Friday, March 17, 2017

Ireland looking to finish second!


Saturday marks the conclusion of this years 6 Nations. It has been a pretty so so season for Ireland this year, they can now finish anywhere between 2nd and 5th. Fifth doesn't have a very good ring about it, does it? But, you know, we could redeem the whole season if we derail the chariot this weekend. Any season where we beat England is a good season, a great season! Especially as they are currently on 18 wins in a row, just needing one more for the world record. Spoiling someone else's success is nearly as good as success for  yourself!

Desperation and malice is about as much motivation as you need really. The frustrating thing about our losses this season is that at some point in both matches, you felt we could win. Yet a combination of lack of intensity, poor decision making, butter fingers, and missed tackles at the wrong time conspired against us. I can tell you, there is going to be 100% focus and intensity come Saturday from Ireland though.

England have been fairly inconsistent themselves ( well if you can call 4 from 4 inconsistent!) but they could easily have lost to France or Wales. Hopefully they peaked against Scotland, and will roll into town thinking they can play sevens style exhibition rugby against us. That's our glimmer of hope, England should win but you never know. I'll be watching at home with my son, having to moderate his comments on the ref - No, I'd say his parents probably were married, Yes, I'm sure he had to take and eye test at some time, no, he's not on the other teams payroll.

Also in action will be our fantastic ladies team, going for the grand slam, (they probably think the men's team should take some Calpol and get on with it) and the u20's who've only lost once.

In the other games Scotland should finish with a flourish against Italy. And it should be a close enjoyable encounter between France and Wales, with home advantage seeing the French home.

Saturday 18th March
Scotland 12:30 Italy
France 14:45 Wales
Ireland 17:00 England

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