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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    Samoa poaches New Zers? Oh how I laughed.
    Yeah, it's more that they're made up of NZ's cast offs. Poaching implies that they take players that NZ actually want to keep.
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    I think in this instance it implies a misunderstanding of the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by straw man View Post
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    Loved the final try scorer given directions by the man inside him. Highlights cant reveal everything but to win they must have matched it with the Saffy scrum. Japan look like a side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    Loved the final try scorer given directions by the man inside him. Highlights cant reveal everything but to win they must have matched it with the Saffy scrum. Japan look like a side.
    Japan's scrum was superior a lot of the time. I was shocked. Japan have improved out of sight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    Samoa poaches New Zers? Oh how I laughed.
    Well they get them under the parent/grandparent rule - they tried to recruit Lima Sopoaga but he turned them down. There are no Samoan-born players in the All Black squad (Jerome Kaino was born in American Samoa which is classified as the US) while are 12/13 NZ-born players in the Samoan squad.

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    Anyway, well done Japan. Tanaka is my favourite rugby player - before Perenara improved the Highlanders had the 2 best halfbacks in NZ

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    Japan would have beaten any side in the world with the way they played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    Japan would have beaten any side in the world with the way they played.
    Disagree, hyperbole city, but the type of over-the-top reaction you get with such upsets. Japan were magnificent, but the Boks were really poor, and lacked intensity. Just because they managed to overcome them, that doesn't mean they'd have beaten anyone.

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    Sticking by my opinion on Samoa. They will win this game but they are a seriously poor side. Japan should have no fear at all.
    KF is so bad now. Did he seriously just box kick a ball 20 yards forward and 20 yards out of bounds on the full? Dire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinzan View Post
    Disagree, hyperbole city, but the type of over-the-top reaction you get with such upsets. Japan were magnificent, but the Boks were really poor, and lacked intensity. Just because they managed to overcome them, that doesn't mean they'd have beaten anyone.
    The boks were run off their feet by a faster, fitter team. They didn't adjust their tactics early enough and paid the price. Plenty of teams have tried the same thing against SA but are unable to pull it off as it requires a great deal of accuracy to play at that speed - Japan did pull it off and that's hugely impressive. There aren't too many teams in world rugby who can play at that pace with that accuracy - NZ, Australia sometimes, the French when they're on their game. In the end I thought South Africa were somewhat lucky that it was that close - they scored two tries that were pretty much individual acts, and looked completely out of the game for large parts of it. I don't know whether that's playing poorly; they simply weren't allowed to play their game.

    Japan did the same thing to Wales a couple of years ago who dealt with it even worse - the whole team looked like they'd run a marathon about 10 mins in and were never in the game.

    Those tactics probably wouldn't work against NZ or Australia but I think if they played the same game with the same accuracy they'd beat any of the Northern Hemisphere teams as well as Argentina. Of course it will be very difficult to repeat that performance but they have some bloody champion players.

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