Selected books/dvd's on rugby:
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Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
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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

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Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
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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 

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The History of the Rugby World Cup
The History of the Rugby World Cup
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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 

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Rugby! What Rugby?
Rugby! What Rugby?
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Author: Roger Entwistle

Rugby! What Rugby? Rugby World Cup 2007

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

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The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
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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 

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category: Rugby World Cup
MATCH REPORTS

Elsom rocks Japan

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September 8th, 2007

Rocky Elsom scored a hat-trick in Australiaís 91-3 annihilation of Japan.

The Australian flanker was a key figure in the victory, flattening Japanese defenders with powerful runs and scything down opponents with ferocious defence. Chris Latham, Drew Mitchell and debutant Berrick Barnes scored two each in their sideís 13-try blitz.

Japan were competitive in the first quarter, tackling bravely and looking threatening with the little possession they did have. Australia, in that period, looked every bit a side who havenít played in seven weeks.

Their execution lacked accuracy and their fundamental skills were poor. But they soon shook off the rust and reinforced why this contest had been billed as a mismatch.

The Wallabies resisted the urge to play expansively from first phase early in the game, preferring to assert their dominance with the heavies. They tactic worked well, as they bossed the collisions and scrums, which laid the platform for Larkham and co to attack in the wide channels.

Nathan Sharpe began the rout, emerging with the ball after a powerful rolling maul had decimated Japan. Rocky Elsom then twice found himself a beneficiary of some well constructed backline play.

Japan flyhalf Kosei Ono sunk a penalty and the Wallabies went into the break 20 points ahead (23-3), but despite this would have known the lead should have been closer to 40 points.

They were however more clinical in the second half, switching from a relatively conservative approach to one that emphasised getting width on their game. They showed glimpses of their best form in the manner they built to Elsomís third try and one from Adam Ashley-Cooper that was birthed on the Australia 10m line.

Japan, for all their commitment and courage, lacked the technical ability to blunt the Australianís attack. The Wallabies crossed the whitewash seven more times with Latham, Berrick Barnes (2), Drew Mitchell (2), George Smith and Adam Freier all profiting from inept Japanese defence.

Australia - Tries: Nathan Sharpe, Rocky Elsom (3), Adam Ashley-Cooper, Chris Latham (2), Berrick Barnes (2), Drew Mitchell (2), George Smith, Adam Freier. Conversions: Stirling Mortlock (7), Matt Giteau (3). Penalties: Mortlock (2)
Japan - Penalty: Kosei Ono

Posted by Ryan | Keo.co.za





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