Rugby World Cup - is your team playing?

Old Oct 17th, 2015, 07:32 AM
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Watching the first QF now - Wales v SA.

only 20 mins in and it's a cracking match already!
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 09:19 AM
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fabulous match. if you get a chance to watch it, even a recording, go for it.

no spoilers please!
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 09:25 AM
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Seriously, SA looked what they are - a team of very tired old men, and it's not a surprise that they failed to win a single match in the last southern hemisphere tournament. Japan proved not only what enthusiasm can do but also that you don't need to be 20 stone to do it.>>

PS - I take it back.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 09:39 AM
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saw the first half, Wales looked all fingers and thumbs as they tried to get through in the first 15 minutes, while, those give away penalties were just sad,

still feel SA had it a bit easy and the team had no intellectual challenge.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 11:06 AM
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At the risk of sounding rather primitive the haka is my favourite moment in sport. Though I'm glad they dropped the throat slitting.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 11:51 AM
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still feel SA had it a bit easy and the team had no intellectual challenge.>>

yes, I'm sure that they were discussing Proust and Sartre at half time in the SA dressing room, bilbo!

cold - we love the Hakka too. NZ used their alternative version tonight - not as scary as the normal one, IMO. My favourite is the Fijian - it's not very far away from the sort of war dance they'd have done before setting off to invade a rival island.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 12:00 PM
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Watching then All Blacks playing France.

Yikes - the AB's have certainly turned up! Situation normal - wingers scoring tries, Dan Carter's kicking game on song, Richie McCaw penalised for offside!

C'mon the Blues! Although they must be confused - they're wearing RED! Sadly it doesn't look like they can take the AB's out
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 12:28 PM
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I love the hakku. Fav commercial was a whisky one with them doing it against men in kilts. Glad Sexton is playing.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 12:33 PM
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The All Blacks are AWESOME!!!!
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 12:35 PM
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This match is getting boring. What has happened to the French?

As for Wales, so close, so close.

Up to Ireland to beat Argentina and give the northern hemisphere a representative. Sorry but I can't see Scotland being able to do it.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 12:41 PM
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The aka the All Blacks did today is called Kapo o Pango, and was specifically written for the All Blacks to represent the different cultures that are now playing in the team. There are players of Samoan, Tongan, and Fijian heritage as well as Maorii, as well as Pakeha's of course.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 12:44 PM
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Holy Moley! It's a massacre!

Rats! Now we'll have to depend on the Sefricans - and the All Blacks have had the wood on them this year.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 04:22 PM
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Just to legitimise this thread by making it travel-related:

I was in Brittany last week, and visited a bar for coffee. Although there is little rugby played in Brittany, they had a sign up to say that they would be showing the France-Ireland match that evening. I told the amiable barman that we would be enemies later, and he corrected me: we would be adversaries; it is only when playing the English that they became enemies.

A bad week for French rugby: losing to Ireland when they were thought to have a chance of winning; team morale and discipline collapsing during the week; and then being hammered by an All-Black team that found its best form.

I'm a bit worried about our lot taking on Argentina without some of our best players (and Johnny Sexton is out). There is a possibility that the last four will all be from the southern hemisphere. If that happens, we will have to kill this thread in the Europe forum.
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 05:15 PM
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nelsonian yes all blacks are awesome!!!loved the different hakka
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Old Oct 17th, 2015, 08:10 PM
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What a dominant performance by the All Blacks!

Interestingly, I was in Toulouse a week or so ago, a city which is a real hotbed of rugby. Lots of shops there with rugby gear, especially featuring Les Bleus and the local Stade Toulousain side. What amazed me, though, was to see on one of the main shopping streets, a shop dedicated to All Blacks gear!. I hope it wasn't trashed after today's match.
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Old Oct 18th, 2015, 12:28 AM
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Just to legitimise this thread by making it travel-related>

kind of you Padraig but really no need - it's here so that everyone can join in, not just those who have access to the Lounge.

And it IS happening in Europe.

as for the new Haka, I'm a traditionalist and prefer the old one, but chacun a son gout as they probably don't say in Paris [I can remember a whole thread about that once!]

NZ were awesome in the true meaning of the word; I don't think any team would have had a chance against them let alone the demoralised French wearing RED. the England football team learnt that lesson years ago - remember "tears for heroes dressed in grey"? changing colours never works.
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Old Oct 18th, 2015, 01:31 AM
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Surely Proust would have been in the Bleu's changing room Ann?

Didn't want to watch th AB play as I felt it would have been a bit one sided, was I right?
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Old Oct 18th, 2015, 03:43 AM
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Surely Proust would have been in the Bleu's changing room Ann?>>

bien sur, bilbo. aussi Sartre come to that. They could have done with both of them coming on as subs, to be honest.

<< Didn't want to watch th AB play as I felt it would have been a bit one sided, was I right?>>

yes, but it was like watching a force of nature. NZ were just so good, some of their play was draw-dropping. IMO it was worth watching the whole match just of one of the 3 tries by Julian Savea - he went past 3 french players almost as if they weren't there - but the whole performance was truly stupendous.

in fact they should have had 10 tries, not 9, but Ma'a Nonu forgot to take the ball with him when he "scored" in the 79th minute.

to quote a certain Strictly judge "A MA ZING"!
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Old Oct 18th, 2015, 04:18 AM
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Brutal!

I was in a spit and sawdust pub in Wellington waiting for the Kiwis v Australia 1st semi-final of the 2003 World Cup.

There were a few boisterous Maori blokes in the pub, and suddenly just as the teams came out of the tunnel these Maori blokes got together and belted out the Haka.

I almost had a involuntary natural reaction!
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Old Oct 18th, 2015, 05:02 AM
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I watched the America's cup in Auckland and the whole Auckland council marketing team came out onto their terrace to send their boys out to lose to the Americans, it was embarrasing
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