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England - Australia

by Trevor Crocker (U7610245) 06 October 2007
Date:
6 October 2007
Venue:
Marseilles
Competition:
Rugby world cup
Player of the match:
Andrew Sheridan
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This result shows what can be achieved when you have a pack that can compete with the best in the world. For eighty minutes England`s forwards drove hard and imposed themselves on the opposition.

The much vaunted Australian backs discovered that it is difficult to succeed when you don`t actually have the ball.Big hits from the English team and the growing sense of self belief proved too much for an Australian side that obviously believed that victory for them was simply a matter of turning up.

So much abuse has been directed at the English team recently but today in Marseilles the `sleeping giant` that is English rugby finally awoke.

We are strong. We have potential which is still untapped. We are still the world champions.

So come on you critics out there... what are your predictions for the semi final?

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comment by blanky1 (U9472574)

posted Oct 8, 2007

Secondly, dont know about Hornets..rich but thats priceless coming from you...Aussie press having an obsession with slagging off England ? Traitor <steam>

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comment by blanky1 (U9472574)

posted Oct 8, 2007

And finally Hornetsrich..take a look at comment by Fordey1973..you might learn something..but somehow I doubt it..Thanks for your support Fordey.. <ale>

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posted Oct 8, 2007

Roman_Camel ??
England had no intention of going for a try ???
Take Johnny away and there's nothing ???

My recollections may be a bit hazy (I seem to have had an odd food allergy to Marstones for the last 2 days) but are you sure you were watching the same game as the rest of us ?

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posted Oct 8, 2007

Where is jim04oz? He proclaimed that Australia were the greatest sporting nation on earth the other day. Yeah right Jimbo! Keep the jokes coming in!

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posted Oct 8, 2007

lets get behind england... for the 1st time this world cup they have looked as if they are defending champions. they played brilliantly against australia and is we play anything close like that again we can give france a run about. well done boys and hope for the same this time against france :)

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posted Oct 8, 2007

Hey John O'Neil, who hates england now then? come on, who hates england now?

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posted Oct 9, 2007

Can we please not get carried away. It was a fantastic performance by our pack against the Aussies but can we not go over the top. Yes we do have a chance, but against a bubbling French side, in Paris, who've just beaten the best team in the world (theres some irony in there somewhere) its going to be tricky.

There were a few areas which need to be improved if we are to beat France: The backs handling at times looked a bit shakey on Saturday, and the Aussie big runners broke through the line fairly frequently.

What a victory mind. Absolutely incredible performance by the front 5, Phil Vickery deserves a knighthood for his understated role though Sheridan has taken most of the credit.

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posted Oct 9, 2007

I think that win was actually sweeter then winning in their own back yard in 2003!!! Ive never seen so many Aussies crying.... fantastic boys, get ready for the French now!

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comment by dazza (U1562923)

posted Oct 9, 2007

The English Forwards proved who the real men were on the day. Lets hope we continue our improvement as the tournament moves on. Lets face it it we played well & easily deserved to win but there are still several departments we could do with improving in. Look forward to the next gear change up.

Sweet Sweet Charriots

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posted Oct 9, 2007

It was all about preparation. This team have now worked together for a few weeks. They know their own strengths and weaknesses. It wasn't all about Wilkinson, it was about giving him the opportunity to do what he does best.They have / are gelling as a formidable force and in the scrum I think we could dominate just about any other nation. It's about determination, and the lads have got that. There was no expectation that they would beat Aus but they did. I want to see England - Argentina in the final because SA are also too arrogant (like NZ).

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