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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

Fiji edge brave Blossoms

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September 12th, 2007

Fiji withstood a determined last-minute assault to record a thrilling 35-31 victory over Japan.

Neutrals would have been out of their seats in hope of the Cherry Blossoms completing a famous upset, as the last few minutes saw a desperate scramble towards the Fijian goalline. The islanders failed to impress throughout, and although they picked up a bonus point for four tries, the Asians deserved to win this game on heart alone.

This loser of the fixture was tipped to receive the wooden spoon of Pool B, but for the Japanese it was a game they had been building towards all year. John Kirwan’s decision to rest his first side in the opener paid dividends, as the Blossoms who turned out in Toulouse were not the pushovers who received a beating at the hands of Australia.

Japan were clinical at the set-pieces despite their pack being outweighed by some 50kg. They were secure at the line-out and scored two tries through drives close to the line. New Zealand-born lock Luke Thompson picked up a brace, the first as a result of a great dummy and step and the second an unstoppable surge from close quarters.

The Fijians were diabolical in the handling department and showed no attempt to build through the phases. A country famous for their Sevens ability, they predictably preferred broken play, but the hassle from the Japanese defence often forced them to make mistakes and lose the initiative.

Where the Blossoms were susceptible was on the deck, with Fiji effecting some crucial turnovers on defence. Flanker Akapusi Qera twice benefitted from some loose Japanese ball at the ruck,, and centre Seru Rabeni also rounded off a Fijian try against the run of play.

The underdogs seemed to run out of gas in the last quarter and injuries to their two scrumhalves forced No 10 Bryce Robins to assume the responsibility. Nevertheless, they scored a timely try through prop Tatsukichi Nishiura and Thompson’s second gave them a sniff with mere seconds left to play. However, the Fijian defence finally arrived when it mattered and ensured the islanders bagged maximum points regardless of a lukewarm effort.

Japan - Tries: Luke Thompson (2), Tatsukichi Nishiura. Conversions: Shotaro Onishi (2). Penalties: Onishi (4).
Fiji - Tries: Akapusi Qera (2), Seru Rabeni, Kele Leawere. Conversions: Nicky Little (3). Penalties: Little (3).

Posted by JC | Keo.co.za





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