Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

World Cup Highs, Lows; Wallabies in Finals' Mix to Upset Bookies Predictions

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

World Cup Highs, Lows; Wallabies in Finals' Mix to Upset Bookies Predictions

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BOMBER'S BLAST

ANTHONY BREEZE

THE Rugby World Cup is down to eight countries with our Wallabies still among the teams that can win the trophy.

The tournament has featured several high points and a low point so far.

The high points include the performances of host nation Japan, who have shocked many with their gutsy football and the emergence of several young stars from developing countries who will be looking for contracts after the competition is finished.

The football has been entertaining from some countries who love to throw the ball around making it a better game to watch.

The low point so far has been the interpretations from the referees and TMO on several tackles that were only a penalty at best.

Rugby is a collision sport so contact will be accidental in most cases.

Let's apply a common sense decision to each case and move on and give the viewers what they want -- some great free-flowing action.

The quarter finals are this weekend where England take on our Wallabies, favourites New Zealand battle Ireland, Wales face France and hosts Japan tackle South Africa.

The bookmakers see Eng-land, New Zealand, Wales and South Africa to win their relevant clashes and progress onto the semi-finals.

I tend to agree with them.

I am hoping though that the Wallabies have been building up to a big performance and can produce it on Saturday.

Rain delays

WHILE we all were grateful for the rain that came last Saturday, it played havoc with sports around the region.

Firstly, it was round one of softball fixtures but no play was possible with the diamonds deemed unplayable.

Vigoro were in the same boat with the rain cancelling the first day of their season.

Cricket fared a little better than softball and vigoro with some teams getting on the field, mainly in Toowoomba.

The sun should be shining all weekend so all sports will be happy to get back out on the grounds. …

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