Today was the first rain-free day in Dublin since the championships began and the England recovery began with two fine wins against Norway (21-9) and Turkey (22-8), moving us up the table from 9th to 4th. England then went on to beat the Ukraine one-nil, but before that, back in Dublin, we lost a bridge match to on-form Italy and dropped back to 9th. We’re halfway through the tournament, so there is time to rise again – and the team are determined to do so.
The level of my bridge ability has become apparent to the team from my comments during the post-match discussions. This could prove to be an important factor over the next few days; when faced with a tricky decision, the England Seniors will now ask themselves “What would Simon do?” and do the opposite.
Let us how the strategy works, first against Israel, just behind us in 10th spot, then against Sweden, lying 5th and lastly against Wales, who are currently 15th.
Talking of Wales, commiserations to the Welsh Open team who went into their last match this afternoon needing a big win to make it into the final stages. They didn’t get it, but well done on a brave campaign.