Rugby World Cup 2011 Preview – Pool C and D

Flash mobs are all the rage these days…

Check out this flash haka that started in a mall in Auckland recently.

Kiwis are serious about shopping bargains and no mistake.

Let’s keep on keeping on as we smash the second 2 pool previews in our faces.

Pool C: Australia, Ireland, Italy, USA Russia

The Aussies are in fine form at the moment and after their Tri-Nations sealing victory over the All Blacks in Brisbane recently will be fancying themselves more than ever. Quade Burglar Cooper may well be enemy No.1 in New Zealand at the moment but it is largely because of his interplay with Will Greagan Genia that the Wallabies are rated as one of the favourites. Ireland will be their toughest game in this pool but the Irish have been out of sorts in the build up to the RWC2011 and will need a much improved performance to trouble the high-flying Aussies.

Italy recently defeated France, which is no small feat and the Azzurri are always capable of playing quality rugby under the awesome Nick Mallett. He has vast RWC experience and Italy will be looking at an upset over the Irish to sneak into the last 8. The USA are a better sevens side and have recently changed coaches but will be looking to be competitive and the game against the Russian Bears should be a Cold War revisited cracker.

Games to look out for:  Australia vs Ireland – 17th Sept, Ireland vs Italy – 2nd October

Prediction: Australia and Ireland to head into the quarter finals.

Pool D: South Africa, Samoa, Wales, Fiji, Namibia

Pool of DEATH… or so people have been saying. Defending champions, South Africa are coming off a terrible Tri-Nations, where they rested most of their squad for the overseas leg and were comprehensively face smashed in both games. There has been much debate over whether they will be undercooked for this RWC and whether this experienced squad is too old.

Absolute bull shitake I say. This will be the last RWC and indeed the last (possibly 7) few games for most of the senior players and they will come out firing. Expect plenty of passion, aggressive defense, accurate kicking and powerful forward play.

Wales face the Bokke in their first game and they have made numerous statements about how they are not scared of the Boks and that they feel they have the measure of them. Coach Warren Gatland even went so far as to say that they are easy to prepare for and ‘play no rugby’. Stupid Interesting strategy I wonder if it will backfire? Wales rate themselves but I am not sure why, having struggled against Samoa and Fiji in past World cups, not forgetting that they were knocked out by Fiji in 2007.

Samoa may well be the dark horse after an impressive victory over the Wallabies. Granted they had rested most of their first team but the hard tackling, islanders will be a handful. Fiji can surprise teams but have recently struggled against the ABs and have been hampered by politics over their team selection.

Games to look out for: SA vs Wales – 11 Sept, Wales vs Samoa – 18 Sept

Prediction: SA and Samoa to progress


~ by bowlphilosophy on September 8, 2011.

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