It was a mixed bag last weekend for the rugby world, as the unbridled intensity of England’s win over the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup semi-final fizzled into the tedium of a kicking battle 24 hours later in South Africa’s win over Wales.
The Springboks won the game 19-16, but it was far from an engrossing match. Both side’s reluctance to attack kept the game close on the scoreboard throughout and that at least ramped up the nerves, as there was something major at stake.
The same could not be said for a match played across the ocean.
In terms of boring matches, the semi-final was easily eclipsed by the Pro14 contest between Zebre and Leinster played the day before in Parma, in which the reigning champions won 3-0 in wet conditions.
The good thing that often comes from games like these is the reaction on social media, particularly as this may have been the first time that a team came away with more league points than they actually scored in the match.
Moreover, with Leicester City winning 9-0 the day before against Southampton in football’s Premier League, the fact that only a third of the points were scored the following day makes the game all the more bizarre.
This was the reaction:
What a dreadful game of rugby !!!
— Charlie (@crusa) October 26, 2019
6 points in 17 minutes? That's like 160 minutes of Zebre v Leinster
— The Champ Champs (@GifsRugbyNStuff) October 27, 2019
Leinster winning 3-0 and Leicester winning 9-0 last night. Have we entered into some sort of crazy universe that I wasn’t told about? ???
— Ian (@petergriffdog) October 26, 2019
Still haven’t heard an apology from Leinster and Zebre for that 3-0 game this weekend. Rugby doesn’t deserve that.
— Thala Msutu (@ThalaMsutu77) October 28, 2019
Scored one less point than they are bringing home! https://t.co/tfkOeEW3Nb
— Darren Beck (@DarrenBeck13) October 26, 2019
Let us never speak of that again. #ZEBvLEI
— The Champ Champs (@GifsRugbyNStuff) October 26, 2019
— Alex (@AJG8701) October 26, 2019
Leinster are still missing all of their players who represented Ireland at the RWC. They will give the Pro14 side a major boost upon their return. Regardless, Leinster fans, and indeed all rugby fans, will hope that there will be no more games like this in the interim.
All Blacks Dane Coles couldn’t hold back the emotion in a Rugby World Cup press conference:
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