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Well, well well....the moment we all knew was coming is about to arrive.
We can try to be excited about France v England--but really it seems blaze' Martin Johnson has made a few slips in his picking but eh. White or Blue--one will win one will lose. THen Aussies v RSA--won't be an easy win, but Habana is playing with injury and Botha is out....Look for little O'Connor to score some tries and a win for Aussies. I"m not even gonna go into All Blacks v Argentina--again, not easy but come on. It's next week's semifinal between the Aussies and All Blacks that's got my engine purring!
So let's face it, this IS the match of the weekend.
Our team looks good--Jenkins, Bennett, A. Jones, Charteris, AWJones, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau, Phillips, Priestland, Williams, Roberts, Davies, North, and Halfpenny....did I say that YES I DID! FINALLY! Halfpenny at 15! This is gonna be fun. (I just wish my fantasy team was set up to put HP in that position....whomever does it, will be pleased.)
Saturday is the culmination of two teams epic road through the Pool stages of Rugby World Cup 2011. The Celtic region hasn't been buzzing this much since well possibly St. David's Day. The pubs will be the land of red and green tonight in LA (tomorrow morning to many of you).
Alot of pressure is put on the two captains...Warburton and O'Driscoll, but I think there's more to these teams than that. There are spots of weakness on both sides....HP at 15, is it too soon? too green there? and Ireland..Is Best's shoulder ready for the Welsh front row? All in all Wales look good, physically we are at 100% and as long as we keep our heads we'll see a repeat of the 6Nations match. Ireland has alot of confidence bolstering behind them. And we are 8 months past the 2011 Welsh defeat of the men in green.
But our biggest problem as Welsh fans is to put the burden of a win or loss on one or two key players...and that's just it, they are key players not the only players. It is as a team that Wales will win or lose this game. One spectacular try dive won't. Neither will one scrum, one drive, one ruck, one lineout or one anything else. Ireland don't play that kind of rugby. if they slip up, it will be the only time they slip up and they bounce like basketballs back to form.
We cannot wait for mistakes, we must attack and defend with equal measure. Take advantage of what we can, but strike when we see a window. That will be how we win this game.
So COME ON WALES! xo
(PS regarding my comments about Eng v France--please note, I have a bet with a non-bicycle helmet wearing English bloke. The bet is that Wales will get at least as far as England in the RWC. So forgive me now, but just in case the impossible happens, I may have to cheer on France. you see that's the other reason that Wales will win--God can't allow me to cheer for France... *smiles*)