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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

Awful Irish in downward spiral

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September 9th, 2007

Ireland’s dismal recent form continued when they claimed an unconvincing 32-17 win against Namibia.

This was the same Namibian side that conceded 105 points to the Boks last month, yet Brian O’Driscoll’s men never looked like emulating that feat. This small margin of victory could cost Ireland dearly if points difference decides which two teams from the Pool of Death qualify for the quarter-finals. On current form though, Ireland will lose heavily to both Argentina and France.

A thrashing seemed inevitable when O’Driscoll opened the scoring for Ireland by chasing down his own kick behind the Namibian defence. Ronan O’Gara then kicked a penalty after several fruitless attacks, before launching a cross kick for winger Andrew Trimble who made it 15-0 at the end of the first quarter.

But the Irish clearly weren’t at the top of their game despite that brief scoring spree. They couldn’t string the phases together and failed to free their outside backs. Their third try came on the half-hour mark through Simon Easterby, but O’Gara again hashed the conversion.

It was Namibia who dominated the period just before half-time, with their forwards making excellent use of the rolling maul. The big men hammered away at the Irish line for several minutes only for flyhalf Emile Wessels to knock on when they tried to go wide. However, Wessels made amends just before the break when he slotted a 35m penalty to get the minnows on the board.

Ireland were even more abysmal in the second half.

They extended their lead when Namibia collapsed another scrum and conceded a penalty try. But it was the southern Africans who raised the roof when a long pass found wing Ryan Witbooi who stormed towards the line and gave the try-scoring pass to Valke flank Jacques Nieuwenhuis. A few minutes later, Namibia booted the ball ahead and Boland centre Piet van Zyl scored to make it 27-17.

Ireland grabbed their fifth try with five minutes to go, but TV replays showed Girvan Dempsey lost the ball before the line. Referee Joel Jutge did not consult the TMO and he looked sheepish when he saw his mistake on the big screen.

Ireland – Tries: Brian O’Driscoll, Andrew Trimble, Simon Easterby, penalty try, Girvan Dempsey. Conversions: Ronan O’Gara (2). Penalty: O’Gara.
Namibia – Tries: Jacques Nieuwenhuis, Piet van Zyl. Conversions: Emile Wessels (2). Penalty: Wessels.

By Simon Borchardt | Keo.co.za





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