Which Tyler Posted November 5, 2022 Share Posted November 5, 2022 (edited) Fuck For me, France lost that more than NZ winning it (despite just about everything commentary were saying) Too many kicks out on the full, box kicks, clearance kicks, and a goal-line drop-out; and was it 3 shots at goal missed, the last of which would have been a sitter with 10 minutes on the clock. Beyond that, France just over-excited, especially in that 25-30 minute period where NZ had all the momentum. I know I've banged on about it, but either 1 of Sansus / Trémoulière into that French team, and it's a different match, and France would have been in charge - put them both in, and they're comfortable. None of which takes anything away from NZ who have improved match on match, and huge credit has to go to Wayne Smith for turning them around from this time last year. NZ played really well; they just didn't have the game to take a disciplined France - but did have the game to spool France into indiscipline. Discipline both in terms of penalties, and decision making / execution under pressure. On to the final - where I'm not going to make any predictions. England ought to have enough, but will NZ put us off our stride? Will the pressure? We'll be angry with ourselves after Canada, but how will we lash back? Will NZ be emotionally exhausted after that SF? Will they be driven on to further heights? They've improved week on week, and now have another week in which to improve. In the Bronze, France are better than Canada, but they're bound to be emotionally shot. 9th time out of 10 WRWCs that France have been in the 3rd place play-off (well, there wasn't one in 91, but France still shared 3rd place); and they've only lost 1, but I can't believe they've ever been this upset to be there. Incidentally, I've had a look at the 2025 WRWC in England - they have already committed to a 16-team tournament, which is exactly what it needs to be. Edited November 5, 2022 by Which Tyler Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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