In the end a good win, not great by any imagination, but an important one nonetheless. Beating the British at Twickenham at any time is an achievement to behold and, like Andy Farrell and Johnny Sexton, I believe that if we were offered a final score before kick-off – and bonus points – We will win it.
o, not daring to lose our own run, we will take this victory over our arch-enemy and move on.
Obviously there will be a lot of work to be done in the controversy, but can I suggest any so-called expert legislator for what we are witnessing in this ‘festival of punishment’ ever? Is it a competitive vehicle to restart the game? holding their arm.
I won’t pretend I’ve ever been interested in these so-called ‘dark arts’ playing myself, but I am very familiar with and in regular contact with enough referees and former strikers to know. that they don’t care most about what happens in scrum-time 2022.
Time wasted on fouls, more often than not culminating in a penalty kick, is frustrating to the extreme. That’s just one of the many challenging issues the game’s legislators face, and we won’t even visit that 82-second red card.
The fact that Mathieu Raynal was justified in every letter of the law involved when producing the colors he did tells you everything about a game that has failed so severely.
Disappointment with a bonus win over Twickenham can be arrogance, but, like against the Italians, our pre-determined match strategy is if anything is thwarted by an advantage. in terms of numbers.
I guess it’s also part of the ‘process’ that we hear a lot about.
In fairness to England, according to Courtney Lawes, they responded as we would like to think we could have done under similar circumstances in giving England a good strike, albeit in pursuit of what should have been the cause of the loss.
The atmosphere on the pitch was certainly as good as anything I can recall in this game with the home fans really pulling behind their team, and Eddie Jones may well be right in that. His team has aged in adversity.
Time will tell but team morale was boosted in time before the trip to Paris for ‘Le Crunch’.
Ireland will be hoping the same thing happens as their thoughts turn to a visit to Scotland to Lansdowne Road.
As Sexton alluded to after the game, it’s rare for us to have a chance to compete for a silver medal at home, but 40 years later that opportunity comes against the same opponent once again.
The opportunity to relive the exploits of Ollie Campbell, Ciarán Fitzgerald and the fifth grade of ’82 as they lifted the first Triple Crown since 1949 is now beckoning.
The Triple Crown has become the much more popular currency in this part of the world since the game went pro.
Similarly, victory over the remaining three ‘home countries’ is nothing short of reprehensible.
While the Italian and British victories have passed a bit, we are chasing the Triple Crown and the Championship in the final round.
Another high win in the Stade de France, and given us business in Dublin, who knows how the final day could turn out?
I will add a clause. While leaving Twickenham with a win on Saturday is imperative, next week’s win alone will not be enough if this championship is to have any real meaning or impact on France and the 2023 World Cup.
While we all acknowledge the Achilles’ heel caused the London incident, there were still some standout performances, albeit further afield. Hugo Keenan will be my preferred choice as the Irishman in the match, while both Andrew Conway and James Lowe have made significant contributions at key moments.
Sexton and Jamison Gibson-Park also had key moments while Josh van der Flier was the best of the eight Irishman for me.
Also, Robbie Henshaw, Jack Conan, Conor Murray and Finlay Bealham (probably in that order) represent the best substitutes before being selected to face the Scots.
It’s been a great week with all still to play but, with the downward momentum since the opening two weeks, the Irish Triple Crown alone won’t be enough.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/all-still-to-play-for-this-week-but-an-irish-triple-crown-alone-will-not-suffice-41443842.html All is still to play this week but the Irish Triple Crown alone won’t be enough