Monday 6 August 2007

What The Bloody Hell....


England 62-5 Wales
- Twickenham
- 04/08/2007

Right... emmm how exactly did this happen? Well aside from being at home if you look at the Welsh team I think you'll realise that the majority of their quality players were left to tend to their sheep in the valleys last weekend. In fact in many cases Wales were playing their third choice players; Cooper at 9, Sweeney at 10 and who the Christ is Will James?

Now bearing the fact that it was the Welsh third team essentially that made the journey to 'Fortress' Twickers the Eng-u-lish fielded pretty much their number one squad. Not to take anything away from England though, I mean for a team that usually struggles to create any try scoring drives netting nine is some achievement. But then again on closer inspection 5 of those nine trys were nabbed by the pack, including four for Nick Easter.

So conclusion to be made from this debacle of a rugby match are: 1) Nothing near a full-strength Welsh 'B' team were playing, 2) It was probably the best England had on display, 3) England had home field advantage, 4) The Poms obviously played their dated smash-it-up-the-middle rugby against a vastly inferior Welsh pack, 5) So they still haven't addressed their crippling lack of any kind of back line threat or creativity BUT 6) Since it was a record defeat of the Welsh expect the English press to hail these conquering heroes as capable of defending the world cup, 7) Be prepared to laugh when that happens

England
1 - Andrew Sheridan
2 - Mark Regan
3 - Phil Vickery
4 - Simon Shaw
5 - Steve Borthwick
6 - Martin Corry
7 - Joe Worsley
8 - Nick Easter
9 - Shaun Perry
10- Jonny Wilkinson
11- Jason Robinson
12- Andy Farrell
13- Dan Hipkiss
14- David Strettle
15- Matthew Tait

Subs: 16 - George Chuter, 17 - Matt Stevens, 18 - Lewis Moody, 19 - Lawrence Dallaglio, 20 - Peter Richards, 21 - Toby Flood.

Wales
1 - Iestyn Thomas
2 - Huw Bennett
3 - Chris Horseman
4 - Will James
5 - Rob Sidoli
6 - Alun-Wyn Jones
7 - Colin Charvis
8 - Michael Owen
9 - Gareth Cooper
10- Ceri Sweeney
11- Dafydd James
12- Gareth Thomas
13- Tom Shanklin
14- Aled Blew
15- Lee Byrne

Subs: 16 - Thomas Reece Thomas, 17 - Gethin Jenkins, 18 - Rhys Thomas, 19 - Alix Popham, 20 - Mike Phillips, 21 - James Hook, 22 - Tom James.

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