Ireland struggled to beat the worst Italian team in years, managing in the end to scrape a 16-11 victory thanks to three missed kicks by Bortolussi.
Maybe we should just shut up shop now and go home before we have to witness total humiliation at the hands of France, England, Wales, and Scotland. Or maybe a deal could be done, and the Boys in Red might become the Boys in Green for a couple of months.
Maybe we could have Eddie O Sullivan kicked out on his arse and Declan Kidney brought in as a caretaker manager until we can find a coach who has a bit of respect for his players. Unlike Eddie.
A coach who isn’t a complete control freak, unlike Eddie.
Someone who’s able to tolerate disagreement, unlike Eddie.
Someone who doesn’t keep the players in constant fear of losing money, unlike Eddie.
Someone who’s able to adapt to changing circumstances, unlike Eddie.
We’ve watched this man drain the spirit out of a team packed with world-class players, turning them into the imagination-free robots who trudged their way through a miserable World Cup when, on paper, they might have won the goddam thing.
How different from Munster’s dismissal of Wasps only two weeks ago, though Eddie’s team has many of the same people in it.
How much further will we have to sink before this man is forced to go? Before he destroys Irish rugby for a generation.
UPDATE: Warren Gatland’s Wales beat England 26-19 in Twickenham. The first time in 20 years that England have lost to Wales at home. The last time this happened, England’s talented young outhalf, Danny Cipriani, was three months old.
Gatland, a New Zealander, is the former Ireland manager, disgracefully shafted by Eddie O Sullivan who wanted — and got — his job.
He was also manager of Wasps when they shattered Munster’s Heineken Cup hopes at Lansdowne Road by coming back in the last ten minutes to beat us. He made my little boy cry, the bastard.
All right. He made us both cry.