posted by Jamie @ 11:27 PM
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Mmmmm... yes.Only this time England did not deserve to win - unlike the quarter final.The gamesmanship from the England forwards was to the fore in this match. Rather ironic, considering all the media attention on Richie McCaw over the last year. Kaplan missed several instances of foul play in the second half and as soon as England got into the French half he awarded a penalty.I really would rather South Africa not win the RWC (after the cynical way they tried knock out the All Black captain earlier in the year), but on this performance England should NOT be crowned champions.But then, this is the sort of game that the IRB wants.
This is pure tinhattery. 'The sort of game the IRB wants'. What the hell does that mean, or even refer to? (The final? Or last night's match? Or even the type of play?) Are you seriously suggesting that the International Board wants tight forward-dominated contests with few try scoring opportunities? (Unlikely, with the mooted Stellenbosch Rules yet another Aussie attempt to turn Union into non-contact League) Or is it a reference to the potential television audiences? Which I don't understand either, seeing as rugby is of little interest to most English and South Africans. Please explain.I saw a close match decided by England's greater experience in knockout rugby, but certainly didn't see many instances of unpenalised foul play and plenty of fantastic tackling. Or are you suggesting that Kaplan, being a Saffer, was under orders to put England into the final? Players always play to the ref- as soon as McCaw was pinged twice v France he stopped his 'cheating'. The hugely talented, laughably naive ABs, with their penchant for standing offside, blocking, crossing, forward passing, off the ball spear tackling etc, have long been like the drug squad detective who used to bring his own to busts, just to be on the safe side. Away from NZ though they are a much softer proposition and it shows. (I like watching them a great deal, but scrupulous they aren't) Obviously I drank French wine during the game, a cheap, well-made Pomerol.
Thanks "anonymous" - care to explain?
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