strolled to a comfortable enough win against an
exceptionally weak Scottish side. It was always going to be a tough
ask for the Scots and the loss of White and Barkley from the back
row and the
presence of Webster in the centre reduced Scotland's chances still
further. While Webster may be a reasonably competent wing he is
by no stretch of the imagination an international class centre.
Ireland looked nervous in the
opening 15 minutes and it wasn't until Heaslip and Wallace combined
off the back of a scrum in the 21st minute for Wallace to go over
under the posts that Ireland started to relax. Five minutes later
with O'Driscoll sending Kearney over with a looping pass it was
With Patterson responding with
two penalties Ireland turned round 14 - 6 ahead.
The killer blow was delivered
just after kick off with O'Gara chipping to prop Horan on the wing
for Horan to scamper over unopposed.
Bernard Jackman struggled manfully
to bring some equality to proceedings, but Scotland were unable
to capitalize on his poor lineouts and constant penalty infringements.
Thankfully he was replaced by Rory on the 44th minute before he
could do too much harm.
The whole Ireland team now appeared
to be thoroughly enjoying the game, with the exception of Eddie
O'Stunted who's head was slowly rotating as he watched Geordan
Murphy have one of his best games for Ireland.
Eddie's head spinning went into
Exorcist proportions when Tommy Bowe got the first of his brace
of trys. It was at this point that Eddie started to realise that
there was going to be no easy cop-outs for the Welsh game and he
is going to have to tell some of his beloved "Untouchables"
that their time has gone. Whether he has the balls to make that
decision has yet to be seen but one thing is certain that the performance
of the "new boys" to date has done nothing but make a
mockery of his RWC07 strategy.
Trimble had another great game
and he is really starting to dominate the midfield. This in turn
frees up time and space for O'Driscoll and O'Gara giving Ireland
more attacking options.
Bowe was the main beneficiary
from these attacks and his two tries were thoroughly deserved after
a fine display in attack and defence. Bowe is one of the few modern
wingers to have maintained his speed when he bulked up and he will
be a big loss to Ulster next year.
Rory was again the ultimate professional
and he really seems to steady the pack when he comes on. There should
surely be no doubt about him starting for the rest of the campaign.
Wales will be a much sterner test
than this underpowered Scottish side. It will be interesting to
see what side O'Stunted does pick. The forced, personnel and positional,
changes have been fairly successful with only Jackman failing to
live up to the billing. Will O'Stunted dare to keep the young blood
in place or will he revert to type and field an experienced, but
The way he unloaded the bench
was perhaps a worrying foretaste of things to come with old faithful's
Easterby, O'Connell and Horgan all being brought on at an unfashionably
early time by O'Stunted. Surely not?? We have already been promised
the Dempsey will be playing against Wales before a ball was kicked
in the Scotland game!
As an aside has anyone else noted
that Ireland are doing a lot less intimidation questioning
of the referee with Shags and D'arce off the pitch?
appears that most of the Scoop Bar managed to make
it down Mexico way for the weekend. The streets of Dublin were like
the pages of a fashion shoot such was the variety of shirts and
regalia on display.
To the left and centre we have "World
Traveler" Stately Homes and friends. Stately's companion
in the first picture has obviously learned his casual style from
Stately and they both thoroughly look their age. The two on the
right have gone for the cheap and cheerful
"Grafton Street" specials and have complemented
this with a particularly scruffy appearance. However, Stately's
companion in the centre picture has made the fashion faux pas of
the over fifties and has gone for the armourfit. Now while this
may be fine on a shapely young lady (left) its not exactly the type
of shirt you expect to see your granddad running about in.
Fortunately granddad had the good sense to cover
up his "figure hugging" shirt when he met his
two granddaughters later that day! (Right.)
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Horrorscopes By Mystic Keg
(March21-April19) Mr. van Helsing
The amount of compost you post on message boards incites another
poster to challenge you to a duel. Given the choice of weapons the
stars advise that you do not select grammar,spelling,or logic !
After downing a few swift pints in a strange pub you become frantically
engaged in a search for the toilets. Suddenly you are confronted
by a door marked 'Gentlemen'. Do not let this deter you !
Gemini (May21-June21) Holywood
Your fondness for all things Japanese leads to you to becoming known
locally and internationally as' The Rising Sun of Ulster '.
You must believe in luck. How else can you explain the success of
people you don't like?
Leo (July23-August 22)
The Original Kimble
At your trial the judge finds you guilty and sentences you to 100
hours of Community Service to be spent among the mentally deranged
and terminally gormless. You should ask to be credited for time
spent hanging out with the Second Barrier Crew.
Virgo (Aug23-Sept22) Cap'n
You will be insulted by someone who accuses you of 'not being fit
to live with pigs', however a friend will leap to your defence and
insist that you are.
Libra (Sept23-Oct23) The
Don't be such a dinosaur ! Once the wife turns forty the modern
trend is to swap her for two twenties.
Due to the huge success of 'Dancing On Ice', ITV have invited applications
from contestants who wish to take part in their latest offering,'
Dancing On Buses'. Your name has been forwarded!
A long lost friend turns up this week. Buy the negatives at any
You can talk about foot and mouth 'til the cows come home.
Ultimate Ulster Chick
Your thesis may need to be burned to provide any illumination at
Don't have sex man! It can lead to kissing and pretty soon you have
got to talk to them.
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Did You Know?
winger Hal Sever ran into trouble in the dying minutes
of a match against Scotland in 1938. With his side trailing by just
two points, Sever cut back inside and looked to score, but instead
he ran straight into one of the uprights.
The dazed Sever dropped the ball and Scotland ran
away to score at the other end, clinching the match and the championship.
From THE TRIVIA LOVERS'
GUIDE TO RUGBY
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Rugby on TV
Friday 29th February
16:30 Lions v Western Force Super 14 Sky Sports 2 (16:30-18:30)
18:35 Stormers v Crusaders Super 14 Sky Sports 2 (18:30-20:30)
19:10 Dragons v Edinburgh Magners League BBC2 Wales (19:00-21:00)
BBC Interactive (19:00-21:00)
19:30 Connacht v Leinster Magners League Setanta Sports 2 (19:25-21:45)
19:30 Ulster v Llanelli Magners League Setanta Ireland (19:30-21:30)
19:30 Montauban v Montpellier Top 14 British Eurosport 2 (19:30-21:15)
Saturday 1st March
06:30 Highlanders v Waratahs Super 14 Sky Sports 2 (06:30-08:30)
08:30 Brumbies v Reds Super 14 Sky Sports 2 (08:30-10:30)
14:30 Harlequins v Gloucester Guinness Premiership Sky Sports
2 (14:30-17:00) Sky Sports HD2 (14:30-17:00)
17:30 Cardiff v Munster Magners League Setanta Sports 2 (17:25-19:30)S4C
Friday 7th March
17:00 Bulls v Lions Super 14 Sky Sports Xtra (17:00-19:00)
19:30 TBC Top 14 British Eurosport 2 (19:15-21:15)
Saturday 8th March
06:30 Chiefs v Cheetahs Super 14 Sky Sports 3 (06:30-09:00)
09:00 Reds v Stormers Super 14 Sky Sports 3 (09:00-11:00)
13:15 Ireland v Wales Six Nations BBC2 (12:45-14:20) BBC1 (14:10-15:00)BBC
15:15 Scotland v England Six Nations BBC1 (15:00-17:10) BBC Interactive
17:30 Gloucester v London Irish Guinness Premiership Sky Sports
2 (17:30-19:30)Sky Sports HD2 (17:30-19:30)
Sunday 9th March
08:00 Western Force v Crusaders Super 14 Sky Sports 3 (08:00-10:00)
15:00 France v Italy Six Nations BBC2 (14:45-17:00) BBC Interactive