So, I love to be in the minority on a few subjects, I’m still waiting for my day to be proven right on a few issues, notably Mike Brown being England’s third best fullback and average at best.
So today I’m going to pull the Dragons tail and tell it how it really is about Wales.
In the whole period that they have been hailed as world beaters with world class players and on the cusp of something really special, they have managed to win two games of note and been pretty average elsewhere.
Their much quoted glorious world cup run consisted of them beating Ireland and…..well, that was it. Their captain got sent off, they lost to France and Australia and South Africa. Reality, not some made up statistic.
After their glorious failure they won the six nations which is always a triumph for any team, but it was hardly a thumping victory including squeaking past England at Twickenham. A good win but no slaughter.
Then with much hype attached they went to Australia….. and lost…. All three tests. They were close, but if they were any good, they would have won one, somewhere along the line. Even the improving but still mediocre England managed a draw in South Africa, a far harder task. That was the beginning of the infamous eight, yes eight defeats in a row.
Wales did redeem themselves with the 6 Nations changing win over England, their only other decent victory to date. A real thumping when their title was on the line against a very poorly selected England team.
As for them forming the back bone of the Lions, true they did, but in the key position of fly half to orchestrate was an Irishman, and to be honest, that was without doubt the worst Australia team I have ever seen. It was almost as though they knew the survival of the Lions tours rested on them losing.
Back to the Autumn internationals and another host of losses to the southern hemisphere and Ireland in the 6 Nations who have their number. They did win well versus the Gallic Enigma, but I firmly believe they will well and truly come unstuck this weekend.
England are on a very strong upward trajectory. Tuilagi isn’t being rushed back, unlike Jonathan Davies, as there is no need with Burrell playing so well and they have real competition for places in every position. Second choice props, wingers and centres are proving no hindrance at the moment.
I can see a ten point or more winning margin for England and with Jenkins and Jones reaching the end Wales are going to have some serious issues come World Cup time.