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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

Wales caned in Cardiff

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September 15th, 2007

Australia punished a weak Welsh effort by bagging a 32-20 bonus-point victory at the Millenium Stadium.

Plenty of hype was built around the fact that Wales had home advantage, and news that Stephen Larkham was ruled out increased the belief that the Wallabies were there for the taking. But Wales began in shaky fashion and lost two of their key players through injury in the first half, with centre Sonny Parker stretchered from the field and Gareth Thomas joining him after enduring a savage tackle from Stirling Mortlock.

The Aussies didnít enjoy the best start either, losing a few balls in contact due to some tenacious Welsh defence. But to their credit, they maintained the pressure through plenty of possession won in the line-out by Nathan Sharpe and Dan Vickerman. Late replacement Berrick Barnes found the first flaw in the Welsh defence, stepping past prop Adam Jones and then offloading to an unstoppable Matt Giteau.

They landed a telling blow when Mortlock collected a clever chip by George Gregan and scored, but the decisive moment occurred seconds from half-time. A loose pass was flung out to Giteau, who delivered a pin-point floater to Drew Mitchell. The winger offloaded inside to Chris Latham who repelled some weak defence from James Hook to see the visitors to a unassailable 25-3 advantage at the break.

The big problem for Wales was the lack of structure. Their backline struggled to string a significant attack together and their forwards were often outdone at the breakdown by George Smith, who secured some crucial turnovers.

They enjoyed some success straight after half-time, with Jonathan Thomas burrowing over after his fellow forwards softened up the Wallabies defence. Unfortunately for the hosts, these sustained periods of attack were too few and far between, and Wales surrendered possession too frequently.

Hook landed a critical conversion and penalty to bring Wales back into the game at 25-13. If Stephen Jones hadnít missed two penalties in the first half Wales may have been in a position to launch a comeback.

Australia were guilty of cruising early in the second period, as the three tries scored in the first half were all too easy. They were lucky that Hook missed a long range effort in the 59th minute, as the tide had begun to turn in the Dragonsí favour.

But yet another Welsh error sealed it for Australia just after the hour. Jones misjudged a garryowen and the ball bounced well for Latham flying through on the follow-up. The score restored a commanding lead and secured the bonus point for Wallabies.

Australiaís defence was outstanding for the most part, but a dangerous tackle earned Mitchell a yellow card, while Sharpe was also sent to the sideline for killing the ball close to his own line. With only 13 men on the park, Australia finally succumbed to the Welsh assault. The build up by the hosts was scrappy and Shane Williams appeared to knock on before scoring. Even though the try was awarded, the bumbling movement summed up the story of the game for Wales.

Australia won well without producing anything brilliant, and although the victory has booked their spot in the quarter-finals, coach John Connolly would do well to fine tune their A game before the playoffs. Their much maligned scrum was under fire again and their ill-discipline could cost them more against quality opposition in the all-important final quarter.

Wales - Tries: Jonathan Thomas, Shane Williams. Conversions: James Hook (2). Penalty: Stephen Jones, Hook.
Australia - Tries: Matt Giteau, Stirling Mortlock, Chris Latham (2). Conversions: Mortlock (2), Giteau. Penalty: Mortlock. Drop goal: Berrick Barnes.

By Jon Cardinelli | Keo.co.za





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