home pitch advantage? not really. the match began with a scotland 8-0 lead. we caught the first half of the first half and left the race ground in coleraine with scotland up 8-3. ten minutes later we turned on the radio and ireland was up 18-8. shocked, we looked at each other and asked "what happened?" flip me, we missed just about 15 minutes of play. second half started with another try and while scotland made mistake after mistake, ireland took it to the try line. 40 minutes later scotland was released from the agony of the pitch to the misery of a match poorly fought.
the most encouraging might just have been that while we were playing without our captain *brian o'driscoll* and one of our key players *gordon d'arcy*, paul o'connell's captaincy stepped up and the replacements of girven dempsey and gavin duffy were brilliant. indeed, duffys debut try showed glimpses of usefulness to the ireland side.
next week: england, are they scotland in disguise?