Posted by: fiore | October 4, 2011

Unexpected things

Unexpected, and sometimes weird, things are happening in this 2011RWC: France loses 2 games in the qualifying pool – 1 game from Tonga!! –  and get qualified for the quarters anyway. Jonny Wilkinson has a worse place kicking rate that me (and I never kicked!). Australian N°8 Radike Samo played at wing in the game with Russia. Russia scored 3 tries to Australia. Japan and Canada draw. And I could go on for quite a while!

This RWC has really proved to be very interesting in many aspects, and now that the knock-out stages are fixed, there’s one thing that we know for sure, that is we will have a North v South final.

Springbok second row Victor Matfield said it seemed the SANZAR (South Africa-New Zealand-Australia Rugby) teams, compared to Northern hemisphere teams, had been hardest hit by serious injury, with Australia having to replace back row Wycliff Palu and wing Drew Mitchell; New Zealand losing talisman player Dan Carter due to a groin injury; and South Africa that will have to do without long-range goal-kicker Frans Steyn who hurt his shoulder in the pool match against Samoa. Some great losses indeed.

On the other hand tackle-busting Wallaby wing Digby Ioane is almost certain to be selected for Australia against South Africa in the quarter-finals after recovering from a broken thumb. Which is  great news for the Wallabies who cheered the return of David Pocock too.

As for the “expected” things… well, Italy lost from Ireland in the deciding game of the pool stage and for the umpteenth time DIDN’T make it to the quarter finals…. but the subject, here, deserves a whole post of its own…  😦

Frans Steyn is out of the 2011RWC due to a shoulder injury

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