A selection of the “keyboard warrior” reactions after the full-time whistle of our featured matches of the weekend.
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Martin Loughrey I did not enjoy that one bit. Murray was the same as always - kicked away possession too much and was slow. Cooney needs to start next week. A damn shame for Doris. I hope he's ok. Ringrose too. All told it was Scotland's indiscipline that won us that game. (Ours wasn't great either to be fair) I think the Scots will be kicking themselves. The ref was very poor too.
Noel Hewson Take the win but need to improve plenty for Wales next week. Injuries did not help with the team getting into a flow. Defence was very passive not sure I understand that call.
Delighted with a win, but what a poor performance by both Ireland and the referee. Let’s be honest, Ireland didn’t win, Scotland lost. Even though our defense was pretty good, we’re to easy to play against.#6Nations #IREvSCO— Edel Wade (@EdelWade) February 1, 2020
Sebastian Brennan Scots lost it by their indiscipline, tho we weren’t too far behind them in penalty count. Cooney should start next week as Murray is too slow and ran out of ideas. Aki, Henshaw and Byrne look promising together, this combination should be played more often. And last but not least. How much longer will we be forced to watch abysmal performances from French referees? The trend from World Cup continues and soon someone will get seriously hurt due to their errors.
Chris McDonnell Somebody tell me what Easterby adds to this set up? Our forwards all play as individuals.
Jaysus that was a bit squeaky.— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) February 1, 2020
Ireland thanks Stuart "The Soap" Hogg for his generosity.#IREvSCO
Craig Boyd That was bloody awful- no excuses. Scotland the dominant team, on the front foot for long periods and had the upper hand in the scrum. Butchered loads of chances and should have had the win. Ireland ground out the win but looking forward Wales will be licking their lips. And to think Andy Farrell had the experience working with Joe Scmidt to pick all his 'go to' players. Change it up Andy. This crash bang first phase rugby has had its day.
Ian McDonald Ref was awful for the first 60 minutes. We can't play like that against Wales next weekend.
What's really galling about that, is it was far better than we dared hope, and yet still utterly frustrating because we should have won that. Played all the rugby, got a lot of 50/50 decisions, in touching distance at the end. Also made endless stupid mistakes. #IREvSCO— Scottish Rugby Blog 🏴 (@ScotRugbyBlog) February 1, 2020
Conor Cronin Blessed by Hogg's mistake.
I think if we didn't lose the couple of players to injury, especially Doris, I wouldn't feel so stressed right now.
I hate to say it, worst job on the pitch... But that ref. Afraid of the tmo, afraid of his cards, afraid to give appropriate advantage or to give penalties for holding on.
Frustrating match to watch. Welsh won't afraid next week
Riocard Ó Tiarnaigh We let Scotland impose their game plan on us. Both teams played like they were trying to avoid the wooden spoon. Certainly there were no championship contenders on display today.
Really feel for @StuartWHOGG_ . He played a great game but unfortunately that 2seconds is what is going to be remembered! #IREvSCO— Rachel Nawa (@rachel_nawa) February 1, 2020
Sean Michaels A very messy game. Coming up against a combination of a very cynical Scotland side and a ref who let them indulge in it. It was a very attritional game and I thought the Ireland defence was immense. Feel sorry for Doris but POM answered the call admirably and went on to have a very good game. CJ deserved his MoM but was pushed close by Josh Van de Flier. The two Ireland players who probably were under the most pressure, Murray & Sexton had contrasting games. Unfortunately Murray did not do anything to justify his inclusion in next weeks team whilst Sexton answered his critics by not only scoring all the points but also by having a good game all round. We have to remember that this is a team in transition and will not develop from the close structured game plan of Schmidt to a more free flowing game over the course of one Six Nations. Fingers crossed that the numerous injuries we picked up are not too serious
Ed Walsh This will be the high point of our season.
Rubbish ref and the TMO must have enjoyed his nap.
Never thought I’d say it, but felt for Scotland there. Could so easily have pulled off a famous #6Nations away win. Sadly that Hogg error and being on the wrong end of a few decisions cost them. Must be frustrating! #IREvSCO— Ben White (@Ben_Chalky) February 1, 2020
Andrew Potts OK I need some clarity on the new interpretation of the maul and what players can and cannot.
Certainly Ireland do not seem to be as clued in on either side of the ball.
On a similar theme is the Irish pack the only one that goes forward and gets penalised in the scrum.I cannot think of another team this happens too. Final whinge the Irish commentary were surprised how Scotland were so competitive bringing their unique World Cup form to the 6 Nations.
Pieter Smit Scots brought their A game and Ireland had to work hard for the win. Well played but big improvement required going forward, especially for Wales next weekend
##IREvSCO If we learned anything from #RWC2019 it is you have to build during a tournament - so opening with a hard fought win & do or die defending at the death is the perfect start for @IrishRugby well done Ireland as always you did us proud. #Wales will be a tougher test. pic.twitter.com/VkqrK19k5a— Gavin Duffy (@GavinDuffy) February 1, 2020
Paul Walsh We looked good when taking the ball at speed, but poor when taking the ball standing.
We needed to control more and just keep the ball in hand.
It's a start, but we were blessed that Hogg dropped the ball over the line.
Cormac Mannion Where has the physicality from the last time we played them gone?
#IREvSCO if I was Hoggy I'd probably just find out where Finn Russell is and join him for cocktails after that mistake 🙈 https://t.co/gmJRlTxHjC— Stacey (@stacef4ce) February 1, 2020
Lee O Farrell Loathe to blame ref but he missed about half a dozen really obvious infractions. Stander was immense. And poor Doris. What a letdown. Liked the look of the rugby they were playing. Could be exciting times ahead.
Jeremy Eakin Dull. Very very dull. But a win nonetheless.
#IREvSCO delighted for #andyfarrell great start to his stewardship of the Irish team— Paul O'Connor (@oconnop3) February 1, 2020
Gerald Williamson Not a pretty game to watch. Discipline not great on both sides. Was the ref afraid to show a card. He seem a bit indecisive
Kevin Kelehan Glad it was Scotland this week and not Wales
The Six Nations is about so much more than statistics, but here are some anyway. Scotland conceding too many penalties & turnovers in positions that hurt. Ireland solid @ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/oAfOJ1Gbkb— Nick Mullins (@andNickMullins) February 1, 2020
Wayne O'Brien Not pretty. A win is a win but we need to perform better next week against Wales otherwise they will slice us we need to be faster and sharper
Sharon Murphy Murray way to slow at the ruck and that bloody box kick😟. Hope the injuries are not too bad.
That was not good. Injuries & ref non-calls aside, while the Scots might have taken losing BP at the start they should have gotten more. Defensive muscle memory kept them out but we couldnt get going with the ball. Stander worthy MotM. We need big changes next week. #IREvSCO— Harpin' On Rugby 🏉 (@HarpinOnRugby) February 1, 2020
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP