segunda-feira, setembro 10, 2007


A crónica extraída do site da Federação Internacinal de Rugby diz tudo sobre a magnífica performance dos Lobos na sua estreia contra a poderosa selecção da Escócia. A selecção portuguesa de rugby, a única selecção amadora na Taça do Mundo de Rugby, constitui um exemplo de trabalho, abnegação, capacidade de sacrifício, espírito de grupo, vontade de vencer e de aprender e de humildade. Até podem não ganhar nenhum jogo que só pelo exemplo não deixarei de aplaudi-los até que as mãos me doam. Era bom que tipos como Madaíl e Luís Filipe Scolari aprendessem alguma coisa com estes rapazes, em vez de se preocuparem em naturalizar Pepes e Decos.

"Portugal leave Scotland bruised
Soaring high: Portugal's captain Vasco Uva was named man of the match

SAINT-ETIENNE, 9 September - Portugal's strong defence and a willingness to attack have provided Scotland with a lot to ponder before their next match.

The Scots eventually ran out 56-10 winners in their Pool C opener on Sunday but it was far from plain sailing. Portugal delivered Scotland some surprises in the first half, with their impressive defence leaving no gaps early on. However, in the 12th minute Scotland drove their way through and full-back Rory Lamont scored. He crossed again two minutes later. Scott Lawson and Rob Dewey also grabbed a try each before the break. Portugal's fly half Pedro Carvalho ensured it wasn't all one-way traffic, scoring his country's first try at a world cup.
"I expected much more from (Scotland). When we came on to the field we weren't intimidated. When it was 28-10 at half time, we even had thoughts of winning. We are so proud," Carvalho said after the match.
The Scots were left battered and bruised by the debutants, with prop Allan Jacobsen taken to hospital after suffering a calf injury and outside centre Marcus Di Rollo receiving a knock to his temple.
"I was pretty confident we would break them down eventually, but they came out guns blazing in the first 10 minutes. It was a tough game and I'm feeling pretty bruised at the moment," Rory Lamont said after the match.
Scotland managed to wear out the debutantes in the second half, scoring four more tries, the first by Dan Parks, who also converted.
Portugal captain and number 8 Vasco Uva was awarded man of the match, which he said was a prize for the whole team.
"We knew that it was going to be tough but we gave everything we had to this game. We knew Scotland would be hard, but it was a very good game and I think we showed just what Portuguese rugby is about," he said.
The Scotland coach Frank Hadden said he wanted a slicker performance from his side in their next match against Romania in Edinburgh on Tuesday week.
Portugal's next match is against New Zealand in Lyon on Saturday

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