UK news Peter Bills: Ireland had no answer to physically superior English, and it showed in painful Twickenham defeat last news
MetiNews.Com - If you consider courage, bravery and commitment key qualities in a physical contest, this Irish performance was right up there in the Passchendaele class of 1917.
Breaking News ! "If you consider courage, bravery and commitment key qualities in a physical contest, this Irish performance was right up there in the Passchendaele class of 1917. Never mind the pain, the price. Men hurled themselves at opponents and to hell with the consequences.Ireland had so much ball that by the end, they'd forced England to make a phenomenal 232 tackles. All of the top five tacklers in the game boasted more than 20 tackles personally. And every single one was English.So England were at desperation's door, being run off their feet. Yes?No, unfortunately. And the reason was, Ireland couldn't do a thing with all that ball. It was a bit like those old World War 1 Generals, calling for more and more artillery to shatter the German defences. When that tactic failed, they didn't really have a Plan B.Even when Ireland finally crossed the England line, with 12 minutes left, the excellent Chris Farrell couldn't get the ball down in Henry Slade's tackle. It wasn't until six minutes from time that Ireland at last splintered the English defence. Then Billy Burns' exquisite chip was caught at speed by Ulster's Jacob Stockdale and the replacement scored.That apart, Ireland had spent over an hour throwing themselves with increasing desperation against the English defence. Yet they rarely looked like getting through.Even worse, Ireland were trailing 18-0 by the 51st minute. How on earth could they have been when they'd had so much possession?How long have you got, would be my answer? Let's outline just some of Ireland's failings. Their line-out was a shambles, a complete disgrace. It seemed every time they got into the English 22, even from penalties which gave them the throw, they lost the line-out. It happened not once or twice but throughout the game. And it went on happening right up to the end.
. Well as Caelan Doris played, the balance never looked right because it seemed they had chosen guys on their physical merit. Yet when that battle was lost, they didn't have the speed or agility to roam wide. CJ Stander must have had his quietest ever game for Ireland.Then there was the contentious half-back selection. For the most part, all Ireland did with their ball was shovel it out to the first receiver, who was swallowed by the defence. They were too narrow and predictable in their attacks. Yet if they wanted to play that game, Conor Murray would surely have been far better suited to the half-back role than Jamison Gibson-Park.The latter tried to play at pace and was clearly suited to a looser style, but Murray's greater presence and superior box kicking would have suited Ireland more on the day.Outside the fringes, Ross Byrne too often stood deep and fixed a colleague with the inevitable pass. Which, given the referee's generosity on offside, meant a couple of English defenders arrived at the same time as the ball. So Ireland constantly played far behind the gain line, a mortal sin.In fairness, French referee Pascal Gauzere and his assistants were all equally unfair to both sides when it came to refereeing the offside line. They didn't, so there was no space the entire game.But maybe all that craziness was in keeping with the entire tournament. This is a 'Made for Television' event, a tinpot cup and tournament just to get some badly-needed funds from the only source available: television.Perhaps we shouldn't have expected much from an Ireland team lacking the holy trinity of Jonny Sexton, Rob Henshaw and Garry Ringrose. Any team would miss them.But not even that excuses Ireland's inability to do the basics. Essentially, England were too physical, too clinical and too quick for Ireland. And Irish mistakes were littered all over Twickenham long before the end."
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