Vivomed – Roars from the Stores 18/03/2018

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Vivomed – Roars from the Stores

Every Monday morning in every workplace men and women start the week by roaring and arguing about the weekend sport. “That wasn’t a foul”, “a definite dive”, “referee’s a joke”, “absolute shambles.” Got it.

While the Vivomed blog generally provides insightful scientific articles about sports medicine, we’ve decided to give voice to the sporting maniacs who work in our stores and love their sport with a passion.

Saturday’s historic match at Twickenham has given rise to the first post:

Vivomed - Roars from the Stores
Conor Murray takes the lead as the Irish lick the English Elbow
Cream rises to the top as Ireland lick the English

Out-thought, outfought, outplayed, and outclassed; the England rugby team trudged off the pitch at Twickenham while the Irish danced and sang on this historic St Patrick’s day.

Ireland played this match like a chess game with a level of intelligence that left the English bewildered.

From the start the English appeared frightened by the Irish opposition, as their combination of skill, intensity and calm created a dominance which dictated the pace and of the game as it unfolded.

The first try from a rousing Garryowen from the “insane” conductor Johnny Sexton set the stage for a level of stage fright which saw the English concede a series of soft penalties to allow Ireland to take control.

The second try was straight from Coach Schmidt’s chess board with Furlong easing Aki through the gap and Stander bundling himself on to the foot of the post, with a simplicity which was frightening, but not surprising.

Even when they lost a man and conceded a try they never lost control. They retained a level of calm which allowed the fiercely talented Murray to release Stockdale on the blindside. The winger’s chase and close control of the bouncing ball from his chip resulted in a remarkable 7th Championship try for Stockdale.

The second half required a different game plan. Ireland had it. They repelled the inevitable English attacking waves in the first ten minutes of the second half with comparative ease and then designed to play the game solidly in midfield.

When Daly scored with 17 minutes left, England might have put on a charge. They didn’t. They couldn’t, because Ireland were still controlling all areas of play.

An England try in the corner in injury time was meaningless as the final whistle sent the Irish crowd into raptures of joy, and this intelligent Irish team into the history books.

Sir Clive Woodward blamed it on fatigue. “Maro Itoje looked out on his feet and wasn’t the same player we saw last summer against New Zealand. It’s taken its toll on them.”

Do you think so?

“Roars from the stores”

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