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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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MATCH REPORTS

Romania tortured in Toulouse

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September 29th, 2007

A clinical New Zealand blitzed Romania 85-8 in a 13 try rout.

Romania were never expected to trouble the All Blacks and duly obliged. Graham Henry’s side completely dominated this mismatch, running in six tries before the break alone.

While they stood up well in the set phases, Romania had neither technical nor physical attributes to match the All Blacks in general play. It’s here were the All Blacks’ class shone threw, with some superbly constructed tries in the blowout.

None more so than their opener, which was birthed in their 22m area. Luke McAlister was the catalyst, his slicing run freeing up Sitiveni Sivivatu on the outside for a stroll in within a minute. That was a ominous sign for Romania. The All Black were in the mood, and they’d be on the receiving end. Andy Ellis’ sniping break around the ruck fringe created Chris Masoe’s try shortly after, before Joe Rokocoko rounded off a scrappy move.

If there was one criticism of the All Blacks, that try was a prime example of it. The communication between No 8 Sione Lauaki and Ellis was poor which stifled the attacking potential of the backline. Also, the option taking in try scoring positions was often poor, costing them certain tries. They remedied that as the game wore on but they’ll have to be more accurate in those facets of play in the quarterfinal.

Nick Evans crossed for the bonus point in the 18th minute before some outstanding support play saw Sivivatu bag his brace. With the result sealed New Zealand eased off, allowing Romania a sustained period of pressure. The minnows made their first entry into the All Blacks 22m area in the 28th minute and made it count, pounding up through the phases before Marius Tincu powered over the line from three metres out.

The game got looser after the break and the All Blacks became more clinical with the introduction of some of their heavy hitters off the wood. Romania simply had no means of stemming the black tide. Isaia Toeava and Andrew Hore got in on the action before Joe Rokocoko scored his second, thanks in the most part to a devastating surge by Lauaki, then profited from a sublime switch from Collins for his hattrick. Evans, Howlett and Toeava completed the annihilation.

Whether their cruise through the pool stage will prove to be counterproductive come the playoffs remains to be seen. But one senses that this side have the quality to take their game up a notch when needed.

By Ryan Vrede

New Zealand - Try: Sitiveni Sivivatu (2), Chris Masoe, Joe Rokocoko (3), Nick Evans, Aaron Mauger, Isaia Toeava (2), Andrew Hore, Conrad Smith, Doug Howlett. Conversion: Luke McAlister (4), Nick Evans (6)
Romania - Try: Marius Tincu. Penalty: Florin Vlaicu

Posted by Ryan | keo.co.za





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