Japan vs the Poms

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Sep 17, 2023, 19:19

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Sep 17, 2023, 19:21

Japan have looked good so far, but I expect England to pick up momentum as the match goes on

Sep 17, 2023, 19:22

Agreed. Japan will have to play out of their skin to win this ome.

Sep 17, 2023, 19:25

England stuttering a bit but I think they'll find their rhythm and put the plucky Japanese away.

Sep 17, 2023, 19:30

6-3 to Japan. It would be poetic justice if Japan wins on kicks.

Sep 17, 2023, 19:32

Poms get a try from a bad throw in by Japan.

Sep 17, 2023, 19:37

Ford misses. Poms will need his boot to be working.

Sep 17, 2023, 19:51

Get field position, draw a penalty. Happens too much in rugby these days.

Sep 17, 2023, 19:59

The pole kicking at this tournament has not been great so far. 

Sep 17, 2023, 20:04

Fun game so far.

England not playing smart rugby atm. They need to slow things down but are instead getting sucked into the frantic game the Japanese want to play.

Scrum parity thus far...which I''m sure the Japanese are taking heart from.m

The more I watch the other sides the more it's clear how ahead of them our pack is. We'd be bossing both these teams. England turned over one solitary ruck ball in that entire half.

Thank heavens we're playing Ireland soon and will be able to gauge exactly where we are instead of knowing we're better than the rest but having the Irish variable monkey on our backs.

Still bussing from that Fiji game.

Sep 17, 2023, 20:12

That was a tense and exciting game Plum but not for the usual reasons.

Sep 17, 2023, 20:24

A header by Marler. What a lucky try. 

Sep 17, 2023, 20:25

Now that's using your head, lol

Sep 17, 2023, 20:29

Some good running rugby from both sides.

Sep 18, 2023, 14:54

Strange game yet again. 

Too much aimless kicking from my lot. 

Massive improvement needed ! 

Sep 18, 2023, 17:06

They respected Japan too much, Becs.

The Boks do that all the time.

And it always gives lessers teams more confidence while eroding that of the better side.

The aimless kicking was evidence to the undue respect.

Perhaps it was recent performances or the the Japanese scrums, maybe both.

Sep 18, 2023, 18:01

Yeah you could be right, Plum. 

We’re definitely struggling as a team though. The constant kicking is driving everyone mad ! 

They have said it was too humid to play as they wanted so they had to resort to kicking but we’ve been doing that a lot anyway. 

At least it looks as though we will get out of the group now, something I was unsure of before the start of the tournament. 

It’s stressful being an England fan, you know ! 

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