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RWC 2019 1/4 Final New Zealand vs Ireland

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by Dismal Pillock, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Dismal Pillock Geoff Shaw (53)

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  2. waiopehu oldboy David Wilson (68)

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    Ireland could be said to have a poor record in RWC KO matches:

    1987: Lost quarterfinal to Australia 33-15 in Sydney

    1991: Lost quarterfinal to Australia 19-18 in Dublin

    1995: Lost quarterfinal to France 36-12 in Durban

    1999: Lost quarterfinal playoff to Argentina 28-24 in Lens

    2003: Lost quarterfinal 43-21 to France in Melbourne

    2007: Finished third in pool and did not advance

    2011: Lost quarterfinal 22-10 to Wales in Wellington

    2015: Lost quarterfinal 43-20 to Argentina in Cardiff

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby...rld-cup-playoff-games-played-seven-lost-seven
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  3. teach Trevor Allan (34)

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    I think I am happier we are facing Ireland, rather than Japan,at the moment.
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  4. aeneas Tom Lawton (22)

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    Ireland's record of unremarkability is something to behold. However, this team is much better than probably all of the above put together if perhaps a year past its best.
  5. Seb V Geoff Shaw (53)

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    Ireland could be a dark horse here, they are capable, just out of form. Hopefully they rise for the occasion, but still hard to bet against the Darkness.
  6. Dctarget Greg Davis (50)

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    As much as I enjoy a New Zealand pantsing of the home nations, and I really, really enjoy it. I desperately want Ireland to win this so Aus will (potentially) have the easier semi final.

    If Australia lose to England, then all good, I'll be on the Darkness bandwagon on some sick, stockholm syndrome mood, "we have to play these pricks three times a year, see how you muppets like getting spanked by them too".
  7. Tex Ken Catchpole (46)

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    It's a tricky one. In my "hierarchy of hate", England is undoubtedly at the top and I will cheer any and every team that plays them. The Kiwis are a close second, but I have a strong anti northern hemisphere bias which is now making me question my preferences.

    Do I seek southern supremacy and another Irish failure on the biggest stage? Yet another reminded that while power may swagger down the corridors of WR headquarters in Dublin, it doesn't mean shit out on the field.

    Or do I get behind the underdog and drown myself in schadenfreude at the spectacle of NZ exiting in the earliest of stages?
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  8. Dan54 Mark Ella (57)

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    Lol a conundrum for a few I imagine Tex:).
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  9. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    I think this all depends on who wins between us and the Poms. If we get dusted, All Blacks the whole way baby. If we win, GOOOOOOOOOO THE PADDIEEEEES!
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  10. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Also, I want to see some justice for the fuck up of the CWC final this year. The Kiwis were robbed.
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  11. Tex Ken Catchpole (46)

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    That's a solid point, just a shame it's the bloody All Blacks!
  12. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Surely the All Blacks getting the rub of the green only rubs salt into the wounds for the Black Caps. It just reinforces existing stereotypes!
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  13. waiopehu oldboy David Wilson (68)

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  14. KiwiM Ted Thorn (20)

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    I understand the neutrals getting behind the underdog team but Ireland have to be the most boring team in World Rugby by some distance. An awful brand of rugby to watch. If they do knock out the ABs i'll be cheering against them the rest of the way.
  15. Up the Guts Mark Loane (55)

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    Obviously, should we get through Ireland might be the easier side to face but on balance I think I’d prefer if France knocks out Wales, NZ knocks out Ireland, and Aus knocks out England.
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  16. zer0 Dick Tooth (41)

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    Personally I do respect and even admire Ireland/Schmidt for their well-organised, methodical approach and rare, but well-constructed, strike moves.

    But equally it's RWC knockout rugby. Time to fire up the Death Star to full power and atomize the grinding green bastards.
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  17. Dismal Pillock Geoff Shaw (53)

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  18. Double Agent Peter Burge (5)

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    Yep, I'm not caring about who we'll play in the semis yet so also hoping England, Wales and Ireland all on planes back home come Monday due to my totally subjective and probably illogical support of South v North rugby.. yeah I count the French as an exception to that rule. And think Japan's glorious run will end as SA will be too strong. Geez I'm looking forward to this weekend.
  19. waiopehu oldboy David Wilson (68)

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    Ref: Owens
    AR's: Gauzere & Gardner
    TMO: Hughes
  20. zer0 Dick Tooth (41)

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    From what I've seen, we'd just need to swap out Berry for Gauzere to have the best officiating crew of the RWC for this match (less so a slight on Gauzere, and more that Berry has just been very good from what I've see this year).

    England/Australia, on the other hand, is being officiated by the Unholy Trio.
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