Good morning and welcome to Munster Haka’s early morning Rugby World Cup 2019 column ‘Tee and Toast’. Find it’s too early for in-depth analysis and forceful opinion? We’ve got you covered.
Little over a year on from Denis Cherychev striking absolute Diego Forlan level belters Gerry Cinnamon would be proud of, penalty shoot-out hero Igor Akinfeev showing David De Gea how its done and of course 60 year old veterans Sergei Ignasevich and Yuri Zhirkov rivalling the durability of Aphiwe Dyantyi at the FIFA World Cup; Russia are now back on our TV screens in a more familiar form – being a little bit shit.
This of course the country that conceded tries to Fergus McFadden, Isaac Boss and Mushy Buckley in the one game back in 2011 and on yesterday’s evidence Mr Putin hasn’t followed up on investing in the ‘ultimate game for the Russian man’ since. It’s not that we expected much from the Russians (we really didn’t) but Ireland’s Group D rivals probably haven’t had a more disheartening day at the office since Richard ‘The Iron Curtain’ Dunne splattered his Tallaght blood across Luzhniki Stadium this month eight years ago. All-effort but as septic as their strongest vodka, Lyn Jones’ men were duly Khabib’d by an incredibly out-of-sorts Japanese squad without all-conquering overlord Ayumu Gorumaru and it’s only going downhill from here I’m afraid.
Whatever happens, Ireland are winning a game of rugby while they’re over here.
Take-Away: Russia aren’t very good
Cult Hero Watch: Tagir Gadzhiev
Entertainment Value: 7/10
In Short?: While Russia probably had one of their best World Cup performances, their sheer lack of quality still saw an appalling Japan slap thirty points onto the scoreboard.
What you Putin you don’t always get out.
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