andymacandy wrote:Copehead wrote:Nikki Gradual wrote:. Wales to win a horribly ugly encounter by two clear scores I reckon..
To lose a fantastic encounter by less than a score in the end.
But what a try to lose it to.
Biggar should have put that out but still
A great advert for rugby, a stirring of hope for the Lions with players like that available, but sadly the wrong result.
Jonathan Davies, I think, but I feel for him- one mistake under immense and sustained pressure, and the game was gone.
I watched as a (mostly) neutral, and it was a classic NH game.I had thought we might sneak a win against England or Wales this time around, but I dont see it now. They are both on a new level.
One question- why did Wales not get penalised for crossing when they scored? It was a great set piece, but Im sure the Welsh centre crossed in front Williams as he went for the posts.
You are right JDII with Sinckler putting on huge pressure. But the whole game they had been kicking long not out as a tactic and I think it was just too ingrained that they kicked in field, but that one needed to go out to give them time to pause and regroup and there would only have been 2-3 minutes left to hold out. It was an inability to adapt rather than an inability to find touch, it would have been easier to find touch and the ball didn't appear to have been miskicked.
I haven't seen the Welsh try except a grainy clip but I don't think the Welsh dummy runner is ahead of the players passing and receiving and he isn't blocking a tackler just holding them by putting doubt in their mind, no English player was physically blocked from making the tackle as far as I can see. I will look at it again when I get home.
I think all the NH teams are going up levels this year bar Italy. They are all pushing on, Everyone thought Wales had stalled but that proved they hadn't they matched England and the game could have gone either way with no complaints, England are just in that happy place where winning becomes a habit and no one panics, only very good teams make it to that place.
Scotland are certainly better, France are as well although they are still relying on bullying teams up front that will not work against the very best. Ireland are pushing on as well although they may be the other team who have stalled a bit, it may be time to move on from Sexton, and their back 3 isn't looking the most threatening.
But NH rugby is in a better place than SH rugby at the moment and few would have thought that a year ago.