Friday, May 29, 2015

Surely worth more than just two points?

It wasn't exactly Ian Madigan's greatest ever display, nor was it for Joe Schmidt's Ireland.

And if the Leinster star is to be concerned about any video clips from the encounter with the Barbarians it should probably be the one where he's raking his studs into the back of Georgian Konstantin Mikautadze in the first half.

He might also look askance at the footage of his long time team mate Shane Jennings flattening him with his shoulder in the second.

Still though...his shift should also be remembered for an improbable right-footed drop-goal conversion from the left touchline after Paddy Jackson's late try which at least gave his side a fighting chance of victory.  A hastily-taken kick like this really has no right to fall between the uprights and in a perfect world it would yield more than just the two points. JLP 



Taken by JLP from RDS press box on Nov 16, 2019