Well, kids; the RWC pool play is over and this means that the final scores are in for the man vs beast rugby challenge:
Handsome XV: 124
Unfortunate XV: 123
Yes, the pretty boys came good at the end and stuck a victory, making up a three point deficit and going on to win. And the difference seemed to lie in the trend I’d noticed earlier in the contest: the Handsome XV players were more likely to be part of the starting XV for their teams, whereas the Unfortunate XV were more likely to come in off the bench. Victory for the Unfortunate XV coach nearly brought things home for the fugly boys, but it just wasn’t enough.
To celebrate their victory, let’s enjoy one last photo of Mike Phillips.