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Discussion in 'Rugby Union' started by robbieando, Sep 12, 2015.
Holy Shit Argentina channelling the All Blacks
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Argentina dominating. don't know a lot about Rugby but they seem so much quicker than Ireland yet are still dominating the 'big and slow' Irish in the scrums.
The references to the "Latin temperament" every time the Argentinians show any kind of emotion seem a little bit borderline.
Can't quote an example but I can just hear Gordon Bray saying "fiery Latin temperament".
In any case, as someone else said, the scoreboard flattered the Pumas.
As far as the Wallabies go, thought that those three missed first-half conversions were going to come back and bite us. Learn to kick.
Sad result for the Scots but we'll take the win.
I don't agree with that. Argentina were clearly superior and the margin was pretty fair. If they hadn't given away that silly yellow card it would have been more. They were just that much more skilful.
Maybe I'm a bit green one-eyed.
While on the subject of scoreboard flattery, the Wallabies-Scotland match had me thinking. Even though it looks like the Wallabies world cup campaign might be in jeopardy after that performance, if we didn't give away three of the dumbest tries I've ever seen in a test match, would we all be looking at them differently? What if the ref had penalised the Scottish loosehead in the same way Joe Marler was for England? More penalties for the Wallabies too.
Was this the "one bad game" that every team needs to get out of its system during a tournament?
Tips for the weekend.
Wallabies by 3 and the All Blacks by 10
Think we will see a Pumas/All blacks final ey. Don't see Wallabies doing well with their big guys out.
All the stats said we should've won by a hell of a lot more, but I guess you take any win in a WC Semi final.
Ben Smith was great and the ABs lineout took some crucial wins on South African throw ins. At least we looked like scoring which you couldn't say about Sth Africa who seemed happy to rely on the refs constant whistle blowing. Lots of improvement needed, but at least the ABs in the big one.
I don't know if it was just me, but I thought the commentators actually spoilt the game a bit too. Probably would've made a bit more exciting with sticking with the Kiwi blokes.
The All Blacks should have won by more. Some of the penalties they gave away were really so stupid and unnecessary. Don't blame the ref, NZ's discipline was pathetic in the first half. As you say, the Springboks never really threatened in attack so to give them so many shots at penalty is poor. I also thought the All Blacks played a bit too conservatively, especially in the last 10-15 minutes of the first half. They had so much good attacking ball but kept kicking it away when only like 30 metres out from the line! I thought it was strange the AB's didn't back their skills more, even if it was wet.
If it had been dry I think the All Blacks would have won pretty comfortably and they'll be very confident against either Australia or Argentina. Although they might have been easier to face I'm glad South Africa aren't going to win the tournament given their style of play.
Owens for final?
Is he reffing or commentating - some of his comments to the players are absolute crack ups, especially his digs at soccer.
Well done to the Wallabys, definitely deserved to make the final.
Good luck to them against the All Blacks tho.