Thursday, February 26, 2009

England to beat Ireland before Cheltenham?

Ireland entertain England at Croke Park this Saturday in the RBS Six Nations Championship. To my mind Martin Johnson's England showed plenty of improvement in their last match against Wales. They asked serious questions of the hosts, succeeded in scoring two fine tries, for the most part demonstrated resolute defence and, with more self-belief, could well have won that test match. Of course, the yellow cards were problematical but at the end of the game there were just eight points between the sides. As the final whistle sounded, there was no showboating from the Welsh players - the looks on their faces told you what we all knew - they'd been in an almighty tussle and were simply glad to have come through on top. Two weeks on and my guess is Martin Johnson will have made every attempt to address the disciplinary problems that have plagued the side. If you accept the above, then you'd have to be interested in the 11/4 Paddy Power are offering about an England win at Croke Park - Blue Square and 888sport only go 15/8.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Ireland 14 England 13. I cannot believe I'm writing the following - England had two players sent to the sin bin so, in effect, played twenty minutes (25%) of the match with fourteen players. If Phil Vickery's offence was wreckless, Danny Care's was just plain stupid. What more is there to say? Once careless, twice..