The debate about their high-risk, high-reward strategy can rage all it wants, but despite leaving some chances behind against England, Ireland are not for turning.
They completed 11 offloads at Twickenham but, on four occasions inside the English 22 in the second-half alone, attempts to play the ball out of the tackle didn’t go to hand which, of course, had the added consequence of leading to scrums. And we all know what happened next.
The argument for keeping the ball and going to ground against 14 men was reinforced by the team almost going back to type in taking England through 13 phases, the longest attack of the match, for Jack Conan’s game-breaking try.
But, as a …