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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 survive island scare

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October 7th, 2007

South Africa weathered a robust Fiji attack to win 37-20 in Marseilles and progress to the World Cup semi-finals.

Fiji nearly completed the third upset of the weekend, as two tries in as many minutes saw them enter the final quarter on an even 20-20 keel. Only a timely return to kicking form by Percy Montgomery, who missed his initial three attempts, as well as poor handling by the Fijians saved South Africa from the same fate as World Cup also-rans Australia and New Zealand.

This was a crucial period in the game when Jake White’s experienced charges came to the fore. After a lukewarm effort, the Boks ultimately held their nerve. The 67th minute saw a Fiji pass flung to Ifereimi Rawaqa, but a heroic tackle by JP Pietersen forced the lock into touch-in-goal. From then on, the Boks finished with a 14-point flourish, but it may have been different had Rawaqa touched down.

It was a confident start with the Boks in possession, as whenever they held the ball close they progressed into Fijian territory. John Smit elected to take a pot at goal early on, which Montgomery, who had an average day with four goals from seven attempts, proceeded to miss.

But the Boks ensured they got something for their early dominance soon after this mistake. A patient build up through the forwards eventually saw the ball fly to Jaque Fourie, who had the simplest of run-ins at the corner.

Fiji refused to lie down and continued to throw everything into their one-on-one tackles. They were guilty of spilling much of their ball on attack, but then the South Africans were frantic in launching the counter. This characterised the play for the entire half, as the Boks took their foot off the pedal and shifted the ball wide when they should have hammered it up the middle.

South Africa were dominant at scrum-time, but Fiji contested well to disrupt the Boks’ ball at the line-out. When things got loose the South Africans dangerously tried to force 50/50 offloads. If Fiji had held more passes, they could have scored more points without a doubt.

While Fiji’s questionable spot tackles proved effective, their set-piece defensive structures were suspect. South Africa kicked a penalty into the corner and finally delivered the clinical result when John Smit burrowed over the line just before the break.

But Fiji had the Boks rattled and continued to force the pace. Seremaia Bai narrowed the deficit to 13-6 and a few subsequent surges stretched the South African defence. However, their poor handling let them down once again.

The battle at the breakdown was intense, with the Fijian loose forwards producing a massive effort to limit the South Africans. Juan Smith was prominent for the Boks, whether he was soaring to collect a line-out ball or hammering a Fijian back in the tackle. His ball-carrying gave the Boks momentum in the first half when they received precious little possession.

A telling blow was landed after 50 minutes when the Boks built through some beautiful touches in midfield. The ball was sent wide to Victor Matfield, who dragged two tacklers before gifting a try to JP Pietersen. The seven-pointer was compounded by the loss of Seru Rabeni, whom Alan Lewis sin-binned for a shoulder charge on Butch James.

Some individual brilliance by Vilimoni Delasau got the islanders back into the game when the winger chipped the defence and collected for the score. Loose defence coupled with fantastic Fijian-style running then allowed the comeback when Mosese Rauluni found a hole an popped to Sireli Bobo in support. Seremaia Bai converted both kicks, and the 14-man islanders now had all the momentum.

The holes continued to appear as the Boks fell off tackles with regularity. Back on the park, Rabeni was the bane of the South African backs but he also proved to be Fiji’s worst enemy, coughing up possession at the most inopportune moments.

After denying Fiji a try, the Boks regained some semblance of control. A mistake in the Fiji line-out allowed South Africa a scrum five metres out, and after Schalk Burger collected at the back and transferred to Smith, the Free State flanker crashed over to give South Africa some breathing space at 28-0.

The Boks managed to stand firm in the dying minutes and take play back to the opposition 22. After spurning several opportunities, James finally busted through for a well-deserved score.

South Africa showed the necessary mettle when required, but a more clinical performance is needed if they hope to advance to the World Cup final.

South Africa - Tries: Jaque Fourie, John Smit, JP Pietersen, Juan Smith, Butch James. Conversions: Percy Montgomery (3). Penalties: Frans Steyn, Montgomery.
Fiji - Tries: Vilimoni Delasau, Sireli Bobo. Conversions: Seremaia Bai (2). Penalties: Bai (2).

By Jon Cardinelli | Keo.co.za





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