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Thread: The Big Game - Who Will Win

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    yup it backs up the theory of just how important Wilkinson is to this England team.

    Wilkinson was having to attempt drop-goals & kick penalties from out near half-way because they couldn't score enough tries.

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    Tim, don't make comments putting other teams down if you can't take them about NZ - You pointed out Aus played poorly and were only drawing against Scotland as a reason that NZ would win, yet they didn't play that well against Wales themselves.

    I saw none of the England Quarter Final because it was Rememberance Sunday, and there are more important things than Rugby, so cannot comment on the game, but at the end of the day, we did win by a reasonable margin (not a walkover, but not that tight)
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    the difference between NZ/Wales & Aus/Scotland was the fact that one was a pool match & the other was a quarter final.

    Sure NZ played badly against Wales, but it didn't stop them from beating South Africa 29-9 and not conceeding a single try.

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    But neither game has a bearing on Saturday...


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    ok Marc, so you don't think NZ have psychological advantage over Australia considering we beat them twice this year & also considering Australia played reasonably poorly by their standards against Scotland compared to NZ who promised they would improve against S.A and did.

    And even against South Africa, NZ didn't really look at their best either.

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    They may have a boost over Oz for beating them recently, but the knock-out stages are one game only, and all that matters is who wins on the day.

    Would you from this stage take NZ being played off the park twice, but winning?

    At this stage, for me, it goes beyond talent and prior results.

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    Sure there's a chance that Australia can win, i've never written them off.

    But how can you say that talent is not a factor from here on in? these matches decide the men from the boys & as far as im concerned NZ outclass Australia all over the park except for George Smith.

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    I was thinking in the earlier stages of the World Cup that Aussie would take it out. Just because it was wide open with favourites England showing they perhaps peaked too early, and Aussies know how to win and just always bloody do...

    But Aussie has struggle against Scotland and Ireland also, NZ looked fairly strong against SA, so on form, I'll go with NZ... and to win the World Cup. But if it doesn't happen it won't be a great surprise, theres always doubts with NZ in all sports...
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    I never said talent wasn't a factor, but I did say the winning from here goes beyond merely the most talented.

    Any of the 4 teams could win it, and I wouldn't like to suggest who will.

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    If we're talking about the tournament then I'd probably go for France......saw them against Ireland and they were awesome. I dislike the French intensely as a team but they looked like they were peaking at the right time.

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    I think the French will win it, as for their opponent i think alot depends on how the aussie attack goes, it has obviously been a bit hit and miss so far this world cup but there defence has been pretty solid conceeding only 1 try(from memory, could be wrong) so i think if the attack gets going then Australia will win, if not then the AB's will get home, but as for the final, unless i see something majorly different from the last couple of weeks the WC will be on its way to France...

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    For neutral fans of rugby, France v NZ would be the ideal final.

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    Australia v England. Lots of beer. Even more swearing. Lots of penalties.

    And Australia 15-14.
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    And why not England v Australia - one of the oldest rivalries in sport?

    Or France v Australia - a team every Englishmen wants to lose against a team every Englishmen wants to lose?

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    Originally posted by Neil Pickup
    Australia v England. Lots of beer. Even more swearing. Lots of penalties.

    And Australia 15-14.
    *points out to Neil that for this to be the case, Wilkinson either misses a lot of penalties or a conversion, neither of which are very likely *

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