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Played Fairly?! Tell that to Ryan Jones after Jackman ran in, offside, while Ryan Jones was trying to stay out the way, and charged into his back. Both Teams had ttransgressions in discipline. The words pot, kettle and black come to mind.
Before the tournament there was a lot of hype about Vainikolo, personally I dont think that there is a coach in the world who would take him above Shane Williams (Not a bad scrum half either) at the moment.
Ryan Jones was superb and Henson deserves praise as he had O'Driscoll in check throughout the game. The Mike Phillips needs to keep his temper in check for the Froggies cos they do like a bit of niggle (Awesome try saving tackle though), but I think Martin Williams was taking 10 for the team, not very sporting but bloody effective by the crafty old ginger fox although I couldnt possibly condone that sort of behaviour .
Ireland however did deserve to lose due to their game plan. It seemed to be they just wanted to stop us playing rather than let their own talented backs have a run.
We all know that France are having a laugh with their selection at the moment, but can on their day they can beat any team in the world. However next week at the Millenium, with the GS at stake, I think we can do it, just give Shane a bit of space.
Wales: L. Byrne; M. Jones, T. Shanklin, G. Henson, S. Williams; J. Hook, M. Phillips; G. Jenkins, H. Bennett, A. Jones, I. Gough, A.W. Jones, J. Thomas, M. Williams, R. Jones (capt). Reps: M. Rees, D. Jones, I. Evans, G. Delve, D. Peel, S. Jones, S. Parker.
Backs: J-B Elissalde (Toulouse), D. Yachvili (Biarritz), F. Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), D. Skrela (Stade Francais), D. Traille (Biarritz), Y. Jauzion, V. Clerc (both Toulouse), J. Malzieu (Clermont-Auvergne), C. Heymans (Toulouse), A. Floch (Clermont-Auvergne).
Forwards: D. Szarzewski (Stade Francais), W. Servat (Toulouse), F. Barcella (Auch), J-B Poux (Toulouse), N. Mas (Perpignan), L Nallet (Castres, capt), A. Mela (Albi), J. Thion (Biarritz), F. Ouedraogo (Montpellier), T Dusautoir (Toulouse), J. Bonnaire, E. Vermeulen (both Clermont-Auvergne).
Dont Know what the frog's starting line up will be but I think its a good idea to let Hooky get stuck into em, and let Stephen Jones come on in the second half to keep it tight
Well done Boyos, from an Englishman.
I watched the game tonight and it looked like the Millenium Stadium was about to lift off!
You caught us cold at Twickenham and have just got better and better. A well deserved Grand Slam.
Can we have Charlotte Church and Katherine Jenkins?