1. Silence is golden for England
The 6 Nations Rugby Championship kicked off in style as Wales and England traded blows on Friday with the men in white delivering the knock out punch.
England trained with crowd noise pumping through the PA system to prepare them for the atmosphere in the Millennium Stadium. Ironically, thanks to a disciplined gameplan, they silenced the home fans.
2. Hartley looking a bit Gloopy
Having won in Wales, they might as well give England the 6 Nations now. While they’re at it, they should also give them the World Cup, along with an Oscar, a Nobel peace prize and a golden ticket for Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
On the subject of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale, Dylan Hartley wouldn’t be out of place in a ‘Where Are They Now’ line up as Augustus Gloop.
3. North is a dizzy rascal
George North’s possible concussion was a big talking point during and after the game. Although Wales say he showed no signs or symptoms of concussion, retrospective video footage means he’ll be treated as though he was over the coming weeks.
I’m not saying whether he was or wasn’t concussed but in a post match interview he confirmed John Major as the British Prime Minister.
4. Ireland fail to set Rome alight
Ireland got off to a winning start, but the game didn’t exactly set Rome alight. Up until the sin binning of Leonardo Ghiraldini opened up the game for the Irish, the main talking point had been the huge divot in the pitch exposed by a second half scrum. It looked like the nest of a feral creature. Perhaps the same creature whose tail was spotted swishing around the neckline of Italy’s outhalf Kelly Haimona.
5. A familiar result for Scotland
Despite a promising display from Scotland they started the Six Nations with a familiar result against a strong French team in every sense of the word.
6. The try that never was
There was only one try in France v Scotland game, unless you count the fact that the BBC credited Scotland with a try when Hogg broke away midway through the first half. He was stopped a few metres short and as play continued the person tasked with updating the on-screen display eventually removed the additional five points he’d presumptiously added to Scotland’s total. It was like the independence referendum turnaround all over again.