Monday, 15 February 2016

Six Nations: Week 2 Verdict

Verdict on round 2 of the 2016 RBS Six Nations:

IRELAND – really should have beaten France. So many injuries now that I might declare myself available for the next match and I'm not Irish.

FRANCE – cynical, dirty and brutal enough to stay in the game until the bench rode to the rescue. How they are 2 wins from 2 is a mystery.

SCOTLAND – oh Scotland, so much better than last week but still no cigar. Lack of strength off the bench is hurting the team's chances.

WALES – more of the same from the Welsh until George North discovered that it was possible to run around a defender rather than through him.

ITALY – see last week's comment - brave, committed and impressive until the hour mark, then overrun.

ENGLAND - difficult to escape the conclusion that the team that finished the match v Italy was much stronger than the one that started it.

Team of round 2: 

15. Medard (Fr) 14. North (Wal) 13. Joseph (Eng) 12. Taylor (Sco) 11. Seymour (Sco) 10. Canna (Ita) 9. Care (Eng) 1. M.Vunipola (Eng) 2. Baldwin (Wal) 3. Slimani (Fra) 4. Kruis (Eng) 5. Charteris (Wal) 6. Stander (Ire) 7. Tipuric (Wal) 8. B.Vunipola (Eng).


BigJocktheLock said...

A fair assessment of Scotland once again TF. If you watched the whole game, which I presume you did, do you agree our dip in performance occurred around the same time that Vern Cotter made about 5 substitutions in as many minutes? He did it against England too. Surely if the team is performing well, leave them on the f8&ing pitch!!!

Total Flanker said...

Yep, you're right BigJock - it was all looking ok until the subs came trooping on. It was also something that Lancaster did with England - taking players off who were playing really well and killing the team's momentum.