Oct 072007
 

God, I’m sickened, like me mate Bock

Now I know I said that the All Blacks might choke in an earlier post but it was in the context of Ireland being where Argentina are now. I hope to god we get an Argentina Vs France final and it’s quite possible, as to me it looked like Argentina never really broke a sweat in their closer-than-it-should-be tie with Scotland tonight. Mind you I have to agree with ShavyTrevy when he says that Scotland played the bench bloody well tonight, maybe there’s a lesson in there for someone?

Yesterday was something else wasn’t it. First the Anglo’s putting Australia to bed and then The whole of the bar at Dunnsers surprise party in Clohessy’s (Which was a great night BTW) were screaming for the french. A chorus of the Marseillaise was started by Gino (I keep telling him we have to learn the words, Da da daaa da, da, da, daaaaaaaa da, da just doesn’t cut it.)

Now, what about the 6 Nations Vs Tri-nations Argument huh? What hemisphere is going to take the Argies?

P.S. some rather rich comments were texted to Kynan who travelled to Cardiff to support his homeland, The Chick was in the middle of that, natch….

Sep 252007
 

IRELAND TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v Argentina, Parc des Princes, Sunday, September 30, 4pm Irish time/5pm local time):

15 – Geordan Murphy (Leicester)
14 – Shane Horgan (Boyne/Leinster)
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (captain)
12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 – Denis Hickie (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
10 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
9 – Eoin Reddan (Wasps)
1 – Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster)
2 – A.N. Other
3 – John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
6 – Simon Easterby (Llanelli)
7 – David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
8 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Replacements:

16 – A.N. Other
17 – Simon Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
18 – Malcolm O’Kelly (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
19 – Neil Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
20 – Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster)
21 – Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)
22 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

Not considered due to injury:

Girvan Dempsey (shoulder) (Terenure College/Leinster)

Irish Rugby Website Full Story

Sep 212007
 

As I count down the hours and minutes to “Le Crunch Match” a few questions are running through my head that I would like to ask you all to share your views on.

  • Are we doing our traditional “Play crap against the crap and step up for the big ones”?
  • If France don’t get a fifteen point lead in the first twenty minutes will they fold under the pressure from the crowd and the weight on their shoulders (The Croke Park effect…… in reverse…..only worse…..).
  • Can we break out of the malaise and actually perform?
  • Are we tired or has the preparation been totally wrong?
  • Is Eddie O’ Sullivan actually capable of bringing the differing styles of Munster, Leinster etc. together to gel into something far greater than the sum of the parts, which are pretty awesome in their own different ways when under someone else’s tutelage?
  • How or why can the best winger in the premiership be incapable of performing in a green jersey? Is he being “Spancilled” to coin a colloquialism? Or have we a manager that tries to micromanage so much that if you don’t pass the ball or play his way you get dropped, thereby stifling all freedom to express any creativity (The hallmark of Geordan Murphy)? Can he actually not recognise that unpredictability and innovation is exactly what is needed at this time. Can he not see that Murphy is a WINGER? It’s pretty bloody obvious to me, but then I’m not the Irish Manager, I’m also not under the thumb of a skulking Hidden group of D4 XMEN. I thought that Warren Gatland had actually managed to break the mould but it would appear not so.
  • Did we manage to win a couple of Triple Crowns DESPITE the manager rather than BECAUSE of him?

The other way hasn’t worked, it’s time for plan X, not plan b or c …. Am I the only one that sees this or am I talking through my Bruff woolly hat?
Whether we like it or not the next 5 hours will show the world whether we are actually capable of doing what we have promised for the last four years but we haven’t actually delivered. YET!

Or are we the worlds second greatest CHOKERS? We’ll soon know.

Anyway please note that the above is my own opinion and not that of anyone else, If you have a problem with it talk to

Me.

The Blogger.

Sep 162007
 

Yup you read it right, Bruff ran in four tries from James Taylor, John Shine and the Cahill brothers Eoin and Tony , with Tony cahill adding two conversions and a penalty.

Munsters got two tries, a conversion and a two penalties in what was by all accounts a great game for the lads. This gives them a final place next Saturday against UL Bohemians who took Shannon today , location and time TBA.

I’m still too shellshocked to talk about that other game yet, which as anyone that knows me will agree, it takes a lot to Stop me talking. Except to wonder what the bloody hell is going on over in Bordeaux to change such a class team to such drivel in only a few months. Four awful games on the trot, We have a long lasting bad streak here folks.

Sep 092007
 

God,
The pack were bad, tired and lacking cohesion, the back line were lacklustre, Hickey had a nightmare after being hit, Maybe he should have come off as soon as it happened. Captain Fantastic showed his lack of game time, about the only one that stood up was Denis Leamy, and that’s a relative term by the way…. Fair play to the Namibians, they took the chances they got and stood up for themselves. They deserved more even as the last Irish try wasn’t. Hopefully this one is just a blip on the screen and that we can step up and move into second gear, never mind the top gears we’ll need later.

If we don’t win all our games, tonight will come back to haunt us.

By the way as Bock said to me earlier, did anyone see O’ Gara???