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Andy Kev.

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You need an upset in any sort of world championship and it's always nice to see underdogs doing well but against one of the four nations!!!!

I started the match sure Ireland would take them to the cleaners but hoped they would get a try or too. Now I'm hoping the Irish can sort themselves out in the rest of the competition (without beating England of course).

It looks like Japan has arrived as a rugby nation!
 

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Japan beat South Africa last world cup (with Eddie Jones in charge). They can win a match now and then, but won't be anything more than a nuisance in the tournament. It does show that Ireland's ponderous, muscular, but predictable game is vulnerable to sides which play faster unpredictable rugby.
 

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I'm not so sure. I thought there were indications of a distinctive style emerging: very quick passing and a rock solid pack, the latter being a bit of a surprise. And I don't know if the lineouts they won were down to Irish mistakes or their own cleverness.

It seems to me that they're definitely on the way up. The question is how far they can take it in this tournament (quarter finals) and if they can carry on into the future.
 

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It's also fair to say that Ireland have been misfiring for a while now. They seemed to peak last year, I reckon. Also, the weather in Japan can't have helped them.
 

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I did wonder if the weather had played a role in terms of sapping away at fitness levels.

That said, on the basis of this morning's performance I wouldn't even like to make a guess at how Scotland will get on against them.
 

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23/10 Japan, 13/18 Scotland according to the bookies.
Out of six Times rugby writers four reckon S. Africa will take it, two N.Z. I spoke to my sister in N.Z. and asked what their press was saying and she forwarded me a link to a site the has done all the analysis of players, past games etc. and they have NZ as most likely to win....... but England, Ireland and Wales above S. Africa. :? :D
 

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I've not seen the match, nor heard the score, but the Irish side seem to have lost their way for sure, over the last 8-9 months. Strange.

Sam
 

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Watching the game I thought they deserved the win.

The way they played in the second was a joy to watch, They wanted the win a lot more than Ireland did.
 

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SammyQ":3bs79gt6 said:
I've not seen the match, nor heard the score, but the Irish side seem to have lost their way for sure, over the last 8-9 months. Strange.

Sam
Don't want to spoil it for you,

(The result was …….. )
 

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Again!!!??!!??!!

In a perfect world England would beat Japan in the final.

I do hope that Japan beats S Africa in the quarters.
 
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