Shock loss sets up epic strug­gle to qual­ify

He calls it as he sees it, Toko­roa’s Larry Sul­li­van rips into Pool B

South Waikato News - - RUGBY WORLD CUP -

Two games in Pool B this week can be used in some way as mea­sur­ing sticks as to how the likely qualifiers are trav­el­ling.

Eng­land against Ro­ma­nia was al­ways go­ing to a onesided af­fair but the ques­tion as to how are Eng­land march­ing on was an­swered in their free run­ning de­mo­li­tion of the East Euro­peans 67-3. Run­ning in 10 tries showed us the Poms are amp­ing it up as the tour­na­ment goes along; so far in the cup they have ar­ro­gantly gone about their busi­ness know­ing this is a sixweek event and it’s not how but how many games you win that mat­ters come Oct 23.

Both wingers scored a hat trick which ex­em­pli­fies the slick hands and quick ball the English used all day.

The for­wards scru­maged well and cleaned out the li­ne­out which would have pleased the man­age­ment as the Ro­ma­nian for­wards are an awe­some unit.

The tor­rid ex­changes go fur­ther to get­ting the English match hard­ened for the knock­out phase. There have been no easy games in this pool.

Mean­while on Sun­day the most dra­matic game of the cup so far was fought out by the Ar­gies and the Scots in the rain and wind in Welling­ton. With the best li­ne­out in the cup and an ad­mirable scrum topped with some good ter­ri­tory kick­ing the Scot­ties were the bet­ter team on the night but could not gain enough as­cen­dancy on the score­board to stay far enough in front to be un­done with a late try by the fleet-footed Amorosini. Six-all with 20 min­utes to play, two drop goals put Scot­land 12-6 up only to see lost pos­ses­sion at the restart in the 75th minute end up in the hands of Amorosini, he evaded a tackle of full­back Pat­ter­son and three other av­er­age ef­forts as he jinked his way over. Chris Pat­ter­son will have night­mares about that tackle for the rest of his life. The mas­ter Con­tem­poni slot­ted the con­ver­sion to make it 13-12 and that may just get the Ar­gies a date with the All Blacks.

The Scots will have trou­ble fig­ur­ing out how they lost the game; may be they can put it down to their in­abil­ity to score tries ( 4 in 3 matches) and Robin­son’s use of the bench. In a tight match he subbed two play­ers that were con­trol­ling the game, Gray in the li­ne­out and young No 10 Jack­son.

The sit­u­a­tion needed con­ti­nu­ity and the subs dis­rupted the con­trol they had.

Now the kilt-wear­ers have to get them­selves up in an at­tempt to top­ple the Poms by more than eight points.

It will be an epic game in Auck­land this week­end to ul­ti­mately de­cide the qualifiers in Pool B.

SHOCK­ING LOSS: Scot­land may have lost due to the sub­bing that dis­rupted the play of Scot­land’s Richie Gray against Ar­gentina.

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