You have no idea how difficult it is to post this without giggling with glee about today’s results. Let me assure you there is off-screen gleeful giggling.
This is my favourite individual try so far.
The two best moments have probably been the Sipi Tau vs Siva Tau war dance off which was amazing, and then the Haka vs Siva Tau near fight which may have taken dance-related leniancy to it’s extremes. It also lead to the glorious Tongan victory over New Zealand. Which has ensured that there cannot be an Australia vs New Zealand final, which is unexpected.
Well that was embarrassing for the Northern hemisphere. None of them, with the exception of Ireland, who were stuffed by being in one of the 3 team pools, can complain given their performances. I realise that it’s a minority sport in the countries that have not qualified from the groups but there’s a difference between losing and losing horribly!
Samoa are the national team closest to the centre, Catalan Dragons are somehow the club team closest to the centre.
Melbourne Storm now have the most players in the World Cup with 13, followed by St. George Illawara and Cronulla Sutherland Sharks, with 11. All the Melbourne players that started the tournament are still in while 1 St George’s and 1 Sharks player, both playing for Italy, are out.
In the community view, despite how interconnected Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa are, they all appear as separate communities.