Welsh take rugby glory…

DESPITE a late attempt at a comeback, Ireland’s six nations rugby hopes ended a few minutes ago. Fair play to the Welsh, who put on a great performance today and throughout the competition – their first Grand Slam in almost 30 years.

  • Young Irelander

    We can’t have any complaints.They deserved it.

  • Mick Fealty

    Yeah, fair play to Wales. But I feel gutted that our team this year didn’t once started playing until we were well into the second half.

    That said Humphries played a blinder. Had he come on 15 minutes earlier, would it have been enough to give us a fighting chance to turn it round?

    O’Gara seemed (uncharacteristically) off his game right from the start.

    Not pleased we lost. But pleased for players like Steve Jones, who (only a few season’s back) seemed certain to do a Simon Geoghan – a class player who got little for his magnificent spirit and talent!

    Llongyfarchiadau Cymru!

  • Alan

    Not sure on the Humphreys’ front. Wales were a move or two ahead in terms of shifting the ball. Humphreys did play well, but on the long run back to collect that speculative Welsh kick he seemed slow.

    We need to be looking for new blood at out half to challenge O’Geara, he tends to throw up the head when things are getting tight and his penchant for kicking robs the backs of a lot of good ball.

    Still, what more can you ask – we were contenders. The Welsh were sharp, decisive and innovative,that is why they won.

  • ShayPaul

    I hope they choke on their daffodils.

    Fairplay to them, they won the tournament in the second half against France, just where Ireland lost it.

    Confidence is everything in that game.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Virtually all the Wales points in the first half came from Ireland mistakes. Agree about Humphreys, pity he isn’t 23 to get the best out of a half decent back line.
    At least Paul O Connell won his fight.

  • David Vance

    Look – coming 4th wasn’t a bad result. Cheer up.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Came 3rd actually.

  • Clady Cowboy

    Yeah Pat, we came third. I’m sure it briefly flashed on the screen at the pub that we were below England. Maybe a brief lack of comprehension by the BBC controllers that the Red rose could finish below the Shamrock.
    Possible Vance saw that table for that micro-second and accepted it as fact,probably a lot like his comprehension of Irish history.

    Congratulations Wales. Praise be to Brian O’Driscoll,the merciful,peace be upon him!!!

  • David Vance

    Guys,

    What can I say – I watched the match, I saw a table and I believed it. Mind you, it was the BBC. Silly me, 3rd out of 6 is so much more meaningful than 4th, isn’t it? Oh and Clady cowboy, anytime you want to discuss my understanding of “Irish history” I wish you more success than Oireland acheived against Wales.

  • Clady Cowboy

    One day i will ask you to step forward to the plate or ‘advance div'(anagram of ur name) so we can discuss it properly.

    Put simply mind you, Group J invaded Group K’s territory. Group J murdered many in Group K and this initiated mutual conflict. Group J eventually stole,thieved,burgled land from Group K and ‘settled’, muscled in members of Group J still residing in Group J’s territory.
    New members of group J despised Group K’s faith and to this day this has affected this Island and perverted its development.
    Group K have not invaded group J’s territory in retaliation.

  • Young Irelander

    Clady Cowboy,

    Things aren’t so simple though.Now we are left with a group K, group J, group KJ, group JK and a group L(who class themselves as neither).

    I think it is possible to unite these groups but it won’t be done through one group’s mindset…

  • ShayPaul

    David Vance

    Are you Italian, English, French, Scottish, Welsh or Irish ?

    No cheating now ……

  • David Vance

    ShayPaul,

    Answer: None of the above. Maybe you should ask David Humphreys’ which nationality he is when he stands under the Irish Tricolour. Confused? Not me, pal.

    Cladycowboy,

    I just can’t wait. Stick to the anagrams, though, you obviously are gifted in producing gibberish.

  • Henry94

    Back to the rugby. While it has been a disappointing season it wasn’t so long ago the same results would have been considered a good season so we are aiming higher.

    And it’s great to see the Welsh back and playing such a great attacking game. Well done to them.

  • CavanMan

    David Vance
    David Humphries is obviously a proud irishman representing the people on this island,just because people like you reject everything irish,does not mean people in your community all do likewise.

  • Davros

    Bottom line – The season was a success because the game that mattered was won. Ireland beat England, the team that not so long ago was looking down their nose at the other home nations.

  • Henry94

    Davros

    We have to get beyond that being enough. England had a bad season and beating them was no great boast.

    The definition of a good season should be a triple crown at least.

  • ShayPaul

    David Vance pal.

    I kind of guessed you wouldn’t be able to answer that one.

    As the man said :

    So your on holiday then ?

  • ShayPaul

    David Vance pal.

    I kind of guessed you wouldn’t be able to answer that one.

    As the man said :

    So you’re on holiday then ?

  • David Vance

    ShayPaul,

    Perhaps you think your response merited me reading it twice because in truth once was too much. BTW – why is Ireland the only “nation” to have to borrow players from another? Not enough home grown talent, eh?

  • TripTripper

    Davros,

    Beating one team does not a season make. One of the encouraging things about the Irish team recently is that it has expanded its horizons. One of the most pathetic rugby comments I ever heard was after the 2000 6N when Scotland beat England, after losing to everyone else, and a Scotland supporter told me that one win made the season more successful than the 1999 Five Nations, which Scotland won!

    Beating England is always satisfying for just about every rugby nation but you have to win the Triple Crown (at least) for it to be considered a success.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    DV,

    without wanting to bite at the very obvious cherry. A lot of nations do in fact borrow players from other countries.
    New Zealand and Australia have Fijian and Samoan born players in their teams. The Welsh and Scottish teams have had New Zealand born players represent them. If you had watched the six nations championship carefully enough you would even have spotted a Sth African playing for France

  • ShayPaul

    David Vance

    The Irish rugby team is selected from all of the Irish island, as it should be.

    All Irishmen are entitled to compete for the honour of playing for the Irish team.

    I would suggest you contact your local rugby club, and follow the training and enlistment procedure, who knows you may even make it to “international” level and play in the “world” cup.

    If not yourself perhaps your children?

    By the way, despite the appearances you are supposed to play the ball and not the man, and the art is to pass the ball backwards whilst moving forward.

    This could be a hard concept to follow for someone with your political mindset, being so used to looking forward to dragging us all backward while playing any man and forgetting to have a ball.

    ;0)

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Maybe you should ask David Humphreys’ which nationality he is when he stands under the Irish Tricolour.

    Why not ask David Tweed? We know what the answer is, but the amusement factor has to be taken into account.

  • Clady Cowboy

    For David Tweed, read Neil Lennon without the death threats and booing in the stands

  • Will

    Clady
    “For David Tweed, read Neil Lennon without the death threats and booing in the stands”

    The only thing that comment does is point out the difference between the crowds that attend rugby matches and those who attend football games.

    Seems your selective memory completely ignores Republic of Ireland who mercylessly boo those opponents who happen to play for Glasgow Rangers.

  • Will

    obviously should have read ‘Republic of Ireland football fans who mercylessly….’

  • Clady Cowboy

    There may be a lot of truth in the Rugby crowd being different stance.

    I’m quite sure that booing of Rangers players at Lansdowne is a reaction to loyalist booing. Quite often, if not always, the instigation for this mindless sectarianism comes from the loyal crowd.

    To say that i’m selective in my memory is false.
    I’m just one of those people who are bemused, if i can use a football scenario, when one player in an otherwise fair game is fouled repeatedly and heavily by an opposing player and nothing happens until the fouled player strikes out in retaliation, leading to both players receiving a yellow card. Red card the first offence i say and there will be no retaliation.

  • willowfield

    ‘Twas good to hear “Ireland’s Call” being sung with gusto at Millennium Stadium. Things have certainly moved on since the bad old days when the Southern anthem was played.

    Unfortunately, though, the message that the team is an ALL-Ireland one hasn’t got through to drinks and pub promoters, most of whose literature is emblazoned with six flags, one of which is the Southern tricolour.

    Disgraceful and offensive.