Six Nations, all day long..

All 6 Six Nations take to the field[s] today. The Ospreys Wales are about to tackle Italy in Cardiff, 3.00pm kick-off. MbyM here. Ireland hope to improve, again, in Dublin against Scotland later, at 5pm – MbyM. And tonight England travel to Paris to face tournament favourites France, kick-off at 8pm – MbyM. The BBC’s iPlayer will have the games you miss. 1st game Wales deserved the win, but Italy didn’t deserve the scoreline. Wales 47 – 8 Italy. Half-time in Dublin. Scotland are still try-less but Ireland are still losing their lineouts. Ireland 14 – 6 Scotland. 2nd Half 30 minutes to go and Scotland score a try. 63min in. Ireland 29 – 13 Scotland. Full-time Ireland 34 – 13 Scotland. And in Paris, an entertaining first half ends, France 7 – 13 England. 2nd Half 10 minutes left and French errors, and solid English defence, mean France 10 – 19 England. 6 min to go. Tense finish ahead. France 13 – 19 England. Full-time Final minutes try sealed the game, deservedly, for England. France 13 – 24 England

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  • Mark McGregor

    Great. We could win the 6 nations on the 15th against England and just a few weeks ago we were calling for Eddie’s head, again.

  • Dewi

    Strange noboby cares. I do. We won.

  • Dewi

    Those Unionist posters who feel that your players should not play for Ireland – Up your game game over the next fortnight will you? Like pickets outsides Trimble’s church and Howe’s house? Need any help just ask.

  • agh

    ‘Those Unionist posters who feel that your players should not play for Ireland – Up your game game over the next fortnight will you? Like pickets outsides Trimble’s church and Howe’s house?’

    Howe’s house? You reckon Tyrone is gonna make a come back?

    The Ireland – Scotland game was extremely difficult to analyse – are Ireland any good – or (as I suspect) Scotland absolutely attrocious!! We did execute well in the final third, but the defensive lines of the Scots were pretty wowful. The lineout killed us in the 1st half – worst throwing display I have ever seen – quite shocking. Why Jasckass was selected following his display in France is still a mystery. Murphy had a decent game but hardly MOTM. MOD, Trimble, ROG, Kearny and Bowe all did well. I’m still not convinced about Reddan though, I think if sides targeted him he could be put under pressure.

    Wales put on a good show and have some excellent strike runners. If they can achieve parity against Ireland up front they will push us very hard indeed. Be interesting to see who plays 10 for you Dewi.

    England put in a very fine performance. They highlighted the inexperience of this French squad and squeezed the life out of them up front. The intensity of the game was absolutely outstanding. Thoroughly deserved their win in Paris.

    Predictions? I think Ireland will just about beat Wales with the home advantage. ROG will need to have a decent game. With Flannery/Best at 2 and POC back in the engine room the set pieces should go okay and the backs should cancel eachother out. I expect the side that gives away the least penalties will win. England should beat the Scots.

    That leaves the final week. I’d espect the welsh to come back strong and win at home against the french, which leaves Eng V Ireland for the title. Hard one to call, Ireland have done well against england in recent years – could go either way!

    One other point. Is it just me or is the atmosphere at Croker a bit quiet? All I could hear 1st half was whispers of Flower of Scotland! I’ll be heading down for the Welsh game so I’ll check it out for myself.

  • Dewi

    I meant Bowe….sorry. Agrree Scotland pretty woeful but Irish finishing very clinical. Scotland had 75% of possession in first half but never looked like doing nowt with it did they?

  • agh

    (Bowe is from the ROI – another clanger my old friend…)

    Scotland and Italy are both pretty limited at the moment. Wales will be a good test for Ireland. U headin to the game Dewi?

    PS was their any protests at the game yesturday?

  • Dewi

    Is he? Can’t make Croke Park – this work business gets in the way of life don’t it! Remind me what people were supposed to be protesting about?

  • Michael Robinson

    Eddie O’Sullivan vs Gatland in 2 weeks.

    The backstabber vs. the backstabbee… the man the blazers said would take Ireland to a different level vs. the man they said couldn’t…

    Should be a fascinating encounter.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Let’s not get carried away – a satisfactory result against the wooden spoon challengers. Ireland flatter to deceive – give me two more good performances and I may be more convinced but I have a long memory and heads still need to roll after the abject world cup display with O’Sullivan’s first on the block.

  • Dewi

    First man from Monaghan to play for Ireland in 80 years Picket his house anyway – Monaghan should have stayed loyal surely.

  • Dewi

    And he’s coming here – he was pretty good yesterday ae were Reddan and Kearny. I thought Reddan had improved since the French game. We’ll beat you though – I would say that the Italian pack actually beat ours yesterday yet we thrashed them – very unusual to see that – strange season with that remarkable England Wales game. And even in Ireland yesterday- I can’t find the stats but Scotland had ovewhelming superiority of possession and territory in the first half but got stuffed…hmmm

  • Greenflag

    ‘England should beat the Scots.’

    Along with Bohemians Junior XI and the Indian National Folk Dancers Troup 🙂

    Mr Hadden has had it me thinks .

    Scotland will rise again . Looks like Ireland have the voodoo sign on them not having defeated us since 2001 ? Still they came close last year!

    Wales are looking good but won’t beat Ireland at Croker 🙂

  • Dewi

    “Wales are looking good but won’t beat Ireland at Croker :)” I saw nothing to worry about yesterday..apart from Trimble, Kearny, Bowe…the always magnificent David Wallace, O’Driscoll O’Gara and Murphy….and another few thugs I don’t know their names……If we can sort out our lineout though I’m pretty confident….

  • Greenflag

    ‘I saw nothing to worry about yesterday’

    Neither did I:) Apart from Shane Williams and Lee Byrne 🙁

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    We need to beat your over confident, average team, with Jimmy Saville as assistant coach and some other guy as head coach that couldn’t cut with it Ireland by over 20 points, otherwise I will settle for the triple crown and your boyz can have the championship.

  • Dewi

    Sammy – you pester everybody to get a Rugby thread and then you go AWOL for 24 hours! Watch me nephew anyway
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=VGkkH2yE2K0#GU5U2spHI_4

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    cant see that sort of stuff (youtube) at the moment.

    Yesterday had to go abroad to Englezeland so wasn’t in the Principality ( there is just no escaping the trappings of colonisation ). Incidentally is Principlaity a legal term or is Wales just sponsored by a building society?

    Can’t even consider defeat against your boyz at the moment – will definitely, certainly absolutely be switching codes back to GAA if the impossible comes to pass.

  • Dewi

    “so wasn’t in the Principality ” – Please don’t use that term – “Country” or “Nation” is fine…

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    when you have a prince’s logo on your rugby shirt and a funny prnce as chairman of selectors (or whatever he is ) then in my psychological war in the build up to Croker I think Principality is just right. But theriously folks – does it have a particular legal status?

  • Dewi

    “then in my psychological war in the build up to Croker I think Principality is just right.”

    At least we ain’t partitioned! At least not since the battle of Catterick in God knows when……..

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    Partitioned no, but don’t doesn’t Wales have moving borders – the so-called Monmouthshire hokey kokey ?

  • Dewi

    I’m from Gwent and I think it’s resolved. Indeed, according to John Davies (our premier historian) it’s the Silurians of Gwent who stopped the Saxon advance… Arthur was a bit of a help mind !

  • Dewi

    Man dies in cake eating contest Sorry – you couldn’t make it up could you.

  • Dewi

    Anyway, in addition to the bizarre sight of Unionists playing for a foreign currently we then have the spectacle of “Nationalists” playing a foreign sport at the scene of one of the most heineous crimes of the War of Independence. If I was in éirigi I’d be picketing the homes of the Southern players – it’s a disgrace.

  • Dewi

    I know it’s a bit of a monologue but how on earth can you let people play for you who refuse to sing your anthem in the native tongue……

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    “it’s a disgrace”

    Are you losing the run of yourself ? Or is it just pre-Croker nerves?

  • dewi

    No pre Croker nerves at all. Game starts at 1.15 so we’ll have no problem – O’Gara will still be in the bookies.

  • BonarLaw

    Dewi

    ““so wasn’t in the Principality “ – Please don’t use that term – “Country” or “Nation” is fine…”

    What’s this? A campaign against a building society?

  • darth rumsfeld

    I’m surprised that noone has picked up on the fact that yet again a member of the the Trimble clan is colluding with the Irish republic to now bestow ill deserved credibility on its egg chasers.
    I think it is an excellent idea to picket his house, and surely one for TUV to take up. Lord Laird could arrange the entertainment. All night Lambeg competitions would soon make that young man see the error of his ways.
    After all, when he played at Ravenhill he was a foreigner, yet as soon as he reached the Ravensdale country club he became a native. Perhaps he’s an MI5 agent….

    As for our Caledonian cousins, maybe if they stopped playing in jerseys that make them look like anaemic wasps they’d have a bit more fight about them. Let’s hope they do something in the Calcutta Cup, the only time I can be bothered to watch this tedious and pale version of Rugby league

  • dewi

    Darth – you have a severe identity crisis – an Ulster Scots rugby league fan? Are you the only one or have you got a club?

  • dewi

    P.S. We have another 10 days to keep this going…..

  • darth rumsfeld

    I don’t know why more Ulster Scots don’t take up the mongrel, though vastly superior, version of the sport, dewi.

    After all Union is the establishment code, for the peely wally chinless Anglo-Irish Old Portoran Episcopalians whose ancestors were out happily persecuting God-fearing Presbyterians and forcing us out of the country to go to the States.

    In short, it’s a game well fitted to the Anglo-Irish, and there’s very little in this world that is good and has the prefix “Anglo-” . Trimble went to one of those faux public schools in Ulster that perpetuate the stereotype

    The wonder is that they didn’t ruin cricket too, a game the mill owners condescended to let us play in the short time we were allowed off work to recover from malnutrition and rickets. Sadly, it’s also popular among Methodists, but I suppose we have to be ecumenical in these days of declining standards

  • Dewi

    Croquet and Polo Darth?

  • Dewi

    “What’s this? A campaign against a building society?”

    6.05% tax free ISA rate heh Bonar Law – for that I might just forgive them their servile name…….nah some principles are above greed!

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,
    re. Principality.
    although there are a number of defintions I like the following “the rule of a prince of a small or subordinate state” from dictionary.com in the case of Wales that would be Prince Charlie.

    re. the big match – probably only Martin Williams and perhaps the odd prop would get into the Irish team – though Shane Williams might also if he gave up – the very unprofessional and very silly looking dive when he scored.

    Having now watched the Italy game I think we will win by 20 points – it will be most unfortunate if event unfold otherwise and I may disappear of Slugger for a while until my carefully balanced observations are forgotten.

  • Dewi

    “probably only Martin Williams and perhaps the odd prop would get into the Irish team.”

    I’m trying to think of a Welsh player who wouldn’t…………hmm give up.

    “it will be most unfortunate if event unfold otherwise and I may disappear of Slugger for a while until my carefully balanced observations are forgotten.”

    Now that would be a bit yellow of you Sammy – if we lose I promise to take me medicine like a big boy…

  • Dewi

    Been trying to find footage of the last Irish Grand Slam but no luck – was it before Colour TV? Or before TV at all?

  • Dewi
  • darth rumsfeld

    good call dewi, though Michael Gibson runs him close.
    If Ulster Scots have to play Union, we should be the big dirty lumbering forwards. So if Carson’s statue has to come down at Stormont Willie (“99!”) John McBride would be an Ulster Scot compromise ( there’s three wurds ye dinnae often see thegither)

  • Dewi

    Ahh Darth – you are a fan really…

  • Dewi
  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    you got me on the grand slams thingie – but I prefer total games won since the start of the 6 nations as my yardstick – as just by chance that suits Ireland.

  • dewi

    Sammy – Dwayne Peel released for weekend also – looks like Phillips Jones at half back. Welsh plan will be to attack your scrum half I’m sure…. I like him though….

  • Diluted Orange

    [i]Those Unionist posters who feel that your players should not play for Ireland – Up your game game over the next fortnight will you? Like pickets outsides Trimble’s church and Howe’s house? Need any help just ask.[/i]

    I certainly don’t feel like that. I just wouldn’t mind a little bit of recognition being shown towards Northern Ireland in what is meant to be an All-Ireland team.

    [i]Great. We could win the 6 nations on the 15th against England and just a few weeks ago we were calling for Eddie’s head, again.[/i]

    I’m afraid this weekend is when EOS and the Ireland team get found out. I expect a comfortable Welsh win. The truth is that EOS should have won the 6 Nations at least once during his 7 year tenure – given the talent at his disposal, arguably the best player pool that Ireland has ever had to choose from.

  • Dewi

    Diluted Orange – excellent – I’m with you – but to ensure a comfortable Welsh win just need to make some mischief…..

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    I like him too – and he knows exactly what the fecker Jimmy Saville will be up to

  • dewi

    Got a black ops contract from the WRU – supposed to report back tonight – response very disappointing!

  • Dewi

    See the Lions Captain Poll – Ryan Jones or Brian O’Driscoll?

  • Dewi

    Not a good sign And Ospreys lost in Glasgow and Dragons only managed to draw with Edinburgh at home – Worrying

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    Talking of Edinburgh.

    I just heard on the radio them mention that Dunedin (NZ) is the Gaelic for Edinburgh, just like in taff talk it is called Caeredin.

    Did you see today’s torygraph Will Greenwood had Henson , Williamss’ (Shane and Martin) Gough and Byrne in his 6 nations championship team. Padz had Drizza, Donncha and ROG.

  • Dewi

    “I just heard on the radio them mention that Dunedin (NZ) is the Gaelic for Edinburgh, just like in taff talk it is called Caeredin.”

    So strange Sammy had a facebook conversation the other day with a New Zealand pal:

    “In Dunedin, it’s chuffing freezing.”

    “8pm Feb 27th
    Blimey – not surprised – Dunedin the old Brythonic (Welsh) name for Edinburgh by
    the way”

    Spooky eh – (Note I sort of elaborated on the Welsh connection)

    Haven’t seen Telegraph – strange no Welsh halfbacks? And no Ryan Jones?? (He is now called NLC – Next Lions Captain)

  • Dewi

    Gonna wander out to see Blues Munster later – you going Sammy?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    off with family now – will post my expert analysis later (never played the game in my life ). I think you will find that the correct terminology for “old Brythonic” is in fact TaffTalk.

  • dewi

    Good intense game for a miserable night with B teams. Thought Munster were going to slaughter the Blues after 5 mins. Blues policy of driving so close to Ruck and maul so strange – I suppose minimises risk a bit.
    Right result however – Blues 10 kicked Munster back into the game. Glad to see O’Connell getting turned over – that don’t happen often!

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    really intense forward battle, Cardiff finished the game very strongly and just about deserved it. Thought Buckley was brilliant (announcer gave his try to number 7 )- love to see him playing on Saturday – would tear your boyz apart.

  • dewi

    You making excuses already Sammy? Lol – seriously O’Connell looked fit. My only concern is the Irish lineout.
    Some bad decisions at end by your lot tonight though – 2 missed touch kicks and running that penalty from 5 yards from line bizarre.

  • Dewi
  • Dewi
  • Dewi

    Scrum 5 analysts go 2-1 for Ireland. Treachery knows no bounds….

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    More treachery for the Taff at the Times

    “Ireland are, for me, around 10-point favourites to beat Wales in Dublin. In terms of the relative development of the teams, Wales could be around 15 points better this time next year. But away with the future. The improvement in Ireland’s front-five play has been exaggerated as only one team in the tournament (England) can scrummage and Ireland haven’t met them yet. But with Paul O’Connell probably restored, Ireland will be hard-nosed, crafty, steely and at home.”

  • agh

    All depends on ROG and the lineout. If Ireland can play a decent percentage game we should be able to force Wales in mistakes. However, if we get a dry day and the welsh starting popping the ball around it could be a different story.

    Very hard one to call. I don’t think Ireland played well last time out, but they did win and we do appear to be building not only in confidence but importantly, we also have some momentum going into the game. ALthough, on the other hand you could say exactly the same about Wales!!

    I think home advantage may sneek Ireland through IF we play well but we really are there for the taking Dewi. If you boys come out allguns blazing, keep the penalty count down and get parity up front you could turn us over.

    Important for wales to silence the crowd too. Scotland did that effectively last time out and croker was very quiet for the first 40!

  • Dewi

    Strange – I honestly think we’ll stuff you – momentum, energy, creativity – we beat you on all those – lineout? maybe – bring it on !!!

  • againstthehead

    Don;t forget that home advantage counts for a heck of a lot in rugby – 10-15 points. On a neutral venue I’d say Wales woould beat us 7 out of 10 times, but at home we should sneek it. Neither side is particuarly good – I’d put a tenner on an Irish win – final score? 23-15.

  • dewi

    I can’t take the bet ath – my gambling budget consumed by a fiver with Sammy……

  • Dewi
  • Dewi

    A considered final score prediction – Ireland 3 Wales 46.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    how many of the useless feckers in your team played the last time you turned up in Dublin for a good hiding 2 years ago – probably more than half? Just becuase you have another southern hemisphere ‘expert’ telling you a few home truths and getting the lazy feckers to train properly doesn’t mean you aint gonna have another well deserved hiding – which I’m sure y’all know is coming your way.

  • Dewi

    Love it Sammy ! Bring it on ! – the difference is that we have talent! Can’t wait!
    BTW on a serious point – Juran died yesterday – if anybody there works in manufacturing you should salute this bloke – brilliant

    Wonderful bloke

  • Dewi

    P.S. Almost there – only five days to go!

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    in answer to my own question about 14 players from the squad of lazy feckers had their arses kicked on their last visit.

    The media that have built Wales up on the back of a good 20 minutes against Englezes and a reasonable 2nd half against Italy will soon be sharpening the knives.

  • Dewi

    Sammy – I await with baited breath – it’s going to be a massacre – can I spell that !

  • Dewi

    And’s what more – we got a better stadium !

  • Donnacha

    Ah Dewi, how I long for the days when Ireland could guaranteed a victory at the Arms Park, while the sheepshaggers would always get a result at Lansdowne Road. Things were simpler then when we were both crap. All this expectation of victory is killing rugby….;-)

  • Dewi

    Donnacha – we were never crap – we were just in transition – and by the way do settler kids learn Maori in NZ?

  • Donnacha

    Yes, they do. It’s part of the curriculum here, so we can identify when we are being abused by the early settlers….I have to say my own two aren’t exactly speaking it like natives, but then, neither are they showing any great talent for rugby.

  • Yvonne

    Showing no great talent for rugby.

    Are they English?

  • dewi

    No Yvonne – they are Irish Maoris – an excellent genetic combination – shame no Welsh in them for that strategic insight!
    Barry John,writing yesterday, says he never won in Dublin. Strange eh.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Donnacha,

    technical point re. the Welsh and Sheep – there is some evidence of a shift towards badgers in recent years as evidenced by the statements of the former sceretary of state for Wales regarding his activities on the M4.

    Any mention of paedo priests in retaliation for the above remarks I feel would be unjustified and unworthy.

  • Dewi

    Woudn’t dream of it Sammy – and as for sheep and badgers…don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! Team announced at 12.30 – watch this space!

  • Dewi

    Wales: Lee Byrne (Ospreys); Mark Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), Tom Shanklin (Cardiff Blues), Gavin Henson (Ospreys), Shane Williams (Ospreys); Stephen Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Ospreys); Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Huw Bennett (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Ian Gough (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt).
    Replacements: Duncan Jones (Ospreys), Matthew Rees (Llanelli Scarlets), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Gareth Delve (Gloucester), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli Scarlets), James Hook (Ospreys), Sonny Parker (Ospreys).

    Jones get nod at No 10

  • Dewi

    Ireland: AN Other; Bowe, B O’Driscoll (capt), Trimble, Kearney; O’Gara, Reddan; Horan, Best, Hayes, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Leamy, D Wallace, Heaslip.
    Replacements: Jackman, Buckley, M O’Driscoll, Easterby, Stringer, P Wallace, Horgan.

    Got your boots Sammy? Ireland looking for a full back!

  • dewi

    In view of relative merits of teams annouced I’m changing my forecast:
    Ireland 6 Wales 46

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    What a bunch of losers in the Taff team – I dont mean that in a pejorative sense but in a factual one – ie their last trip.

    Glad they picked Ray Reardon at number 10.

    Didn’t Henson have a nightmare 2 years ago?