ljkeane Posted March 13, 2022 Author Share Posted March 13, 2022 Yeah, I've got to agree with Luke, I think Ireland will be somewhat disappointed with that. I expected them to win 15 on 15 so getting drawn into a scrappy game that was only helping England with basically a man advantage for the whole game wasn't ideal. Having said that they got the win and bonus point they needed in the end. The red card clearly was a red card under the current rules and I understand why it is with the authorities rightly worried about doing all they can to try and reduce concussions but it it pretty disappointing for the game as a spectacle. It obviously wasn't a malicious tackle, Ewels is a bit upright but I don't think it was horrific technique, he's just stopped paying complete attention for a split second because Ryan's passed the ball and there's an unfortunate collision. It feels a bit much for me for the game to be basically over as a contest for what is clearly an accident. Maybe there could be an intermediate punishment for non malicious incidents like this between 10 minute yellows and down to 14 for the rest of the match reds? They had 20 minute red cards in some of the Southern Hemisphere games trialed last year. From an England point of view they fought hard, which was good to see, but you can't take much more from it than that. The scrums did go well to be fair. I thought Genge up against Furlong was going to be a potential concern but he actually did really well. In the game on Friday night Wales didn't go down to 14 but they also did a really good job of drawing France into an arm wrestle that was to their advantage and managed to spend most of the game pinning France back. The problem for Wales was despite largely dictating the tempo of the game they never really looked like being able to open France up with ball in hand to take advantage. France will probably be fairly unhappy with how the game went but they managed to come away with the win. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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