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Troll
7th September 2007, 21:06
Well done the Argies,France were dire.

wendigo100
8th September 2007, 15:12
Argies aren't bad. They beat us at Twickers last year, and they've beaten France before recently too.

IR35 Avoider
8th September 2007, 18:21
In the end the upset made the game worth watching, but I spent most of the first half in a state of depression when I realised that there was no way round the fact that I was going to have to put up with ITV's extremely crap picture quality for the whole tournament.

sasguru
8th September 2007, 18:26
Great match. Argies had a solid defence.

Swiss Tony
10th September 2007, 07:41
In the end the upset made the game worth watching, but I spent most of the first half in a state of depression when I realised that there was no way round the fact that I was going to have to put up with ITV's extremely crap picture quality for the whole tournament.

Hear hear, their commentary is dire as well :sick

Troll
10th September 2007, 07:58
Hear hear, their commentary is dire as well :sickThirded... any idea where to make our feelings known?

PRC1964
10th September 2007, 08:16
Hear hear, their commentary is dire as well :sick
They have comentary on Radio 5 Sports Extra. Turn down the telly and listen to that instead.

WindyAnna
10th September 2007, 08:41
How come the Sky commentators are on ITV? Or is it just that I am going mad and it just sounds like Stuart Barnes>?!

tay
10th September 2007, 09:12
They did a deal, ITV get free use of the Sky commentators, and Sky gets pictures for thier rugby highlights show.

darmstadt
10th September 2007, 09:15
They're showing this live on German TV (DSF, normally only good after midnight for Sexy Sports Clips) which is nice. Caught the All Blacks against Italy which was a pretty good game except the Italians didn't stand a chance.

dang65
10th September 2007, 09:18
I think ITV have put together a pretty good commentary and studio group this time. Will Greenwood is fantastic and Martin Johnson has pure authority in everything he says.

But there are a lot of infuriating things about their coverage, and the biggest of all is Jim Rosenthal whose every word makes me cringe. He seems to be on some kind of commission to include every possible nickname and cliche in existence as often as possible and obviously doesn't listen to a word that the real experts say. He'll start a conversation with, "So, reigning World Champions England really struggling there against the plucky Eagles - The Yanks. Do Brian Ashton's men have a chance against The Boks?" Followed by studio experts saying, yes, of course England have a chance against South Africa. Summed up by Rosenthal as, "So, reigning World Champions England really struggling against the plucky Eagles - The Yanks. Brian Ashton's men will be worried about facing The Boks." Cut to studio experts, faces in hands with embarrassment.

tay
10th September 2007, 10:00
I thought it was funny when he called the All Blacks chokers.. and then he almost shat himself when he relised Sean Fitzpatrick was going to throttle him. He could have backed down a little faster.. but not by much.:laugh

Troll
10th September 2007, 10:08
Anyone watch the the SA match with Samoa.. feck that was physical

IR35 Avoider
10th September 2007, 12:15
Anyone watch the the SA match with Samoa.. feck that was physical

"The chiropracter" was only on the field for a few minutes, but the tackle he was criticised for was the way the evey member of the Samoan team made every tackle, when they appeared in the first world cup.

I think the theory of tackling is that if you stop someone away from the center of gravity you can more easily bring them down. This historically meant tackling round the ankles, or as low as you could. The Samoans worked out that if you jumped into the air and led with your shoulder into the guy's face (err.. not that's not allowed, I mean his chest of course), you were just as far from his centre of gravity, you caused him to rotate backwards rather than forwards, and there was a reasonable chance he wouldn't feel like playing any more afterwards. (If he was still capable of feeling anything at all...)

Zorba
10th September 2007, 12:22
They're showing this live on German TV (DSF, normally only good after midnight for Sexy Sports Clips) which is nice. Caught the All Blacks against Italy which was a pretty good game except the Italians didn't stand a chance.

Watched it on French tv myself (TF2) - I was pleased at least that Italy managed to score!

wendigo100
10th September 2007, 13:21
Watched it on French tv myself (TF2) - I was pleased at least that Italy managed to score!EeeTAHLya!!

I wonder how the romans pronounced it?

interested
10th September 2007, 14:03
Anyone watch the the SA match with Samoa.. feck that was physical

Anyone see how fecking big the Samoan no 18 was?!

Zorba
10th September 2007, 14:08
EeeTAHLya!!

I wonder how the romans pronounced it?

Quite.