Six Nations 2012

So who do you fancy?

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20/03/2012 at 12:33

I have to agree with everything DJ39 said, though I think that a series loss with a test win downunder would be enough.  It is a three test tour.  That said, only a win at home against the same opposition in the Autumn series would do.

I think this tournament showed us that defence is key to forcing a tight game, but that the team that can maintain the pressure will come through on top.  In the nineties Wales only had a 60 minute game, so an era was built on trying to score points quickly.  This Welsh team appears to have the solidity and the fitness to grind out a victory, combined with the necessary psychology for it.  But the game is becoming so professional that the teams are all probably much closer than the results show, as close as the results of Ire v Wal, Fra v Eng, Sco v Eng, Wal v Fra and Eng v Wal display.  Even Wales v Scotland and Italy were supposed to be walkovers, but pundits weren't excited by the final scores.  I think it's time that the pitches were widened, or those stupid rucks that you aren't allowed to compete were outlawed.  Scrum halves could walk off the pitch and have a cup of tea and an orange segment before having to pass the ball out.  If the ruck was opened up to greater competition, we'd have a full pack competing it and only the backs outside defending the width of the pitch.  That would be exciting.

I loved Ireland v Wales.  My match of the tournament.  Post-match commentary aside, of course...

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