A selection of the “keyboard warrior” reactions after the full-time whistle of our featured matches of the weekend.
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.
Scoreline doesn't reflect the game. 2 tries that were inches from being scored and a yellow that should have been shown all made a difference. With no defence coach and a bunch of injuries that was a good performance away to a full strength and decent England.
Between Dillane, Hendo, J. Ryan and Molony, some serious young second rows coming through.
— Oval Digest (@OvalDigest) February 27, 2016
Not a good performance, and we can talk about that, but there is no denying that that Mike Brown assault deserves to grab the headlines. I counted 4 kicks directly in Murray's eye. Probably the most gross and despicable act I've seen on a rugby pitch.
Deserves a year ban, and I'm not exaggerating. Never seen anything quite like it...
— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) February 27, 2016
Despite the result, I think the future looks bright. McGrath definitely a Test Lion in waiting, Dillane, VDF, Henshaw and McCloskey played really well. Kearney had his best game for a while and hopefully shut his detractors up. Certainly beating Italy and Scotland very achievable. Continue to play with that pace and we get players back, Ireland will be stronger for sure
@HarpinOnRugby First half 59 shades of grey. 2nd half had more promise.
— Patrick Logan (@paddylogan13) February 27, 2016
Not enough strength in depth. Simples
Mike Ross is still the most important man in Irish rugby
— Ronan Murphy (@Ro_Murph) February 27, 2016
A great defensive 1st half where the stats clearly show we should have been a cricket score down! We were unlucky with JVDFs try (which was a try), Nowell brilliant to stop Henshaws effort and difficult to stop Vunipola....... Standout performances from newbies JVDF, McCloskey and Dillane good off the bench. CJ Stander and Henshaw growing in stature and development. Overall given injuries you have to be proud of that performance BUT we still need to be more clinical when we do get opportunities. (Not going to mention Rorys darts!). Here's a thought. As much as I love Jamie H, I wonder if a backrow of JVDF, Tommy O'Donnell and CJ at No 8 would achieve more moving forward??
@IrishRugby Our lads should walk away with their heads held high savage defence they put everything into that game!! Ref was brutal!!
— Teresa Hudson (@Treas78) February 27, 2016
The tale of the weekend is the tolerance of cynical professional fouls in the "red zone" and referees reluctance to show cards. Ireland showed great confidence in their attack and stretched England at times, we showed you don't need an offloading game, you just need to execute properly and the line breaks will come. Disappointing scoreline but we are worth more than that one point from 3 matches. New kids can all be proud of their performances, quite a baptism of fine debuting away in Twickenham.
— Kevin Caffrey (@kevincaffrey87) February 27, 2016
In boxing parlance, a heavyweight slugger beats a middleweight. Can't fault the effort. The youngsters will hopefully learn from it.
That Irish performance was a book that cant be judged by the cover of the result. Disappointing, deserved more from 2nd half esp. #ENGvIRE
— Harpin' On Rugby (@HarpinOnRugby) February 27, 2016
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP