Irish doctor with too many thoughts, too little time and a blog that's supposed to check in on reality.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Rugby win

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!! We won!!!!! :-)) Let joy be unconfined! We played much better last year, and we still have a lot of room for improvement, but winning against the world champions by 6 points when you are playing way below your best is no mean achievement. Admittedly, this is an average English team, but they far from being as poor as the first two teams we have played in the championship, and they were really hungry for a win. They now have no wins out of three, a poor return.

England have a strong pack, which had the upper hand in the tight for most of the afternoon, and they seemed to have most of the sustained pressure. But this Irish team seems to have mastered the art of getting crucial scores at the right time. O'Driscoll again showed why he is the best centre on the planet, scoring the vital try in the middle of the second half.

O'Gara's place kicking seemed to let him down in the second half, and his open play seemed to dip at times. overall though, he had a better game than his opponent, Charlie Hodgson, who didn't really impose himself on the game. Still, the English forwards kept piling the pressure on, and it was a nailbiting finish. For the English, to lose 3 matches like this in a row must be absolutely heartbreaking. (All together Ahhhh)

For Ireland, the next test is the French, who will be looking to salvage their season after a loss to resurgant Wales. Another tough game. But confidence in the Irish camp after that game will be sky high. The only question is: Can my heart take another 80 minutes like that?


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