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Fifty Shades of Beige – A 6 Nations Reprise Part 1

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Prior to the earth-shattering drama in Cardiff on Saturday evening there had been no real media hysteria about a 6 Nations tournament which had produced little out of the ordinary. That was until England turned up at the Millenium Stadium with the tournament virtually in the bag and the whole of the Welsh nation stood and laughed in their faces.

For Wales, who began the defence of their title so awfully with 40 minutes of clueless rugby against the Irish, this was not only their biggest win against the English but a performance of World Class stature. It is such a pity that when the big three from the Southern Hemisphere face up to them, Wales go back into their shells and bottle it.

England may have lost 30-3 and are still clearly hurting badly after seeing first a Grand Slam and then a 6 Nations Crown snatched from their grasp in a breathtaking game in the Welsh capital. The sheer intensity of the game coupled with an almost manic fervour  spilling over from the crowd in the packed arena made this Test Match Rugby at its best. Stuart Lancaster`s England will learn and they will come again.

I don`t buy the notion in certain media reports that Referee Steve Walsh had a big part to play in the demolition of England`s front row because he is somehow “anti-English”. The scrum is a mess period, the IRB really must act to let everyone involved where they stand again at the set piece, and the Welsh front row tore England to pieces. It doesn`t matter that Graham Rowntree has argued that his forwards had the better technique because the Welsh front five tuned in very quickly to what Walsh wanted and what they could get away with. New Zealand are brilliant at that. England need to watch them.

And was anything Walsh decided upon at scrum time any worse than what we see week-in week-out in club games up and down the country? If anyone truly thinks Steve Walsh was so badly wrong in his handling of the game then get out and watch more of it. I`m no fan of this particular whistler but it is the system which needs fixing by the IRB, not one man.

Wales will now move on having blooded some new faces during this 6 Nations and re-affirmed their claim for a big share of the British Lions touring party. England will reflect and those not going to Australia with the Lions can look forward to a gruelling tour to Argentina. Stuart Lancaster is building a squad to win the 2015 World Cup. It was simply just not their time for glory when they went down the M4 to Cardiff on March 16th 2013.

 

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  1. March 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Well balanced assessment of Saturday’s drama in Cardiff

  1. March 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

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