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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

England Saxons bounce back to beat Ireland A

England Saxons bounce back to beat Ireland A

As Six Nations season approaches rapidly, the England Saxons hosted Ireland A at the Recreation Ground in Bath on Sunday. The Saxons avenged last years Churchill Cup loss with a 17-13 victory.

Shane Geraghty did his bit to make England boss Martin Johnson pencil him in as having what it takes to be part of the senior side over the next few months. He scored 12 points, including a try, and looks back to his best.

"I think my tackling has improved and my goal kicking got better as we went along.

"But it wasn't about making points for the England management - it was more about playing better than I did for Northampton against Munster last week," said Geraghty.

The more experienced Irish side would have hoped to continued their good run of form, but were denied by an England side that attacked well, then defended solidly when required to.

"As a team we have to be happy to win given their experience and the hiding we took last June, Geraghty added.

"This is a huge turnaround for us - especially considering Ireland added Peter Stringer and Paddy Wallace to their squad. Mentally we had unfinished business from the summer when we were outmuscled."

Both tries were classily done, with Geraghty scoring the one and David Strettle finishing after a nicely timed pass by Ben Youngs. For Ireland A it was Chris Henry who got them back in the match after a nice piece of play by Isaac Boss.

Time: 04:46

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:31 pm | View Comments (25)

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Bradders February 02, 2010 2:02 pm

Shane Gerhaty looked pretty handy. Solid kicking too by the looks of it.
Bloody Ref getting in the way though....

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Anonymous February 02, 2010 2:59 pm

Geraghty had a shocker with his tactical kicking. Too much ball kicked away, and far too many poor chips when going through the hands would be a better option. He looks much better with ball in hand, so why does he kick so much in an England shirt.

PS. Youngs looks quality. Will be a real star.

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Ted February 02, 2010 4:51 pm

Geraghty's kicking was equally poor in the Autumn internationals so it looks like he hasn't developed that much at all. It's a shame - I remember that stand-out game he had against France on his debut a few years ago, I thought he'd be the next big thing...

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tits and giggles February 02, 2010 6:59 pm


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Pulse February 02, 2010 7:57 pm

I agree, Youngs looks like he is going to be good, quick and with a good eye by the looks of it.

Also i think Kato is worth a shout as a man to watch, seems to be fairly good for Saries and seemed to be fiarly strong in the match. Better option for England?

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Anonymous February 02, 2010 8:42 pm

Cato was good but I reckon the jump up would be a bit too much at the moment, Benjamin had a good run as well. To be honest this looked a lot more promising than the main teams autumn internationals. Real wealth of talent at 9!

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Maximus February 02, 2010 8:47 pm

2'08 and 2'54: looks like the French ref likes the Irish. He does anything he can to help anyway.
Chris Henry at long last... ;-)

Youngs timing in the 1st try is awesome.

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Lucas94b February 02, 2010 8:49 pm

Great to see Saracens youngsters coming through! Cato, Barret, Goode and Saull all brilliant players. Should be ones to watch for the future.


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Anonymous February 02, 2010 9:20 pm


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Kearney for tests February 02, 2010 9:27 pm

Maximus I'm glad you finally got to see your hero Chris Henry. I hope you're impressed with him.

And by the way, how bad were both of these teams? Neither of them could do anything properly.

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Anonymous February 02, 2010 10:06 pm

This looked absolute rubbish!!!

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Les Bleus February 02, 2010 10:09 pm

Yeah, the tries were mediocre at best. Typical Northern Hemisphere fashion, even France has lost its way.

I much prefer the Super 14 and will watch it over a six nations game anyday. Even over France vs Ireland.

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Anonymous February 02, 2010 10:20 pm

'I much prefer the Super 14 and will watch it over a six nations game anyday. Even over France vs Ireland.'

only cos you know france will lose!!!


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Anonymous February 02, 2010 10:26 pm

Not sure if you could read too much into this game. Considering the saxons scored a solitary 3 points in the second half! But SG did play a bit better than he had previously. Not sure is he up to being a number 10 for england day in day out.

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Anonymous February 02, 2010 10:53 pm

can't remember the last time Les Bleus had a constructive or positive comment or not ending in a SH vs NH debate

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Kearney for tests February 03, 2010 12:00 am

Yeah you have to bear in mind that this was between two A sides, with nothing at stake, with players who don't play together often. So it was bound to be a bit crap. It was essentially a training match for the two squads.

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iceman! February 03, 2010 12:34 am

i watched some of it and it was quite good in parts - cato had some good runs, ben youngs looked good... the highlight for me though is the chica they film before geraghty takes his final kick. She's not ugly, put it that way.

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yep February 03, 2010 12:35 am

@4:01, oh my!

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R.O'C.K for Ireland February 03, 2010 1:26 am

No doubt the english press will be all over this like wilko on an injury care package!
"is this the return to Glory England have been waiting for. Wilko was intrumental as he supported from the sidelines and certainly we can see england already looking to win yet another world cup"
or something along those lines no doubt

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gusset February 03, 2010 5:47 am

@yep. Agreed - 4:01 was my highlight too....

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Ted February 03, 2010 8:10 am

ROCK for Ireland Ten - do you actually read the English press? They're the most damning of everyone re: England's recent form. Find me a quotation from an English paper that sounds anything like what you wrote...

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jean February 03, 2010 4:51 pm

What a chick!

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Maximus February 03, 2010 7:29 pm

Kearney for tests
To tell the truth, I'm happy (how could it be otherwise?) because i saw Chris Henry running with the ball but honestly I'm not impressed at all since even I could score that try!
No doubt he can do better, I'm still patiently waiting for it to happen. And he better be good because my expectancies are pretty high.

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Huh!! the 3rd February 03, 2010 9:17 pm

Come on Maxie babe, Henry was on for 15 minutes here and was the best thing by a mile, besides that chick.

I know some have of you have commented before on the Boks hot physio (?), so did you see the Ospreys chick who was blamed for the 16th man.

Lets just say,

Out of 10. . . . . I'd give her 1. And a sexy Welsh accent to boot.

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jack February 04, 2010 4:11 am

4.01 id love to tackle that. What a fine bird

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