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    I thought it was a good win but not a great one. Many of the demolition jobs we built to on the end of year tours were better, however there was some pleasing work from the forwards. The loosies had big games and Brad Thorn was more animated than he’s been in recent times. The start was poor, though, and a side like Australia probably would’ve scored with that sort of possession. Also, I lost track of the number of times we got bunched trying to go wide and a forward was isolated trying to straighten the attack. We really need to mix in the pick-and-go at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerset View Post
    Yeh the Sky commentators thought poorly of it too but I thought it was within the rules myself. The French caught New Zealand sleeping in anticipation of another scrum and they paid for it, end of story in my view.
    Don't think you can really question the French in that try but I was personally pretty shocked by the Ref not having called time off when he actually stopped the game to talk to the All Blacks.
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    Sounded like Japan were on the brink of an upset until Canada equalised with a late penalty. 23-23. Sounds like an exciting game.

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    Pretty heartbreaking for Japan to lead by more than a converted try with about 7 minutes to go and come away with a draw. I didn't get home until midway through the second half, looked like a good match up until that point and certainly one of the best finishes of the tournament.


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    France are horrible. The trouble is, unless Tonga get another three tries and extend their lead by at least another point, they'll still go through as is.

    Two half-backs at 9 & 10 clearly not working.
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    What a 1st half from Tonga but France look terrible again. I think a lot of people have been waiting for them to hit their straps in this tournament but it looks like they are just not very good.

    Unlikely that France will go out though as Tonga still need to score another 3 tries and will be down a man for the 1st 8 minutes.

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    Pretty sad if Carter is out for the knockout stages you want to see the best players and he is by far the best in his position.

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    Tonga 19 France 9 with just over six left on the clock.

    Tonga have just butchered a try here too.

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    Tonga murdered at least 2 tries in this half could have had France really sweating

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    Why the **** kick this?!?!? Insanity.

    Unless Canada beat NZ (pause for laughs) yer frogs are through anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Why the **** kick this?!?!? Insanity.

    Unless Canada beat NZ (pause for laughs) yer frogs are through anyway.
    Even if NZ lose to Canada they'd finish first with 15 points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalky View Post
    Pretty sad if Carter is out for the knockout stages you want to see the best players and he is by far the best in his position.

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    We are screwed. Give Piri a try then in the Canada game or both him and slade half a game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Even if NZ lose to Canada they'd finish first with 15 points.
    Yeah, but there's no way your blokes are taking a dive against Canada.

    Moot point if France slot this pen anyway.

    EDIT: They aren't kicking it. WTF? This is bizarro world.

    2nd EDIT: Scored the try anyway. 19-14 Tonga. France advance.
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    Tonga! Rather embarrassing from the French but take nothing away from Tonga, an absolutely sensational moment for them. Could've been even worse for the French had Tonga converted a few golden opportunities in the second half. Loved the enthusiasm at the end from Taumalolo and co.

    As for Carter thats a major worry. I think it'd be more worthwhile at least starting with Weepu at 10 but it appears Slade has got the nod. Not sure about the extent of the injury yet but doesn't look promising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    EDIT: They aren't kicking it. WTF? This is bizarro world.

    2nd EDIT: Scored the try anyway. 19-14 Tonga. France advance.
    Couldn't quite understand France's logic either when a penalty would've done just as much as good as a try; then again this is France after all...

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