Rugby World Cup France 2007

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Latest Results of the Rugby World Cup

England's defence of the Rugby World Cup 2007 got off to a disappointing start today as they scraped past minnows USA 28-10 at the Stade Felix Bollaert, Lens.

Indeed, in a day when their rivals New Zealand eased past Italy 76-14 and Australia hammered Japan 91-3, England were expected to put a marker down for their chances of defending the Webb Ellis trophy.

However, in a lacklustre display, England only managed to score three tries against a USA team which had lost to a Munster second XV in a World Cup warm-up match.

The British team failed to create a great deal in the absence of Jonny Wilkinson, and it took them 35 minutes to score the first try as Jason Robinson latched on to a Mike Catt cross-field kick to go over.

Olly Barkley scored a second try five minutes later after a good break by wing Josh Lewsey to give a respectable half-time score of 21-3.

Things did not get much better for the world champions in the second half and all they managed to muster up was a try from Tom Rees. The Wasps man was one of the few England players to impress and he took a quick tap penalty to drive over the line for a deserved try.

Embarrassingly for England, USA managed to score a try late on as Tongan born forward Matekitonga Moeakiola brushed aside Barkley Lewis Moody to score a try and cap-off a spirited performance by his team.

With the massive clash against South Africa only five days away, England have a lot of work to do and will be praying that star player Wilkinson recovers from injury.


Blogger tm said...

Yes the England Vs South Africa match will be the game of the tournament.

With Vickery suspended, Jonny Wilkinson & Olly Barkley injured, it will be an interesting match.

8:11 PM  

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