DEFENDING champion New Zealand has crushed France 62-13 to record the biggest-ever winning margin in a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, with left winger Julian Savea scoring three of the All Blacks’ nine tries.

The margin eclipsed the previous record quarterfinal win when South Africa thrashed Samoa 42-14 in 1995.

The All Blacks will play South Africa in the semifinals and, on this form, will take some stopping.

Replacement scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow came off the bench to cap the win with two late tries.

The other tries came from lock Brodie Retallick and Nehe Milner-Skudder in the first half, and No 8 Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino in the second.

No 8 Louis Picamoles got France’s lone try in the first half and was sin-binned early into the second half.

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All Blacks humiliate France to reach Rugby World Cup semifinals

62 à 13 pour la Nouvelle-Zélande face à la France. Mauvaise soirée, bravo et bonne chance aux All Blacks pour la suite et la demi-finale. Le rugby français doit se remettre en question.
New Zealand 62 vs France 13. Bad evening for us so congrats and good luck for the All Blacks for next semifinal. French rugby federation has to reflect for the future.



Watching the All Blacks clinically tear apart France 62-13 in this morning’s World Cup quarterfinal in Cardiff was like watching a wolf vigorously shake a lamb between its teeth.

It was that brutal. They inflicted the heaviest-ever loss on the French, sending them back across the English Channel a humiliated mob that simply had no answer to a blitzkrieg in Cardiff.

The way they scored nine tries, including three by left wing Julian Savea who looked everything like the magnificent Jonah Lomu with the way he used his power and pace to entertain a crowd numbering almost 72,000 inside Millennium Stadium, didn’t just send a warning shot across the tournament’s title hopefuls.

It was like the roar of a cannon inside a quiet country church.

Now we know the truth. The All Blacks, having looked so inaccurate with their attack in the pool games, were just playing mind games with…

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2015 QF2: NZ v France plus/minus

62 à 13 pour la Nouvelle-Zélande face à la France. Mauvaise soirée, le rugby français doit se remettre en question.
New Zealand 62 vs France 13. Bad evening for us so good luck for the All Blacks for next semifinal. French rugby federation has to reflect for the future.

Up The Guts

A one-sided game, won by 49 points by the All Blacks. You can see in this graph how the All Blacks ran away with the game in the second half:

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Players in positive plus/minus:


Overall plus/minus events:

0: (+) #12 NZ good break

3: (+) #4 NZ win against lineout

4: (+) #7 Fr turnover at ruck

5: (-) #6 Fr using hands in ruck penalty

7: (-) #4 NZ hands in ruck penalty

8: (+) #15 Fr great penalty kick over 50m

10: (+) #4 NZ charge down and score

12: (-) #8 NZ knock on restart

13: (-) #6 NZ offside in backline

15: (-) #15 NZ throws ball back from ruck leading to turnover

16: (-) #9 Fr missed easy penalty kick

20: (-) #2 Fr playing ball with…

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#RWC2015 Diary: Ireland up to third in the World

Eileesh Buckley Blog & photography

Originally published on October 13th in the Irish Examiner

Stat of the day

A total of 231 tries were scored during the World Cup stages – an average of almost six a game.

But no team could match the flying Fijians when it came to scintillating running rugby, as illustrated by centre Vereniki Goneva’s touchdown against Pool A opponents Wales in Cardiff. Trailing 17-6, Fiji launched a thrilling counter-attack from deep inside their own half, with wing Asaeli Tikoirotuma wrong-footing Wales tacklers by throwing a dummy pass and then scorching through a huge gap.

With chasing Wales players closing in, Tikoirotuma delivered an inch-perfect long pass to Timoci Nagusa, whose unexpected angle of running further mesmerised the Welsh defence, then Nagusa’s under-arm pass saw Goneva finish off. It was a try of breathtaking adventure and stunning execution.


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Japan win among nominees for best Rugby World Cup moment in 20 years

Eileesh Buckley Blog & photography

Originally published on October 15th in the Irish Examiner.

World Rugby today announced a new award for the best moment of the last 20 years of World Cups.

The governing body has selected four Best Match Moments for fans to vote on through facebook.

The moments selected are:

  • Japan’s historic 34-32 defeat of South Africa at RWC 2015
  • Jonny Wilkinson’s RWC 2003-winning drop goal against Australia
  • France’s remarkable comeback to beat the All Blacks at RWC 1999
  • Jonah Lomu’s bruising performance against England at RWC 1995

To cast a vote, fans need to post about their standout memory on Facebook and include the hashtag associated with that Rugby World Cup moment.

The hashtags are:

#RWCJAPAN for Japan beating South Africa

#RWCJONNY for Wilkinson’s last-minute drop goal

#RWCFRANCE for France’s victory over New Zealand

#RWCLOMU for Lomu’s performance against England

Voting is now open (12:00 Thursday, 15 October) and fans…

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Les bleus en finale!!!

La bonne nouvelle du soir ! Bravo la Team « Yavbou ». Il faudra remporter cette finale.

Sports News Infos

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L’équipe de France s’est qualifiée pour la finale de l’euro2015 (Hongrie-Bulgarie), face à la Bulgarie qui jouait à domicile 3 sets à 2.

Les bleus, après être passés au travers de sa première manche, remportée par les Bulgares, en 27 minutes (18-25), ont tout de même réagi durant le second set, mais le cèdent alors,après avoir mené 16-12. (22-25)

Dos au mur comme en phase de poule, les français finissent par s’imposer lors du troisième set, et se relancent totalement dans la rencontre. Mais que ce fut dur.(26-25)

Au terme d’un 4ème set incroyable, les bleus s’imposent au mental et reviennent à 2 partout.(25-21)

Durant le 5ème set les français ont dominé physiquement et techniquement (pour la première fois du match) et fini par s’imposer (15-12).

Les bleus rencontreront la Slovénie demain.

BeIN Sport a promis de diffuser la finale en clair ce dimanche à 19h45.

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