Rose victory does not make Irish sit up


England may have beaten Wales 16-14 at Twickenham to take temporary first place in the Six Nations standings, but Stephen Ferris believes that this victory will not cause sleepless nights in Dublin or Belfast.

It was indeed a sloppy game with the kicking foot of the Rose’s George Ford ultimately being the difference between the two teams.

“It was not a high-quality game at all – especially not when you look at the teams’ skills and attacking ingenuity on the pitch,” said the former Irish flanker. RTE Rugby ‘s analysis of the showdown said.

According to Ferris, one or two players stood out, but there were hopelessly too few runs with the ball.

England may be unbeaten after its first two games in the tournament, but Ferris believes there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“Hopefully they get better as the series goes on. Currently, the Roses look like a team that is struggling a bit with its self-confidence; maybe the players don’t quite know what the coaching staff expects from them yet.”

Ireland play Italy at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this afternoon at 17:00.


  1. England: eight points after two games
  2. Ireland: 5 points after one game
  3. Scotland: 5 points after two games
  4. France: 4 points after two games
  5. Wales: 3 points after two games
  6. Italy: 1 point after one game