Rugby 2016/17


#3174

Only the third ever grand slam. Congratulations to the team! Impressive given how many new players are involved.


#3175

Stockdale is some man for one man :grin:


#3176

Eddie Jones apparently said on 5live afterwards that some players played their last game for England today.

Watched some of it so far. Kearney definitely knocked on for Ringrose’s try - great effort from Kearney, however.


#3177

Jones has just said he used the 6 nations to ‘experiment’ with a few things and I’ve never heard a more moronic statement. Mourinho-esqe excuses.

Also I believe tv3 have just mentioned Eddie Jones requested that the end-goal area be extended when they were painting the line blue, backfired extremely badly considering Stockdales try would have been out of play with the original lines!


#3178

How’s that humble pie going down @Beeko?


#3179

Delighted with the win. Joe has got a lot right but he has had huge slices of luck on his side. Kearney at fault for England’s 2nd try - leaving a man outside when Earls was probably going to hold his man up long enough. Ali should have been binned for a shoulder charge. Kearney deffo knocked on for Ringrose’s try. Still think Ireland are not winning games by as much as their dominance suggests.
Leinster academy producing real young talent. Dan Leavy really shining. Furlong is a beast. Ryan in the 2nd row is brilliant. Carbery becoming a real strong back-up to Sexton. Murray’s brave decision making before half-time reaped huge rewards.
Whatever good luck I feel Schmidt has, he certainly deserves it for his conduct compared to the likes of Garland and, more especially, Jones.


#3180

Even if Stockdale hadn’t got there we’d of had a serious claim for a penalty try


#3181

Thought Kearney had a good championship.


#3182

So proud, so proud…

Great win though in fairness, tore into them.


#3183

He is great under a high ball, in fairness, whether in defence or attack.


#3184

Look what happens when your fullback isn’t solid = our first try. Watson made an awful balls of that.


#3185

If France had a half competent goal kicker they would have beaten us and wales.


#3186

Watson is more a winger. Mike Brown would have dealt with that kick a bit better.


#3187

If they’d left Mechenaud on the field a bit longer… Parra was a big loss to them.

Based on taking chances, France should have beaten Ireland. Based on possession and dominance, Ireland should have beaten France comfortably.

Sexton’s drop-goal can now be seen in far greater context.

Disregarding games in Rome, Ireland was the only team to win away in this championship.


#3188

Did Sexton not miss a few kicks in Paris he’d normally nail?


#3189

Fair point, his accuracy was off his usual standard. Mind you Farrell had a mare today albeit in difficult conditions. But that french miss v us and today were gimmies.


#3190

Congrats to team

Schmidt did a jim gavin this year - built the collective - strengthened squad while winning despite suffering injuries - had experienced leaders like Sexton and Murray to work with younger lads

It’s a formula in leadership and management - gavin and Schmitt are very similar


#3191

You won’t be winning any of those for speaking of what aboutery after Ireland has won only our 3rd ever Grand Slam and done it in a year when away to Eng and France, and 3 Champ wins in 5 years which have seen the retirement and decline of several of arguably our greatest ever players.

Incredible achievement by JS and the squad.


#3192

Fair focks to him . Twas a great try . Have to say it was a great afternoon . I had issues with Rugby in the past but that performance today made up for years of disappointment with the soccer team . Bandwagon , whatever you wanna call it . Today was an uplifting day in Irish sport , and more to come I hope .
Any day we beat the English in their own back yard is a great day for me , and to win the Slam , fooking brilliant :blush:


#3193

Karma’s a bitch Eddie