Selected books/dvd's on rugby:
(a new window will open at Kalahari.net)

Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
Product details:

Rugby World Cup Golden Moments

There have been a huge number of memorable moments in the 20-year history of the Rugby World Cup. Think of the last minute drop-goals to beat Australia by Rob Andrew (in 1995), and Johnny Wilkinson...

Format: DVD
Duration: 90 min.
Zone: 2

...more

Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
Product details:

Author: Donna Dailey; Hope Caton; Mike Gerrard

Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide

The only authorized guide for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, this full-color reference to the world's third largest sporting event is packed with stadium maps and information on sports bars, big screen rugby...
  
Format: Softcover 

...more

The History of the Rugby World Cup
The History of the Rugby World Cup
Product details:

Author: Gerald Davies

The History of the Rugby World Cup

Featuring interviews with players past and present, including Sean Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Davies, Philippe Sella, Will Carling, Keith Wood and Martin Johnson, this guide offers a detailed analysis of the...
  
Format: Paperback 

...more

Rugby! What Rugby?
Rugby! What Rugby?
Product details:

Author: Roger Entwistle

Rugby! What Rugby? Rugby World Cup 2007

Category: Humour
  
Format: Softcover
Pages: 72
Illustrations: 8   

...more

The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
Product details:

Author: Chris Hawkes

The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide

"The Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide" gives the reader all they need to know about the sixth contest for the Webb Ellis Trophy. The book features a guide to all 20 competing teams, with information on their...
  
Format: Softcover 

...more

 

category: Rugby World Cup
MATCH REPORTS

Pumas set up Springbok showdown

Back to Results

October 7th, 2007

Argentina saw off a late Scotland surge to win 19-13 and set up a semi-final with South Africa.

The hundred thousand odd Argentineans who rushed home from the Rive Plate Boca Juniors derby (and millions more) would have been sweating in the closing stages of the match as Scotland laid seige on their team’s tryline. But the Pumas held their nerve to ensure the partying will continue for at least a week more.

But this was by no means the cruise most were predicting. Argentina were met with their sternest opposition outside of the opening win against France, facing a well organised and determined Scotland.

Their analyses would have taught Frank Hadden’s side that matching Argentina’s forwards and killing their continuity through tackle point dominance would be crucial if they hoped to win. They excelled in both areas, achieving parity in the set phases and often putting the powerful Puma ball carriers on their backsides through a great tackle fight.

This gave them an opportunity to have a crack at turning over or slowing ruck ball, the domino effect being that the Argentina backline had none of the fluency that characterised their play to date. When they took the ball into contact, Scotland’s ball protection at the breakdown was excellent and never allowed Argentina to spoil or turnover possession, something that has been central to the South American’s success.

Argentina will, for the most part, be pleased with the manner they repelled a spirited Scottish effort that forced them out of their comfort zone. They tackled with archetypical aggression and attacked with purpose, even of it often lacked a clinical edge. They’ll lament a series of inaccurate up-and-unders early in the first half, as they will their inability to translate their substantial possession and territorial dominance into points.

But their composure on defence was impressive. And we’ve been consistently reminded that defence wins big tournaments.

For all their commendable endevour, Scotland never consistently threatened the Pumas tryline. Their ill-discipline allowed Argentina to keep the scoreboard ticking over, but they’ll reflect on a try just before half-time as being a definitive blow to their dreams of grandeur.

Gonzalo Longo charged down an attempted Dan Parks clearance and won the race to the loose ball to give his side a 13-6 lead at the break, before Felipe Contepomi kicked his third penalty and Juan Martín Hernández drop goaled to extend the lead to 13 points.

Scotland lost structure as the second half progressed and as a result became easy targets for the Argentinean defenders. But it took just one moment of brilliant counterattacking, rounded off by Chris Cusiter, to set up a gripping conclusion.

The Scots camped in the Argentinean 22m for the last five minutes of the match but ultimately lacked the creativity to unlock a resolute defence. Their World Cup dream died with a overcooked crosskick that drifted into touch but they must feel proud in their effort.

They were outgunned by a more mature team, but they’ll improve as they play together more. For Argentina, South Africa await in what promises to be an almighty contest.

Scotland - Try: Chris Cusiter. Conversion: Chris Paterson. Penalty: Dan Parks, Paterson
Argentina - Try: Gonzalo Longo. Conversion: Felipe Contepomi. Drop goal: Juan Martín Hernández. Penalty: Felipe Contepomi (3)

By Ryan Vrede

Posted by Ryan | Keo.co.za





This site can be viewed at almost any resolution
Please report any problems to the Webmaster
Copyright ©
CoZania August 2007