Experience told. The early scrum push by England which was so crucial to releasing the pressure towards the end was a Conor Murray classic. He tapped, making sure the English prop felt it, but delayed put in for half a second, and that prop initiated the early push for which England was penalized.
We Irish are not looking forward to having to deal with this guy, he is going to be very expensive in defensive terms. Even with big Robbie Henshaw coming into the backs, Burgess is going to be a challenge
Well, to be completely fair, the 23 tackle count was a stat someone else gave me for O'D, as I didn't go over the 2nd text again. Apologies if untrue. I can say his tackle count is most always comparable with the best, and he misses few. For the AUS try in the 2nd test, it was O'D who came round and countered the overlap by making his tackle on O'Connor, while Davies missed his tackle, essentially losing the game. »
It would be an honour and obviously far above me. Don't mistake what I am saying .. this is a wonderful victory which Gatland delivered. But the attitude 'we won, so no criticism' would not pass muster e.g. with the best team in the world, the All Blacks. Notwithstanding that they win most games, they analyse each in great detail afterwards, from players to coaches, to seek improvements. »