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Beware Joe Schmidt: Our "Jonah Lomu Rugby" 6 Nations Demo Has Not Started Well For Ireland

Beware Joe Schmidt: Our "Jonah Lomu Rugby" 6 Nations Demo Has Not Started Well For Ireland
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With the Six Nations rolling back into town, we've teamed up with Carry Out to preview every Ireland game in this year's championship.

And how else could we do this than with the undoubted king of rugby computer games (And possibly the greatest game of all time), Jonah Lomu Rugby from the original Playstation.

You can enjoy some gaming nostalgia and some truly awful rugby below, followed by our in-depth analysis of a dark day for Irish rugby:


So, what can Ireland learn from a frankly disgraceful display?


Poor Irish Tackling and Positional Play:


Something Joe Schmidt won't want to see in Murrayfield tomorrow, the Ireland team consistently let out-half Craig Chalmers through the middle in acres of space. It probably had something to do with attempts to tackle him from ten yards away and covering centres running in the wrong direction. Poor coaching.

Conor O'Shea



A frankly shocking performance from the full-back and Italy coach, as demonstrated here by him running directly past the ball carrier. A terrible performance from Ireland's last line of defence. We can only hope that Rob Kearney watching the game footage of this match several times tonight so he knows what to avoid tomorrow.



Lax at the breakdown:

Not amazing commitment shown here. This picture would leave you in little doubt why Ireland didn't have much territory or possession in the game. We can only hope Sean O'Brien shows more willingness to get into the ruck at Murrayfield.

Poor Lineout Play:


Ireland's set piece left a lot to be desired throughout the game but their lineout was particularly poor. Here you can see them not contesting a Scottish throw with a shocking amount of them facing in the completely wrong direction.

Backwards running: 


Rugby teams have often been accused of lateral running, but you rarely see a team running the ball backwards on a rugby field. Here you see Ireland and Ulster centre "Ding Dong" Jonny Bell running in the wrong direction back into his own pack. An innovative but ultimately unsuccessful tactic.

We hope Joe and the lads will take some lessons in what not to do from the "Lomu" Irish performance. We hope they can do better when they come up against Italy next Friday. Though we're honestly not even sure Italy are in the game.

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