Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Page 9

  • docrob 9 Oct 2019 00:39:59 1,221 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Scotland wonít beat Japan
    Based on what exactly? We have a 100% record against Japan, including both test matches on a tour there in 2016.

    If you're assuming this based on performances v Ireland, I'd remind you that Japan beat South Africa at the last RWC, and we still beat them 45-10.

    They could beat us, yes. But if you think it's a foregone conclusion you are very much mistaken.
  • elstoof 9 Oct 2019 06:56:22 24,102 posts
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    Iím sorry, I forgot your opinion took precedent over mine
  • askew 9 Oct 2019 09:32:32 19,962 posts
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    Scotland doing great! ;)
  • swede 9 Oct 2019 10:21:26 508 posts
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    A great win for Scotland, just what they needed.

    Pool A has certainly been the most exciting and unpredictable pool.

    You would hope Ireland should easily BP win the Samoa match, seeing them through.

    Japan-Scotland is far harder to call, the IRB world ranking have Japan at 8 and Scotland at 9.

    You cannot compare the Japanese team to the one in 2015, they are far stronger now than back then. The SA win was an anomaly, a fluke if you like, against a pretty weak SA team back then.

    The Ireland win was no fluke. Ireland were outplayed and out-thought.

    If Scotland bring their best game, they will win - potentially very easily. If not, I think it will be close.

    Scotland are the most inconsistent side of the home nations at the moment, with moments of amazing play, and disappointing performances in pretty much equal measure.

    This match was pin-pointed as a potential crunch match well before the tournament started, and I'm hoping it lives up to it's potential. Exciting, thrilling and hard-fought.
  • Armoured_Bear 9 Oct 2019 10:26:36 27,440 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Iím sorry, I forgot your opinion took precedent over mine
    His opinion had some actual logic and explanation....
  • askew 9 Oct 2019 11:01:40 19,962 posts
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    Now this is an interesting game. Fiji making a good start.
  • HisDudness 9 Oct 2019 12:56:44 1,667 posts
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    Excellent match that. Group stages have been littered with walkovers, so it was nice to see a game with some proper competition.
  • swede 9 Oct 2019 13:31:02 508 posts
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    Fiji played well. 2 yellow cards meant the end I think. Hereís hoping for wales that biggar and Davies are fit for France
  • swede 9 Oct 2019 13:51:54 508 posts
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    Apparently a decision is being made about the england-france and scotland-japan matches tomorrow morning.

    England-France doesnt really matter, but it would be a real shame if Scotland are eliminated due to typoon 'haggis' - I'm sure Japan would rather they get the chance to prove themselves also. Let's hope the storm shifts direction again, or they can come up with another plan to play the matches somewhere?
  • sport 9 Oct 2019 13:56:53 15,261 posts
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    Pretty clear that Japan have manufactured this typhoon. Some of their tech is light years ahead of ours.
  • 8bitMofo 9 Oct 2019 14:06:41 718 posts
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    Either that, or Godzilla farted.
  • Alastair 9 Oct 2019 14:54:37 23,816 posts
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    It's a massive Kushala Daora.
  • docrob 9 Oct 2019 16:46:41 1,221 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Iím sorry, I forgot your opinion took precedent over mine
    Never said that. Merely pointed out that your opinion lacked a basis in fact.

    May be academic anyway. It seems we may be denied the opportunity to play against Japan at all, and eliminated from the RWC by a typhoon. Bollocks to that.
  • swede 9 Oct 2019 17:30:37 508 posts
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    docrob wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    Iím sorry, I forgot your opinion took precedent over mine
    Never said that. Merely pointed out that your opinion lacked a basis in fact.

    May be academic anyway. It seems we may be denied the opportunity to play against Japan at all, and eliminated from the RWC by a typhoon. Bollocks to that.
    It really would be a tragic, disappointing end to what has been an amazing set of pool matches.

    Safety has to come first obviously, but I do hope they can come up with a solution rather than call off the games. Even if they all have to play at another stadium somewhere... even if it's behind closed doors.
  • Ddanno 9 Oct 2019 20:36:10 1,413 posts
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    There's a press conference tomorrow morning which will presumably announce the final decision. I'd be surprised if they abandon rather than relocate given the importance of the result
  • docrob 9 Oct 2019 22:22:46 1,221 posts
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    Hopefully so. Japan cancelling a game and thereby awarding their team passage to the QF isnít a great look, apart from anything else.

    Would be somewhat ironic. Last time round Scotland were knocked out by the referee. This time it might be the weather. Whatever next?
  • elstoof 9 Oct 2019 22:27:23 24,102 posts
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    Itís World Rugbyís decision whether the game gets cancelled, not the Japanese
  • elstoof 9 Oct 2019 22:34:17 24,102 posts
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    Looks like england France is off then. Japan Scotland still undecided, possibly postponed to Monday
  • docrob 9 Oct 2019 22:36:56 1,221 posts
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    The Japanese are hosts, so I expect they have a fair amount of influence. Even if they donít, Itís pretty obvious that World Rugby would like Japan to make the QFs. Theyíre hosts, theyíve had a high profile win, and last time they were unlucky to be eliminated after winning three games. Plus rugby is trying to grow its global audience.

    The only team that would suffer from cancellation is Scotland. But that doesnít make it fair or reasonable.
  • swede 10 Oct 2019 01:41:45 508 posts
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    Thatís a pretty cynical view. I hope that particular match can still go ahead... somewhere? As you said yourself, It wonít look good for Japan really, and isnít fair on Scotland at all. England France is less of an issue - theyíre both through. Postponement or relocation would be far better for World rugby. Weíll see...
  • elstoof 10 Oct 2019 06:22:59 24,102 posts
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    Lol
  • swede 10 Oct 2019 07:47:05 508 posts
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    Italy have been shafted and denied their crack at the ABs. Yes, they probably would have lost, but....sigh

    Scotland Japan still on at the moment, but Iím sceptical also now. Thereís going to be a huge backlash against this Iím sure...

    Why cant they just move all 3 matches to a closed venue? Keeps the fans safe, keeps the results fair.

    Theyíre close to ruining the tournament here
  • IMO 10 Oct 2019 08:53:55 7,044 posts
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    It won't just be the safety of the venue though, there's all the logistics implications as well.

    It's not like the affected areas will be operating as usual but they will just cancel a few rugby games.

    Is there any logic behind not just moving the affected games? Apart from the obvious organisational nightmare.
  • IMO 10 Oct 2019 09:01:10 7,044 posts
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    Although, I guess it's not really fair to move only some and not all - even if it were logistically feasible.
  • THFourteen 10 Oct 2019 09:06:00 53,012 posts
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    7 boring games left out of 8.
  • Alastair 11 Oct 2019 17:31:38 23,816 posts
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    I didn't watch too much of it, but Australia really didn't look up to much against Georgia.

    I'm kind of assuming that they put out a second string side in order to rest key players before they play England...?
  • Ddanno 11 Oct 2019 18:02:07 1,413 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    I didn't watch too much of it, but Australia really didn't look up to much against Georgia.

    I'm kind of assuming that they put out a second string side in order to rest key players before they play England...?
    Not really. Bar Hooper, who was rested, that was a pretty good Aus side that made things difficult with handling errors all over the shop whilst Georgia's pack had an outstanding day at the office. Aus' halfbacks are probably the weakest unit and a large part of why they look poor atm, imo

    Edited by Ddanno at 18:02:23 11-10-2019
  • sport 11 Oct 2019 18:09:34 15,261 posts
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    I think their performance against Wales is a better indicator of their ability.
  • askew 11 Oct 2019 18:23:18 19,962 posts
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    Kurtley Beale no longer a starter? He might not make it back from HIA in timeÖ Georgia were doing OK until half-time, but it was a big defensive effort: 120 tackles at half-time.
  • elstoof 11 Oct 2019 18:58:32 24,102 posts
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    Will Australia finally break their 6 game losing streak against England
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