- Feb 27, 2010
I would not worry about it ... Russia has only a couple of professional players, they are almost all amateurs. Their fitness levels and morale would find the last game tough going.
You'd think Ireland would have done better, but then again maybe our expectations are too high for a team on the way down.I would not worry about it ... Russia has only a couple of professional players, they are almost all amateurs. Their fitness levels and morale would find the last game tough going.
You can see they put up a decent show, but today was only a final collapse.
Japan 30 Russia 10
Samoa 34 Russia 0
Ireland 35 Russia 0
Scotland 61 Russia 0
They only got into the RWC because Romania, Netherlands and Spain were disqualified for using illegal players. That being said, some of their individuals were outstanding, and might even get offers from clubs in France or the UK.
They did not need to "do better". They just needed a bonus point. If Ireland had won 100 - 0, the pool table would not be much different.You'd think Ireland would have done better, but then again maybe our expectations are too high for a team on the way down.
If we win without a BP will leave us on 15 points, with a PD of 52 +,After watching Fiji today, I think Samoa will also have a right good go at us. They take pride in their rugby, even in a dead rubber for them (they cannot qualify for the QFs).
Ireland need a bonus point to be absolutely sure of a Quarter Final slot. That has to be the target, even if a straight win would probably be enough.
It would be just horrible for Ireland to drop out of the World Cup, and the Samoa game be Joe Schmidt's last game as Ireland coach. But sport can be cruel.If we win without a BP will leave us on 15 points, with a PD of 52 +,
If Scot. beat Japan with scoring 5 tries, will leave them on 15 points with a PD of 71 +,
So if Japan lose with a losing BP, will leave them 15 points and a PD of 46 -. I am not 100% sure if Japan lose by 7 or less and score 5 tries, they would go on to 16 points.
If 2 teams are level on points, it's head to head
If 3 teams are level on points it comes down to points difference, then who has the most PB.
So win is the most important, if we dont score 5 tries we need to win by at least 30 points.
It comes down to the fact that when Japn V Scotland they will know what they need to qualify for the QF, in the majority of sports the 2 games would kick off at the same time
World rankings bedammed. The hosts have neatly turned that on its head. I would have said that the Scots hadn't the lungs for the collision, but in fairness to them they looked pretty fit this morning.Japan beating Scotland has to be the more likely outcome, with home advantage. The teams are just about equal in world rankings.
But Scotland will not shirk the challenge, Gregor Townsend goes for it every time, and the loss to Ireland will not have dented his ambition. Scotland will be up for it, and will not be subdued like Ireland were. What do they have to lose?
It is a 50 - 50 game.
Some media reports in France saying that the England V France game and the Japan V Scotland game have both been called off. The rules state both games will be recorded as 0 - 0 Draws.
But can't see them enforce this rule on the Japan V Scotland game as it would eliminate Scotland from the World Cup.