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29/10/13: World Cup Match 6 - Tonga v Scotland

Who will win?   34 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Tonga by 13 points or more
      14
    • Tonga by 7 to 12 points
      3
    • Tonga by 1 to 6 points
      1
    • Draw
      1
    • Scotland by 1 to 6 points
      12
    • Scotland by 7 to 12 points
      3
    • Scotland by 13 points or more
      0

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best game of the competition so far, real edge of the seat stuff.....how about expanding the game as a whole north of the border??? this result gives the perfect vehicle especially when an ayrshire lad scored the winning try.

Couldn't get to the game, ironically because I'm working in Ayrshire, but several of the locals have told me what a great game it was and the interest they are taking is unprecedented in my experience - they all know I'm an RL fan. Can't wait for Sunday's game at Workington - my first attendance of this WC

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Yes mate! I forgot about that voluntary tackle from Foster, it was one of the most blatant I have ever seen.... Danny Brough was screaming at the official for the pen but none of the others seemed to react.

 

A voluntary tackle only occurs if the ref tells the player to get up and he doesn't, falling to the floor is not a voluntary tackle, its refusing to get up that is.

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Just got in from the match ... Wow that was great , hope it all came across on telly . Brough , Wallace and Henderson were just awesome . Two halves ran the show and Hendo is just granite . Tonga looked like they had plan A of running over Scotland and it didn't work as they imagined . Their halves weren't as effective , especially on the last play . Great day for our town and hope we put on a good show !

 

It was a great occasion all round and the town and rugby league community of Workington should be proud of the part they played. The old ground looked in fine shape, and the money spent of it obviously helped. There were some on here who said that Derwent Park shouldn't be let anywhere near the world cup but it came across as a traditional rugby league venue. Cumbria definitely deserved the chance to stage games and they have exceeded expectations.

And what a crowd figure!

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I am still exhausted after last night. I was so tense, watching the lead slip away. At half-time I'm thinking of the glory of such a fantastic result, yet within just a few minutes of the second half all I could think of was a continuous Tongan onslaught and the lead slipping away. So many twists and turns, and the tension lasted right to the last second.

I had to get to bed straight after the final whistle to be up for work, but I was so wound up I couldn't get to sleep.

This tournament couldn't be better!

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Brilliant game yet again, if only the BBC were televising them all.

 

Was a bit disappointed with Tonga.  Of the island teams I thought they would be the strongest, but they looked very one dimensional in attack with little creativity from the young halves.

 

Scotland on the other hand exceeded my expectations and really played well as a team unit.  McCormack's tactic of playing the offload game worked beautifully in the first half.

 

Roll on tonight's game - this is brilliant.

 

I think the restricted coverage from the BBC is a consequence of the 2000 tournament. The BBC and Sky bought into that tournament in a big way and I think they did feel a bit let down by its failure. The good news is that I think the game is now making a lot of friends by the way it is proving that it can put on a show. And it seems to be the second time in a row, after 2008, that our international game can be a spectacle.

As for media coverage, BBC Radio Scotland, on their hourly news bulletin, have mentioned Scotland's victory all day (after the soccer news, obviously).

Reports:

Herald

Scotsman

Courier

Daily Record (great photo of Fuifui Moimoi

 

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It was a great occasion all round and the town and rugby league community of Workington should be proud of the part they played. The old ground looked in fine shape, and the money spent of it obviously helped. There were some on here who said that Derwent Park shouldn't be let anywhere near the world cup but it came across as a traditional rugby league venue. Cumbria definitely deserved the chance to stage games and they have exceeded expectations.

And what a crowd figure!

Ill hold my hands up and admit I thought that Workington was a poor choice, especially for 2 matches.

I thought it was a poor stadium and whilst people always race about Cumbrian support, the crowds were never exactly large.

Very happy to be wrong on this and Im looking forward to visiting on Sunday.

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Dave, the old stadium has been scrubbed up a bit and looks tidier.

The new, blue seats look good but are bloomin' cold.

The stadium is still limited in terms of catering (the main bar underneath the grandstand is reserved for hospitality) and toilet facilities (portaloos abound) but it loked and sounded great last night.

If the football club hadn't been so pig-headed last nights games may have been played in a new stadium but it may have lost some atmosphere.

However, the whole Allerdale area has been well up for these 2 games, put in a huge amount of effort and have put on a very good show.

Fantastic to see the great Paul Charlton bring the World Cup out - he hadn't touched it since 1972!

Wrap up warm on Sunday - cold, wet and windy forecast

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ive justed watched the replay again, and I am sure tonga were robbed of a try at the end. he didn't look to ground the ball with his torso, and if he did, I would say it was simultaneous

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Wasn't the planned new stadium in Cumbria that originally won these games only set to be a 5k capacity?

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The original stadium was to be the Pow Beck stadium in Whitehaven.

From what i saw of designs - it was a fairly basic stadium, with a permanent capacity of about 3,300 brought up to over 5k for these 2 games with the inclusion of temporary stands.

However, inept management, poor decisions and selfishness in Copeland meant that it never got further than the drawing board.

The stadium I refered to in the earlier post was around the proposed new stadium at Workington to be shared by the rugby and football teams from about 6 - 7 years ago. The football club and a few councillors with agendas put paid to that 10k stadium also not getting any further than a set of plans.

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I'm far from convinced that wasn't a Tonga try at the end. Everyone's saying it was grounded by Scotland by the torso. I've watched it so many times in very slow motion from all aired angles and never am I sure I see a torso on the ball. Nearly the whole time, there is air between torso and ball and that's very clear. There's a short period where the ball disappears from view but you can never conclude contact there. I'd have given it a try.

That was my take on it.

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