World Cup In Words: Week 2

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Rugby World’s Paul Morgan takes a sideways look at the facts and figures, best and worst, weirdest and wackiest moments from an incredible week at the World Cup...

Unforgettable...Ireland v Australia...what a match!

All In the Names...At the 50th minute of the Japan v New Zealand clash, there was a ‘Williams’ a ‘Webb’ and an ‘Ellis’ on the field

Ill-Discipline...England are the only team to have received a yellow card in both their matches

Cracking Crowds...Great colour, vibrancy, excitement and support!

Lowlight...It would be good on a world stage to not have, ‘booing the kicker,’ associated with our great game; one which is built on sportsmanship and respect

Good Call...Russian players wore black armbands in honour of the Russian plane crash, NZ and Japan held a minute silence to remember the lives lost in the Tsunami and
Earthquake, and Wales wore black armbands in honour of the Mining tragedy

Unwritten World Cup Rule...If in doubt, always support the ‘underdog.’

Finally...Roman Poite penalised crooked scrum feeds in the Samoa v Namibia match while (to a lesser extent), so too did Dave Pearson when the USA played Russia

Even Stevens...Pool C has seen 6 points scored three times (by Australia, Italy and Russia once), while Pool D has seen 49 points scored three times (Fiji twice, South Africa once)

Breaking A World Cup Hoodoo...Ireland recorded their first ever win over Australia at the World Cup and Wales secured their first World Cup victory over Samoa

Top Signs... “Don’t Worry about your Shirt Sonny, Japan’s (you’re pants) on the Ground,” “Thanks to my Wife for Letting me Come to NZ,” “Georgia on my Mind,” and “Save a Beaver, Eat a Frog,”

Great Britain...Week 2 saw the British nations lead the defence with (1) Scotland and (2) England having the best tackle success rates

No Score...Australia, Romania, Samoa and Georgia did not score in the second half of their games against Ireland, Argentina, Wales and England respectively

Extra Time...A total of 15minutes extra time was played in week 2 as teams refused to kick the ball into touch and instead looked for more try scoring opportunities after the 80th minute

Experience...Ireland v Australia was the Oldest v Youngest World Cup teams. Does that mean experience trumps youth?!

Records...Russia got their first ever World Cup point when getting a losing bonus point v USA, BOD and PUMA’s Gordon D’Arcy became the most capped centre partnership in history v Australia and PUMA’s Simon Shaw became England’s oldest player to be capped at a World Cup.

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