- Rugby World Cup Thread 2019
Aus always seemed to have that lingering threat of getting a break and scoring from their own half with the speed of that 3/4 line, especially the number 11 who made some very fast eng players look flat-footed in that not-a-try*
Glad we put away the shackle-draggers in that manner, defence looks good and there’s more to come in attack
*not sure how the TMO wasn’t clear on that, pretty bloomin obviously forwardPosted 3 months agogauss1777Member
England are going to have to be right at the top of their game to even stand a chance.
For sure but I think its possible.
Me too, England had more to offer today. They’re not great when things are going against them though – it’s going to be another great game.Posted 3 months ago
However, we’ve got tomorrow to come first. The great thing for me today was watching the games without that awful feeling in my stomach, it’s back again now.DanWMember
As a neutral watching, that never really looked in doubt for England. They shut down everything Australia tried to do and with a complete absence of a kicking game today just let them self destruct and pile more pressure on themselves. Defense was excellent and they made it look easy in attack, particularly in the first half. Credit where it’s due England played well today.
England were very streetwise I thought which was a massive part of getting the win, especially once ahead on the scoreboard. They could afford for the tackler to be (an illegal) nuisance at the breakdown and committed very few other defenders as a result. Aus didn’t seem to get an fast ball despite England generally keeping numbers out of the breakdown and if they did get pinged then so be it- it was Aus’s game to chase.
Likewise, ever time Aus got in to the English 22 there was always a cynical penalty to kill any momentum dead. If they weren’t pinged then they slowed ball down or got off the line (too) fast and if the were pinged then it was always 3 points despite the massive pressure which put Aus behind the curve.
Case in point too, Aus deep in the 22 looking dangerous with a scrum under the posts and half time approaching only for Sinkler to keep dropping, waste time, kill momentum and it all end in a penalty rather than 7 points. Who knew he had a brain cell?!
Itoje was constantly screaming in Genia’s ears leaning over the rucks and I’d love to see if the ball actually was out when he turned the tide for England. If the ref doesn’t call it then it’s legal! Little things like that turned every bit of Aus pressure in to England’s favour so they did more right today than just the obvious stuff.Posted 3 months ago
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