The wonder of rugby ;-)
Well done Ireland - proof positive that England, though an exciting prospect are nowhere near the finished project yet.
Two things dismayed me about England's performance. (Well, not really 'dismayed' as I reverted to 'Plastic Paddy' status on Saturday and was quite happy)
1. The Irish had clearly worked out England's game plan before the game kicked off in the pre-match tactics talk - And England stuck with 'plan A' for far too long when it clearly wasn't working and was never going to work in a month of Sundays. The blame for this (If blame is the right word) must lie with the coach - he should have spotted that England were getting nowhere fast and changed things around a little quicker than he did
2. Too many England players seemed to freeze out there Saturday- well boys - it's only going to get bigger from now on.
I honestly believe FB - if England had have won (Fluked?) the Grand Slam... they would have been the worst team to do so in living memory... and I'm generally an England supporter. One side of my family is Irish - so I get to pick whoever is winning.
There's a hell of a lot of work that needs to be done by the players and coaches before the World Cup.
I think it might help England that they didn't win the Grand Slam. A dose of reality and less hype might make them prepare better for the WC. Also has the benefit of shutting John Inverdale up!
Slightly more encouraging from France although most of their tries seemed to come from Wales being turned over at the breakdown rather than their own play. So I guess they are stuck with ML until the WC, here's hoping they are able to get it together and make it to the QFs.
Fantastic tap tackle from Trinh-Duc
Pleased that the Ireland game went the way of the heart rather than the head. Ireland did put on the best performance of the 6N. Good to see the scrum compete and Wallace seemed to find his old speed. The back row looks strong with Ferris coming back from injury. The backs are good, especially when Kearney comes back at fullback. Front five played well on Saturday, but I do think there is a lack of cover. Overall, if we are lucky with fitness, might well cause a shock at the WC.
When Ireland won the grnd slam they were lucky not to have too many injuries. The GS is difficult even for very good teams. England are not a very good team they are ok, but have thought they werent as good as the hype. They play a conservative game, seem to lack that bit extra - need something more in the centre.
Yep, he was definitely going to score otherwise FB. Might have changed the game for them.
It reminded me of Jonathan Davies doing the same to Jerry Guscott a few years back. Always looks dramatic when it's done properly.
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