Sunday, September 18, 2011

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Results Sat. 17 Sept.

Ireland 15, Australia 6 in Auckland (World Cup, Pool C)
South Africa 49, Fiji 3 in Wellington (World Cup, Pool D)
Argentina 43, Romania 8 in Invercargill (World Cup, Pool B)

Ireland, Ireland, Ireland! What an amazing game! As a spectacle it lived up to everything you would want. I saw the game at Eden Park. I was there, soaking it all up. What you would not have seen on TV were the scenes after the game. Most Irish fans just stayed and began THE party of all time in the park. I stayed on because it was just an amazing atmosphere. Then, after 20 minutes or so, the whole Irish squad emerged to applaud the crowd support. So off the fans went again. I have never experienced anything like that. That was, for me, another of those 'right up there' rugby experiences.

In this mornings papers the other games, won easily by Argentina and South Africa, emphasized the difficulty the minnow teams of backing up their initial grand efforts. This week we have seen big scores posted against Japan, by the All Blacks, and yesterday against Fiji, by South Africa, and finally by Argentina, against Romania.

So this indicates that the business end of the Pool stages is well in hand and the favoured teams pulling through with comfortable wins. Except Ireland, who won well against Australia to cause the first major upset of the tournament. It now throws Pool C wide open.

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