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World Cup Memories – Swan Song

World Cup Memories – Swan Song

Mike Phillips v France – 2011 RWC New Zealand “Phillips to Charteris, to Faletau. Tackled by Szarzewski on the 22. This is Phillips! He’s going to score a try! From Auckland to Cardiff, anyone with Welsh blood has just gone berserk!” Today is the day the largest rugby tournament kicks off in England! The hosts will go head to head with Fiji, who are also in Wales’ group along with Australia and Uruguay. Will Wales be able to replicate their performance of 2011 and be real contenders for the Rugby World Cup? Or will England and Australia prove to be too big a hurdle in the pool stages and condemn … Continued

World Cup Memories – Quarter-Final Nail in the Coffin

World Cup Memories – Quarter-Final Nail in the Coffin

Jonathan Davies v Ireland – 2011 RWC New Zealand “Priestland looks at the other side, they’ve got numbers out there! Davies, through the gap! Jonathan Davies is going to score! Wales have gone through again! So strong, so powerful, what a finish!” Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand was Wales’ most successful World Cup since the inaugural 1987 competition in Australia and New Zealand. By the time Wales had qualified from their group, they had been mantled as crowd favourites, playing fluid, exciting, running rugby and scoring some spectacular tries. The Welsh backs looked unstoppable, with Rhys Priestland the general at fly half and the likes of Jonathan Davies, … Continued

World Cup Memories – North’s Fijian Finish

World Cup Memories – North’s Fijian Finish

George North v Fiji – 2011 RWC New Zealand “Roberts looks inside this time. Released to Faletau, offloaded to George North. North, puts his ears back! Foot to the floor! Pedal to the metal! And North is over for another try for Wales!” With half an hour gone in the game, Wales were 17 points up but looking to out a big score on the Fijians to ensure a simple qualification process to the knock-out stages. They had recently put Namibia to the proverbial sword in an 81-7 rout and After a poor kick from Fiji’s Iliesa Keresoni, it was Priestland who found himself in possession with Scott Williams offering … Continued

World Cup Memories – Hat-Trick Debut

World Cup Memories – Hat-Trick Debut

Scott Williams v Namibia – 2011 RWC New Zealand “Beautiful hands, Halfpenny. Here we go! Williams the youngster! Too much pace!” “Oh! He’s gone straight through, Scott Williams! He bounced off them like a pinball!” “Williams goes left. Scott Williams looking for a hat-trick! What a dream night for the twenty year old, from the Scarlets, on his first cap.” We didn’t think it fair to include each Williams try as an entry of their own, so we’ve consolidated his hat-trick against Namibia into one impressive entry. Wales had ground out a gritty win over stoic Samoa in the previous round and now faced the less daunting prospect of, a … Continued

World Cup Memories – For the Lead

World Cup Memories – For the Lead

“[Martyn] Williams, the throw inside to Peel. Peel to Popham! Popham still going. Jenkins feeds. Hook. It must be a try? It is a try, Mark Jones runs it around and the Welsh find the lead.” The next try comes from a World Cup that’s barely mentioned in Wales these days, the unfortunate campaign of 2007 when Wales were knocked out in the pool stages by a rampant Fijian team. Despite the loss, Wales scored a brilliant try through the work of Dwayne Peel, Stephen Jones, Alix Popham and finished off by Mark Jones. Wales were clawing their way back from a 3-25 score deficit with the likes of Colin … Continued