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England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Jonny May used to steal Phil's lunch money!

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Italy may have done Ireland a favour by falling away as much as they did. This scoreline indeed massively flatters England and if they think they'll beat Ireland in Dublin playing like that they're in for a shock.

England need to approach preparation this week with the mindset that they got lucky in this game.

Need to get out of the blocks a lot faster next week too. If they give Ireland a 10-point head-start, I don't think the Irish will be so accommodating.

Italy played some nice rugby in this game. Hopefully they can kick on and get a scalp before the end of the tourny.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Quite a popular view here that Vunipola's "try" was the turning point of the game. Definitely a pivotal moment, but I would say the actual turning point was Mike Brown's injury. Sad to say it, because it feels unfair finding positives in a bloke's misfortune, but the Italians had some real momentum up to that point and the long break while the medics dealt with Brown really seemed to take the wind out of their sails. England took possession and territory straight after the restart and then stifled Italy's attempts to get back into it.

So that was the turning point, chronologically. But the biggest influence in the score was Haimona missing all those kicks. I think it was something like 26-10 when you could still say that if Haimona had nailed all his kicks Italy would still have been within a point of England's score.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Articulate, balanced, unbiased, well thought-out and sensible comments from all the French posters on here so far.

As always.

God, you lot are boring!! ;)

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Oliver - best bit on your video is around 1:23 - check out Mealamu winding up a big upper-cut!

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Fair point! Although I would make a distinction between lashing out in desperation as a bloke illegally kills your attacking ball right on the try line versus randomly running into a bloke in a maul. I didn't see the whole match - had they had words earlier? (Not that that would excuse it, just don't get what Pape was thinking).

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Wales edge Scotland in tense Test at Murrayfield

Tam, the only bizarre thing about that was how long the TMO took to decide! I've heard this bloke before though, he's terrible. Simon O'Dowell I think his name is. So laboured and then vague in his decision-making. I've seen games with real momentum really disrupted by this bloke taking an eternity to make a simple call.

In this case, you could see Glen Jackson (ref), who could see the replay on the big screen, trying to restrain himself from saying something like "jesus, Simon, it's the most blatant obstruction in the history of the game, what's taking you so long!?". In fact, I'm pretty sure Barnesy would have said that.


2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

7:07 (final Italy try) - I think this is what the ref said to the TMO under new protocol: "Seriously, did white 11 really not manage to shove that bloke into touch?"

I'll be honest though, I'm pleased that try was scored because it was a beauty, especially the quick flick by Masi. To be fair it's a good finish too by Morisi...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Completely agree on Pape - what a ******* coward. Why a bloke that size feels like he has to resort to cheap-shot stuff like that is beyond me. And he does have previous too, so I'm with you in hoping for a long ban.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Not sure why you want to drag up a four-year-old, off-the-cuff, remark when assessing a record-breaking (oldest 6nations try-scorer) performance by Easter. Almost as irrelevant as people who can't resist prefacing comments about Cipriani with some nonsense about 2008.

By the way, as I've raised the subject, I thought he was a bit too loose and some of his kicks seemed a bit aimless, but that is based on a short cameo. However, the try was awesome - he really attacked the line with frightening pace and a great support line. Good to see two speedsters in him and May combining like that.

Another neat segue - apart from that excellent run where he completely took three defenders out of the game, I was again unimpressed by May. There was one try-scoring opportunity that he butchered through relying on his admittedly awesome acceleration/pace when there was a 2on1 outside him. More importantly his defence seems unreliable.

I remember that Woodward analysis of Michalak - bloody hilarious. He got really angry didn't he!!

Disagree with this idea of ripping up the backline again! Finally we have some cohesion and a set of players doing well in their right positions and I think we now have a chance to build some consistency leading up to the world cup. Joseph showed he's adaptable enough to play out of position, but he's our best option at outside centre and should play there. Harsh on 36, but I'd stick to Burrell-Joseph - in actual fact, I think it's great to have Twelvetrees coming on as a in impact replacement; he seems to create minimal disruption to our side but adds a real impact. Reminds me of Mad Dog Moody!

So maybe give Nowell another go ahead of May but leave the rest of the backs alone!

(One slight caveat, if Mike Brown's unavailable Watson the full back playing at wing, showed he's very capable of bringing his club form to England in both positions).

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago