IT was cold, wet and windy at Terenure in Dublin on Saturday afternoon. As a ferocious wind whipped across the field it took with it not only the autumn leaves but also Ireland?s hopes of progressing to the European Nations Cup final.
THE Irish Wolfhounds Rugby League team have reported a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday?s ?winner takes all? European Nations Cup semi-final against Wales at Terenure College RFC this Saturday.
THE conditions ahead of kickoff were cold and wet underfoot, and both sides took their time settling into the game. No doubt the constant drizzle accentuated the calamity of errors which averaged one per minute in the opening five minutes.
After the nerves had settled the game got under way and both sides employed similar tactics, opting to test the midfield defence with bruising runs. Within 6 minutes Ireland were camped on Scotland?s 5metre line and Barrie McDermott almost set up Simon Finnegan but Finnegan couldn?t collect the offload.
EUROPEAN Nations Cup - Scotland v Ireland
When: Sun 23rd October
Where: Glasgow Hawks home ground