martedì 5 marzo 2013

6 Nations 2013 Know your enemy: England


Tipo di poche parole che va dritto al punto, ospitiamo l'opinione di Total Flanker, blog di rugby made in England, mentre l'Italia si prepara alla trasferta a Twickenham contro l'Inghilterra di coach Stuart Lancaster, in corsa per la vittoria del 6 Nations 2013 e che dopo gli Azzurri dovrà vedersela contro i gallesi al Millenium Stadium per completare l'opera. Enjoy! 

Last year I wrote a preview of Italy v England in Rome and predicted a tight, tense encounter between a rookie England team and their vastly experienced Italian counterparts. 

As predictions go, it was spot on, with England scraping a win by virtue of a try from Chargedown Charlie Hodgson. Twelve months on and so much has changed for the English. Last year it was a new team with a new coach and a new captain. So much was unknown but the signs were already there that England would be tough to beat and so it has proved. Runners up in the Six Nations last year, the team has continued to evolve and is now on a winning streak that no one expects to end this weekend. 

The Azzurri will undoubtedly be competitive , but even if Sergio Parisse had been available I doubt even the most optimistic Italian fan would have anticipated victory. Italy’s best hope is that England take them lightly but with the pragmatic Cumbrian, Stuart Lancaster, in charge I doubt very much that the England players will be allowed to get complacent

The Italian scrum wobbled badly against Wales and England will look to take advantage and if they get front-foot ball on a regular basis I think the tries will come. It certainly won’t be easy – it never is against Italy – but England are pretty relentless this year and they’ll be disappointed with anything other than a good win.

5 commenti:

Anonimo ha detto...

noto con immenso piacere che ci abbeveriamo alle stesse fonti ....
questo posto lo sento sempre più come casamia , perdonate l' invadenza amici cari . ironduke

Abr ha detto...

:)

Abr ha detto...

nb: casa tua no, your clubhouse yes :)

Abr ha detto...

On topic: what a difference between the "pragmatic" Cumbrian (i'd rather say, the focused, no-excuses Cumbrian) and our forgiving, "psycologist" (as we like to say) Pirenean ...

Anonimo ha detto...

volevo dire clubhouse infatti.... ;)
ironduke

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