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  • TonTon
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    Nice try.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    Uh-oh. This might not end up the nail-biter I was hoping for.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    How many phases of relentless pressure?!

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Unsurprisingly ferocious start to the match.

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  • Tony C
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    Goodhue's mullet very prominent in the early stages.

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  • Sporting
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    Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    Insomnia so I am up at 3.14am watching this. 32-17 seems about right. Australia have been poor for a while.
    Not so far off.

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  • Tony C
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Chieka must be finished with Australia now. That is probably the most poorly coached, tactically inept Australian side I have ever seen at a World Cup.
    The implication from the post match chat on ITV is that his departure was imminent.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    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.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Originally posted by Alex Anderson View Post
    Always find Australia easy to admire but hard to love.

    Too bad we can only have a truly-meaningful-to-both-countries England v Japan clash in the final though( the bronze medal match wouldn't cut it). Would love to laboratory test all this "No - we just love a plucky underdog" pish from last week.

    But I'm refusing to let Craig Doyle's "Sorry we cheered for Japan, lads" ITV sign-off from last Sunday turn me against him, fellow-traveller Warburton, or my pre-tournament hope Ireland and/or Wales would make a first ever final (the Scotland "proviso" more of a damned certainty this year).
    Point of order: Jill Douglas introducing Bryan Habana two minutes ago: " He could hardly contain his excitement last Sunday watching Japan sneak past Scotland ..."

    The "the prick" was very heavily implied.

    Fair play, ITV.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Chieka must be finished with Australia now. That is probably the most poorly coached, tactically inept Australian side I have ever seen at a World Cup.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Bollocks. I slept in and missed it.

    Needed my sleep though, so there's that.

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  • Tony C
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    Referee absolutely right to overrule and disallow that Australian try at the end but how the TMO ref with the benefit of replays didn't see that clear forward pass was a bit worrying.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Always find Australia easy to admire but hard to love.

    Too bad we can only have a truly-meaningful-to-both-countries England v Japan clash in the final though( the bronze medal match wouldn't cut it). Would love to laboratory test all this "No - we just love a plucky underdog" pish from last week.

    But I'm refusing to let Craig Doyle's "Sorry we cheered for Japan, lads" ITV sign-off from last Sunday turn me against him, fellow-traveller Warburton, or my pre-tournament hope Ireland and/or Wales would make a first ever final (the Scotland "proviso" more of a damned certainty this year).

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Kurtley Beale is like Unlucky Alf, isn't he? Poor sod.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    That's that then. Ireland next!

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  • Tony C
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    Curry has been immense in this match - playing the kind of game that Pocock used to play before all the injuries kicked in.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    "Golden thread by golden thread, Australia are unravelling". Not bad but probably sounded better when practised in his head, just before he popped off to sleep last night.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Australia worried us when they ran directly at us, especially in the second half, but England have the size/weight parity across the team to soak it up far easier.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    Useful to take 3 points, but I wonder if mentally that now gets England thinking "all we've got to do ..." for 15 minutes. If Australia do get one try back quickly this could still be a very nervy ending.

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  • Tony C
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    Sinckler ran a great line there for the try.

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  • Alex Anderson
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    Originally posted by Sporting View Post

    You got it!
    ... and it made it interesting for about 0.5 seconds.

    That should be the scare over.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    ...and Australia repay the favour!

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Slade and England's full back were awful there, watching their men go past them.

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  • Sporting
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    Originally posted by Alex Anderson View Post
    England looking very good but glad Australia are keeping themselves on the scoreboard - would like to see an early Wallabies try in the second half to shake things right up.
    You got it!

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  • pebblethefish
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    I missed the build up, and therefore am unable to win a bet I made with myself. How often did they show Jonny's drop goal?

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