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    Thats what Ireland are now. The have a knack of finishing second even when they are in a good position. A weak mentality can only be the answer unfortunately

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      dk,


      That's insulting to Harrington; He has won a world championship.


      We've let the 6N slip from our fingers again this year. To have done it once (Croke Park) was unlucky; to do it twice (the madness at the end of today's game)smacks of carelessness (or worse).

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        Originally posted by dropkick
        Thats what Ireland are now. The have a knack of finishing second even when they are in a good position. A weak mentality can only be the answer unfortunately

        Not true - some bonehead play today in fairness but overall we relished the challenge of having to win by decent margin. Most posters here did not expect us to open up Italy like that. Mentally we've improved a lot. The answer to second best is mainly coz we're second most talented team. Can't believe that ref in the French game today...

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          #5
          Originally posted by Sin a bhfuil


          Originally posted by dropkick
          Thats what Ireland are now. The have a knack of finishing second even when they are in a good position. A weak mentality can only be the answer unfortunately

          Not true - some bonehead play today in fairness but overall we relished the challenge of having to win by decent margin. Most posters here did not expect us to open up Italy like that. Mentally we've improved a lot - you think so?. The answer to second best is mainly coz we're second most talented team - disagree, we have the most talented individuals, not the best team. Can't believe that ref in the French game today...


          Wahtever about the ref and awarding that try, we have to accept the decision. Isn't that just what rugby is?


          As regards winning - we just don't have the ruthlessness (or mentality if you wish). See below.....


          Mentally this team hasn't yet learned to think as winners. We lost the head in the dying minutes in Croke Park. We lost the head today as well at the end. We played some crazy stuff. Italy were there to be opened up, and we did that for a while. As soon as O'Driscoll departed we were rudderless - bad decision after wrong option. That try was coming, and Italy would have scored again had there been more time. Ireland were not playing as a team at the end. It wasn't exhaustion, it was mental weakness. That needs to be addressed, before we can move on and start winning things.


          The players are good enough, but we are not the finished article as a team. We saw it against France, we saw it in Scotland (altho we eked out a win in the end). We weren't great against (a poor) Wales, and we were a very mixed bunch today (pack was beaten, backs almost got us out of jail). We played very well against England - we have to set that standard every day.


          France deserved their 6N. Congrats to France.


          And well done Ireland, you did Ok, but the school report says you could do better.

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            More or less agree with the sentiments of not having a winning mentality, but, to put Horgan once again in the centre and reshuffle the whole threequarter line was a terrible choice. Maybe it's the coach doesn't have a winning mentality?

            As to Mike, what happened at the end happened. No more no less, just like end of French game.

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              Originally posted by mike11


              dk,


              That's insulting to Harrington; He has won a world championship.


              We've let the 6N slip from our fingers again this year. To have done it once (Croke Park) was unlucky; to do it twice (the madness at the end of today's game)smacks of carelessness (or worse).


              They both are always finishing second (Harrington is well known for this). The law of averages means that luck balances itself out over time so I can only think of a mental problem.

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                Ultimately, the French were the best side this year. Not by a huge
                margin, but still the best.

                What I find hard to take is how we've managed to win so many games
                over recent years without winning a championship. Apart from our
                dismal record against France, we've just not been clinical enough in our
                other games. [img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]
                Munster - Incessant Perfervidity
                "Ireland Will Choke" - Jeremy Guscott

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                  Originally posted by who?
                  Ultimately, the French were the best side this year. Not by a huge
                  margin, but still the best.

                  What I find hard to take is how we've managed to win so many games
                  over recent years without winning a championship. Apart from our
                  dismal record against France, we've just not been clinical enough in our
                  other games. [img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]

                  Yeah deffinatley! We need to go out to every single match like we are the best and bloodly well smash anyone that comes in our way! No matter if their Romania, England, Scotland, France or the AB's we need to go out play to our absolute best give their all and kill whoever they take on.
                  ANY MANS FINEST HOUR, HIS GREATEST FULFILMENT OF ALL HE HOLDS DEAR, IS THE MOMENT WHEN HE HAS WORKED HIS HEART OUT IN A GOOD CAUSE AND LIES EXHAUSTED ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE – VICTORIOUS.

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