Posted by: johncav | September 30, 2007

Let me just say this

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.

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  1. A bit of a shambles.

    Argentina played a majestic game and were deserving pool winners. Felipe C let himself down a bit by taunting the Irish players during the game.

    The”Genius” O’Driscoll played well by Irish standards but would not stand out in a Southern Hemisphere team. Who told D’Arcy he was a Crash Test Dummy? Eddie I would say!

    How about an alternative team

    Fullback – Murphy (Frank Cork GAAman)
    Wing – Trimble (David) Easy!
    Wing – Hickey (David – 70’s Dub GAA player)
    Centre – O Driscoll (Fiona – Cork Camogie)
    Centre – D’arcy (Ray – Radio “Personality”)
    Out Half – O Gara (Ursula Irish Artist)
    Scrumhalf – Reddan(Otis Redding) Nearly
    Prop – Hayes(Farmer Michael Christy Moore Song)
    Hooker – Flannery (Parish Priest Turloughmore)
    Prop – Horan (Monsignor Michael – Knock)
    Second Row – O Callagahan (Owen the builder)
    Second Row – O Connell (Daniel the Liberator)
    Wing Forward – Easterby (Mick the horsey man)
    Wing Forward – Wallace (William “Braveheart”)
    Number 8 – Leamy – (Lee Mi – Korean Actress)

    The fact that some of the above are girls or deceased would not impact a hughe amount on the collective performance.

    Roll on the 6 Nations!!

  2. a sad day but Argentina were superb i thought. more thoughts back at my blog
    fpb

  3. Another way of looking at it – was BOD paying them a compliment? Surely the aim of any team is to play as much of the match in the opposition’s half, and this is exactly what Argentina did this afternoon.

  4. Perhaps Gerry, although seeing him on television, there seemed to be an element of sour grapes in how he said it. In my opinion at least… Furthermore, even if he was actually complimenting Argentina, then just come out and bloody say it. No need for implied spin gibberish.

    “We were beaten by a better team.”

    Not really that hard is it? Petulant stuff.

  5. Anyway, the Argentine game plan was to play in the Irish half, not in their own. Anyone who follows rugby would appreciate that. O’Driscoll noted it, and noted the consequence of it for Ireland. It wasn’t a criticism of Argentine, it was an observation of fact.

    That he looked or sounded petulant (however the fuck you do that) is ridiculous, how does that differ from looking annoyed with himself or his team? Personally, I’d be more pissed off if he came out smiling or joking myself .

    Brian O’Driscoll should stop mouthing when things don’t go his way. He won’t.

    Indeed, he should give credit to the opposition for playing a winning game, and executing their own game plan. Oh, wait.

  6. Touché JC, although no need for the language 😉

    A retraction, if you will. “Petulant” was a silly choice of words. My bad. I merely meant to illustrate what I felt was a lack of graciousness in defeat… Using terms such as “refuses to play” and “difficult brand to play against” is hardly due credit when Ireland were comprehensively beaten all over the pitch.

    “Personally, I’d be more pissed off if he came out smiling or joking myself.”

    Granted, be pissed off and annoyed that you lost! Obviously! All the same admit when you are beaten by a better side. Were the words “Argentina” and “better” once used, by Brian or Eddie? No.

    Now, may I pick a bone or two with your own comment. You had this to say:

    “Anyway, the Argentine game plan was to play in the Irish half, not in their own. Anyone who follows rugby would appreciate that.”

    Erm, I did appreciate that. Three examples:

    “How inconsiderate of those bloody Argies to implement a game plan that would ensure their victory and progression.”

    A statement obviously appreciative of their game plan I would have thought.

    “How dare they be as insolent as to actually compete (dominate) at the breakdown and play a kicking game?”

    Sarcastic, of course, but noted all the same. I mentioned their kicking game. Exactly where would they be kicking to? Surely not the Irish half? I also gave the Pumas credit here:

    “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.”

    A fairly sound analysis I would have thought. Fair enough, I may have used the words “grind out a result”, but it is their brilliance at doing so that has made Argentina a world force in rugby. Just ask France!

    I do follow rugby JC. Passionately. Indeed, I played rugby for quite a while. Alas, a gimpy knee put an end to my none-too-burgeoning career. It pains me awfully to see Ireland do so badly when there is genuine talent at our disposal. It also pains me when excuses are being made.

    Just for the record, I share your annoyance at Ireland’s loss. I would love to be simply praising BOD’s brilliant display, allied with an Irish win. Yet it was not to be.

    *Sigh*

  7. See I saw that interview and agreed with him. The Argentine side did exactly what he said. They refused to play rugby in their own half. And that was the exact tactic that they needed, and that won them the game. I didn’t see it as praising comment or as a petulant one, it was simply a statement of fact.

    But the commentators afterwards all picked up on it as though he was moaning about it, which i didn’t see at all.

    I guess it just goes to show that it is all how you interpret things.

    I’d agree though that BOD have a good game. As did O’Connell. But overall the team just weren’t good enough. We should have played like that in the opening match and been on an upward curve from there if we wanted to get out of the group.

  8. Didn’t see the interview but was at the game. V impressed by O Driscoll. Really put his heart and soul into the cause. If he did come across as petulant, it could be because he was very annoyed but this annoyance he was really towards some of the people around him rather than the Argentinians. Because he resisted the urge to say what he really thinks, the annoyance had to leak out elsewherer. I think this might be called some for form of “transference”.


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