Connect with us


Rugby World Cup 2011 – A North V North and a South V South semi final



Despite losing twice in their group, France are in the semi finalsThe weekend previous would certainly have been one for television in bed; with the cold weather of Autumn creeping in, the thicker duvet out, and a nice warm cup of tea ready to get stuck into the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup 2011. This year saw juicy encounters between Six nations rivals France and England, Wales and Ireland, whereas the other half were the future Four nations grapples of Australia and South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina… And what a weekend it was.

With news of Daniel Carter’s departure from the World Cup, New Zealand brows would have been particularly furrowed especially after the premature removal of Colin Slade early in the match with Argentina. Worries would have been even more severe due to the valiant start of Argentina leaving the half time score at 12-7 in New Zealand’s favour. The All Blacks fought back as the Pumas ran out of steam towards the end of the Second half, but Head Coach Graham Henry will surely have some questions to answer regarding the position of Fly-half.

The gripping encounter between Australia and South Africa left the Wallabies on top to face the All Blacks in the Semi final. However this victory was not always so assured. With the South Africans coming into the match seemingly as favourites in excellent form, Australia certainly had to dig deep with one try from Horwill and penalties from O’Connor cancelling out the two scores from Steyn from the tee, and one drop goal making the final score 11-9. The winners of the Tri-Nations set to face the arguable favourites for the World Cup in New Zealand on the 16th October to book a place in the final.

Having been an England supporter at the weekend, it was not so joyful for me as they were brought down to earth by a rejuvenated France, losing 19-12. Admittedly, England’s performance in the first half was far from pleasing, but the French certainly came out with vengeance in mind from the Six Nations. England fought back with a try from Cueto late in the second half, however it seemed too little, too late as France, through a late drop goal from Trinh-Duc, put England out of sight.

It seems the current dark horse of the competition are Wales. Yet they are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Having come second in their group behind South Africa, Wales stunned Irish supporters by dominating their home nation rivals 22-10. Wales have not reached the World Cup semi-finals since 1987, yet having crushed the Irish in Wellington on Saturday, no-one can be in any doubt that this year, they thoroughly deserve it.

The Semi Finals are as it stands: France will take on Wales in a titanic, Northern hemisphere, Six Nations clash; whilst New Zealand showdown with their old foes Australia. It seems the best of the Six Nations are set to face the best of the Tri Nations in the World Cup Final. The best that the north has to offer, and the best that the men down under have to offer. All we can do now is sit back and enjoy the spectacle.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Latest News

Football3 months ago

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher calls on the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner in the upcoming...

Football3 months ago

Massimiliano Allegri confirms he will be back in management in September with Manchester United heavily linked with the Italian

Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he will be back in management in September at an event in Paris, which will put...

Arsenal3 months ago

Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette refutes rumours that he will leave the club in the summer

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has given a huge hint on his future by stating that the rumours that he will...

Football3 months ago

Bayern Munich monitoring Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer

Bayern Munich have reportedly made contact with Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer. The Brazil...

Arsenal3 months ago

Gary Neville heaps praise on Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and claims he is a Premier League great

Former Manchester United defender turned pundit Gary Neville has given praise to Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and has suggested that...

Chelsea3 months ago

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso is reportedly wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan but are not happy with the...

Chelsea3 months ago

Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech reveals boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has revealed that boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge....

Football3 months ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms that Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and could miss the Euros

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that striker Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and...

Arsenal3 months ago

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s future uncertain after bust-up with manager Mikel Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is fighting to stay at the club after being involved in a bust-up with manager Mikel...

Arsenal3 months ago

Arsenal and Manchester United set to battle it out for £50m-rated defender Dayot Upamecano

Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle it out in the upcoming summer transfer window for £50m-rated RB Leipzig...