September 15, 2011 at 10:24 #19632
Can`t believe the biggest sporting event happening at present has not got a thread on here,unless I`ve made a mistake. The third biggest Sporting event in the Sportsworld calendar and no thread. As we head towards the quarter finals lets hear from the rugby fans on here. Fantastic game this morning between USA and RussiaSeptember 15, 2011 at 10:48 #371013
Was that game on TV???September 15, 2011 at 14:40 #371029
I think every game is,somewhere on ITVSeptember 18, 2011 at 00:50 #371255sporting samParticipant
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Yes Roddy, if you go by the amount of column inches given to Rugby Union by the " broadsheets" then its the biggest sport on the planet. Let’s be honest the group stages are no more than light and slightly mediocre entertainment to all but die hards, the knock out stages are much better and more evenly matched and watchable. There is a decent match on later today, Wigan v’s Saint Helens.
New Zealand, if they can’t win this again on their own patch there’s a problem. Their odds are very short however.September 19, 2011 at 08:23 #371333
I don`t think Wales two games so far could be described as light and mediocre entertainment. I thought both the RSA game and the Samoa games with Wales were top drawerSeptember 19, 2011 at 16:48 #371367
Still been disappointed with England so far though! good that they are winning but dont look at all convincing!October 11, 2011 at 07:18 #374018
still cant believe the weekend results!! cant call who is going to get through to the final now!November 21, 2011 at 15:11 #378978RedGrumblerMember
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They had some really experienced players out there and besides that…it doesn’t take a master mathematician to realise that a drop goal would have won us the game. The players on the pitch need to face up to that.
The argument that they didn’t get the order to go for a drop goal is weak. They all knew the score, someone just needed to bite the bullet.
Although it was a really really disappointing end to the tournament for the boys in red it was great to see the improvements that have been made. The fitness and physicality of the squad is second to none and they have really started to execute tactics well.
We still could work on our efficiency when we visit the opposition 22. We aren’t picking up enough points there. We also need to sure up our set pieces, but that is absolutely standard for Welsh rugby and doesn’t look like it’ll ever change! The line out was improved though.November 21, 2011 at 18:19 #379015sporting samParticipant
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I’m not sure you can blame Wales’ failure to take a drop goal in the semi final completely on a breakup in communication between the coaching staff and the players on the field.
They had some really experienced players out there and besides that…it doesn’t take a master mathematician to realise that a drop goal would have won us the game. The players on the pitch need to face up to that. The argument that they didn’t get the order to go for a drop goal is weak. They all knew the score, someone just needed to bite the bullet.
I wasn’t making an argument, more sumising a possible reason as to why, when the Welsh had perfect field position, they failed abjectly to take the three point opportunity to win the match and a place in the final. As an Englishman it saved me years of ribbing from Welsh mates about the ‘greatest team these Isles have sent forth’. As a sports fan I wanted them to do themselves justice and win the game. As a Rugby player myself (at a few hundred levels lower) there would be a voice onfield calling the shots be it the scrum half, stand off or the skipper. Or the touchline coach if he thought the team needed to be told what to do if field position needed to be set for a drop goal etc.
Weak point or not, they seemed afraid to go for the drop goal and there may be a million different reasons. Breakdown in communication on or off the pitch could be one or two reasons. either way they didn’t kick it.
They have tons of talent coming through and an excellent team of coaches, including Shaun Edwards and goal kicker Neil Jenkins, so their day will come most probably in next years six nations. I’ve a feeling they will be kicking a few drop goals then!!
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