- Aug 22, 2006
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The ball went wide at times, and nothing happened. We scored 2 tries through the middle though. Two brilliant tries that.We never played wide.
Habana and Mlovo and Jesse Kriel hardly got the ball through a normal backline passing sequence.
But then again, it's because the Japanese were so quick to defend.
I was actually confirming your point of view
I think ya'll need to chill and let COSATU do the whole naysaying thing. We lost one game (still got bonus points) against a Japanese team that just had the game of their life (can they actually repeat this performance?). Chances are they'll still crash out.
...unless we lose against another team in the group stage. Then fsck 'em.
To your last point... I was stunned to know that SA rated 10th on the world rankings at the start of the 95 world cup. How cool is thatYou play as well as your opponents allow you. They looked brilliant because we allowed them to. If they were brilliant they wouldn't be ranked 14th in world rugby. If they were brilliant they wouldn't have lost tests to Fiji, Tonga and USA this year.
Bok forwards weren't hunting as a pack, they weren't cleaning out with any intent, they weren't scrumming with any intent and in rugby, intent means with a physical ferocity befitting the great game.
When we showed intent we exposed the frailties of the Japanese defense with consummate ease. Lood and Adrian are not known for their side stepping, try scoring abilities yet they scored 2 "gems".
Anyway at 32-29 up my brother-in-law said to me, the Japs deserve to win this game. I said to him, no they don't. If they deserve to win the scoreboard will reflect that right. At 34-32 up they deserved to win and did...
Well done to them, that's a massive accomplishment but the Boks lack of commitment to that match was embarrassing.
Upsets of this magnitude simply don't happen in international rugby.
In rugby world cup history that must rate as the biggest upset ever? In previous world cups other significant upsets include Samoa beating Wales, Fiji beating Wales. Can anyone recall 2 sides, with a 10 place disparity in the IRB rankings, where the lower placed team has won?