It’s been a frustrating and generally unsatisfactory Six Nations campaign for Ireland this year. The team has shown that it has the ability to score tries, but it also has the unfortunate knack of conceding too many penalties. The frustration reached new heights last weekend with the illegal Welsh try which cost Ireland the match and left Irish supporters speechless.
Now it’s England coming to Dublin this weekend to wrap up the championship and possibly a “grand slam”. Can Ireland burst the English balloon and restore some pride in the green jersey ahead of a World Cup campaign?
Ulster representation on the Irish team this year has been minimal, but Andrew Trimble’s selection on the left wing for this final match is one which will gladden Ulstermen everywhere. His performances for Ulster in recent weeks have been excellent, and he deserves his place. Since he didn’t go to play for another Irish province, most Ulster supporters still consider the right winger, Tommy Bowe, as “one of us” in spite of his defection to the Ospreys. And as a Monaghan man he is also an Ulsterman by right.
So we look forward to the two Ulstermen, Andrew and Tommy, doing the business for Ireland. Is it too much to hope for an Irish win on the week of St Patrick’s Day and to send the English home suitably subdued?
Update: Ireland won by 24 points to 8 and both Ulstermen put in great performances!