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Six Nations decider

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posted Mar 15, 2008

and the french?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

you forgot the french!

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Irrelevant. The Six Nations has become a warm up for the World Cup in 3 years. Everyone should be experimenting more. Good luck to Wales if they win this, but they had better to be well when it counts next time, in the World Cup, rather than this B team league equivalent.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

You're right, you're right, I did ever so briefly forget the French but they're there now. And tres bienvenue indeed.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

little bit of time to change the french there then Rob?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

As an England supporter I would just like to wish the Welsh good luck in beating the French and winning the 6 Nations outright. They have played with conviction, determination, skill and pride and deserve to be Champions ! Great to see this historic Rugby Nation back on it's feet and leading the way. As a true Rugby fan it is the game that most important and I will be watching Wales later and cheering them on so again good luck and even now well done !

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posted Mar 15, 2008

by stevenhull35 (U10747618)
posted 6 Minutes Ago

Irrelevant. The Six Nations has become a warm up for the World Cup in 3 years. Everyone should be experimenting more. Good luck to Wales if they win this, but they had better to be well when it counts next time, in the World Cup, rather than this B team league equivalent.


But one of the sides that won the WC is not doing very well in this B league as you call it,so it looks like its easier getting into a WC final now and again than winning the 6n.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

What do you think the results will be today Tom?
Do you think Wales will complete the Grand Slam?

Who is going to be under more pressure come the full time whistle after England v Ireland?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

SOrry, i meant Rob. For some reason i was thinking of Tom Fordyce doh

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comment by hawick (U3319534)

posted Mar 15, 2008

Good luck to Wales, although I'm not sure they are what I'd call a true, convincing Grand Slam side. Hope they win though.

England v Ireland I want to see a high scoring game as neither side has a lot to lose now (expect their coaches lol).

And I want to see Scotland throw the ball around today, it's fine playing a limited game when a win was needed which was more than enough to take care of England, but now we have the chance to expand on our game.

Italy will be out for revenge as they probably should have beaten us in the World Cup group match, so it won't be easy (as England found over there).

Those who say this is a warm up for the next World Cup are English I note. Then tell me why they haven't experimented? Only the French have done that.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Does it matter who gets the wooden spoon really, i dont care who gets it as long as they play well. England have had one game so far where they played like they can do, and that was against France, the rest have been poor. As for Wilko getting the blame, he did play rubbish last week and Ashton should have had him off after ten minutes, so its his fault, anyone could see it was a poor Wilko. Good luck to Wales, i hope they do it and in style too.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Dawson is right, England not playing well, were used to that now. Its the fact they refuse outright to admit there playing poorly and it's always someone elses fault.
I wish Brian Ashton all the best for the future because regardless of todays result i will be very surprised if he is in charge for the next game.
All the best to Wales today aswell, living in Cardiff i just want a party atmosphere in town tonight.

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comment by matt (U10908550)

posted Mar 15, 2008

As an england fan their inconsistency has been disappointing but on the whole i think the tournament has been very entertaining. Certainly very competitive, results very difficult to predict, which is a good thing IMO.

I actually wouldnt begrudge the Welsh the grand slam, they have played with passion and skill. The French have been adventourous with selection and look to have a promising squad for the future. Ireland have been inconsistent also but have some quality players and are perhaps in need of some fresh management. England have shown glimpses of quality and undoubtedly have a pool of players to build a winning side, just remains to be seen whether Ashton is the man to do this.

Scotland had been disappointing up until the england match they need to build on a solid world cup performance and have a better 6 nations next year. Italy are improving all the time and for me, its important to have 6 teams capable of winning tests in the tournament.

I just hope that the teams performing well, this year Wales, can show the SH teams what they're all about come the summer tours and autumn tests and ultimatly the world cup in 2011.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Between Italy/Scotland and England/Ireland I'm not sure who'll win, and I'm not particularly fussed who does win doh. England and Ireland seem to be as clueless as each other, but I have a feeling Ireland will manage to win by a margin of 2 or 3 points - O'Gara's experience, a better backrow. Who knows, maybe our lone change at flyhalf will see Danny reignite the backs (didn't he get taught a lesson against Munster?), and the whole squad will have a point to prove after last week against Scotland.

Will O'Sullivan or Ashton get the sack if they lose? In fairness they both should be regardless doh.

And good luck Wales in winning the slam ok. I don't doubt you can beat the French and you deserve to win it (as much as I hate to say it laugh).


PS. Does anybody else reckon that the last round of 6N matches should be played at the same time? For some reason I was under the impression that they were.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

My Guess for Tom Fordyce is that he's only been checking the weather since breakfast. Its been more than soggy for days my friend.

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comment by hawick (U3319534)

posted Mar 15, 2008

Jimmy No, I understand what you are saying but the chance to see all three matches is how it should be. As it happens the matches are 6v5 4v3 and 1v2. Did someone know something at the start of the season!

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Well i for one as an Englishman, hawick do not think this is a warm up for a world cup, how can it be, in three years none of the people playing now might be still playing, injury etc, to try and build a team this far away would be in my mind silly. Lets concentrate on playing what is a wonderful tournement. Its been great to see the advances Italy have made since their debut. Like to see Portugal come into it after the way they played in the wc.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Hey Jimmy 2008, I think the main reason ireland have been clueless is the fact you miss Stringer, the man never hesitates like his replacement who seems to need to look around for five minutes while he thinks where to put the ball. stringer for me is always great to watch, i shall miss, B, OD today and i think Ireland will too, Having said that unless England have enthusiasm for breakfast they couldnt beat a boys club just now. I dearly want England to win, i just wish my mind was as soft as my heart lol

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posted Mar 15, 2008

As an England supporter I don't mind who wins, but just hope France turn up with a good performance. Don't forget Wales only won against England and Ireland by small margins - remember Sackey's disallowed try?
Wilkinson was not the only poor performer against Scotland. The whole team lost direction - leadership and coaching have to be at fault. Also, England's constant tactic seems to be to try to get away with foul play. Avoidable penalties upset a lot of their advantages, disrupted their play and gave points away. Wilkinson, although not a play-maker any more, is still one of the best defensive players - fullback perhaps?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

am in dublin for st paddys weekend and settling in for a beer filled afternoon with an aussie and a welsh lass. They are refusing to support england with me. Not seen any other english shirts yet but the pubs are filling up fast! Come on the boys!

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posted Mar 15, 2008

My money is on the Italians opening up the scoring with a drop goal

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comment by hawick (U3319534)

posted Mar 15, 2008

What is it about Scotland and conceding interceptions against italy, a year ago we conceded three tries in the first ten minutes! sadface

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posted Mar 15, 2008

I think this has been one of the best Six Nations I've seen (even though I'm English!). Lots of surprises, starting with Wales beating England - unfortunately I was there. I hope Wales win it, they've been excellent and the Gallic flair will cause the French to make too many mistakes (again).

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Haha, this is like kids rugby. Brilliant!

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Scotland seem to be copying Englands style of play, collapse if the opposition attack, come on Scotland play your own game, lets have an away win

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comment by hawick (U3319534)

posted Mar 15, 2008

Dan Bleeping Parks!! Waste of space.

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comment by matt (U10908550)

posted Mar 15, 2008

have scotland scored a try in this 6 nations?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Cant knock that penalty try, they deserve that

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posted Mar 15, 2008

The sooner the Italians move Marcato to fly-half the better. That kid has talent and Masi looks lost.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Very poor quality game, Parks is having a nighmare!!!

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comment by matt (U10908550)

posted Mar 15, 2008

they have now anyway

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posted Mar 15, 2008

More action in twenty minutes than the whole of last weeks Scotland v England.

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comment by hawick (U3319534)

posted Mar 15, 2008

Much better; nice to see quick passing and faster ball. Promising, perhaps we have weathered the storm?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

i think england will bounce back with a win today against us,
good luck wales hope you win it you deserve it

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posted Mar 15, 2008

I'd fancy givin it a better go than Parks myself.. Absolutely dreadful..

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posted Mar 15, 2008

I'm watching this game and i'm thinking where is the skill, vision, pace, awareness. This is just 30 mens running round like headless chickens booting the ball into touch, what an awful game.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Beautiful try

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Dan Parks looks like the sort who would make a good Robin Hood if another Sherwood movie was shot.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

O and i forgot to say... Henderson's pathetic attempt at a finish... Dont even start me..

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comment by hawick (U3319534)

posted Mar 15, 2008

Much better last ten minutes from us. Bit of control, but again we don't turn pressure into points and back to 10-10.

However Italy are there for the taking and good to see us playing some 'rugby' today.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Is nigel owens a wannabe italian?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Wow! Champagne..., erm no sorry, Asti Rugby from the Italians!

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comment by hawick (U3319534)

posted Mar 15, 2008

Great to see a Mike Blair try, if any Scot deserves it this season it is the nugget!

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posted Mar 15, 2008

If you think this is bad wait till you get the indecisive Irish play the useless no guts England, then we should see real rubbish lol

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posted Mar 15, 2008

cracking game!

everytime i leave the room and the tv for the matter scotland score a try or make a huge advance up the field! its quite annoying

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Still way too many handling errors for a dry pitch, dry day. But brilliant tries from scotland

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Hi Hawick, Snooker , Golf and cricket are my things but just wanted to say hello as you were here.
Norway is fine, and there?

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Non England supporter here but I think Ashton is a goner after today's match, win lose or draw

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posted Mar 15, 2008

That interview with Brian Ashton (was just on at half time in the scot v italy game)is one of the most disrespectful and disgusting confrontational pieces of journalism I have ever seen. This guy got us to the world cup final a few months ago. Show some respect and remember that he is a fellow human being not a doormat.

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posted Mar 15, 2008

Its hard to imagine but if Wales beat France by 12 or 13 points and England beat Ireland by 14 or 15 points, England could end up 2nd???????

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