Rugby World Cup 2023 Argentina and New Zealand

by Alain Chivilò

 

Fireworks for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. The word dream is not contemplated. Welcome to the In or Out mode and mood.

Wales vs Argentina (in Marseille) and Ireland vs New Zealand (in Saint-Denis).

On the pitch hard play, tensions, unpredictable plays such as lightning errors.

Wales vs Argentina

As written, “Los Pumas will try not to be actors without a role”. Argentina played the first Quarter-Final through this spirit: the desire and strength to stay in the match until the referee’s final whistle.

Wales seemed better as construction and performance in previous matches (Pool’s round), a little bit favourite for the QF. During the opening knockout day, except two and a half flare-ups, did not express its potential. It visibly appeared frozen.

Argentina put in place everything necessary to reach the semi-finals. In the first half, Argentina’s missed penalty seemed like a sign of defeat but, the team always remained on the right path, playing the best game so far.

Try and try back for an alternating score for the final victory. An attack by the Welshman with the oval ball on the outside post of the pitch, although the phase appeared with low percentage of success, against the final breakthrough of Los Pumas for the try’s victory. An error by Welsh during the constraction of the  play put the end definitively for the last by Los Pumas.

Very intense quaterfinal, with mutual respect and fair play. Wales come out with their heads held high, Argentina will be looking for a medal.

Argentina 29 vs Wales 17 

Argentina:

Tries Joel Sclavi (68′), Nicolas Sanchez (77′) – Conv Emiliano Boffelli (69′, 78′) – Pens Emiliano Boffelli (39′, 45′, 44′, 48′), Nicolas Sanchez (81′)

Wales:

Tries Dan Biggar (14′), Tomos Williams (55′) – Conv Dan Biggar (16′, 55′) – Pens Dan Biggar (21′)

 

As announced, Ireland vs New Zealand was extremely hard and tough: first half 17 – 18.

During the Haka, a loud noise was heard from the green fans. Meanwhile, the Irish players created two circles referring to the symbol of infinity or the two balls (geometric or non-geometric). Instead, “Ireland pays tribute to Anthony Foley during the haka!”.

Years and years ago, during the Haka, I remember England in front with a cone shape, while France got close enough to feel the breathing.

New Zealand expressed a careful rugby both in attack but above all in defense, which suffered two yellow cards, with Ireland not totally able to partially take the numerical advantage.

All Blacks capitalized as best they could, always taking the lead but, Ireland never gave up, coming closer and keeping the outcome of the match always in the balance.

In the last attack, New Zealand decided to kick high and short. In the turnover, Ireland had the opportunity to close the game for the victory with one last try. Extraordinary All Blacks defence. Finally, on phase 37, the exhausted Irish finished just meters away from a historic success.

New Zealand 28 vs Ireland 24

New Zealand:

Tries Leicester Fainga’anuku (19′), Ardie Savea (33′), Will Jordan (53′) – Conv Richie Mo’unga (21′), Jordie Barrett (54′) – Pens Richie Mo’unga (8′), Jordie Barrett (14′, 69′)

Ireland:

Tries Bundee Aki (27′), Jamison Gibson-Park (39′) – Pen Tries (64′) – Conv Johnny Sexton (29′, 40′) – Pens Johnny Sexton (22′)

No special deliveries, joking. Awesome Quarterfinal. Ireland has been unlucky to find New Zealand. All Blacks demonstrated power and skills, as expected, with some question marks. Now they could also think to the last day of the RWC but, according to.

First Semifinal: Argentina – Los Pumas vs New Zealand – All Blacks.

The challenge is open: Try, Essai.

 

©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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