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Yeah was disappointed the Scots gave the Japs so much room on the outside. You just aren’t going to win a World Cup thinking you’re going to win by scoring multiple tries through the hands out wide. The ABs are the most consistent at doing that and they struggle. Scotland were really poor.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Nice 😂

Why I'm going for the most boring team at the World Cup

You spelt that b word wrong though. Autocorrect? 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

’Playing all the rugby? Didn’t Owen Farrell make more meters walking towards the tee than he did with ball in hand?’

Love it. Haven’t heard that one.

‘An Irishman, an Englishman, and a Welshman walk into a bar…’ 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Yeah thought that when I wrote them too, point being he wasn’t up there with Merts, DC.perhaps on the Carlos Spencer line then?
Personally I thought Slade was an excellent 10, fearless in the tackle and that’s what cost him, too much tackling the knees with the head. Thought he was heading Nicky Allen’s way for a while there.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I’d say definitely, and they won’t have faced anything like the physicality the Boks will be fronting them with, revenge from the biggest humiliating loss in their entire history four years ago. To be honest, I think the Boks will bash them just for the fun of it. It’s still 23 on 23, no matter how big the support is.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

True, he was handy, in the Colin Slade, Beaver, Tom Taylor, Simon Culhane class of 10. Good tough little 10 though, we’ve had many like him.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I don’t know Smoothy, I think Hansen’s extending his recent selection of raw talent at the expense of proven but stale performers to the max. I think he wants to go out in a blaze of glory, and assuming the best athletes, rather than the most experience, will do that for him.

That’s the risk here for me. He’s putting out boys to do a mans job. This selection has to get the score ticking over because if it’s Even with five to go, would you rather have Ben Smith or Reece on? Crotty or Goodhue?

If the stronger ‘athletes’ get a roll on, the score will blow out and managing pressure at the end won’t be an issue. But this is World Cup time, it almost demands the presence of pressure. And cool heads are needed then, and it doesn’t get cooler than Crotty or Smith.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Gloria means ‘ray of golden sunshine’ in Japanese.

I can see the resemblance. 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Your dislike for the ABs certainly throws your ability to read the game right out of whack. You got Eden park so wrong it was worth the ticket alone.
Welcome back, I see things haven’t changed. 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Yep, that’s what I thought. I recall him adding a good portion of the attack to the point where he was getting the credit for the success they were having at the time.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I mean fatigued in terms of having the mental capacity to match that of the Boks when it counts. When push comes to shove at those moments that count against the Boks, they’ll fold.

They’ll have been pushed to the max mentally, maybe not so much physically By Ireland and Scotland but they sure have worked harder than anyone to get to this point. That ‘cost’ will be apparent about half an hour into the match.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Perhaps Eddie got it from his future role at the time, he’s quite the visionary! 😊

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Yep agree fully. Japan will also be tired mentally having to get up for two matches now they were told theyd lose.

End of the road, a bridge too far, and every other metaphor you can throw at it.

Japan will be going home (to their houses I mean) 😂

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I think they just look too ‘light’ for the Boks. they beat a couple of struggling NH sides by using their width (you know, those ‘they’ll never learn’ type of wins.

But the Boks approach will be simple, theyll go out and play as though theyre playing the AB’s, not Japan.

Thats what Ireland and Scotland needed to do.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Yes I was thinking that. besides neither Joseph nor Brown having nothing to do with Brian ashton why would they ‘take on’ an English concept when their success is with the AB’s and the Highlanders. Sounds like a backward step.

There might be similarities but they will certainly not have said, hey look what Ashtons doing we should try that. 😂

In fact stick blue jerseys on these guys and you get a NZ Super rugby side with those tries.

Its simply a SH approach beating two NH approaches in Ireland and Scotland. Much more skillful, more efficiency on the ball, better use of space etc etc all cornerstones of NZ rugby.

Can Japan repeat the Brighton Miracle at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

I kinda hope they do in the first ten to fifteen. Then unleash the tormentors. 😊

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

Sure, that’s what the last 8 Irish squads said. And the coach and several players were thrown out of the last World Cup, learning little from it by losing to second tier Japan. They’ve picked an ageing side when they could have players like Larmour starting. Earles and Kearney? Puh lease.

Safe does not win world cups.

What can past World Cup contests tell us about this weekend's quarter-finals?

Yes Terrence has applied the divide and conquer rule. Silly game. He must be bored.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

Yep, I agree. This selection screams tries, and a blow out.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

Neither does SBW, who seems to have slowed big time. Crotty neither, but Goodhue there for knocking them over early IMO, take the initial hit before the game opens up.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

Yeah fair enough, I just see Todd more as a fetcher than a link and support man, and I know I shouldn’t. Just don’t recall seeing him in space with the ball much.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

So do I, in clearly backing youth over experience Hansen’s thrown the cubs out and for me that excites. ‘Safe’ is your Crottys and Ben Smiths. Hansen’s said nope, I want the fastest, cheekiest blokes out there to run rings around them.

I think they just might too.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

True, there’s a hint of a discipline thing there too. Coles can be a bit reckless and in these red card days, being one down after ten isn’t a good thing.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

What’s the point of Todd on the bench though, he’s certainly not impact, Frizzell would be better for that, and they have two specialist sevens already on so he’s not needed for injury cover, ie Cane or Savea off Frizzell on, though even Barrett might come on for that.

Might be good for a ranging support role at the close but looks odd to me.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side