Sunday, February 04, 2018

Online comments after France v Ireland

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.



Great character at the end, but once again it was a lack of clinical play

Ciarán Bass


Nigel Owens was awful. Nearly as bad as Ireland’s ability to finish a match.

Conor Murphy


I switched off after the French try, what happened?

Mick Keogh


Poor enough performance. Should have put that team away earlier and sloppiness in their 22 was nearly punished. BUT 40+ phases and a 42M drop goal, what a finish

Bert McLoughlin


Phenomenal performance COYBIG ☘️🥂🍾🍸

Sandra Dawson


I've aged about 20 years watching that last 20 minutes.

Colm Cunningham


Surprising performance by the French who clearly did their homework on ireland.
We should have done a bit better but France is no easy place to get a win..we'll take it.

Craig Grehan


James Ryan stole Paul O’Connell’s pajamas. Fact 😜

James Griffin


Shite match. We totally underestimated the French. But Johnny saved the day.
One down......4 to go!!

Aoibhin Kenny


Went through the emotions in the last quarter. Sexton is a superb player.

Damien Doherty


With all the flack he gets about injuries and not finishing matches. Jonny was still there fully fit at 84 mins and in position to deliver

Andrew Bailey


We're always rusty in the 1st match and the French did their homework on us. Onwards and upwards...

John O'Brien


I’d let Johnny Sexton father my children.

Kristian Ross


Below our normal standards. Great to get the win but need to improve especially in attack. Game plan needs tweaking. James Ryan had a good game and showed he is ready for this level.

Noel Hewson


Henshaw is a 12 and him and Aki will not work at international level. We missed Heaslip or Conan.
James Ryan is the best secondrow we have.

Chris Mc Donnell


Ireland need to be far more clinical going forward, especially if I'm to avoid some sort of coronary incident! Someone suggested Ryan had stolen O'Connells pyjamas, he's definitely stolen Devin Toner's jersey. The lads should be glad of the win and the commitment and drive they needed to grind it out was outstanding to watch, reminiscent of the enthusiasm to end the slam and good to see in a different context

Conor Cronin


I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty. What a steal. 💚🏉💚🏉

Imelda Reidy


Not a great performance but great grit from our boys. 40 phases and a 45m drop goal are wonderful for the neutral but Jaysus it’s a good job my mouth was shut because my heart almost jumped out of my mouth. Conditions were rubbish but I thought we were too slow at the breakdown probably caused by French skulduggery and the ref didn’t police it properly. I won’t talk about the Knee Injury Assessments or I’ll be here till next week. Not sure about our tactics as we were too narrow and not clinical enough otherwise that game might’ve been ours earlier. Still, I never bought the France in disarray tripe so to win in France is nothing short of bloody awesome #COYBIG

Richard Mifsud


Ireland looked ponderous, the French well set up to deal with a slightly one dimensional team. We looked predictable and played like it too. Same exit strategies and static runners from slow ball. We won because of a sporting Hail Mary shot. A lot to turn around

Andrew Potts


Johnny Sexton is an absolute legend. Great match

Angela Cassin Jackson


A win in Paris is the best tonic we could start of with. Every player played 110% ----- HAPPY MEN OUT !!

David Reidy


Banal rugby and lucky win. Great composure, rucking, hands and brilliant drop goal last 5. Aki does not know how to pass.

Brendan Coote


Just your standard 40 phase, 42 metre drop goal, training ground move #FRAvIRE

Ben Emerson



Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

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