Spain lost to Belgium 18-10 on Sunday. An opportunity blown! Spain were robbed! Rematch! This is what I have read all across social media.
I watched the 2nd half and I didn’t believe the Romanian referee had the greatest of games. Maybe it was more Rugby Europe’s fault for appointing a ref from Romania, the country who needed the Spanish to lose. If Spain had won, Romania wouldn’t have qualified for the World Cup. I will leave you to debate that.
Further to the game Spain / Belgium, read Rugby Europe statement https://t.co/nSWK2rGjLc
— Rugby Europe (@rugby_europe) March 18, 2018
It’s not over
When I was watching, Spain played ok. In the last 10 minutes, I thought they were going to win. I could easily have imagined this side beating Romania and getting this far. What you must remember is they can still qualify. They face a playoff with Portugal and if they win, they take on Samoa to decide who qualifies and who doesn’t. If they lose that, Spain will have one more chance in the Repechage tournament. This is where I believe Spain are most likely to qualify from. A Canadian side which has not been playing well recently will probably be the main threat to Los Leones.
Scotland’s RWC2019 group takes another step towards being complete as Romania qualify.
Spain now play Portugal, with the winner facing Samoa in a double home/away leg. The winner of that will take the last spot in Pool A. https://t.co/8EMqFIufhd
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 18, 2018
We all know how badly Spain want to go to Japan, just watch their last game against Belgium. Back to people criticising the referee. After the match ended about 5 angry Spanish players went straight to the match official, probably to say a few harsh words. Obviously, this isn’t great, however, it does make you feel this Spanish side won’t give up. In the dying moments of the game, they managed to score 10 points. Even when Belgium kicked over a penalty to surely end any hope of a fight back, they still kept on fighting hard right up to the final whistle. This level of belief can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing.
— España Rugby (@ferugby) March 18, 2018
For example, Scotland didn’t defend well against Italy on Saturday and found themselves 1 point behind with less than 5 minutes left. This was after a brilliant comeback from 24-12 down from only about a quarter of an hour earlier. However, they still fought on and eventually Greig Laidlaw kicked over a winning penalty to escape 29-27 victors in Rome.
Will the actually do it?
If Spain believe. If the players, coaches and fans believe. Then I still feel that this great nation could be joining the Rugby World Cup party next year. It will be tense. We will witness some great rugby matches from teams desperately wanting to be at the World Cup. If Spain does it, it would be a massive boost for Rugby to have a new nation making the headlines.
Author: Archie Craigie Halkett
Hi, my name is Archie Craigie Halkett. I am a massive Scottish rugby fan. I’m involved with the game quite a lot. I play rugby for my school and my local rugby club. I am a level one qualified rugby referee and a regular contributor to off-line and on-line rugby magazines/publications.