Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Thread

OrbitalDawn

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This is insane.

Numbers show All Blacks captain Richie McCaw remains a force at the breakdown

At the 2nd Bledisloe Cup game at Eden Park.

In his 67 minutes on the pitch there were 142 breakdowns in total, 68 defensive and 74 attacking for the All Blacks, and you would have seen McCaw at almost every second one.

He attended 69 of those 142 breakdowns, 48.6 per cent of the time, trying to win a turnover, tackling, running the ball or securing the ball for his side.

On defence, McCaw attended 28 of 68 breakdowns. Seven of those were as a tackler, with the other 21 in an attempt to win a turnover. That means McCaw was trying to win the ball on 41.2 per cent of breakdowns when Australia had possession.

McCaw won three turnovers for the All Blacks in those 21 attempts, but gave away the same number of penalties in the process. One of those penalties seemed harsh, although he did get away with other moments when he could have been penalised.

That's a 14.2 per cent success rate when attempting to force a turnover, and the same number when giving away penalties.

While McCaw only entered into 41.2 per cent of breakdowns on defence, he was also hovering next to the rucks and tackles at least 15 times, choosing not to committ.

The All Blacks contested the ball on less than half of their defensive tackles, preventing an offside line from being formed, and McCaw would often size up whether there were opportunities to win or slow down the ball before attacking the breakdown.

On attack, McCaw attended 41 of 74 breakdowns, seven as the player running the ball and 34 as a support player looking to cleanout the opposition.

When McCaw was cleaning out the opposition he didn't give away a single penalty, and the Wallabies failed to win a turnover when McCaw attended those 41 breakdowns.

That meant that at 55.4 per cent of tackles, Australia had no chance of winning turnover ball because of the presence of McCaw.
 

phoneJunky

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Just saw the Beeld front page and it said Kolisi is in ahead of Brussouw. I thought the squad is announced tomorrow.
 

APoc184

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Well it is officially being announced tomorrow.

But some journalists are spending this whole week in the Bok camp. So they pretty much see how things are going and what is being planned for tomorrow.

Players pretty much also know who is in and who is out. They will at times also let things slip to the journalists who they are very good friends with.
 

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Read recently that players currently playing Currie Cup rugby will not be eligible for the squad. So there go Hougaard's chances of making the flight to the UK.
 

Drifter

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Really?? Well, I guess it does make sense in a way. Players demoted to currie cup are not the to pin form players that played in the Super 15 franchises.
 

ShaunSA

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Lol.

Posting from mobile so hope it comes out okay.

SA Fans. What can we say :D

Does anyone know if any of the SABC Channels are carrying the games? Just got the OVHD decoder set up again :eek:
 

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SA Fans. What can we say :D

Does anyone know if any of the SABC Channels are carrying the games? Just got the OVHD decoder set up again :eek:

I recall seeing somewhere that SABC will be covering the World Cup live. Not sure if that includes all games and what channel.
 

APoc184

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Bok RWC team apparently.

Lets see at 18h00 tonight but it does look pretty spot on with all the reports going around.

springbok-team-world-cup-2015.jpg
 

sand_man

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No surprises other than Jan Serfontein and Hougaard's exclusion. Paige clearly a quota selection. Kolisi at the expense of the best fetcher currently representing SA in Brussouw...

EDIT: Glad they taking Brits. He'll know European conditions well and he's like an extra loose foward who can beat opponents with pace and a deft step unlike Bizzie and Strauss who use brute force to conquer.
 
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sand_man

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gone with a boatload of props... pretty mediocre ones at that....
 

Mephisto_Helix

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If that's the team, some idiotic choices then and it doesn't stir any excitement for the WC :/
 

ponder

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Is there a livestream for the announcement?

And wtf do you now need a pvr to stream dstv?
 

APoc184

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So. List was spot on except for 6th prop being dropped for a third flyhalf.

Van der Merwe out. Steyn in.
 

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Unbelievable :crying:

FULL SPRINGBOKS SQUAD THUS AS FOLLOWS:
Backs (14)
Willie le Roux, Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo, Jean de Villiers (captain), Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Pat Lambie, Handré Pollard, Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Ruan Pienaar, Rudy Paige
Forwards (17)
Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Victor Matfield, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Beast Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis, Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Schalk Brits
 
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