Week 12: Hero – The Six Nations

by Charlie_East_West on March 22, 2015

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This week’s hero of the week goes to The Six Nations Rugby Championship for producing a day of rugby that will never be forgotten by anyone who had the pleasure of witnessing it.

I have to admit that I was in real danger of becoming rather jaded with Rugby Union. Increasingly, the grand old game was becoming one dimensional, as international rugby teams were becoming over coached, over muscled and over concerned about defence rather than attack. The game was in danger of becoming over populated by 18 stone muscle men fighting over the breakdown rather than a game that catered for every shape and size of player who played with a mixture of force and finesse.

Maybe I am a hopeless old sporting romantic/rugby union Luddite, but I want to see a jinking winger and a fleet of foot fly half rather than endless drift defence and a risk adverse tactical up and under kicking game. Instead, I want to see someone making a side step and a bunch of three quarters running at pace with perfect passing.

And then something happened on Saturday. Something so bloody marvellous. Rugby Union in its wild and creative form was reawakened. Because England, Ireland and Wales all had one mission – to score as many points as possible to try and win the Six Nations title on points difference, we saw over 200 points being scored in three matches as Wales hammered Italy, Ireland hammered Scotland and then England and France produced one of the most beautifully bonkers games of rugby I have ever seen.

Ireland may be the Six Nations Champions of 2015, but more importantly, the final weekend of the Six Nations gave us our heroic game back just for one day.

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Eddie Kaye March 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

Agreed Charlie, an epic final Saturday if ever there was one. It shows how important those line decisions are – a converted try being the difference in the end.

I certainly was hoarse by 7 o’clock on Saturday.

Hopefully there are some concerned Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans watching what their Northern Hemisphere counterparts can do when they attack!

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