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Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby crispybug2 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 20:48 pm

Starts tomorrow!

Pool A:-
Ireland
Scotland
Japan
Samoa
Russia

Pool B:-
New Zealand
South Africa
Italy
Canada
Namibia

Pool C:-
England
France
Argentina
USA
Tonga

Pool D:-
Wales
Australia
Fiji
Georgia
Uruguay


New Zealand are the favourites but all the main teams have had inconsistent form but all the teams are capable of beating each other

I’m pretty sure that all the top seeds should progress with Argentina possibly joint second favourites with France in Pool C and only possibly Japan and Fiji capable of causing an upset and progressing
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby SurferCyclist » Thu Sep 19, 2019 20:50 pm

Yep, can't wait. Hoping to find a taverna showing Eng v Tonga here in Greece Sunday morning.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Coopster the 1st » Thu Sep 19, 2019 21:01 pm

crispybug2 wrote:I’m pretty sure that all the top seeds should progress with Argentina possibly joint second favourites with France in Pool C and only possibly Japan and Fiji capable of causing an upset and progressing


Of the 3 you list I think Japan beating Scotland is the most likely upset (it would also be good to see and great for the world cup). Last game of the group and Japan with home advantage that will be huge for them.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby crispybug2 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 18:04 pm

Japan beat Russia 30-10 in the opening game of the tournament

Russia put up a much better performance than expected but it was essentially comfortable for the hosts


However the real meat of the competition begins this weekend with a raft of juicy match ups

France vs Argentina, Australia vs Fiji, England vs Tonga but the real highlights are Ireland vs Scotland and, particularly, New Zealand vs South Africa

My alarm is set for 6.30am and a full weekend of rugby awaits!

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby crispybug2 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 06:56 am

Australia 39-21 Fiji

In the end it was fairly comfortable for the Aussies but Fiji showed up well and they certainly have enough about them to suggest that they may worry Wales later in the group stage

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby diplodicus » Sun Sep 22, 2019 13:48 pm

Do you know what the little rectangular thing is at the top rear of the England rugby shirts is? It looks like the radio used in pro bike races

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby MrB123 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 14:15 pm

diplodicus wrote:Do you know what the little rectangular thing is at the top rear of the England rugby shirts is? It looks like the radio used in pro bike races


I've always assumed they're a GPS/tracker type thing to gather data about how fast and far the players run etc.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby MrB123 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 14:17 pm

MrB123 wrote:
diplodicus wrote:Do you know what the little rectangular thing is at the top rear of the England rugby shirts is? It looks like the radio used in pro bike races


I've always assumed they're a GPS/tracker type thing to gather data about how fast and far the players run etc.



https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.the42. ... 3/%3famp=1
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby diplodicus » Sun Sep 22, 2019 14:21 pm

Cool, cheers

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Pross » Sun Sep 22, 2019 15:19 pm

Thought the ref in the England v Tonga match did a great job. It's easy to criticise refereeing but he was clear and the TMO decisions basically backed up his initial calls.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Coopster the 1st » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:07 am

crispybug2 wrote:Australia 39-21 Fiji

In the end it was fairly comfortable for the Aussies but Fiji showed up well and they certainly have enough about them to suggest that they may worry Wales later in the group stage


Now Fiji have been found out I don't see them causing Wales too many problems as long as Wales play a forwards dominated game.

Fiji will be entertaining to watch against the lesser teams in the group
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Pross » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:07 am

Decent first half for Wales with the bonus point already notched up but they fell asleep a little bit in the second quarter. Georgia the poorest team I've seen so far by a long way. I really rate Luke Pearce as a referee, I've been following his career since he first officiated at first class level as I watch my club side with his uncle.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Pross » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:16 pm

Georgia much better second half but Wales looked far less sharp once they changed scrum half. Two tries apiece second half despite Georgia being down to 14 men for 10 minutes. Wales second choice props are still a concern at the scrums. Will need to improve a lot to top the group.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby laurentian » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:34 pm

Not quite sure what I'd take out of that game if I were Welsh.

Blistering start but 14 all in the second half?? Against Georgia? I would imagine Mr Gatland having some words about that.

England were no more than ok against Tonga . . . I would think they will take more out of their defensive performance in keeping Tonga down to a single penalty goal than they will from their error strewn attack. France and Argentina will be far more potent and able to capitalise on England errors

Scotland were frankly woeful which was a shame because they are way better than that and it's difficult to guage Ireland given the paucity of the opposition but with Jonny S back it will be interesting to see if they can reach their All Black beating best
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Pross » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:09 am

The ref and TMO today seem to be looking at ways to avoid issuing a red card under the high tackle protocol. I can see the benefit of the doubt with Samoa's first yellow today but the second was as clear a case for red as you can see under the protocol especially when you add in the factor that it was minutes after the initial incident.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby crispybug2 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 07:16 am

Massive victory for Uruguay, beating Fiji 30-27.

Biggest shock of the World Cup so far and completely deserved

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Pross » Wed Sep 25, 2019 09:18 am

crispybug2 wrote:Massive victory for Uruguay, beating Fiji 30-27.

Biggest shock of the World Cup so far and completely deserved


Fiji a bit complacent after a decent opening match against the Aussies?

Uruguay used to look like a promising rugby country but never quite pressed on like Argentina did.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby crispybug2 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 21:24 pm

Improved performance by England today, beating the USA 45-7, pretty much a second string team and some stand out performances by Lewis Ludlum, who wasn’t even in Northampton’s first team at the start of the season and Jonathan Joseph, the worlds best No. 13 who doesn’t get a starting place
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Shirley Basso » Sat Sep 28, 2019 08:48 am

If you're at home put the match on.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby TimothyW » Sat Sep 28, 2019 09:13 am

Crikey, only saw the last ten minutes but not the expected result!


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