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As someone who goes to every Irish game home and away, and also an avid reader of the Craic, I thought I should step up and help Griff's regular pleadings and do a match a write up!
Get Tom Cruise on the phone!
London Irish's preformance in the Avivia Premiership has been disappointing. After the glorious victory over Harlequins in the opening day at Twickenham everything felt good but since then there have been no more victories and many, many poor results leaving the Exiles at the foot of the table looking down the barrel of a second relegation to the Championship. Their nearest competition comes in the form of Worcester Warriors, a mere 16 points ahead in the table. Their visit to the Madejski felt very much post-must-win but, with the maths not completely signalling the drop, Irish had something to play for and Worcester had the means to put the men-in-green away.
LI Bohemian steps-up to produce a match report for a truly terrible game of rugby, played in front of few people, in the cold while the Six Nations is on elsewhere.
We are taking hospital visitors!
I don’t tend to go to games away from the Madstad, except Twickenham, and in fact the only games I have been to prior to this were the little home game in New York and a previous trip to Cardiff for an LV game when my son was at Cardiff University. That game was at the football ground. So when their former main sponsor wanted me to visit on business, I jumped at the chance of arranging a trip to Newport for Friday afternoon! Then on to Cardiff Arms Park.
Another Unexpected Journey
I had no intentions of going to the match this Saturday and it was pretty much the same story when Irish played Krasny Yar at the Madstad two weeks previous to this game, but I still turned up. Firstly because the work I had to do on both Saturdays didn't take as long as I had estimated and secondly I wanted to see Irish win some games and maybe feel like I did at the beginning of the season. I know this is shallow, but a win is a win. I had travelled on my own to both games, mainly do to the lack of interest in the cup competitions from my normal travelling companions. When you get to Reading though my fellow London Irish supporters make you welcome and will always talk a good theory or two on the current matters affecting the players/sport/future location of the team/ring fencing.
LI Youngsters Step Up…
Round 5 of the European Challenge Cup saw London Irish welcome Krasny Yar from Siberia to the Madejski. Shawshank reports on the match.
Fading Festive Fizzle
After succumbing to a heavy cough and cold the day game, I was looking forward to some Irish cheer but with the festive fizzle finally fading and the New Year fun not quite at the door, the Newcastle Falcons flew in to visit the Madstad.
Déjà vu all over again Jeff!
I managed to get to the game, as most of the travelling Irish supporters by having some time off work, we drove up and parked in an adjacent rugby ground, car park and walked through a tunnel to the front of the stadium, this was my first time at Sixways, I thought that the place was very welcoming and the right size for a rugby ground.
A Tale of One City
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... The best? Edinburgh is a fabulous city, I've always liked it and I still do. It's not too big, the people are fantastic and then there's the whisky... The worst, however, was almost all rugby... if we're even calling Irish's attempt on Saturday "rugby".
Future not so rosy, more cider please.
I boarded the train at Kemble Station aglow with an optimism lit by the price of my cheap day return. Effortlessly the miles sped by ,leaving Wiltshire's blue skies behind as we tumbled down to the murky grey mists of the Bristol Channel. The brief journey over, I was disgorged into a sea of red and white shapes sweeping me along to their place of commmunion, Kingsholm.