Un­der­dogs make pres­ence felt

Toko­roa’s Larry Sul­li­van dishes the dirt in Pool B

South Waikato News - - RUGBY WORLD CUP -

POOL B has quickly be­come the pool where an up­set is most likely to hap­pen and which the first two games al­most pro­duced. Un­der­dogs Ro­ma­nia and Ar­gentina dished it up to the more fan­cied Poms and Scots.

In In­ver­cargill, deeply en­trenched among fel­low Pres­by­te­rian red­heads, the Scots got off to a great start, play­ing pos­i­tive rugby with an at­tack­ing in­tent. They were up 15-3 af­ter 20 min­utes.

But the Ro­ma­ni­ans did not lie down and forced their way back with a dom­i­nant for­ward pack and in­spi­ra­tional cap­tain Tincu lead­ing the way.

The Scots, through their slick out­side backs, ran in two late tries to win 34-24.

Mean­while in Dunedin, we gave Eng­land and Ar­gentina first use of the best pitch in the coun­try only to see them pro­duce an er­ror rid­den, skill de­fi­cient, neg­a­tive one-try big­boy col­li­sion fest.

The ex­cite­ment was gen­er­ated by Ar­gentina lead­ing right up un­til the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

This they man­aged to do by deny­ing Eng­land the ball for most of the first half and play­ing with a more con­trolled pas­sion while frus­trat­ing the Poms with their ex­cel­lent work at the break down.

And oh for a goal kicker with the early loss of Con­tem­poni

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