Ireland 32 – 14 Scotland
Ireland found itself in an intense battle in the Six Nations rugby last Saturday. With each team leaving their previous match without a win, a victory was vital to progression in the 2012 championship.
Ireland had a significantly strong start to the game. But it wasn’t without it’s challenges. The Irish team had lost it’s first two captains due to injury. With Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell on the bench, many critics thought the team would fall apart. This is something Ireland’s lock, Donnch O’Callaghan recognised going in to last weekend’s match:
Most importantly, his team had confidence in him. Ireland’s blindside flanker, Stephen Ferris outlines this:
But the moment of the match came from Richie Gray, who ended a 30 metre run to the line with a try. A tight second half was out to rest with a try from Fergus McFadden, which secured the win for Ireland.
For coach Declan Kidney, Saturday’s win is an opportunity to measure Ireland’s progress:
The celebrations will be short as preparation for next Saturday’s match begins. Like The Wild Geese, the team will be looking toward the nation they represent.
Congratulations to the entire team for a very impressive win!