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Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

I liked the play that set up the try, the scissors move by the backs. Murray had some space to work with, and chose the kick into the in-goal. Brilliant move. He might not have made it to the goal line himself.

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

A few of those Irish kicks went too far downfield. I would say that when the plan to combat that requires the fullback or wing to run straight at the opposition to set up another ruck, yes, that isn't such a good plan. Perhaps running laterally across the pitch and linking up with passes to team mates might be a good plan, and entertaining to watch!

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Well, it sort of makes up for the forward pass not called against New Zealand in the final moments of that Irish loss back in November of 2013.

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

When Ireland had chance to score a try they did. England put pressure on late and didn't do it. Credit the Irish backs who pulled off the scissors move leading to the kick into the corner for the score.

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

I meant to type too long.

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

The Garryowen did work well yesterday. Still, some of those ball went to long. But not to worry. England's number 15 was more than likely to run straight at the nearest green jersey instead of passing the ball to any linking backs. That's not what I'd call a counter attack to counter Ireland's tactic of kicking the high ball.

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

I wish French flair would return. I think the main problem is the game planning, which takes away any sort of individual skills of the players. They play to this pattern now that I really find rather annoying, the constant running into opposition to set up rucks. And the scrums are turning into a joke. Most never get done, as a penalty, but usually a free kick, is awarded. Defensive scrums know they are at a disadvantage if clean ball is won in the scrum by the team putting in, and with forwards having to stay bound, there's a lot of space out there for the backs to use. Perhaps the laws need to change making some of the infringements at the scrum full penalties again.

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

I really have to wonder if these fullbacks and wings in this "modern" game know how to counter attack. Isn't that a tactic or "skill" that should be taught? The ball was kicked deep enough yesterday by both teams that the play should have opened up, but instead the fullback, or sometimes the wing or another back, just ran right straight at the opposition to set up another boring "ruck." It's counterproductive. Don't these "International" players know how to pass the ball about the pitch? I'd suggest that maybe these wings and fullbacks need to look at some old footage of Andy Irvine of Scotland, who was an expert at returning kicks that went too far, finding and using space and linking up with team mates to move the ball downfield and inflict some damage.
This is supposed to be rugby union, not rugby league!

3 Days, 3 Hours ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

I meant to type one, not on, in the first sentence; Heaslip being one of the tacklers.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

He was on of the tacklers, and the tackle was still in progress. Therefore, no offside situation yet. There was neither a ruck or maul formed when the foul play occurred.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago