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Robin John’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 09 Oct 2011

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

MapWales 22 - Ireland 10 (excuse my repeating the score!)
This was a commanding performance from Wales. Ireland were never really allowed to get into the game; the Welsh defence was again near impenetrable with determined tackles stifling the attacks that Ireland mounted. And while Gatland essentially stuck with the starting 15, apart from Charteris' injury, it was noticeable that Declan Kidney started making panicky tactical substitutions not long into the second half, taking off both the half-backs. He could see the writing on the wall!
It was another great performance from Wales' youngsters, but this time with key contributions from the veterans Shane Williams and Mike Phillips, who scored a brilliant individual, opportunist try with a blind-side break from a ruck. Wales are going from strength to strength, and have no major injuries so far.
Turning to the other game of the evening, how satisfying was it to see France finally coming out of their shell to show England the way home? Very!!
I'm looking forward to an exciting semi-final against France, where I think both teams will be trying to play rugby, with none of this 'win ugly' strategy, thankyou, Martin Johnson.
Robin