Brian O’Driscoll had a very good game today for Ireland. He was immense in the tackle, took his try very well, and attempted to lead by example.
However he let himself down with his comments right after the game:
“In parts we played some great rugby today, we tried to go out and play. It was difficult, we were playing against a team that refuses to play in their own half.
They played a good kicking game, Hernandez has a good boot on him. They controlled it well in fairness, they are a difficult brand to play against, particularly when you have to chase the four tries.”
“A team that refuses to play in their own half.” The man simply cannot be serious… What a pathetic statement. How inconsiderate of those bloody Argies to implement a game plan that would ensure their victory and progression. Did they not realise that this is the Golden Generation TM of Irish rugby? Could they not let us be beautiful? How dare they be as insolent as to actually compete (dominate) at the breakdown and play a kicking game?
I was astounded when I heard O’Driscoll say that. Such a lack of self-awareness. I mean, the glaring irony of an Irish rugby player criticising another nation for playing a destructive kicking game! However, what annoyed me most about his comments is that Brian has never whinged about anything before… Just ask Tana Umaga.
The lesson is painful and simple. Ireland were easily beaten by an Argentina side who had plenty more in the tank. Loffreda’s was a team picked to grind out a result. The clinically took their drop goals, penalties and tries when the opportunities arose… Their prerogative was clear; punish the inevitable Irish mistakes when they came. In contrast, Ireland were a haphazard punchline. Utterly abysmal.
Eddie O’Sullivan should high dive onto his sword. He won’t.
Brian O’Driscoll should stop mouthing when things don’t go his way. He won’t.
Irish rugby is about to hit a serious trough… Come out of it in a hurry? We won’t.
P.S.I shall watch with rueful glee the dexterity with which Napoleon O’Sullivan will attempt to avoid blame and responsibility in the aftermath of this farce… He should have given Gordon “Run Straight Into Contact, Again” D’Arcy a few pointers on avoidance.