RWC 2015: One other such victory would utterly undo usPosted: September 22, 2015
Sorry for the delay but there’s my blog about Wales’ first match at the Rugby World Cup.
Uruguay are definitely the smallest rugby nation in our group, and expected to be the whipping boys for the other teams. In what shapes up to be a tight table points count for everything and Wales needed a convincing win here.
Having been cheering an underdog victory earlier it seemed that my words would come back to bite me as for the opening stages Wales were shaky and Uruguay took a lead. It wasn’t until the fifteenth minute that Wales got some points on the board.
Luckily this seemed to settle the nerves and the team, not at full strength finally began to click. Even Rhys Priestland played well, by his own standards, reliable at the posts even if his territory kicking continues to be erratic.
Priestland’s presence was a suggestion that we weren’t at full strength but thankfully the fringe players stepped up and soon made the scoreline look a bit better, with Samson Lee powering over for our first, before Cory Allen ran in a first half hat trick. The third, and best coming just before the break.
From this high came a low as Allen was forced from the field with an injury that finished his tournament. With Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb already out, Wales didn’t need more injury woes but as they raced to a 54-9 victory the injuries piled up- Liam Williams, Samson Lee, Aaron Jarvis and Paul James also took knocks.
This meant that the victory, complete with bonus point to send us top of the group, took on a pyrrhic quality, and leave us in a tough position with England, Fiji and Australia still to come.
We still have strong players and the line up wasn’t the first choice, but it will require a step up to defeat England in what could be the group decider. The only positives are a stronger line up and more fire in our bellies, it’s easier to get worked up for a tougher challenge, especially when it arrives in the form of the old enemy.
Comfort comes in reports that England were far from convincing against Fiji, but I expect a tense match.
MWF, not a sport fan, is fairly accommodating regarding Welsh matches, although she doesn’t understand my yelling at the screen. I know they can’t hear me, but staying silent for a match is almost impossible. Her own contribution was limited to a few questions, most memorably a lascivious “Who’s that?” When Jake Ball appeared on screen.
England vs Wales should be a hell of a game and as long as Ball plays MWF will be happy.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.