Tales from the Six Kingdoms: “A lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinion of sheep”

The 2015 Six Nations Championship kicked off in true George R.R.Martin style on Friday night as Wales’s mind games failed to rattle Robshaw’s men at the Millennium Stadium.  DSC_5052

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The BBC’s homage to the HBO fantasy blockbuster, Game of Thrones, was well timed in readiness for the biggest opening clash for a decade.

The scene was all set for a repeat of the 2013 showdown spectacular (Super Saturday 2013 – Capitulation in Cardiff), but Lancasters’s Lannisters made sure this was not the case for the tournament’s opener.  Gatland had played the Game of Thrones and lost: his claims of a fatally maimed English pack proved wildly exaggerated, as England showed its prowess in depth, exposing only a one dimensional Wales flock.

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The battle started well for the hosts, as Webb put Wales ahead of the charge with an early, unexpected, try.  England fought back, giving Joseph his first opportunity to cross the finish line for his country.  The last attack was all Wales, with Biggar’s drop goal sounding the end of the first forty minutes.  DSC_5108DSC_5211DSC_5173DSC_5242DSC_5117DSC_5215At half time, the stadium was electric, as the visitors trailed 16 points to 8, a deficit never before overcome at Cardiff.  But the anticipated fall-out failed to materialise in the second half, as England’s 13 points remained uncontested.  DSC_5140DSC_5131DSC_5222DSC_5093With Wales’ mis-tackle count the biggest of the weekend, it was only fitting that the most crucial of all tackles made in the game came courtesy of the Welsh post, denying Haskell his fourth try against his favourite rivals.

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      Final score: Wales 16 – England 21.DSC_5261DSC_5263The game had it all.  Blood, Fire and Ice, but there was no ignoring the fact that Wales had been out-classed in the Cardiff chill.  Next Sunday, Wales will go beyond Hadrian’s Wall to face the Northmen of Murrayfield, their hopes of Grand Slam and Triple Crown victories having been decimated at the first assault.  

Let the battle for the realm continue…

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