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Thought Wales threw it away a bit in the end, alongside one baffling TMO decision per side.

I did have a little chuckle that Argentina's first try was scored as Biggar was giving a gob-full to the referee.

First half of this Ireland - New Zealand game was a belter. Let's hope for more of the same in the second half.
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And it did not disappoint.

I really didn't see that coming. Thought Ireland would've defended better than that, but you can't take anything from the All Blacks, they can turn it on when they need to.
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Incredible game…what a finish. That should have been the final.
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So far, so good.

Got both results I wanted,
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TheBeatles wrote: Sat Oct 14, 2023 9:54 pm So far, so good.

Got both results I wanted,
One better than me then!

Who do you want to see in the final?

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What an incredible second QF. That’s one of the best tests I’ve ever seen. Gave new meaning to the word ‘test’, it was a test of bodies and will with NZ edging it. Congrats to the All Blacks, you earned that win.

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I'm very fortunate that I have tickets to both semi finals, but there's a danger that they're both going to be heavily one sided. World Rugby have to have a serious think about alternative approaches to seeding before the 2027 edition
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That was a fantastic game of rugby. Super high quality.

Ireland played extremely well. I'm sure it will take a while to get over this one. :(
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nbg wrote: Sat Oct 14, 2023 10:13 pm
TheBeatles wrote: Sat Oct 14, 2023 9:54 pm So far, so good.

Got both results I wanted,
One better than me then!

Who do you want to see in the final?

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England vs France, but unlikely

Probably France vs NZ

As an aside, I love the Haka. But cannot understand why NZ are allowed to psyche themselves up and opponents just have to stand there and take it.

I get that it’s a challenge being thrown down but if I remember correctly, many years ago (it may have been England), a team advanced on NZ to the half way line to accept challenge. But were castigated for being too aggressive!!!

Doesn’t seem fair, but it’s a great spectacle.
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sproughton wrote: Sat Oct 14, 2023 10:33 pm I'm very fortunate that I have tickets to both semi finals, but there's a danger that they're both going to be heavily one sided. World Rugby have to have a serious think about alternative approaches to seeding before the 2027 edition
First off, congrats on having those two tickets; you'll see some great rugby at an amazing event. The draw was certainly off, which is definitely becoming apparent. As much as I like the AB's I'd still like to see a northern hemisphere win. France have a tough match but they'll have immense support against SA. A France NZ final will be some spectacle, if indeed that is the outcome.

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sproughton wrote: Sat Oct 14, 2023 10:33 pm I'm very fortunate that I have tickets to both semi finals, but there's a danger that they're both going to be heavily one sided. World Rugby have to have a serious think about alternative approaches to seeding before the 2027 edition
That's the way of sport. The football world cup often does the same. One half of the draw becomes much easier with a few unexpected results. How else wil England win it?

Tennis and snooker often have "easy" halves when a few seeds get knocked out, and one player appears to get a very easy path to the final as a result.
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TheBeatles wrote: Sun Oct 15, 2023 7:13 am As an aside, I love the Haka. But cannot understand why NZ are allowed to psyche themselves up and opponents just have to stand there and take it.

I get that it’s a challenge being thrown down but if I remember correctly, many years ago (it may have been England), a team advanced on NZ to the half way line to accept challenge. But were castigated for being too aggressive!!!

Doesn’t seem fair, but it’s a great spectacle.
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Thanks @Amor Vincit Omnia - a great breakdown of what the haka is all about. The ‘old boys’ haka was so cringy! But I love the jump at the end.

Edit : and I think that Chabal was simply a haka of one…
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RWC FINALS

The stats are quite interesting. So far there have been nine finals, contested by five teams, and each team has appeared in at least three finals. South Africa are the only team out of the five who have never lost the final.

Despite Northern Hemisphere sides appearing in seven of the nine finals (either England or France, and they have never met in the final) there has only been one win – England in 2003.

England or New Zealand have played in eight of the nine finals (four each) but have never met in the final. England have always played either Australia or South Africa.

South Africa - P3, W3, L0
New Zealand - P4, W3, L1
Australia - P4, W2, L2
England - P4, W1, L3
France - P3, W0, L3

History is against France, but maybe this year will be different. Big game tonight vs. SA!
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^^ ^^
Enjoyed looking at those stats, interesting reading. It’s hard to believe that France have never won one despite playing in three. And England only have one win despite playing in four. I’m sure this is not lost on the French. No better time for that first win than when you’re hosting the tournament.

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