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

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    Canada actually has the wood on Tonga - head to head they now lead 4-2. Canada also made the WC finals in 1991 (came through a pool with France, Fiji and Romania - Fiji lost all 3 games) - defeated by the AB's 29-13 at quarters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper868 View Post
    Proud rugby nation obviously. Gun beards as well.


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    unfortunately i couldn't watch the game.

    hoping that they show the replay in the afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post


    Rugby needs more beards.
    Think its Kleeberger with the most impressive of the beards. Excellent effort that.

    Changes to the New Zealand side to face Japan, with Carter, McCaw, Muliaina and Dagg all injured, as well as Read obviously. Toeava now in at fullback and Thomson covering McCaw's openside position with Vito now at 8.


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    Pretty gutted for Japan, thought they showed some real ability in the first ten minutes.

    And then the next thirty minutes happened
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    Shame to see the Japanese exposed on defense late in the half. They actually looked pretty enterprising for the first 15 minutes or so, but were completely dominated after that. Be nice if Slade takes more control in the second half, hes had an indifferent opening 40 minutes. Nonu the most dangerous player on the park.

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    Nonu has had a flier. Reckon Slade has been alright in every aspect besides his place kicking, which has been atrocious.

    I know we're caning Japan, but I still reckon they'd dominate Tonga from what they have shown against us in that first 15 minutes and in the beginning of the second half against France.

    Hopefully we'll see them respond in a similar fashion again.

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    Gunnest intercept try

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    @Somers - did SBW do enough to show versatility to make him a legit bench player for the big games?
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    Also Somers who are your wings now - is Kahui looking better than Guildford.

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    Haha yeh nice that Japan pinched a try, that left winger almost had a couple in the end. Pretty pleasing performance from the ABs and at this stage anyway no injuries from the match which is always a positive at World Cups. I feel Japan let themselves down a bit by not being physical enough, although I guess thats not really their style of play. Still, after such a good showing against France it was a little disappointing they couldn't raise their game a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    @Somers - did SBW do enough to show versatility to make him a legit bench player for the big games?
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    Also Somers who are your wings now - is Kahui looking better than Guildford.
    Well for me, Guildford should never have been picked as I was always in favour of Sivivatu. Kahui is basically a lock for a wing position in big matches. I'd actually like to see Israel Dagg used on the other wing and Muliaina at fullback as I think both players are too classy to leave out. SBW made a good showing on the wing but he was up against players a tier below him - I guess it does give me some confidence in his versatility though since he performed exceptionally in his 30 minutes or so. As for Jane, he seems to have really fallen off the pace this season; play doesn't seem to run his way consistently and I'm not sure hes looking for enough work off his wing.

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    would keep Jane - like you said he just isn't getting any opportunities. yes he isn't looking for enough work but when he does he gets tackled easily in the midfield because he lacks the bulk he is better out wide.

    have never seen Dagg on the wing - and I don't think he has the gas of our other wings. Nearly as fast but not as fast.

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    The commentators laid into Slade - Said that Weepu has to be the back up now etc.

    What are people's views...

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