Sunday, February 26, 2017

Online comments after Ireland v France

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.

Johnny has made a big difference being back in the team. Think it might have been different if he was not playing. But I must say, well played Ireland, looking forward to our encounter.

John Neave (England fan)

First quarter wasn't very good. Really improved after that. Even at half-time, that obvious French togetherness was making me nervous. It was never easy, but in the end we were well worth the win.

Mark Barry

Great to get the win. Could clearly see the tactics changed in the 2nd half from "get the bonus point win" to "get any kind of win" but got there in the end

Craig Boyd

It was a gritty hard fought win but we NEED something else against Wales. The performance definitely isn't enough currently to beat England neither. The English game is too quick, strong & wide playing in comparison to ours. I trust Joe as ever to have a plan to upscale successively in the next 2 games though 🤔😎😉🤔

Joe Sheppard

Tough game. The first quarter reminiscent of the Scotland game, except all we gave away were penalties. Want ever going to be easy, and we grew into it. was good to get the win, a pity to leave chances behind.

Conor Cronin

Sexton by far and away MOTM. Hope he turns up on April 1st like that. Jamie Heaslip was outstanding! Zebo worst man in the 23 again.

Baz C. Ryan

It was a tough match to win.thought Johnny had a good game & controlled it well from an Irish perspective. Won't quibble with Murray getting MOTM.

Gerald Williamson

Plenty still to work on but that was a decent performance. Anyone who thought Sexton shouldn't be first choice out half was way off the mark. He was outstanding. Murray showed yet again why he is the best No. 9 in the world right now. Turned over too many balls at the breakdown in the first half but dealt with that in the second. France never looked like scoring a try at any point. We really should have had a couple more. All in all I'm happy with that result. Bring on the Welsh! :)

Imelda Reidy

A workman-like display from Ireland. We tired the French pack out and the plan to do so worked. As Clive Woodward said, "victory extinguishes all arguments."

Paul McSweeney

Mixed bag. We're creating chances, and our defense did the job. But leaving too many chances behind us.

Dónal Foley

Could have been worse.....but could have been better!! What's with Heaslip not passing the ball and Murray kicking it to nobody!!!! Cool heads needed for Wales and especially England.

Aoibhin Kenny

A grind but job done sexton and Murray played well today can't knock this level of a win against the French

Noel Hewson

Could have been 40 - 9 had we taken our chances. By miles the better team but didn't make it count. Need to be far more clinical

Colm O'Donoghue

McGrath is starting to look a bit tired, good job Healy is coming into form. Can't help but think Sweetnam or Byrne would add something to the team.

Michael Waldron-Healy

A tough game but the Irish team had the smarts to change tactics when needed, withstand the inevitable onslaught and pull away at a crucial time to take a two score lead.

James Griffin

Think Ireland should of kicked 6 points in 1st half rather than looking for bonus pt 2 early. Gr8 win all the same

Alan Eastwood

Conditions were awful, too many penalties conceded but a win is a win. Learn from it and move on, two tough games left

Michelle Tobin

Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP


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