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Wales still on course for Grand Slam following victory over Italy

Anyone who follows NH rugby knows that Parisse would walk into any NH select XV, and possibly a world XV. Not under-rated at all.
As for the earlier comments about Halfpenny; he is solid under the high ball, riding the pressure and tackles that come with that with aplomb (many examples in this years 6N already), committed in defence, and a solid place-kicker. It is between him and Kearney for the FB Lions jersey next year IMHO.
And Wales being over-rated? Who over-rates them? The press maybe? They are a young team and the only one in a position to win the (notoriously difficult - ask England!) Grand Slam. They also only managed 4th in the 6N last year. The hype is probably more due to a improbable rise in their fortunes over the last 12 months.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Wales looking strong after solid win over Scotland

I am sure there have been incidences where the TMO has ruled when a player has had a foot in touch prior to grounding in-goal. This surely falls into that kind of category?

....Stands back, awaits spears.... ;)

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Wales looking strong after solid win over Scotland

Before the advent of the TMO, that 'knock-on' would have been a forgivable decision. With the aid of replays by and the correct questioning of the TMO (ie 'Is there any reason why I can't award a try?' or words to that effect), there is no reason why the ref should be so hasty.

It has been mentioned on other fora that Wales were offside all the time in defence - I would really like to see some detailed analysis on this (computer graphic lines etc) to see whether they really were, or has Shaun Edwards worked even more wonders with them? I suspect it may be some of both, and England are once again kicking themselves for letting the horse bolt....

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Wales looking strong after solid win over Scotland

Agreed Ruggernut, the try came from events straight after the knock-on.
Many positives for Wales going into the England game, not least the fact that I don't think they have yet played to full potential. How lucky to have found not only North but also Cuthbert in the last 12 months?
The biggest positive for the 6N as a whole is that Scotland have finally unearthed a few potential game-changers (Laidlaw, Hogg, Gray). Having been in the doldrums for so long, it is good to see a glimmer of resurrection, and therefore a more competitive Scotland team, thus improving the NH standard.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

 
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