Sunday, February 3, 2013

#6Nations -forget Man of the Match - they just need to say 'Brian O'Driscoll, you are 'THE MAN!''

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The 6 Nations kicked off with a weekend of surprises, and some smashing rugby.
Ireland got their campaign off in fine style with a good win over Wales. In the first half it was all Ireland, and they had you rubbing your eyes with the style and cohesion of their play. In fairness, however good Ireland were, Wales were woeful, they looked like they thought the kick off was at 4.00pm. In the second half, it turned around with  Irish indiscipline, two yellow cards and good Welsh intensity making the best way to watch the match through your fingers, or my preferred position, behind the couch. We managed to hold them out, and start with a win. Zebo put in some amazing touches, Healy and SOB were awesome, and Brian O’Driscoll was simply sublime. Forget Man of the Match, they just need to say to him, Brian O’Driscoll you are the ‘THE MAN’!

It was always going to be hard to live up to the standard of the first match, but apart from brief flickers, England Scotland was not up there. England have a big young team, and they just played it smart, getting position and taking their points. Scotland have ‘Wooden Spoon’ written all over them so far.

Finally, it was the given, France were going to beat Italy, maybe not all that prettily though. Wrong! With a fanatical crowd behind them, the Italians stunned my favorites for the tournament. The last time they beat France, it was a horrible scrappy affair, whereas this was a complete performance. France don’t seem to handle pressure all that well, and Italy were supplying it at blow torch intensity. Everybody loves a surprise (well obviously not France in this instance) and what a way for Italy to start the tournament!

RBS Six Nations
Sunday , February 3
Italy 23 - 18 France 
Saturday , February 2
Wales 22 - 30 Ireland 
England 38 - 18 Scotland

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