Six Nations – Round 3

Tomorrow will see Ireland welcome England back to Croke Park whilst Scotland battle Italy in the likely wooden spoon contest. Tonight though, under the floodlights at Stade de France, Wales will try to keep their Grand Slam hopes on track against a French side that may be unsettled by their coach’s tinkering. Interestingly, as he did against Ireland, Chabal will start the game rather than play his more effective role [against weaker opposition] as a second half impact substitution. Assessments of the games by Eddie Butler, and RTÉ’s Brendan Cole – “If [the French] win – some sort of heroic rearguard action cannot be discounted – it will be in spite of their coach.” Kick-off 8pm. Half-Time France 13 – 13 Wales. Punishing 1st half ends with France breaking through the Welsh defence to score a well-deserved try. France back to the level they were playing at against Ireland. But, having had the shorter preparation time, we’ll have to wait to see whether home advantage will tell this time. 2nd Half 53mins in. Sustained pressure brings try reward for France. 65min. Missed penalty, but France dominating. 70min. Pressure tells again. 73min. Wales re-awaken and get a penalty. 78min. French defence holding. Final And like Ireland in Dublin, the defence, and French pride, holds out. Welsh mistakes contributed but France deservedly winners. France 21 – 16 Wales.

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

    decent start from the taffs – 13-3 up but france not getting the bounce of the ball (yet!). looks like a cracker!

  • Greenflag

    Great try by Lee Byrne made by Shanklin who is lucky to be on the pitch . I’m cheering for the Welsh but hoping the French squeeze it by a few points . Nothing personal to the taffs out there just the ‘politics ‘ of the championship 😉

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

    shanklin is a beast! Intensity is superb. Too close to call this one! 13-6 Taffs

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

    try france. They men in blue are playing out of their skin tonight in Paris. Has the momentum swung? What a second half to come! 13-13 at half time

  • percy

    GreenFlag,
    I’m hoping the Welsh will win, and IRELAND tomorow so a final showdown in Wales.
    No offense to the scots who are getting better with each game.

  • Greenflag

    percy ,

    ‘so a final showdown in Wales.’

    Eh ?

    Looking forward to a showdown at the Millenium Stadium against Wales sounds too much like turning up to a gunfight armed with a sword given present Welsh form 😉 The Scots are getting better ? ? It’s either them or the Italians for the woodener this year Arrivederci Edinburghia 🙂

    There is also the small matter of dispatching England tomorrow . I would’nt hatchet the count until he chickens and flees from the field . The English have nowt to lose and so will be as always not beaten till the fat lady sings .

  • percy

    Gods are with ya GreebFlag, we would not have beaten France on this form.
    I didn’t want to take Scotland for granted when we play them in 2 weeks time.
    Ok so a one game ( welsh loss tonite ) cushion helps us with the Slam, but we still have to beat them in the millenium stadium 😉

  • Greenflag

    ‘Gods are with ya Greenflag, ‘

    Never mind the gods 😉 As long as Paddy Power pays up . Well fought the Welsh they might have snapped it at the end . France are always difficult to beat on home ground . The Welsh still have the Triple Crown to look forward to and the prospect of spiking Irish hopes for the Grand Slam perhaps .

    My condolences to Dewi / I’m sure he’s out there somewhere shedding a tear or two :(.

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

    phew, what a game! best rugger match in years. where did that french performaance come!! Wales had no answer in the 2nd half! The championship is Ireland’s to lose now, given to our superior points diff.

  • ulsterfan

    Ireland to win tomorrow and lose against Scotland and Wales.
    In the end an average year.
    Lets blame O’Gara for inconsistency.

  • Ireland to win tomorrow and lose against Scotland and Wales.
    In the end an average year.
    Lets blame O’Gara for inconsistency.

    And what should we do if your bleak forecast doesn’t come to pass? Or indeed if it does and O’Gara is the model of consistency and others are to blame?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    At first I couldnt make out what the sound was, a strange hissing noise, it started just before half time and then gathered pace during the second half and as the match ended I saw it sadly float from the sky and land on the centre of pitch, of course, of course – it was the big red baloon that had been pumped up far too much over the last few weeks and now lay forlornly deflated, punctured, defeated.

    Orangey Fellow or was it Dewi – did we not a samll wager on this game?

  • You’re a cruel man, other Sammy. Let the boul’ Dewi cry in peace.

  • Harry Flashman

    Is it just me or did the Six Nations lose a lot of its charm when they started playing matches other than on Saturday afternoons?

    Sunday is bad enough but Friday nights, c’mon I ask you?

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

    hmmm, I think the wager was the championshio young sammy. From what I remember I said France wouul beat wales and that wales would beat ireland. However, I didn’t imagine ireland stuffing italy by such a margain. Ireland will comfortably beat england and scotland so I imagine our points differential will be too much for the taffs. However, unlike paddy power I’ll not be paying out too early. Ireland are actually a bit crap, but the fixtures are in our favour and we may actually end up winning something

  • Greenflag

    The future’s black the future’s not orange ,

    ‘Ireland are actually a bit crap’

    What a moaning minnie 🙁 There was a time when a win against England for any Irish Rugby team was considered an almost once in every ten years ‘miracle ‘ event . Now it’s considered if not quite a ‘given’ at least a strong probability in some years . England have vastly more ‘numbers ‘ to draw from and thus on the law of averages should be able to field a stronger team .

    It’s a game 😉 Just enjoy it win or lose .

  • Dewi

    Humbling. I’m just glad I didn’t make outlandish claims about this side’s ability or ridiculous predictions for the Lions Test team….Sammy you are a tenner up so far….(I lost a fiver at the bookies for Wales to win by more than twenty ….hmm)

    Seriously strange again – wonderful Welsh lineout, Shanklin’s best ever game for Wales, scrum looked fine just we lost so many collisions to penalty or turnover – ball carrier isolated on many occasions. No complaints – France deserved it…now how does that goal difference thing work?

  • Greenflag

    Dewi has arisen and taken it like a man 😉 Better luck next time unless of course it’s against us 😉

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    bore da.

    Unprofessional France – with poor squad preperation – having club games on Sunday resulting in injuries and playing players out of position and with another crazy coach in situ they can still win against a very good Welsh side simply because of the number of outstanding players.

    Perhaps you wont admit it Dewi, but surely this afternoon you will be cheering for the posh-imperialist-running-dogs who share your land border – if they turn over the Island of Ireland rugby team your will probably be favourites again for the title.

    Dewch ymlaen y saeson?

  • dewi

    Nope Sammy – Té éire! (Just keep the points down will ya!!)

  • Reader

    dewi: (Just keep the points down will ya!!)
    14:13 – was that close enough for you?

  • dewi

    Reader = a perfect result….