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We won. Woo. What a terrible game; even the refereeing was rubbish.
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...but I'm disappointed all the same. Eddie O'Sullivan quits. Or maybe was given the option to do so rather than be shoved.
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I've set up a twitter feed called waider6nations in which I will be attempting to type live commentary of six nations games. Unaffilliated with anything, etc.
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We're currently being stomped on by Argentina. It's been frustrating to watch our performance in the World Cup games; it's like we pick out an area where the opposition can beat us, then we keep going back to it. For Argentina, it's turn-overs: given the option of kicking the ball clear, passing it, or going to ground and attempting to hang onto the ball, we're choosing the last, and losing the ball almost every time. The fact that we've scored two world-class tries is poor compensation.

updated to add: we lost; no surprises there. The TV commentator gets a cookie for leading out to commercials with "after the break, the wake".
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Well, we beat Italy. Boy howdy did we beat them. Then France did to us in the championship what they did to us at Croke Park: snatched the win from us right at the last second. Bah.
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Well, that was somewhat unexpected: England 26, France 18. This means we're in with a chance of winning the championship: we have to beat Italy by more than 4 points than France beat Scotland. Of course, if Scotland beat France, better still.
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Well, that was controversial: Italy's winning try was scored by a player who should arguably have been sent off for deliberately punching an opponent in the face while tackling him, and then Wales were denied their final move of the game through a disagreement on the amount of time left between the television official and the referee. Still, Italy deserved the win.
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Well, we won, but just barely. Ireland's 9th triple crown is, as they say, in the bag, but by a single point. On to Italy next week to see how close we can get to the championship.
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Bloody hell. George Hook is still going on about how the Triple Crown isn't the same now that there's an actual trophy for it.

bah.

Feb. 11th, 2007 04:51 pm
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Well, we looked good to win for all of, oh, 30 seconds. Ireland 17, France 20.
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From the GAA Official Guide:
42 Non Affiliated Bodies
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(b) A Club or other unit shall only participate, as such, in games controlled by the Association and against a Club or other unit of the Association, unless the prior sanction of Central Council has been given.

Today, Ireland plays rugby against France at Croke Park. Much is being made of the first instance of an "English" game in the GAA's flagship sportsground, but the bigger deal will be on Saturday 24th, when England play Ireland at the same location, with the accompanying obligatory performance of "God Save The Queen" (and no, not the Sex Pistols' version).

RTÉ is covering both the historic background (including the Bloody Sunday incident in 1920) and the Vox Pop reaction. Frankly, the only negative voices have been from the entrenched GAA members, 25% of whom voted against allowing the Irish rugby and soccer teams to use Croke Park while the regular home ground (Lansdowne Road) is being renovated.

(aside: They're showing prematch coverage right now, and Oasis' Wonderwall is blaring over the PA - second-generation Irish Boys who Made Good in the UK. I wonder if that's someone poking a bit of fun...)

I'm looking forward to the match. Let's hope we win!
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We are totally kicking Australia's ass right now. Not just in scoreline, but in actual play. Woohoo!

update: final score: 21-6. We rock!

I thought the fact that several players got standing ovations as they were substituted was pretty neat, too.
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"There's nothing quite so sweet as a broken chariot" - Michael Lester, RTÉ man-on-the-spot in a pub somewhere in the heart of Donnybrook, home of Irish international rughby.
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For the third time in a row we've beaten the English at their home ground, and we've taken the triple crown. Woohoo!

game 2

Mar. 18th, 2006 05:15 pm
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so near and yet so far. Wales looked like winning (which would've set us up for a Championship win) until they conceded a try with only six minutes left on the clock, and then conceded a further penalty. Crappity. Wales were definitely the better team, I think.
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Scotland beat Italy in a game that really deserved to be a draw. But hey, go Scotland!

conflicted

Mar. 12th, 2006 04:43 pm
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Well, it was great to see France actually play well for most of the game, and there's always a certain guilty pleasure to seeing anyone not just beat, but trounce the English rugby team, but it does mean we're probably out of the running for the Six Nations championship barring some sort of miracle next weekend. On the plus side, if the English team plays anything like this in Twickenham, we'll have an excellent chance at the Triple Crown.
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Rugby: Italy 18, Wales 18. Italy actually deserved to win this, I think. Ireland 15, Scotland 9 in a hard-fought game at a wet and windy Lansdowne road; both teams missed plenty opportunities to score but the commentators said it was a spectacular game under the conditions, so I guess I can't fault that. And in case anyone cares, there's a new F1 season, with new rules, new teams, and new drivers. I watched some of the new qualifying format and it's certainly an improvement over the single-lap qualifying, but it remains to be seen whether or not the race is worth any attention.
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Well, crap. I totally forgot to watch the match today, wherein we beat the crap out of the Welsh. 31-5, go us. Next up: Scotland.
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Scotland 3, England 3. Scotland actually took the first score, too.

update: WOOHOO! Scotland 18, England 12! Fabulous game, and more fools England for constantly giving away penalties to such a gifted kicker.

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