Sunday, February 19, 2012

McFadden 16 - Scarlets 13

Dave O'Callaghan - one to watch (picture )

This weekend was a bit of a disaster frankly in terms of watching rugby. Friday night was U11 Leinster cricket for my son, and the rest of the weekend was spent doing some chores and  earning a bit of credit for the upcoming 6 Nations rugby black out weekends on the way

I followed the Leinster and Ulster matches on twitter. It sounded like a filthy night at the RDS (the weather that is, not the ladies night), not conditions for slick ball handling, and from the reactions I’d say Leinster butchered a few good scoring opportunities.  Scarlets were right in the match right up until the last minute, when McFadden, who scored all of Leinsters points, put over a penalty to win at the death. Now YOU know what it feels like to have something taken from you right at the end! The mystery for me, notwithstanding a decent display from the Scarlets, is how the Welsh sides in general are fairly average, but their national team is awesome. While Ireland, with three banging teams, have a good side, but not good enough to beat Wales.

Ulster squandered an early lead to lose to the Blues, and George Clancy is not flavor of the month in Ulster by the sounds of things. I think they should be starting with Marshall/Pienaar at this stage. I’d also be taking a long hard look at Muller in the captaincy role – I saw him have a good few arguments with refs at the Sharks, and there’s only one winner when you argue with the ref.

I caught some of the Munster match, good attack, but their scrum was under pressure a fair bit – and that’s the least Irish bit of the team. Don’t’ tell me you been talking to John Afoa! The guys who caught my eye while I was watching were Peter O'Mahony,  and  Dave O'Callaghan in particular.

And Connacht got a draw against Glasgow – result!

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Benetton Treviso 14 - 35 Munster 
Newport-Gwent D'gons 21 - 10 Edinburgh 
Connacht 13 - 13 Glasgow
Cardiff Blues 21 - 14 Ulster
Ospreys 23 - 7 Aironi Rugby 
Leinster 16 - 13 Scarlets

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