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Semi Final: England Shocks the Hosts

England 14-9 France

Jonny Wilkinson is the savior for the English Rugby Union again.

After France looked to be closing in on another victory, England stopped the French at the one-meter line and proceeded to stop them again in a five-meter scrum and Wilkinson was able to score a conversion off of a French penalty, as well as a drop goal to win it.

England was able to stop two more late drives by the French, one of them in extra time to win it for England.

Lewsey scored an early try in the second minute after latching onto a loose ball in the French try zone.

Lionel Beauxis scored three penalty coversions for Les Bleus, but it would prove to not be enough.

Sebastian Chabal, who was subbed in later in the match and was, for all intents and purposes, a non-factor, may be penalized by the IRB for an alleged thrown elbow while being tackled into touch late in the match.

England plays the winner of South Africa-Argentina Saturday the 20th of October.

The French will play the loser of the other semifinal on Friday.

October 15, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Quarterfinals Day 1: Upset in the Isles/Tragedy for Oceania

France 20-18 New Zealand

The “best team in the world” has been shut down by the World Cup hosts while playing away from home in Cardiff, Wales. One of the most impressive defensive stands in the history of Rugby trumps the All Blacks. (Who were actually wearing their “All Silver” kits during the match.)

French Celebration after the match:

New Zealand were led through the first half by Luke McAlister’s try and a pair of penalties by Dan Carter, but Thierry Dusautoir took advantage of McAlister’s second half sin bin appearance to even it up at 13-13. Late in the game, Yannick Jauzion capped off a spectacular team effort and canceled out Rodney So’oialo’s second half effort. Jean-Baptiste Elissalde’s conversion from Jauzion’s try put the French up before what seemed like the longest (and most intense) defensive display since South Africa defeated France by stopping them within inches of the try zone in the 1995 semifinals.

England 12-10 Australia

After the sub-par play that the English have had during this tournament, they put it all out on the line against the Aussies, and boy, did it come through for them. Jonny Wilkinson’s four Penalty kicks outshine Lote Tuqiri’s try and Stirling Mortlock’s efforts.

Both the Aussies and Kiwis severely hurt the notion that the Southern Hemisphere squads were the best in the tournament and rugby world domination was turning back toward the south. Unless South Africa wins this tournament, it looks like the complete opposite is happening.

England fans go nuts in a bar after the triumphant victory:

October 8, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ireland and Wales sorrowful, Argentina and Fiji rejoice

Two of the perennial Rugby powerhouses are already taking their respective short flights home from the Rugby World Cup in France. In Group D, Ireland, who lost to France last weekend and has repeatedly failed to collect precious bonus points where it counted, was bounced out of the Rugby World Cup by underdogs Argentina 30-15. Ireland needed not only a win, but four tries and to win by more than seven points (rugby tiebreakers can get a bit crazy) in order to advance as the second seed. The Pumas shut down Ireland in the second half and will play Scotland this weekend.

In the other Group D match Sunday, France beat Georgia earlier in the day and had hoped that Ireland would be able to pull out a win against Argentina in order to avoid a date with New Zealand in the Quarterfinals. There is no excuses for the home nation, as they were not able to beat Argentina in their clash and will play the All Blacks in Cardiff. So much for home field advantage. Playing in Cardiff, Wales against the best team in the world when you host a tournament in your country isn’t exactly the best scenario for Les Bleus.

Wales is the second world cup powerhouse to be knocked out of the tournament, this one by the upstart island nation of Fiji. Fiji shocked the world by beating the Welsh 38-34. Fiji will play South Africa Sunday in the Quarterfinals.

October 1, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment