World Cup continues..

I’m not normally one for futuring, but Australia are favoured to wreak revenge on England for that drop-goal in the last final – if Mike Catt’s right.. and he’ll be on the pitch in Marseille. Later tonight, in Cardiff, the All-Blacks also look set to put French dreams to bed ’til next time, provided their seemingly traditional yips don’t re-appear, and make it Southern hemisphere 2 – 0 Northern hemisphere before South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Scotland take the field tomorrow. Half-time England 6 – 10 Australia And that’s why I’m not normally one for futuring.. Full-time Australia 10 – 12 England. A tense, tough.. and close game. Update The second quarter final is underway in Cardiff, 4 mins in, 0-0, and already there’s a player walking [off the pitch] wounded. Nasty knee to the back of the head left the French no. 6, Serge Betsen, unconscious. Half-time NZL 13 – 3 France and, judging by the singing, a lot of optimistic Irish fans bought tickets for this game in advance of the earlier results. Still close but the All-Blacks, in silver, look the more likely to prevail. Second Half 46 mins in, All-Black no.12 sin-binned. Full-time NZL 18 – 20 France. THE game of the tournament. Much more open than the earlier quarter-final today, and even more of a shock result. And won, in the end, by a brilliant defensive performance by France. Which, of course makes it Northern hemisphere 2 – 0 Southern hemisphere. So much for futuring…