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Aus v Eng: which way will it go?

Rugby world cup England
by Ed2003 (U7439207) 01 October 2007
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This match is going to be huge for rugby fans and sports fans alike. The history of the two teams, the apparant contrast in style and the stakes involved make it a massive game. But where will the game be won and lost, and who will be the key players for each team?

For me, as an England fan, out of the three main southern hemisphere teams Australia is the team I would pick to play because we have the biggest chance of turning them over.

I say this because Australia's game is built on getting good ball to their backline (which I believe is the best in the competition even without Larkham). We therefore have the chance to exploit our one small advantage over them: our forwards.

If we are going to win the game we will need to spoil their scrum, challenge all of their line-outs and give them as slow a ball as possible at the breakdown. If I was Ashton I think I would have to gamble on playing Moody at 6 and Rees at 7 (dropping Corry) and telling them to pressure everything Gregan and Barnes try to do. Although I can't see Ashton changing his captain again obviously.

I would single out three areas where the game will be won and lost:

1) The kicking battle between Wilkinson and Latham (and how well we chase the kicks)

2) The battle between the two front fives in the scrum and line-out.

3) The battle between England's back row and Austrlia's half-backs will decide what kind of ball Australia's backs get to work with.

So, which team will prevail and play the game they want to play?

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posted Oct 2, 2007

I totally agree with your comments on the three areas where the game will be won and lost:I dont think I would drop corry but play him in the second row? the centre pairing will will be interesting Barkley + Tait? or Farrell + Hipkiss? I think he will stay with Barkley + tait, but I would like to see Farrell and Tait. Whoever Ashton chooses for this most vitally important game see the comments from "packett46" because thats exactly what England need to do. We are still in this cup and so we always have a chance no matter how slim. Just ask the Welsh or the Irish if they would like to be in our position. "Come on England give it your best shot" ps. Ashton please dont pick Vickery to start!

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posted Oct 2, 2007

I think Johnny Wilkinson is THE best player in the world. The difference he makes to the England team is phenomenal, and not just in terms of goalkicking. Carter is fantastic, but he plays behind a dominant pack and with a hugely talented backline, Johnny performs on the back foot and turns a losing team into a winning one. Just for the record I'm a Scot and it sticks in my craw to say it, but Johnny will make the difference against Oz...underrate England with Johnny at your peril!

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posted Oct 2, 2007

In rugby it is nearly always the better team that wins. Upsets are rare.Its not like football where a lesser team can get a lucky goal and hang on to a lead.
For that reason Australia will win.
England are improving, but are not as good as Aus.

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posted Oct 2, 2007

Tryharder - the media & some fans have copied the Aussie tactic of talking ourselves up no matter what the situation.Look at the Aussie press before just about any major sporting event they're involved in & the one eyed optimism is breathtaking. But when they do it it's called being "positive & never knowing you're beat" so lay off. PS I see the GUTLESS IRB were true to form & allowed O'Neill to slag off his mother country yet Healey was fined 2500 for slagging off 1 person. How useless they are but we shouldn't be surprised at their bias.

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comment by Jamesy (U3834841)

posted Oct 2, 2007

For us to win on Saturday will be up there with Lazarus springing from the pit. This will not stop me watching, begging, pleading and offering myself to any and all deitys passing through my living room for the 80 minutes and you never know do you?
Good luck to the team - just remember we "play" rugby, it's just a game......

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posted Oct 4, 2007

If you do win then I.m looking forward to the next Saturday when the ABs will put you away; that crap team of yours does not deserve to win the RWC.

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posted Oct 6, 2007

comment by wombat2
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If you do win then I.m looking forward to the next Saturday when the ABs will put you away; that crap team of yours does not deserve to win the RWC.

Hmmm.

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comment by U8905370

posted Oct 8, 2007

TO ALL YOU MISGUIDED JONNYIESlaugh

swing low sweat charriot coming for to carry me home ENGLANDrose


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posted Oct 9, 2007

<<If you do win then I.m looking forward to the next Saturday when the ABs will put you away; that crap team of yours does not deserve to win the RWC.>>

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

anyone know a good cure ofr a hangover it's tuesday and i've still got one.

can't get the visions of the ozzies scrum crumbling under the onslaught from the english pack every time they went down.


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