Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wales are champs, France get the spoon, and Ireland finsih with 13 men in honour of BOD!

Ireland dragged their sorry arses out of the 6N with a defeat to Italy. I’m not going to take anything away from Italy, as they were well due to beat us. But it was a pretty dire performance from Ireland, even before the injuries hit. Very little line out ball, and three yellow cards – we were losing our heads. We came within a sniff of victory, and then got blown away.  It’s been a year to forget so far – mostly due to a run of chronic injuries. We’ve got some great new players coming through, so it’s not all doom and gloom, but we are seriously short at prop and lock, and that isn’t going be fixed in a hurry. Feck it anyway, there’s always next year! Nice touch by the team to end the match with 13 men in honour of BOD :)

The match of the day, of the tournament, was Wales demolishing England. The fervent crowd, and a white hot performance from Wales saw them sweep England away in the second half. This is the Wales that won the Slam last year – not good enough to beat Ireland mind :) – but worthy winners of this years championship. And England – they’ll be back, bit more experience under their belts and they are going to start to rumble.

Finally it was Frances turn to perk up a bit, and beat a game Scottish side. Thankfully not by enough to hand Ireland the wooden spoon. My tip for the tournament, showing flashes of what they can do, as well most of their frailties. Declan Kidney gets a hard time for not getting the best of Ireland – Phillipe St Andre leaves French fans weeping.

So that’s it for another year. But it would be completely remiss of me not to mention Ireland’s ladies grand slam. Get in! what a result!

RBS Six Nations
Saturday , March 16
Italy 22 - 15 Ireland 
Wales 30 - 3 England 
France 23 - 16 Scotland

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