RWC 2015: Pool B discussion

Discussion in 'Rugby Union Discussion' started by Howe, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. Squeaks ZW Poole

    Beautiful Japan beautiful. Great to see running rugby smash a the shit one pass run it up Samoa game plan. Japan are going to be so good come 2019 at home!
  2. spark!ptz PH Spark

    this game. three tries in five minutes.
  3. Furball G Furball

    Are we defending with 10 players here?
  4. spark!ptz PH Spark

    this is mad.
  5. Roaddogg AJ Izett

    Well that was a stupid yellow
  6. spark!ptz PH Spark

    man, samoa doing their best to keep scotland in this.

    lol that wasn't grounded
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  7. Furball G Furball

    Never in doubt. Now to smash Australia.
  8. Howe JHF Howe

    Brilliant game
  9. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    What can Scotland do to beat Australia?

    10 man rugby and win it on kicks. Only hope. Scotland showed very good discipline today, yellow card notwithstanding. If they can firm up their defence and turn it into a kicking fest against Aussie they could win. If it turns into a running rugby match then Australia by 25.

    Great game today. Laidlaw is quality. We will have him if Scotland ever drop him.

    Ritchie Grey incredible fitness and really started to shine in the second half.

    His younger brother needs to HTFU just slightly.
  10. SmellyStuff MP Chung

    Gutted for Japan. :(
  11. Starris ER Starris

    The time between the RSA and Scotland games was the killer.
    I reckon they had a better than even chance of winning if Scotland had played a game prior and had the same time Japan had between games.
  12. Howe JHF Howe

    Nah, Scotland being from north of the equator doesn't make this automatically the case. The Australian back row is much, much better than the Scottish back row, particularly at the breakdown. I don't see Scotland being the side racking up penalties in an arm wrestle.

    If Scotland could have an advantage anywhere, and I don't really think they do, it's that Hogg, Maitland and Visser are genuinely quick compared to Ashley-Cooper being an allrounder and Folau being injured.
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  13. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    Let's agree to disagree

    on first glances the starting back 3 of Australia in the quarterfinal AAC, Beale, and Mitchell are 10 times better than the scottish back three.

    AAC in particular is arguably the best right wing in the world at the moment in my most people's opinion.

    It is not how fast you are as a wing. It is how good your step is. And those scottish players looked ordinary. Hogg in particular seemed more interested in arguing with the ref and milking penalties than playing rugby. Johnny May/Watson are better than those three scottish players by some considerable distance. I would probably advocate England playing running rugby against any SH team based on your backs. My comments are Scotland specific and not NH related.

    Happy to have a different view than yours on this topic. I also concede you have seen more of the Scottish three, I have assessed them based on this game only.
  14. Howe JHF Howe

    I don't particularly rate the Scottish back three. I just think they're fast.

    This is a pretty unusual Scottish side compared to previous world cups.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2015
  15. Madness B Morganpola

    Still going out in their traditional quarter final position! (Would have been nice to make the quarter final!) They haven't got a hope against Aus.
  16. Howe JHF Howe

    True - say what you like about England, we have brought something new to the table
  17. Furball G Furball

    In what respect?
  18. Howe JHF Howe

    I don't think 10 man rugby will help them. The pack is not that big and the backs are better going forward than defending.

    This is less true than when they were playing Fife tbf
  19. Starris ER Starris

    how would you rate Charles Piutau against him?
    or an in form Savea?
  20. spark!ptz PH Spark

    gorgeous try there from japan.

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