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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

Frogs back in business

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September 21st, 2007

France crushed Ireland 25-3 to stay in contention for the World Cup quarter-finals.

The Tricolores move up to 10 points on the Pool D log and should beat Georgia to finish on 15. Argentina, currently on nine, should move up to 14 by beating Namibia on Saturday. This means that Ireland, also on nine points, will have to thrash the Pumas to qualify on points difference (depending on the Pumas’ winning margin against Namibia).

Argentina would then need at least a point against Ireland (possibly two) to finish first in Pool D and stay on track for a semi-final against the Boks. France, if they come second, would play New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

The Tricolores came into this match knowing defeat would end their World Cup campaign. Ireland, pathetic against Namibia and Georgia, were under as much pressure. The tension was visible on the face of every player that lined up for the national anthems.

The enormity of the occasion was evident in the first five minutes, when there was a lot of aimless kicking, but the game gradually opened up.

France totally dominated the first half and should have led by more than 12-3 at the break.

Vincent Clerc almost scored in the right-hand corner, but his body went into touch just before the ball was grounded. Having turned down a shot at goal, captain Raphael Ibanez was penalised for holding on when Ireland were in trouble. And France dominated the final minutes of the first half and came within inches of scoring.

The hosts were slightly disappointed to have just four penalties from scrumhalf Jean-Baptiste Elissalde to show for their efforts, with an O’Gara drop goal keeping Ireland in the game.

But Elissalde extended France’s lead after the break with another penalty, before a brilliant kick by Michalak off the outside of his boot saw Clerc sprint down the right-hand touchline and score the first try.

Ireland just weren’t in the game, with game-breakers O’Gara, Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll virtually anonymous. Their woes continued when second rower Paul O’Connell was given a yellow card for a professional foul.

Elissaldre then kicked ahead for Clerc, who plucked the ball away from Girvan Dempsey and went over for his second try.

With 10 minutes to go, a bonus-point for four tries seemed a distinct possibility. But Damien Traille was yellow-carded for two professional fouls and Ireland finished the game in French territory. However, the outstanding home defence stood firm, as it had all night.

France – Tries: Vincent Clerc (2). Penalties: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (5).
Ireland – Drop goal: Ronan O’Gara.

By Simon Borchardt | Keo.co.za





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