Former England captain Martin Johnson has come under some criticism from Welsh fans over his latest comments regarding the Grand Slam winning team.
According to WalesOnline, Johnson said that if the Six Nations were played again, it would probably be a different result, suggesting a few results could have gone the other way throughout the Championship.
Looking ahead to the World Cup in Japan later this year, Johnson wrote off Wales’ chances of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup. This is because it will be on neutral ground, and they will not have the advantage of playing at the Principality Stadium, where they hosted both England and Ireland this year. Johnson believes that playing at home is such an advantage to Wales due to the atmosphere it creates, and they will not be as successful away from home.
However, many fans have said that this is sour grapes from the former coach, saying that this is completely hypothetical. Indeed, many Welsh fans highlighted England’s World Cup win in 2003, saying that Johnson’s team were fortuitous at times, and had the tournament been played again, the result may have been different too. England’s quarter-final against Wales, where the Welsh were leading at half time, was brought up as well. This is what the fans have said:
Some very strange comments here from a legend like Martin Johnson. If the 6 Nations was played again in a few months it could be a different result. Well it doesn’t and who cares?!!! Could say the exact same thing about his England World Cup winning run. Very strange.
— Jamie Murphy (@JamieMurphy0716) March 25, 2019
— John Richards (@JohnPaulRich180) March 25, 2019
I question whether England would have won the World Cup in 03…swings and roundabouts you stupid English whinge bag! He wasn’t happy after we beat them in Cardiff and was still a miserable bastard when we turned Ireland over to win the Slam
— Owain Thorngate (@canoe1988) March 25, 2019
Thoughts mean absolutely nothing…..I would rather be in our position than any of the other six nations side @quietlybuilding
— Marc Jenkins (@Jenks3393) March 25, 2019
There is no “if” in sport. Subjective nonsense.
— David Harris (@DavidHa28348221) March 25, 2019
Dear Mr Johnson, the 6 Nations might well end differently if replayed next month but then, so would the 2003 World Cup! Passion and national loyalty are fine but nothing tastes worse than sour grapes. As a player, solid; as a pundit, you’d almost make a decent gardener!
— Keri Morgan (@KeriMorgan4) March 25, 2019
I do believe that Mr Johnson, an awesome player, is talking alot of crap. You don't win a tournament with one good game, you win on consistency. Home advantage help slightly, but 23 players have to do the job on the field. Sour grapes I feel.
— Dave Kimber (@dave_kimber) March 25, 2019
If if if….
If his auntie had had balls, she’d have been his uncle. Still it provides a click bait headline.. ?
— Robert Pugh (@pughrob) March 25, 2019
It will be replayed in 12 months time and there will be a different result. That’s the nature of sport. Let’s enjoy our moment.
— Andrew Calderbank (@CrankAc) March 24, 2019
And if the 2003 World Cup Final was replayed again, can Martin Johnson guarantee England would win? He was a legend of a player, but he doesn't appear to be impartial as a pundit.
— Chris (@wirish) March 24, 2019
Pretty irrelevant though, really.
— Geraint Jones (@jones_itfc) March 24, 2019
Despite Johnson’s comments, many Welsh fans seem confident going into the World Cup in September. While the Principality Stadium in undeniably a huge help, they did not play every one of their 14-match streak at home, and they have found a way to win in some tricky situations.
Johnson has clearly not ingratiated himself with the Welsh fans with these comments, but ultimately, the fans have said that they would rather be in the position that they are in currently, than any other side in the Six Nations.
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