- Rugby World Cup Thread 2019
Thought the only disgrace was NZ carping on to the ref like it is a soccer game.
The sign of a rattled team. Nigel warning of Yellows with 20 to go was also instrumental – with England forcing them backward and Cards halfway out of Nigel’s pocket they needed to be careful not to compound the misery.Posted 3 months agogauss1777Member
I have to laugh at friends in NZ saying that if England win the final, they haven’t “really” won. What’s that all about?
Really? That doesn’t surprise me. It would have been worse no doubt if it had been a close game. It wasn’t. I’m waiting now for if (big if) Wales best SA, the talk about the NZ v SA game being the real final.
England will be favourites in the final whoever the play, but I think they’d prefer SA. I’d give Wales a 25% chance against England if it comes to it. I wish the second game was this afternoon.Posted 3 months agomeftyMember
Immense performance by England, but also pretty impressive defense by NZ. Despite constant pressure they kept themselves just about in the game, which made one fear that they would be able to mount a come back like they have done so often before. But England just kept going – astonishing.Posted 3 months ago
I also think the commentary was right and the TMO was wrong on the first try. Whitelock decided to come in on Curry, Curry never took him out deliberately. There also a question – which was penalised I think later in the game – of tackling off the ball e.g. Curry was tackled off the ball. Should have benefit of the doubt to England twice over.
Underhill must be the only flanker to be disallowed so many tries v NZ.Posted 3 months agomindmap3Member
If we do face Wales next week, I hope they know it’s our turn to win…
The best us in the 6n, we beat them in the first warm up, then they won…it’s our turn next! 😂
On a more serious note, I hope that nor our big performance of the WC. We have a habit of putting in a very good performance and then not bothering (see this 6N).
There will be some sore bodies tomorrow morning; Faz and Heinz being the two obvious ones but I imagine that Underhill and Curry will be ruined.
The Kiwi media have gone into meltdown mode.Posted 3 months agoStraightlinerSubscriber
Brilliant effort by England, it was stressful to watch but they played together so well with little dropping away.
For tomorrow’s semi-final, is it 9am BST or 9am GMT? Cant seem to find a definitive answer. And good luck to Wales, let’s hope it’s a northern hemisphere final.Posted 3 months agodannyhMember
Well, England outplayed them in every aspect of the game other than scrums, which were about evens.
Amazing composure, intensity and focus, especially after having two tries scrubbed off. Looking back at the game, I think probably all the England players outplayed their opposite number.Posted 3 months ago
I also think the commentary was right and the TMO was wrong on the first try. Whitelock decided to come in on Curry, Curry never took him out deliberately.
It was deliberate obstruction every day of the week. Nige should have called it straight away instead of waving it on, and then there wouldn’t have been a controversy.Posted 3 months agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Someone up there mentioned SBW
Sonny Bill looking distinctly ordinary for once, he was clattered whenever he touched the ball.
I actually thought he was ok when he came on, he was making himself a target and trying to draw in the England defenders and offload, did it a few times. But this led to me thinking about the game and rewatching a few bits and what struck me was how tactically inept NZ were, they spent all day trying to get outside the blitz without ever doing anything to try and hold the England forwards. No one was ever buying the pod of forwards acting as a shield, they never looked like taking the ball so the backs could just be lined up and smashed. The NZ pack needed to pick and go up the guts at least a few times to hold in the defence. Thats why Sinkler passing on to the backs behind him is so effective because when he doesnt do it he’s a gainline threat.Posted 3 months ago
NZ just went out and played rugby without seemingly giving it any thought and why did they constantly kick to touch rather than make the big England pack work? Bizarre. One things for sure whoever wins tomorrow will test England in a totally different way. SA will take the England pack on at every opportunity and Wales will boot the ball long and infield and hope the likes of Billy Vee tire themselves out smashing welsh defenders like tenpins until Biggar does a high kick regather followed by a cross kick!
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