I enjoyed the game and also, the beer, fish and chips and me missus and daughter enjoyed the pie's. All in all a good old fashioned RL experience, oh and yeah the long walk in the rain to the car added as well - took me back to days of ole....
More seriously the Fijians tried to intimidate the Irish, but it was really good to see the Irish not allowed themselves to be bullied. Having said that some of the tackling was brutal at times, no problem with that as it was fair, but some was thuggish and how it took so long for a Fiji player to be sin-binned was surprising, even then it wasn't main culprit. The game is tough enough especially playing the Fijians without some of the cheap shots from them. How on earth the number 8 wasn't sent to the sin-bin instead of just being talked to on a number of occasions makes you wonder why he isn't on report given the Sam Burgess high tackle example, this fellow was a serial offender.
The Irish did have plenty of ball and territory after the first blistering 15 mins from the Fijians but the Fiji defence was too good for the Irish who always struggled to create real opportunities. Whereas the Fiji team looked dangerous whenever they got into the Irish half.
Best team won but whilst enjoying the physical nature of the Fijians they did overstep the mark and should have been more seriously punished sooner than the eventually sin-binning (unfortunately for the person sent as it was obviously one of those "the next man" situations) which led to cooling tempers, although this was helped by the number 8 being interchanged and off the field for a good while.
Edited by redjonn, 29 October 2013 - 12:48 PM.