Rugby World Unites In Delight At Mike Brown's Misery

Rugby World Unites In Delight At Mike Brown's Misery
By Balls Team Updated

Beating England: great. Preventing them from winning a second consecutive Grand Slam: wonderful. Halting their quest for rugby's longest Test match win streak: extraordinary. But take all of that history business out of the equation and Ireland's win tonight would still linger long in the memory because it involved beating England with Mike Brown at ultimate prickmode.

Different England players reacted differently to the Irish pressure tonight. There were unexpected knock-ons and dumb penalties. Mike Brown's way of coping with the Ireland pressure in the second half: acting the maggot.

The first noteable incident came in the middle of the second half, when passions were at their peak After Andrew Conway gave away a penalty for tackling in the air and Brown grabbed Conway by the shirt, like a high school bully picking on the new kid in school. Conway however did not back down.

Then late in the second half, Brown flattened Robbie Henshaw with a moment of true bastardry. Henshaw went down lightly but this was vintage Brown.

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And wouldn't you know it? The match ended on a Mike Brown knock-on. The English-speaking rugby world was temporarily united in joy at Brown's expense.

 

Beating England is always sweet but there will always be something unusually satisfying about beating an England team with Mike Brown.

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