Saturday 13 October 2007

Ride That Luck !

Ever since their shambolic arrival at the World Cup, England has been favoured by Lady Luck:

> First opponents USA
: we were always going to lose to South Africa, but imagine if Tonga had been first up
> Excellent build-up via Samoa and Tonga: the sort of warm-up sequence most teams try to organise before turning up in the first place
> Australia in the quarters: we were always going to draw a Pool winner, and Australia were the easiest for England
> France in the semis
: the Old Enemy is a much more straightforward proposition than the All Blacks would have been

Ride that luck - and onwards to the final !


Liz Hinds said...

Indeed, a big day today. As a Welsh woman I find it very hard to cheer for England but I will ...

Johnny is so sweet.

Nick Drew said...

Thanks, Liz ! we appreciate the effort this represents

James Higham said...

Thank goodness it's Saturday!

Anonymous said...

England won at Footie and Rugger!! Can't be bad hey??

idle said...

As that line goes in the Marseillaise:

Ouuuuu est..... le papier?

Sackerson said...

Too much kicking. The RFU tried to amend this tendency many years ago, by adjusting the points system; but it's still a kicker's game. However, it's nice to see that our winning margin was down to an opening try achieved by opportunism and elan. A lovely sight to see a full-back flattened by a ruthless charge.

The French have always been a great running side and by George they nearly clawed their way back in the last few minutes. I thought they were better co-ordinated as a team - their forwards were always there and fully committed in mutual support (ours seemed hesitant sometimes, I thought - or maybe a little slow to get there); and despite being fairly heavily outweighed they managed to hold back our oxen quite effectively in the set scrum.

And the French backs were almost always perfectly positioned to catch the punts and return them.

I remember the glory days of Wales in the 70s, Liz... I thought it was the natural order of things.

Sackerson said...

PS: where can I get your flag?

CityUnslicker said...

well I am an unbeliever who has been proved wrong.

How happy that makes me this morning!

Anonymous said...

Allez Argentina. Or something like that.

Nick Drew said...

Yes, Argentina to squeeze a few SA nuts, with one day less for them to recover !

oh, sorry, that was the old days

Sackers - French backs were almost always perfectly positioned; yes, but only chanced their arms a couple of times - and not at all in the last 10 minutes. Michalak seemed to be very risk averse indeed, which is the old French problem of freezing in front of too much expectation & a home crowd

Nice to see a couple of flashes of Leicester-style midfield play - and a whole heap of Wasps-style defence !

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