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Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

I maybe going against popular opinion, but I was very pleased by Ireland's performance. Of course final table positions show Italy is the weakest team in the competition, but (ignoring the game against England last year when England were chasing points) it has been a while since Italy have suffered a heavy defeat at home. While fans, media and likely coaches and players may expect to win in Rome, it is unlikely to be an easy win.

Ireland had key players missing from the squad (Sexton, Healy, Heaslip) and then lost O'Brien in the warm-up, but their replacements played well and suggest strength in depth that has not always been available to the coach.

The centre pairing has less than a handful of caps between them but showed promise.

Ireland's performance was disciplined. They wore Italy down when they needed to and when the opportunity arose they were clinical enough to put the game out of reach.

Of course there were errors, of course there are areas to improve, but all in all for a first outing I think Irish supporters should be happy.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Agree 100%.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Pretty sure in 1, 2 and 5, the tackler (or shoulder charger in the case of 5) left the field injured. Bodies on the line stuff.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six Nations 2015 : The Journalists' Preview

Insightful: Having or showing an accurate and deep understanding (Oxford English Dictionary).

5 Months, 14 Hours ago

Yoann Huget gets official warning for faking injury against Bath

Excellent point about the replays.

5 Months, 3 Days ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

On the forward pass, I agree. The ball travels forwards and the "backward out of the hands"/Newton's first law of motion argument doesn't apply as Castro is going sideways.

On the runner taking out the defender, also arguable as he seems to stick his left arm out to grab the Ulster player. But the ref says "He was straight. You took the dummy", so you weren't the only one to see it!

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

For summer tour, read WC warm-up matches.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

I read somewhere recently that Lancaster was going to use the "exceptional circumstances" card to select Armitage, but only after the 6 Nations (i.e. summer tour?). If true (and I can't remember where I read it), it strikes me as absurd.

As an Irishman, I can only hope that it is not true and that the policy of England not selecting overseas players is strictly adhered to!

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

In fairness, it looks like Jacobs may have got his pass away just as each tackle was made. Very difficult to see from the replay though.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Braam Van Straaten catches Blues unaware with quick tap in 1999

And casually knocks over the difficult conversion!

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago