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Old 10-13-2019, 10:04 AM   #81
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Ok well won't turn this off topic to crap on the dangerously incompetent CSA, but regardless of the fact of where the rugby team should be vs where they are as a team and an organization, they have got results when and against who they needed them, minnows or not, and are playing in the top tier tournament on the world stage.

That's some thing to build off of, and provides added exposure in this country of the game, if only minor, and I assume funding in the form of WC TV money; both of which are better situations than failing to be a part of it.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:15 PM   #82
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It’s the same situation they were in 4 years ago and 8 years ago, and only tripped their way into it rather than winning games they needed to win. They lost the games hey needed to win until they got to the point they were able to play games they couldn’t lose. No building has been happening, more like a managed decline while the likes of the USA and Uruguay are building. It’s unlikely repechage will ever be easier than it was this year, so qualifying for future Word Cups will only get harder.

Who knows where the funding is going, but it’s not being spent well.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:20 PM   #83
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Oct 10 - Eng v Aus
Oct 19 - NZ v Ire
Oct 20 - Wales v France
Oct 20 - Jap v SA

I think England, NZ, Wales & SA go through.

I think if the French the French can get it right on the day they can go through.

I think SA have far too much meat up front for the Japanese, and when SA pull from the bench there is no quality drop. Japan looked good against Scotland, but SA don't play defense lice Scotland.

Aussies do not have enough structure in their game to beat a well drilled England team. It could happen, but all 23 would need to have a blinder.

Ireland, yeah boys pack your bags.


All of this is thrown out the window if the officiating remains horrible.
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:26 PM   #84
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Ireland peaked 11 months too early, same old story.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:55 PM   #85
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Oct 10 - Eng v Aus
Oct 19 - NZ v Ire
Oct 20 - Wales v France
Oct 20 - Jap v SA

I think England, NZ, Wales & SA go through.

I think if the French the French can get it right on the day they can go through.

I think SA have far too much meat up front for the Japanese, and when SA pull from the bench there is no quality drop. Japan looked good against Scotland, but SA don't play defense lice Scotland.

Aussies do not have enough structure in their game to beat a well drilled England team. It could happen, but all 23 would need to have a blinder.

Ireland, yeah boys pack your bags.


All of this is thrown out the window if the officiating remains horrible.
I agree with your picks. Hopefully the games are close and we get an upset or two though. It will be interesting if the extra rest will help or hinder. Crazy Ireland NZ is a quarter final when many had that as the final.

The officiating was great in the Scotland Japan game. He was consistent in the breakdowns, kept the game moving, communicated well, and called penalties appropriately. The best part was when he basically told the TMO to bugger off on a high tackle saying the attacker went in low and there would be no penalty. If that is the standard for the finals we will be fine.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:11 AM   #86
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The officiating was great in the Scotland Japan game. He was consistent in the breakdowns, kept the game moving, communicated well, and called penalties appropriately. The best part was when he basically told the TMO to bugger off on a high tackle saying the attacker went in low and there would be no penalty. If that is the standard for the finals we will be fine.
Yes, it was a well officiated game, which is why it flowed so well. That being said you won't see that official again, maybe as an A/R. He is the youngest at the tournament.

This World Cup has been ruined by the officials and their approach to Law interpretations. There have been some very poor cards handed out.
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