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Wales come good in second half to comfortably beat Italy

Mentioned already on the England v France thread, but:
The Italian dump tackle v Moriarty was an absolute beauty and something to be celebrated, not penalised. Although "only" a penalty, it came at quite a crucial moment in the game and in my opinion really shifted momentum. That tackle should have been a massive psychological boost for Italy and ended up being three points and a major relief of pressure for Wales.

After Wales had spent so much of the game naively kicking penalties to touch when they could have put 9 points on the board, I found this particularly frustrating.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

Very good summary Colombes. I was very impressed by Haskell and Care - as you rightly say, they really made an impact, as did Te'o.

Hask is still on his way back from injury, not that you'd know it from the energy he put in. For the time being I'd keep him as an impact replacement, but mid-term he's surely way ahead of Tom Wood in the pecking order.

Three things I didn't like about Wood on Saturday:
1. Late challenge and unnecessary handbags on Serin;
2. Couple of silly penalties;
3. Terrible hair. You're not Chabal Tom, get that monstrosity cut.

Care always injects pace and the whole team benefits enormously. The question is whether Youngs is more tactically astute and should continue to start, or would that pace right from the start be a better option? Personally I don't know, but this is exactly the type of dilemma Eddie Jones is paid a lot of money for and I back him to get it right. Certainly a case can be made for keeping Danny up the sleeve and unleashing his pace on a tiring defence.

Similar debate to be had over Farrell and Ford. I think Farrell is England's best option at 12. He may also be the best 10 though - looked very good in the final section of this game, but he had quicker service from the 9 and the French defence was tired - Ford is at his best in those conditions.

For these selection debates, I'm happy to support England rather than France right now - Eddie's making sure the right guys get opportunities and the players all seem to be responding well.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

Yes Jimmy, he's an excellent player. But he's always given me the impression of being a complete wanchor. Until we see Kieran Read sarcastically applauding the ref for yellow carding him, I'll refuse to entertain that bold claim of yours.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

Very ugly stuff from England for most of the game, but winning ugly is at least as important as putting teams to the sword. I was quite impressed by France - Picamoles my man of the match by a wide margin, thought Spedding was also particularly good and Serin delivered on the hype.

Have to say I agree with the yellow for Jonny May. This it the type of action I think is genuinely dangerous - putting a bloke in vulnerable position. On the other hand, the Italian dump tackle v Moriaty was an absolutely beauty and something to be celebrated not penalised. Although "only" a penalty, it came at quite a crucial moment in the game and in my opinion really shifted momentum. That tackle should have been a massive psychological boost for Italy and ended up being three points and a major relief of pressure for Wales.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England edge France in tight Six Nations battle at Twickenham

He was awesome, wasn't he. Slightly disappointed that Itoje and Hughes weren't able to do more to keep him quiet, but that's less a criticism of them and more testament to how well Picamoles played.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

George North stars in emotive Gillette short film, The Honest Player

Fun fact: as part of the Gillette Fusion product launch campaign, there was a video of me shaving played on a loop on TV screens in Boots. Seems Beckham and Wilkinson were busy on the film shoot day, so I humbly stepped in.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North stars in emotive Gillette short film, The Honest Player

Nice. Best ad I've seen from Gillette in ages. They usually do such cheesy shite, but this is very neatly done.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

#ThrowbackThursday: Remember when Courtney Lawes decapitated Plisson?

"I'll tell you what: you certainly wouldn't want to be on the end of it".
Perfectly summed up by Mr Moore.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

2017 Six Nations: The Journalists' Preview

You heard it here first mate! :)

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

2017 Six Nations: The Journalists' Preview

I'm not sure which way you're arguing this DrG?

Do you mean he should be giving Wales more respect? OK, maybe, but they just squeaked past Argentina and Japan in the autumn, and were summarily dispatched by NZ and Australia, OK they beat South Africa but so did Italy...

If you're saying they were not strong, well second place last year would suggest otherwise.

But while we're in the trolling zone, here's my prediction for the final standings:
1. England (Not a GS though)
2. France
3. Ireland
4. Scotland
5. Italy
6. Wales

4 Weeks, 11 Hours ago