It’s been a few days since the RBS 6 Nations match between our Welsh boys and Ireland, and while the wounds are not fully healed, we are now at least able to reflect on the unfortunate thrashing.
After our home victory against the Italians last week, our fair nation was a beacon of optimism, positively brimming with talk of a record-breaking, coveted third 6 nations trophy in a row. This was all until the Welsh squad came out to face 15 green jersey-clad men with only one thing on their mind – to crush Welsh hopes of a grandslam!
It is fair to say that the Welsh performance was flat; lapses in discipline, dropped passes, missed tackles, and turnovers all handed the Irish the reins, which they were more than ready to steer to victory.
A near faultless display by Jonathan Sexton, the Ireland fly-half, and some unfortunate Welsh errors saw the first half finish 13 – 0 to Ireland, so a comeback was never going to be easy. After Gethin Jenkins was penalised Sexton then made another conversion to take it to 16 – 0 – things were looking increasingly impossible for the defending 6 Nations champions.
Though our main man Leigh Halfpenny was able to get us on the scoreboard, Paddy Jackson’s final conversion was the finishing blow in what turned out to be a bit of a mauling at the Aviva Stadium. The game finished 26 – 3.
There is some hope as it is still possible for Wales to clinch the 6 nations if other results go our way, so there is always a chance, however slim it may be. Regardless of this result, we will be with the Wales team in Cardiff against France next week offering our paramedical and sports trauma services, as well as our full support!
Let’s make the Millennium Stadium a fortress and ensure victory for the squad – Cymru am byth!