468. From The Pub: Match #39

Ireland 24 – 9 France

Ah, and doesn’t that warm the heart and all?

The way to watch that match, as I did, was at a pub surrounded by nervous and then delirious Irish folk. And aren’t we all Irish this morning?

Dominant: 70% possession and 70% territory. And smart: good decisions all night long. And skilful: especially in the cleanouts, which were accurate and lethal. Kearney at fullback, and Murray at halfback, were outstanding. Madigan, who came on for Sexton at 26 minutes, was sensationally composed.

Raise a glass or five to coach Joe Schmidt, who has drilled the skills and nous into this team for the last few years. They deserve to believe after that performance.

That the French stayed in it up to the 70th minute, despite all that pressure, is testament to their character. They tackled and tackled and tackled, because they had to. They kicked three long range penalties, which is fair warning that we can’t give them a sniff of points, because they’ll bloody turn it into a feast.

Dial up the anxious. France. Cardiff. Quarter-final.

About Ned Davy

By hokey, the big fella’s tipped into his 50s. A rangy loose forward in his prime, good with the ball in hand, but rarely up with the play any more.
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8 Responses to 468. From The Pub: Match #39

  1. Gill says:

    ‘Dial up the anxious’ !!! It’s Monday, be kind !!

  2. Cpt. Tinarse says:

    I’m glad it’s the French, and at Cardiff, and another quarter final. It gives us an opportunity to put 2007 firmly in the past, where it belongs. I trust the lads to take that opportunity with both hands and put the aussies and Ireland on notice we are here to play and just starting to fire on all cylinders. As long as the referee is not Barnes. Please, not Barnes.

    Vive la difference.

  3. Cpt. Tinarse says:

    And yes Ned, I touched wood, spat, and turned around 3 times. I really did. Just for you mate.

  4. Erin says:

    I don’t think there’s much room left on the dial! 😉

  5. If France beat the All Blacks in Cardiff, they will be doing more than just winning. They will be showing consistency. And that would overturn 2000 years of Gallic history.

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