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Six Nations climax

Six Nations
by Mark Orlovac (U1647666) 21 March 2009
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Morning all, how are we?

So here we are, after six weeks and 12 games the stage is set for a grandstand finale to this year's Six Nations. A little glimpse at the fixture list before the tournament began and you just knew that this was going to be a special day. And so it has transpired that we have a Wales v Ireland showdown to decide this year's champions. Lovely.

Ireland are going for their first Grand Slam since 1948 while Wales, who are also chasing the Triple Crown, need to beat the Irish by 13 points to retain the title for the first time in 30 years. Will Ireland bottle it, or have they found the necessary steel to clear the final hurdle and secure the honour that has eluded them for so long? Can Wales rediscover the swagger they had at the start of the tournament and break Irish hearts? Questions, questions.

And if that wasn't enough, we have a tasty undercard before the main event. Italy and France try and salvage pride in Rome before England take on Scotland for the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham.

It is going to be an exciting and nerve-racking day so we want all your chat and predictions. Let us know where you are watching it, who with, what the atmos is like, and we will use as many of your contributions as we can when we start our live text commentary at around 1245 GMT.

Let's be having you....

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posted Mar 22, 2009

Thankyou munster-abu for your comment. I hope you enjoyed the match as much as I did. It was tremendous.
Cheers

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posted Mar 22, 2009

Superb post Jim. <ok>

Few fecin paragraphs wouldnt go amiss tho! It was that good - I cut and pasted it into Word..Re-arranged it - to look pretty. Content looked even better. Yeah I know, sad fecer me,eh? Great post mate. <ok>

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posted Mar 23, 2009

Well done Ireland and nice post Jim!! :-D

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posted Mar 23, 2009

some of the stuff saying ireland didn't deserve it just beggars belief. the stats alone tell us about ball won in opponents 22: wales 5 ireland 36!! true, ireland did their best to try and hand wales the victory (o'callaghan and paddy wallace for starters) but in any clear vision they deserved it

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comment by duxbuc (U7278519)

posted Mar 23, 2009

personally i would have like the welsh to have won the six nations , they are the better side.
just not impressed with ireland thought they were lucky.
england finally started looking like a team again and even though played badly at the beginning scored more tries than anyone else.
overall not impressed with the standard , with too many teams out of form.
the southern hemisphere sides would fail to be impressed by the standard of this competition this year.

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posted Mar 23, 2009

if you just want running beauty, dux, i suggest you watch either football or the panto that is super 14. ireland won the munster way...squeezing the life out of the other teams. they deserved to win all the games they played and that's why they deserve the GS. last year, everyone watched the "beauty v the beast" HC final. munster beat toulouse by keeping the ball at the breakdown. not pretty but, guess what, that deserved to win that game!

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posted Mar 23, 2009

As a passionate Welsh supporter, WELL DONE IRELAND! Lets be honest, win by 13 points and we would have won the championship, win by less and we would have had the triple crown ? That's not the way to finish a truly fascinating 6 nations competition. Ireland finished it in style, outscoring Wales by 2 tries to 0, and playing the sort of high intensity rugby that I didn't think they were capable of (having watched Wales v England and France v Wales). Who can deny them that after 61 years. The romanticism fully belongs to them. Lets be honest, when Wales won the grand slam in 2005-6, the last thing we expected was to win it again 2 years later. For Ireland now, it will mark a new chapter, the book was written by England many years ago as the flagship of Northern Hemisphere Rugby - 3 world cup finals and 1 World Cup- you can't argue with that.Every team has had positives out of this year's championship - England ending up 2nd - outscoring Wales by 2 tries to one with 14 players on the field in each scoring situation, Scotland continue to show improvement and have loads of talent, but just can't maintain it for 80 minutes, France continue to be the team that the only team to beat France will be themselves - but what a performance against Wales, and then England against France was England's resurrection. They need to get back up to the top ratings where they have been for so many years and I think they are on an upward curve. Even Italy show glimpses of improvement ( yes, I know, particularly against Wales), it's about time they had a decent backs coach. As for Wales, who do we think we are, making 10 changes for the Italy game, too much pressure on the 10 changes and no continuity, we need to learn from our mistakes and take it on the chin, and unless we do that, we will never move on

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posted Mar 23, 2009

Duxbuc

How can you say that Wales are the better side, they finished 4th and they wouldn't have beaten England if it wasn't for the ref.

Ireland deserved to win the GS and it is nice to see both England and France in the top half of the table.

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posted Mar 23, 2009

Ireland dogged out some gritty games. But they would still get smashed against the SH giants! Tri Nations is a different league as the autumn showed us. Just wait until this autumn , Ireland will get creamed by NZ ans SA. They may squeak the aussies, who are weaker in the set piece.

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posted Mar 24, 2009

Congratulations to Ireland. It's just a pity that England were refereed out of the contest in the Wales and Ireland games.
Ireland and Wales will probably have the 'lions share' of Lions places. But England are stll the best northern hemisphere bet for the next world cup.

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