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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

Boks pound Pumas

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October 15th, 2007

The Springboks are a game away from winning the greatest rugby prize on earth after a 37-13 win over Argentina.

Bryan Habana starred with two tries, but to limit praise to an individual would be grossly unfair on a group of men who left part of their soul on the Stade de France pitch.

The manner in which they resisted a second half fightback was impressive and spoke volumes about the value of experience in this side. They’ll go into the final as favourites, and rightly so. But coach Jake White will know that any complacency could cost them against a spirited England.

The Argentineans were typically emotional as their anthem rang around the stadium. But where they had shown composure post anthem in previous games, it was sorely missing against a Bok team whose steely pre-match body language told of a team full of purpose.

The clinical phase-based game Argentina played to gain victories over France, Ireland and Scotland was replaced by a game plan that relied almost entirely on driving mauls and up and unders. Both tactics proved unsuccessful, the former succumbing to superb Bok fringe defensive, while the latter failed due to poor execution.

Indeed it was the Boks who kicked better on the evening, although this facet of play was far from flawless. Even when Argentina did seek to counterattack, the Boks were quick to regain defensive structure and never looked in any real danger of being penetrated regularly.

A large part of the Boks’ success has to be attributed to their superb ball protection at the breakdown. Argentina had previously caused havoc in this facet of play, slowing or stealing possession which allowed them to dictate the tempo of their matches. The Boks’ dominance extended to the lineouts where Victor Matfield’s plate-like mitts pilfered countless Pumas throws. Their tackle fight was equally impressive, where the Bok defenders often gang tackled powerful Pumas ball carriers.

That defensive pressure made Argentina stray from their staid and conservative approach, forcing them into a scrappy expansive move that saw Felipe Contemponi thow a speculative pass which Fourie du Preez intercepted. The scrumhalf sprinted 60m to give the Boks an early lead.

The Boks remained controlled and purposeful in their approach, hitting up through the phases and getting good reward in terms of metres gained. The collective were looking formidable but a moment of individual brilliance from Habana hinted that this was going to be the Boks’ night.

Schalk Burger turned over possession and the ball found the winger on the opposite flank. Habana chipped his marker, collected and turned on the afterburners to race home.

The Boks were in cruise control and only poor option taking prevented them extending the lead. As their confidence grew, so Argentina’s self doubt became more apparent. Their key players cracked under pressure, none more so than Juan Martín Hernández.

If he is the best flyhalf in the world, as some would have you believe, he didn’t show the class to match that billing tonight. He was uncharacteristically robotic, and it was his handling error just before half-time that allowed Danie Rossouw to score the Boks’ third try, after some deft handling in midfield.

Argentina had to be content with two penalties from Felipe Contepomi and at 24-6 only a New Zealand-esque choke could deny the Boks a return trip to St Denis.

That wobble came early in the second half when Mauro Contepomi scored from a move that started with a turnover in the Boks’ 22. The Pumas were buoyed by the score and the pressure told on the Boks, whose error count and missed tackles in the third quarter skyrocketed.

But they soon regained composure and Percy Montgomery put them two converted tries ahead with a penalty. The Pumas were desperate for the five pointer that would reignite their challenge and reverted to an unstructured approach in search of the decisive score.

But again Juan Martín Hernández failed a team who needed him to remain composed. The pivot threw a hopeful pass which Habana snatched out of the air to seal the win.

The Pumas were inconsolable at the final whistle. Their dream ended prematurely, they will say, but there’s little doubt which side deserved the win.

Only England stand in the way of South Africa and a second world crown. Can the Boks do it?

By Ryan Vrede

South Africa - Try: Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana (2), Danie Rossouw. Conversion: Percy Montgomery (4). Penalty: Montgomery (3)
Argentina - Try: Manuel Contepomi. Conversion: Felipe Contepomi. Penalty: Felipe Contepomi (2)

Posted by Ryan | Keo.co.za





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