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France can't afford hiccup

By unknown | Sep 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

The highlight of week three of the Rugby World Cup will undoubtedly be tonight's clash between hosts France and Ireland.

Fighting it out in Pool D, widely known as the group of death, France will be hoping to follow up on their comprehensive 87-10 drubbing of Namibia on Monday.

France's loss in the opening match to Argentina will still be hurting them and there will be no better way of easing that hurt than with a win over the current Six Nations champs, Ireland.

The Irish have so far failed to live up to their promise at the tournament with scratchy wins over Namibia (32-17) and Georgia (14-10).

Hopes of going through to the quarterfinals will be in the back of both sides' minds and a loss will seriously dent their chances.

Another humdinger will take place in Nantes, France, tomorrow afternoon when England take on Samoa. England's coach Brian Ashton must know his side's backs are to the wall, but whether they have the ability and conviction to dig themselves out of the hole they find themselves in remains to be seen.

Against South Africa last Friday they were appalling and the question remains: "Can they turn it around in a week?"

The answer is probably "no", but they should still have too much up their sleeves for the Samoans, who will be desperate to avenge their loss to Tonga.

The last game on Saturday sees Argentina take on Namibia in what should be a one-sided affair. The Namibians are sadly out of their depth but will give it their all.

On Sunday Australia continue their quest for a third World Cup title when they take on Fiji in Montpellier. More suited to sevens rugby, the Fijians could find themselves on the receiving end of a hiding.

The last game of the weekend sees title favourites New Zealand play Scotland in what should also be a fairly one-sided match. Fortunately for the Scots, the game is played in their own backyard - Murrayfield, Edinburgh. But even that should not be enough to save a team struggling for form.

The weekend's fixtures:

Tonight: France v Ireland (9pm)

Tomorrow: South Africa v Tonga (2pm); England v Samoa (4pm); Argentina v Namibia (9pm)

Sunday: Australia v Fiji (2.30pm); New Zealand v Scotland (5pm).


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