Monday Aug 14, 2017

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup
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Round two of the Women’s Rugby World Cup took place on Sunday, with New Zealand racking up a 121-0 defeat of Hong Kong, while hosts Ireland came back from trailing Japan to win 24-14. Here are five of the best tries scored on the day, as the USA, England and France also picked up big wins.

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  •  larry
    larry

    Not to disagree with your statement, because it has its valid points, but in any era of rugby, if the play was done right, the game was played right. There is a lot of physicality in the game today that didn't exactly exist before hand, even in these women matches, though not to the degree of the men's game. Let's face it, some law changes have made the game into what it is, and it is a version of rugby league now. There's good and bad in that. Defense coaches figured a decades and a half ago that rucks would better be not contested, and just spread out defenses across the pitch. That, in my opinion, has led to some negative play. To counter that, any team with the ball should, and some do, go up-tempo and play pick and go if they can, if those on defense, the tackler or nearby team mates, don't react fast enough to stop it; or don't even have a potential tackled player go to ground: get the ball passed off ASAP to an open team mate following behind. That in and of itself should suck in defenders, and open play so that the ball can be spun out wide, or kept close in with a vertical attack straight up field. What I don't like about the modern game is the recycling of the ball with uncontested rucks, with big players making up a few meters only to go back to ground and repeat over and over. I do not find that play entertaining one bit, and very, very negative! Perhaps there needs to be, as in League, a 'ruck' limit, like no more than four phases, and then the ball gets turned over in a scrum to the defense, or the offense kicks it away, as in League.

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  •  felipeg
    felipeg

    Indeed, their commitment is impressive! To reach that level of skill when you have another job... Eager to watch the "crunch" between England and France. I m afraid the US vs NZ result is more predictable.

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  •  10stonenumber10
    10stonenumber10

    Women's rugby is at a stage now where Men's rugby was back in the golden era... intelligent play, not just brainless physicality. It is easy to forget that these women go out and work for a living, rugby doesn't pay the bills. To give that much time to something as well as holding down a job takes some serious dedication... maybe if the RFU put the Men's team out to work for a week they would realise just how much of a privilege professional contracts are

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  •  larry
    larry

    I've refereed many, many women's matches. I've rarely ever seen a player shove another from the opposite side, let alone exhibit unsportsmanlike behavio(u)r.

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  •  larry
    larry

    I totally agree. I'd rather watch the women play than the men. With men it's either the overplay of phase rugby, three meters and another phony ruck, or aerial ping pong!

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  •  larry
    larry

    I saw the tape-delayed broadcast of USA v England the other day, and I have to say that the level of play, of both teams, was high. England tactically kicked the ball to keep America pinned into their own end of the pitch, and the running of the ball, the unloosening of play, by both teams, was what I would expect from top class rugby, by either sex. I'm afraid the men's game has become more of a "union" version of rugby league, with multiple phase play, while the women are intent to shift the ball and get it out and over the goal line. The commentators during the USA v Italy match criticized the USA for trying to keep the ball alive, therefore making ball handling errors when they might have "gone to ground." Why play it safe so often? Keep the ball alive and don't go to ground so often! Carwyn James would approve.

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  •  felipeg
    felipeg

    I m amazed by the women rugby level. While men's rugby tends to be more and more destructive, here is some nice "old fashioned" rugby. The second french try was quiet impressive too. Beautiful individual skill by Izar who stopped an australian kick with the foot then grab the ball and go for the line. Happy I just found a pub to watch some WRWC games in Brussels.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Oh give me strength.... "I playeded wugby and somebody hurteded me and it hurted my feelers"

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  •  iluvyomumma
    iluvyomumma

    I was thinking a yellow but yeah surprised she got away with that from both opposition and ref. In a men's game someone would give him a shove for that to prove the point and get him penalised

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  • the Australian #11 should have gotten a red card for that

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