Crushing Blow

Late in the second half of Virgin Media One’s coverage of the Wales v Ireland fixture today, Alan Quinlan stated that the game was a case of everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Ireland. I wouldn’t fully agree with that, because the match wasn’t a total catsatrophe; they were down to 14 … Continue reading Crushing Blow

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