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Boks triumphant

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South Africa 15 – England 6 In the end my dream final didn’t live up to expectations. SA looked like they were playing within themselves, content to contest England in an aerial chess match. This is a mark of the quality of the side; unlike the much-fancied New Zealand they were able to adapt their style of play to the circumstances in this tournament. Before the game there was a worry about the Bok’s srummaging, but England’s supposed dominance in this phase never materialised. Perhaps it might have been different if Mark Cueto’s try had been allowed but I felt that SA were playing within themselves and would have been able to step up a gear or two if necessary. In any event I think that there can few arguments that the best side won the tournament.

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October 22, 2007 at 10:03 am

New Zealand bundled out

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We went out for dinner to my mother’s this evening. I tried to find the match there on TV but I don’t think the SABC showed it – AGAIN. My boss texted the result to me: 20 – 18 to France! So now it will be France v England in the semis. England’s recent record against their old foe has not been that good but I imagine they would prefer facing them to the All Blacks. A match to savour in any event!

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October 6, 2007 at 11:50 pm

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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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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!

 

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September 28, 2007 at 10:31 pm