Sunday, October 9, 2011

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Wales Win A Stunner

Wales 22, Ireland 10 in Wellington (World Cup, Quarter Final 1)

I managed another miss calculation, a bit like the Irish. Did they read the game wrong or did the Welsh just get it all right? I think the later more so. The Welsh played wonderful running rugby, dominated in the loose, held their defence and generally outplayed a disappointing Irish side.

After being in the crowd in the Ireland v Australia game and surrounded by Irish supporters my heart goes out to supporters in green. Your team just didn’t fire and were defeated by the better side.

Congratulations to Wales. Next weekend will see them play in a semi-final for the first time since 1987. And they deserve to be there. Gatland had faith in a young side, handed them the challenge to measure up and they did.

Commiserations to Ireland. A number of players will now retire after many years of great service to their side.

Ireland must bring new exciting players, much in the way Wales has done this season.

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