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  1. Keep hearing a lot about Bennett's 'successful' World Cup in 2017. As I recall we lost comfortably to Australia first up, underwhelmed in beating Lebanon and looked ordinary against a very weak France, before beating PNG in the quarters and just about resisting a late fight back to beat Tonga in the semis. Hardly inspiring stuff. Is it just that we're relieved that we weren't embarrassed in the final? Is that the limit of our ambition now?
  2. PNG playing really well With a little more composure could be well ahead.
  3. More to the point, will GB/England? Strangely, during the post match presentations on Saturday, the host said that it was 'only the 3rd time Australia had been beaten by a non tier 1 nation'. Cannot imagine what she meant.
  4. I was at this game. It was probably the most extraordinary experience of my life. I had tears in my eyes and swear that I drifted home on a cloud. Just watched the highlights on Sky in NZ and what doesn't come across on TV is the noise. The word awesome just doesn't apply. It is simply phenomenal. I couldn't belive it. This must be what seeing the Beatles was like. The crowd screamed with joy at everything. My ears are still ringing. I've stood in the pit at Motorhead gigs and this felt the same. At any break in play the PA plays Tongan music. The crowd just go mental. Never seen anything like it. And the singing. Oh my word. My advice to all of you is get to see Tonga play in New Zealand at least once in your life. Leave your job, sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids. Do whatever it takes and just go. You will not regret it. P. S. As regards qualification, if they want to play for Tonga and are qualified, then what's the problem? You try telling those fans that their heroes aren't really Tongan.
  5. Haven't read the whole thread so apologies if this has already been posted. If a team is awarded a penalty, they can choose either to restart the tackle count from where the penalty was awarded or to kick to touch but then carry on from whatever tackle they were up to. At the moment a penalty is worth too much (so much so that we have the penalty ÷ penalty = try idea). This would be fairer.
  6. Why read the thread and decide to join the conversation then?
  7. The most worrying thing here is that we don't know the structure. I hope you're right. I'd love to see TO at York.
  8. That's not what I understood, though I'm happy to be proved wrong. Do you have an authoritative reference for this info. please?
  9. After my experience at Toulouse I'd be surprised if they had any idea how many were in the stadium, it was so amateurish.
  10. I agree. I accept that finishing higher in the league must be rewarded. TO's reward is a home tie and a second chance. Fair enough. However, should York win that then shouldn't Toulouse lose the home advantage?
  11. It specifically stated '2700 est.' which I took to mean estimated.
  12. A game I was at at Toulouse was reported as an estimated 2700. I'd be amazed if there was over 700. 15 minutes prior to kick off I could have counted them there were so few.
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