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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

Perfect Paterson sinks Azzuri

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September 29th, 2007

Scotland goalkicking ace Chris Paterson scored all his team’s points in an enthralling 18-16 victory over Italy.

In a match that was always going to be determined by the smallest of margins, it was Paterson’s unfailing right boot that proved to be the difference. But to limit this victory to the feats of one man would be a gross injustice to 22 warriors with a steely determination to push on to the playoffs.

Defensively Scotland were impressive, standing firm in the face of some powerful Italian runners. Frank Hadden’s charges held their composure when the Azzuri lost theirs, and resisted in the face of some spirited attacks.

Italy will point to their ill-discipline at the breakdown as the central reason for this defeat. But they can feel proud of their efforts in France.

Both sides had talked this match up for months, and it proved worth the wait. While the purists will lament a string of handling errors, the combatants produced a match worthy of it’s Test billing. This was 80 minutes of war in it’s truest sporting sense, with neither side found wanting in the physical stakes, even if they both made some crucial errors.

With incessant rain pounding the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, an expansive approach was shelved in favour of a phase-based game plan. Both flyhalves’ tactical kicking was out if the very top drawer, gaining their side valuable field position.

Scotland’s primary means of attack was a percentage game, where they kept the ball in the heavies, punching up into the Italy 22m then capitalising on their opponents ill-discipline through Paterson’s boot. Italy, conversely, opted to put high balls on Scotland’s back three, scoring their first try in exactly this manner.

Ramiro Pez launched the sky kisser, which was collected by Josh Sole on the Scotland 5m line. From the subsequent ruck veteran scrumhalf Alessandro Troncon faked a pass and darted around the fringe to score. The try was even more impressive given that they had lost Mauro Bergamasco to the sin bin.

Italy fullback David Bortolussi added the extras then sunk a penalty before Paterson made the Azzuri pay for repeated infringements, scoring 12 unanswered points give Scotland a 18-13 lead going into the final quarter.

Scotland lock Nathan Hines was then yellow carded, compounding the difficulty of their task and Bortolussi nudged over two more three pointers.

With the deficit just two points (18-16) the next score would be crucial. Bortolussi had an opportunity to edge his side in front with a 45m penalty, but pushed his kick wide of the right upright much to the dismay of his teammates.

Italy launched an all out assault, but their desperation meant they lost structure and Scotland were able to repel them with relative ease.

They’ll watch tomorrow’s Pool D fixtures with interest to see who they’ll face in the quarter-final. Much will be written this week speculating about Scotland’s chances of upsetting Argentina, France or possibly Ireland in a one-off match . They’ll be well advised to ignore that press and focus on building on an impressive display tonight.

By Ryan Vrede

Scotland - Penalty: Chris Paterson (6)
Italy - Try: Alessandro Troncon. Conversion: David Bortolussi. Penalty: Bortolussi (3)

Posted by Ryan | keo.co.za





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