Saturday, 10 September 2011

Early thoughts

OPENING CEREMONY - I have no idea what this was like thanks to lack of coverage in the ITV highlights package. Lots of tongues sticking out by all accounts.

ALL BLACKS - from highlights it looked comfortable enough. Offload city. Scrum looked a bit iffy though.

SCOTLAND & FRANCE - got away with it at the death and neither final score reflected the match overall. France look like a basket case (an accurate reflection of their coach?). And just how good were Japan in the second half?

ENGLAND - phew! In the first half I seriously thought that Bryce Lawrence's wife must have been having an affair with an Englishman! Ben Youngs made the difference, as did Matt Stevens and Le Hask was also excellent. As for the rest...

And what on earth happened to Jonny? If he doesn't make his kicks then what is the point of him exactly?


PACSFerret said...

Agree 'bout the ref in England game. Reminded me of 5 years ago when refs just automatically assumed they were going to hand out a yellow to an English player.

Unknown said...

Fair comment about Jonny's kicking - he'd most definitely left his kicking boots back in the changing rooms today although to his credit he did get the conversion to take us ahead after Young's try and the subsequent penalty so kicked the winning points. However again to his credit he did seem to be the first in on tackles a lot of the time when the flankers should have been doing that job - his work rate was as usual phenomenal and it seemed to me that Croft and Haskill were pretty inconspicuous for a lot of the game