And then there were four. What an exciting weekend of world-class rugby we were just witness to. Wales, France, Australia and New Zealand were all triumphant, and now only one game stands in their way of a spot in the World Cup Final. An interesting stat is that the four sides also fought it out in the semi-finals back in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. On that occasion, Australia lost to France 24-30 and on the other side, […]
It’s quarterfinal time in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and we have been served up a four-course feast well worth salivating over. Ireland and Wales kick-off the knockout stage on Saturday night in Wellington, followed by England versus France in Auckland. On Sunday, the big three will be out in force starting with South Africa and Australia (Wellington) and New Zealand and Argentina (Auckland). Ireland vs. Wales Ireland has gone from strength to strength after a less than scintillating start […]
Australian’s will swap their gold for azzurri this Sunday night when Italy face off against the unbeaten Irish line-up in the final match for pool C in the opening round. The Italian’s opened their world cup campaign with a 6-32 loss against Australia before toppling Russia comfortably 53-17, and enter this weekend’s battle in Dunedin with confidence after a 27-10 win over the USA. Ireland have had a similar world cup with successes over Russia and the USA by alike […]
The RWC so far: The 2011 Rugby World Cup is well and truly starting to heat up with all teams now having played two games. The tournament has already provided us with an upset last weekend when the might of the Irish were too hungry and toppled the Wallabies 15-6 in Auckland. The loss places Australia in a nervous position and sets-up a quarter-final clash against reigning Web Ellis champions,South Africa. The Australian’s will need Italy to defeat Ireland in the last […]
It’s taken ten years but the wait is now over. Australia has clinched the rugby tri-nations with a thrilling 25-20 win over the world cup favourites, New Zealand. Newly promoted skipper James Horwill in his first test as Wallabies captain joined his long-time idol in holding the trophy above his head. The win has thrown next months rugby world cup wide open. The match looked over in the first half after the Australian’s setup a 20-3 lead. However, the All […]
On Saturday in Durban, the Springboks let slip a 6-0 half-time lead to the Wallabies and subsequently went down to the Australian’s 14-9. The game wasn’t one fans would’ve recorded for the ages as both teams were unimpressive; the only team that would be smiling is the All-Blacks who are sailing nicely leading up to the RWC.
When you run into battle lacking your key weaponry, expect losses. When your focus is on another objective, you bestow your component the edge. When the Springboks apply their war paint this Saturday at Mr Price Kings Parkin Durban, they will be bringing their full arsenal, and the target for the fourth game of the 2011 tri-nations series isAustralia. In the opening two games against the Wallabies and All-Blacks, the South African’s were well-beaten, firstly 39-20 then 40-7 respectively. Something […]