ANOTHER UNSUCCESSFUL DAY DOWN UNDER EXCEPT FOR SCOTS!!

24 Jun

Samoa 16 Scotland 17: match report

ROBERT HARTLEY SCORES A LATE TRY FOR A 16-15 VICTORY IN SAMOA

Well it was a long day yesterday following the fortunes of the home nations in their southern hemisphere games. I woke at 6am to the good news that Scotland had completed their clean sweep down under with the 16-15 last-gasp defeat of Samoa having beaten Australia and Fiji in their previous two games. A quick slice of porridge and it was eyes down for  Ireland versus the All Blacks;  the whole thing was a nightmare for skipper Brian O’Driscoll and his men who were blown away by a New Zealand side smarting from the criticism they received following last week’s last gasp 22-19 win in Christchurch. O’Driscoll said that he was embarrassed by the score as the men in green went down 0-60 and when you think of it, no matter how good the All Blacks are, a major test-playing nation should not go down by such a margin, ever.  Time for a quick cup of tea and it was Grand Slam winners Wales turn to save face having narrowly been defeated by the Aussies twice in the preceding weeks. Once more indiscipline was the visitors’ undoing and as last week they were sunk by a last minute penalty this time for a 20-19 Australian win. Finally it was up to Silver Royd for the final game of the day between South Africa and England; a dead rubber. Although they lost fly-half Toby Flood early in the game, England stuck to their task against a slightly off-colour ‘Boks’ outfit and fully deserved their 14-14 draw which prevented the home side recording a 3-0 series victory. Coach Stuart Lancaster was reportedly disappointed not to have got the win but the team’s progress under the plain speaking Yorkshireman is there for all to see and I’m looking forward to the autumn internationals already. But finally, even if it was Australia, Fiji and Samoa the only team to win a game was Six Nations Wooden Spooners Scotland and as one of the tiny band of Scotland rugby fans at Silver Royd, yesterday’s kind words from club-mates made a change from some of the admittedly good natured ribbing at the club following the previous seven defeats! And to prove there are no hard feelings; as usual I’ll be rooting for England tonight!!

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