Spilling Over the Try Line

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World Champions: SPRINGBOKS

South Africa has overtaken the defenders of the Webb Ellis Trophy, the English, by a score of 15-6. This is much to the joy of many fans around the world, as many were confused to how England even got this far. They had scares throughout the group stage, including having quite the problem with still-minnow United States, but to their credit, they were able to overcome adversity to get to the final, only to be beaten by the South Africans for the second time this tournament. The first score was a lopsided 36-0.

South Africa is the only unbeaten in the World Cup this year. They overpowered everyone they played and looked like a sure favorite from game one, when they ran all over Samoa 59-7.

Here’s to the champions of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

South Africa Springboks!

This is a video of South African Fans singing their national anthem on the day of the final:

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

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