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Post by TightHEAD on Wed 22 Jul 2020, 8:35 pm

ENGLAND v Geogia Samoa Uruguay WALES 2003

ITV4 ENGLAND Rugby world cup games 6pm.


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Post by Mr Bounce on Wed 22 Jul 2020, 9:45 pm

We played SO badly in that game, no structure at all. Samoa threw everything at us (including some borderline dangerous tackles) and came close to causing a huge upset. Big Phil was brilliant when he came on for Julian White, and I felt that Abbott had a fairly decent showing, despite the commentators practically ignoring him for most of the game...

It's good that Phil is around for next year's Lions tour too.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 23 Jul 2020, 8:37 am

One of the things that so annoys me about SCW's continual blathering is he forgets just how England staggered over the line in 2003. He was hyper critical of the current side yesterday in the Daily Heil, suggesting any side he put out would have been prepared for the Saffer ferocity - yet forgets our struggles with Samoa and Wales plus not exactly awe inspiring performances in the Semi and Final.

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Post by TightHEAD on Thu 23 Jul 2020, 9:11 am

Forgot how awful we were vs Samoa.

Looked like we had never played with each other before. Simple basic rugby skills left us and all that on the back of Greenwood not touching the ball down after a missed penalty kick in the game before.
The squad were under massive pressure and expectation.
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 23 Jul 2020, 10:58 am

Woodward does speak a fair amount of guff. https://www.rugbypass.com/news/joe-marler-fires-back-at-clive-woodwards-laurel-and-hardy-criticism-of-the-loosehead-and-dan-cole-england/

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Post by TightHEAD on Thu 23 Jul 2020, 8:15 pm

I think we have this in the bag. 80-13 phew
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Post by TightHEAD on Fri 24 Jul 2020, 10:06 am

BIG game tonight - 6pm ITV4

Don't miss it.

Wales XV - G. Thomas, M. Jones, Taylor, Harris, S. Williams, S. Jones, Cooper, I. Thomas, McBryde, A. Jones, Cockbain, Sidoli, D. Jones, Charvis, J. Thomas.

England XV - Robinson, Luger, Greenwood, Tindall, Cohen, Wilkinson, Dawson, Leonard, Thompson, Vickery, Johnson, Kay, Moody, Back, Dallaglio.
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