Scotland de-flowered by a rampantly defensive Ireland?

So Ireland ventured over to Scotland fighting the urge to change everything while managing enforced personnel changes and pressure to perform. Scotland where confident in what they were doing while finding away, knowing they had nothing to lose. Who would come out on top? To bury the lead, let’s start with the final score. Ireland … Continue reading Scotland de-flowered by a rampantly defensive Ireland?

Back on the horse, the Shamrock v the Thistle, Ireland go to Edinburgh with pressure and expectation

So here we go. Irish supporters are now holding their bums out of the bath for fear of getting scorched by a hungry Scotland. Every other week we would drop into the hot bath with confidence, but this week there is hesitation. So with that mental image, let’s have a look at Ireland’s trip to … Continue reading Back on the horse, the Shamrock v the Thistle, Ireland go to Edinburgh with pressure and expectation

Leinster on the hunt in front of some fair weather fans, while the supporters enjoyed the cold

You know it is nearly Christmas when you wear the eskimo jacket to the Aviva Stadium to watch Leinster in December. It gets beyond cold, and when 44,000+ tickets are sold and you see much less than that you know who the supporters are and who the fans are. The volume was up, the supporters … Continue reading Leinster on the hunt in front of some fair weather fans, while the supporters enjoyed the cold

The Irish in Chicago, Italy face the green machine.

Don't forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast So we arrived in Chicago, left with a score line but did we leave with the performance? Did we leave with players putting the match day squad under pressure and did we see any improvement in the Italians? Well the answer to those questions are …. Kind … Continue reading The Irish in Chicago, Italy face the green machine.

Ireland v Italy, it’s business time!

Don't forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast So we roll into the opening game of the November series expectant like a woman who is 10 months pregnant. But what will we get? Much like the expectant mother, we are not really too sure. Ireland arrived in Chicago with a team that is like a … Continue reading Ireland v Italy, it’s business time!

Leinster rugby, gate keepers and a Summer off

Sitting here at my desk, a week ago I thought I would be writing a very different post to the one that will appear, as if by magic, below. Leinster came into the business end of the season in fine form. Inventive, tough and confident. Sweeping most aside for the season. The final in the … Continue reading Leinster rugby, gate keepers and a Summer off