Thursday, September 15, 2011

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Results Wednesday 14 Sept.

Canada 25, Tonga 20 in Whangarei (World Cup, Pool A)
Scotland 15, Georgia 6 in Invercargill (World Cup, Pool B)
Samoa 49, Namibia 12 in Rotorua (World Cup, Pool D)
Briefly Another exciting game. Canada and Tonga really turned on the rugby at Whangarei. Tonga seemed to lack the drive and power they showed last Friday when they played the All Blacks. Canada were better organised and their stand-out player Adam Kleeberger always in the thick of play causing headaches for the Tongans. This was an excellent win for Canada.
The Scotland-Georgia game was a bore. What a pity. Georgia played to their strength, fair enough. They are a fearsome forward outfit and will be capable of matching it with any other team up front. But it does not lead to crowd-pleasing back play. Scotland were simply dreadful and they will struggle against England and Argentina. Their performances so far are not encouraging.
In another good game of rugby Samoa were too good for Namibia as was expected. But I was impressed with the determination and passion the Namibians displayed throughout. They scored their second try with only 14 players on the field. Brave and mighty rugby!
Next Today USA play Russia in New Plymouth.
On Friday the All Blacks face Japan without Dan Carter.

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