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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

Plodding Poms sink Samoa

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September 22nd, 2007

England banished the memory of a whitewash against the Springboks with a 44-22 win over Samoa in Nantes.

The victory sets up a huge final pool clash with Tonga, the winner progressing to the playoffs.

But despite dodging an upset and getting a bonus point, England were at their uninspiring best. They stuck with a territory based approach, Jonny Wilkinsonís boot working overtime to drive his side into the Samoan half, then rack up three points every time their opponents discipline let them down. Yet for all their possession (62% to 38% in the first half) they failed to put on a convincing display.

There were, however, shades of 2003 in their first try, which saw some superb interplay in the backline before Wilkinson swung a pass to Martin Corry who corkscrewed out of tackle and stretched over.

But thatís as good as it got for Brian Ashtonís men. Their drives around the ruck fringe became predictable and the backline attack was as impotent as it has been for the last four years.

Samoa will feel they beat themself rather than been ousted by a superior opponent. Their fundamental skills and discipline was poor, they lacked the opportunism and crucially, the fitness to sustain the intensity that had England rattled. Despite having to survive on scraps for large periods of the match they posed a bigger threat on attack, but where poor in their execution when it mattered most.

Fullback Loki Crichtonís boot kept Samoa in contention after Englandís second try - a well worked move that saw them punch up close in the pillar areas, get over the advantage line and clear the ruck quickly to Wilkinson who stabbed through a kick for Paul Sackey to finish.

But Samoa scored 16 points, including a Junior Polu try early in the second half, with England managing just a solitary penalty in that period. At 26-22 England were punch drunk, but the islanders lacked a haymaker in their artillery. Wilkinson kicked a drop goal and penalty before Corry and Sackey bagged their brace to bury Samoa.

Victory, England will tell you, is what mattered most. But their quarter-final opponents wonít fret too much about a unit who look no better than a average Currie Cup side.

By Ryan Vrede

England - Try: Martin Corry (2), Paul Sackey (2). Conversion: Jonny Wilkinson (3), Penalty: Wilkinson (4). Drop goal: Wilkinson (2)
Samoa - Try: Junior Polu. Conversion: Loki Crichton. Penalty: Loki Crichton (5)

Posted by Ryan | Keo.co.za





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