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Down to business at Rugby World Cup


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 15 Oct 2015 at 14:39
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The 2015 Rugby World Cup has finally reached the play-off stages and despite a hiccough here and there the eight teams predicted even before the start of the tournament are all in the quarter-finals.

The Springboks will open the business end proceedings on Saturday after topping Pool B and are set to face Wales, who came second in Pool A, at Twickenham. The winner of Pool C, New Zealand are set to face their Rugby World Cup bogey team France who finished second in Pool D. Pool D winners Ireland will face second placed Argentina from Pool C while Pool A winners Australia will play Scotland, who finished second in Pool B.

All qualifying teams have played each other in previous Rugby World Cups either in pool stages or play-off rounds with some rather interesting results.

Overall South Africa have played Wales 30 times, they have won 27, 2 ended in favour of Wales and 1 draw. They have faced each other ones at a Rugby World Cup in 2011 when the Springboks won 17 – 16 in their opening pool match, after trailing 10 – 16 as the game reached the final quarter. The Boks, however, scored the winning try in the 65th minute while Wales had two late opportunities to take it during the closing minutes but failed with a drop goal and a penalty kick.

Probably the most anticipated match-up must be New Zealand and France. With New Zealand being the favourites in any other test match, Rugby World Cup is a different ball game all together. New Zealand won the two finals in 1987 and 2011 and the third place play-off in 2003, while France caused major upsets during the 1999 semi-final and 2007 quarter-final, when they beat them 43 – 32 and 20 – 18.

The one game that could possibly go either way is most likely Ireland against Argentina. Ireland have the upper hand having won 10 of their 15 matches, but it’s at Rugby World Cup where things look slightly different. Argentina have won 3 out of their 4 encounters, with Ireland taking the 2003 pool match 16 – 15. The last time they met at a Rugby World Cup Argentina won comfortably 30 – 15 at the 2007 tournament in France.

The most predictable match of the weekend must be Australia against Scotland. Australia have been quietly going about doing their business as they held on to beat Wales, 15 – 6, on the weekend after being reduced to 13 men at one stage as a strong defensive effort saw them through to face a rather easier path to the semi-finals. They have met each other ones at Rugby World Cup in a 2003 quarter-final when Australia won 33 – 16.

Not to jump the gun, but if all goes according to plan next week’s semi-finals should be South Africa against New Zealand, which is a final in itself, and Australia against Ireland.



27 Comments

  • That’s a very big “if”

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.10.15 14:49:56 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : You predict any upsets?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.10.15 14:59:39 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 2) : all nothern hemisphr teams semi finals if one southern team will survive it will be all blacks

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.10.15 15:01:53 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : I don’t see Scotland beating Australia.

    Wales – SA will be tight, and could go either way.

    Ireland must be favourites, but Argentina could cause an upset.

    NZ will easily beat France if the team of last Sunday pitches up, but then who knows which French team will pitch.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.10.15 15:22:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • I would be interested to see if nz was holding back and can now change step for France. I have a suspicion that is the case but if not their performance to date does not decry a undisputed heavy weight champion…. they have looked so so and so so is good enough for France to beat.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.10.15 15:24:06 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Currently I favour Wales in our matchup. Not because of raw talent, which we would probably win, but if they read our “simple plan” early and come up with a counter, I doubt our coach has trained a plan b or c…or even has one.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.10.15 15:26:48 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : either way its gonna be an epic weekend of rugby

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.10.15 15:27:06 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 7) : For sure

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.10.15 15:29:58 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : How exactly do Scotland beat Australia? Food poisoning or bribing the ref?

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.10.15 15:35:55 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : by playing they hearts out and getting some help from ref who refs the breakdown fairly

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.10.15 15:37:47 by Poisy Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : Ja I don’t see that one happening either. Maybe it can happen on your Playstation Poisy? You will need some cheat codes though. …

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.10.15 15:39:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : Oz, SA, Ireland and France to win.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.10.15 15:43:51 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : rugby games tend to not have cheat codes lol. But it might happen in real life, just you watch! You can say you told me so on monday if it doesn’t :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.10.15 15:47:41 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 13) : Ok deal. And your final answer on boks vs Wales?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.10.15 15:50:05 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 14) : wales to sneak it

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.10.15 15:51:46 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 15) : Ja I also have Wales for the win. Points difference relevant to how quickly they can neutralize our forwards in the backline play.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.10.15 16:02:15 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Wales have been closing the gap between us for a few years now but the Boks always find a way to win (barring the end of last year and I think 1999), so on that and the fact that our squad has had less injury issues, Lood is starting and our guys being fresher after their 10 days off I’m gonna back the Boks for a close win.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.10.15 16:19:35 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 13) : Pass the dutchie on the left hand side

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.10.15 16:26:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 15) : Unlike your Scotland prediction I feel your Wales one is an entirely possible result. Springboks must have the mental edge though based on past encounters. They’ve almost always found a way to win as Hulk mentioned.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.10.15 16:29:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • So the French are at it again…http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/rugby-world-cup-2015/france-team-reportedly-mutiny-and-effectively-sack-coach-philippe-saint-andre-at-rugby-world-cup/story-e6frf4zl-1227571108902

    I wonder if the Montpellier coach has anything to do with this.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.10.15 11:05:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 20) : With the French, that could be the octane to fuel another rwc upset vs. the kiwis….

    …or they could get hammered by 50 points – which is why it is so much fun to watch them play.

    I do however have a sneaky suspicion that their loss to the potato miners might just be the spark needed to ignite them….and then they’ll go on to lose in the semi-final.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.10.15 11:37:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) : I would love them to go all the way one day but I doubt they can hold it together for a whole tournament, however some feel that they actually did that last time round but that a certain SAFFA was feeling very benevolent to the Kiwi’s.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.10.15 11:46:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 22) : Nervous Joubert probably has some business interests in NZ, costing them “their” world cup would have seen him bankrupt within a day. :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.10.15 11:55:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : Probably more a case of the guy fearing for his life. We can only begin to comprehend how much the New Zealand psyche needed that World Cup win. That trophy was the nation’s white whale.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.10.15 12:17:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : I agree…which is why we need robotic referees – no emotion.

    I’ve lately wondered how well a deaf referee would do in these matches…the boo’s from the crowd wouldn’t be intimidating, they’d be absolutely focused on the game in front of them. Probably a fair few other advantages….and Stephen Moore’s nagging will have absolutely no effect.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.10.15 12:33:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : I love both those ideas so much but I’d make it a point to go to more games simply to see robot refs.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.10.15 12:36:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : Who knows what the Japanese have planned for Japan 2019 – maybe, just maybe :grin:

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.10.15 12:40:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

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