Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Ronan O’Gara says there has been a ‘massive over-reaction’ to the Irish Rugby team’s Six Nations defeat to England.

Ireland’s Grand Slam title defence was snuffed out with a 32-20 loss at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.


It was England’s biggest victory in Dublin in 15 years.

Former Ireland and Munster out half O’Gara says it is vital Joe Schmidt’s men bounce back against Scotland this weekend.

Ronan O’Gara also believes that that Rob Kearney is still Ireland’s first choice full back.

Robbie Henshaw was handed the number 15 shirt for Saturday’s Six Nations defeat to England and could retain the place for this weekend’s trip to Scotland.

O’Gara feels 32 year old Kearney is still to the forefront of Joe Schmidt’s World Cup plans.

SOCCER

Newport County are looking forward to their glamour F-A Cup tie against Manchester City.

Carlow striker Padraig Amond hit the back of the net as the Welsh minnows secured their place in the last 16 with a 2-nil victory over Middlesbrough last night.

They have just 10 days to get ready for the visit of the Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.

Former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo player Amond says the City game will benefit everyone involved with the side.

Everton will do Liverpool a favour by beating Manchester City in the Premier League tonight.

The Reds will remain on top of the table if Pep Guardiola’s side fail to win at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have lost eight of their last 14 games, and were booed off the pitch following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Kick off on Merseyside is at 7.45.

8.05 is the start time for the last of the F-A Cup fourth round replays.

West Brom entertain Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton haven’t won at the Hawthorns since 1976.