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A sporting day in front of the tv

My sport watch would have started in the morning if it had been the fourth day of the Test.

I agree with Duggie Heath that the ramifications for Test cricket with pitches prepared resulting in only 2 days’ play would be severe.

Scyld Berry in the Telegraph argued that nothing will happen should the pitch be reported.

If a Prime Minister has the power and vanity to name a stadium after himself then he is not going to be swayed by criticism of its pitch.

Next up was Brighton at WBA.

Brighton took over where they left off at Crystal Palace by squandering chances. This time it was two penalties missed, one by Pascal Gross and  the other by Danny Welbeck.

Ref Lee Mason allowed and disallowed what seemed a clear goal when Lewis Dunk chipped in a free kick.

Brighton are now only 4 points ahead of Fulham and the relegation zone.

Next was my showpiece event – Wales v England in the Six Nations. It was hard to call.

Wales had started much better than England who seem to be going backwards after beating the All Blacks to reach the World Cup final.

Patriotically I wore the same England jersey when attending that final in Yokahama but it only reminded me of the subsequent meltdown.

Elliot Daly, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Tom Curry – bereft of Sam Underhill – Owen Farrell and Kyle Sinkler now look past their best.

My take on the controversial Welsh tries was this: Farrell should have prepared his men for the Welsh penalty brilliantly executed by Dan Biggar  and Josh Adams.

I doubt if the referee would know if Farrell implemented his warning instruction or not.

To argue with the referee afterwards that time was not given to reset only served to irritate an  arrogant official.

The third try did look a knock-on to my untutored eye but the excellent analysis of Jeremy Guscott clarified why it was not.

The most important element was not the controversy of two controversial tries but how England, once they achieved parity of 24/24 and had the momentum, did not go onto win.

Instead they lost when Wales put another 16 points on the board.

I was impressed by the analysis of Martin Johnson, Sam Warburton and Jeremy Guscott well-marshalled by presenter Gabby Logan.

Johnson and Warburton reined in their patriotic tendencies whilst Guscott was insightful.

With football ‘s analysts we have to listen to some execrable grammar and brainless comments but these guys really picked well and fluently over the entrails of a watchable but not especially skillful match .


About Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts