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Semi Finals

Who makes the final?

  • England

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • New Zealand

    Votes: 13 81.3%
  • Wales

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • South Africa

    Votes: 13 81.3%

  • Total voters
    16
  • Poll closed .

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Even if they go out here I reckon it'll be more due to the Welsh playing well than us being poor. Which is incredibly un-South African of me.
Haha that doesn’t seem to be a widespread opinion.

Wales aren’t exactly good but when was the last time anyone had an easy game against them? Clearly inferior today but still only lost by a tiny margin. Not like SA were missing many big opportunities either.
 

Flem274*

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Haha that doesn’t seem to be a widespread opinion.

Wales aren’t exactly good but when was the last time anyone had an easy game against them? Clearly inferior today but still only lost by a tiny margin. Not like SA were missing many big opportunities either.
i know you've been out of rugby for a while so yea wales are genuinely good now. they've been a bit off their usual this tournament but nz, england, ireland, sa and wales have opened up a clear gap between them and the rest in the past 2 seasons.
 

social

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That’s an interesting take on it. I’d suggest it was a ****e game with little to no appeal to the viewer.
Yep

Wales were poor

Should have been been beaten Australia & France and never have made SF

SA seemed content to mug them without worrying about scoreboard

Quality much lower than other SF
 
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MrPrez

International Debutant
That’s an interesting take on it. I’d suggest it was a ****e game with little to no appeal to the viewer.
It's a world cup semi-final that was dead even with 10 minutes to go.

Not good rugby but was still a nailbiter that could have gone either way.
 

BoyBrumby

Englishman
Mike Phillips gamely trying not to sound bitter and failing.

Habana: Pollard is world class. We're lucky to have him.

Phillips: He's very one dimensional. All he did was drop back and kick.

Stay classy, Mike. :laugh:
 

MrPrez

International Debutant
Haha that doesn’t seem to be a widespread opinion.

Wales aren’t exactly good but when was the last time anyone had an easy game against them? Clearly inferior today but still only lost by a tiny margin. Not like SA were missing many big opportunities either.
I guess "well" is not the right word. But they played hard and managed to hold a determined SA for most of the match, with SA looking for a while like they'd run out of ideas.
 

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i know you've been out of rugby for a while so yea wales are genuinely good now. they've been a bit off their usual this tournament but nz, england, ireland, sa and wales have opened up a clear gap between them and the rest in the past 2 seasons.
Yeah tbh I did know they’ve been genuinely good, I just phrased that stupidly.
 

Prince EWS

Global Moderator
i know you've been out of rugby for a while so yea wales are genuinely good now. they've been a bit off their usual this tournament but nz, england, ireland, sa and wales have opened up a clear gap between them and the rest in the past 2 seasons.
They were actually ranked second going into the tournament, yeah?

Rankings are a bit pfft sometimes but it still says a fair bit about their recent results.
 

Bahnz

Hall of Fame Member
WW1-style battle there. Endless aerial bombardment, men hurling themselves into oblivion over a yards of ground, casualties coming thick and fast on all sides, the triumph of efficiency, ugliness and brutality.

It was strangely riveting. That 5 or so minutes when Wales were crashing into SA bodies over and over on SA's 5 meter line, before finally breaking through was kinda awesome.
 

BoyBrumby

Englishman
Mike Phillips gamely trying not to sound bitter and failing.

Habana: Pollard is world class. We're lucky to have him.

Phillips: He's very one dimensional. All he did was drop back and kick.

Stay classy, Mike. :laugh:
He's in great form. "I know how ruthless Gats is. He dropped me on 99 caps."

Kinda refreshing to see a pundit actually sound human.
 

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It's a world cup semi-final that was dead even with 10 minutes to go.

Not good rugby but was still a nailbiter that could have gone either way.
That type of game is a totally different experience when you really want one team to win.

I spend every United-Liverpool game chewing my nails and ****ting my pants then go on Twitter and everyone is complaining about how bored they are.
 

Flem274*

123/5
They were actually ranked second going into the tournament, yeah?

Rankings are a bit pfft sometimes but it still says a fair bit about their recent results.
maybe even #1 during some of the warm ups.

it's very cliche to call them underrated but now i genuinely think it's true. they didn't touch #1 by accident, they've played excellent rugby against the 2 northern teams who can beat the all blacks.
 

Howe_zat

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Wales are excellent at making their opponents look rubbish.

They were also missing three of their best players today (four by half time)
 
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Spark

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That type of game is a totally different experience when you really want one team to win.

I spend every United-Liverpool game chewing my nails and ****ting my pants then go on Twitter and everyone is complaining about how bored they are.
Knockout games/big games are often like that in any sport IMO. Both sides are terrified of losing, and so are the fans. So you get a real grind.
 

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