Now that the tornament itself is underway, the number of new articles popping into my Safari RSS reader is adding up at a ferocious rate.
Anyway, I’m going to stick with just the one topic today, which as you might guess, is Ireland’s less than whelming victory over Namibia last night.
Eddie O’Sullivan called it the worst Irish performance for a long time. Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell and David Wallace all admit that the team’s performance was shocking and that there is still a lot of work to be done if Ireland are to have any real chance of qualifying from the Pool of Death. (Both from the official IRFU site.)
On RTE, Eddie O’Sullivan is reported as saying that watching the match was like watching a horror movie. Also on RTE, a players’ ratings page, where you can enter your ratings alongside those given by the RTE pundits.
De Paper reports that BOD is saying that time is running out for Ireland to get their campaign going.
The Indo calls the Irish team’s showing as their worst performance in World Cup history, and that it ridicules any notion of Ireland being genuine contenders.
Gerry Thornley, writing the lead article in The Irish Times’s coverage, (paid subscription required) says that this was the pick-me-up that Bernard Laporte’s France team needed after their defeat to Argentina on Friday night.
Mind you the English papers had little to cheer this morning either, as England were equally unimpressive in their stuttering win over the USA Eagles, especially when you consider that England didn’t even get the bonus point. Contrast their performance to that of New Zealand, who hosed Italy, an established Six Nations side by 11 tries on Saturday, as Mick Cleary points out in the Tele.