Turnbull takes back Bill–Day Three of the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup
17 September 2015
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The final round of Parliamentary Rugby World Cup saw us back the the Richmond Athletic Ground with three teams still in the hunt for the title. South Africa would play Australia with the winners having to wait to see if New Zealand could beat France by enough points to overcome their inferior points difference.
The Australians were well rested having had a quiet night after an early start to a day which saw them have a tour of Parliament followed by an afternoon of sightseeing in the capital. The New Zealanders prepared as they always did whatever the level of rugby involved keeping things in moderation until the tournament was over.
Both the Australians and the South Africans showed a high level of skill despite their advancing years and expanding waistlines and it was the Australians who persevered winning 17-0 leaving the Kiwis to win by at least 51 points against Franc if they were to retain their title. I don’t know if that having spent quite a bit of time with the Australian team as their liaison officer meant that I had been struck with Stockholm Syndrome, but I never thought that I would spend an afternoon supporting Australia in one match then supporting France in the next!
The Kiwis were 19-0 up after the first quarter and 24-0 ahead at half time, right 0n schedule to pull of a remarkable tournament win, and when they went over for another try soon after the restart it looked to be all over. But the French began to show more resistance and a few errors began to creep into the New Zealanders’ game. Four tires were needed in the last 15 minutes and two were scored pretty quickly leaving two more to get in ten minutes. But the Parliamentary All Blacks could not cross again to the delight of the Australians and their manager Andy Turnbull who, despite breaking his arm in the second round of games, will take the politicians version of the Webb Ellis Cup back Down Under.
In the very last game of the competition The Commons & Lords took on Japan, hosts of the 2019 tournament, and recorded their first victory winning 27-17. As I write, the Argentinians and Welsh sides are engaging in a singing competition while the Japanese are hosting a drinks reception which is lubricating their voices. The official dinner is later this evening and like every rugby dinner it promises to be messy!
You will be able to pick up all the scores and the final table at www.pwc2015.co.uk
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