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Shock, erm.. shocker at World Cup?

Byline: Darren Fullerton

SO WHAT did we learn from the opening exchanges of the 2011 Rugby World Cup? Well, that a shock in the pool stages is about as likely as seeing a tittering Alan Carr slapping Stone Cold Steve Austin's lycra clad bottom in a WWF Smackdown tag-team bout.

That the also-ran nations of the sport remain just that - also-rans struggling to span a chasm in class.

That Ireland have possibly started as they mean to continue - struggling for any real semblance of free-flowing style and form.

And... wait for it... that South Africa (if their narrow and unconvincing 17-16 win over Wales is anything to go by) look beatable.

Why do I mention this? Well, because if Ireland finish second in their pool (which, trust me, they probably will, given that Australia are also in the group), they will meet the winners of Pool D in the quarter-finals.

Which, trust me again, will be South Africa.

So stick with it... Shocking as it may seem, maybe there IS a World Cup shock heading our way.


AUSTRALIAN J fans search for a shock at the Rugby World Cup
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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 13, 2011
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