Dream wrote:It seems Stade de France can't have underground heating because it's on the site of a former gasworks, and can't have excavations any deeper than the pitch already is.
They said something about gas pockets on the radio that I didn't quite catch - thanks for spelling it out for me! I'm still very, very surprised that they don't have undersoil heating. From reading wikipedia (which has recently been updated to mention the abandoned match at least twice without adding any useful information about why there is no undersoil heating...) it sounds like the stadium was built within a relatively tight schedule to be ready for the 1998 World Cup. That probably means they wouldn't have had time to excavate and rework the site safely (assuming that's possible), even if they had wanted to.
roband wrote:I hear Scotland were unlucky
Scotland yet again demonstrated their ability to hit the self-destruct button, I'm afraid. The disallowed try was unfortunate (why didn't the ref refer it to the TMO? I've read a suggestion he wasn't allowed to, because the apparent knock-on wasn't during the act of scoring itself), but came about from the last pass being wild/fumbled with a certain score in sight, which seems to be a running theme. As Dream said, they ended up turning over and scoring from the position anyway. Both yellow cards were stupid, stupid, jumping-off-a-ferry stupid. A great pity as they'd been right in the game all through the first half and should have gone in ahead.
The Wales back three look really good, but I find myself unconvinced by the centres. Despite all the Scottish fumbles and yellow card offences, the loudest I shouted at the TV was when one of Davies/Roberts chose not to pass wide when there was an overlap but instead ran into a pile of Scottish players, for about the 50th time.
Still, it was a really enjoyable match to watch, compared to the "hiding behind the sofa"ness of Italy-England.
Dream wrote:England didn't really threaten a try once in the match, just Dan Ackroyd charging down...
This made me laugh
But yes, England aren't creating very much at the moment, just grinding out results... hopefully we'll discover some attacking form in time for the Wales match.