England 12 - Wales 19

Well watching that was hard work, but a good result in the end. Italy up next in a fortnight and then possibly a Grand Slam decider in Paris on the 17th March.

Hopefully we'll come up against a weakened French team as they are playing on four successive weekends to make up for the match cancelled due to a frozen pitch.

I thought England continued to show signs of improvement. Despite being a Nothampton fan I have to be critical of Ben Foden who is becoming a bit predictable at full back. For this reason and to encourage strength in depth it would seem a good idea to give someone else a try out at 15.

On the war gaming front, the next 12 Romans are on the painting table and I'll work on these during the week. I'm also considering a small order to Foundry, despite the high prices, for a few extra blisters to round out these armies. For Spanish and other allies/opposition there are better and cheaper options though (A&A, Crusader, etc).



  1. My word, what a match! Been an Englishman, obviously I felt a try at the end would have given a scoreline that reflected, a little more, the intensity of the game, nonetheless a well deserved Triple Crown to Wales.

  2. Hi Michael

    Unfortunately Dave Strettle is one of those players who, to me, just seems very unlucky at international level. Whenever it is a 50:50 situation he is on the wrong side of things. A bit like much of Mark Cueto's England career. Both fantastic players just not blessed.

    The Welsh win was largely a matter of luck given the great defensive play by both sides and reminded me of Scott Gibbs's match winning try at Wembley.

    Naturally I am happy that we had the luck, but a draw would have been a fair result yesterday.


  3. I missed the game as I was fighting (losing) the Battle of Naseby. Got back home and watched the highlights on the BBC site. What a great result! We played pretty badly but still managed a win - and that never say die attitude holding up the ball on the try line speaks volumes for the team. We'll beat Italy - and just hope the French crumble.

  4. I don't wanna sound like a bad loser, but as soon as I heard the video refs welsh accent I knew he wernt gonna give that last try...
    Good game though!

  5. TV ref was Iain Ramage, who is Scottish, not Welsh. I don't think they allow officials to be of one of the playing nations.

    Can't see even an English ref being able to confirm a definite try based on the footage...


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