Nice, brilliant run from Diggers
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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.
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.
USAs wing is the fastest wing I have ever seen.
Haha, fantastic try by Emerick at the end. USA deserved that - top effort from them.
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.
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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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.
Hopefully back for the quarters.
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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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