Underdogs make presence felt
Tokoroa’s Larry Sullivan dishes the dirt in Pool B
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