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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

Hot Habana hammers Samoa

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September 9th, 2007

Bryan Habana sizzled in the Paris sunshine, proving red hot and too hot for Samoa in the Springboks’ World Cup opener.

Jean de Villiers was the biggest casualty in the Springboks first appearance at Parc de Princes in a decade, but the biggest winners were veteran fullback Percy Montgomery and the speed merchant Habana.

De Villiers looked gutted as he left the field in the 43rd minute, clutching his left arm, but his replacement Frans Steyn made an immediate impact as the Boks strolled to a 59-7 win.

A decade ago the Boks smashed France 52-10 and on Sunday they were good enough to score 50 points again, albeit against inferior opposition.

The contest was physical and the Samoans were competitive for 50 minutes. But they never had the class or polish to threaten an upset victory. They scored a popular try through centre Gavin Williams and the crowd warmed to them on a splendid afternoon at a wonderful stadium that has lost none of its appeal. The French love the underdog but their rugby public also knows the game and they were as enthusiastic in their applause of the individual class among the Springboks.

Bryan Habana was the most impressive of the Boks, announcing himself at the RWC with a quartet of tries, Steyn was a menace to the tiring Samoan defence, Percy Montgomery was masterful in his control from the back and the lock pairing of Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha controlled their own and most of Samoa’s lineout ball.

Springbok captain John Smit has always said that while the scoreboard historically has been handsome to the Boks in tests against Samoa, it has never told of the toil needed to down the Samoans. Sunday was no exception and the Boks, despite the run away score, were in a war of attrition.

Just how much the match took out of the Boks will only be evident on Friday against England and the one additional day of recovery between matches definitely gives England an advantage.

The Boks, in scoring 50-plus points, were good without ever being brilliant but this was to be expected as they spent the first 40 minutes repelling the Samoan Sunday assault. The Samoans are a charitable nation and their players gave everything in the tackle. But they were never going to be able to sustain the intensity beyond the first half and you always sensed the Boks knew this. Their afternoon was summed up when Brian Lima knocked himself out trying to cut Andre Pretorius in half. Lima had only been on the field for two minutes, but his attempt to add Pretorius to his greatest World Cup hits highlight package ended in self-destruction. Lima mistimed the hit and he was the one who staggered off. Pretorius, fortunately, lives to play again in this tournament.

The Boks ran all 22 players, with Smit’s 60 minute workout heartening after a three month injury-enforced absence. All three South African loose-forwards also had their ribs tested by the Samoan No 8 Henry Tuilagi, who at 126 kilograms is a beast. Tuilagi broke the first tackle every time, but these Boks hunt in a pack when they defend and Tuilagi was the one eventually forced from the field with a chest injury. Victory to the Springboks in that clash and victory to the Boks in every sense of the word.

Springboks - Tries: Bryan Habana (4), Percy Montgomery (2), Jaque Fourie, JP Pietersen. Conversions: Montgomery (5). Penalties: Montgomery (3).
Samoa - Try: Gavin Williams. Conversion: Williams.

Posted by keo | Keo.co.za





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