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6 Nations 2020

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Athens, Feb 2, 2020.

  1. Athens

    Athens Greatest Bloke Ever [Citation Needed] Member

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    No thread on this?

    Wales spanked Italy, Ireland laboured to a (lucky) win over Scotland and today England are currently being rattled by France.
     
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    We're playing terrible, France really up for it
     
  3. Athens

    Athens Greatest Bloke Ever [Citation Needed] Member

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    There's a big fat woman who comes into the Irish bar here and cheers on England. Yesterday she was cheering on Scotland, I wish I was back in the bar watching her suffer.
     
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    Athens Greatest Bloke Ever [Citation Needed] Member

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    France are going to throw this away.
     
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    Athens Greatest Bloke Ever [Citation Needed] Member

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    Willi Heinz should be a euphemism for spunk.
     
  6. Rosco

    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    Didn't notice this thread.

    But I was talking to a relative of one of the Irish players who was in the players lounge after the last match.

    It was very noticeable that Andy Farrell didn't want to leave for the press conference because he was busy watching the England match.


    I'm not sure this appointment will last.
     
  7. doctor_mac

    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    I suppose all will depend on how we perform. I thought the tactics against Wales were fantastic, and it was great to see how quickly and regularly we spread the ball and involved our back 3. I strongly fancied Wales to beat us in advance of the game but we were clearly the superior team with a more coherent plan of attack, and Farrell's tactics definitely played a role. I suppose we might also give him the benefit of the doubt as someone just getting used to the new demands of being number 1.
     
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    Right result for Wales vs.France in the end but the Welsh were royally shafted by the officials once or twice.

    Shame innit.
     
  9. Rosco

    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    I meant to reply to this two weeks ago , saying the tactics were not dramatically different but Henshaw's half breaks and off loads made a huge difference.

    He couldn't do that against England and we reverted to type. Box kicks and passes to forwards who are standing still because Murray takes too long to get the ball out of the ruck.

    I think we need to start thinking of long term changes at 9&10. There might be a short term dip but maybe not as big of one as you might think.

    Murray was brought into the Ireland team as a physical nine who could cope with defending forwards and big 9's like Mike Phillips who was a real handful for teams to plan against.
    The trade off was that his passing wasn't great but overall it was a good trade off. Then he added a box kicking game that teams struggled to defend and he was the best player in the world one year. But as soon as teams nullified the box kick he lost his best weapon. He has shied away from the physical part of the game since his neck injury. So really there's nothing positive left to pick him for.

    I'd play Cooney every game , with a view to bringing along Blades and Luke McGrath to take over in the next two years. Casey at Munster looks promising too.

    Sexton is now a part time player and isn't able to just turn it on. Carberry was the obvious one to take over but injuries are a problem.
    I quite like Byrne but he's not international class, but I'd be willing to give him a few games to see how he goes. (his younger brother is rumoured to be the better of two)

    What's the Ulster outhalf picture looking like ? Is Lowry any good ?

    I think the players coming through the provinces in the pack will keep us competitive up front - I think Kelleher is going to be good. Leinster's three young back rowers Doris, Deegan and Penny all look capable too. We're not short of forwards prospects.
     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    It was obvious that Murray needed moved on and it was disappointing that Cooney hasn't been given the jersey as first choice this tournament.  Bill Johnston, who was moved to us from Munster is looking much closer than Lowry I think, but I don't think anything like ready for international rugby. Paddy Jackson fucked more than some Belfast lass when he did whatever he did. Ireland are really struggling now.
     
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    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    How is Jackson playing ?

    I've completely forgotten about him and he was legit taking over from Sexton until that stuff went down.
     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    Getting hounded. He signed for London Irish and they immediately lost a load of sponsors. He has played 11 games for 49 points.

    He was really looking the part when this happened, a viable heir to Sexton. Stupid fucking wanker.
     

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