RWC 2015: Heroes and Villains

The tournament is over, but it was a gripping one. So, looking back I’ve picked the best and worse of the tournament.

Heroes- Japan

The tournament’s first major incident came in the Japanese’s giant killing of South Africa. In a tough performance the underdogs snatched a late victory, and their joy was a feel good moment for everyone. Well, apart from South Africa.

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Japan celebrate

Villain- Craig Joubert

If Japan’s win was the feel good zenith then Joubert provided the nadir. After a superb performance the Scots found themselves mere seconds from the semi-finals. In this kind of situation every decision matters and Joubert made a terrible one. He gave a penalty to Australia which was duly converted by Bernard Foley.

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Joubert ignores Scottish appeals

Now refereeing mistakes are going to happen but in the TMO Joubert had nowhere to hide. Going upstairs would have led him to give a scrum and Scotland could have won. Some felt he was hung out by his bosses, but there was no excuse. I’d avoid any holidays in the Highlands if I was him.

Villain- Bernard Foley

This may be a tad harsh but bear with me.

There are some kickers that strike dread into a fan’s heart. You know that anything in range is a guaranteed three points against you and your heart sinks at every penalty.

Foley is not one of those kickers. In a way he’s worse, because he can be painfully erratic and then click just when he needs to. He was far from perfect against Scotland but then pulled off a kick under considerable pressure to win the match.

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Foley- Erratic

Hero- Dan Biggar

When Leigh Halfpenny got injured before the tournament Welsh hearts sank. With a consistent and reliable points machine how would we cope?

Enter Dan Biggar, the twitching genius who kicked superbly. He played well throughout and his pre-kick ritual could be overlooked because it clearly worked.

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Villain- Owen Farrell

After England’s early exit the main targets for criticism were coach Stuart Lancaster and captain Chris Robshaw, with Farrell escaping the blame he deserved.

Sure, he played well and got lots of points, but he let his team down badly. Australia were keeping England at bay, but the hosts were gaining some momentum. This stalled however as Farrell was sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle. They lost their best attacking asset and let Australia score another penalty, and after that it was all over.

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Farrell is sent off

Hero- This guy

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Sorry, English readers, but it made me laugh.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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2 Comments on “RWC 2015: Heroes and Villains”

  1. Thought the Japanese were great (as were the Scots), and the sign made me smile, unlike the England team.

  2. Also wanted to ask, before I posted prematurely, what the English and Matt Damon have in common. Answer – unlike the Welsh, Irish and Scots they have all lifted the Rugby World Cup. 😉


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