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  • Satchmo Distel
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    If Japan beat South Africa then I think only the All Blacks are above them. If they lose, it depends on the margin of defeat as to how we judge them, but they are definitely Top 7 because they beat Ireland.

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  • tee rex
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    Australia and Ireland were pretty terrible. On that showing Japan could belong in the world's top six even if they lose.

    Loving the Kiwi mullet boy, anyway. Hansen backed him against more established players, looks like a smart choice.

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  • George C.
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    Ha ha, very true SD.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    Alex, NZ seemed to avoid the best England sides (1991, 2003), unless you take the view that England were stronger in 1995 when Lomu blew them away.
    Don't try to make out England only reached their first two finals because they avoided the All Blacks. Cheap shot.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    32 points is the third highest WC KO stage margin ever, and bigger than any other nation has achieved (South Africa v Samoa, 42-14 in 1995, four points fewer than NZ's 46-14 today).

    Alex, NZ seemed to avoid the best England sides (1991, 2003), unless you take the view that England were stronger in 1995 when Lomu blew them away.
    Last edited by Satchmo Distel; 19-10-2019, 12:28.

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  • George C.
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    No chance, a year or so ago, perhaps, on a good day.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post

    Conceded zero? Never. And the only comparable margins of victory are New Zealand against Scotland and Wales in 1987, South Africa against Samoa in 1995 and New Zealand against France last time, a game that finished 62-13.
    Thanks Rogin. I think I got carried away there with margins.

    This destruction of Ireland is one of the most impressive performances of recent years as some had talked up Ireland as potential winners.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    How many times has a team won a KO game by more than 25 points and conceded zero?
    Conceded zero? Never. And the only comparable margins of victory are New Zealand against Scotland and Wales in 1987, South Africa against Samoa in 1995 and New Zealand against France last time, a game that finished 62-13.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Peaking too early, New Zealand. They'll regret this. Tournament naivety. They need to keep something in the tank ...

    Aherm. Bloody hell.

    Won the first Rugby World Cup, first nation to retain it - first to win it three times overall; Only failed to reach the semis once, only ever lost to France, Australia and South Africa*.

    The only thing more stunning than the stats is watching them in action.
    Last edited by Alex Anderson; 19-10-2019, 12:21. Reason: *Though I suspect "only" losing to three other other countries is a stat shared by as many as, erm, three other countries? EDIT EDIT: Nope. Just checked. It's only NZ.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    And what's the biggest knockout win? 34-0 with a quarter of the match left.

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  • Tony C
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    Sexton has been pretty poor.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    How many times has a team won a KO game by more than 25 points and conceded zero?

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    I'm hoping my daughter allows me to watch some rugby tomorrow. Today sounds like both games went as expected despite the talk of upsets.

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  • TonTon
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    Yeah, NZ look as good as they could be, more or less, so hopefully they can beat England.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Originally posted by TonTon View Post
    Looking hopeful for the semi.
    From an AEB perspective?

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  • TonTon
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    Looking hopeful for the semi.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    That is one of the more terrifying halves of rugby I've ever seen. Ireland haven't helped themselves at all but the All Blacks are right on it.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
    As an aside now this game is effectively over I do get annoyed when referees yell at players not to use their hands in the ruck. Not just because they are professionals and shouldn't need telling but because the ref should bloody well let them transgress and then penalise them. The ref's effectively assisted two of the All Blacks' tries in this half.
    That's how rugby works, the ref gives a player a warning first for that kind of offence and whistles if he ignores it. We have enough penalties in the game already.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Ireland need a yellow for all these lasso tackles round the neck.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
    The ground appears to be a sea of green - the haka's just been drowned out by a chorus of 'Fields of Athenry'. Isn't that a bit disrespectful? It'll only wind them up.
    I don't think these guys hear anything except the blood they need to drink pulsing through the veins of the opposition.

    Fucking frightening. As so often before. A sporting phenomenon the All Blacks.

    I wouldn't say I'm glad Scotland didn't beat Japan but, ye know, right now, I'm glad Scotland didn't beat Japan.

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  • George C.
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    Men against boys. On this form, hope they go on to win the whole thing.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    As an aside now this game is effectively over I do get annoyed when referees yell at players not to use their hands in the ruck. Not just because they are professionals and shouldn't need telling but because the ref should bloody well let them transgress and then penalise them. The ref's effectively assisted two of the All Blacks' tries in this half.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Ireland are tackling way too high in nearly every phase here, hugely dangerous and a sign of panic.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    It's like a prison beating so far.

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  • TonTon
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    And again.

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