Close game. Might have been different without the sloppy intercept try. Wales have the talent, speed, bulk, with the exception of a decent 10 and tactics (Gatland). If the latter two were sorted prior to WC, I think they could be contender.
We are seeing a bit of the end of season European fatigue in this first performance from Ireland,that and a fair few younger players getting a run. I do think Schmitt will continue to experiment and give younger players some experience before World Cup, so result should be second to performance.. I do share the same concern as others about Luke Marshall. It almost seems like every match now. »
The French super 14 is packed with mercenaries and it's all about the money. National players don't get chance to play at highest level and the national game is suffering as a result. In saying that Saint Andre, is clueless on tactics. The Aussies still haven't got a good scrum and if they stepped up at breakdown they could of denied ball to the talented Aussie backs far more ball.