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I would not worry too much about Australia's RWC threat, while the Reds defence and two individual scores were excellent and the entertainment was first rate, as is generally the case with Super Rugby, had the match been refereed to the standard laws of rugby and not the special Super Rugby varient and/ or had Bryce exercised even an ounce of competency in his application of any laws and/or had the Crusaders maximised their significant scrum dominance then the Reds would have been well beaten. It is not impossible that these factors will again conspire to producer a similar outcome come the RWC but do note that under pressure Genia (try apart) and Cooper failed to provide the direction or decision making that champion sides really require.
Absolutely right Matthew; this doesn't bode well for the world cup.
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