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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

Azzuri overpower plucky Portugal

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September 19th, 2007

Italy downed Portugal 31-5 in a scrappy yet enthralling encounter in Paris.

The scoreline belies Italyís dominance in a match they started brilliantly only to regress in their play. Portugal were spirited if impotent on attack and brave on defence, but had neither the physical or technical ability to match Italy for a sustained period.

This was seen from the kickoff when Italy mauled for 45m before being ripped down by a desperate Portugal. That ascendency was carried into the set phases, were Portugal were badly exposed.

Yet for all the promise they showed in the opening 10 minutes, in which time centre Andrea Masi cut through a gap to score, they were unable to build on that early score. The forwards laid the foundation for attack, but their backlline play lacked structure and often moved far too laterally to threaten the Portuguese.

The Azzuri would have been better served keeping the ball in the heavies, build patiently through the phases and exploit a numbers advantage once they sucked in the defence. Instead they played to Portugalís strengths by getting looser in their approach, allowing Los Lobos to scramble in defence and trouble them at the breakdown.

Such was Italyís complete dominance the Portugal made their first entry into their opponents 22m in the 31st minute. Yet they made their one opportunity count, scoring through David Penalva after flyhalf Duarte Cardoso Pinto made a half break and scumhalf Josť Pinto cleared a ruck sharply. Three David Bortolussi penalties ensured a 11-point buffer for his side at the break, but there was no doubt who the momentum was with.

Italy continued to boss the contest in the second half, but persisted with their wasteful ways, kicking away possession when the situation was calling for ball retention. Bortolussi sunk his fourth penalty and Portugal never looked like overturning that 14-point deficit.

Mauro Bergamasco added another try for Italy, a carbon copy of their first to put the result beyond doubt, after which Masi profited from a clever Roland de Marigny chip for his brace. Yet again, however, the victory will do little to inspire confidence ahead of their crucial pool clash with Scotland.

They need to carry their form in the first 10 minutes into the 70 that follow if they have ambitions of reaching the quarter-final.

Italy - Try: Andrea Masi (2), Mauro Bergamasco. Conversion: David Bortolussi (2). Penalty: Bortolussi (4)
Portugal - Try: David Penalva

Posted by Ryan | Keo.co.za





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