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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

Poor Poms progress to playoffs

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September 28th, 2007

An uninspiring England set up a quarterfinal with Australia, beating Tonga 36-20.

But the Poms, with this performance showed why many consider them World Cup holders rather than the threats they should be as defending champions. Their overall attacking play lacked the structure and purpose to challenge the tournamentís big hitters, while defensively they continued to fall off straight up tackles at an alarming rate.

England needed percentage rugby to overcome the Tongans. Yet they often allowed their play to get loose, making them susceptible to the impressive Tonga back rowers who tormented them at the breakdown. As a result they were never able to control the pace and flow of the match in the manner they would have liked. When the ball did travel beyond Jonny Wilkinson, it often went far too laterally to trouble the Tonga drift defence. Their tactical kicking was awful, and with Australiaís back three a far more potent counterattacking threat, Wilkinson and co will be in for a long night if they fail to remedy this facet of play.

Tonga will feel they let themselves down rather than having been dominated by a superior team. Three moments of lost concentration ultimately cost them this match. The first, after they had scored a sensational try, was a dubious score by Paul Sackey. Wilkinsonís quickly taken penalty and crosskick caught the Tongans napping. Sackey touched down close to the dead ball line and the TMO awarded the try, but the television angles available to make the decision were not adequate to be certain.

A handling error in the England 22m then gifted Sackey his second, the winger scooping up the loose ball and sprinting in from 80m. Still, at 19-13 just after the break Tonga were in with a realistic hope of winning, but some woeful defence saw that dream crumble. England wing Mark Cueto sliced through their defence on the 22m line and set up a ruck that was cleared quickly and sent wide to Matthew Tait who was left with the easiest of finishes.

That try knocked the fight out of the Tongans, whose body language told of a side consigned to defeat. Andy Farrell scythed through the defence late in the game and Wilkinson sunk his second drop goal to make the scoreline a flattering one, before Hale T Pole slid over for a consolation try in the last minute.

England, however, will know that a replication of this performance against Australia will certainly see them pack their bags.

By Ryan Vrede

England - Tries: Paul Sackey (2), Matthew Tait, Andy Farrell. Conversion: Jonny Wilkinson (2). Penalty: Wilikinson (2). Drop goal: Wilkinson (2)
Tonga - Try: Sukanaivalu Hufanga, Hale T Pole. Conversion: Pierre Hola (2). Penalty: Hola (2)

Posted by Ryan | Keo.co.za





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