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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby blockhead » March 17th, 2018, 9:17 pm

I think thats 31 points we've scored while the clock was in the red in this 6Ns. Some going.
That was some performance today considering the stakes. Brave and intelligent. I don't think anyone had a bad game.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby Oldschool » March 17th, 2018, 9:23 pm

So coach Joe and his merry men have a few more firsts to achieve.
A series win in the SH.
A back to back GS.
A RWC semi final.
A RWC final.
A RWC win.
An unbeaten run in a calender year.
A ranking of 1st.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby A16 » March 17th, 2018, 9:37 pm

I think the most incredible thing about that performance was just the unrelenting excellence every player on the pitch delivered today. I genuinely can’t think of a player who didn’t perform to a very high standard today, it was a really complete performance. Kearney was man of the match for me. He played like his 2012 days, absolutely immense. Furlong, Murray and Ryan were also exceptional, along with so many others. Great finish to a great campaign.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby Ruckedtobits » March 17th, 2018, 11:36 pm

A16 wrote:I think the most incredible thing about that performance was just the unrelenting excellence every player on the pitch delivered today. I genuinely can’t think of a player who didn’t perform to a very high standard today, it was a really complete performance. Kearney was man of the match for me. He played like his 2012 days, absolutely immense. Furlong, Murray and Ryan were also exceptional, along with so many others. Great finish to a great campaign.


+1.
Everything that I thought was possible but was wary of predicting.

Many on this team are still playing just with discipline and competence. When they truly absorb what they have achieved, they will graduate to confidence. At the moment, only Rob, Earlsy, J10, Murray, Best, Cian and PO'M are playing truly with confidence, i.e. not having to remember their lines. There will be a time soon when the other 15, and probably another 10, will be playing that sort of rugby by instinct and adding to it from their incredible repetoire of skills.

The "Kilkenny Effect" of internal competition is going to drive the performance levels in this Squad to stratospheric levels in the next 18 months / two seasons because of our strength in depth. Let's sit back and enjoy.

And yes, thanks to Joe, all his coaches, analysts & staff and, of course, to our wonderful Squad. Enjoy every moment. You brought us great joy and immense pride in your performances and victory. You deserve every accolade that comes your way.
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England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby A16 » March 17th, 2018, 11:59 pm

A16 wrote:I think the most incredible thing about that performance was just the unrelenting excellence every player on the pitch delivered today. I genuinely can’t think of a player who didn’t perform to a very high standard, it was a really complete performance. Kearney was man of the match for me. He played like his 2012 days, absolutely immense. Furlong, Murray and Ryan were also exceptional, along with so many others. Great finish to a great campaign.


Didn’t mean to quote that, ignore this post.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby SaS » March 18th, 2018, 1:16 am

sunshiner1 wrote:Superb management during POM's ten mins and then the third try. This team has the brains and the talent to win this!

Agree with that, throughout all the games the one thing that stands out is the fact that we play each half until the ref actually blows the whistle to signal the end - Sexton against France, Aki and Stockdale against Wales, Stockdale against Scotland and Stockdale against England. The 40 minutes isn't over till the ref blows the whistle...
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby neilinboston » March 18th, 2018, 1:19 am

Anybody else feel like this might be an Irish equivalent of Leinster joe in 2011? Great year but team and joe know there’s more to come.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby Dundalk 1 » March 18th, 2018, 1:46 am

Unbelievable performance
England don’t do losing at Twickenham and in the end the score line flattered them
Was watching at the tunnel after the match and the broadest smile was on Andy Farrell’s face
Vindication for him on the stage of his fall from grace
Well done Andy
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby Oldschool » March 18th, 2018, 1:51 am

neilinboston wrote:Anybody else feel like this might be an Irish equivalent of Leinster joe in 2011? Great year but team and joe know there’s more to come.

+1 especially given the age profile of the squad.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby outcast eddie » March 18th, 2018, 2:16 am

Stuart Lancaster coaches 14 of those players. Revenge?
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby brotheroffrank » March 18th, 2018, 9:09 am

At the start of the 6 Nations if you had thought the finishing backline would be :
Murray
Carbery
Ringrose
Larmour
Stockdale
Marmion
Kearney

would you be thinking. .."Grand Slam" ?
Great performance by the entire squad......
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby Ruckedtobits » March 18th, 2018, 10:53 am

Ireland 2018 join France 1981 as the only two teams to win Grand Slams at Twickenham at the first time of asking. That French team are still household names in French rugby. This Irish Squad deserve the same reverence.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby TerenureJim » March 18th, 2018, 11:21 am

brotheroffrank wrote:At the start of the 6 Nations if you had thought the finishing backline would be :
Murray
Carbery
Ringrose
Larmour
Stockdale
Marmion
Kearney

would you be thinking. .."Grand Slam" ?
Great performance by the entire squad......


And factor inexperienced players will h super low cap numbers like Aki, J Ryan, Porter, Leavy, Farrell all playing at levels like they had 30-50 caps it's unreal how far this squad can go
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby cormac » March 18th, 2018, 12:03 pm

I could watch the break for the second try endlessly on a loop. Oh here comes Sexton running on a loop, quelle surpr....oh fuck, it's a fakeout. BOOOOOOM! Lovely supporting line from CJ too. Reminiscent of Jamie in his pomp.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby TerenureJim » March 18th, 2018, 12:20 pm

cormac wrote:I could watch the break for the second try endlessly on a loop. Oh here comes Sexton running on a loop, quelle surpr....oh fuck, it's a fakeout. BOOOOOOM! Lovely supporting line from CJ too. Reminiscent of Jamie in his pomp.


Just watched it back looks like all Anthony Watson has to do to stop the Stander try is stand in front of the post but he does nothing.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » March 18th, 2018, 1:08 pm

brotheroffrank wrote:At the start of the 6 Nations if you had thought the finishing backline would be :
Murray
Carbery
Ringrose
Larmour
Stockdale
Marmion
Kearney

would you be thinking. .."Grand Slam" ?
Great performance by the entire squad......


Was going to mention this too, incredible that the players are so well drilled and have such confidence that they can do that.

I know they scored three tries but it just felt like we were in complete control and could score if we needed to. Brilliant performance and can't wait to see this team play more over the next couple of years.

The impact of the young guys has been unbelievable. They haven't just come in and done the basics, they've really added a huge amount. Some of the older guys have had great tournaments as well. POM and Rob get a lot of criticism and they did have some poorer moments earlier in the tournament, but overall they were brilliant and particularly yesterday. That was Rob's best game since Chicago IMO.

Leavy has gone to another level in recent months too. When you think of when he first started delivering on his potential for Leinster it was all about turnovers and good carrying out wide. Not sure he did any of that yesterday but his impact with his close in carrying, his defence, and his handling in tight spaces was top class. He's got the lot and it's great to see him fit and delivering on it. Must be hard for Josh to have been watching that but hope his recovery is going well and that he'll be back stronger. Delighted for Jordi too, he took his brief chances really well and I think I'd start him against Saracens now.

Murray Kinsella tweeted about Furlong earlier. He had 18 tackles and his carrying was immense. He's a joy to watch and we're lucky to be able to do so.

It would take too long to praise everyone but there are so many people who deserve to be lauded. A great day and they've given us so many already.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby dropkick » March 18th, 2018, 1:33 pm

Ruckedtobits wrote:
A16 wrote:I think the most incredible thing about that performance was just the unrelenting excellence every player on the pitch delivered today. I genuinely can’t think of a player who didn’t perform to a very high standard today, it was a really complete performance. Kearney was man of the match for me. He played like his 2012 days, absolutely immense. Furlong, Murray and Ryan were also exceptional, along with so many others. Great finish to a great campaign.


+1.
Everything that I thought was possible but was wary of predicting.

Many on this team are still playing just with discipline and competence. When they truly absorb what they have achieved, they will graduate to confidence. At the moment, only Rob, Earlsy, J10, Murray, Best, Cian and PO'M are playing truly with confidence, i.e. not having to remember their lines. There will be a time soon when the other 15, and probably another 10, will be playing that sort of rugby by instinct and adding to it from their incredible repetoire of skills.

The "Kilkenny Effect" of internal competition is going to drive the performance levels in this Squad to stratospheric levels in the next 18 months / two seasons because of our strength in depth. Let's sit back and enjoy.

And yes, thanks to Joe, all his coaches, analysts & staff and, of course, to our wonderful Squad. Enjoy every moment. You brought us great joy and immense pride in your performances and victory. You deserve every accolade that comes your way.



Kilkenny is a good comparison and goes to show the hidden benefits of having a big squad of players. Not only do they drive each other on but there's also the opportunity to rotate a player when he isn't 100%. It makes a huge difference when you're dealing in 1% margins in international rugby.


A great thing about yesterday was all the young lads now know what it's like to win in Twickenham and win the grand slam at the same time. Thats massive for their development. When the pressure came on they delivered and that's something that let previous Irish teams down.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby simonokeeffe » March 18th, 2018, 1:48 pm

After giving his medal to a kid with Down's Syndrome after the game I will find it very hard to make fun of POMs angry face or elite pointing ever again
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby FLIP » March 18th, 2018, 1:55 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:After giving his medal to a kid with Down's Syndrome after the game I will find it very hard to make fun of POMs angry face or elite pointing ever again


I've been his biggest critic but he really upped his game this Six nations.
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Re: England v 6 Nations Champions 2018 Twickenham March 17

Postby simonokeeffe » March 18th, 2018, 1:58 pm

FLIP wrote:
simonokeeffe wrote:After giving his medal to a kid with Down's Syndrome after the game I will find it very hard to make fun of POMs angry face or elite pointing ever again


I've been his biggest critic but he really upped his game this Six nations.


Hes the new Jordi Murphy :)
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