Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rugby Notes

Great 23-15 win for Wales over the old enemy yesterday.

Ir is nice to see that Wales can beat England without being at the top of their game. Few of the backs had the chance to shine (Leigh Halfpenny, pictured, apart) due to some good English defence, but up front Ryan Jones (Lions captain?) and Alun Wyn Jones were simply awesome. BBC report and highlights here.

Although not to many people’s taste, I like the commentary pairing of Eddie Butler and Brian Moore. The “analysis” team (their word, not mine) are completely inane. Jonathan Davies insightful pre-match comment of “now the talking ends” is clearly what he is paid the big bucks for. Jeremy Guscott is simply the English version of Davies; Austin Healey is the only one who does any analysis and he is woefully underused by self-important and self-appointed ‘one of the lads’ John Inverdale.

Didn’t see the France vs Scotland game which should have been a goodone but wasn’t.

I haven’t seen an Ebbw Vale game in what seems like months, but actually was on 17 January. But, weather permitting, there is a run of three successive Saturdays of home games, starting with Swansea in the cup and followed by Cardiff and a local derby (according to the WRU) against Llandovery.

Ebbw have already lost three games to the weather, and with the reluctance nowadays to play two games in the week I can see the season drifting well into May.

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