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Thread: Pool C - Australia, Ireland, Italy, Russia, United States

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    Nice, brilliant run from Diggers
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    Really do prefer this team with O'Connor in it.
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    Dibgy, what a machine

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    Well done Australia - Italy simply a less skilled team - dropped passes - the occassional poor kick - no attempt to open the game up when down by 10 points in the 2nd half.

    But you will only ever see these great 1st half performances in world cups as the underdog seems to grow an arm and a leg for these tournaments. NZ's performance against Tonga is starting to look fine now.
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    Funny how the introduction of O'Connor immediately resulted in Australia going on a try scoring rampage. Was hoping Italy would stay in touch with the Wallabies but to be fair they barely looked like scoring until Parisse badly messed up a pushover try in the final few minutes. I don't get to see Parisse play much and while he was quite impressive, I'm not yet in the camp that rates him as one of the 2-3 best number 8s in world rugby. For those that rate Castogiovanni as a scrummager, I can see that rationale, but he did nothing around the field. As for the Wallabies, I still maintain that Australia would be better off with O'Connor and AAC at 12 and 13 so it'll be interesting to see if Deans changes the Australian side up for their weaker pool matches; I can't imagine he'll make many changes at all for their next match against Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    Well done Australia - Italy simply a less skilled team - dropped passes - the occassional poor kick - no attempt to open the game up when down by 10 points in the 2nd half.
    Yup that was probably the most disappointing aspect. Japan chanced their arm last night when they trailed by a couple of coverted tries, and it very nearly caused a major upset but for the French kicking back into gear. Italy didn't look like creating a try scoring opportunity until the scrum pushover attempt, at which point they were down by more than 20 points anyway.

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    USAs wing is the fastest wing I have ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    USAs wing is the fastest wing I have ever seen.
    I'm assuming you don't mean James Paterson, but are talking about Ngwenya - he was the one that scored perhaps the best try of RWC 2007 by outpacing Habana to finish off about a 90 metre effort from the USA. They've been good so far against Ireland tonight and pressured the Irish into far too many errors. I'm beginning to see why Ireland's pre-WC form was so poor with the way they've performed so far against a side ranked well below them.

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    Haha, fantastic try by Emerick at the end. USA deserved that - top effort from them.

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    Pleased they scored a try, definitely deserved it for their contribution to the match. Lots to work on for Ireland though - besides their set pieces they were well below par in all areas.

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    Yeah, encouraging signs from all the "minnows" so far.

    Unconvincing stuff from the Micks today. I don't think any Irish side can use the conditions as an excuse either.
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    UTV were trying to be positive about "getting the win under the belt" and all that but the RTE pundits absolutely tore into the side after the game this morning. We still don't look any good.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Not Good at all.

    Not so much as far as attacking wingers goes - still have JOC and Drew for that - but more the defending in the #10 Channel - Digby has been a bit of a revelation in that role.

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    Thats really disappointing to hear Ioane's going to be missing. From my perspective anyway, hes one of, if not the most, dynamic winger in world rugby right now. I doubt it'll hurt Australia providing he returns for the knockout stages, though the worry then is, like Kieran Read, he might be a bit underdone.

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