Some things seem not to change! The All Blacks failed again to convert world rugby dominance into World Cup glory. This time they were outdone again by the French (18-20) in a match reminicence of the 1999 World Cup semi-final when the French came back from 10-24 down and in "30 minutes of madness" saw them win 43-31!
Personally, I have not been posting on the 2007 RWC after the initial few games because I suspected this would happen. Credit to the French defence though for putting up a great show but this loss was mainly due to the All Blacks giving away the game by not playing to their own strengths.
Though it was a definite forward pass that resulted in the French winning-try, All Blacks coach Graham Henry must take the blame for putting up a line-up that seem to give the French too much respect.
With this loss, my interest in the 2007 RWC comes to an end. France now plays England in one semi-final and it looks like another Northern Hemisphere versus Southern Hemisphere final. The Springboks should get through from the other half and are now favorites for the title but then again........