Discussion in '2019 Guinness Six Nations' started by Tooting Carmen, Jan 22, 2019.
That's fairly excessive now...
Just seeing if I could get those knees-knocking from this side of the Irish sea
I don't think it would be a big deal to be honest. It'd be blown put of proportion in the media but it wouldn't be the end of the world. We lost there two years ago (in a game where the score flattered us) and they've beaten more or less everyone there in the last few years.
I'm expecting a big reaction both from losing to England bit equally it's a first chance to get proper revenge for Murrayfield in 2017 and combined with the Scottish injuries and the fact that they didn't really convince me against Italy even before the bizzare late shutdown makes me think we'll win. Not confident at all though especially taking the injury news into account.
Stander, Ringrose and Toner all confirmed as out for Saturday. Big losses although Scotland are also weakened without Barclay, Watson & Skinner amongst others. Looks like Henshaw will play at 13 with Kearney coming in at full back. We must be close to getting a match thread to discuss such matters
Pressure is on Ireland though, I mean they're already relying on the Welsh beating England if they're to win (okay not quite true but the odds are stacked against France, Italy and Scotland beating them). Sure they'll be fired up coming off a loss at home but they also know they can lose at Murrayfield - they could bottle it. If they do then it probably is indicative or a potential WC flop. Though I think 1 game isn't enough to write them off that just yet.
Ireland lost 5-0 in table points at home, the championship is over for us, playing for 2nd.
It’s just a really (like REALLY) interesting match... I do honestly believe Ireland will turn up like a bunch of snarling beasts and lay down a marker by blowing Scotland off of the field... and that’s exactly what ‘the best side on the planet (tm)’ should do after a defeat like Saturday. But if they don’t do that... and Scotland (who in fairness are a damn good side at Murrayfield) somehow manage to win... well with how high the Irish psyche has been over the last year, peaking in the latter quarter of 2018, there is more than a chance that it could hit an almighty low.
And we all know how important confidence is in professional sports.
The media and some dramatic fans will declare crises no doubt. But we lost two games in the 2017 tournament and have lost two since, lost two and drew one in 2016 and beat SA away and NZ that year, its not really something to worry about massively leading into the RWC.
Man... you should be renamed the alpha cucumber!
I'm just preparing for the madness if we lose! A less invested Welshman is good practice!
Although having said that, the team Gatland has selected against Italy seems a tad lightweight.
It could backfire if he fails to get the BP and his well rested big guns get turned over at home to England.
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