@rotated said in Aura watch:
@No-Quarter said in Aura watch:
I know they're a real threat but I can't take Wales completely seriously at the moment, they've still got a big mental hurdle to overcome.
A lot will depend on how the tournament breaks in terms of QF/SF match ups.
In the abstract I can see Wales/Ireland winning the RWC, but the reality of winning three weeks in a row with the mental swings that happen is another thing. Like we saw in 2011 with the ABs the relief/achievement of making the final finally can be mentally hard to back up from,and we have seen that in all sports thus the old 'you have to lose one to win one' adage.
Even more challenging for Ireland would mentally need to back up from beating NZ/SA before a prospective SF.
I think Ireland would just be happy to reach a semi-final for the first time, which would also involve having beaten one of the heavyweights. I doubt they have the wherewithal do rinse and repeat for a semi and a final, especially given their attritional gameplan.