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22 Sep 2019 14:54 #1 by Yorkie Blue
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England did ok I thought, the South Pacific sides are potentially tricky opponents and can pull off a surprise result. I was pleased the way England defended the line outs and prevented Tonga getting across the whitewash, scoring the 4 tries for a bonus point was a plus, hopefully the handling errors will be ironed out as the tournament progresses, good early signs though, next up the USA on Thursday.


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26 Sep 2019 14:34 #2 by Yorkie Blue
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A step up in performance against the USA, Eddie Jones resting a few of what may be his first team, but some good performances from the players that came into the side. Still some handling errors, but not as many as against Tonga despite the heat and humidity in Kobe being higher than in the last game in Sapporo. The States had John Quill rightly red carded for a bad tackle on Owen Farrell, but otherwise they played well with spirit and deserved their score at the very end of the match. Two games in and ten points on the board, our real world cup begins a week on Saturday against Argentina, who narrowly, and a touch unluckily, lost against France, a tough fixture coming up.


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26 Sep 2019 15:25 #3 by Urban Designer
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I'd say the real games start in the Quarter Finals although Argentina and France will be more competitive.

We will play Australia or Wales in the Quarters - both a similar standard.

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26 Sep 2019 15:29 #4 by CCU
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Mate is over for the Tournament, said the heat with the roof closed was ridiculous today...

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28 Sep 2019 10:22 #5 by Bluefox1963
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Just watched Japan v Ireland Japan were really good, just looked at their squad and I could see 8 Japanese players were from either new zealand or South Africa and a couple from Australia. I don't really follow rugby union but how can a national team be allowed somany foreigners can someone enlighten me.

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28 Sep 2019 11:24 #6 by Zebby
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Probably all woke up one day and identified as Japanese ...

Be just and fear not

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28 Sep 2019 11:55 #7 by CCU
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Win or Lose, Up The Blues!
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28 Sep 2019 12:47 #8 by BelleVueBoy
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Players can qualify on 3 years residency if not played for "their own" country. Ireland have CJ Stander for instance - who is South African. Also Bundee Aki who is a Kiwi, who didn't play today. So called "Project Players". They have a South African lock out in Japan (Kleyn) who has just qualified and was selected controversially over Devon Toner.
England do it too. Nathan Hughes is a Fijian who qualified for England and has played lot of games but didn't go to RWC. Scotland usually have quite a few of kilted Kiwis and South Africans. France has Fijians. In short they are all at it.

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28 Sep 2019 14:31 #9 by Bluefox1963
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Cheers belle vue boy only watch the big games in rugby I don't really know the rules so didn't know the rules on foreigners playing for a national side.

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29 Sep 2019 00:18 #10 by Corporal Crisp
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It's been a good WC, so far... Japan have embraced it and their first 15 give it tonnes... Outside of NZ and SA, everyone plays their cast offs... Aus play the South Pacific lads... Par for the course really... Can't see past NZ this year. Consistent excellence. Everyone else playing catch-up

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29 Sep 2019 11:05 #11 by 182blue
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Wales beat Australia.
Tuned in to end of it.
10 minutes to go, Australia 4 points behind.
Then 5 minutes of time wasted trying to form a scrum, lots of instructions from the ref, lots of standing around, the clock ticking.
Seems odd to me and this is the part of rugby I can’t get away with.

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10 Oct 2019 08:05 #12 by ParcelPete
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England v France called off and both teams awarded 2 points.

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10 Oct 2019 08:52 #13 by Yorkie Blue
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It`s a pity to see matches cancelled, but safety of spectators, players and stadiums must be a priority, I would feel sorry for Scotland if their match against Japan is called off, having given themselves a chance of getting past the group stage.


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10 Oct 2019 09:58 #14 by Urban Designer
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I'm not sure going top of the group is the best route as we will now play New Zealand in the Semis.

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10 Oct 2019 10:15 #15 by ParcelPete
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Yorkie Blue wrote: It`s a pity to see matches cancelled, but safety of spectators, players and stadiums must be a priority, I would feel sorry for Scotland if their match against Japan is called off, having given themselves a chance of getting past the group stage.


Not sure why anyone would feel sorry for Scotland,they will be rejoicing when we get knocked out.

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10 Oct 2019 12:04 #16 by triskelionblue
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the total integrity of the competition must be called into question cancelling games

how long have typhoons being happening in Japan in typhoon season. yes there is the clue...

yet no contingency plans to postpone matches for 24 48 hours and reschedule the following games as needed.

whereas it was highly unlikely that Italy would beat the All Blacks and score 4 tries nothing in sport is impossible so already the competitions integrity is ruined

as for Scotland getting eliminated due to the weather already Japan our being aided to get as far in the competition as possible look at that ludicrous decision in the 80 odd minute that gave them the what could be crucial bonus point if the game is played. all put ins in the modern game are squint feeds to give a penalty for one is a joke.... and if you watch it the Japan scrum half is harassing the Samoa scrum half before the put in and is clearly offside in my time if he did that he would have had his teeth knocked out by my elbow

Money ruined football and now it looks like it could be ruining Rugby Union. This competition makes the Italian football teams in the 1970s and 1980s buying European Cups look minor...
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10 Oct 2019 12:50 #17 by CCU
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No Italian team won the European Cup in the 70’s?

And the late 80’s Milan team were a different class!

Which leaves Juventus at Heysel in 1985...

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10 Oct 2019 20:57 #18 by 182blue
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Totally agree triskelion.
There is something very distasteful and plastic about it.
Same with cricket as well.
Too many games that are purely about TV and money and not sport in its purest form.
I still think the traditions of football haven’t completely died but it’s heading that way.

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12 Oct 2019 23:00 #19 by whytakemypostcode
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Why didn't they just move all the games that have been/are to be postponed to non affected parts of the country and play behind closed doors?

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13 Oct 2019 08:55 #20 by ParcelPete
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Japan v Scotland game on.
Should be a cracking game,hoping for a Home win.

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13 Oct 2019 10:00 #21 by ExiledJock
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Traitor.
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13 Oct 2019 11:50 #22 by nobbyblue
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Come on Scotland!

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13 Oct 2019 12:17 #23 by nobbyblue
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FFS!

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13 Oct 2019 12:32 #24 by Urban Designer
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Great game and atmosphere but can someone explain how these bonus points work? Can Japan lose and still qualify?

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13 Oct 2019 12:34 - 13 Oct 2019 12:35 #25 by Dancingbear
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Aparantly yes according to radio yesterday but I’m not sure on the exact scenario.

Edit to add doesn’t look like they’re gonna lose.

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13 Oct 2019 12:37 #26 by aberdeenblue28
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We’re doomed

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13 Oct 2019 12:39 #27 by Urban Designer
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The teams I've enjoyed watching most so far are Japan and Fiji.

England & Wales haven't looked great - I think England could struggle against Australia as they haven't had a competitive game yet.

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13 Oct 2019 12:39 - 13 Oct 2019 12:40 #28 by CCU
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Bonus points: Teams are awarded four league points for a win, two for a draw and none for a defeat. A team scoring four tries in a match is awarded a bonus point, as is a team that loses by seven points or fewer – both bonus points are awarded if both situations apply.

Scotland need to win by 4pts or more to go through.

We’re all Cherry Blossom fans aren’t we?!

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13 Oct 2019 12:40 #29 by ParcelPete
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13 Oct 2019 12:42 #30 by Dancingbear
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You not more of a Vapors man Pete?

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13 Oct 2019 12:46 #31 by ParcelPete
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Dancingbear wrote: You not more of a Vapors man Pete?


I am but ccu beat me to it further up the thread.
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13 Oct 2019 13:11 #32 by 182blue
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The Scots showing a bit of fight here.

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13 Oct 2019 13:42 #33 by Laffy
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What a match

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13 Oct 2019 13:45 #34 by Urban Designer
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Thats got to be up there with the greatest world cup matches. Scotland played well but Japan played like they were on Crystal Meth!

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13 Oct 2019 13:46 #35 by mattcufc
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Lloyd’s will be open at 7.30am next Saturday morning. Alcohol available from opening, food available from 8am.
Both big screens will be on and full commentary.

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13 Oct 2019 13:48 #36 by 182blue
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No disgrace in defeat there for Scotland, they were beaten by a very good team.
If rugby was like that all the time I would watch more of it.
Usually it just seems to be too much fannying around over scrums and the referee lecturing players.
Credit to both sides.

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13 Oct 2019 19:42 #37 by melbourneblues
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ExiledJock wrote: Traitor.


Pete is a German, what would he know about rugby.

Mullen is a virgin.
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13 Oct 2019 19:53 #38 by ParcelPete
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You're right,it also explains how i know so much about football.
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19 Oct 2019 10:19 #39 by Urban Designer
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Solid England performance - should be a good semi final against New Zealand

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19 Oct 2019 11:46 #40 by Urban Designer
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New Zealand pissing on the irish- should be a good semi final.

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19 Oct 2019 12:22 #41 by 182blue
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Didn’t enjoy match today.
Too many penalties, taking ages over scrum and technical infringements.
Tedious stuff.
Suppose the same could be said for plenty of big football matches.

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19 Oct 2019 12:41 #42 by griff
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I enjoyed it. They need to seriously look at the time taken out of the game by scrums though. In my view if a scrum has to be reset the clock should stop.

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19 Oct 2019 14:57 #43 by Yorkie Blue
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An enjoyable match, Australia played well when attacking in the England half, they had good movement, handling and pace and gave the English defence a good test at times, but they weren`t quite as good in their own half of the field, their kicking was poor and enabled England to build up the pressure. England played well but will have to step up their game further to get past the All Blacks, who looked very good, albeit against an Ireland side who seem to be past their best.


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20 Oct 2019 10:53 #44 by Yorkie Blue
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Good win for Wales, the French looked good in the first half with Wales not looking at their best, I thought after Vahaamahina received a very deserved red card the French would collapse, but fair play to `em they consolidated and dug in with Wales struggling to make an impact, even with the extra man, but they just managed the crucial try and conversion in the dying minutes.

Looking forward to the Japan v South Africa confrontation, Japan`s mobility and pace against South Africa`s raw power.


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20 Oct 2019 15:46 #45 by CCU
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When did they start allowing forward passes?

Because Wales got a right result with the TMO missing that (Even though it was obvious to anyone watching the overhead angle!)...

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21 Oct 2019 13:16 #46 by triskelionblue
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the competition has been riddled with forward passes... some penalised (only a few) but most not... again it's the inconsistency

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