Sunday, April 15, 2012

Leinster take a democratic approach to try scoring

I’m a bad Leinster supporter, wasn’t at the match against Edinburgh, didn’t see it on TV, didn’t Sky+ it. Looking at the team that was put out, it only emphasizes Leinster’s strength – their B-Team would be just outside the top 4 you’d think. They took a very democratic approach to scoring – 8 tries scored, all by different people. Edinburgh have nothing to play for at this stage, and obviously don’t want any injuries. Is there a place for a promotion and relegation system to keep the teams interested?

Not having caught the Leinster match, I did see the end of a great win for Connacht over high flying Ulster – no shortage of pride in the West. And I watched the whole of the Munster match, as they struggled to subdue a very confident looking Glasgow side. They kept letting Glasgow back into the game where a few years ago they would have slammed the door shut in the first 20 minutes. Keatley did OK considering amount of game time he’s been getting – wouldn’t mind seeing him varying the kick off a bit, and all the other stand out players were in the pack. The ball should never have left the pack and they would have been far better off.

I also watched the Crusaders subdue the Stormers – that’s the best looking Stormers side for years, and frankly not the best Crusaders side ever. Can’t wait to see the sides that NZ and SA will put out this year under new coaches.

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Newport-Gwent D'gons 32 - 33 Benetton Treviso 
Leinster 54 - 13 Edinburgh
Connacht 26 - 21 Ulster 
Munster 35 - 29 Glasgow 
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Ospreys
Aironi Rugby 23 - 26 Scarlets

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