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Old 09-16-2011, 08:45 AM   #46
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We're also pretty irrational about certain sports teams, so you can get a two for one deal!

I hope to make it to NZ sometime. Wish I had some family there. Looks fucking great.
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True, but I really don't think any Aussie sporting irrationality can even parallel New Zealand's irrationality with the All Blacks. I suppose because a lot of them aren't national, or they divide the country - e.g. any time when Collingwood makes a grand final.

Go to the South Island, rent a car, and simply drive. You'd have a blast.
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omg yes the fappage over the all blacks is ridic. i think if they weren't as good as they are, your average nzer wouldn't give two shits about them.

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I see Romania's getting a rugby lesson from Argentina down in Invercargill today.

Well, if nothing else, the Romanians at least have a very nice and bright uniform.
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Aaaaahahahahaha Australia.

Looks like they'll now have a quarter-final against South Africa. That'll be crazy.

... oh god, and whoever wins that quarter final will likely play the All Blacks in the semis.
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I keep meaning to watch this, but then I remember I don't really care Way to go Ireland!
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Quite impressed Georgia were only trailing England by seven points at half-time.

... shame they ended up losing 41-10!
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:48 AM   #53
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That All Blacks win over France feels gooooood.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:06 AM   #54
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Too bad if you were watching it on a delay like on Ch9...poor form that the cup isnt on FTA at all. Love watching the haka

Are the Kiwis a shoe-in Ax? (my interest is slightly growing)
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The Channel 9 broadcast (well, on Gem) last night started live, at least. Beats waiting until 1am like during the Tri-Nations.

I don't reckon anybody's a certainty yet. Australia's looking ramshackle, especially with injuries, but if they get their best players back before the finals, anything's possible. However, their quarter-final should be against South Africa, who I suspect are hiding an ace up their sleeve and will presumably come out victorious. I'm not convinced the 'Boks are quite good enough to go all the way though. New Zealand ... god I just don't know, at times they've shown incredible potential (like last night, able to score practically any time they got close) and at others they've looked shakier than I'd expect, and the weight of expectation is massive. France, despite their loss to the All Blacks last night, remain a dark horse - especially as that was not their best starting line-up, though claims of it being a B-team are grossly exaggerated. And I suppose we all write off England at our peril, even though they play the most boring, dull rugby imaginable.
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looks like i'll be going to the england/france semi-final tomorrow. eww.
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I think you mean quarter-final. England vs France really is one of those games where there is no winner. I mean, fuck the French (no I'm not bitter about the Rainbow Warrior at all), but at least they play rugby, unlike the Poms, whose playing style I would generously describe as unsporting and unimaginative trench warfare.

Somewhat related, here's a great article on why the IRB blows: IRB drops the ball, again, by ignoring its own rules

As for the All Blacks, I'm increasingly getting worried. Injuries are getting the better of us. Especially Daniel Carter. The team isn't made by one man, but his decision-making and vision is really such a key aspect of the team that I'm not sure our offence will be as potent without him. We haven't been able to play a consistent 15. Australia now have close to their best side back from injury, so whoever wins out of them or South Africa will be a HUGE challenge in the semi, assuming we knock off Argentina. We haven't had a strong enough build-up yet again, with our group proving to be disappointingly mediocre. God I just hope I'm wrong. I'm sick of watching the All Blacks fail at World Cups all the fucking time. I wish I'd been old enough to remember 1987 ...
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Hoping Wales go all the way. That would be very, very cool.
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If they knock off Ireland today, I can totally see them winning the whole thing. They should get past the winner of England vs France. Then the final? At this stage, I'm picking against the All Blacks and reckon South Africa will be the finalist from that side of the tournament. Wales lost to the 'Boks by only a point in their group stage meeting, and they have only picked up momentum since. I reckon they could do it.

If it does end up being Wales vs New Zealand in the final, that would be one fucking awesome final. Back in the 1970s, Tests between the two countries were the unofficial World Cup. I've a lot of time for the Welsh team; they're the one Northern Hemisphere team who usually play attractive rugby.
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