Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Grand Slam Tilt) Eng v Ire Saturday 14.45 TV3/ITV/Twickers

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Grand Slam Tilt) Eng v Ire Saturday 14.45 TV3/ITV/Twickers

    Best thread we will open before the Munster Bilbao Final one

    Fascinating game in store. Can England spoil our party like we did theirs 12 months ago

    Can 'the systemz' take the pressure off our lads and allow them to see it home?

    Can Eddie get his lads to grow under the pressure and realise they can reboot this week?
    I am the million man.

    #2
    Recovery is key for players I'd say , some have played every game and fatigue could play a part.
    Glad to see Murray and sexton taken off when job was done v Scotland.
    Hard to see any changes to the Irish 23 or first 15 for that matter so Jones will know what he has to beat. England at Twickenham are tough opponents and expect plenty of passion and union jacks flying. We have the ability to beat them though and I think the mental side of the game is a key advantage for us .
    Schmidt has them drilled to a t , everybody knows their job and I expect us to win it by margin of <10 points.

    Comment


      #3
      Lawes and Hughes definitely out for England. No word on whether Underhill or Hartley will be fit, yet.


      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

      Comment


        #4
        England's problems will take 18 months to fix, says Eddie Joneshttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2018/03/11/englands-six-nations-problems-will-take-world-cup-fix-says-eddie/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_iosshare_AqVWnj577zkr

        England supporters have been warned to expect 18 months of hurt after Eddie Jones claimed the problems that have been exposed by successive defeats by Scotland and France would not be fixed until next year’s World Cup in Japan.
        England’s 22-16 defeat by France in Paris on Saturday handed the NatWest Six Nations title a week before Joe Schmidt’s Grand Slam-chasing side arrive at Twickenham for the final round of matches.
        It is the first time since 2010 that England have lost two matches in the same championship and overall a third defeat in their last five Six Nations outings.

        On Monday, Ireland will move ahead of England in the World Rugby rankings to second place behind New Zealand, with Jones side dropping to third place.
        If Ireland go on to complete the Grand Slam on St Patrick’s Day, there is an outside chance that England could even finish in fifth place in the championship.

        You have to go back to 2006 for the last time England lost three games in the same Six Nations.
        Jones, who guided England to successive Six Nations titles in his first two years in charge, admitted that he will now be forced to change strategy and personnel to solve the problems that have arisen this season, particularly in his side’s failure to cope at the breakdown.
        The first set of changes was forced on him on Sunday night when he called up Don Armand, the in-form Exeter Chiefs back row, after Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes were ruled out of the final game with knee injuries. The pair were due to undergo scans on Monday.
        England conceded a total of 16 penalties, including a penalty try, against a France that had previously only beaten Italy in the last 11 months.

        “The game is changing at the moment which will enforce some selection change. If you don’t have power, it’s very hard to get momentum,” said Jones before announcing his squad on Sunday night.
        “I’m worried about the breakdown, we’ve got to sort the breakdown out and find ways of getting quick ball.
        “We are not adapting to the referee’s interpretation at the ruck as well as we should. They are painful lessons at the moment.
        “It’s a problem we’ve got to fix. It’s a sizeable but fixable problem. We can address it and keep getting better at it, but the reality is that we probably won’t get better at it until the World Cup.
        “We just have to assess where we go with the team, the game has changed and we’re not necessarily well equipped to handle it so we’ve got to find different ways of how we’re going to handle it.
        “I just think our players are used to playing a certain way and we’re finding it hard to change their habits, and again that’s our responsibility and my coaching is not good enough.

        “Sometimes you need to get the lesson before you learn – and this will be a valuable lesson for us.
        “If the game continues to be refereed like this then the World Cup is going to be very contestable at the breakdown. I haven’t got an issue with how it is being refereed. If that’s how they want to do it then we’ve got to adapt to that.”
        Ireland win earn the Irish Rugby Football Union a tournament bonus of over £5million if they complete the Grand Slam in a game that England supporters have had to pay up to £161 per ticket.
        Jonny May, the England wing, admitted that Jones’ side had to deliver a big performance to Twickenham crowd.
        “We do owe the country,” said May. “People support us and we have an opportunity when we wear that shirt to inspire them and it hasn't been good enough in the last couple of weeks.
        “We will be more focused on showing pride. It is not a case of stopping them. We haven't shown what we can do in the last couple of weeks so we want to play the way we know we can.”

        James Haskell, who could force his way into the starting back row after an impactful cameo from the bench as England, with Nathan Hughes expected to be ruled out of Saturday’s game after being forced off with a knee injury.
        Haskell said the match against Ireland would now represent the toughest test of Jones’s tenure.

        “This is the test of this team,” said Haskell. “I've been here before, probably in more difficult circumstances. We have to go away to work on it.
        “It's very disappointing because we wanted to win the title three years in a row but we haven't done that. We've had two losses back to back, which is something this team hasn't experience before. It's important to keep our heads and keep our confidence, but understand that there's work that needs to be done.”
        Jones will await a further medical update on Dylan Hartley, who is expected to return to captain the side having missed the Paris match with a calf injury.
        His deputy Jamie George made the most tackles (18) in the England side but failed to make a impact in the loose, with Jones describing his performance as “workmanlike”.

        Despite Jones’s desire to bring more power to his line-up, Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi was not recalled.
        “I just don’t think he’s ready at the moment, he’s off the pace and he just needs consistent rugby, but certainly he’s the sort of guy that suits the sort of rugby that’s being played at the moment,” Jones added. “You saw the effect that [Mathieu] Bastareaud had.”

        Brown (Harlequins), Care (Harlequins), Daly (Wasps), Earle (Saracens), Farrell (Saracens), Ford (Leicester Tigers), Joseph (Bath Rugby), Lozowski (Saracens), May (Leicester), Slade (Exeter), Smith (Harlequins)*, Solomona (Sale), Te’o (Worcester), Watson (Bath), Wigglesworth (Saracens)
        Armand (Exeter), Cole (Leicester), Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Ewels (Bath), George (Saracens), Hartley (Northampton), Haskell (Wasps), Hepburn (Exeter), Isiekwe (Saracens), Itoje (Saracens), Kruis (Saracens), Launchbury (Wasps), Marler (Harlequins), Robshaw (Harlequins), Simmonds (Exeter), Sinckler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).



        Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

        Comment


          #5
          Ireland 1 point favourites with the layers.


          Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

          Comment


            #6
            When 32 year old Haskell is the answer to England's troubles we may have reason to hope to dream the dream.

            Bring it on.

            Comment


              #7
              Imagine a win in Twickers, a welsh win, and naturally a scottish win... The table could be at the end: 1/Ireland, 2/Wales, 3/ Scotland, 4/ Pound, 5/Megabucks, 6/Italy... Hohoho... And if the QF to Bilbao go off as expected for Leinster, Scarlets and Munster... Could be a memorable season for Pro14/Celtic league...
              "To be energetic and self-sufficing is to be happy; but while one desire remains in the heart happiness may not come there. For to desire is to be incomplete: it is the badge of dependence, the signal of unhappiness, and to be freed from that is to be freed from every fetter that can possibly be forged." (James Stephens, Deirdre)

              Comment


                #8
                The question for Eddie is now, what's more important? Winning against Ireland or blooding new and better players?
                Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

                Comment


                  #9
                  We any injuries after Saturday ourselves? Ringrose was apparently doing a bit of limping towards the end.

                  GWAN IRELAND!!
                  "The PRO12 is our domestic league, it's what you earn your bread and butter from; it's what pays the bills. We need to broaden our emphasis and get an understanding in Irish rugby that the domestic league from now on is most important and that's what qualifies you now for Europe.'' Garrett Fitzgerald, CEO Munster

                  Comment


                    #10
                    Could be a very messy day in the pubs. Think I'll stay in.
                    Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                    Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

                    Comment


                      #11
                      Going to this game. Hoping England won't get to rain on our parade and avenge last year . . . . . but I must say I can't help thinking they will.

                      Still, should be great.
                      Last edited by Corcíoch; 12th-March-2018, 13:24.

                      Comment


                        #12
                        I am available as emergency cover if anyone has a late ticket that needs a home

                        Comment


                          #13
                          It's been very satisfying to see a couple of improvements in our approach which I think were key for us getting to where we are. The main one was that we've showed more variation and ambition in attack - the try-scoring rate speaks for itself, both in comparison to previous tournaments and even as this tournament progressed - compare the France game to the Welsh one. Plus the use of the bench - I was glad to see key players like Murray & Sexton substituted rather than keeping them on the field once the main job was done, giving the back-up players some much-needed exposure to test-match intensity.

                          Defensively I'm not sure that we're quite there yet - we were guilty of conceding late scores against every one of France (which so very nearly cost us everything), Wales and Italy, while the scoreline against Scotland was certainly skewed by their failure to finish off attacking moves, most notably the horrible pass in front of Hogg when he had the line at his mercy. Our attack is in good shape, our penalty count is nice and low, our set-piece is generally working well and we're competitive at the breakdown, so I hope defence will be a "work-on" this week.
                          Tis but a scratch.

                          Comment


                            #14
                            This may be of interest to someone on the forum?

                            .A buddy of mine has two tickets in a corporate box for Ireland v England on 18th March. He paid €400 each, but he didn't realise when he bought them months ago that it was going to be the same day as his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place.
                            It's at the Registry Office, Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital on Lower Grand Canal St at 4.30pm. The bride's name is Bridget -- she's 5'8", about 9 stone (57 Kg), quite pretty, has her own income and is a really good cook.
                            Please support Milford Hospice. Click here to donate.

                            Comment


                              #15
                              A relaxed Ireland against a seriously under pressure coach and players wanting to hold on to their home record - gives us a bit of an edge in terms of the occasion/venue - on top of that we have better players - so we should win.

                              We have had our cake and eaten it by winning the Title - hopefully we also consume the cherry on the top and remove England's home record, but a Grand Slam (or triple crown) is a bit of leftover, like a Lions trip from pre pro days - it a nice to have, to round of the season.

                              4 titles in 9 years - fantastic achievement.
                              ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

                              Originally Posted by mr chips
                              AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X