Ireland no.7 David Wallace has offered the
baying public a few thoughts on the team’s poor performance against Namibia the other evening …
It is a brief enough article but it contains some worrying pointers as to how the players in general might be feeling. Wallace says : “It’s impossible to say why we played so badly, so how do you change it? Is it a mental thing? I don’t know.”
I find it a tad worrying that the team does not know why the performance was so poor – were they so assured of the winning points that they actually did, mentally switch off ? And that they might not know how to change it ? Surely they themselves, as well as O’Sullivan et al. pick out things to improve upon ?
He goes on to say : “There is concern, obviously. We have had a good couple of good seasons and we must remember that, because you don’t become a bad team overnight.”
Not wanting to labour on the point but how prepared are they ? How mentally strong are they ? If they went out and were finding it impossible to figure out why things were going wrong, does it not point at a nonchalance and even an arrogance of expecting to win without even trying ?
I think the performance against Georgia will be much improved – but maybe not the 100% turnaround in fortunes that we need and that will have the French worried !
And on a smaller and annoying note (at least to me), why was it necessary to asterisk out the word ARSE in that column ? It’s an arse – everyone has one, every man, woman and child in the world uses the word and their a*** !