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After being defeated by the French two weeks ago, the Irish hammered the luckless English 43-13 to keep their Triple Crown hopes alive. Victory over Scotland at Edinburgh on March 10th will mean the title is theirs.
BooYaH! Are we allowed to say BooYah about Rugby?
BooYaH is an appropriate sentiment.
The sad thing is (speaking as an Englishman), we didn’t play all that badly; the Irish simply outplayed us, preventing us from getting our game together. But the real shock result of the day came in Scotland:
As the English son of an Irish mother and a Scots father I don’t quite know whether I should cry, cheer or pull my hair out (what’s left of it) over this weekends rugby results. I think I will just congratulate Italy on a historic win.
One of the sports columnists in The Guardian put it very neatly. (This is from memory of the (printed) International Edition, since I cannot find it on the website.) George Chuter was quoted as saying (after the Dublin game) “We hit a speed bump.” The columnist’s reply was “No George, Italy was the speed bump. Dublin was the brick wall.”
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