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The players, teams , issues involved with the Rugby World Cup 2015

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Stade Francais lose to La Rochelle

Morne Steyn along with Will Genia had very quiet games as La Rochelle spent long periods attacking and putting Stade under pressure. Although Steyn looked solid under pressure and found some good long touch-finders he was unable to spark the Stade backline.

Victor Vito stood out as the best loose forward on the park.The sun was out and the field was dry so conditions probably suited Vito. Brock James had a good game in the pivot position for La Rochelle.

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How did the Aussies do that?

How badly do these two teams want to win the Webb Ellis trophy? Wow!!! These two teams had both already qualified for the knockout stages but that never diminished the desire to do everything they can to make their respective campaigns successful.

By now everyone knows that Australia clung on to a lead whilst having two players sin-binned, under enormous pressure by the Welsh, then eventuallly winning this titanic battle.

For me this Test sets the bar high, very high for any teams that now face them. Australia have had impressive performances playing some outstanding rugby along the way in the 2015 RWC but they had not yet been in a really tight situation. That is untill now. Wales stopped Australia from making it over the gainline, stopped them from quickening up the pace of the game and pressurised the Australian defence by dominating territory and holding onto possession for long periods.


Australia celebrate after their victory against Wales

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