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Fading Festive Fizzle


By Irish 'Stoker
January 3 2018

After succumbing to a heavy cough and cold the day game, I was looking forward to some Irish cheer but with the festive fizzle finally fading and the New Year fun not quite at the door, the Newcastle Falcons flew in to visit the Madstad.

The weather was bleak and grey to match the Falcons kit but the flood lights flickered into life for what should be the darkest fixture (in terms of daylight) this season. Having watched the “Friday night under the lights” from the relative comfort of my living room I was hoping for more of the industry, effort and spark to liven this fixture that I had seen for periods at Worcester.

Irish started well and seemed to have allayed some of the defensive frailties that had dogged previous games. The inclusion of Coman back in the pack and a partnership of Fowlie / Williams in the centres with Big Joe given licence to come and help out seemed to be steadying the ship.

Treviranus was the go to crash man and made several big gains all through the match. Good to see the big man back up to speed and hungry for work. Speaking of food….

The inter-festive fixture drew a reasonable crowd all busy handing round leftovers and newly purchased provender like it was going out of fashion the mission being to stop anybodies calorific intake dropping below 2000 an hour!

For those of us coming to the game with paranoia levels raised that we did not get the “luck of the Irish” that we are duty bound to the sight that a certain Dean Richards would be running the line did nothing – even if Caimh did stipulate that it “wasn’t that one”

It was long after I dug into a wedge shaped piece of Christmas cake resembling a snow covered battle cruiser that things started to fall apart. The rub of the green/rule interpretation saw Newcastle benefit from a double bit of good fortune to rack up the first try of the fixture. Tait capitalising on a charged down clearance after Irish had ripped the ball from the tackle/Newcastle had spilled the ball forward.

Only moments later a “rarer this game” defensive lapse allowed Newcastle and Tait to go 2 tries to the good with an expertly executed cross field kick

The damage was completed just before halftime with Coman in the bin for repeated maul offences the ball was again worked cross field for the Falcons 3rd try of the half.

HT 9-20

To Irish’s credit that was the end of the Falcons scoring. The combination of defensive efforts all be it “last ditch” at times kept the visitors at bay and with Tonks accurate with the boot on 5 occasions it enabled the home team to claw (or should I say talon?) back the visitors and keep in touch for a losing BP.

The bench provided solid replacement when needed although there was a noticeable uplift in pace on the ruck ball once steele had given way to Meehan. This may have been due to the chase for the winning score but a welcome change all the same.

Irish just seemed to run out of time on this one with Newcastle recording their fist win in the league here since 2009

FT 15-20

A couple of frustrating games over the festive period ending in scant returns for the effort Irish put in. Time is running for what is looking like a “great escape” Let’s just hope that they get to feast on the points bounty available in 2018 and unlike the rest of us that should probably go easy on what we devour. “Ok go on then just one more slice of cake”.

COYI

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Fading Festive Fizzle
The Craic www.londonirish.org (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 12:45
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Re: Fading Festive Fizzle
cjm. (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 12:50
Just watched a bit of the highlights on AP site cause I missed the first try.

How the hell was that advantage over! IMHO a pathetic decision by the ref, we were still behind the gainline.

Also for the second try at least Tonks give it has all to chase the kick. Did you notice Coka just jogging to it? No commitment, if he had the receiver would have been flattened.

Little things but given the final scoreline, they mattered.

 
Re: Fading Festive Fizzle
jimbo800 (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 12:54
Joe hasn’t had to work too hard in age group rugby, he was always much bigger than everyone. Now for the first time he’s being faced with his superiors. We’re expecting a lot from him, he can deliver but he needs to work on quite a basic aspects of a wingers game.

 
Re: Fading Festive Fizzle
cjm. (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 13:11
I can understand that but that then becomes a coaching issue as he hasn't been pushed to make the most of his natural advantages.

 
Re: Fading Festive Fizzle
jimbo800 (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 13:17
It’s definitely a coaching issue. It’s a shame he hasn’t had a chance to work much with Nalaga, he was the epitome of a big winger who could do pretty much everything

 
Re: Fading Festive Fizzle
Anonymous User (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 14:16
Quote:
cjm.
Just watched a bit of the highlights on AP site cause I missed the first try.
How the hell was that advantage over! IMHO a pathetic decision by the ref, we were still behind the gainline.

Also for the second try at least Tonks give it has all to chase the kick. Did you notice Coka just jogging to it? No commitment, if he had the receiver would have been flattened.

Little things but given the final scoreline, they mattered.

You're having a laugh aren't you? Tonks did not give it his all to get to the receiver and no wonder he was bloody miles out starting on pretty much the other side of the pitch. Steele had a stab at it, but didn't get that close. Even so... How do you expect anyone to cover that much ground (Tonks or Joe) to flatten the receiver?

 
Re: Fading Festive Fizzle
cjm. (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 14:49
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Quote:
cjm.
Just watched a bit of the highlights on AP site cause I missed the first try.
How the hell was that advantage over! IMHO a pathetic decision by the ref, we were still behind the gainline.

Also for the second try at least Tonks give it has all to chase the kick. Did you notice Coka just jogging to it? No commitment, if he had the receiver would have been flattened.

Little things but given the final scoreline, they mattered.

You're having a laugh aren't you? Tonks did not give it his all to get to the receiver and no wonder he was bloody miles out starting on pretty much the other side of the pitch. Steele had a stab at it, but didn't get that close. Even so... How do you expect anyone to cover that much ground (Tonks or Joe) to flatten the receiver?

Yes the kick was a little too long but Tonks was trying and made it to the receiver but didn't execute the tackle. Joe was barely jogging and didn't try to tackle. Steele wasn't even in the frame for any of this, so I don't know what that is about. Have you watched the replay? You can find them here.

Highlights

In fact I don't think we are even talking about the same bit on reflection. I am talking the leadup when Tonks kicks and chases not the actual kick for the try.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018:01:03:14:54:04 by cjm..

 
Re: Fading Festive Fizzle
Anonymous User (IP Logged)
03/01/2018 15:07
We were talking about different kicks!

Think you're being a bit harsh on Joe, he has to check his run so he's not in front of Tonks as Tonks kicks, Tonks then has the momentum, so it's no wonder he's going all out to get there. Yes Joe could have done more, but Tonks should have stopped the 9 from there.

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