Well done to Ireland for a thoroughly deserved victory. Where have they been hiding all winter? They were irresistible, irrepressible and spanked England’s backside for 80 minutes. As always, forwards determine who’ll win the game and the result was never in doubt. As so often, despite the forwards’ efforts (and a special mention to the astonishingly good David Wallace, he has never played better), Brian O’Driscoll was decisive. For him comes a record number of tries for the Championship. The man’s a genius, one of the all-time greats and recklessly brave. He deserves it.
To England, have some of that. Even without the astonishing Irish intensity and always idiosyncratic referee Bryce Lawrence, being completely dopey for an hour will do you and we were well done. However, congratulations also to England for being the deserved 6 Nations Champions. We’ve been the most consistent team, scored the most points and deserve to finish top of the pile. Given that many players are very young and playing in their first 6 Nations, it’s a real achievement. In the long term, today’s arse-spanking will be a lesson well learned.