Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ireland vs Scotland highlights

Ireland vs Scotland highlights

As the Times Online said yesterday, Ireland are a team who are slowly but surely rediscovering their heart, soul and identity.

Their defeat of Scotland, while not perfect, was a sign that things are starting to fall into place, with the old and young intermingling to create glimpses of the brilliance that we've come to know and expect from names like O'Gara, Murphy, and O'Driscoll.

Ronan O'Gara himself was sublime, with his display of subtle crosskicking and pinpoint distribution that made him look the class flyhalf that we all know he is. Not to mention THAT flick pass which set up an excellent counter attacking try for Tommy Bowe.

Scotland themselves still have a long way to do. While competitive at times, they still lack the edge needed at this level, which shows in that they've only scored two tries in six internationals. Nathan Hines blew a great chance on the line by lashing out with an outrageous punch that didn't connect with anyone, but was penalised nevertheless and ruined that attacking opportunity.

Next up, Ireland meet Wales in a mouthwatering encounter at Croke Park, while the Scots host a rejuvenated England team that will no doubt be looking to continue their good run after beating France in Paris on Saturday.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 8:01 am | View Comments (13)

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Joe February 26, 2008 9:41 am

Scotland are awful, sometimes peaking at mediocre, but generally awful. My guess is that Italy will be ahead of them in the table for at least 3 out of the next 5 years.

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Anonymous February 26, 2008 1:15 pm

Any chance of getting some of BOD's, Trimble's and Heaslip's tackles from that game up ? Or the Hines incident ? Thank you ! Ireland did well considering they'd very little possession but they'll need to improve on this if they want to beat Wales and England.Third Centre

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Don February 26, 2008 1:36 pm

Come on!!!...Scotland is just awful like Joe said..LORD.

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Cheyanqu February 26, 2008 2:42 pm

How do we really compare SCO and ITA?While Italian rugby is growing up, Scottish rugby is like an old incontinent man, happy to sit on the couch, and move around only to hit the bathroom.Thoroughly frustrating to watch both teams. However, at least with Italy:- my expectations are lower- they have some inspired front row play- Parisse is such a great player to watch- Watching Chris Patterson kick penalties gets old.

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Anonymous February 26, 2008 3:10 pm

Brilliant rugby!Something similar to the Springboks last year 2007, in that they force the errors, turn the ball over, and score points.Well done Ireland, good game.I put my money on Ireland for next weekend against Wales.Martin

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geraint February 26, 2008 3:18 pm

Missed this game unfortunately but ireland scored some class tries and look very good now. Ireland v Wales will be a cracker.

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sebastian February 26, 2008 7:30 pm

mr. o'gara showed us some great skill in this game

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Anonymous February 26, 2008 9:05 pm

Tempers seemed to be running high on Scotland's side and there was some pretty clear instances of raking/throwing punches in the ruck...nothing major though, unless you count Hines' temper reversing a potential try-scoring opportunity in Scotland's favor.Webster seemed to have a pretty good game, though.

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G-unit February 27, 2008 2:29 am

good work! hmmm i'm going to back wales to beat ireland... will be close! won't be disappointed either way...

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BOD rules February 27, 2008 8:09 pm

I only watched the second half but it looks pretty good after Irelands dreadful world cup performance I think Ireland have a good chance of winning but I wouldnt care if England won the tournament I would just like to see ireland get back on their game. they will beat the welsh

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DK March 01, 2008 12:51 am

I was sitting there in the schoolboy stand surrounded by screaming fans, Ireland really did put on a great performance which has been a rare feat in the last few months

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benjief1 August 22, 2008 11:41 pm

Ireland lost to Wales and England, though Wales was a closie. But Scotland, well, they're just dead boring to watch. What's happened to them since the World Cup?

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Anonymous May 19, 2009 8:33 pm

Why don't you go play rugby and get decked a couple times then you can diss sotland and what ever other teams you don't like. But any team who can survive crazy hits deservse some respect. Don't ya think?

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