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    Congratulations Portugal

    Well done to Portugal, who despite going down 18-12 to Uruguay today, qualified for the World Cup 24-23 on aggregate...
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    Well done Portugal!
    that means @@@@SPAN id="intelliTXT">Diogo Mateus will be playing in the WC. Whats the story with him anyway? Has he even played any ML games?@@@@/SPAN>
    "If we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards - checkmate!" Zapp Brannigan



      Originally posted by Mucky Boots
      Well done to Portugal, who despite going down 18-12 to Uruguay today, qualified for the World Cup 24-23 on aggregate...


      Close one, but got the verdict. Well done Diogo!


        Who really cares though, seriously? The guy hasn't even made an ML squad this season. Best of luck to them and all that jazz, but so what?!
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          He has Ruck, he was a sub in one of the ML matches in TP.
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            Has anyone seen him play? He's playing for UCC isnt he?
            "If we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards - checkmate!" Zapp Brannigan


              <H2 ="clear">So Portugal will be in the Same World Cup Group as</H2>
              <DIV ="clear">Scotland</DIV></LI>
              <DIV ="clear">Italy</DIV></LI>
              <DIV ="clear">Romania</DIV></LI>
              <DIV ="clear">Some small South Pacific Island ... New Zealand</DIV></LI>[/list]
              Still, congrats to Portugal, they'll be absolutly delighted to be going to their first World Cup. Good for the game, certainly other Division B nations like Spain will take heart from that.
              <H2 ="clear">One point takes Portugal to France</H2>
              <H3>Saturday 24th March 2007</H3>
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              @@@@SPAN id=intelliTXT>Portugal have become the last team to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. It is their first time ever to do so but it took a thriller and in the end a single point was enough.

              Uruguay who have been to the last two World Cups were their own worst enemies, paying the price for indiscipline.

              Uruguay won the second leg of the World Cup qualifier in Montevideo 18-12 but Portugal had won the first leg 12-5. They thus won overall 24-23. By one point! That point is enough to take the Lobos to France and means grave disappointment for the Teros who will stay at home.

              In Lisbon Portugal had been leading 12-0 when Uruguay scored a last-minute try to make the score 12-5. That meant that Portugal took a seven-point cushion to Montevideo.

              On Saturday the Teros scored two tries, the Lobos none.

              After just two minutes Uruguay had lock Juan Bado red-carded, sent off for foul play. That meant that for almost all the match the Teros played with only 14 men.

              Nonetheless Uruguay took the lead through penalties by Juan Menchaca and Diego Aguirre but then Portugal levelled matters with penalties by Duarte Pinto and Joao. Then just before half time lock Marcelo Dorey was sent to the sin bin.

              With Portugal down to 14 men at the start of the second half, Uruguay took an 11-6 lead with a try will Portugal scored two more penalties to lead 12-11 with 25 minutes to play - 25 tense minutes.

              The powerful Uruguayan pack mauled over the line for a try which took them to 18-12. That gave Portugal there point overall lead but with 13 minutes to play, and that is how the score stayed as injury time dragged on and agonisingly on.


              15 Juan Menchaca, 14 Juan Labat, 13 Diego Aguirre, 12 Joaquin Pastore, 11 Martin Crosa, 10 Sebastian Aguirre, 9 Juan Campomar, 8 Nicolas Brignoni, 7 Nicolas Grille, 6 Alfredo Giuria, 5 Rodrigo Capo, 4 Juan Bado, 3 Pablo Lemoine, 2 Juan Andres Perez, 1 Rodrigo Sanchez
              Replacements: 16 Guillermo Storace, 17 Federico Capo, 18 Carlos Arboleya, 19 Juan Miguel Alvarez, 20 Rafael Alvarez, 21 Juan Martín Llovet, 22 Nicolas Morales

              Coaches: Nicolas Inciarte, Mario Lame

              Portugal: 15 Pedro Leal, 14 Diogo Gama, 13 Miguel Portela, 12 Diogo Mateus, 11 Pedro Carvalho, 10 Duarte Pinto, 9 Luis Pissarra, 8 Vasco Uva, 7 Joao Uva, 6 Juan Serveriño, 5 Marcelo Dorey, 4 Gonzalo Uva, 3 Joaquin Ferreira, 2 Joao Correta, 1 André Lourenzo
              Replacements: 16 Rui Cordeiro, 17 Duarte Figueredo, 18 David Penalva, 19 Diogo Coutinho, 20 Paulo Murinello, 21 Jose Pinto, 22 Goncalo Malheiro

              Coach: Tomaz Morais

              Referee: Tony Spreadbury
              Touch judges: Roy Maybank, Robin Goodliffe @@@@/SPAN>




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                <DIV =sh>Portugal players jailed after win </DIV></DIV></TD></TR>
                <TD vAlign=top width=416><!- S BO -><!- S SF ->Six Portugal players spent the night in jail in Uruguay after celebrating their qualification for the Rugby World Cup finals for the first time.

                Portugal lost 18-12 to Uruguay on Saturday but progressed to the finals in France 24-23 on aggregate.

                Police said a group of players had gone to a downtown area in Montevideo's "Old City" and that a police officer was struck in a clash with the players.

                But the un-named six were freed on Sunday and subsequently flew home. <!- E SF ->

                The players' lawyer, Jorge Barerra, said a judge had "archived" the incident without filing charges after hearing the players' version of events.

                Portugal will be in the same World Cup group as Scotland, Italy, Romania and New Zealand.

                The World Cup kicks off on 7 September, with the final taking place on 20 October in Paris.<!- E BO ->


                  It's a great vindication of forward planning by Portugal. Almost 10years ago they put together a programme to develop the game, esp 7's, and have been making massive leaps ever since. I know that the Croatians werecarping on about how they didn't view Portugal's "revolution" as anything worthwhile, I hope that now this wakes them up, after all, the country were within the kick of a ball from beating Georgia to go to a world cup themselves!


                    It's great to see Portugal qualify but it is sad that Uruguay didn't.