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Wonderful days of TV sport

A good friend of mine has had painful side effects after a knee procedure but thankfully is a keen sport lover.

So he can put his knee up and enjoy some wondrous TV sport, chiefly the Six Nations and the second England v India cricket Test match.

Maybe Friday night’s match between France and Ireland came a little early.

France were underwhelming but had to play most of the game with 14 on the pitch – a near impossible task against the mighty Ireland.

England had major absentees – Marcus Smith, Tom Curry, George Martin, Owen Farrell and Olly Lawrence – but Ethan Roots and George Ford stepped up to the plate.

This said, it was same old, same old, plodding England.

Italy never seem to play well for 80+ minutes and fell away.

Scotland 27 Wales 26 produced a thriller with a tremendous Welsh come back.

I do enjoy watching Scotland as their game plan is expressive and not dictated by computer.

In Finn Russell and Van der Merwe they have exciting individuals. Despite the closeness of the end result, Scotland were playing within themselves and could score at will, which they nearly did just before the end.

The coverage was generally impressive. In cricket Kevin Pietersen dominated on TV and Talksport and the Indian commentators are somewhat over-patriotic – a charge you could also level at the Welsh analyst Jonathan Davies.

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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