2019 Rugby World Cup, Japan

Theseus

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It’s finally here! Spectacular opening ceremony and some good matches already! France looking good today, but later this morning there’s a big match between two favourites! All Blacks vs Sprinboks! Televised on ITV.
 
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gibbsy

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Apart from the All Blacks against the Springboks it's been fairly unexciting so far. I missed the Fiji Uruguay game for perhaps the biggest upset. Pick of this weekend's games has to be Wales versus Australia. I don't think members on this Forum are into their rugby.
 

gibbsy

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C'mon Ireland. 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪
What a great game for a neutral this morning. Japan thoroughly deserved their win with same fantastic defence and discipline, took their try really well. I can see Ireland progressing but Scotland must be shaking in their boots.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Got my breath back now. Great game as always between these two nations and as always been the case just a score between them. First real 'test match' of the tournament and one that didn't disappoint.
 

scatterbug

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Great result for Wales. I have a feeling injuries are going to be our undoing deeper into the tournament.
 

QuestShield

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Will done Wales. Didn't see yesterday's match between Japan and Ireland but from the highlights have no idea why Ireland kicked the ball back to the Japanese team multiple times as if inviting them to run and score. It'll be a tough one against the All Blacks.
 

Stinja

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All Blacks looking vulnerable: too many mistakes in the last 20 minutes, as well as looking very tired, not a single point scored - poor showing. 3/10
 

QuestShield

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Ireland won with a far from convincing performance and again wilted badly in the second half. 5 tries but should have been more only for knock ons. Ball was like soap by the looks of it.
Massive improvement needed or quarter finals is as far as they'll get.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Got to agree with Ireland relatively poor performance. Not an easy watch for Joe Schmidt. Some work needed.
 

Donnacha

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Its likely the humidity is taking its toll on the players and the ball. The number of errors and knock-ons from a lot of teams is high. I've been to Japan around this time of year and it can be very sticky and hot, so could well be energy sapping for some players !

Can Scotland do Ireland a favour and beat Japan? We need to take care of Samoa first with a BP win.
 

Hampy1972

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IRE never seem to quite cut it at the world cups, Eng vs Argies tomorrow morning (Tasty)
 

Hampy1972

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Yep, this time round we peaked a year too early !!
I agree, guess we expected too much from IRE after they have been sublime over recent years.
Still believe the All Blacks are beatable, more so this tournament but their production line is something that keeps producing and producing and producing amazing players.
Oz vs WAL been the best match so far.
 

Donnacha

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Aus v Wales was a proper test match. NZ v SA was also good quality. Hopefully Eng v Arg will be a contest tomorrow. I think England have the best hope of the NH teams. But you're right, All Blacks are beatable, but you need to be at your best to do it !
 

Hampy1972

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Aus v Wales was a proper test match. NZ v SA was also good quality. Hopefully Eng v Arg will be a contest tomorrow. I think England have the best hope of the NH teams. But you're right, All Blacks are beatable, but you need to be at your best to do it !
ENG are moving the ball a lot faster this time round, very All Blacks style. NZ/SA was a beast of a match too, totally. All the NH countries have a good chance of progressing deep. NZ don't like playing France or the Italians, they seem to struggle (must be a mind thing) but like you say, you need to more than brilliant to beat the NZ on the day, everything needs to go in your favor.. everything.
 

gibbsy

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I think England have the best hope of the NH teams.
Duw, Duw, boy bach. Go to your room and no supper for you!:)

Enjoyed the SA Italy match today, even though it was one sided it was very enjoyable. Barnes had a really good game as ref but I think Italy were lucky to get away with just one red card for a spear tackle. Big concern for SA is the injury to wonder wing Kolbe who scored a brace of tries.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Mother Nature has intervened in Japan with England v France cancelled, both teams being awarded 2 points. At risk is Scotland v Japan which would be a real shame as it takes away Scotland's chance of progressing to the Quarters.

Although both England and France were through to the Quarters it's done neither team any favours, certainly not England that have not really had a test in the competition and that fact could work against them. Australia will meet them and will certainly want revenge against a top northern hemisphere country and England recent reputation of folding during important games and that lack of intense competition should place the Wallabies as favourites.

If you were France would you really want battle hardened Wales in the Quarters. What a game that was against Fiji. A few years ago Wales would have lost that match, now they are capable of reaching the Final.
 

Stinja

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Any games I should watch fully?

I've missed most, and only seen the score or highlights for some, which don't always show the whole picture: like Tonga v France; or Namibia v NZ (which I did watch, but those first 20-30 mins).
Pity about the cancellations, was looking forwards to see Canada v Namibia, and both pool A games.
 

gibbsy

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I think there has been just four stand out games, two of which involve Wales. One's to watch are Ireland/Japan, New Zealand/South Africa, Wales/Australia, Wales/Fiji and perhaps France/Argentina. Most of the others have been rather one sided.

If it goes ahead then Japan/Scotland should be rather intriguing.
 

Donnacha

Distinguished Member
Anyone else think they should have tried to rearrange the cancelled games. I think it crazy that 4 years of planning can be ruined by weather.....conveniently the host nation will go through top of the group.
 

richp007

Distinguished Member
I'm not sure it's so practical to do so.

I also heard that part of the agreement was that any games that couldn't take place would not be rearranged and a draw declared.

So if Scotland's game can't take place, there's nothing they can do.
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
Would they decide the final the same way?

Not good enough IMO. Regardless of the sport you always want to see the home nation doing well as it keeps the crowds interested but there have been some iffy decisions during play to Japans benefit. with them not being penalised, while others are for the same thing and now this.
 

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