Ireland beat Bayonne, (South of France club team) 42 points to 6 last night to continue their preparations for the Rugby World Cup. Among the positives were a hat-trick of tries for Denis Hickie (who’s announced he’s to retire after the World Cup), two for Paul O’Connell and no tries conceded.
This, however, is bad…
The team did suffer injuries, Denis Leamy and Paddy Wallace “picked up knocks” as they say in rugby speak but are said to be fine. The big news was about Brian O’Driscoll (see above), our captain, all round God with a rugby ball and the lychpin of the teams midfield. He was punched in the second half which resulted in a “fractured sinus and deep laceration under his right eye”. Who knew you could fracture a sinus?? He’s going to miss the next warm up game against Italy and the first game of the world cup against Namibia. It could have been a whole lot worse.
Overall a positive and worthwhile game to build confidence and try out a few combinations and tactics before the World Cup. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of team is put out against Italy next week.