Monday, February 26, 2007

Pounders after all

What can one say about the match at the weekend. Ireland were so superior to England it almost felt like we should have been more polite as hosts and sent over our medics to help patch them up and get them ready for the second half. Ireland tore them to pieces and left English players with puzzled and surprised looks on their faces for most of the game. Apart from a brief moment of concern at the start when England scored first there was only one team that was going to win. Maybe loosing to France was a good thing for the Irish team, character building or something. Hopefully the team can maintain that level of performance, the 6 Nations Championship may be out of our hands now but for the first time I thought they looked like a team that had a real shot at the World Cup later in the year.

Given the performance of England after all the build up to this match I couldn't help but think of a quote from Wellington at Waterloo. Facing Napoleon himself for the first time on the battlefield, Wellington was unimpressed with his opponents tactics and expressed his disappointment by saying "Damn the fellow, he is a mere pounder after all."

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