10 Jun


This weekend’s tests predictably ended up with Ireland, England and Wales being muscled out of it by their southern hemisphere opponents. Ireland as I mentioned in my previous blog were blown away by the All Blacks at Eden Park, Wales came nearest with a second half fight back before going down 27-19 to the Aussies and after a mostly forgettable first half in Durban, the Springboks upped the ante to turn in a brutal, one-dimensional go forward display that had England on the back foot for almost all of the second half to grind out a 22-17 win. Young Owen Farrell at fly-half looked exposed by the pressure and had his worse game in an England shirt. However on the positive side Mike Brown had a good game in defence at fullback. In the back row Exeter’s Tom Johnson and skipper Chris Robshaw had effective first halves but faded after the break particularly Johnson. It looks as if it’s going to be a tough few weeks for the tourists in all three countries and I fear for Ireland in particular if they don’t pick their game up against a hungry looking transitional All Black side. England’s next two tests are at altitude and after their tour blooding on the east coast they will have no doubts about the physical challenge ahead. I watched the England game at a packed members bar at the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse and the atmosphere was great. Lots of players up for the game not including Craig Farrell, Tom Ratcliffe and Nick Burgess who were doing their stuff for the Scarborough Pirates RL at Rotherham. Just one complaint; I thought it was going to be a Safie Braai or something like it. Turned out disappointingly to be Hamburgers only.


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