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That was such a dominant performance from the Irish last night, almost perfect rugby in the first forty minutes. It was over as a contest by half time. I actually felt sorry for the Scotts, they never really got a chance to get going. Very, very clinical indeed; Ireland will need more of that next weekend.

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strapline wrote: Sun Oct 08, 2023 7:29 am
TheBeatles wrote: Sat Oct 07, 2023 6:53 pm I hate the scrums in International Rugby. Such a waste of time. So many resets.
There's always rugby league! :lol:

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Without being unkind, and despite the hype and the fact that Scotland lost key players early on, the Irish win was quite predictable. I do think the QF vs. New Zealand will be a cracker.

In many ways the most interesting tie of the weekend should be Argentina vs. Japan. Winner takes all for qualification – I expect Welsh supporters will be looking on with interest. I can’t see Fiji slipping up against Portugal.

As we have said all along, it’s a very imbalanced draw. Two teams from England, Wales, Argentina, Japan and Fiji are guaranteed to make semis. Two teams from Ireland, France, South Africa and New Zealand are going home after the quarters.

In either Pool C or D Scotland would have stood a good chance. They could certainly have beaten England or Australia.
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I thought Ireland were awesome last night. The Irish, New Zealand and France seem a class apart in this tournament. As AVO says, the QF between Ireland and NZ will be titanic next weekend.

I think it might be quite close between Fiji and Portugal later, as Fiji may get nervous as they get close to the line. Portugal are a very well drilled team. But I do want Fiji to win, as they play such attractive rugby and deserve some reward. They are also best placed to bear England next week. ;)
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Sun Oct 08, 2023 10:22 am Without being unkind, and despite the hype and the fact that Scotland lost key players early on, the Irish win was quite predictable. I do think the QF vs. New Zealand will be a cracker.
The win might have been heavily favoured, from a betting point of view, but not the manner of the win. For the top ranked team in the world to dominate the fifth ranked team in that manner was quite something. Next weeks QF's are gonna be quite something. Both games will reward the viewer, from the most occasional rugby watcher to the rugby stalwart.

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Ireland were certainly very impressive in putting Scotland's chances to bed, not entirely unexpectedly.

I'd class Ireland, NZ, France and SA as a class apart. Yes Ireland beat SA but it was close and had SA not missed a few relatively easy kicks the score might have been different.

The business end of the tournament starting next weekend should be interesting.
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What a game! Portugal were brilliant. And the result and losing BP give the best possible outcome: a win for Portugal, Fiji through, Aussies on the plane!

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Brilliant game! Well done Portugal!

Fiji should be OK next Sunday though, as England aren't as good as Portugal. ;)
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welshlad wrote: Sun Oct 08, 2023 10:59 pm Brilliant game! Well done Portugal!

Fiji should be OK next Sunday though, as England aren't as good as Portugal. ;)
Yep England will have to play better to beat Wales, when they play them in the final :D

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Only saw the first half of the Fiji/Portugal match. The second half must have been a thriller. So it's knock out rugger all the way now.

Shall we play a little game now? Who would you like to see in the final, and who do you think will actually make the final? I certainly think the left side of the draw, pool A and B is a lot harder to predict than pool C and D. Any of the four remaining teams from group A and B have the quality to make the final; that isn't the case from the other half of the draw imo.

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Well now, much as I would love to see England play and beat either Wales or Ireland in the final, I don’t see it.

In the two “big” quarter finals, I think France will have too much for South Africa, but I’m more concerned for Ireland – I know they can beat the ABs, but it’s going to be a massive test.

I think England and Wales will go through, but they won’t beat their semifinal opponents.

Deep breath – Ireland and France in the final, Ireland to win by a score.
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I would like it to be Wales v Fiji in the final, but that's pretty unlikely.

It's hard to call the Ireland v NZ quarter final, but I have a sneaky feeling that NZ will win that, so my final prediction is France v NZ, with France prevailing.
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I would like the final to be the same two teams as the the first game of the world cup: France v New Zealand. And I wouldn't mind France beating NZ for the second time in a row.

However I think that Ireland will beat NZ in their quarter final. So I will go for France v Ireland in the final, with Ireland for the win like in the last 6 nations.
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Hi mods, sorry but I'm not au fait with uploading these YouTube vids either. Please can you tidy this up so it works. - Sorted for you Des. :wink: :wink:

Anyway this is the current thinking in Ireland about World Cup outcomes. My lips are tightly sealed.


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I think Ireland are a better side than the All Blacks. Obviously the ABs can turn up and turn it on even when they haven't been playing their best, but I can see the Ireland defence dealing with them.

If it's decided on form, it's an Ireland win. Plus of course Ireland have masses of experiences of world cup quarter finals :silent:
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