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Re: Falcons 29 Irish17
Posted by: alnwickfalcon
Date: 30/09/2017 23:10
I thoroughly enjoyed the game last night. I thought Irish were better than the score suggested. We seemed to start off quite nervously, Iím not sure if it was the sense of antisipation or knowing whatís at stake or possibly Irish playing phases going forward?

Once the first try went in from JPS, I thought it was inevitable that we would get the try bonus. The way Willis put his body on the line, to get so flat to the gain line was impressive. The tails went up and an air of superiority was spread, tackles were made, offloads sticking lovely attacking lines being made. This was exemplified in the second try a south sea Island highlights reel, superb steps and passing from Goneva, to Latu great offload no look pass to Takulua and Goneva follows in for the score a thing of beauty.

2 more bully boy trys followed with the forwards taking control from set piece, lineout (Socino darts weíre accurate ) and Niki sneaking in the middle of a maul to show the forwards How itís done .

We dropped off for 20 minuets in the second half and Irish got a foothold a lovely worked try for there first. The thing that impressed me most was the constant chat amongst our players and not letting the occasion get the better of them. Itís evident to see that the finishers are good enough and the squad depth is there. Youíre no longer looking at the bench thinking who can inspire a performance theyíre all good solid Premiership options and could rotate into the first 15.

Goneva was my Man if the Match, his tap tackle was simply brilliant and straight in front of me, his pure instinct stoped a certain try. The run chase down was comedy gold too but again prevented a try. Irish are a better side than Worcester on that evidence.

I was impressed again with Willis at 10 heís clearly not the finished article but itís admirable to be left to try and be creative at the top level of the game. His chip through for DTH was classy.

I will admit not being big fans of Chris Harris and Will Welsh but both were outstanding again last night Harrisís defence was brilliant and heís so strong both carrying and unbelievable the tackle. Mermoz is going to have a job even getting on the bench at this rate, our centre pair are playing out of their skin and Mativasi is a beast from the bench.

Itís the unseen things from Welsh that Iíve not noticed before, calming players down when it boils over to prevent stupid penalties, continual talking, his discipline at the breakdown and his overall work rate is up there with any Premiership back rower.

Iím seriously impressed at our tempo, discipline and culture. We seem to be forming a winning mentality. Yes itís still early days but I could only have dreamed of having 19 points and sitting in second at this stage. Well done to all at the club, long may this form continue. Itís on to a huge acid test at Exeter.

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