I am majority disappointed in Japan. Huge loss against New Zealand and Australia. They had a remarkable built-up with nothing to show. I know that these youngsters have minimal experience, but they need A LOT of work.
On the positive side, the Top League has started to recruit university students. Will take years to become the norm... unfortunately.
That was possibly the hardest 40 minutes of rugby I've ever had to watch!! Boks are chasing shadows! SO disappointing! So unprepared!
French have been incredible though! You can see how they put 60 points past Scotland and 70 points past Italy in 6 nations. As I said earlier, when they on song they amazingly good and boy, are they up for it tonight?!!
Top 3 sides qualify for semis plus the best placed 2nd placed team. SA need to get a losing bonus point out of this fixture. They got to chase 4 tries to give themselves a chance. They've already got 2 bonus points so a 3rd might see them through...
So just looking at the tables (and the current scores), we should sneak through as the 4th best team. England are whipping Scotland, NZ are holding off the Aussies and Italy have an inferior points difference, despite also being on 10 points (same as us).
Most we carry for is 4 phases and then we kick and pray. So bloody frustrating. Sweet f all possession against a side that is countering like lunatics and the best form of attack we can come up with is to kick the ball away. Stupid rugby. Straight back to the countering lunatics. Fcking starve them of possession and let them do the bloody tackling.