Not exactly a tale between our legs

First thing to say about last night`s match is that I would not have missed it for the world. Paris is a truly stunning city, and the Stade de France is fit venue for any major gladiatorial conflict. Just a shame that our best team in a generation could not step up to the plate with a performance to mqtch it`s epic scale and beautifully clean architetural lines. Paul O`Connell must have woken up this morning seating blood. For such a consistent servant of this team his sinbining effectively blew whatever chance we might have had as half time approached. And it is the pack that has the most search questions to answer before the Argentine match (our last hurrah?). The SwissJob has some suggestions.

Personally I think the heavy self criticism should not come too prematurely. It seems O`Sullivan has something of a human resources mess on his hands. Allegations in the French media about the conduct of one of the players hqven`t helped either. But there is another match to go, and bonus points needed.

Allez Les Verts!

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