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The roof will be open
lechef (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 15:26
Why should the roof be closed? It is an outdoor sport. The weather will be bad for England v Scotland, no one is complaining about that. The sooner Gatland goes the better for us all.

This is what the BBC website reported

The Principality Stadium roof will be open on Saturday at Ireland's request as Wales bid for the Six Nations Grand Slam against them in Cardiff.

The decision was confirmed on the eve of the game and came after Ireland coach Joe Schmidt suggested Wales broke protocol in asking tournament bosses to close the roof for the potential tournament decider.

Under Six Nations rules, both teams must agree to the roof being closed.

Rain is forecast for the game.

Schmidt said Wales had asked for the roof to be closed because of the weather forecast for Saturday's game.

When it was put to Schmidt that normally the visitors would be asked to decide on the roof, the Ireland coach replied: "Yes, normally".

He added: "There's been a request from Wales that in the interest of the quality of the game and the very poor weather forecast that the roof be closed.

"So they've said to the Six Nations directly, 'can it be closed?"'

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones gave little away when he was asked about the roof being open.
"You'd have to ask the Irish guys about what their mentality is," he said.

"We've trained here on a few occasions with it open and closed."

Asked if the decision should have been Wales' to make, Jones added: "That's for the alickadoos, isn't it? I don't wear a shirt and tie long enough to make those decisions.

"At the end of the day, the pitch and conditions are the same for both teams."

Schmidt believes closing the roof would have made precious little difference in any case, recalling how he believes Wales over-watered the pitch back in 2017, when the hosts prevailed 22-9.

"For us, last time we said 'look, we don't mind, you choose'," said Schmidt.

"And they chose closed, but made the field incredibly wet at the start of the game.

"So we will probably be happy enough if it's open anyway."
'We should be able to do what we want with it'

Wales boss Warren Gatland had expected Ireland to ask for the roof to be open.

"My only concern is that if it is pouring down with rain then we do have a responsibility to the game as a spectacle," said Gatland.

"Both teams have to agree to the roof being closed so that means basically the away team decides what happens in our stadium.

"I have made a number of comments in the past about that. It's our stadium and we should be able to do what we want with it."

Re: The roof will be open
JL904 (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 15:58
"My only concern is that if it is pouring down with rain then we do have a responsibility to the game as a spectacle," said Gatland.

That's a bit disingenuous Mr G. You know as well as the rest of us that your only concern is to make sure your fans go home celebrating a Grand Slam, and sod the "spectacle".

Given the choice between a dull, 1970's style 6-3 win, or a losing an entertaining 35-31 try-fest thus gifting England the 6N title should they beat Scotland ... fans want the win.

When silverware is the prize, a spectacle is a bonus, not the main focus - the only team who prioritise entertainment are the Barbarians.

Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please - Niccolo Machiavelli

Re: The roof will be open
Innings (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 16:46
The Welsh effectively sabotaged the decision last time Ireland agreed to the roof being closed. They watered the pitch to be a quagmire anyway. If Gatland doesn't like the decision this time, he should look back on his part in that decision.


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Re: The roof will be open
TonyTaff (IP Logged)
15 March, 2019 18:14
The talk about the weather is bollox.

Wales want the roof closed because the noise of the home fans is amplified. The 6N rules are that the away side can demand it be open.

Nothing to see here, move along!

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Re: The roof will be open
John Tee (IP Logged)
16 March, 2019 09:27
I agree that the away team should have a say but also that it is handling game so that should be a consideration.
I always prefer a skills fest so the Welsh point is reasonable even if you don't actually believe the reason they give.

Re: The roof will be open
Garp285 (IP Logged)
16 March, 2019 11:44
Why do we, and others, play on a plastic pitch? Do opposition sides get to decide if they want to play on that? Do pitch conditions ever get passed by the oppo - grass length etc? No! The decision should be for the home side, same with the roof.

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