Six Nations – Round 2b

An unchanged Ireland are in Rome today to take on an Azurri with Bergamasco returned to his familiar flanker’s role. They’ll need to avoid the indiscipline of the English in what was a great game in Cardiff yesterday [see also Eddie Butler’s report] while still winning the forward battle and, as RTÉ’s Brendan Cole suggests, continuing to play their attacking rugby with the freedom of last week. Kick-off 2.30pm. 1st Half 4mins in Italy down to 14 men for 10mins after a horrendous clothesline tackle on Kearney. 17mins Great interception and try by Bowe. 31mins O’Gara sin-binned. 40mins Sighs of relief all round as Fitzgerald scores a try against stout 14man Italian defence. Half Time Italy 9 – 14 Ireland. 2nd Half 47mins David Wallace opens the scoring in the 2nd half. 75mins After a dire 30mins of the second half, quick lineout opens the way for a second try for Luke Fitzgerald. 78mins. Closely followed by an interception and try for BOD. Final Italy 9 – 38 Ireland. Far from a classic, or even a good, game. The tone was set by a horrendous clothesline tackle on Kearney 45 seconds in. Ireland, unsettled by the Italians for the first half, toughed it out to record a comfortable win.

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  • Expenses

    Prediction for Score? I think Ireland will win by about 10 points

  • Celina

    or not 2b!

  • percy

    A 22 pts win would put us on top of the table

  • Dewi

    Italy 34 Ireland 3.

    No -but not a great deal in it – Italy 15 Ireland 25

  • Harry Flashman

    How does one “take on an Azzuri”? Maybe one could take on a single Azzuro but if one is meeting [i]gli Azzuri[/i] rest assured there’ll be more than one of ’em so be prepared.

  • percy

    another rosary job 😉

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dreadful game – we had the luck and Italy had none. Having previously lost the championship on points difference this is the luck we missed out on in previous years and Italy will trouble Wales particulalry if their injuries are sorted out.

  • dewi

    “Italy will trouble Wales” Sammy you are quite funny sometimes. Missed second half today but wireless said Bowe impressive? Building up quite nicely to a Cardiff climax ain’t it?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    “Italy will trouble Wales” Sammy you are quite funny sometimes

    I seem to remember a recent defeat for your boyz – whats funny about that?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    “Italy will trouble Wales” Sammy you are quite funny sometimes

    I seem to remember a recent defeat for your boyz – whats funny about that?

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Didn’t see the game but no surprise that Ireland struggled for the 1st half hour. I am surprised by the final scoreline – an excellent result! Can see Wales having any problems- should be able to carve them up with ease like they did the scots.
    Next round of games is really quite interesting. Wales have their toughest game of the tournament in Paris whilst Ireland face a rejuvenated England at croker.

  • Brian Walker

    Dirty trench warfare, flattering result. Beware resurgent England, well rehearsed by Wales.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Orange,

    re. “Can see Wales having any problems” I presume you meant “cant”.

    Wales have form against Italy – bad form.

    England were talked down far to much including here on Slugger and by Wazza Gatland – that is 2 bad mistakes Wazza has made – firslty multiple subs against Scotland when they should have rattled up the points and secondly insulting the opposition(England). The hero-worship in Wales for Wazza is really, really fecking annoying – every time he farts some tactical significance is attached to it. Grrrr.

  • CW

    Apparently not a good game, but a convincing victory nonetheless. I can’t comment much on it as I was at Healy Park watching the bog-ball match between Tyrone and Kerry. Needless to say the better team on the day won, although Tyrone’s second half performance was encouraging, considering how much they were behind at half-time. And after all it’s only the league – roll on the real football come May!

    A fitting headline might be “Kingdom gets revenge as Red Hands catch the wrong balls (quite literally).”

    Apologies to Slugger for going off-topic, but as no-one’s started a thread on the weekend’s GAA action, I thought I might take the liberty of bringing up the subject on a sports-related thread. It was a good day for Derry supporters by the way.

  • Dewi

    Sammy – can’t remember quite where we are with the gambling stuff but if u wan’t another tenner on Wales v France feel free…..

  • LURIG

    I am certainly no fan of George Hook but he’s absolutely right, beware England. When the English Rugby team are written off and dismissed they always pull a great performance off, especially against Ireland. We have performed quite well so far and Stephen Ferris, Jamie Heaslip, Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll have been particularly outstanding but England on the horizon is something to focus on. If we get over that we can then focus on the Grand Slam. Incidentally as a Nationalist I wish some Unionists and journalists would give the same respect to the GAA as many Catholics give to the Ulster Rugby scene which we still perceive as VERY cold to the Northern Nationalist community. Why does this NEVER generate much discussion on Slugger, within the mainly Protestant Ulster Rugby fraternity or in the rabid Unionist media, North & South?

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    Because rugby is genuinely cross-community. The GAA is not. But hey, this is a rugger thread, we’ll leave the GAA for the OO threads…

    PS, good point u made about the Wales-Scotland match big Sam. The scots were there for the taking and I’m pretty sure the title will come down to points difference. Can’t wait till the next round. England may actually put up a fight (although I doubt it) and France-wales is a 50-50. Mouth-watering indeed.

  • When the English Rugby team are written off and dismissed they always pull a great performance off, especially against Ireland.

    Well, there’s one guy who won’t be writing them off, and that’s Declan Kidney. Watch him in the build-up to the match. He’ll talk England up to the high heavens, and give nothing away about Ireland.

    The key match in the next round is of course France v. Wales. If France lose this one, they are out of contention, having already lost to Ireland. If they win, they are right back in it. It will also be useful to see if Wales are really as good as they think they are, because in their two matches up to now, they haven’t really been tested. Don’t expect to see the same French performance in that match as you saw against Scotland. They knew they were going to win that one anyway. They know that they will have to fight for a win against Wales.

    Also, we have the wooden spoon decider on Saturday week. Sadly for the Scots, I think it’s going to Edinburgh again.

  • blinding

    I was surprised how much the Welsh missed Shane Williams. I don’t think Sackey would have got his try if he was up against Shane in that race.

    Little Shane really is top class and a joy to watch into the bargain.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    yer on – tenner says France to win.

  • whilst on rugby can i just say the best game i saw this weekend was Campbell 16 Ballymena 8 on saturday morning.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    Those Italians are tough. Very physical. They won’t make it easy for the remaining teams.

    However, great win for Ireland in the end.

    Those tries may be valuable.

    2 down, 3 to go.

  • ulsterfan

    O’Gara had a bad day missing tackles, failing to find touch and missing easy penalties.
    I think he must be replaced at this stage as he will certainly not be about for the next world cup.
    O’Callaghan is another who has disappointed this year but try telling that to Munster.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    LURIG,

    the Irish problem is not one of over-confidence but under-confidence and added to by George Hook who typically suggests Ireland will lose to France (as he suggeste a few weeks ago) without offering any real reason for that except that they are France. But he all need someone to kick at from time to time and the Hookers is just the man-for-the-job.

    Although I may stray over the poitical line myself from time to time threads such as this are best left to Rugby in my opinion – and the the anthems etc have been discussed at length on Slugger under more political threads.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    ‘It will also be useful to see if Wales are really as good as they think they are, because in their two matches up to now, they haven’t really been tested.’

    I’d say Wales have been tested as much as anyone so far – the intensity of the game on saturday was brutal.

    Sammy, would you ever stop betting…

  • In Soviet Russia

    Betting,would you ever stop Sammy

  • I’d say Wales have been tested as much as anyone so far – the intensity of the game on saturday was brutal.

    Indeed, as was the intensity of the Italy-Ireland match. But at no point did it ever look like Wales were going to lose. What I mean by Wales not being tested is that they have yet to meet a team capable of beating them. That test should come on Friday night week.

  • Dewi

    Gerry OS – strange I have absolutely no worries about France – we will mince them……france have no subtance….

  • Dewi

    substance sorry…

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    GerryOS,

    “But at no point did it ever look like Wales were going to lose.”

    Really – the socre was 20-15 and Sackey was about an inch from the line and Wales were scrambling to get the ball clear….

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi

    “strange I have absolutely no worries about France”

    This Welsh-over-confidence will end in tears – you know that dont you Dewi?

    Is Wazza going to slag off France?

  • Dewi

    Sammy – leave your nonsense till when it counts will ya!! We’ll hammer France and murder Italy – just try and keep up till Cardiff in March will you !!! (and leave out Princes and Principalities – that’s beyond the pale !!)

  • Really – the socre was 20-15 and Sackey was about an inch from the line and Wales were scrambling to get the ball clear….

    Yes, but you knew the jammy buggerswould get it clear, though 🙂

  • Dewi

    Lions team after a fortnight:

    Byrne
    Williams
    O’Driscoll
    Roberts
    Bowe
    S Jones
    Phillips
    Worsely
    R Jones
    Wallace
    A Wyn Jones
    O’Connell
    Jenkins
    Dunno
    A Jones

    Nice balance between the Jones’s and the others….

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    Based on what we have seen so far Kearney ahead of Byrne. ‘alfPenny and Fitzgerald probably ahead of Bowe.

    Phillips only in Welsh team because Wazza worried about grunt in the back row – behind Blair.

    Ferris (Ireland’s best player to date )clearly ahead of Ryan Jones.

  • janeymac

    Ulsterfan
    “O’Gara had a bad day missing tackles, failing to find touch and missing easy penalties.
    I think he must be replaced at this stage as he will certainly not be about for the next world cup.
    O’Callaghan is another who has disappointed this year but try telling that to Munster.”

    According to the official stats from RBS 6 Nations official site, Ulsterfan, O’Gara didn’t miss any conversions or penalties. You might like to browse through them.

    O’Gara didn’t feature on the missed tackleS count either.

    O’Callaghan has played his part keeping Munster as the top ranking European Club. If it ain’t broke, we won’t be changing it just yet.

    Link to Six Nations stats:

    http://www.rbs6nations.com/tools/documents/MatchFactsITAIRE15.02.09-%5B6964%5D.pdf

  • Dewi

    Is there a decent hooker in these islands?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    Your mama

  • Dewi

    BOD over Shanklin?
    Bowe over Halfpenny?
    Wallace over Williams?
    O’Connell over Gough?

    Good God man, what sort of talk is that?

    😉

  • Dewi

    Sammy – you have the social charm of the Irish number 2 (Strong language)

  • Bender B Rodriguez

    No Hookers here. We only have Blackjack.

  • Dewi

    “Good God man, what sort of talk is that?”

    As a Lions selector it’s important that I don’t allow narrow nationalism to cloud my objective judgement………