Connaught. In the second half they turned the game around by bringing on some of the first-choice players, but then failed to keep it tight in the latter stages and had Frans Steyn sent off. As a result the final score flattered Tonga. On the other hand England also stuttered against Samoa but in the end their dominance in the set-pieces saw them through 44-22. Hopefully they can take their game up another notch against Australia in the quarters!

 

Written by macinjay

September 28, 2007 at 10:31 pm