England back on track as New Zealand appear untouchable

Saturday’s two games would have left your average English supporter satisfied in terms of witnessing quality rugby. Firstly, England put in their best performance so far in the Rugby World Cup against Romania in Dunedin. 10 tries, including hat-tricks for both Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton on the wings, were all clinically carried out as England showed less of the hesitation and handling errors that plagued them against Georgia and Argentina.

Admittedly, this was not exactly the hardest of opposition. Romania rested several of their key players, either completely or by leaving them on the bench. But you can only play what’s in front of you, and the way England scored their tries showed that they can actually attack.

Meanwhile, Richie McCaw may have got the result he really wanted, but no one could have expected the manner of the performance. New Zealand make Rugby look painfully easy. Their tries were scintillating; the lines, handling and finishing ability second to none. The power of McCaw and Jerome Kaino, the raw pace of Israel Dagg and Richard Kahui, and then the brilliance of Dan Carter at the core mean that New Zealand are set apart from the rest. After this performance, surely no one can stop them.

What were your thoughts on the two matches?

10 thoughts on “England back on track as New Zealand appear untouchable

    1. This sounds so familiar. A kind of rugby world cup echo. The truth of this RWC is that every team on their day can unsettle the opposition. Makes it a lot more exciting going into the knock out rounds.

    2. The Saffers can stop them. That’s the only team I see stopping them. But they can. I don’t see any other team winning it though.

  1. Wayne barnes stopped them last world cup with one of the worst performances of a paid proffesional referee I have ever seen.

  2. I am trying to find a way of watching RWC highlights on-line whilst I’m stuck here in the US….ITV.com only works if you are in the UK…..any ideas?

    1. Just go to rugbyworldcup.com, they have lots of highlights video, as well as full game replays. You won’t find much of any quality on Youtube, it appears that RWC have their lawyers jumping on any un-official video.

  3. @Matt, there is a RWC2011 app for the iPhone/iPad that has all the highlights and match coverage that updates scores almost immediately. In addition, open a VPN account ($10 per month) with overplay.org and then go to ITV online player for live coverage. If you have an iPad and can access a UK iTunes account, download the itv RWC app and watch it live. Hope this helps

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