Monday, September 28, 2015

Online comments after #IREvROM

In a new regular feature this season we’ll be sharing some of the initial “keyboard warrior” response to our featured matches of the weekend ahead of our 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.

Rugby Opinion

Not as flashy as last week but the job is done. Top of the group; can't argue with that. Hopefully R. Kearney is alright.

Cian Ormond

First team needs to stay fit. There are guys in the squad who aren't good enough at the moment to play a part in a matchday 23 come the business end of the tournament, so we need to stay match fit if we're serious about winning the championship.
Does anyone else think Cian Healy has been dreadfully conditioned? He's so big at the moment that his hands, pace and overall dynamism are nowhere near where they used to be. It's the rugby world cup, not the world weightlifting championships! Cian needs to get off the bench press and onto a treadmill IMO!
Other than that, it was a decent, effective, professional performance; and I have to give a shout out to the Irish fans! 90,000 odd crammed into Wembley! Superb stuff.
Ultimately, it's job done. 2/2, and we've avoided 2007-esc catastrophes. The real business begins now!

Daragh Faughnan

Well deserved man of the match, Keith earls played a blinder

Laura McDonnell

A great performance overall. Great to see Tommy Bowe's incredible finishing back. Zebo was excellent, as was Keith Earls. One concern I would have would be the amount of times earlier in the game that we were in the Romanian 22 and left with no scores. Need to work on that. Overall though a very impressive win against a physical side

Conor Murphy

A good win with no injuries hopefully but still with some issues for JS to focus on. Seems like a happy squad that is building nicely with each game. It gets tougher from now but quietly confident that even better to come from this group of players. Plenty of selection headaches and that, I expect, is exactly what JS wants.

James Griffin

Against Canada, the first choice players got to flex their muscles a bit and they made a solid statement of intent for the tournament. This week, we saw some of the squad players get some game time, run in a few tries and some even put their hands up for selection later in the competition. We still seem ok injury-wise and we have 10 points from two games. Perfect start
A few issues to address too, which I maintain is a positive at this stage, but Payne at 13 is the pressing concern. He's performed admirably in the transitional post-BOD era by providing solidity in that channel. That meant that Joe could build this Ireland team around him and Henshaw in the midfield. But now we're at the RWC and if we want to go the distance we need penetration in those channels. He's been stifling our attack and wasting a lot of possession so far, so right now either Cave or Fitzy look like better options. I'd lean towards Fitzgerald/Henshaw, and if Sexton and Zebo can both offer themselves as a first receiver and we continue to bring our SH into the play with switch plays that'll really take our attack to another level IMO
It's a big call, and a tough call in some ways, but I'd love to see that switch of intent. But, fortunately, it's not my call to make and whatever the decision I will continue to
#TrustJoe #COYBIG

Shane Faughnan

We got 10points let's not get carried away. Should have put 60 plus on Romania and didn't go to look at why. Zebo is good against weaker teams but against the better teams certainly not and definitely not at 15. Madigan had a great game controlled it well. When Jackson came on did nothing for us. Earls stand out today and has to start at wing for Italy and France along with Dave Kearney. Payne I'm still not sure of, doesn't give us that attacking line we need at 13. I think Henshaw 13 and Fitzgerald 12 that's are strongest. At both attacking and in defence. Let's just take the win and move to Italy now.

Orla-marie Magan

Less impressive than last week but mission accomplished and still on track.

Andrew Byrne

Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out  for our match writeup later today. JLP


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