- Rugby World Cup Thread 2019
Yeah there wasn’t a lot SBW could do once he came on – though he did try.
The ABs never generated any forward momentum as a result of a) not having the ball and b) getting knocked backwards by England when they did. They never got the chances to use tip/pop passes like against Ireland. Barrett’s inclusion didn’t boost the lineout (though he saved a try by running down May) and they missed Cane’s work around the breakdown. I think they also missed a few wiser heads like Ben Smith and if SBW had started they might have got some more go-forward.
England kicked long very well and followed up with good chases so there were few chances to run it back well. Apart from the few poor box kicks by Young it was nearly flawless. England looked very fit – way fitter than Ireland – plus they slowed things down enough for a breather. NZ were never gonna run them off the pitch.
Bring on the Welsh/Boks…..Posted 1 month ago
Apparently Rugby Australia have been urged to splash the cash and get EJ back.
It’ll be interesting to see if he stick around or does one. He’s done alright out of the last two world cups in terms of improving his CV / employability. I’m guessing that they don’t have the cash to buy him out of his contract.
There’s a few Kiwi’s looking a bit daft in FB. One made some comments yesterday in reference to Lawes being a bit pants (Slightly more sweary though) etc in regards to Retallick not knowing who he was a few years ago. Most have been pretty accepting.
I’m looking forwards to tomorrow’s match. If we do face S.A. next week, I hope we don’t get suckered into a forward dominated game because their pack is pretty monstrous.
It would be good to have an all NH final but then I’d be worried about the welsh boys trying to give Gats the ultimate send of and really raising their game.Posted 1 month agoIdleJonSubscriber
was how tactically inept NZ were
Yep. How many times did they kick possession away while attacking in or near the English 22m? Including one box kick from Smith when he was just out of the 22. I haven’t seen such muddled thinking from a team for a long time, especially not from a NZ team, never mind such poor kicking.
It started with selection though. Scott Barrett is a good player but giving him his first back-row start in a RWC SF? (He’s also a bit of liability in terms of penalties.) And then how did they use him? They didn’t. It wasn’t that he was shut down, he just wasn’t used.Posted 1 month ago
A friend sent me a link to a Wales Online article about how wales can get on over on England in the final…
Not saying that that won’t beat us (more than likely world) buy they appear to have forgotten about S.A. in the morning.
Did seem a bit odd for Hansen to offer to give the journo a rugby education outside. 😂Posted 1 month agojohndohMember
Thought the only disgrace was NZ carping on to the ref like it is a soccer game.
besides Farrell’s play acting as mentioned above, he also wouldn’t shut his mouth when the referee rightly didn’t give either of the disallowed tries. It’s the first time I’ve ever noticed such dissent in a rugby match although granted I don’t watch loads, but usually the decision is respectably accepted.
But still, well done England, an unexpected but fully deserved win today.Posted 1 month ago
Sweepstake on who pulls out injured this morning? I’m going with a Jiffy Junior accumulator!
Oh, don’t. I’m known as a pessimist, [although I think I’m just a realist], but your worse than me! I have a fear that JD2 will not look right from the start and go off after 12 minutes (never to play again).Posted 1 month agopedladMember
Re the carping to the ref I really meant that it was a noticeable lowering of respect standards towards the ref. Not making a point that England are totally innocent in this respect just that I v much noticed the NZ SH chirping away.
Farrell talking to the ref respectfully as cptn is fine. Play acting (I didn’t see that not saying it didn’t happen) is not.Posted 1 month ago
TJ Perenara asked Farrell if he was playing in the Premier League, rather than the Rugby World Cup semifinal.
Farrell doesn’t talk to the ref respectfully. He disagrees and interrupts in a whiney voice. He has no idea how to speak to referees. He should take a look at AWJ or how Warburton used to do it.Posted 1 month ago
The tension is relieved by everyone else’s posts, so keep them up.Posted 1 month ago
Obviously I’d love Wales to win the whole tournament. But, I’d be happy just to make the final. I’d even be happy to beat NZ for third place. Unfortunately I can’t see any of these things happening.
However, before the 6nations I could see Wales winning with a bit of good fortune. And before this World Cup could only see Wales winning, if England beat NZ in the semi and Wales playing them in the final …
So the dream goes on. For the next 80 minutes it could just happen. Warren Gatland, AWJ, …
Farrell doesn’t talk to the ref respectfully. He disagrees and interrupts in a whiney voice. He has no idea how to speak to referees. He should take a look at AWJ or how Warburton used to do it.
Instead he’s a carbon copy of Biggar! Both ****, both remarkably tough competitors, I like them.Posted 1 month ago
I appreciate not if you are Welsh or South African …. but crikey it is a boring game of rugby. The first 27 minutes seemed purely kicking.
Yep, although Wales are merely trying to hang on, SA would want to have built a good lead by now.Posted 1 month ago
Never seen Moriarty take so many lineouts!!
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