Yup, brainless. Get it back to 24 each, then foot on the gas, but no. I do think that Itoje was very hard done by with the lineout penalty - he asks the touch judge who says get out, he gets out. No effect on play. Then it gets pulled back. Must have been the tmo. Still, the other two nailed on and unsurprisingly an interception then try.Well. England have nothing to complain about now. Some of the most tragic discipline I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching.
Daly is a more natural wing and Watson a better 15 than Daly. I’m surprised EJ hasn’t worked that out.Sharper. Except Elliot daly. Farrel much better, youngs too and Watson and especially slade but daly is pivotal and he didn’t even have his hands up to catch a pass earlier on.
I don't think was a knock-on either, but perhaps there's a rule I'm not aware of. On the other hand the ref allowing the penalty kick to be taken while England were still being spoken to by Farrell at his express request was an egregious mistake. You can't call in your wings and full back and then expect them to defend the line from a huddle under the posts.Was it a knock-on? It seemed to come to ground backwards off his leg to me - hand to leg can't be a knock-on, surely, otherwise you'd knock on every time you kicked for touch? Someone correct me please?
The critical element of drop goals and kicks are the italicised bit. So if you accidentally drop the ball, then swing a leg at it or it hits the leg, it would be a knock-on. In this scenario there can be no doubt he lost control of it.Was it a knock-on? It seemed to come to ground backwards off his leg to me - hand to leg can't be a knock-on, surely, otherwise you'd knock on every time you kicked for touch? Someone correct me please?
This argument has a little more merit. The left wing ran off before the rest of the group huddle broke up, and it appears the ref has gone by that. Knowing that he'd been specifically asked by Wales to let them know, he probably needed a little common sense to recognise that. He also lost a lot of respect by saying "Let me talk first" and then after he'd finished, running off and not listening to Farrell. In addition, I would expect that referees are expected to keep water carriers off the pitch if the option of a tap penalty is in play (but don't know for sure).A perhaps contrarian view on the first try, but it seemed to me that Farrell had finished talking, the left wing had run back into place, and all the blindside defence was aligned, but Ford covering on the right was walking back into position with his back to the action. I can understand why the ref blew for time on
As a welsh supporter we couldn’t understand how they were so bad initially under Pivac with essentially the same players. They seemed to lose the ability to adjust and defend though did go with a more attacking open profile. If things hadn’t turned around in those early six nations games I think he would have lost his job and there was pressure on him. I expected us to finish at almost bottom of the table to be honest given how they had been playing.Third time lucky this six nations! I wonder if their good fortune has also helped them play better than was expected at the start of the tournament?