Just watched Ireland’s first warm up game for the impending World Cup and it’s difficult to sum up how I felt about it. The important result was…the result, obviously and Scotland deservedly won by 31 points to 21.
Ireland were completely outplayed in the first half, Scotland’s pack were immense. But for about twenty minutes in the second half Ireland got the upper-hand and scored two good tries. I thought they were going to nick it then. But alas it was not to be and Scotland scored with seven minutes to go to kill off any comeback. Overall I think it’s just what both teams needed. A toughly contested game, a few tries and relatively few injuries.
Shane Horgan twisted his knee in the warm up before the game and Chris Cusiter left in the final minutes with a twisted ankle. At the moment there’s no news on either player, I hope both of them come through. One player I was glad to see coming back to form was Geordan Murphy.
I was at the game four years ago, when he was in sparkling form and one game from the world cup. He broke his leg during the game and some people have argued he hasn’t been the same since, at international level at least. He played a stormer today and that’s a plus for Ireland I think.
We have one more game against Italy before settling into Bordeaux and starting the World Cup. While today was a disappointment it’s the first game back with an experimental line up and some aspects of the game pleased me. There’s plenty to come I feel.