England beat Australia, France beat New Zealand – does it get any better? Our antipodean friends are on their way home contemplating another 4 year wait for glory, whilst Northern Hemisphere rugby has bounced back after an inauspicious start to the tournament.
England’s revival of the forward-based power game has left us wondering whether the World Champions might be able to retain the title? A similar performance against France next week could see them in the final, and as yesterday showed, anything can happen in the World Cup.
The best thing about England’s result yesterday is watching the Australians sit down at the table to eat their hats and gorge on humble pie. After all their ‘sledging’ during the build up, saying goodbye to John Connelly’s band of losers is all the sweeter. For the next four years, we will be able to tap an Aussie on the shoulder and say, “Yes Skippy, Andrew Sheridan killed you.”
And seeing New Zealand join them on the trip back down under just adds to the heady mix of euphoria this weekend. England and France are today united in celebration, despite the fact that next weekend they will revert to rugged adversaries to compete for a place in the final.