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Monday, September 12, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Heartbreak for the Welsh

Yesterday three matches took place in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, with the pick of them being Wales' great effort against the reigning champion Springboks. Here is the daily show with short recaps of what went down.

Australia 32 - 6 Italy

The Wallabies put in a strong second half performance, led by their forwards, as they took control of matters at North Harbour Stadium. They were tied at 6-6 after the first half, but four quickfire tries in the second half made it more than comfortable for the Tri Nations champions in the end. 

"Getting that result was key," said coach Robbie Deans. "I've got a lot of respect for the Italian side. They're a tough side. They defend very well and they'll create some grief for some teams."

Ireland 22 - 10 USA

Ireland got the result they would have expected after two Tommy Bowe tries set them on their way, but a late intercept try to the USA's Paul Emerick made the score look more respectable for the Americans. On the tenth anniversarry of the World Trade Center attacks, they atteneded a memorial earlier in the day.

"In the grand scheme of things, this is a game," said USA captain Todd Clever. "We're talking about thousands of lives. I'm so glad that we were able to pay our respects to them."

South Africa 17 - 16 Wales

The game of the day was always going to be the meeting of the Springboks and the Welsh in Wellington, and it didn't fail to disappoint as Wales, who have only ever beaten South Africa once, put them to the sword with controlled pick and go rugby, and good use of their midfield. They starved the Boks of possession for the most part, but the experienced champions took the little ball they had, and scored from it.

Heartbreaking for the Welsh, who missed a sitter of a dropgoal attempt late in the match, as well as a penalty that could have taken them into the lead. Job done for South Africa, but they need to lift their game and get over one or two injury and selection problems if they're too hang onto the trophy.

Also in this edition of RWC Daily, Buck Shelford talks about the best moment in his great career, and legendary New Zealand coach Sir Brian Lochore gives his thoughts on who can win the World Cup.

More clips will get posted soon, but for now you can view the match highlights on the official Rugby World Cup website. If you've having trouble viewing, make sure you have Silverlight installed.

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IrishBob September 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Ireland seriously need to improve to have any chance against Australia. They played like strangers out there. The U.S. had no pack, scrum, maul or lineout so instead of pounding through they kept trying to play slick moves in terrible conditions. Ridiculous.

Ireland suffering from Kidney Failure.

And for god sake drop d'arcy. He is not competing at this level anymore.

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Bruno M September 12, 2011 12:36 pm

Too bad Hook didn't convert that penalty. I was happy to see a hungry Welsh team, unlike in the recent 6N...

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Grips September 12, 2011 1:28 pm

Ireland werent that bad. Ireland annihilated them in most facets. The fact is the minnows arent minnows like they were in other WC's. Nobody is getting an easy time. The worlds best creative backlines France and Australia could only establish 20/30 point leads at the max! The All Blacks had little or no territory or possession for 3/4 of the second half!

Ireland, had they not had that intercept probably would of got the fourth bonus point try, giving a score of 29-3. Which considering other results so far against minnows as said before, is one of the better results!

Dont be hasty, I expect Ireland to push Australia all the way and have a fair-good chance of winning. Ireland have been planning for Australia since 2009. Just like Italy have been planning for us since the same time. Italy could be the game we need to target more.

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D-dub September 12, 2011 2:29 pm

The refs need to learn how to get out of the way, too many games being decided by players using the ref as a shepherd.

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Colombes September 12, 2011 3:17 pm

Very sad for Wales. they accomplished a great performance durin the 2nd half. unfortunately, there is no victory for teams which can't be lethal.

on a side note, despite the very doubtful hook penalty, the referring was not so bad durind the first matchs. but someone remarked the video refs problems? after the disallowed try for Toeiava vs Tonga which was IN, and Nallet who clearly touched down vs Japan, also refused... it's curious to see some video refs to do this type of mistakes. hope there won't be others during crucial matchs

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ElTigre September 12, 2011 3:32 pm

lol the taffs got robbed

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Ultra404 September 12, 2011 4:00 pm

Wallabies and All Blacks have a lot of work to do: aussie first half and AB second half weren't as good as Deans and Graham Henry hoped

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i love bacon September 12, 2011 5:08 pm

I normally cheer for Ireland 99% of the time, but being as they were playing the Eagles, I was hoping against hope for a miracle. Oh well, at least the boys in green got a win for once...

But how awesome was the stats at the end? 101 tackles made by USA. Compared to the woeful defense that was shown in the warmup games, that's a remarkable improvement. Now if we could only learn how to compete at set pieces...

And one other thing - I said it a few weeks ago as something of a joke, that if the Eagles were going to score a try, it'd be because of D'Arcy or Paddy Wallace at 12 - incidentally, that's how the only USA try was scored. :)

Maybe we can pull something off against Russia? And maybe Italy will be more of a close match (though their scrum will mutilate the Eagles...)...or at least someone will hopefully put some huge hits in on Quade Cooper and make him see stars. That'd be pretty satisfying.

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Third Centre September 12, 2011 6:50 pm

Did Amercia clone todd clever ? There were at least 3 of him on the pitch against Ireland. disgrace that he wasn't given MOM. Ireland's backs are looking very poor, no ace, sharpness or intent. i really hope they can click soon but not sure if they can.

Gutted for the Welsh. Hopefully Fiji or Samoa can do them a favour and beat the Saffers !

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Ultra404 September 12, 2011 6:52 pm

@I love bacon: you'd better not rely on Italy defeats...

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themull September 12, 2011 9:26 pm

Ireland look so uninspiring...There seems to be little to now confidence in attack..Players aren't hitting the line at speed and with power, particularly the backs, and they seem to play with a lack of direction...The leaders on the team needed to speak up on Sunday, and let the whole team know that they needed to play the pick and drive game in those conditions....

it was not the day for complicated back moves, especially considering how wide the backs were standing....I hope to God we can improve come next weekend, with SOB and Healy coming back...And hopefully he plays Trimble or Bowe at centre...

Wales' and SA's group could really be the group of death..I wouldn't be surprised if Samoa took points off of either SA or Wales or both...Fiji also capable of causing an upset perhaps too....

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AK-NZ September 13, 2011 2:01 am

I agree with D Dub regarding the refs getting in the way. While im pretty sure Hougaard would have scored that try, I couldn't help but notice Barnes standing directly in the path that he used to get to the line (he of course moved, but it did look a bit iffy). I know a number of Kiwis felt he did a similar thing during the Brisbane test a few weeks ago, although I thought it was marginal. You can't take away from the individual efforts, but it is something I have noticed, especially with Barnes. I also feel that he often stands unnecessarily close to the ruck/maul area which could also end up in a referee obstruction.

Hard luck to Wales, I personally felt they played really well and fully deserved to put one over on the Boks. I'm going to the Samoa v. S.A game in a few weeks so hopefully they can cause an upset to rival the one against Australia. Come on Manu Samoa!

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Carlos September 13, 2011 4:21 am

SA played so so badly. They won because of the boots of both steyns. I was very surprised with wales. Great game they had, very exciting. Also, what the hell are spies and smit doing in SA team? they did nothing during the match. also habana is a shadow of himself, still got the speed but never gets the ball.

I guess SA will go home in the quarter finals if they keep playing like that.

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