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Well, semi final 1 wasn’t much of a contest. It looked like it could well go that way. Amazing individual try from Will Jordan to hammer the victory home. If NZ or SA win the final they’ll be the first team to win four World Cup’s.

Best of luck to the chariot for tomorrow’s game.

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A bit one sided so far.

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nbg wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 8:48 pm A bit one sided so far.

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I don't understand why England are doing so many awful short clearance kicks.
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Won by sub front row, scrum penalties, and sub half-backs.

I will be the first to admit I never gave England a hope, so I’m actually quite proud of them.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 9:56 pm Won by sub front row, scrum penalties, and sub half-backs.

I will be the first to admit I never gave England a hope, so I’m actually quite proud of them.
Totally agree Steve, went into this game without much hope, impressed with the first half performance, but now really disappointed they couldn’t quite make it but considering a lot of folks didn’t think they would get out of the group stage, I think they have done remarkably well :clap:
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 9:56 pm Won by sub front row, scrum penalties, and sub half-backs.

I will be the first to admit I never gave England a hope, so I’m actually quite proud of them.
Absolutely right. England were exceptional tonight and played far better than anyone thought they could. The replacement front row changed the game and for all Danny Care's skillset, he didn't box kick well tonight when he came on.

Absolutely fascinating to hear French people so disgusted with losing to South Africa that they were joining in with "swing low".
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What a nail biter of a game! I thought England were going to get across the line and win the match. SA had to work incredibly hard for that win, helped in no small part by the switch to Pollard, which gave them a platform to operate off, and the incredible scrummaging power of their revitalised pack. Gripping stuff, and now we're set for a huge final.

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Great and somewhat unexpected performance by England last night, I thought they might just hang on but it wasn't to be.

One thing I've noticed in this world cup, is that the referees are getting a bit more backchat from the players than I've seen in rugby before. Owen Farrell, who had an excellent match, was dragged away by a team mate when complaining to the referee a couple of times (in fact the 10 metres the referee penalised him on the final penalty was arguably decisive). Hopefully rugby doesn't go the way of football in that respect.
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I’m pleased about two things.

Ben Youngs is starting. Fitting send-off for a great servant of English rugby. (I refereed him when he was 10 or 11).

Wayne Barnes gets the final. Best referee along with Peyper, but he’s South African.

I was talking to my South African friend the other day, and told her they should start with de Klerk and Pollard tomorrow. Guess what?
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Keeping my powder dry for the final, will miss tonight's game. I hope the final manages to live up to the quality of the QF's and semi's. The players must have just about emptied the tank over the weeks. Still, there is the small matter of that fourth world title for the victor. Both teams will be very pumped up for this one...can't wait.

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Now I know I’m a long way away but even I could see that was forward :shock:
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Not pretty. Brutal. Riveting. Good result. Great World Cup.
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Fascinating final. Forwards smashing bells out of one another, handling errors, lots of TMO 'fun'. Full credit to NZ to play that well with 14 and fair play to South Africa managing to get through the three knock out games by a combined total of three points.
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I don't know what would have happened if NZ had taken the lead, but they missed two golden opportunities with the conversion kick, and then with the later long range penalty.
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