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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby GeoRugby » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:40

Fantastic first half for Japan. If they keep this up, Scotland could get thrashed.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:40

The level of precision in their play is off the charts. I've rarely seen the All Blacks play that well for an entire half of rugby. Their fate is now in their hands.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Thomas » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:41

Didn't expect this score. The performance of Japan has been immense

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby 4N » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:47

Great handling and tempo by Japan. Also glad the ref didn’t overreact to the clash of heads tackle on Horie.

Just saw the Uruguay score. They deserve as many Tier 1 fixtures as possible over the next World Cup cycle.

Poor tournament for the US.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby sk 88 » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:50

Bolaroid wrote:Yeah, I think mixed bag performance from tier 2 is about right, my view:

Canada - negative
Fiji - negative
Georgia - negative
Japan - positive
Namibia - positive
Samoa - negative
Tonga - positive
Uruguay - positive
USA - negative


For me:
Canada - negative (as expected though)
Fiji - neutral, negative. Played well v T1, played poorly v Uruguay
Georgia - neutral. Won where expected, lost where expected.
Japan - writing at half time. No decision from me yet!!
Namibia - positive. Much better than previously seen and the youngest squad with plenty of players to come back next time
Samoa - negative. But can bounce back quickest, a refreshed generation could come on stream quickly
Tonga - neutral. Good win v USA, but for me another 4th place in the pool cannot be just a "positive"
Uruguay - positive
USA - neutral to negative. I feel they didn't play as well as they could have done, but the results were not too bad.

Overall many T2 nations are at the limits that the current system allow. The top leagues are not letting many more foreigners in, so getting a pro contract abroad is hard and going to get harder by the looks of South Africa's changed system meaning even more of them go abroad. There are no more games between T1 and T2 particularly on the table.

Two things that could change that are MLR and GRR both becoming real professional leagues, creating another 1,000 pro contracts between them possibly. And some sort of opening up of the international competitions, though Japan and Argentina previously (and Italy the other way) show that that is over rated compared to just being included in the Autumn and summer tour schedules regularly.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:52

If Japan win they'll move up to 7th in the rankings.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:55

Another try!

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Thomas » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:56

Wow

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Natal » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:58

It’s so good to see a minnow like Scotland to get a chance against a T1 nation like Japan.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 11:58

This could be 50 points. :shock:

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby 4N » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:00

USA - neutral to negative. I feel they didn't play as well as they could have done, but the results were not too bad.


Neutral would be pretty generous after the last two games.

Tonga were very competitive in a pool with three legitimate T1s, nearly beat France. Positive for me.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:03

Still have to be careful here Japan. Have to keep playing.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:10

No over yet.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Natal » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:10

They’ve been very poor this half. They nicked a try against the run of play, but they’ve let Scotland right back into it.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby antlat » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:11

What a game of rugby!

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby victorsra » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:11

And SANZAAR is rugby's major dumbass after losing Japan. Once more, congrats for the brains involved.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:27

Scotland have to score at least 15 points to qualify and deny Japan any more points. Right now, anything less means Japan will top the group.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Thomas » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:35

Was that a knock on??? Looked going backwards

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby LittleGuy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:35

Think that knock on ends the hope, six minutes maybe you can get two converted tries in a miracle, but three scores? Japan are advancing.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby 4N » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:36

Thomas wrote:Was that a knock on??? Looked going backwards


Thought so too.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:36

This is the match. There's no way Scotland can score 15 points in 5 mins.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Natal » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:37

Not if Ben O’Keefe has anything to do with it.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:39

A draw is as good as a win for Japan.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:42

They've done it!!!

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

Postby Natal » Sun, 13 Oct 2019, 12:43

Phew

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