Sunday, October 9, 2011

RUGBY WORLD CUP: ‘Les Blues’ Catch The English Off Guard

France 19, England 12 in Auckland (World Cup, Quarter Final 2)

What a day of rugby. If you weren’t stunned by Wales’ victory, how about the French? I wrote them off. Well, not quite! I did say this was the stage of the tournament for upsets. And this was one of them. After their loss to Tonga last weekend, France were not given much of a chance.

I should have known. France do not play two shockers in a row. In fact, quite the opposite. History has repeated itself in Auckland. France came out and played a blinder. England were packed off home.

The French dominated in all areas of play. Their passes stuck, they found gaps, they outplayed the English in the loose, stole lineout ball and generally had the upper hand throughout most of the game. What they managed to do wrong against Tonga they did right against England. Most importantly, they played with passion.

France v Wales next weekend. Can’t wait.

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