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Postby Baggieland » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:13 am

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Baggieland off to Slow Start


Aji No Moto 21 – 0 Baggieland


Baggieland's first ever foray into an international rugby tournament didn't get off to the best of starts, however, there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game. The game took place at the impressive King Otumlo Stadium in front of 87,000 passionate fans who had made the journey to see these two teams in action. The Throstles were up against 40th ranked Aji No Moto who were playing in their lurid yellow and purple kit. Despite Baggieland being unranked, they gave their more experienced opponents plenty of scares.

The Throstles thought they had opened the scoring when full back Vincent Tank placed the ball over the try-line, only for the touch-judge to rule that Tank's foot had gone out of play just before he dived for the line. The rest of the first-half saw both teams trying to break each other down, but it looked like the half would end scoreless when the Motos scored the first try.

As the second-half got under way the Throstles had a couple of chances to reduce the deficit when they were awarded two penalties. Unfortunately, the usually reliable Pilkington didn't have his kicking boots on and Baggieland failed to get on the scoresheet. As the half wore on, the Throstles could be seen to be tiring and the more experienced Motos scored two more tries to finish the game off.

No points either on the pitch nor in the group table, but it was a good performance from the newcomers against a highly skilled and seasoned team. C'mon you Throstles!

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Postby Port Ember » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:27 am

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Special Section: Rugby Union World Cup 29


Introducing The Team



With the 29th rendition of the Rugby Union World Cup being well underway, the "Rugga Fever" is starting to slowly, but surely infect the nation.

As the fans are well aware, World Cup 28 was a complete disaster for our nation - losing all four of our scheduled group games, without managing to score even a single try. Thus, the hopes for the improvement of our team this year is not very high.

But rest assured dear reader/fan, for I bring optimistic news. See, when we participated within the previous world cup, we did so in an extremely chaotic and unprofessional manner, as the team we entered consisted of loose confederation of university teams, with zero support from the government.

This time however, we are ready! The Port Ember Rugby Union (PERU) was established in the wake of the disastrous World Cup 28, and have managed to scrape together a complete team which resembles something down the lines of an actual international standard team. Hell we even have a foreign coach!

Now, I'm not going to prophesize any sort of success for this tournament, yet at least we will fail as a united team!

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the team to our readers in its entirety:

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Alex Renvier (Neu Engollon).

Alex is a man who needs no introduction within the Neu Engollian rugby community. He enjoyed a successful career as a professional player for the premier league team - the Geneva Gargoyles, as well as flying his nation's flag high by wearing the national jersey for a number of years. After old age got the better of him, Alex took up the head whistle for the powerhouse club of the Burgunden Brawlers, arguably one of the most successful rugby clubs in the AVRU. Alex Renvier was successfully headhunted by the newly established Port Ember Rugby Union and now aims to lead the rookies towards causing an upset or two on the international scene.

Assistant Coach: Cam Cook.

"Cam Cook Can Cook!" is the mantra the fans used to chant during matches whilst he was the head coach for the Port Ember Maritime University team. He is known to be quite a strategist, developing weird and wonderful plays for his squad. He has now left his old position behind, to take up the mantle as Assistant Coach for the national squad, in hopes of being developed so that he can take over the chief reins in future.

Scrum Coach: Eugene Jozefo.

Eugene used to work as the Scrum coach of the Port Ember Maritime University, under Cam Cook, and was given an opportunity to work with the national squad, on the behest of his former boss.

Fitness Coach: Derick Brava.

Derick Brava has a masters degree in Physiology and is a Grand Master in the Batala Arto Martial Arts, who has trained more than a mere handful of Mixed Martial Arts champions during his career. Master Derick has been brought onto the national squad in an effort to build the fitness levels of the squad up to international standards.

Technical Coach: Oliver Orabela.

Oliver studied Technical Skills at an international rugby school, before returning to his beloved Republic, where he has now been appointed to work under Coach Alex, to support the team with technical and ball handling skills.

Team Doctor: Dr Rozanne Dezirinda.

Doctor Dezirinda worked as a trauma surgeon and sports physician in Port Ember Megalopolis before her appointment as the team's doctor.

Logistics Manager: Malone Ludoviko

Malone is a retired military logistician who has been appointed to run all logistical and travel arrangements for the team, both at home and abroad.

Starting XV

Davie Nikolao
Starting Position: Prop || Jersey #: #1 || Age: 22 || Height: || 1.82m Weight: 112Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Lord Gray Secondary School || Bio:
Davie Nikolao is nothing short of a freak of nature. He is built like a brick wall - his very existence almost defying the laws of basic biology. Despite his slow sprinting speed and not-so-good stamina, Davie is by far the physically strongest player on the team, used as a proper "Impact Player" - especially during scrums.
What excites us about him: His devastating impact within scrums.

Kaden Gaja
Starting Position: Hooker || Jersey #: #2 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.8m || Weight: 108Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Lord Gray Secondary School || Bio:
Despite not being as strong as Davie, he is not far behind in that department, and he has a lot more stamina, allowing him to be dangerous for much longer. Known for his bad temper.
What excites us about him: His tendency to devolve a minor argument into a fist fight. Granted, it's not good for the team - but it's what we pay good money for!

Domenic Amika
Starting Position: Prop || Jersey #: #3 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.81m || Weight: 100Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Lord Gray Secondary School || Bio: Domenic conforms to the rest of the forward pack which was selected to fly the Port Emberian colours - in the sense of being ill tempered, built like a wall, and able to hit like a truck. His stamina is not too great however, and lacks real game experience.
What excites us about him: His ability to deliver absolutely bone crushing tackles.

Graeme Koralo
Starting Position: Lock || Jersey #: #4 || Age: 22 || Height: 2.2m || Weight: 98Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Lord Gray Secondary School ||Bio: Graeme appears to have all it takes to be a future star in his position - being tall, strong, fast, fit and a keen eye for gaps in the opposition lines. Lacks experience, but his natural talent still allows him to shine.
What excites us about him: He is rumoured to be very capable of stealing balls in mauls - a game changing skill for sure.

Ralph Valora
Starting Position: Lock || Jersey #: #5 || Age: 22 || Height: 2.1m || Weight: 90Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Lord Gray Secondary School [/u] || Bio: Ralph seems to be a good fit in his position, and appears to be the favourite for stealing opposing balls in contested line outs.
What excites us about him: He is rumoured to be able to pull off some mad ninja like acrobatic moves in the air when contesting the ball during line outs. Sounds awesome!

Goddard Pippa
Starting Position: Flanker || Jersey #: #6 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.8m || Weight: 88Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Blackwood High School[/u] || Bio: What Goddard lacks in sheer power and intimidation, he makes up for with fast feet and excellent handling skills.
What excites us about him: His fast feet and handling skills allows him to break out of a deadlock defence in an instant - allowing for deep field try thievery! And we like deep field try thievery!

Dom Venka
Starting Position: Flanker || Jersey #: #7 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.83m || Weight: 92Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Blackwood High School || Bio: Dom is clearly still inexperienced, yet he has shown excellent promise in his ability to create havoc in rucks.
What excites us about him: He is known to get a little "too excited" when stomping out the ball during rucks, the action quickly turning into a violent kicking contest. Now, we will see a lot of penalties from him - but hey this is rugby!!!

Kennedy Miéla
Starting Position: Number 8 || Jersey #: #8 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.9m || Weight: 95Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Blackwood High School || Bio: Kennedy, although green, is a player with loads of talent. His speed, aggression and stamina will surely serve the team well in future.
What excites us about him: Strong AND fast - this is what we want!

Archie Fajra (C)
Starting Position: Scrum Half || Jersey #: #9 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.65m || Weight: 80Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Ember Port High || Bio: Archie is walking into the baptism of fire of the new national team as the chosen captain - chosen due to his constant calmness, and ability to doze the almost constant anger of the rest of the squad (despite being the smallest player on the team). He has lightning quick pace, excellent handling skills and a great eye for calling plays on the spot.
What excites us about him: We will want to see how this little guy manages to calm down the super angry giants on his squad!

Ryley Mićjo
Starting Position: Flyhalf || Jersey #: #10 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.83m || Weight: 97Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Ember Port High || Bio: Ryley seems to be quite talented, yet he remains very hot headed and tends to make several mistakes when placed under pressure. He is a talented kicker at least, and serves as the designated kicker of the squad.
What excites us about him: DROP GOALS!!!!

Steward Rozabela
Starting Position: Winger || Jersey #: #11 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.8m || Weight: 90Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Gold Coast Boys High || Bio: Steward is lightning fast - by far the fastest player on the team - with a notorious level of sidestep in his pocket. Will definitely be the player to watch.
What Excites us about him: Sidestep and lighting speeds.. What more can be said?

Darion Antono
Starting Position: Inside Centre || Jersey #: #12 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.85m || Weight: 100Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted from: Gold Coast Boys High || Bio: Whilst not shining in any specific skill; Darion seems to be a quality all rounder, who could easily become a player of worth in the near future after some experience exposure.
What excites us about him: He has GORGEOUS hair.

Ogden Maraja
Starting Position: Outside Centre || Jersey #: #13 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.88m || Weight: 99Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Gold Coast Boys High || Bio: Ogde is a fast player and a very hard hitter when it comes to defensive tackles. Not as rounded as his compatriot Centre, but seems to fit well into the role of outside centre.
What excites us about him: Apparently, he shines his boots before each game… That's just plain wonderful madness.

Wilfrid Fiéro
Starting Position: Winger || Jersey #: #14 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.88m || Weight: 99Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Thurston Academy || Bio: Wilfrid is an interesting choice, being a far different sort of Winger when compared to the nimble #11. Wilfrid is not nearly as fast as Steward, yet is very firmly built, relying on powering through the defence, instead of outrunning it.
What excites us about him: We can't wait to see a backliner run right through a surprised frontrower!

Danny Sprita
Starting Position: Fullback || Jersey #: #15 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.79m || Weight: 85Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Thurston Academy || Bio: Danny seems to be quite skilled, yet his inexperience is quite clear, and tends to bend under pressure. He is a good kicker, and acts as the backup kicker for the squad.
What excites us about him: He has obscene nude images tattooed on his arms!

Team Roster: Reserves

Jenson Karesinda
Starting Position: Prop/Hooker || Jersey #: #16 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.9m || Weight: 102Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Thurston Academy || Bio: Jenson is a utility player for the front pack, being able to fit anywhere in the pack, but specializes in either the Prop/Hooker positions.

Jamie Rubena
Starting Position: Prop || Jersey #: #17 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.89m || Weight: 102kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Thurston Academy || Bio: Jamie does not possess the stamina to go for the full 90 - yet is dangerous when used as a late game impact player.

Irving Tondra
Starting Position: Lock || Jersey #: #18 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.92m || Weight: 104Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Greenfields High || Bio: Irving does not possess the stamina to go for the full 90 - yet is dangerous when used as a late game impact player.

Saxon Castilia
Starting Position: Lock || Jersey #: #19 || Age: 22 || Height: 2.2m || Weight: 115Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Greenfields High || Bio: Saxon does not possess the focus to go for the full 90 - yet is dangerous when used as a late game impact player.

Ozzy Mirinda
Starting Position: Flanker/Number 8 || Jersey #: #20 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.82m || Weight: 98Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Blacklake Secondary || Bio: Ozzy is a fast loose forward, able to be used as an impact player in a variety of forward positions.

Tucker Ćiela
Starting Position: Flanker || Jersey #: #21 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.85m|| Weight: 92Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Blacklake Secondary || Bio: Tucker possesses ample raw talent, yet lacks plenty of experience and requires development.

Carlyle Adorinda
Starting Position: Center || Jersey #: #22 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.79M || Weight: 91Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Amanaki High || Bio: Carlyle possesses ample raw talent, yet lacks plenty of experience and required development.

Steven Stelara
Starting Position: Center || Jersey #: #23 || Age: 22 || Height: 1.82m || Weight: 96Kg || International Caps: 0 || Scouted From: Amanaki High || Bio: Steven possesses ample raw talent, yet lacks plenty of experience and required development.




Matchday 1 Overview

Port Ember vs Krysha


Final Score: Port Ember 33 - Krysha 20

Point Scorers:
Port Ember:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 12) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)
- Try (Minute 25) (#1 Davie Nikolao)
- Try Conversion (Minute 25) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)
- Try (Minute 55) (#4 Graeme Koralo)
- Try Conversion (Minute 55) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)
- Penalty Kick (Minute 63) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)
- Try (Minute 72) (#11 Steward Rozabela)
- Try Conversion (Minute 72) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)
- Penalty Kick (Minute 78) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)
- Drop Goal (Minute 80+3) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)

Krysha:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 18) (#10)
- Try (Minute 35) (#11)
- Try Conversion (Minute 35) (#10)
- Try (Minute 40+2) (#13)
- Try Conversion (Minute 40+2) (#10)
- Penalty Kick (Minute 68) (#10)

Venue Played: King Popilu I Stadium, Molnitha, Nevorn

Brief Summary:

The Port Emberian "Dragons" managed to impress during their debut match against another debutant team - the national squad of Krysha during Match Day 1 of Rugby Union World Cup 29.

Whilst it was clear that inexperience was the order of the day for our green squad, as numerous handling errors disrupted play on the regular, they fortunately managed to settle down and get comfortable within themselves, using their superior fitness and physical strength to gradually wear down their opponents - who managed to put up a valiant effort, despite being visibly exhausted during most of the second half.

Let us hope that Coach Alex Renvier identifies the areas of improvement, and closes those gaps in time for our next match.


Matchday 2 Preview

Port Ember vs Sannyamathland


Venue: King Popilu I Stadium, Molnitha, Nevorn

Brief Summary:

Port Ember will face off against Sannyamathland next - another debutant squad, as part of match day 2 of the world cup. The Port Emberian Dragons will enter the match with a morale advantage as they clinched a beautiful win during Matchday 1, where Sannyamathland was trampled by the Busoga Islands squad.
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Postby Port Arthur PE » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:34 am

Port Arthur Times
Culture Section


The Tales of "Mad Jack". Part 1



The history and culture of the modern Port Arthur is one of the most unique occurrences in known history, and continues to be a serious conversation (and debate) topic amongst ruling governments and academic institutions alike, and will most likely remain so for the foreseeable future.

This article aims not to bore the reader with those well known facts of how the nation has transformed into its current state - yet I will offer a brief summary for those foreign readers who needs a quick recap so to speak:

- The area known as Port Arthur today, has always been a highly contested area due to its strategic geographic location, and has thus seen its fair share of conflict, and subsequent change of ownership. Between the period of 221BC and 1980, it constantly changed ownership between the Chinese, British, Japanese and Russian governments, almost always with intense combat and violence involved.

- In 1981, the nation of Ukraniumstan purchased the entire area from the Chinese government who turned it into a major trade port. Throughout the 1990's, the city benefited from the attention of the local Ukraniumstan administration, who, among other things, banned motorcycles and planted large, lush parks in the city's many traffic circles. They also preserved much of the city's Japanese and Russian architectural heritage.

- The most recent change of ownership of the area occurred in 2018 as a direct result of the Fire & Steel Incident, which saw the area transferred to Port Ember and the establishment of the Colony of Port Arthur. In the wake of the The Razing of Port Arthur, the entire area was left destroyed and the few survivors fled the area, majorly towards the Chinese mainland to the north. When Port Ember assumed ownership of the area, it had zero residents and a completely destroyed city and surroundings. Port Ember, in a bold and unique political move, invited The Armed Republic of The Chuck and The Free Lands of The Selkie to assume a seat in the governance of the new city state, alongside large area's deemed Quarters, which was to be developed and administered by the respective representatives of the invited nations. Although the rebuilding process is still in its infancy, the Colony is attracting a massive influx of immigrants and foreign business, creating the largest and most impressive rebuilding project in history.

Thus, due to the unique history, population, political landscape and environment, Port Arthur has an extremely complex and varietal set of cultures.

Recently however, something of particular interest to academics have started developing - a unique blended Port Arthurian culture. The first evidence of this which I have personally discovered, was the oral folklore tales of a sinister character known as "Mad Jack". After conducting in depth research, it was concluded that the tales of this character does not exist in the parent nations from which the pioneers hail, thus it has been developed right here in Port Arthur, as a completely new and unique local invention. What excites me more is the fact that these tales can be found being told within the homes of the Port Emberian, Chuckian and Selkie alike - and is thus not rooted into one parent culture.

As any other folklore tale, the story's of Mad Jack are clearly not rooted on any sort of physical evidence, or any realm of possibility, and the exact nature of origin is impossible to determine - and these factors are not of importance. What is of importance is the fact that these stories have originated here, and are spreading here.

Although my profession is dedicated to the pure academic study of folklore, I have taken it upon myself to help build the new national identity of Port Arthur as a unique and separate culture, and will thus be sharing the stories of Mad Jack with you over the following weeks in a special edition of this newspaper, releasing one story per week.

Without further ado, here follows the first tale of Mad Jack.

Mad Jack Invents Music


In the virgin days of the rebirthed Port Arthur, the land was still raw, filled with the morbid crumbling remains of man, beast and concrete. The dark clouded sky carried a constant red glow, as it was ever filled with traces of smoke, originating from the great mass of rubble and ruin.

Mad Jack decided to roam this desolate ruined land amongst the exhausted and dirty pioneers who seeked to repair what was unrepairable. Mad Jack wore his long leather jacket, accompanied by his ever present and loyal walking cane, drifting from one pile of rubble to the next, never being recognised by tired eyes.

After eight days and eight nights, Mad Jack came to the conclusion that the land was utterly dull, utterly morbid and utterly boring.

"What can I do to make this wretched land more interesting?" Mad Jack asked himself. At that same moment, a young woman nearby commented wistfully to herself, "The sounds of the birds are so beautiful."

Mad Jack silently agreed with her. The poor souls of this land could not make the beautiful and inspired calls of birds. Their voices were wretched and mundane. Mad Jack, in his mad wisdom knew that he could not change the nature of these folk, for that was the purview of other servants of chaos. However, he could give them tools to make beautiful sounds.

Mad Jack took hold of the petulant woman and ripped her asunder. From her skull and arms he made a drum. From her ribs he made flutes. From her legs and tendons he made a violin. He presented these gifts to the pioneers, and thus Music was born.




About the author

Doctor (PHD) Monique Clerice was born in the Republic of Port Ember, where she completed her Doctorate Degree in folkloristics.

She immigrated to the Colony of Port Arthur in 2018, as part of the first wave of pioneers who commenced the establishment and rebuilding of the Colony.

Dr Clerice is currently employed as a senior professor at the Port Arthur State University, where she is in charge of folkloristics. She regularly writes articles for the Port Arthur Times as a freelancer.




Matchday 1 Overview

Port Arthur vs Pratapgadh


Final Score: Port Arthur 7 - Pratapgadh 3

Point Scorers:
Port Arthur:

- Try (Minute 65) (#11 Stuart Rockbeare)
- Try Conversion (Minute 65) (#10 Raymond Memeth)

Pratapgadh:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 13) (#10)

Venue Played: Peahi Peita Stadium, Port-au-Rex, Nevorn)

Brief Summary:

The Port Arthurian "Red Pandas" failed to impress during their debut match against another debutant team - the national squad of Pratapgadh during Match Day 1 of Rugby Union World Cup 29.

It was clear that inexperience was the order of the day for our brand new squad, as constant handling errors disrupted play, and led to the loss of momentum and initiative.

The Red Pandas were in a desperate scramble for possession ever since minute 13, when the opposition converted a penalty kick, awarded due to an offside call within our 22 territory.

Opportunity arose in minute 65, when winger Stuart Rockbeare managed to slip through a hole in the defense, slipping the ball down right between the posts, making it easy for fly half captain Raymond Memeth to convert it.

This was the final points obtained for the entire match, as both sides continued to fumble any arising opportunities.

Despite the match being quite unspectacular and uninspiring - this remains the first ever win for our national team - which is epic in its own unique way.


Matchday 2 Preview

Port Arthur vs Hannasea


Venue: Peahi Peita Stadium, Port-au-Rex, Nevorn)

Brief Summary:

Port Arthur will face off against Hannasea next - another debutant squad, as part of match day 2 of the world cup. The Port Arthurian Red Pandas will enter the match as slight underdogs, due to their poor performance during Match Day 1, compared to their opponents whom managed to dominate their opposition.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ABANHFLEFT
National rugby union team


This will be the eighth time that Abanhfleft will be participating in the Rugby Union World Cup. Rugby union is the fourth most popular sport in the Democratic Republic; behind basketball, association football, and baseball. The team is composed of players that had been judged by an impartial body to be the best players in the Fleftic Rugby Premiership and the Rugby Coalition.

BASIC INFORMATION
Name of nation: Democratic Republic of Abanhfleft
Demonym: Fleftic
Official history: This will be the eighth time that Abanhfleft will be participating in the Rugby Union World Cup.
Team colors: Blue, orange, and green
Style modifier: +3. Offense will be the team's focus.

STARTING FIFTEEN
Key: Number, name, position, age
#1 Adam Jaden Sforza (Loosehead prop, 33, captain)
#2 Alfred Bang Si-hoo (Hooker, 28)
#3 Scott Butt (tighthead prop, 26)
#4 Moritz Zilner (Lock, 31)
#5 Radomir Rakitic (Lock, 32)
#6 Moon Kang-woo (Blindside flanker, 25)
#7 James Porterhouse (Openside flanker, 26)
#8 Carlos Delgado (Eight-man, 29)
#9 Jake Pascale (Scrum half, 27)
#10 Marouane Mahout (Fly half, 30, vice-captain)
#11 Saladin Nursaladinov (Left wing, 28, kicker)
#12 Ignacio Kaba (Inside center, 30)
#13 Barry Wilmington (Outside center, 29)
#14 Lee Jae-sang (Right wing, 23)
#15 Bradley Votaw (Fullback, 27)

RESERVES
#16 Hashem Batal Amir (27)
#17 Paracelso Adhikain (27)
#18 Paul Peter Parkinson (26)
#19 Nicholas Brunetti (22)
#20 Oleg Mazikov (28)
#21 Charlie Gourd (23)
#22 Wayne Marquette (26)
#23 Mohammed Wilcox (25)
#24 Timothy Imler (30)
#25 Neil Seal (29)
#26 Laurence Reeve (31)
#27 Stephen Meadow (28)
#28 Houston Woodruff (27)
#29 Anthony Snuggs (28)
#30 Jesus Calico (28)

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Postby Kriegiersien » Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:33 am

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It is a numbers game and Kriegiersien (number 4) lost his first game against Terre Septentrionale (number 3) at the World Cup with 10-17, getting 1 point what was at least 3 too little.

Against Neu Engollon and Ko-oren, who Kriegiersien teams continually meet in other Rugby events this points will be probably missed when it comes to reaching the play-offs.

However, the team spirit is great. The fear that the different mascots wouldn’t come along was soon redressed. Possibly because of the product they are not only representing but consuming together. If that helps on the playing field is on the other side disputed.


They really had a big fighting spirit but in the end their endurance and concentration seemed to drop.
"After the 10-3 we somehow lost the..thing...because of the ..circum...things....", tried Right lock JustineBit to explain before puking into a nearby wastebin.

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Postby Saint-Domingues » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:28 am

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Rwekazaland 3–16 Saint-Domingue: Les Oranges' Debut Delight
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Saint-Domingue recorded their first ever Rugby World Cup win at the first attempt against fellow newcomers Rwekazaland, comfortably seeing off their opponents.

Playing at Awha Arena in Jata, a city on the eastern side of Nevorn Island, Les Oranges showed no signs of nerves to rack up an eye-catching victory which should leave head coach Hervé Lejeune bursting with pride.

Despite falling behind early on to a Rwekazaann penalty, Saint-Domingue swiftly hit back with a Jean Bonnet try. A cool conversion by Christiaan Cocu put Les hommes de Noël in control of the match.

After half-time Saint-Domingue came out with renewed energy and frequently pinned the Rwekazaanns back without penetrating the defence for a second try that would have surely sealed the match. A series of penalties shortly after the hour helped build up a healthy lead however, and a dominant display ensured that Saint-Domingue held on for their first ever 4 points in the competition.

With tough games to come against highly-ranked opposition in Savojarna and Darmen, it was vital for both debutants to begin their campaigns with a win if they are to have any chance of progressing from the group stage. The performance of fellow Group E new boys Quebec against Savojarna highlighted how challenging it can be to face off against the top sides in the multiverse.

Lineup:
Clichy <- Hauet 67'
LeRoy
Lefèvre
Fournier
Kyungu
Cocu
Bonnet <- Belanger 76'
Garde
Roux <- Allais 63'
Onana
Crépin <- Naudé 76'
Lambert <- Lortie 59'
Fouché <- Saint-Yves 44'
Montanier <- Nkonko 59'
Amalfitano <- Besson 44'

Rwekazaland: Pen: REDACTED 5'
Saint-Domingue: Try: Bonnet 10'
Con: (1/1) Cocu 11'
Pen: (3/3) Cocu 60' 64' 69'
Venue: Awha Arena, Jata, Nevorn Island
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Postby Quintessence of Dust » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:05 am

Posted on the In Brief section of the QBS website.
    Dominant pack smashes first victory

    The All Greys returned to international rugby for the first time in more than 120 years; and if the match lacked the spectacle that might have heralded such an occasion, it provided them with a winning start all the same. Brutally efficient rather exciting was the best way to describe a performance that saw their pack utterly dominant throughout. Long spells of the game were caught up in scrum re-sets as Yoshirou Sugiyama and Matthew Bishop literally scrummaged Megistos’s props off the park, Sugiyama forcing not one but two substitutions across from him. He was deservedly named man of the match for his performance. Points were few, but when the opportunities came Kaoru Koizumi kicked with an assured ease, knocking over three unchallenging penalties. Only a late try, a lazy Tristan Guillaume pass intercepted for a breakaway score, made the scoreline appear closer than the 76% possession advantage suggested it should have been.

    Megistos 7 (0)
    Tries: (76’)
    Conversions: 1/1 (76’)

    Quintessence of Dust 9 (6)
    Yamada; Cockburn, McNee, Koizumi, St. Martin; Lennon (Dexter 70’), London (Guillaume 57’); Sugiyama (Beauchêne 47’), Bellamy, Bishop (Daughtery 49’); Wortham (Sigurðsson 76’), Zhu (Chevalier 56’); Echeverría (Ellery 73’), Feldt (Jerome 51’), Rosenfeld
    Penalties: Koizumi 3/3 (31’, 39’, 42’)
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Postby Hannasea » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:48 am

Posted on the In Brief section of the SuperSport website.
    Hamsters show their size, but fur ruffled by wind

    The Hamsters put a first World Cup win on the board in blustery conditions at the Peahi Peita Stadium in Port-au-Rex, Nevorn. Sea breezes from the west made things difficult for both teams, and when the normally dead-eyed Tom Pickett saw his early penalty attempt drift ten yards left of the post, he must have known it was to be a long day. In the end, the stand-off adapted his game well, making 4 of his 6 kicks; more important was his kicking from hand, which tested the Silvedanian backs under the high ball and led to repeated knock-ons as they struggled to track spiralling balls caught up in the winds.

    It wasn’t the attractive, fluid style the Hamsters came to the tournament hoping to show off – they did not connect for a try until the 74th minute, when Ryan Perry surged over from short range. The longest unbroken drive before kicking away was 12 plays long, leading to agonized screams from Briana Morton, famed Hannasean rugby commentator, “They’ve kicked it away again!?” But the conservative tactics helped the Hamsters retain a strong possession advantage. Captain Joe Hunter led with his body, terrorizing the Silvedanian pack at the breakdown. They can expect to find him bursting into their dreams, as the Man of the Match’s relentless pressure forced three turnovers and three penalties, while he had 8 carries for positive yardage.

    The try, when it came, was sparked by Ethan Price, who impressed off the bench with excellent pace – though he received little opportunity to show it. A nicely weighted kick from Pickett was spilled by the full-back, under pressure from Price. Nathan Horne recovered and from the ensuing ruck Scott Hopkins drove to the line. Grounded one yard shot it was an easy pick and drive score for Perry. With much pre-match speculation over the 10 role, the strong performance from Pickett meant Jay Parker saw just three minutes of action – long enough for him to sink a nonchalant forty yard drop goal to put the result beyond doubt.


    The biggest downside came with the line-out game failing, which meant that in conditions where long penalties could not be risked, kicking to touch was no sure thing either. Sam Connor struggled to control the ball and lost 3 of 7 line-outs; his relatively early substitution brought on Kian Burke, but by then the touch game had been all but abandoned anyway. Connor may retain his starting role for now, but will need to hit his jumpers more regularly to avoid ending the tournament on the bench. Overall it’s a performance that, though conclusive, leaves question marks over how the Hamsters will fare against the tougher opposition to come.

    The Hannasean Federation 19 (6)
    Wright (Marsh 66’); Ball, Campbell, Walsh, Stevens (Price 46’); Pickett (Parker 77’), Vargas (Rhodes 59’); Francis (Hopkins 62’), Connor (Burke 50’), Bennett (Hewson 62’); Porter, Hill; Horne, Hunter (Moore 60’), Perry

    Tries: Perry (74’)
    Conversions: Pickett 1/1 (74’)
    Penalties: Pickett 3/5 (15’, 21’, 35’, 43’, 52’)
    Drop goals: Parker 1/1 (80’)

    Silvedania 6 (6)
    Penalties: 2/2 (13’, 31’)

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Postby Neu Engollon » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:47 pm

The Wall
Northern Nesselberg, Hutanjia


Vincent Tosconi looked out into the hot, thick jungle to the south. It brought up so many memories, but then again, the moment he had stepped off the plane in Vesselle, that memory train had begun. Maybe even before.

These days ‘Vinny’ was the Security Chief for the Goats, the Neu Engollian National Rugby Team, and the organization that backed it. He reported directly to the Minister of Athletics, and ran a small team of 7 security officers, not including the reception staff, security room monitors, and other support staff back home in Panoli. Panoli, Liguria, was where the Goats had recently moved their headquarters to from Burgunden, which was never an ideal climate 8 months out of the year for rugby. It had also gotten exceedingly expensive on the operating budget with how high cost of living and rent had gotten in the largest city (14 Million in the larger Metro area) in both Neu Engollon and arguably Western Madurin.

Before becoming a private security chief, Vinny had been a private contractor - military contractor to be precise, or private auxiliary soldier to some, or many others still held onto the old vernacular of ‘mercenary’. He had worked for the largest (by far) PMC in Neu Engollon, the USG Security Corporation, which in olden days had been simply, the Regiment. It was during that time, 8 long years ago, that he had first set foot on Hutanjian soil, as they fulfilled a major war contract with the Hutanjian government client.

While as a member of the USG’s elite Lambda Company of commandos, he had done some fighting over in the Cardwiths, the majority of his time had been spent here on this island, at fire and support bases, and sometimes sleeping off the trails in nothing more than a tarp as they waited to spring ambushes on the UFF and Cardwithian regulars. On rare occasion, they had earned leave to go up to Vesselle and unwind from the horrors of bodies shredded by explosives and machetes.

“Hey Vinny! You look a million kilometers away.” From Gianni Caravalo, the left wing starter for the team.

Vinny looked around as the younger man approached him down the walkway. They were high up and it was like looking down a mountain due to the steep drop on the other side. Although hostile action was rare, the rebels still did creep up on the Wall and try to lob the occasional mortar or RPG over, or at it. Even a rare sniper shot was a danger, but the amount of patrols in the surrounding area south of the Wall usually meant a sniper didn’t have that amount of time.

Still, they had had to set up a special appointment this day through the proper channels of the HRA (Hutanjian Republican Army) which controlled access to, and through, the Wall. Extra security was provided by soldiers alert with electronic scanners and field glasses, rifles slung on their backs, while the Neu Engollian national team farted around for 45 minutes or so at this particular vantage point and used it as a photo opportunity. It wasn’t the whole team, but a good many of them and support staff that had wanted to tag along.

There was nothing particularly architecturally stunning about the Wall. It was a stark, austere reminder of the War, built ten years ago to stop the rebel raids on the towns and villages that led to the big port of Vesselle. It was steel with concrete layers, with mines and sensors scattered unseen in the thick undergrowth that bridged the Wall to the jungle. Towers with soldiers flanked them on either side of this overlook, and were spaced further along the parapets to the horizon.

Not a thing about it was aesthetic, warm, or inviting, but it was a marvel of construction in this part of the world. The boys didn’t seem very affected by the solemnity and symbolism of it all, though. They clowned around, pretending to push each other to the ledge, or just looked peacefully out over the jungle as tropical birds rose and raced off across the green turf of tree tops. Most of them were just entering puberty and starting high school during the Hutanjian War.

“Well, yeah...I got a lot on my mind. It’s been something to be back here, ya know? It’s been years since I was a USG trooper.”

“We’re gonna head back to the city soon…” He meant Vesselle. “Maybe there won’t be so many troubling memories back there, Vinny. We can knock back a couple after our training sesh.”

“I understand what you’re saying, Gianni, but it’s okay. I’m not...troubled. It’s just...a lot of emotion. I knew it was gonna be like this. Also...thanks for the invite, but you boys enjoy yourselves tonight. There actually is some more emotional memories to be had in Vesselle. Specifically someone I have to look up that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

“Who?” Gianni actually looked like he thought he would get a straight answer.

“Nunyers.”

“Nun Yers? That’s a weird Hutanjian name.”

“Nunyers bizness, ya fuckin’ twit!”

“...Oh...haha! Right. Sorry.” Gianni turned, shrugged, and ran to catch up with his fellow Goats.

Vinny checked his watch, then looked up at the anxious bronzy skinned Hutanjian soldiers in the towers. They were just as much targets as the Neu Engollians. Just as he expected, an HRA officer was approaching down the catwalk, careful to not get shoved off back onto the northern side several stories below by the oblivious rugby players.
“Mr. Tosconi. We are at our time limit. We need to get them down off the deck. We have had reports of nearby activity.”

“I understand. Thank you for your time and dedication to our safety, Captain Rovapu.”
He turned to the Goats and other support staff.
“Head for the stairs...Now! Idiots! Be careful, you lugs! Mind the drop!”

“Thank you, again, Captain.”

Rovapu knew his story from a casual comment as they were entering the security area.
“Thank you for your service to our Republic, Mr. Tosconi. Peace be with you.”
The Hutanjians had never had a bad word for the many foreigners that had served beside them during the War and after.

“Right. And to you.”

While I control both Hutanjia and Neu Engollon, this RP will go all towards Neu Engollon. Hutanjia will get some minimal host bonus.
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Postby Hutanjia » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:04 pm

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RUWC 29
HUTANJIA


MATCH DAY TWO


GROUP A

5 (Fancy Bois) 7–9 3 (Aji No Moto)
1 (Elejamie) 41–14 2 (United States of Devonta)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 3 2 2 0 0 30 7 +23 8
2 1 1 1 0 0 41 14 +27 4
3 2 2 1 0 1 38 48 −10 4
4 5 2 0 0 2 14 33 −19 1
5 4 1 0 0 1 0 21 −21 0


GROUP B

5 (Dursea) 7–34 3 (Terre Septentrionale)
1 (Ko-oren) 14–14 2 (Neu Engollon)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 3 2 2 0 0 51 17 +34 8
2 2 2 1 1 0 31 19 +12 6
3 1 1 0 1 0 14 14 0 2
4 4 1 0 0 1 10 17 −7 1
5 5 2 0 0 2 12 51 −39 0


GROUP C

5 (Space) 7–0 3 (HUElavia)
1 (Abanhfleft) 21–10 2 (Kelssek)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 1 1 1 0 0 21 10 +11 4
2 2 2 1 0 1 31 21 +10 4
3 5 2 1 0 1 7 21 −14 4
4 3 2 0 1 1 7 14 −7 3
5 4 1 0 1 0 7 7 0 2


GROUP D

5 (Sannyamathland) 3–10 3 (Port Ember)
1 (Lisander) 26–5 2 (Busoga Islands)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 3 2 2 0 0 43 23 +20 8
2 1 1 1 0 0 26 5 +21 4
3 2 2 1 0 1 18 31 −13 4
4 5 2 0 0 2 8 23 −15 1
5 4 1 0 0 1 20 33 −13 0


GROUP E

2 (Savojarna) 6–7 4 (Rwekazaland)
1 (Darmen) 15–0 3 (Quebec)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 2 2 1 0 1 36 12 +24 5
2 1 1 1 0 0 15 0 +15 4
3 5 1 1 0 0 16 3 +13 4
4 4 2 1 0 1 10 22 −12 4
5 3 2 0 0 2 5 45 −40 0


GROUP F

3 (United Hemand Insia) 14–27 5 (Placely Placington)
1 (Alice Bay) 20–0 4 (Oscioru)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 1 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20 4
2 2 1 1 0 0 21 3 +18 4
3 3 2 1 0 1 31 27 +4 4
4 5 2 1 0 1 30 35 −5 4
5 4 2 0 0 2 0 37 −37 0


GROUP G

5 (Port Arthur) 8–34 3 (Hannasea)
1 (Nova Anglicana) 14–0 2 (Pratapgadh)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 3 2 2 0 0 53 14 +39 8
2 1 1 1 0 0 14 0 +14 4
3 5 2 1 0 1 15 37 −22 4
4 2 2 0 0 2 3 21 −18 1
5 4 1 0 0 1 6 19 −13 0


GROUP H

5 (Vdara) 20–7 3 (Megistos)
1 (Hutanjia) 33–18 2 (Northwest Kalactin)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 5 2 1 0 1 31 21 +10 5
2 1 1 1 0 0 33 18 +15 4
3 4 1 1 0 0 9 7 +2 4
4 2 2 1 0 1 32 44 −12 4
5 3 2 0 0 2 14 29 −15 1


* How to read the tables/results: Your group # is first, with your nation (team) name in parenthesis in the match results; In the table, your current group ranking is first, with your group # as listed, second.
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Postby Hannasea » Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:49 am

Posted on the In Brief section of the SuperSport website.
    Hamsters’ hearty Hutanijan heroics hype hup Hannasea – wait…

    The Hannasean Hamsters notched an important second win in their Rugby World Cup in Port-au-Rex, Hutanija, cruising past the Port Arthur Red Pandas 34 – 8. Calmer conditions on the Wishton Sea meant the breezes that had blown in for the first game were largely absent, and under clear, sunny skies, a sparkling display of rugby unfolded. Midway through the first half, as Kaiden Porter was heaved off with a knee injury and Raymond Memeth kicked a penalty to level the scores at 3 – 3, it looked as though the crowd were in for a close-fought nerve-jangler. But by the half the dimensions had changed, with Ethan Price and Billy Ball crossing for the Hamsters, and the second half was largely one-way traffic. The difference told at the breakdown with the Hannasean pack dominant, while their backs connected on some silky passing moves. In his first RWC start, Price became the first man to score a try for the Federation in all three codes.

    Port Arthur 8 (3)
    Spenté; Faanti, Mendula, Asaku, Rockbeare (August 74’); Memeth (Stars 77’), Faku; Nikli (Ruben 57’), Gorton, Armond (Carrol 60’); Wilkerson (Tuckles 48’), Sandohil (Castle 58’); Fallohide, Varys (Cook 56’), Murton (Mayhem 45’)

    Tries: Spenté (67’)
    Conversions: Memeth 0/1 (67’)
    Penalties: Memeth 1/2 ([19’, 26’)
    Yellow cards: Varys 28’ → 38’

    The Hannasean Federation 34 (17)
    Wright (Stevens 73’); Ball, Campbell, Walsh, Price; Pickett (Parker 79’), Vargas (Rhodes 60’); Francis (Hopkins 53’), Connor (Burke 63’), Bennett (Hewson 53’); Porter (Ross 18’), Hill; Horne (Williamson 75’), Hunter, Perry

    Tries: Price (24’), Ball (38’), Hunter (54’), Stevens (77’)
    Conversions: Pickett 4/4 (24’, 38’, 54’, 77’)
    Penalties: Pickett 2/2 (12’, 46’)

Posted on the “Absolute Scrum Of The Earth” fan blog. As a Hannasean blog they are obviously a bit biased!

    Player ratings out of 10

    Francis 7
    Good work rate. Held his own at the scrum. Two powerful carries and one thumping hit.
    Connor 6
    Demonstrated his versatility with a flip pass worthy of a centre. Still wayward at the line-out.
    Bennett 6
    Was outscrummaged by Nikli but was a workhorse from open play.
    Porter 4
    His injury was not his fault but brought in to be a line-out specialist and infringed at his only target.
    Hill 8
    Superb disrupting the PA line-out and relentless at the breakdown. If Connor could throw imagine what a weapon he’d be!
    Horne 10
    Tremendous game. Put his body on the line for the win. Key rip to force a turnover leading to the game-killing third try.
    Hunter 7
    Quieter game from the captain. Still first to every ruck, still got on the scoreboard. Rare handling error in the loose.
    Perry 10
    Deserving MoM for a performance in which he was everywhere. 8 carries for gain, 8 tackles for loss tells the story.
    Vargas 7
    Efficient distribution, weak tackling. Trampled by Faku on two occasions. Kicked sensibly in the conditions.
    Pickett 10
    What stand-off controversy!? Kicked beautifully from hand and tee, lovely miss-pass for Price’s try. Deft grubber to put in the captain.
    Price 10
    We’ve found our number 11. Aside from the try, his tackling was a step above anything Stevens could offer. Forced a key turnover with his massive hit on Faanti.
    Walsh 7
    Unconvincing with ball in hand. A crash centre who can’t crash through anyone isn’t worth much. Still a maniac tackler.
    Campbell 8
    Second great game. Key passes in build-up to all four tries. Set the tone with an early hit that rang Memeth’s bell.
    Ball 7
    Good finish for his try to skate past Spenté. But returned the favour with a terrible missed tackle to let in the try. Solid under the high ball.
    Wright 5
    Uncharacteristically poor performance. Shanked a kick that cost 30 yards, dropped a straightforward try.
    Bench 7
    Ross filled in well enough for Porter on short notice and Rhodes added some explosive pace. Parker looks to be a complete non-factor in the squad’s thinking.

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Dave Carrey's Guide to the 29th Rugby World Cup
Dave Carrey - Chastille, Hutanjia


We very nearly made it last time. We were the reigning champions, after all. And, despite missing a number of players from that squad due to injury or retirement, we were willing to prove that we wouldn't be complacent pushovers. We kicked things off with a 15-3 victory over newcomers Port Ember before shutting out Aimena 19-0. A second shut-out, this time against the hosts Kelssek followed, although it wasn't as exciting as it should've been as Terry Huang scored a try and Paul Debenham converted to give us a 7-0 win. Fortunately the next game, a 22-3 win over the Ross Isles, was enough to help us finish as group leaders with the second best defensive record (6 points in total conceded, just behind a team I'll get onto later who shut out all of their opponents in all of their matches). The train kept on rolling as we thrashed Apox 30-6 before grabbing a 25-10 win against Hutanjia to make it through to the semi-finals. We were up against Abanhfleft, who have pretty much came into their own and could be a potential contender given the right staff and players. And we ended up winning 30-15, though we'd keep them scoreless until near the end of the first half and kept them try-less until some point midway through the second. They managed to win the bronze, so that was some consolation. But we made it to the finals, only to fall short and fail to get back-to-back championships.

Who stopped us? Ko-oren. They were seeking revenge after that 7-3 defeat at our hands at the last final. And of course they not only kept their stellar defending from the last tournament but also improved on it in certain aspects. They did go an entire group stage without conceding a single try, penalty or even drop goal: 12-0 against Sajnur, 33-0 against Greater Cebu, 10-0 against Hutanjia and 24-0 against Amenria. Unfortunately, their shut-out streak may have came to an end in the Round of 16 but their winning didn't as they went on to beat the Busoga Islands 10-6. They went on to shut out the hots 17-0 before facing another defensive powerhouse in Darmen. The Dragonflies may have conceded their only try of the tournament in this match but not only did they manage to prevent a conversion but they went on to win 20-5 to set up a date with us in the final. A date where they'd win 9-0, thanks to a trio of penalties from Nimrod Whithingham, resulting in them winning their third trophy.

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Bruce Hernández, seen here in training, will be
retiring at the end of this season. We wish him the
best.
But that was in the past. We've got a whole new tournament to pay attention to. We're in a brand new country, we've got some new opposition and, as always, anything could happen. We've got the same players as last time, which could be helpful but at the same pose a big problem as not only are a few players a bit weathered but also unless we change up our game plan then we might end up in a whole heap of trouble. Bruce Hernández is also a wee bit of a problem given that he's announced that he's retiring from rugby at the end of this season and it's just a question of whether or not we've got a good enough replacement for him, either currently playing in the league or a graduate from the EUXV. Fortunately, he's already got his World Cup winners medal and a couple of ERC championships to his name so at least he won't retire without any achievements.

So what will our group be like? While I won't say it'll be an easy group, we probably won't be having too difficult of a time here. Group A has us (and we're ranked #1 so this should be fun), one team that usually has middling results, one team that did quite well on its debut but hasn't been in it for a bit so they might've dropped off and two teams that are new to the competition. One of them's actually fairly decent so I'd expect them to put up a bit of a fight but the other I have some severe doubts. But it's anyone's game and it's a whole kettle of fish worth examining in some detail.

So let's start with our strongest opponent the United States of Devonta. They're a team that regularly show up to competitions but they don't seem to do particularly well. Not necessarily "regular group stage exits" levels of not doing well, though that sometimes happens, but rather they don't really seem to have that many trophies to their name. Regardless, we shouldn't take them lightly and I'll still tell everyone about their performance in Kelssek. They were drawn in Group G and, after a first match day bye, they got their campaign off to a good start by beating the Free Republics 30-6 and a somewhat surprising 17-6 win over Lisander to top the group. They carried on this run of good form with a 30-14 victory over Eryn Firith to automatically qualify for the next round before capping off their perfect group stage run with a 16-3 win over Eastfield Lodge. Unfortunately, they were up against a more storied and successful team in Darmen in the Round of 16, who managed to eke them out 8-6.

Next up is Aji No Moto, or the Ajian Empire, whichever you prefer. They're an intergender team, which isn't that uncommon but they still get outnumbered by single-gender teams. Anyway, they weren't at the last two tournaments but they were at the 26th edition in Darmen, where we were also in their group. They got off to a good start with a 26-0 shutout of Tomure before they went into their bye day. After their day off, they managed to scrape a 7-0 win over Savojarna and allowed their first set of points when they beat the Vakolicci Haven and Celeria 16-7. Then they were up against us, the only other team in the group with a perfect record (and one of two teams left in the tournament yet to concede). A win would've been an amazing achievement for them but that sadly wouldn't happen as we won in a try-less 6-3 affair. Regardless, they still not only made it out of the group but also avoided the wrath of their emperor at the time. Much like Devonta above, Aji No Moto would ultimately fall in the Round of 16, except this time they were on the receiving end of a shutout. 22-0 to Abanhfleft. Yikes.

Afterwards, we move onto the unknowns. The unranked nations making their debuts. And the first one to talk about is Baggieland. Yes, I know their name sounds like something I can't really talk about. But they do seem to have some sort of rugby presence. While I can't seem to find much info on a domestic championship, they do have some dedicated players and they do have played some games. Their debut was something to remember when they beat Heemstra 6-0 (which also doubled as their biggest win) but their other notable match against Northwest Kalactin was something to forget as they ended up losing 20-0. Luckily I imagine they will beat that first record. They might beat that second record but I have my doubts.

And finally we have the Fancy Bois. I've no idea if it's pronounced "boys" or "bwas" and quite frankly it's not really that important. In fact, speaking of not knowing much about them, I can't seem to find any info about their players, past games or even whether or not they play rugby there. They're probably a one-and-done team and a definitely easy win for us, though I'm not going to rule out miracles happening. But I still wouldn't recommend betting on them.

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A picture of Arturo Cortes in
Edgebaston's away kit, as he was on
loan there for most of last season.
I didn't have any other good pictures
to add, which is why he's here.
So where do I think we'll end up? Naturally, we'll make it out of the group stage. I won't say it'll be a perfect run, a draw or maybe a loss to ruin the fun, but nothing we should be upset about. Probably in first place but given Devonta's performance last time I wouldn't be surprised if they surpass us. Aji No Moto, on the other hand, showed a great performance last time they made an appearance and I doubt they'll have any issues repeating that. Baggieland could surprise us but I still have my doubts. I'm afraid to say that I have any faith in Fancy Bois making it out of the group stage, though I won't be surprised if they do manage to scrape a point in any of their meetings.

So who else is in the tournament? Naturally, we've got our hosts who are in Group H alongside Northwest Kalactin, Megistos, an old name from the days of yore called the Quintessence of Dust and an occasional sevens shower-upper in Vdara. The reigning champions, Ko-oren, are in Group B, which comes across as quite a tough group as they'll have to take on the might of Neu Engollon, the relatively decent Terre Septentrionale, the admittedly lovable-in-a-strange-way Kriegiersien and newcomers Dursea. Group E's has Darmen, Savojarna, the Royal Kingdom of Quebec, Rwekazaland and Saint-Domingues and I imagine that four out of five of those teams will be playing their games like they're in the final, which is why I'd suggest keeping an eye on this group even if it doesn't look like much on paper. And Lisander, a team that's quite successful when it comes to sevens but has heartbreaking results when it comes to the full XV-a-side game, is in Group D alongside the Busoga Islands, Port Ember and two newcomers called Krysha and Sannyamathland. There are more groups and more teams but this paragraph is pretty long without mentioning them.

Anything else I should mention? Yes, there are a few major players who are sadly missing from the tournament. Barunia's the biggest name that's missing from the tournament, given that they're ranked fourth and could've been a serious contender here. Apox is also absent, as are Geektopia, but they're less likely to do as well. The Free Republics are also absent, given that they are (or were to be more accurate) a massive sporting powerhouse in general even if they aren't as good at rugby as they are at other sports, but that's a massive road I don't really want to go down for reasons I also don't particularly want to explain.

Anything else worth talking about? No, not particlarly. Nothing of any interest, at least. So I'm going to end things here. Hope you're all prepared from some excellent matches, whether it be from old, heated rivals or newcomers willing to prove a point and show they won't go down easily. I know I am. And I wish the best for everyone involved. Now let's wait for kick-off and let's get ready for excitement.




More from Dave Carrey:


  • Dave's Blog: Who-tanjia?
  • Group B Round-up
  • Dave Carrey's Brief Guide to the Sixth AVBF Rugby Sevens, Group B
  • Dave's Blog: In With The Neu (Engollon)

OOC: Sorry it's a bit late for a "pre-tourney RP" but I've been a bit swamped lately. Nothing that needs extra RP time, though.
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Postby Abanhfleft » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:26 am

DISCLAIMER: Gaelic Gamers is an independents sports blogging website created by four cousins with a common liking and passion for sports of all kinds and is in no way or form affiliated with or organized by any official news organization in the Democratic Republic of Abanhfleft. All statements and opinions posted here are our own and not anyone else's.


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The Rugby Rundown
with Graham O'Doherty


ANOTHER WORLD CUP AGAIN? YESSIREE!

Hello guys, and welcome back to another edition of The Rugby Rundown with me, your gay Irishman Graham O'Doherty. Yes, it's time once again for another Rugby Union World Cup, the 29th edition to be exact. 40 teams from all across the multiverse have converged in Hutanjia for the chance to lift the coveted trophy, the same number of teams that went to Kelssek two years ago to do exactly the same thing. The usual suspects are back and at it again. There's us, of course, then there's the defending champs Ko-oren as well as the team they defeated in Elejamie. The previous hosts Kelssek are back as well, and in the same group as us, but we'll get to them later. Fellow old hands Darmen, Neu Engollon, and Hutanjia are in the mix as well (and it would have been surprising if Hutanjia weren't taking part given that they're, well, the current hosts). Terre Septentrionale are here, the United States of Devonta are here; Lisander and Alice Bay are here too. We've got some teams old and new, and all in all it's a generally exciting field even if we do expect all of the old hands to make it through anyway.

Now, about that match against Kelssek... Well, it's an interesting one to say the least. Kelssek have already played a game before they met us on the field for the first time in this particular tournament, while we've had one day extra of rest before getting into action thanks to our bye. Basically, this game was just a matter of which team would win the day: the team with more time in training and preparation, or the team with actual on-field experience. And, strangely enough, it was us that won the game. Can you imagine that? Abanhfleft winning their first game in any given tournament? Why, it's a shock certainly. The bookies had put us in as favourites against Kelssek thanks to our high ranking, and for once that didn't turn into us getting our arses handed to us by the other team!

Abanhfleft drew first blood in this game through Scott Butt (I will never not stop sniggering at that name even if you call me sophomoric for it) who grounded the ball underneath the dot after he received the offload from Brad Votaw, but then again it took quite a number of phases before our guys actually managed to get inside the Kelssek 22. Seriously though, that Kelssek defence was a tough nut to crack! Space learned all about it a few days ago when they played Kelssek. Or more accurately, when they got played with by Kelssek. And we were getting quite familiar with that stiff Kelssek defense as well during the first 40 minutes. After letting us slip through and ground under the posts, they weren't going to let us have any more of that.

And then, for a short amount of time in the second half, we found it: the chink in the Kelssek armour. The team noted a weakness down the right flank and they made use of it well by overloading the left and then, when all the focus was right there, quickly shifting the ball to the other side. It worked for Ignacio Kaba (half-cousin twice removed of the football player Wilton Kaba or something to that effect), and it worked for Barry Wilmington. Then Kelssek realized that that was where we were getting a lot of joy and shuffled themselves around so we couldn't score any more points in the second half. Meanwhile, through all that, Kelssek were also figuring out how they would be able to haul themselves back into the game, but the closest they ever really got to that at that point was a penalty due to a deliberately collapsed scrum within shooting distance from the posts. I mean come on. Xaiver Émond ain't going to miss from that distance.

Well, that's Abanhfleft's first official match of the 29th Rugby Union World Cup done. There's obviously more to come as we continue on our campaign to finally lift this particular trophy. We've already won the Rugby League and Rugby Sevens World Cup. This thing is the only one missing in the cabinet now. Let's go get it, lads. XOXO from Graham....

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Postby Port Ember » Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:25 pm

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Special Section: Rugby Union World Cup 29


Dragons roars into second win



Port Ember 10 - 03 Sannyamathland



The Port Emberian "Dragons" managed to grab a second consecutive victory during their World Cup Campaign, in a hotly contested derby against Sannyamathland during Match Day 2.

The first half of the match saw both teams struggle constantly to stamp down their authority on the field, as both squads failed to gather any meaningful momentum when attempting to launch offenses. Despite the constant back-and-forth play was quite frustrating, both squads managed to put up good quality defensive work which shows promise of future development.

The empty scoresheet was finally broken in minute 37 when Port Emberian #15 Danny Sprita knocked on an incoming highball - leading to a converted penalty kick from the opposition flyhalf. Thus, when the first half whistle was blown, the Dragons trailed 0-3.

The second half saw the Port Emberians inflicted with a second breath, upping the pace tremendously, especially within the front pack - who started to clearly dominate the defenders.

As the Port Emberian squad hails from the tropical archipelago of Port Ember - the mid afternoon tropical heat and humidity did not affect them as adversely as it did their opponents. These climatic conditions, coupled with the relentless brutality of the Port Emberian front pack, soon made the opposition tremble.

The only try of the match finally came in minute 65, when our #1, Davie Nikolao, gained possession, and physically trampled through 4 scared defenders, placing the ball down neatly between the posts - which was converted with charm and ease by our #10, Ryley Mićjo.

Immediately after the restart, the Dragons continued their onslaught, punching holes in the defense, yet failing to capitalise to steal a try. However, flyhalf Ryley Mićjo managed to get a clean break to drop at goal, slotting it home in minute 75 - sealing the match with a comfortable margin.

Matchday 2 Overview

Port Ember vs Sannyamathland


Final Score: Port Ember 10 - Sannyamathland 03

Point Scorers:
Port Ember:

-# Try (Minute 65) (#1 Davie Nikolao)
- Try Conversion (Minute 65) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)
- Drop Goal (Minute 75) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)

Sannyamathland:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 37) (#10)

Venue Played: King Popilu I Stadium, Molnitha, Nevorn

From our Analyst:

Our front pack is doing marvelous at the current moment. Admittedly, they do lack the required flair and creativity - yet their sheer power and aggression is getting the job done. Our backline needs to seriously game up however.


Matchday 3 Preview

Port Ember vs Lisander


Venue: King Popilu I Stadium, Molnitha, Nevorn

Brief Summary:

Port Ember will face off against Lisander next - the strongest team in the group - and group favourites by a massive margin. The team of Lisander is all about serious rugby, and the fact that they are currently ranked as the 5th best team in the world is proof of this.

If one compares the recent performances on field, it is clear, when viewed through the eyes of an analyst, that our rookie Dragons stands no chance of victory. We can only hope that we put up a valiant effort.
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Postby Port Arthur PE » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:03 pm

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The Tales of "Mad Jack". Part 2



This is the second installment to the "Tales of Mad Jack", an attempt to capture the oral folklore tales which have originated within the Colony of Port Arthur, the first true evidence of the emergence of a new unique culture within the Colony.

This specific tale contrasts starkly against the previous tale, "Mad Jack invents music". The previous tale seemed to only serve the purpose of being a sort of cruel descriptive tale, perhaps used by mothers to scare children into obedience - turning Mad Jack into some kind of Port Arthurian "Boogeyman". This second take however seems to attempt at imposing lessons, being much less gruesome, and more philosophical in nature.

Mad Jack and The Battle of Wits


An extremely intelligent man, who believed to be smarter and wiser than any alive, named Raymond, once walked the broken plains of Port Arthur, in search of the one known as Mad Jack. For Raymond had heard in a tavern one eve, that the pioneers of the land did not believe in Raymond's intellectual superiority, as they believed that none could be more intelligent and cunning than the one known as Mad Jack. This infuriated Raymond to no end, and in rage he vowed to defeat this imposter in a battle of wit, so that none could question his title ever again.

Upon finally finding Mad Jack, Raymond informed him of his vow and subsequently challenged him to the contest. Raymond was so confident in his chances of victory, that he suggested that the challenge should be contested in the sphere of his opponent. To this end, Raymond suggested that both men should use whatever method was available to turn a thousand men mad - and the first to be able to do so, would be declared the smartest and most cunning man to walk the face of the earth.

Mad Jack felt insulted at the arrogance of his opponent and refused to accept, instead issuing a threatening counter challenge - Mad Jack would turn Raymond raving mad in only three days - and if he fails to do so - Raymond would be declared the uncontested smartest and most cunning man to walk the face of the earth.

Raymond, although confident in his intelligence, was still weary of Mad Jack's dangerous nature, and was not pleased at the result of the conversation. In a desperate attempt to withdraw the challenge, he told Mad Jack, "Oh great agent of chaos and madness, I regret having been overcome by my shallow arrogance. I withdraw my unfortunate challenge and will humbly leave this place."

Mad Jack laughed like only Mad Jack could laugh as he responded, "Too late, smartypants Raymond. The game is afoot, and you must play." Raymond fled, only to find that he had somehow lost his passport, making escape from the nation impossible. He wandered aimlessly, constantly looking over his shoulder, jumping at every noise. Each moment brought new terror as he waited for Mad Jack to commence the challenge.

After three days, Raymond was convinced that every plant, animal and man was a tool in the employ of Mad Jack. He hadn't eaten or drunk for fear that his opponent had poisoned the food or drink. He hadn't slept for fear of Mad Jack invading his dreams. He ran from the pioneers, fearing that a bounty had been placed upon his head.

At the dusk of the third day, Mad Jack appeared to him. Raymond cried out, "You have set the whole world to watching me! Every creature and plant are doing your bidding to drive me mad."

Mad Jack smiled softly as he replied, "Actually, I have done nothing. You have driven yourself mad with your fears. Your delusions prove that you are truly deranged, and therefore I win. In your arrogance you have trusted, yet in your fears you have forgotten of your capabilities. You alone have brought along defeat."

From that day forward Raymond has wandered aimlessly amongst the old rubble of the land, never again returning to home or hearth. Whenever travelers happen, he will ramble continuously, "Mad Jack is already inside each of us. You have already lost."




About the author

Doctor (PHD) Monique Clerice was born in the Republic of Port Ember, where she completed her Doctorate Degree in folkloristics.

She immigrated to the Colony of Port Arthur in 2018, as part of the first wave of pioneers who commenced the establishment and rebuilding of the Colony.

Dr Clerice is currently employed as a senior professor at the Port Arthur State University, where she is in charge of folkloristics. She regularly writes articles for the Port Arthur Times as a freelancer.




Matchday 2 Overview

Port Arthur vs Hannasea


Final Score: Port Arthur 8 - Hannasea 34

Point Scorers:
Port Arthur:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 19) (#10 Raymond Memeth)
- Try (Minute 67) (#15 Donald Spenté)

Hannasea:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 3) (Pickett)
- Try (Minute 24’) (Price)
- Conversion (Minute 24) (Pickett)
- Try (Minute 38’) (Ball)
- Conversion (Minute 38) (Pickett)
- Penalty Kick (Minute 3) (Pickett)
- Try (Minute 54’) (Hunter)
- Conversion (Minute 54) (Pickett)
- Try (Minute 77’) (Stevens)
- Conversion (Minute 77) (Pickett)

Venue Played: Peahi Peita Stadium, Port-au-Rex, Nevorn

Brief Summary:

The Hannasea "Hamsters" managed to outclass our own Port Arthurian "Red Pandas" by a large margin in almost every facet of the game.

The first half was characterised by good defensive play by both sides, whilst the second half saw the "Red Pandas" losing all manner of focus, hope and momentum, and were subsequently trampled by a superior side.

All in all, the "Red Pandas" were trumped by a superior side on this day.


Matchday 3 Preview

Port Arthur vs Silvedania


Venue: Peahi Peita Stadium, Port-au-Rex, Nevorn

Brief Summary:

Port Arthur will face off against Silvedania next - another newcomer to international rugby, as part of match day 3 of the world cup. The Port Arthurian Red Pandas will enter the match as slight favourites, due to having slightly more game time and momentum. This however, all depends on whether the squad can overcome the mental and morale drop which the bashing at the hands of the Hamsters caused.

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Postby Kriegiersien » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:25 pm

Everything will be fine.

Brewerie Boss and Head Coach of the Kriegiersien Rugby Union National team, Baron Bert Beer III is very optimistic before the match against Dursea.

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“We asked our blind beer oracle and sacrificed some Schnapps to it. It told us that it can’t see Dursea winning. So that means we will triumph.”

Some criticise that team is missing training between their advertising tour and the testing of beer products. Dr. Gluck, representing the medical staff (as only person) denied that claims.
“Every player is in peak form and thanks to our healthy wheat, barley and malt diet perfectly prepared for every resistance.”


The fitness training is done with bear barrels and the tactic with bottles and caps.
Most players are also positive and telling everyone that they have so much fun. So much indeed that they are laughing often and uncontrolled from time to time.
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Postby Lisander » Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:05 pm

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The Lisander Rugby Union presents the National Team for the Rugby Union World Cup 29.

STARTER XV			Pos	 Club				
1. Alvin Saint-Jacques PR Victorian
2. Andreas Linzmeyer HK LRU Contract, Team Captain
3. Pedro Moura PR St. Helens FC
4. Maximilian Dalena SR Club Sparta
5. Mis Morian SR Saracens
6. Cesc Gasteiz FL Soria Blues
7. Henrique Domani FL Victorian
8. Arno Florian N8 Harlequins

9. Damian Skye SH Harlequins
10. Eran Lasses FH Harlequins
11. Matthew Gear WG Club Sparta
12. Pedro Madison C Crusaders
13. Maurice Gear C Pines Athletic
14. Eleazar Castell WG Schwartzgarten Warriors (NEG)
15. Milo Holstein FB Harlequins
RESERVES Pos Club
16. Lucas Lehart PR St. Helens
17. Edwin Blanche HK Club Sparta
18. Mariano Valente SR Saracens
19. Bruno Heim SR Newport (ALB)
20. Milen Brandet N8 Victorian

21. Maximilian Luna SH Harlequins
22. Christian Bonnevue FH Harlequins
23. Eden Stadler CT Club Sparta
24. Sebastian Livon WG Crusaders
25. Daniel Alfyn FB Soria Blues

STAFF
Director of Rugby: Leonard Assen
Head Coach: Patricio Bernauer
Team Doctor: Guillaume Germain
Apparel Manager: Filipe Wurz


RP PERMISSIONS

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Godmod scoring events: Yes.
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Suspend my players: Yes.
Godmod suspension events: No.
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Postby Hutanjia » Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:55 pm

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RUWC 29
HUTANJIA


MATCH DAY THREE


GROUP A

3 (Aji No Moto) 7–13 1 (Elejamie)
4 (Baggieland) 6–3 5 (Fancy Bois)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 3 3 2 0 1 37 20 +17 9
2 1 2 2 0 0 54 21 +33 8
3 2 2 1 0 1 38 48 −10 4
4 4 2 1 0 1 6 24 −18 4
5 5 3 0 0 3 17 39 −22 2


GROUP B

3 (Terre Septentrionale) 0–10 1 (Ko-oren)
4 (Kriegiersien) 10–5 5 (Dursea)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 3 3 2 0 1 51 27 +24 8
2 2 2 1 1 0 31 19 +12 6
3 1 2 1 1 0 24 14 +10 6
4 4 2 1 0 1 20 22 −2 5
5 5 3 0 0 3 17 61 −44 1


GROUP C

3 (HUElavia) 6–13 1 (Abanhfleft)
4 (Hebitaka) 3–17 5 (Space)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 1 2 2 0 0 34 16 +18 8
2 5 3 2 0 1 24 24 0 8
3 2 2 1 0 1 31 21 +10 4
4 3 3 0 1 2 13 27 −14 4
5 4 2 0 1 1 10 24 −14 2


GROUP D

3 (Port Ember) 3–10 1 (Lisander)
4 (Krysha) 0–3 5 (Sannyamathland)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 1 2 2 0 0 36 8 +28 8
2 3 3 2 0 1 46 33 +13 8
3 5 3 1 0 2 11 23 −12 5
4 2 2 1 0 1 18 31 −13 4
5 4 2 0 0 2 20 36 −16 1


GROUP E

4 (Rwekazaland) 0–21 1 (Darmen)
5 (Saint-Domingues) 0–8 2 (Savojarna)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 2 3 2 0 1 44 12 +32 9
2 1 2 2 0 0 36 0 +36 8
3 5 2 1 0 1 16 11 +5 4
4 4 3 1 0 2 10 43 −33 4
5 3 2 0 0 2 5 45 −40 0


GROUP F

5 (Placely Placington) 0–28 1 (Alice Bay)
2 (Sajnur) 20–14 3 (United Hemand Insia)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 1 2 2 0 0 48 0 +48 8
2 2 2 2 0 0 41 17 +24 8
3 3 3 1 0 2 45 47 −2 5
4 5 3 1 0 2 30 63 −33 4
5 4 2 0 0 2 0 37 −37 0


GROUP G

3 (Hannasea) 10–10 1 (Nova Anglicana)
4 (Silvedania) 3–22 5 (Port Arthur)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 3 3 2 1 0 63 24 +39 10
2 5 3 2 0 1 37 40 −3 8
3 1 2 1 1 0 24 10 +14 6
4 2 2 0 0 2 3 21 −18 1
5 4 2 0 0 2 9 41 −32 0


GROUP H

3 (Megistos) 7–16 1 (Hutanjia)
4 (Quintessence of Dust) 8–0 5 (Vdara)

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 1 2 2 0 0 49 25 +24 8
2 4 2 2 0 0 17 7 +10 8
3 5 3 1 0 2 31 29 +2 5
4 2 2 1 0 1 32 44 −12 4
5 3 3 0 0 3 21 45 −24 1


* How to read the tables/results: Your group # is first, with your nation (team) name in parenthesis in the match results; In the table, your current group ranking is first, with your group # as listed, second.
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Postby Ko-oren » Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:37 am

Slow starts and the Ko-orenite national rugby team, name a more iconic duo. I'll wait.

10-10 versus Neu Engollon isn't a sin at all - but as the title holders, the expectations were higher. Maybe too high. Sure, we scored two tries to Neu Engollon's one, but without giving away silly penalties in the final 10 minutes, maybe the Dragonflies could even have put this one away 10-7. French wasn't too accurate in his conversion attempts either, both tries coming after long, gruesome possessions where every centimetre was contested and consisted of at least a dozen phases. French and yTebetwd didn't dare to kick it over the line and hope for a recovery by Warmeling or Alardice - and that was a good thing. The forwards carried the ball ever so slowly towards Neu Engollon's tryline until finally Bebenna scored the first try and Weddall found a gap to score the second. But after such long campaigns, where even French took a few hits, he couldn't convert the first one from the touch line or the second from about six-seven metres inside the touch line. Mistakes were rare for either team, as we completely expected, with one penalty goal attempt by our unfortunate fly half went begging.

At least the second match went better. The Nordiques are the only other ranked team in the group, on tremendously little experience, but they're here and they're just trying to climb the rankings. They played a much less clean game than Neu Engollon, with several errors and kicking mishaps. The Ko-orenite halves didn't feel like kicking deep again, and instead focused on another match of attrition. Trench warfare. Inching closer to the try line on two or three occasions, one of them finally rewarded us a try when Ewell cleanly broke through the line and scored a try on about a 10-metre run. The conversion attempt was successful, French's first successful conversion of the tournament, and after that point the Dragonflies resorted to wasting time, pressuring at all the right moments, and pin the Nordiques deep as much as possible. Kicking was back on the menu after the 7-0 lead, and was extended to a 10-0 lead following a handling error by Peyronnet. He otherwise had a fine match, which can't be said about Robertshaw, who looked nervous and unsure of his actions, which in turn meant that whenever he had the ball, he was staring down a three-man crew dedicated to forcing him to make mistakes. Some other nervous moments from the Northmen just didn't see them score a single point after 80 minutes - they're on the right track, but just not there yet.

At least the Dragonflies have two more matches to go, both against entirely inexperienced teams, Kriegiersien and Dursea. That should net us two victories, and hopefully enough points to overtake Neu Engollon to win the group and go into another knockout stage without many problems. All the first seeds are doing fine - not a single one has lost though a few are like us and tied one and won the other. Among the early surprises are Quintessence of Dust, Port Arthur, Space, Terre Septentrionale, and Aji no Moto. Let's see which one of those can break into the final 16.

Meanwhile it's high time for the rugby union season to start up again. The last matches being the State of Origin series between Surbourneshire (where champions Greencaster Galaxy play, among others), Gehrenna (whose largest club team are the Willowbourne Foxes), West Strand Riding (with Tarrashall and Eaglebury, and otherwise more enthusiasm than funding), and Mawryshire (who play with more pent-up frustration and 'regional pride' than the other three combined). Hopefully we even get coverage of the lower leagues this year - the level isn't always that great, but it is where almost all of the top players earned their first callups. There's even quite a bit of regional lore to be found there, between the combined West Strand Riding-Mawryshire second division (out of three competitions at the second level: the others taking place in Gehrenna and Surbourneshire, respectively), as well as Waterly Gardens playing in the 65000 seat Surbourneshire Square, or the Gehrennan league which is effectively a Willowbourne-only competition. The lower leagues are also the best spot for this sport to overtake other regions, with some clubs based in northern Mayara, eastern Cote Austral, which should hopefully guarantee some talent from those areas to come into the rugby union family.
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Postby Hannasea » Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:42 am

Posted on the In Brief section of the SuperSport website.
    Hamsters struggle against higher quality opposition, contrived plot device involving wind also an awfully convenient factor

    A composed first half display by the Hannasean Hamsters gave way to a ragged second half collapse against Group G top seeds Nova Anglicana. The Hamsters clung on for a valuable draw through a combination of scrappy defence and good fortune as Nova Anglicanan captain Brendan McKinney’s boot failed to land his kicks, but Joe Hunter’s men will be forced to reflect on a game in which, having taken the lead, they gave the opposition multiple chances to steal a win. Of particular concern was the scrum, where their front row repeatedly infringed as they struggled to deal with a powerful performance from the Nova Anglicanan props. Both Zeke Francis and Sam Connor were sin-binned for collapsing scrums, while Nova Anglicana’s first try came having spent the previous eight minutes repeatedly wheeling a scrum in Hannasean territory. But McKinney was unable to convert the kicks in the difficult cross-winds that have been a feature of the games at Peahi Peita, and Hamsters clung on to the last.

    The Hannasean Federation 10 (10)
    Wright; Ball, Campbell (Hopkins 22’ ↔ 32’), Walsh (Parker 73’), Price (Stevens 54’); Pickett, Vargas (Rhodes 63’); Francis (Hopkins 59’), Burke (Connor 59’), Bennett (Hewson 59’); Ross (Harvey 59’), Hill; Horne (Burke 74’), Hunter (Moore 64’), Perry

    Tries: Vargas (33’)
    Conversions: Pickett 1/1 (33’)
    Penalties: Pickett 1/2 (29’, 37’)
    Yellow cards: Francis (22’ → 32’), Connor (74’ → 80’)

    Nova Anglicana 10 (5)
    James (Gordon 67’); Dupuis, Laurin, Manning (Langlois 44’), Haynes (Westfall 65’); McKinney, Lambert (Thornill 72’); Pearson, Tyler (Young 59’), Dupont (Fowler 67’); Kennedy (O’Shea 55’), McLaughlin; Boone (Cloutier 77’), Warner, Cummings

    Tries: Boone (11’), Langlois (59’)
    Conversions: McKinney 0/2 (11’, 59’)
    Penalties: McKinney 0/2 (42’, 74’)
    Drop goals: McKinney 0/2 (72’, 79’)
    Yellow cards: Cummings 69’ → 79’


    Posted on the “Absolute Scrum Of The Earth” fan blog.

      Player ratings out of 10

      Francis 1
      Completed dominated by Dupont. Should probably not have been brought back on after his sin-bin ended.
      Burke 4
      With his props struggling, was powerless to influence the game. Throwing an improvement over Connor, as expected.
      Bennett 6
      The best Hamsters’ front row performer, which isn’t saying much. A couple of powerful carries.
      Ross 7
      Good showing in his first start. Doesn’t quite offer the same line-out option as Porter but strong at the break-down. Not many second rows can put in a clearance kick like that!
      Hill 4
      Well below his usual high standards. Costly handling error ruined a potential catch-and-drive try.
      Horne 8
      Strong game from the flanker who put in a tireless shift in all phases of the game. Double figure tackles.
      Hunter 9
      Back to his best, the captain led with a physical display and only an outstanding tackle from Cummings stopped him from scoring.
      Perry 5
      The Hamsters’ player of the tournament to date had a bad match. Determination to pick and drive meant he wasted an easy potential overlap chance.
      Vargas 7
      Hit his passes and box-kicked well. Deserved score with a quick bit of thinking from a collapsing scrum. Still getting shrugged off in the tackle too easily.
      Pickett 5
      So much for that. Missed an easy penalty but the bigger problem was the lack of ambition. Where was the late drop goal attempt?
      Price 6
      Unconvincing on the ball this time. Never given room to run and but didn’t make much of the opportunities he was given. Solid tackling.
      Walsh 1
      A tournament-ending display from the big man who allowed Langlois to walk over him for the equalizing score and showed no ability to gain yards on offence. Permanent switch?
      Campbell 7
      Forced to cover for Walsh’s errors, did a good job cleaning up. Set up an overlap that Perry missed. Flubbed one high ball in testing conditions.
      Ball 4
      Not his kind of game. Has to find a way to be involved in these scrappy slugfests. His penalty infringement nearly cost them the game.
      Wright 8
      Back to something approaching his best. Thumping hits, used his big boot pretty sensibly. Seemed to lack the confidence to attack the high ball after last game.
      Bench 3
      Front row subs proved just as ineffective. Stevens wasn’t an upgrade. Parker brought on surprisingly late and had little opportunity to get into the game.

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Posted on the In Brief section of the QBS website.
    “We’d be happy with an 80 minute scrum” – Quodite captain, whom I now realize I forgot to specify in the roster

    Brian Kershaw and the All Greys’ front three proved a match made in heaven in a game dominated by scrum re-sets. The extremely conservative style of the All Greys suited Kershaw’s disciplinarian eye, and an 8 point lead didn’t quite reflect the margin of victory, with the All Greys enjoying 79% possession and forcing 13 penalty infringements and two yellow cards. Once more Yoshirou Sugiyama, who was allowed to play 74 minutes, by which time uncontested scrums had been ordered, was Man of the Match for a relentless scrummaging display. He has now faced six opponents across two games as benches clear struggling to keep up with him. The points came from Kaoru Koizumi, capping a drive that began on the Quodite 22’ and culminated on the Vdaran 5’ without a single sequence of passes, and Jóhann Sigurðsson, who delighted his teammates with a surging score after Nat Lennon opted to kick for the corner late on. A trademark Quodite line-out move hit Sigurðsson, who rumbled over to cap a day in which 48 yards had been gained on the ground in rolling mauls from line-outs. Having played two unranked teams and enjoyed a bye, there’s no question the Quodites are through the easy half of the draw. They now face far tougher challenges in the form of hosts Hutanija in a game that will likely decide whether they qualify or not.

    Quintessence of Dust 8 (3)
    Yamada; Cockburn (Fox 49’), McNee, Koizumi (Snell 78’), St. Martin; Lennon, London (Guillaume 75’); Sugiyama (Kamiya 74’), Bellamy, Bishop (Daugherty 55’); Wortham (Sigurðsson 60’), Zhu; Echeverría, Feldt (Ellery 45’), Rosenfeld (Jerome 73’)
    Tries: Sigurðsson (69’)
    Conversions: Koizmuni 0/1 (69’)
    Penalties: Koizumi 1/1 (29’)

    Vdara 0 (0)
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Port Ember Times
Special Section: Rugby Union World Cup 29


Dragons loses match - but not hope



Port Ember 03 - 10 Lisander



The Port Emberian "Dragons" went up against living rugby legends during matchday 3, as part of their World Cup Campaign, and despite losing, walked away with a new sense of pride and hope.

From the very onset of the match, the legendary Lisander squad was determined to demonstrate their dominance over our fresh team, as they continued to launch calculated offenses, and placed constant pressure upon our lines. Yet, to everyone's surprise - the Port Emberian lines held firm. As an example, over the period of minutes 22 - 35, Lisander managed to keep possession, yet failed to make more than 5 meters territory gain, as the Port Emberians launched bone crushing tackles after bone crushing tackles.

In minute 40+2, the Port Emberians were penalised for an offside call, which led to Lisander's #10 Eran Lasses, converting the first points of the match. Thus, when the first half whistle was blown, the Dragons trailed 0-3.

Opportunity knocked for Lisander in minute 62, as the Lisander winger Matthew Gear chipped a up-and-under over the defenders, sprinting through like a bat from hell, collecting it, and dived over the line for the try, in a very brilliant display of modern rugby.

The conversation of the try was done in a calm and collected manner - bringing the total score up to 10-0, in favour of Lisander.

This try against them, seemed to reinvigorate the Dragons, as they seemed ever more determined to get onto the scoreboard, launching constant attacks from the front pack - allowing their large stature to cause some damage against the defenders - who still managed to shut down attempt after attempt.

In minute 77, the Port Emberians managed to crush the opposition scrums, for a total of three resets, as the Lisander scrum continued to collapse. The resulting penalty allowed #10 Ryley Mićjo to convert the penalty, giving the Port Emberians a chance to feel how it feels to score points against living legends.

When the match whistle was sounded, no one felt like losers, as both sides congratulated each other on one hell of a tough and entertaining match. The spectators from both nations cheered loudly as they showed their respect and appreciation for the beautiful game which they had witnessed.

Matchday 3 Overview

Port Ember vs Lisander


Final Score: Port Ember 03 - Lisander 10

Point Scorers:
Port Ember:

- Penalty (Minute 77) (#10 Ryley Mićjo)

Lisander:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 40+2) (#10 Eran Lasses)
- Try (Minute 62) (#11 Matthew Gear)
- Conversion (Minute 62) (#10 Eran Lasses)

Venue Played: King Popilu I Stadium, Molnitha, Nevorn

From our Analyst:

Although we lost, our nation can be extremely proud of our lads, as they held their own against living legends on the field. There is a lot that our coach can take from this game on where we can improve for future matches - making this a valuable learning experience. One aspect where I can comfortably say that is absolutely world class now - is our scrums. We can literally outscrum the best teams in the world. There is hope for our team afterall!


Matchday 4 Preview

Port Ember vs Busoga Islands


Venue: King Popilu I Stadium, Molnitha, Nevorn

Brief Summary:

Port Ember will face off against Busoga Islands as part of our very last group matches (as we have a bye day on match day 5), making this match an absolute "Must Win" Scenario.

Our opponents are an extremely strong squad, being considered the second strongest team in the group after Lisander, and is currently ranked as the 14th best team in the world.

This bodes to be an extremely challenging challenge for our dragons - yet one which we are looking forward to greatly, as the recent performances have given us hope and pride in our underdogs.
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Port Arthur Times
Culture Section


The Tales of "Mad Jack". Part 3



This is the third installment to the "Tales of Mad Jack", an attempt to capture the oral folklore tales which have originated within the Colony of Port Arthur, the first true evidence of the emergence of a new unique culture within the Colony.

This specific tale seems slightly more complex than the previous two tales, and provides our Mad Jack with slightly more character traits and gives us a glimpse of his true personality. Furthermore, this tale seems to teach the reader some life lessons, although it is indeed a bit gruesome, still appearing to hold Mad Jack in the light of the Port Arthurian "Boogeyman".

Mad Jack and The King


Long ago, long before Port Arthur was cleansed in fire, it was ruled by various nations - and even before that - by many kings.

One of these ancient kings was known to be an exceedingly rational man. He lived in a palace that was a small, simple structure, unadorned with art and ugly to look upon. He believed that art was a waste of time and money, and that resources should rather be spent on increasing his army and nation's infrastructure.

The kingdom prospered under this sensible rule. However, the populace did not share the king's sense of practicality. They would build houses that were beautiful to look upon, although not necessarily very practical. They devoted time and energy to works of art. They would celebrate events with lavish festivals. In general, they were quite happy.

The King was disappointed that more of them did not follow his example and lead spartan, sensible lives. He contemplated on this for many years. Finally, he decided that his subjects simply didn't understand how much more they could accomplish if they didn't waste time on those frivolous activities. Perhaps, he reasoned, they just needed more examples.

The king decreed that all new buildings must be simple, unadorned, and no larger than was necessary for their function. The people were not happy about this, but they liked their king and respected the new law. In a few short years, there were more plain buildings than ornate ones. The citizens used the money saved to make and buy even more lavish art and hold even more excessive celebrations.

Once again, the King decided to provide them a strict example of how beneficial it would be to use their time and resources for more practical purposes. He banned all works of art in the city. The people were quite angered by this, but they knew that their king was doing what he thought was best for them, in his own misguided way. In a few more years the city was filled with plain, simple buildings, and devoid of any sort of art. However, the people now had even more money and time to devote to their parties and festivals.

With a heavy heart, the King decided that his people were to be treated like children, for they behaved as rebellious teens. And like all children, they needed rules and discipline laid down by great figures of authority to make them understand what was truly important in life. He decreed that there should be no revelry in the city. Singing, dancing, and music were all banned. Even food and drink were limited to water and simple foodstuffs.

The people had enough, and could no longer accept living under a dictator. Rebellion was out of the question, since the King had a very well trained and equipped army. Therefore the people prayed and pleaded to any and all gods and spirits for help.

Mad Jack heard their pleas and decided to visit the King's court. Upon meeting the King, Mad Jack spoke, "I am Lord of the Creative and Lord of the Deranged. I plead to you, free the Creative!" The King was angered and chased Mad Jack from his kingdom.

Mad Jack returned eight days later, after seeing that the King would not succumb to his demands, and again visited the court, and forewarned the King, "I am Lord of the Creative and Lord of the Deranged. Since you have no use for my gifts of creativity, I have decided to bless you with an abundance of my other gift."

From that day forward, every child born in the city was born into madness. Since infants do not reveal illnesses of the mind, it was several years before this was realized. The king's own son was among the victims, suffering from seizures and delusions. Yet, the King remained steadfast in his resolve and refused to change his ways.

When the King's son turned 12 years of age, he stabbed his father whilst asleep. With his dying breath, the King asked, "Why?" His son replied, "It is the most practical thing I could do."

The new boy king ordered all the palace servants slaughtered. He ordered a grand festival to celebrate his new reign and the repeal of the oppressive laws. He served the crowds a stew made from the carcasses of the palace servants. He ordered the east facing walls of every building in the city painted purple, and the west facing walls painted in splashed. He decreed that all citizens wear ornate masks on the backs of their heads. He then burned down the palace and began construction of a new one.

In the new palace, the young king ordered his personal chambers to not have any doors; for fear that small woodland creatures would attack him. He ordered that it have no windows for fear that the sun and moon were jealous of him and plotting his death.

And thus ended the noble line of Kings. The people of the city returned to their grand works of art and excessive celebrations. They talked and acted as if they still had a living king, and even kept up the palace, using it to house and care for their mad children.




About the author

Doctor (PHD) Monique Clerice was born in the Republic of Port Ember, where she completed her Doctorate Degree in folkloristics.

She immigrated to the Colony of Port Arthur in 2018, as part of the first wave of pioneers who commenced the establishment and rebuilding of the Colony.

Dr Clerice is currently employed as a senior professor at the Port Arthur State University, where she is in charge of folkloristics. She regularly writes articles for the Port Arthur Times as a freelancer.




Matchday 3 Overview

Port Arthur vs Silvedania


Final Score: Port Arthur 22 - Silvedania 03

Point Scorers:
Port Arthur:

- Try (Minute 27) (#7 Darryl Varys)
- Conversion (Minute 27) (#10 Raymond Memeth)
- Try (Minute 49) (#11 Stuart Rockbeare)
- Conversion (Minute 49) (#10 Raymond Memeth)
- Penalty (Minute 60) (#10 Raymond Memeth)
- Try (Minute 75) (#15 Donald Spenté)

Silvedania:

- Penalty Kick (Minute 35)

Venue Played: Peahi Peita Stadium, Port-au-Rex, Nevorn

Brief Summary:

The Port Arthurian "Red Pandas" managed to regain their composure, despite the disappointing loss which they suffered at the hands of Hannasea during Match Day 2, and grabbed a stunning victory as a result.

Both halves of the match was characterised by the Red Pandas dominating the match against their fellow debutant opponents, as they ensured that the game was played in a very physical manner, where the nationals squad wore their opponents down physically with violent tackles and crushing scrums.


Matchday 4 Preview

BYE DAY FOR PORT ARTHUR

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The Daily Boing


Baggieland Get Their First Win


Baggieland 6 – 3 Fancy Bois


In a low scoring game that saw two penalty kicks to one, Baggieland got their tournament up and running. They were facing fellow unranked side Fancy Bois, and to be honest this was their best chance of getting points on the board. Unlike in the first game, John Pilkington found his kicking boots and dispatched both penalties without any trouble. There were few chances for a try from either team, with the Throstles coming the closest when they used their forward line to try to muscle the ball over the line, unfortunately the Bois held firm and despite several attempts the ball never got close enough to the line.

Baggieland will be pleased with getting their first international tournament win under their belt, but they now face two really tough opponents in the 10th ranked team and the best team in the world, currently. Can the boys from Baggieland cause a huge upset?

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Kriegiersien 10–5 Dursea

Kriegiersien gets the first win on the board, so the dream of the play-off stays alive.

And now the World Cup Winners are the next. Ko-oren. The preparation for the game was as common.

First the blind beer oracle brought words of wisdom after sacrificing some wine:
“Ko-oren arrogance will be their downfall!”, it declared.
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“In vino veritas! So it has to be true, the oracle never failed to predict right”, proclaimed Assistant Coach Jared Beer.

Dr. Gluck will give every player a good liquor before the match. After a warriors dance (moshing) on the field directly before the start the mascots will all take a sip from a beverage of their brewery and burp into the direction of the opponent.

“Of course I have also a tactic prepared that will surprise them”, the coach assured the eager listening press.
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