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10-29-03 03:35 PM
Honky Tonk Man I don't agree glencar. It would take a miracle for it to ever rival pro-football popularity wise, but soccer is getting bigger out there all the time. Your National team was well supported during the 2002 World Cup and no one anticpated the USA doing so well.

I was speaking to this guy i met in a bar out there and he was telling me how more and more kids in schools are signing up for the soccer team. (from what he was telling me, he was/is quite good himself. He has played against Manchester United's youth team) That can only be a good thing. You have and have had some of the World's greatest soccer legends playing in your leauges. Pele, Gerorge Best, Bobby More and Jurgen Kiingsman to name for starters.

10-29-03 06:15 PM
glencar Soccer is popular among kids but they seem to lose interest when they exit their teens. It does have some popularity but the WUSA just folded.
10-30-03 02:07 AM
Kjell There i was, minding my own business, trying to score some chips or whatever, they hit me with the bloody footy, i reckon i lost feathers for half a pillow there. Bugger that.
S. Eagull
visting the Canada-Tonga game without paying
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10-30-03 05:45 PM
Scot Rocks This World cup has been a disaster so far for Scotland, the France game was an embarresment, to think we were beating France in Paris a few years ago. Hopefully against Fiji, we can improve and get through to the quarter finals, the way we are playing though it will be tough.

10-30-03 06:04 PM
Gazza >Soccer is popular among kids but they seem to lose interest when they exit their teens. It does have some popularity but the WUSA just folded.

The problem is,from what I can see, is that Americans dont seem to be interested in any sport that they arent world beaters in - which is odd because that hasnt stopped football being the most popular sport in almost every other country in the world.

Its strange the US's two most popular sports are those in which theyre the only nation who play them professionally to any level of competency (although a few Canadians can have a crack at winning the "World" Series!)
10-31-03 02:43 PM
stewed & Keefed France ease past spirited USA


France 41 (26)
Tries: Liebenberg (3), Poux, Bru
Cons: Merceron (2)
Pens: Merceron (3)
Drop goal: Yachvili
USA 14 (0)
Tries: Schubert, Hercus
Cons: Hercus (2)
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Match photos
France 41-14 USA
Brian Liebenberg ran in a hat-trick of tries as France maintained their 100% record in this year's Rgby World Cup.

The South African-born centre, making his first start down under, made light work of the Eagles defence for simple run-ins.

But the French, fielding a second-strength side, were far from convincing as the USA twice forced their way over the line.

The second-half scoreline of 15-14 in France's favour, showed the minnows' durability.

The Eagles never expected to win the contest and their cause was hardly helped when influential number eight Dan Lyle was replaced after a blow to the head.

Clement Poitrenaud, who will have caught coach Bernard Laporte's eye with some insightful running, produced a stunning break after 15 minutes for the game's first fireworks.

France look extremely impressive but they haven't been tested in the white heat of battle

From Madryoch
Have your say on Scrum V

He left numerous defenders for dead in a scintillating 50 yard charge, and set up Liebenberg's opening try.

With 14 minutes on the clock, the omens did not look promising for the USA and things rapidly deteriorated.

'Les Bleus' nearly made it three on the half-hour when Dmitri Yachvili was dragged into touch before grounding the ball.

And the inevitable did finally arrive before the break when Jean-Baptiste Poux forced his way through to extend his side's advantage to 26-0.

Far from capitulating the USA fought back well and looked determined to make their final mark on the tournament.

I'm just proud of the effort the guys put in

USA captain Dave Hodges
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After twice coming within a whisker of scoring in a period of intense pressure, Kort Schubert glided over after being put through by a Mike Hercus tap penalty.

Moments later Hercus, one of the finds of the tournament, clinched a try of his own after Riaan van Zyl and Mike MacDonald both went close.

With the scores at 31-14, the French finally picked up their game, to allow captain for the night Yannick Bru to bulldoze over within three minutes for his side's fifth try.

Gerald Merceron followed up the conversion with a penalty shortly afterwards to seal a decisive but ultimately unimpressive victory.


France: C Poitrenaud; P Elhorga, B Liebenberg, D Traille, D Bory; G Merceron, D Yachvili; O Miloud, Y Bru, JB Poux, D Aradou, O Brouzet (capt), S Chabal, P Tabacco, C Labit
Replacements: R Ibanez, S Marconnet, J Thion, O Magne, F Michalak, Y Jauzion, A Rougerie

USA: J Buchholz; D Fee, P Eloff, S Sika, R van Zyl; M Hercus, K Dalzel; M MacDonald, K Khasigian, D Dorsey, A Parker, L Gross, K Schubert, D Hodges (capt), D Lyle.
Replacements: M Wyatt, J Waasdorp, G Klerck, J Gouws, M Sherman, J Keyter, M Timoteo

11-01-03 09:07 AM
stewed & Keefed Australia hold off Ireland

Australia 17-16 Ireland

Australia 17
Try: Smith
Pens: Flatley (3)
Drop goal: Gregan
Ireland 16
Try: O'Driscoll
Cons: O'Gara
Pens: O'Gara (2)
Drop goal: O'Driscoll
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World champions Australia held off a brave fightback by Ireland to earn a quarter-final clash with Scotland.

In an energy-sapping clash in Melbourne, the Wallabies led 14-6 at one stage only to be pegged back by a resilient Irish side.

Ireland put the host nation under some intense pressure in the second half but could not find the score that would have taken them in front for the first time in the match.

Defeat for Eddie O'Sullivan's men means they face in-form France in the last eight.

Australia got their first points of the match after 10 minutes when George Gregan slotted a drop goal.

The home side soon extended their lead when flanker George Smith dived over in the left corner three minutes later after the Irish defence had been stretched across the pitch.

We're disappointed but not that disappointed because we've got a quarter-final next week

Ireland captain Keith Wood
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Ronan O'Gara reduced the deficit with a penalty after Australia had been caught offside only for an Elton Flatley penalty to open up an eight-point advantage again for the Wallabies.

O'Gara and Flatley both missed penalties before O'Gara landed his second successful kick to make it 11-6.

Right on half-time, tempers boiled over when Shane Horgan caught Mat Rogers on the head with a boot.

The trouble quickly died down, but referee Paddy O'Brien, after consultation with his touch judge, sent both Rogers and Horgan to the sin bin.

Flatley and O'Gara continued to be wayward with their place kicks after the break, though the Aussie centre did extend his side's lead with another three-pointer.

We're happy to have got through that

Australia captain George Gregan
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But the tide was beginning to turn in Ireland's favour.

And they managed to breach the Australia defence on 50 minutes with a superb try from Brian O'Driscoll.

The video referee was brought in to judge whether the Irish ace had touched the ball down in the left corner before his feet went into touch, but the Irish faithful inside the stadium were never in any doubt.

Have Your Say on Scrum V
Australia looking like contenders?

With O'Gara landing the conversion, Ireland were within a point of the world champions.

Flatley kicked another penalty to make the gap four points, but an O'Driscoll drop goal with 13 minutes kept Ireland in the hunt.

The Irish continued to press, but Australia held on for victory - and a quarter-final against Scotland.


Australia: M Rogers; W Sailor, M Burke, E Flatley, J Roff; S Larkham, G Gregan (capt); B Young, B Cannon, B Darwin; D Giffin, N Sharpe; G Smith, P Waugh, D Lyons
Replacements: J Paul, A Baxter, D Vickerman, M Cockain, C Whitaker, M Giteau, L Tuqiri.

Ireland: G Dempsey; S Horgan, B O'Driscoll, K Maggs, D Hickie; R O'Gara, P Stringer; R Corrigan, K Wood (capt), J Hayes, M O'Kelly, P O'Connell, S Easterby, K Gleeson, A Foley
Replacements: S Byrne, M Horan, D O'Callagham, E Miller, G Easterby, D Humphreys, J Kelly.

11-01-03 09:10 AM
stewed & Keefed Scotland shatter brave Fiji


Scotland 22
Try: Smith
Con: Paterson
Pens: Paterson (5)
Fiji 20
Try: Caucaunibuca (2)
Cons: Little (2)
Pens: Little (2)
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Scotland 22-20 Fiji
Scotland prop Tom Smith scored two minutes from time to book his side's place in the quarter-finals with a thrillingly tense win over Fiji.

The Scots had looked on course to miss out on the knockout stages for the first time in their history when a Nicky Little penalty put the Pacific Islanders 20-15 clear.

But, with the Fijians reduced to 14 men following the sin-binning of Api Naevo, Smith was bundled over by his forwards and Paterson converted.

Scotland move on to face Australia in the last eight.

Rupeni Caucaunibuca scored his side's only tries but, in the end, Scotland's superior fitness proved too much.

Caucau's tries separated the two sides at half-time, the first coming from a forward pass and the second - in the half's final minutes - from an impressive 50-yard sprint.

We will be huge underdogs in the quarter-finals but we have nothing to lose

Scotland captain Bryan Redpath
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He picked the telling hole in the 13th minute, receiving a forward ball, which was not picked up by the referee, and forced his way over on the right flank.

In a half dominated by Fiji's runners it only seemed appropriate for it to end with Caucau going over again, the Auckland runner charging past two defenders for another impressive try.

Little converted both efforts, while Paterson kept Scotland in the hunt with two penalties.

It could have been worse for the Scots, who fluffed their only scoring opportunities when Andrew Henderson and James McLaren knocked on within striking distance.

Have Your Say on Scrum V
How far will Scotland go?

Caucau had earlier come close to another score, only to lose his footing, while opposite wing Aisea Tuilevu also nearly scored, only to be forced into touch.

Paterson started the second half well by reducing the lead to five points with another penalty.

In stark contrast to the first half, Scotland spent the third quarter camped deep in the Fijian half but worryingly for them rarely looked like scoring a try.

Naturally we're disappointed - in the first half it was there for the taking

Fiji coach Mac McCallion
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Fijian indiscipline, however, helped Scotland's cause, allowing Paterson to kick them back into the lead.

But just when the Pacific Islanders looked to be falling by the wayside, they found themselves in front again in the 65th minute when Little sealed his first penalty of the night to set up a tense finale.

Little added another penalty to put Fiji 20-15 clear only for Smith's telling blow to follow.

Naevo was sin-binned for cynically killing the ball and, from the following forward moves, Smith forced his way over. Scotland sealed the win through Paterson's boot a moment later.


Fiji: N Ligairi; A Tuilevu, E Ruivadra, S Rabeni, R Caucaunibuca; N Little, M Raulini; J Veitayaki, G Smith, I Rasili; A Naevo, I Rawaqa; A Doviverata (capt), K Sewabu, V Maimuri
Replacements: N Seru, S Tawake, S Koyamaibole, K Salawa, J Raulini, I Nacewa, F Delasau.

Scotland: G Metcalfe; S Danielli, G Townsend, A Henderson, K Logan; C Paterson, B Redpath (capt); T Smith, G Bulloch, B Douglas; N Hines, S Grimes; R Beattie, C Mather, S Taylor
Replacements: R Russell, G McIlwham, J White, J Petrie, M Blair, J McLaren, B Hinchelwood

11-01-03 09:14 AM
stewed & Keefed Springboks savage Samoa


South Africa 60
Tries: Van Niekerk, Muller, Hougaard, Smith, Willemse, Fourie, Van der Westhuyzen, De Kock
Cons: Hougaard (5), Koen (2)
Pen: Hougaard
Drop goal: Hougaard
Samoa 10
Try: Palepoi
Con: Va'a
Pen: Va'a
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Pictures from Brisbane
South Africa 60-10 Samoa
South Africa sent out a warning to New Zealand as they booked the last World Cup quarter-final place with a crushing win over Samoa.

England coach Clive Woodward had predicted a tough test for the Springboks after his own side's scare at the hands of the Pacific islanders.

But Samoa never looked likely to recapture the same intensity in Brisbane after falling behind to a try from Joe van Niekerk after just 93 seconds.

And South Africa ran in seven more scores to book a date with the All Blacks in Melbourne next Saturday, assuming England win Pool C by beating Uruguay on Sunday.

Samoa had caught England cold, but this time they were on the receiving end as the Springboks pummelled them from the first whistle.

Having survived one early break, the Samoans allowed Joost van der Westhuizen to escape down the blind side and the scrum-half fed Van Niekerk for an easy score which Derick Hougaard converted.

Hougard had been handed a start at Louis Koen's expense by Springboks coach Rudolf Straueli.

We've always been looking towards New Zealand

South Africa coach
Rudolf Straueli
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And, after Samoa had offered brief resistance with a penalty from Earl Va'a, the influential fly-half landed a drop-goal to restore his side's advantage.

Some more powerful play from the superior Springbok pack allowed Jorrie Muller to crash through for a second try to make it 17-3 with just 12 minutes played.

Lock Victor Matfield was a dominant figure in the line-out for South Africa, and Samoa were let down by sloppy passing on the few occasions they managed to release their backs.

Have Your Say on Scrum V
Can South Africa win the Cup?

Hougaard atoned for a poor drop-goal attempt when he capitalised on a turnover, hacked the ball ahead and outpaced Semo Sititi to touch down for a try confirmed by the video referee.

A South African victory became a formality just before the break when number eight Juan Smith scored a fourth try after a classy dummy from hooker John Smit - picking up a bonus point in the process.

The Springboks predictably took their foot off the pedal after the break, and Samoa finally found something to smile about when Opeta Palepoi stretched out his arm for a try in the corner which Va'a converted with aplomb.

There's no excuse about it, the attitude wasn't there

Samoa captain Semo Sititi
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Samoa continued to press their opponents' line, winning a string of penalties, but failed to make their pressure tell.

Hougaard made them pay by slotting over his first penalty of the night before taking a massive hit in the ribs from Brian Lima.

South Africa's fifth try of the night came courtesy of Ashwin Willemse 12 minutes from time when the speedy winger sprinted clear from his own half after a Samoa attack broke down.

Willemse turned provider soon after to send Jaque Fourie over in the corner, and full-back Jaco van der Westhuyzen and replacement Neil de Kock also got in on the act to conclude a fine evening's work.

There was late drama when a spectator lunged at Koen, on for Hougaard, as he took the final conversion - but his assailant missed and the kick went over to end the match.


Samoa: T Vili; L Fa'atau, R Ropati, B Lima, S Tagicakibau; E Va'a, S So'oialo; K Lealamanua, J Meredith, J Tomuli; O Palepoi, L Lafaiali'i; P Poulus, M Fa'asavalu, S Sititi (capt).
Replacements: M Schwalger, T Leupolu, K Viliamu, D Tuiavi'i, D Tyrell, D Rasmussen, D Feaunati.

South Africa: J van der Westhuyzen; A Willemse, J Muller, DW Barry, T Delport; D Hougaard, J van der Westhuizen; C Bezuidenhout, J Smit, F Rautenbach; B Botha, V Matfield, C Krige (capt), J van Niekerk, J Smith.
Replacements: D Coetzee, R Bands, D Rossouw, S Burger, N de Kock, L Koen, J Fourie.

11-02-03 07:08 AM
stewed & Keefed England hammer Uruguay


England 111
Tries: Moody, Lewsey (5), Balshaw (2), Catt (2), Gomarsall (2), Luger, Abbott, Robinson (2), Greenwood
Cons: Grayson (11), Catt (2)
Uruguay 13
Try: Lemoine
Con: Menchaca
Pen: Menchaca (2)
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Pictures from Brisbane
England 111-13 Uruguay
Josh Lewsey ran in five tries as England confirmed their mastery of Pool C with a predictable, yet impressive, demolition of Uruguay.

But England's highest-ever World Cup score was marred by an injury to wing Iain Balshaw, who was stretchered off in the second half with a sprained ankle.

Clive Woodward's side enjoyed a comfortable warm-up for the knock-out stages as they ran in 17 tries in what was always going to be a mismatch.

They can now look forward to a quarter-final meeting with Wales in Brisbane next Sunday, after their Six Nations rivals lost 53-37 to New Zealand in Sunday's other game.

England had already made several assaults on the Uruguay line by the time Lewis Moody went in on the right for their first try in the third minute.

But instead of throwing open the floodgates, England were initially hampered by the kind of errors that had taken the gloss off their march to victory in Pool C.

Juan Menchaca cut the deficit for Uruguay with a penalty in front of the posts, and missed the chance to make it 6-7 with another kick which drifted just wide.

England finally hit form with three scores in the space of four minutes, full-back Lewsey slipping a tackle to go over down the blind side and Balshaw crossing twice in quick succession.

Iain Balshaw wanted to stay on - it's just our doctor over-reacting

England coach Clive Woodward
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After getting in some solid defensive practice by weathering a sustained assault on their line, England scored their best try so far.

A flowing move involving Balshaw and Lewsey culminated in a score for Mike Catt, and a try from Gomarsall gave England a 42-6 half-time lead, with a further Menchaca penalty the only consolation for Uruguay.

The tries continued to flow after the break.

Lewsey ran in his second after excellent work from Joe Worsley, and Dan Luger opened his account.

Woodward decided to give big guns Martin Johnson and Jason Robinson some game time, but there was concern when Balshaw was stretchered off with an ice pack on his ankle after falling awkwardly in a tackle.

Woodward, however, said after the game that he expected Balshaw to be fit for the quarter-final.

Uruguay were rewarded for refusing to throw in the towel soon after when prop Pablo Lemoine crashed over from close range and Menchaca converted.

Shame on English fair-play - 50 or 60 points would have been enough against Uruguay

From Francis Mairet
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But normal service was resumed when Stuart Abbott jinked his way through to touch down, before Lewsey completed his hat-trick as England continued to run from all over the pitch.

Robinson touched down twice either side of further scores from Lewsey and Gomarsall as Uruguay's resistance crumbled, before Will Greenwood marked his return from a trip home to see his pregnant wife with the most popular try of the night.

Catt's second brought up a century of points before Lewsey scored his fifth to equal England's individual try-scoring record.

Worsley blotted his copybook late on by being sent to the sinbin for a needless high tackle.


England: J Lewsey; I Balshaw, S Abbott, M Catt, D Luger; P Grayson, A Gomarsall; P Vickery (capt), D West, J Leonard; D Grewcock, M Corry; L Dallaglio, L Moody, J Worsley.
Replacements: S Thompson, J White, M Johnson, B Kay, K Bracken, W Greenwood, J Robinson.

Uruguay JM Menchaca; J Pastore, D Aguirre (capt), J De Freitas, J Viana; S Aguirre, J Campomar; E Berrutti, D Lamelas, P Lemoine, J-C Bado, J-M Alvarez, N Brignoni, N Grille, R Capo.
Replacements: JA Perez, R Sanchez, G Storace, J Alzueta, M Guttierrez, E Caffera, D Reyes.

11-02-03 07:11 AM
stewed & Keefed All Blacks survive Wales scare


New Zealand 53
Tries: Rokocoko (2), MacDonald, Williams, Howlett (2), Spencer, Mauger
Cons: MacDonald 5
Pen: MacDonald
Wales 37
Tries: Taylor, Parker, Charvis, S Williams
Cons:S Jones 4
Pens:S Jones 3
All the action as it happened
New Zealand 53-37 Wales.

New Zealand were given a mighty fright by Wales in a thrilling Pool D match at the Rugby World Cup before eventually sealing a quarter-final clash with South Africa.

The All Blacks were firm favourites going into the game in Sydney but looked to be heading for one of the biggest-ever upsets when they trailed 37-33 at the start of the second half.

Wales were magnificent, shrugging off the criticism that had come their way in the wake of coach Steve Hansen's decision to rest several key players.

But, after shaking New Zealand to the core, they finally ran out of steam and now face a mouth-watering battle against England in the last eight.

When Joe Rokocoko scythed his way through for the opening try of the game after just two minutes, the signs were ominous.

But, after the game had been held up following a neck injury to Garan Evans, Wales hit back in tremendous style.

Mark Taylor cut through the New Zealand defence on 12 minutes, with Stephen Jones adding the conversion to tie the scores.

We'll be proud of our performance but we still lost

Wales skipper Colin Charvis
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Then, after Rokocoko had burst through for his second try on 15 minutes, a Jones penalty ensured the gap was just four points.

Leon MacDonald profited from a quick tap penalty by Justin Marshall to help make the advantage 11 points.

And it quickly became 18 when Ali Williams touched down for the first time in an All Blacks shirt after claiming Carlos Spencer's high, crossfield kick.

But just when it looked as though New Zealand were about to pull away, Wales scored two tries in the final six minutes of the half.

Kiwi-born Sonny Parker finished off a great break from Shane Williams before skipper Colin Charvis dived over from close range after a well-worked move from a lineout.

Ali Williams dives over

Amazingly, Wales were within four points of the All Blacks, who had been expected to romp to victory in this Pool D game.

They were within one when Jones landed a penalty at the start of the second half.

And when Williams danced his way over on the left on 45 minutes, Wales were in the lead and heading for the biggest shock in World Cup history.

Doug Howlett crossed to reduce the deficit to a point again only for a Jones penalty to make it 37-33 for Wales. The All Blacks looked visibly shaken, but they gradually rediscovered their composure and began to put Wales under some severe pressure.

Spencer eventually forced his way over on 61 minutes to give New Zealand the lead again, though the advantage was only a point after MacDonald fluffed the conversion.

Wales continued to punch above their weight, but a second try for Howlett 10 minutes from the end opened up a six-point advantage in New Zealand's favour.

And the game was effectively over when, after MacDonald had kicked a penalty, Aaron Mauger scored his side's eighth try of the game.


New Zealand: M Muliaina; D Howlett, L MacDonald, A Mauger, J Rokocoko; C Spencer, J Marshall; D Hewett, K Mealamu, G Somerville; B Thorn, A Williams; R Thorne (capt), R McCaw, J Collins.
Replacements: M Hammett, K Meeuws, R So'oialo, M Holah, B Kelleher, D Carter, M Nonu.

Wales: G Evans; S Williams, M Taylor, S Parker, T Shanklin; S Jones, G Cooper; I Thomas, R McBryde, A Jones, B Cockbain, R Sidoli, J Thomas, C Charvis (capt), A Popham.
Replacements: M Davies, G Jenkins, C Wyatt, D Jones, D Peel, C Sweeney, G Thomas.

Referee: Andre Watson (South Africa).

11-02-03 07:19 AM
stewed & Keefed Rugby World Cup pools


Team Pld W D L F A Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 273 33 18
Ireland 4 3 0 1 141 56 14
Argentina 4 2 0 2 140 57 11
Romania 4 1 0 3 65 192 5
Namibia 4 0 0 4 28 310 0

Team Pld W D L F A Pts
France 4 4 0 0 204 70 20
Scotland 4 3 0 1 102 97 14
Fiji 4 2 0 2 98 112 9
USA 4 1 0 3 86 125 6
Japan 4 0 0 4 79 163 0

Team Pld W D L F A Pts
England 4 4 0 0 255 47 19
S Africa 4 3 0 1 184 60 15
Samoa 4 2 0 1 138 117 10
Uruguay 4 1 0 3 56 255 4
Georgia 4 0 0 4 46 200 0

Team Pld W D L F A Pts
NZ 4 4 0 0 282 57 20
Wales 4 3 0 1 132 98 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 76 124 8
Canada 4 1 0 3 54 135 5
Tonga 4 0 0 4 46 178 1

Four points for a win. Two points for a draw. One bonus point for scoring four tries. One bonus point for losing by seven points or less.


[Edited by stewed & Keefed]
11-02-03 03:53 PM
Kjell "Rocks Off Sport pages"
Puh, that was truely scary for us All Blacks supporters.
Thank you "stewed & Keefed" for info posts.
Now it's down to 8.
When it's down to 4 it will be:
and the Frog's

11-02-03 04:30 PM
stewed & Keefed Quarter-finals

Saturday 8 November
0730: New Zealand v South Africa (QF1) Melbourne
1000: Australia v Scotland (QF2) Brisbane

Sunday 9 November
0730: France v Ireland (QF3) Melbourne
1000: England v Wales (QF4) Brisbane

11-02-03 06:57 PM
Hannalee Ireland stands a fair chance of beating France, and the Springboks could beat the All Blacks (though they probably won't). I'd love Scotland to win, but can't convince myself it's very likely!
11-03-03 02:54 AM
Jumacfly Go WALES!!! beat the 16 english men!!!
11-03-03 11:18 AM
Hannalee Stand-in French captain says it all:

"most of the players who were at the game today are not used to playing."

11-03-03 04:47 PM
stewed & Keefed
Jumacfly wrote:
Go WALES!!! beat the 16 english men!!!

11-03-03 05:34 PM
stewed & Keefed Semi finals IMO

New Zealand v Australia
Ireland v England
11-03-03 11:01 PM
gypsymofo60 England, England........Ingerlu-------nd. Theres only one Johnny Wilkinson!.......How you all doin'? I've been unavoidably detained, At Her Majesties' Pleasure. Heya Daniel & Woody.
11-03-03 11:12 PM
glencar Gazza - " The problem is,from what I can see, is that Americans dont seem to be interested in any sport that they arent world beaters in - which is odd because that hasnt stopped football being the most popular sport in almost every other country in the world."

Actually, hockey is a popular American sport. It's hard to come up with any other examples because so many sports were developed to some extent in this country.

I do appreciate this thread by stewed & keefed. I'm rooting for Ireland. BTW Who are "the Blacks"? NZ?
11-03-03 11:32 PM
gypsymofo60 Yes! New Zealand are known as "The All Blacks" due to their attire, not their skin colour.
11-03-03 11:40 PM
gypsymofo60 wrote:
I've been unavoidably detained, At Her Majesties' Pleasure.

what gmf - you banged up??
11-04-03 02:56 AM
11-05-03 09:28 PM
stonedinaustralia wrote:

what gmf - you banged up??

Well!!!!!!! In a manner of speaking Stoned. Although not in one of our; shall I say, experimental correctional facilities. More the ol', "BALL & CHAIN". Know what I mean? Her indoors, The Missuss. Anyways, How ya bin?
11-06-03 05:28 AM
fmk438j Good to see you about again g-mo.

Hope all is well.

Speaking fo Rugby Union, I honestly don't care if Australia gets it's arse whipped. For years I have not liked rugby, mostly because of Australian rugby fans. Something snobbish about them. So here's to Eng-a-land.

[Edited by fmk438j]
11-06-03 02:21 PM
Kjell "I'm rooting for Ireland"
We all do some rooting now & then, but do you really do that for your country?

"Australian rugby fans. Something snobbish about them"
Gosh! In New Zealand they seems to be the "Southern Man" sort of blokes. Haven't shaved, gumboots on, muddy 4WD outside the Pub and smeeling sheap. Put maybe i was in the wrong place.

Go all Blacks tomorrow
11-06-03 02:41 PM
Prodigal Son Gazza, you may be right. That is another factor as to why Americans rank hockey slightly over soccer. Because it's not an American-dominated game. 55% of the players are Canadian (another 28% are European, 15% American, 2% other) and there are 6 (formerly 8) teams from Canada. Mind you, it's been 10 years since a Canadian team last one (there were only 5 different American teams that won it a combined 9 times in a span from 1956 to 1990-geez, with all those American teams stackinf up the odds too) and thanks to economics, unlikely it'll happen anytime soon. I've always thought that baseball or hockey can be organized in seperate divisions of elitism like some soccer federations. It would give crappy teams a chance to move up in elitism. Oh well.
11-07-03 04:55 PM
stewed & Keefed Preview: England v Wales

Sun 9 Nov | 1000 GMT | Brisbane | Quarter-final
England and Wales will meet in a re-match of the 1987 World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

All eyes will be on Jason Leonard
On that occasion, at Brisbane's Ballymore ground as opposed to the Suncorp Stadium, the men in red won 16-3 in a match many described as the worst of the tournament.

England, 16 years on, will be confident of reversing that result and turning on the style.

Clive Woodward's men have won the five previous meetings between the teams, racking up 209 points in the process.

For this latest challenge, Woodward would have had the luxury of picking a full-strength team but for Richard Hill's continued absence with a hamstring strain.

Hill's place in the back-row goes to Lewis Moody.

The only change to the team that beat South Africa in the pool stages sees Jason Leonard come in at loose-head prop in place of Trevor Woodman.

England preview:
Leonard set for record
Leonard will win a world record-equalling 111th cap and fly-half Jonny Wilkinson his 50th.

Wales, bouyed by an impressive performance against New Zealand in their final pool match, have made four changes to their side with Ospreys duo Jonathan Thomas and Shane Williams included.

Williams will start on the right wing in place of Gareth Thomas, who moves to full-back.

Wales make four changes
Exciting flanker Thomas replaces Cardiff's Martyn Williams, who is suffering from a shoulder problem and starts on the bench.

Iestyn Harris forms a new midfield partnership with Mark Taylor, outside fly-half Stephen Jones.

As well as 111 being the magic number for Leonard, it will also be the 111th match between the sides.

Wales hold a slight advantage with 50 wins to 48, including that attritional Ballymore bore in 1987.


England: J Lewsey; J Robinson, W Greenwood, M Tindall, B Cohen, J Wilkinson, M Dawson; J Leonard, S Thompson, P Vickery, M Johnson (capt), B Kay, L Moody, N Back, L Dallaglio.
Replacements: D West, T Woodman, S Shaw, J Worsley, K Bracken, M Catt, I Balshaw.

Wales: G Thomas; M Jones, M Taylor, I Harris, S Williams; S Jones, G Cooper; I Thomas, R McBryde, A Jones; B Cockbain, R Sidoli; D Jones, C Charvis (capt), J Thomas.
Replacements: M Davies, G Jenkins, G Llewellyn, M Williams, D Peel, C Sweeney, K Morgan

11-07-03 04:57 PM
stewed & Keefed Preview: Australia v Scotland

Sat 8 Nov | 1000 GMT | Brisbane | Quarter-final

Stirling Mortlock returns for Australia
The Wallaby rugby roadshow moves onto Brisbane for the second quarter-final against Scotland.

Australia have stopped off in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne in the past few weeks and ran up 90 points on their last visit to the Suncorp Stadium against Romania.

Coach Eddie Jones will not expect the hosts to match that scoring rout, but will be confident of victory against a mis-firing Scotland.

Australia preview:
Jones recalls Tuqiri
Having seen Fiji's powerful Rupeni Caucaunibuca run Scotland ragged on the wing, Jones has called in Lote Tuqiri in place of Joe Roff.

Tuqiri forms an ex-rugby league back three, completed by fellow winger Wendell Sailor and full-back Mat Rogers.

Another change in the backs sees Stirling Mortlock return in place of Matt Burke at outside centre.

The forwards are unchanged from the team that beat Ireland by one-point in their final pool game.

Scotland have made just one change despite their unimpressive performance against Fiji.

Ian McGeechan's team sneaked into the last eight with a 22-20 win over the Pacific Islanders courtesy of a late try by Tom Smith.

Ross Beattie is the only casualty, dropping out of the team and the squad, with Jason White taking his place.

Scotland preview:
Scots turn to White
White came off the bench against Fiji and impressed his coach.

"We want a ball carrier and Jason helps keep the balance we want in the back row," McGeechan said.

British Lions lock and fellow Lion Scott Murray returns to the bench while number eight Simon Taylor proved his fitness after injuring a knee against Fiji.

Saturday's meeting will be the 20th between the sides. Scotland have won seven of those matches, but have not beaten their rivals since 1982.

The countries have never before met in a World Cup match.


Australia: M Rogers; W Sailor, S Mortlock, E Flatley, L Tuqiri; S Larkham, G Gregan (capt); B Young, B Cannon, B Darwin; D Giffin, N Sharpe; G Smith, P Waugh, D Lyons.
Replacements: J Paul, A Baxter, J Harrison, M Cockbain, C Whitaker, M Giteau, J Roff.

Scotland: G Metcalfe, S Danielli, G Townsend, A Henderson, K Logan, C Paterson, B Redpath (capt), T Smith, G Bulloch, B Douglas, N Hines, S Grimes, J White, C Mather, S Taylor.
Replacements: R Russell, G McIlwham, S Murray, J Petrie, M Blair, J McLaren, B Hinshelwood.

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