Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 41 to 49 of 49
  1. #41
    Administrator Prime Time's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,863
    They didn't play 'badly' at all really, and defended well the whole game. They just weren't clinical enough to blow Wales away, and that gave them hope.

    Wales actually looked very like England for most of that first hour but not being dead and buried allowed them to grow, cut out the errors, and turn it around.

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

  2. #42
    Administrator Prime Time's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,863
    OK so who do we have - Wales, Ireland, or England?

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

  3. #43
    Senior Member Gooner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Posts
    639
    Strangely, England. I think Ireland will do one over Wales, but not enough to overcome the bonus points that England have mustered. I still feel overall, Wales have been a tad lucky, but then again their story is of one where they make great comebacks in the second half. I think England have been very good for 7 'halves', with the only bad half taking place in Cardiff.

    Have Ireland peaked too soon ahead of the World Cup? Can't say I've been mightily impressed by them this tournament.


    I've tried taking up column writing, check it out here!

    Words from a Gooner #2: 7 Treatments for Wrestlemania Fever

  4. #44
    I think the same almost exactly.

    They either peaked too soon or they can't handle the pressure of being fancied.

  5. #45
    Administrator Prime Time's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,863
    Quote Originally Posted by For the love of Terry Funk View Post
    ... or they can't handle the pressure of being fancied.
    This is closer to my thinking. Seems they didn't like the favourites tag. But if that's the case, actually having this kind of setback might be just what they need heading into the world cup.

    I have a funny feeling Wales are going to do the underwhelming grand slam, though full credit to them if they do turn over two more fancied sides.

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

  6. #46
    Administrator Prime Time's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,863
    Well done to Wales today. Ireland barely turned up though. Poor really, given their 2018.

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

  7. #47
    Senior Member Gooner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Posts
    639
    Yeah, arguably (well, not really... pretty clear actually) Wales's finest performance of the tournament. That's got to have moved them up the odds come September.

    In any case, regarding Ireland, they certainly appear on the downturn at the worst possible moment.

    England vs Scotland was straight up weird. No idea how to even dissect that match and what it means for later on in the year...


    I've tried taking up column writing, check it out here!

    Words from a Gooner #2: 7 Treatments for Wrestlemania Fever

  8. #48
    Lamb of LOP anonymous's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    186 miles from Sheepster
    Posts
    492
    England vs Scotland was the most fun I’ve had in ages watching rugby. Utterly relaxed and watching an exhibition. It was great.

    I still felt at halftime Wales could’ve lost to Ireland and they had some fight in them. I’m grateful I was wrong.

    My liver has taken a battering as a result.

  9. #49
    Administrator Prime Time's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    2,863
    I can only assume that's because we're always more pessimistic about our own side. I said something to the affect of Ireland have to score next to even have any chance at half time, and when they came out and immediately starting making mistakes again, it struck me as it just wasn't going to be their day. Wales just don't concede enough points to give them a way back, something pointed out by Sam Warburton at half time. He's incidentally growing into quite a pundit, to go along with being a great player and probably the best northern hemisphere captain since Martin Johnson retired. Kind of irritating, really.


    So... lots for Wales to be positive about going into the World Cup. Plenty for England, too, if they can work out how to be consistently tighter in defence. If they can figure out how to play like they did in the Ireland game consistently, the only side who can turn them over would be New Zealand. But if they play like they did in the second half in the Wales or Scotland games, they'll be lucky to make it to the quarter finals of the world cup, let alone beyond it.

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •