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What we learned from the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

South Africa are through to the semi-finals. (Photo by Francois Nel - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
21st October, 2019
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The 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals have come and gone and, while the results themselves weren’t all that surprising, there are still plenty of talking points.

England and New Zealand proved far too good for Australia and Ireland, respectively, South Africa broke Japanese hearts with a clinical victory over the hosts, while Wales prevailed over France in controversial circumstances.

We were joined by Roar rugby expert Geoff Parkes on the Game of Codes podcast to break down all four matches and work out where they were won and lost.

Listen to the discussion:

We started with a good amount of time spent on the Wallabies loss. After some really encouraging patches, how did the game end up finishing so pear-shaped?

Then, we move onto the other three matches, discussing all the big talking points from each game. Then, we make an early call on how the semi-finals look set to play out, before looking at the teams that missed out on the semi-finals and deciding which one has the brightest future.

Visit our Game of Codes hub to catch the full episode and be sure to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you’re listening.