Rugby World Cup 2011 Bronze Final: Prediction and Preview

As expected, the All Blacks stamped their authority all over the Wallabies’ s faces and won comfortably to make their first final since RWC1995 (where they lost to the Springboks… just saying).

The sight of Quade burglar Cooper falling to pieces under the immense pressure exerted on him was a joy to behold and with the Aussie scrum again under pressure and David Pocock being reffed properly (thank you Craig Joubert) the All blacks were never in danger of losing this game.

Well done to Craig for being appointed to ref the final. Niiice.

Craig Joubert ref rugby world cup final 2011

Richie Captain Charming McCaw had a blinder and was everywhere on the day. He is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game and will top it off with a justified Rugby World Cup win on Sunday but more on that in tomorrow’s post.

In the other semi-final, the ref unfortunately, and once again in this RWC, had the biggest influence on the game. Alain Rolland was technically correct to send Sam Warburton off as referees have been told to go to red first with tip tackles and then suss out the circumstances, chat to the assistant refs and should they decide to, then, downgrade to yellow. Alain did not do this however and it is a pity because a yellow would have been fair punishment for a stoopid tackle but would not have ruined the game as a contest.

Having said that Wales had two chances to win the game but missed two vital kicks. The French basically stopped playing rugby after the incident and decided rather to kick for territory. Once they had the lead, they defended incredibly well and at the end managed to sneak into their 3rd RWC final. Boring, negative and predictable but effective, it must be said.

So one more game to go until the final and let’s be honest this game will mean firetruck all to everyone except peeps on Superbru, some Aussies and the Welsh. Get ready for the bronze final everyone, set excitement levels to ‘Meh’.

Rugby World Cup 2011 Bronze Final: Wales vs Australia

Wales have played some exciting positive rugby in this RWC and credit to them. They have a young squad who will be better for the experiences gained. Warren Gatland is a fine coach and Wales will be looking to do everything they can, reach-arounds in the shower not excluded, to keep him on after his contract expires.

Warren Gatland Wales coach

They have lost their captain Sam brain fart Warburton to a 3-week suspension and the side will be captained by Gethin Jenkins. Crucially, James Hook will be retained as flyhalf and it is in this position which they are weak. Hook is average at best and his kicking and distribution simply not good enough. Prop Paul James comes in for Adam Jones which is a big loss for the Welsh front row.

For the Wallabies, Berrick Barnes comes into the side at inside centre and Kurtley Tache Beale comes back at fullback. This is great news for the Aussies as they missed Tache Beale at the back last week. Barnes should have a calming influence on the backline and with less pressure on Burglar Cooper expect to see him having a far better game.

Nathan Sharpe comes back into the side to win his 100th cap. Maverick thumbs up good Sir, well done. Sharpe’s presence should mean the Wallabies are far more competent at lineout time and judging by the inability of the Welsh to secure their own line out ball, the Aussies should have the edge in this department.

Many are expecting a Welsh win but I just don’t see them scoring against the incredibly toit Wallaby defence. Expect Will Genia to be back to his best, for the Wallabies to have parity at scrum time and for a fairly comfortable Australian win.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: 9:30am (SA time)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Wales vs Australia Prediction: Wallabies by 5-12


~ by bowlphilosophy on October 19, 2011.

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