Friday, October 21, 2011
Sorbos World Cup Blog, Pundits Don't Actually Think France Will Win
So the final is nearly here and the excitement for many is building, I'm still at the point where I'm not even excited, I will be when it kicks off but until then I have far too much slave labour to go through.
Australia vs Wales
Yeah this has been done after the match but really does anyone care? I know the teams don't so I won't either.
Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy, Dimitri Yachvili, Morgan Parra, Alexis Palisson, Maxime Mermoz, Aurelien Rougerie, Vincent Clerc, Maxime Medard.
Unchanged from the side that limped to a one point win against Wales, they'll certainly need to play better then that to even have it close on Sunday night. Dusautoir is again going to have to keep this team together throughout while the backs will have top produce something magic to break through the strong All Blacks back line. If the French forwards can stand up to the inevitable onslaught by their counterparts then they'll have a shot, if not and it'll be like last Sunday all over again.
Key man for France is Vincent Clerc he is the man that can score tries and he'll have to do it come Sunday.
Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Richard Kahui, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Adam Thomson, Andy Ellis, Stephen Donald, Sonny Bill Williams
They are and rightfully so are heavy favourites for this match because on paper they are easily the better side. Form while this team is playing so well and the focus shown against Australia shows this team will be ready to go Sunday night. Again the forwards will look to build a strong platform so that the backs can try penetrate the French defensive line. Weepu hopefully can have a better kicking day and Cruden keeping composed should help us to victory but again they will do it with a big performance up front.
Key man for New Zealand is Keven Meleamu, if he can get over the advantage line with those runs off the ruck then we should get quick ball for the backs to exploit.
The All Blacks
will win the world cup