In a new regular feature this season we’ll be sharing some of the initial “keyboard warrior” response to our featured match of the weekend ahead of our Monday writeup.
If you’d like to contribute stay tuned to our Facebook page for our “Feel free to leave your thoughts…” posts which show up around full time after Leinster & Ireland matches.
You have to be worried with the lack of physicality, accuracy and game plan. Discipline was paramount during the 6N - was nowhere to be seen today. Failed to adapt when we couldn't run through the brick wall. As for positives, Henderson looks like he'll be another great 2nd row. Kearney is on his way back.
People saying Ireland's attack poor. Were never going to show much. Just used 2015 6N plays #RWC2015
— Brian Donnelly (@bptd1234) August 29, 2015
The referee did no favours to Ireland especially in the penalty counts. Also some Welsh passes looked a bit dubious especially in the first half. The Welsh defence closed down the Irish back line attack very quickly & could read the play better. The player to stand out for me was Henderson. Rob Kearney was good under the high ball. Hope non of the injuries are serious.
Deserved Welsh win. Rusty enough Ireland-lost the breakdown comprehensively and rarely managed quick ball
— Ronan Murphy (@Ro_Murph) August 29, 2015
Ponderously slow in the main. Welsh had little problem shutting us down as a result. Kicked too much away too. On a positive note Dave Kearney has given himself a good chance on making the squad. Hope Earls is not too bad. Thought Jourbert was disgraceful for allowing play to continue for so long when both team doctors were calling for more medical help.
Slight concerns for Schmidt. Mostly injuries, but defense isn't good enough. Not desperation time, but need to improve.
— BallHandling Hooker (@BHHooker) August 29, 2015
What can I say? I'm massively disappointed. No pace, no structure in the Irish game. We are now totally reliant on Sexton and without him we can't create anything of substance. We looked really slow and laboured at both the breakdown and set piece, and our attack offers nothing except Jonny's boot. Our skill set leaves a lot to be desired, as does our intensity and line speed in defence.
Our second place rank is now gone (probably third, too), and if we don't get our heads out of our arses soon enough, we may be in store for ANOTHER disappointing world cup.
God awful performance...
Poor performance by Ireland. A lot of rustiness on display. The Kearneys & Hendo impressed though. Worrying lack of oomph in possession. Our forwards had difficulty getting over the gainline, while line breaks by our backs were few and far between. The loss in Dublin could psychologically to our advantage however. It lowers the expectations of an Irish victory in Twickenham and increases the pressure on England. Bring on the Charioteers!!!!
Riocard Ó Tiarnaigh
@HarpinOnRugby @munsterman Paulie universally applauded by both teams & both sets of fans. Good to see. Best of luck to the Irish in RWC
— Dafydd (@Daz888) August 29, 2015
Some of our key guys looked rusty, which is what you'd expect with the likes of Sexton. I'd expect a massive improvement next Saturday. Wouldn't be surprised if they're being prepared for the Italy game which is still 5 weeks away. Thought Dave Kearney was excellent though.
@TrackFieldBets @HarpinOnRugby Ye'd think Barnes on the sidelines would keep him right— Stephen Orme (@NIASCStephen) August 29, 2015
Meh....Joubert didn't help
Welsh wanted it more and Tipuric was everywhere. Joubert wasnt our friend but our accuracy & decision-making were below par. #IRLvWAL
— Harpin' On Rugby (@HarpinOnRugby) August 29, 2015
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our feature match writeup JLP