With the results and implications of the weekend’s games already having been discussed ad nauseam, we take a look at the lighter side of the 6 Nations and have a laugh at the expense of some of the toughest guys on the planet.
More S&M for Italy
Poor old Italy got another humping at the weekend. You keep thinking that maybe one of these weeks they’ll get things right and actually give their opponents a bit of a game.
As they belt out their anthem before the match you can’t help but be optimistic about their chances. They look fired up. They look ready. Then the match kicks off and it’s usually less than five minutes before it becomes apparent that Italy will be ritualistically humiliated once again.
It’s a bit like an adult movie which starts with a plumber calling round to fix a leak. There’s an exchange of knowing glances before the ‘boomchickawahwah’ music kicks in. Seems like textbook stuff. Five minutes later and it’s descended into S&M water torture.
The magic number
Ireland defeated a plucky Scotland team at the Aviva Stadium with the help of a try from Keith Earls on the occasion of his 50th cap.
During last week’s game against Italy Sean Cronin also notched a try to mark his 50th cap for Ireland.
It’s just a thought but in preparation for the next World Cup, why don’t we cultivate a squad of Irish players who are all sitting on 49 caps?
There were a couple of mass brawls during the Ireland vs Scotland game as things got a little heated between the teams.
Hearing those Irish battle cries, seeing that mindless violence, watching as people in green shirts clashed with those in a darker uniform, it was like St Patrick’s Day in the Holylands all over again.
Dylan Hartley will probably have to sit out a few games after being concussed during England’s Grand Slam victory in Paris. It will be a novelty for him having to spend some time on the sidelines due to an injury to his own head rather than the consequences of inflicting one on someone else’s head.
It was feared during the game that Hartley might be brain dead… but then he got knocked out and the doctors noticed absolutely no change in brain activity.
Try and try again
There were some spectacular tries this weekend in the 6 Nations, the solo efforts from George North and Stuart Hogg caught the eye, while CJ Stander’s up-and-over dive will have had fans of the NFL out of the seats and whooping.
While Hogg has been given a lot of plaudits for his try, from an Irish point of view you have to call into question Rory Best and Mike Ross, who formed a guard of honour for the Scottish full back.
There were also a few pretty dodgy tries during this, the last weekend of the 6 Nations. The most dubious one was Dan Cole’s ‘roly poly’ effort against France, while special mention must go to Devin Toner’s ‘felled tree’ finish against Scotland.