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Gallant Italy holds the Kiwis to a first ever draw

Gallant Italy holds the Kiwis to a first ever draw

A defensive master class from both  Italy and New Zealand result in a draw.

It’s the first time that Italy didn’t lose a test match to the Kiwi masters. New Zealand, the titleholders aspiring for a three-peat, was shocked by the historical draw against the European minnows.

Not even Conor O’Sheas team manage to draw the game, but they didn’t even leak any try to the All Blacks.  No downpour of trys on the scoreboard.  The floodgates certainly did not open.  The Kiwis were no force of nature out on the field today.

(should I stop now?)

Unfortunately, Italy’s massive effort wasn’t enough to earn them a spot in the quarter-finals, as the loss versus South Africa condemned the Azzurri to the third place in Pool B.

However, some from the Azzurri are not celebrating.  Spare a thought for ol mate Ghiraldini and Parisse, who would ahve played their last international game, before retirement.   Ghiraldini went through months of rehab just to prepare for this match, and understandably he was inconsolable when told of the cancellation.

Italy’s 2019 RWC ends consequentially with two wins, one draw and one loss, the best result ever for the Six Nations minows.  New Zealand and South Africa advance to the next phase.

  • Parker

    Hilarious. Your reporting skills must have been trained by the Murdoch press

  • Timbo

    I think it shows where the IRB are when Italy want to play and the favs who seem to have naughty pictures of the IRB board, just say, nah, we’re good thanks. Considering that there is an entire week to wait until finals and some teams like Wales are backing up within 4 days, NZ have put even more of a bad taste into keyboard pundits mouths by taking this opportunity to (finally) play by the rules.

    • Slim 293

      Tournament rules – “Where a pool Match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day, and shall be considered as cancelled. In such situations, the result shall be declared a draw and Teams will be allocated two Match points each and no score registered. For the avoidance of doubt, no bonus points will be awarded.”

      • Custard Taht

        And I think that the Italians are right when they said, if NZ were sitting 3rd in the Pool and needed the points from this game to go ahead, World Rugby would have made sure the game was played.

        • From NooZealand

          Of course my friend, of curse. He he he

        • Patrick

          In this case I am inclined to give the benefit of the doubt.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Sorry mate. I call bullshit on that. Understand how they’re upset but that’s a load of shit

        • Custard Taht

          Hmmmm really. You honestly think that world rugby would allow the All Blacks, or even the Saffas or Poms to be knocked out in the Pool stage because of a cancelled game.

          No bloody way. The commercial fallout would be huge. Too much money invested to see a draw card team not advance due to weather cancellation.

          My opinion is not based on conspiracy theories or bias, but cold hard commercial reality.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Well I guess the first part is that none of those teams would put themselves in that position unless the weather was so bad they didn’t play any games and that would be something else again. The issue that the teams like Scotland is that they’d already lost and put themselves into that position.
          I still say that if any of those teams had been in that position the people running this show would have had enough integrity to run with the rules.

        • Custard Taht

          The Saffas kind of did when they lost to the All Blacks, and the draw can take care of the rest. The English French cancellation had an impact on their finals run.

          I think world rugby would need to treat it differently to maintain the integrity of the competition. Having a heavyweight depart under such circumstances would put an asterisk next to the eventual winner.

          No offence to Italy or Scotland, they aren’t a premier team, and revenue won’t plummet in their absence.

        • joy

          Scotland put themselves in that position? I don’t think so. I think all teams try their best to win. In such an important tournament cancellation should not be an option and there should always be a contingency plan for postponed matches. A postponed match also has an impact on the competition but al least it’s no a vacuum.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Bit harsh mate. The lies about NZ turning down options are just that – lies. Don’t let the dickheads out there writing these lies lead you down their path

      • Timbo

        Haha you know I love winding you up KRL. Hoping the semis will provide some reality for the top 4 teams. I doubt it tho

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahaha. I was so happy Scotland lost after the way they carried on. It’d crack me up if the Japs beat the Boks again

  • Patrick

    I read the heading before I was completely awake, and you had me hook line and sinker. Well done.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Hahahahaha gold.

  • Who?

    Did you hear Cheik’s thoughts after the weekend’s games?
    “England had nothing on the weekend – couldn’t dominate the contact, the breakdown, couldn’t win their set piece, did nothing on attack. Couldn’t even get on the scoreboard!!! We’ve got this…”
    :-P

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