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Thread: Pool A - Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Tonga

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    Second try of the night for the boy tho.

    25-18 now. Would be soooo funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Second try of the night for the boy tho.

    25-18 now. Would be soooo funny.
    What are you predicting?

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    great game, got me really pumped


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    Take a Bow Japan number 9

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    What are you predicting?
    Think I went France by 35. I was closer than any right than I had to be. Flattering for Johnny Frenchy in the end.

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    This world cup is starting to exceed my expectations. The passion in the games is better than normal test matches.

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    have just caught some highlight vids - good to see the nips, namibia and Romania all giving good accounts of themselves - scorelines all blew out a little in the end but great to see them being competitive.
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    Great game to attend, Japan really turned it up in the second half and had the French stretched. Had they been able to score another try at 25-21, I think France would've completely freaked. Very impressed with the Japanese efforts and after a slow start Arlidge really ran the show along with the little halfback. North Harbour Stadium had a great atmosphere too, with most of the New Zealand neutral supporters seeming to cheer for Japan. Really enjoyed the evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper868 View Post
    have just caught some highlight vids - good to see the nips, namibia and Romania all giving good accounts of themselves - scorelines all blew out a little in the end but great to see them being competitive.
    Absolutely, the scoreline tonight in particular really doesn't give enough credit to the Japanese performance - it was comfortably the best I've ever seen them play. I wonder if thats a result of their involvement in the Pacific Nations Cup, where they've played the likes of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa much more regularly and become more tactically astute and hardened to face top teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Auckland in infrastructure failure shocker.

    Gives tourists a good "she'll be right" experience at least.

    And I thought the opening ceremony was an absolute pile of wanky toss. Mind you, I find all opening ceremonies to be risible.
    I actually really enjoyed the ceremony, rewatched it this evening since it was hard to take it all in on Friday night. Didn't drag on too long either but did a good job of showcasing New Zealand and its culture. Genius when compared to the Cricket World Cup opening ceremony anyway.

    As for the infrastructure, I understand a lot of the people that were basically stranded because of the train and ferry services failing are asking for compensation on their tickets which were essentially useless in the end. With regards to the waterfront fiasco, I read in the paper that four people jumped off the wharf to avoid being crushed and had to be rescued by a police boat, and three of those people had to get to a hospital. I'm just glad my experience tonight at North Harbour was brilliant and made up for the disappointment of Friday night.

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    I missed the opening ceremony because of the trains. Brilliant atmosphere in Auckland though and I was luckier than some because I got there just before the anthems.
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    It's a shame to hear about people's bad experiences. I had no idea about any of it apart from a vague warning over the speakers at Eden Park to avoid the waterfront. So it was a bit of a shock to come home and read the negative headlines. Found it a bit sad, too, since I came home over the moon, thinking opening night had been the most awesome thing ever.

    Anyway, interesting team named today for the Japan game. Surprised to see Ellis given a start, and I must say I was hoping Weepu would get the nod. And, as good as Mils has been in his career, I think Dagg should be our first-choice fullback. Otherwise fairly happy - good to see Jane and Kahui selected on the wings.

    Hope Carter will be right for the France game.

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    I would've played Slade anyway, so was surprised they had named Carter in the first place. Ellis is also a bit surprising but if theres ever a chance to give your third choice halfback a match, I guess this is the opportunity; can't see him playing any great part later in the tournament though. Bit disappointed that Dagg isn't even in the 22 after such an impact in the opening match, would've prefered if Muliana was named at fullback and Dagg on the wing/reserves.

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    So, we're underway in Whangarei - no score after eight minutes.

    Surprised to read that Canada actually leads the head-to-head with Tonga - 3-2 in five matches between the two teams.

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