improvement. McCaw was outstanding and Marshall provided much better
service to a backline who found more space in which to operate after a tight
first 20 mins. You could have thrown a blanket over the AB forwards at
times. The ABs played all the rugby, well, at least took the game to the
The game was far from a spectacle in a scrappy affair.. with Ireland kicking
way too much ball away in an effort to avoid playing much game from within
our half. O'Gara again failed to excel. Hayes and Foley were prominent in
a losing exchange up front and Dempsey revealed yet again that while he
lacks pace, his positional sense in the No.15 jersey is extraordinary.
Still, we need more attacking flair from this position. See Murphy in the
full back spot next year with Hickie and perhaps Bishop on the wing.
Congrats ABs. A much, much better performance.