First Hit-Out

2020 was something of an annus horribilis for Wales; 3 wins out of 10 Tests (with two of those victories coming against Italy and the other against Georgia) is a poor return for a team that won a Grand Slam and reached a World Cup semi-final two years ago. It would be wide of the … Continue reading First Hit-Out

On The Path

“Look, if we hadn’t (earned a place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals), obviously people would be in the long grass and there would be a lot of bullets being fired,” he said. Penney said had the outcome not been what it was with regard qualification, he’d still have been happy with the team and how … Continue reading On The Path

Playback Loop

Despite Andy Farrell’s optimism yesterday, it’s hard to know if Ireland should actually be taking any positives from their comprehensive defeat to England. The scoreboard didn’t reflect England’s dominance, and although the two sides are at much different points in their respective trajectories, there wasn’t much in the way of inspiration. Ireland didn’t lack for … Continue reading Playback Loop

The Hurt Arena

When you suffer consecutive bad losses against the same opponent in any sport, the biggest mistake you can make is refusing to acknowledge your shortcomings because of the pain that comes with doing so. When this happens, players and teams stop striving to improve and it leads to a vicious cycle of performance levels that … Continue reading The Hurt Arena