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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

Wilko whacks Wallabies

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October 6th, 2007

Jonny Wilkinson kicked England into the semi-finals in a thrilling 12-10 victory for England at the Stade Velodrome.

Call it the best of British luck, the spirit of the British Bulldog or the ability to lift themselves when playing Australia, but England always deserved to win this fixture. Forget about previous form, the Poms struck when it mattered, and it was the Aussies who were rattled throughout.

Much talk in the build up was how England would rule the tight exchanges and the Poms didnít disappoint early on. The English hunger was well apparent as they retained possession and hammered away at the Aussie defence. They turned over the Wallabies on several occasions and had the exemplary Aussie line folded, they may have racked up a couple of tries in the first quarter.

But referee Alain Rolland penalised the English scrum repeatedly and Stirling Mortock kicked the first points. Jonny Wilkinson nailed two of his own but them missed another two late in the half. This proved telling as the Aussies, who had absorbed much of the pressure through outstanding defence, began to gain momentum.

After patiently taking it through the phases, Australia hit back through Lote Tuqiri. Berrick Barnes produced a wonderful touch when he crabbed across field, dummied and then offloaded to Mortlock. The Wallabies captain got close and Barnes was instrumental in the recycle, shovelling it onto to Tuqiri who shrugged off Josh Lewsey and crawled over the line. Mortlock goaled a great conversion to give Australia a vital 10-6 lead at half-time.

The game remained tight in the second period but England were far from clinical. The Aussies stuck to their kamikaze defensive tactics and managed to force the England backline to make numerous errors. A few sharp inside balls proved fruitful, but the England distribution overall was poor with passes arriving behind the receiving player and limiting the go-forward.

But Englandís ferocity at the breakdown continued to tip the scales in their favour. They turned Australia over when the Wallabies looked certain to score and then snaffled possession moments later on the opposite end of the field. Wilkinson found his rhythm when it mattered and moved the English into the lead at 12-10.

The Aussies launched an all out attack but England had their tails up and began to repel every surge. Mistakes were kept to a minimum while the Wallabies conversely began to panic. Their ball security was abysmal and England continued to pilfer the ball off the deck. The gap was two points, but Australia never looked like regaining the ascendancy.

It was the best the Wallabies could do to spoil in the final quarter, and George Gregan gave away yet another penalty for Aussie indiscipline. Wilkinson missed the 50m penalty attempt in the 75th minute, his third botched opportunity of the night. But the proud England defence hold firm. Australia were awarded the penalty a few metres in from touch and just inside the England half, an extremely difficult kick which Mortlock pushed wide.

A final Aussie push was undone when Australia knocked on, and Alain Rolland signalled their exit from the tournament. England continue to improve with every game and should be a real handful come the semi-finals.

Australia - Try: Lote Tuqiri. Conversion: Stirling Mortlock. Penalty: Mortlock.
England - Penalties: Jonny Wilkinson (4).

By Jon Cardinelli

Posted by JC | Keo.co.za





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