After the nightmare in Paris, Ireland is almost back on track. A triple crown is the obvious goal but we still should not give up on the Six Nations trophy even though France firmly have one hand on it.
Nothing beats the excitement and thrill of a win in Twickenham. Even in wet conditions Ireland got the tactics right. Unfortunately after a flying start Ireland were unable to build a meaningful lead however thanks to a wall of green neither were England.
Once again Ireland’s line-out was working like a well oiled machine, the scrum still looks a bit rough around the edges but the forwards made up for it at the breakdowns.
O’Gara’s substitution was well timed, experience was the key in the last 10 minutes especially with the loss of O’Driscoll. The kick to the corner which led to Tommy Bowe’s magnificent try was exactly what was needed. I hope that this game has given Ireland the confidence to reach full capacity in the last two games.
Lets not forget the quite man of the moment John Hayes winning his 100th cap, a truly remarkable achievement for any player never mind a prop-forward.