Pride in victory, and grace in defeat
Sir - Last week's rugby game at the Aviva had everything, intensity, ferocity and sublime skill. The early exchanges resembled a scene from Mash; Henshaw, Sexton and Stander gone before the Fat Lady cleared her throat. A fantastic Irish performance only bettered by Kiwi black magic, with a defensive wall that Donald Trump would be proud of.
Unfortunately, many journalists and pundits concentrated on the hard luck stories, poor refereeing and TV Match Official (TMO) decisions.
Your own deserving Sports Writer of the Year (Neil Francis, Sport, Sunday Independent, November 20) led the pack, calling it a resounding win for cynicism. He tells us how Sam Cane should have been red-carded after his shoulder charge made contact with Henshaw's face. In a ferociously competitive game, a last-minute change of direction by the ball carrier would obviously change the intended target for the tackler. A penalty definitely, a yellow card maybe, but surely not red.