Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ain't it grand

A wonderful, wonderful match with a climax as good as any in Six Nations history. The upshot of it all is that Ireland are Grand Slam champions, 61 years of longing ended with a performance of courage and composure. Ronan O’Gara scored the winning points with a drop goal, but this was a magnificent team effort.

No doubt the twists and turns of this extraordinary encounter will grow in the telling, but it will be difficult to exaggerate the exuberance of the scenes at the end as Brian O’Driscoll went up to claim the spoils.

Wales did their bit. They were brave and resolute and they got very, very close to upsetting Ireland, but they were unable to shunt destiny aside.

Ah well. There was last year, and there's always next year.

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