“It’s 2007 all over again”. “Bridesmaids as usual”. “What has happened to this team?”. You’ve heard all of this over the last week or so. I saw someone on the fountain of information that is Twitter talk about how there are two different types of followers in sports, fans and supporters and I couldn’t agree more. Right now there seems to be a lot more fans than supporters. Continue reading RWC 2019 – Shall We Just Go Home Then?
Irish Independent journalist Rúaidhrí O’Connor made the very valid point after the last warm up that if we were going to be so OTT reactionary after the loss in Twickenham, then by rights we had to be equally optimistic after the display against Wales in the Aviva. Admittedly, I am taking the piss a little with the title on this post but what prompted me to write this in the first place is that I wanted to bring some measured optimism to how it all looks after game one. Here it goes. Continue reading RWC 2019 – We’re Gonna Win It Now…Right?
Oh Joe, you cunning tactician you. Making us miss your presence less come the end of the World Cup with a subpar performance that flew in the face of all expectations. Ok, there’s a chance I’m still in denial. Who wouldn’t be though right? That was one of the worst Irish performances of the Schmidt era, capitalised on brilliantly by one of the best I’ve seen from England in a long long time. So what happened and what happens next?
Once again winter has finally left us and spring is here. With that comes the Six Nations and all the excitement and tension that goes with it. Is it the year Ireland make history with a first ever Six Nations back to back slam? Or are Wales as good as their current winning streak suggests? Most importantly, are we underestimating England? Continue reading Six Nations 2019 – Start As You Mean To Go On
I gave up. I won’t bullshit anyone, I flat out gave up. Why wouldn’t I though – we simply don’t come back from moments like that. How many times have Ireland mounted a last minute comeback that simply falls short? How many times have they given up the lead moments from the end? This was New Zealand 2013, the difference being that, for once, we were New Zealand.
I was a little negative last week, I accept that. I don’t think it was unjustified but I am certainly happy to be proven wrong. For the second time in 6 years Ireland have spoiled the English Grand Slam party and by doing so on Paddy’s weekend have left a certain sheen on their 2017 Six Nations campaign. A sheen can be dangerous though, and Ireland’s shortcomings this season cannot be forgotten.
I’ve deleted the first two drafts of this guys, bear with me. Last Friday’s loss in Cardiff was not only deeply upsetting in relation to Ireland’s title hopes – it was easily the most infuriating performance from the green army since Schmidt took charge of the team. Yes, I even include the Argentina loss in the World Cup and the 2013 loss to the All Blacks in there. This was awful.