Tight game at Murrayfield…

Ireland up 13 – 9 at the moment, but Scotland look like they want to make up for the humiliation against Italy last week… Near miss by Hickey in the corner… If they keep ahead to the end of the game, we’ll need the English to beat the French, in Le Crunch tomorrow…

  • Poor, laboured, performance by Ireland. At 60 mins high time for Eddie to use the bench.

  • Mick Fealty

    15-13 down…

  • Mick Fealty

    Comedy of errors. 18-13.

  • Mick Fealty

    19-18… to Ireland

  • Kloot

    Poor game. lucky to snatch it

  • The England match was a 2007 Alliance election.

    This was Strangford in 2003.

  • Mick Fealty

    Full time… “a win is a win is a win…”

  • Harris

    “Full time… “a win is a win is a win…”

    With respect, no it is NOT!

    As was mentioned after the match, Ireland is a much more disciplined team to play the way they did today. Let them make the same mistakes next week and see where it gets them.

  • Henry94

    A bit of a hangover from the England game maybe? No harm to get a fright anyway.

  • Greenflag

    Ireland just about deserved top win . Scotland never looked like they could score a try but fair play to them they gave us a ‘fright’ .

    The Italians snatched a win in the last few minutes . Rome is celebrating . The Welsh Dragon chokes on wooden spoon this year .

  • No harm to get a fright anyway.

    There’s frights and there’s frights Henry. That was too durn close for comfort.

  • Rory

    Sammy’s electoral analogy amused me; not least because I had been musing that Ireland came on like Sinn Fein but suddenly, faced with a bit of opposition, seemed more like the SDLP.

    Nevertheless although pretty unimpressed by rugby usually I did enjoy the match and admired some terrific individual performances. To complete the SDLP portion of the analogy – Ronan O’Geara as Orla Black?

    Still it seems odd that a team representing a republic should be striving to win a triple crown.

    The legendary Cuban heavyeight triple Olympic boxing champion, Terfilio Stevenson, upon finally refusing an offer of (I think) US$5m to fight Muhammed Ali, when asked why any man would turn down five million dollars, shyly smiled and replied “What is five million dollars compared with the love of five million people?” A man for all seasons or what?

  • Dec

    The legendary Cuban heavyeight triple Olympic boxing champion, Terfilio Stevenson, upon finally refusing an offer of (I think) US$5m to fight Muhammed Ali, when asked why any man would turn down five million dollars, shyly smiled and replied “What is five million dollars compared with the love of five million people?” A man for all seasons or what?

    What the hell has that got to do with the match?

    Ps it’s Teófilo Stevenson and the quote was:

    What is one million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans?”

  • robert

    Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan claimed a Scotland player deliberately choked Ronan O’Gara

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/6438345.stm

  • Alan

    What an awful performance.

    We need to be on top of the game – every game. Leaving aside the fact that he was targeted all through the game ( the reason why O’D received his warning), O’Geara was not the pivot that he could have been. We spent too long running from our own 25 and in mid field, and there were too many missed touch kicks. You can still lose games on penalties. It’s a confidence thing that leads to switching your game away from the focus of concern.

    We need to play this more as a squad than a first team. You got the impression that some of the team simply expected to be on the field. O’Sullivan needs to shake up that kind of complacency – he needs to be decisive and show that he is in charge.

  • againstthehead

    awful, simply awful. scotland are the worst side by a long way in the six nations – on fact one of the weakest nations that will be going to the world cup.
    No discipline, no creativity and worst of all, no desire. When Ireland tried, they scored points – even when we went 5 pints down, I knew we would win – simply because Scotland are rubbish. Wales are rubbish, and we just about beat them, england are rubbish and we smashed them – france are decent and we got beat.

    We have the players to beat every side by 15-30 points – even france at home shoould be a 10 point win. The all blacks will be spliting their sides in laughter. EOS has limited his squad to just 15-18 players, once injuries hit us or players go off-form we’re sunk.
    Remember some world cup, we have the group of death, with france and argentina, then a poss QF against NZ. We NEED a squad, players will get injuries in the group stage, but apart from Flannery, Best and Best, the bench hasn;t had a chance.
    Disapointing season.

  • moochin photoman

    I thought the whole team choked!!!
    I also think that the ref was atrocious allowing Scotland to constantly fringe off side which slowed down our ability to move the ball swiftly.
    That said, we should have enough experience to deal with that and respond accordingly, after all, if we could get away with it we would.
    Still we won and thats the most important thing.
    As for the welsh game they must be so cheesed off.Slightly dubious decision by the ref at the end of the game but Italy deserved to win.

  • Greenflag

    Maybe we should’nt complain too much about winning our third Triple Crown in 4 years and/or defeating the Scots for the seventh time in a row and the English four times in a row ?

    Dublin Councillors could yet ‘inadvertently’ make the IRFU the wealthiest Rugby Union on the planet .

    Rejecting some controversial aspects of the IRFU’s plans for the Lansdowne Road might cause the IRFU to move elsewhere ? The value of the Lansdowne site is close to 800 Million Euros Which should allow the IRFU to build an even bigger Lansdowne Park somewhere else and still leave plenty of cash in the bank to promote the development of the game in Ireland ?

    In the meantime the GAA could continue to benefit financially and in publicity terms for ‘renting’ out Croke Park .

    Now whatever happened to that site called Bertie’s Bowl ?

  • England have beaten France!!!!!

    Now we might really pay the price for not putting Scotland to the sword. We are currently 12 points behind France on points difference.

  • Forecast

    Againstthehead – ‘I knew we would win – simply because Scotland are rubbish. Wales are rubbish, and we just about beat them, england are rubbish and we smashed them – france are decent and we got beat. ‘

    So how does that leave England beating France then.

    Or are you talking pish?

  • TOT

    was at the game and dreadfully complacency all round.

    the bench needs a go to shake matters up.

    Hickie of 3 yrs ago would have scored that try in the corner – he doesnt have the electric pace he used to have.

    all in all i get the sense of a first 15 who are settled but dont have any pressure on them.

    watching the england game and the performance of harry ellis shows up how poor stringer really is.

    the plus side is that despite performing poorly we still won – the scots are a difficult side when they play well albeit until they develop some creativity behind the scrum they arent likely to beat many of the top sides

  • northmunsterman

    TOT :

    “..all in all I get the sense of a first 15 who are settled but dont have any pressure on them….”

    Eddis O’S has already (6 months before kick-off for the WC) said that the first 15 and first 22 are now picked – it’s only a question of the other 8 (for the WC squad of 30).
    So, you’re quite right – no chance to break in and so the team has become quite complacent about keeping their places.

    Not the best move in my opinion – time will tell.