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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, August 20 2011 @ 09:48 pm ACST

No disrespect meant to Canada at all, but just applying some conspiracy theories, any chance that NZ wanted to control the final margin to control their own likely finishing position amongst the top 4, i.e. try to influence who their semi final opponent would be?

Difficult to do, given South Africa and the USA don't play until Sunday.  But they could take an educated guess at that result.

This kind of "moderation" of ladder position could be more likely if say SA was comfortably ahead of the US - might they go harder or softer to increase/decrease their percentage?

Note that I didn't get to see the NZ vs Canada match, so this is purely speculation, I have no reason to believe it wasn't just a good effort from Canada.  Just pondering all the possibilities.

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: RevoOldBoy on Saturday, August 20 2011 @ 10:21 pm ACST

I will preface this by saying that I didnt see the game either but I would guess the result is due to the NZ likely resting some key players. Ultimately the strategy worked.

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, August 20 2011 @ 10:26 pm ACST

Quite possibly - and with quite a scare I should think.  I think the wind and bad kicking by NZ played a role too.

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, August 20 2011 @ 10:33 pm ACST

Sadly for Canada another campaign full of promise that looks like it will end with them down around 9th.  Are they just unlucky or not getting anywhere near their best team over or do I over-estimate them each time?

They've finished 9th, 7th, 6th and now maybe 9th or worse, with nations like Tonga and Fiji likely to be breathing down their necks in 3 years.

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: Mister Football on Saturday, August 20 2011 @ 11:12 pm ACST

If the current South Pacific development work continues, then Tonga and Fiji will overtake Canada in three years time, especially if each of these countries start getting more players into Australian leagues.

It's a bit disappointing considering Canada manages to organise a reasonable league of its own, but I think given how much Tonga and Fiji have achieved in barely two years, it's inevitable.

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: RevoOldBoy on Sunday, August 21 2011 @ 02:56 pm ACST

 Did anyone here see the US v SA game? By the score it would suggest US was pressing inot their forwared line all day, just not converting, was the game closer than the score suggested?

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Sunday, August 21 2011 @ 03:02 pm ACST

I'm down in Melbourne today so didn't see the game, but one comment I heard via twitter was "Someone tell the USA they're supposed to kick it between the big ones".  I'd assume that means the scoreline tells an accurate story, Revos controlled the game but couldn't convert.

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, August 21 2011 @ 03:43 pm ACST

Troy's report was filed from the ground - he watched it all unfold.  Sounds like the US really did dominate.  I suspected SA were not as strong as the other top sides but would still have enough to get the job done.  So a US win wasn't my tip, but it wasn't a shock.  But I certainly didn't think they would do it so easily.

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Game Days 5 and 6 - Live Scores
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, August 21 2011 @ 04:07 pm ACST

While I'm here a big thank you to all our crew but especially again to Troy and Tobie who have managed to get to every day of the Cup so far in Sydney.  They'll be looking forward to getting back home to Melbourne and continuing the great work from there.

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