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  • Muukalainen
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    This is frustrating as hell, the first quarter-final from each day was shown live on TV over here but not the second. The live radio feed will have to do.

    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Insane tackle, borderline red.
    Presumably The Beast?

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Lots of Irish fans in the stadium singing "Stand up for the Japanese"!

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Japan 81% possession

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  • Ray de Galles
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    It's all gone Baa-Baas!

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  • Ray de Galles
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    I just love, love, love the way this Japanese team play rugby, it's the most positive thing in the sport for ages.

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  • Mr Cogito
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    The Japanese handling is a thing of real joy, isn't it?

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  • Ray de Galles
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    I want my daughters to marry Lafaele's offloads.

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  • Mr Cogito
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    What a tackle in the middle of that defence!

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Awwwwwwwwwww

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Anyone else thinking a one off 7 Nations with Japan would be ace?

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Insane tackle, borderline red.
    If he'd landed on his head, definite red.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    I think rugby is a better sport than football at World Cup Knock-out level but sadly it doesn't have enough depth to produce a watchable group stage.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Insane tackle, borderline red.

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  • Sporting
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    So glad I can enjoy this game and not watch it from a black pit of despair.
    Just imagine how you would feel after an England-Wales final which went the wrong way.

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  • Mr Cogito
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    That would have been awful at just about any level of rugby.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Tamura! Make a fucking tackle!

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  • Ray de Galles
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    So glad I can enjoy this game and not watch it from a black pit of despair.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post

    I think that's true however much you know about the game (and nobody knows it all), rugby's just a more intense and constantly threat-filled game than football is.
    This might be way too much information but watching that game has sorted out my recent minor constipatory issues.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by Tony C View Post

    Well, maybe, but Warburton deserved to go just the same as the French lock did in this game so I wouldn't say a wrong was righted today. In both cases the better team lost due substantially to stupid foul play by a key player.
    Yes, that was exactly what I meant. I've said since the incident that Warburton's red was correct and clearly the one today was.

    It's simply the fact that today was a mirror image of that 2011 semi, the better team beaten by the narrowest of margins due to a disciplinary lapse.

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  • Tony C
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post

    As Gatland said post-match, the better team lost.

    A one point win due to a red card is karma for 2011 though.
    Well, maybe, but Warburton deserved to go just the same as the French lock did in this game so I wouldn't say a wrong was righted today. In both cases the better team lost due substantially to stupid foul play by a key player.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post

    I think it's because I don't know it as well. There always seems to be some variable I've never seen before that just throws everything up in the air.
    I think that's true however much you know about the game (and nobody knows it all), rugby's just a more intense and constantly threat-filled game than football is.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by anton pulisov View Post
    Looked forward to me. Surely they have the technology to draw the game line on to the replay video, like the offsides line in football.
    The definition of a forward pass is so complicated nowadays that I don't know any more. It looked forward on the spidercam angle but it's about if it's forward out of the hand or in the air...or something.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by Tony C View Post
    France pretty unlucky here. They played all the entertaining rugby and were ultimately undone by a stupid and unecessary sending off which really damaged their confidence. Still, a win is a win.
    As Gatland said post-match, the better team lost.

    A one point win due to a red card is karma for 2011 though.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    Ironic that Wales's winning try was scored by the guy who could easily have got a red card in the first half. And if the ref had called that a forward pass, as it appeared to be, the TMO wouldn't have overturned it. On such small margins, etc.

    Still, I'm pleased for the tournament, France (bless them) don't really deserve to be in a world cup semi final, let alone a final, with this side, and Wales v South Africa* will be a semi-final between the Northern and Southern hemisphere champions from the spring, which seems more apt. Plus it should be a fantastic game.

    *Well, come on, Japan can't do it again. Can they?

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Yeah the rugby definitely more tense in general. And all this "luck" patter above seems particularly obtuse when France committed suicide. Ability to control yourself in pressure situations is a key part of any sport - and no-one seemed in a rush to credit the French with "luck" for capitalising on Welsh errors.

    Bloody great performance. Mentally if nothing else. Good on them.

    And the ball initially went backwards when popping up for the winning try.

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