Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Leinster aim to cut back from triples to doubles

The final of the Rabo Direct Pro 12 is on at the RDS this weekend, with both Leinster and the Ospreys having recently smashed an Irish Province. I’ll do my best to not stray too much into hyperbole when I talk about Leinster, but they certainly were in record making form last weekend.  It’s pretty miraculous that the Ospreys are here at all. They suffered an exodus of stars at the end of last season not matched since Moses lead his people of Egypt. Then they shed their coach mid season, and possibly face a further downsizing for next season as all the Welsh sides economise.  Well, Munster would have been happy to see a bit of that upheaval when they were being spanked in the semis, where the Ospreys  were definitely the form team out of all four. They are full of Welsh stars, anaiming to end their season on a high.  Leinster’s team in fairness was bit cobbled together that weekend, with one eye on the HCup. They have a full team to pick from this weekend, and massive depth on the bench. The Ospreys have a bit of talent on the bench but not too much. Both teams are fairly evenly matched in style of play, and the difference could easily be home advantage.  Plus , you know the way they say the crowd gives you anextra 5%? Well, I’M going, so that’s an extra 6%at least. It’s going to be a forward battle and backline contest par excellence,  where the 6% will tell, and Leinster will win!

The final of the Aviva Premiership is on Saturday, and pits Quins against Leicester. Hard to see how Quins are going to match the physical power of the tigers, so Tigers it is for me.

The Ba Ba’s take on what must an England Lite side on Sunday, which could be a fun match to watch.

Finally, what a massive cock up the RFU have made of the promotion/relegation  this year! If I saw on their CV that they had given marital advice to Tiger Woods and financial advice to the Greeks, I wouldn’t be surprised. Imagine if they got to run a World Cup? Oh…

RaboDirect PRO12
Sunday , May 27
Leinster vs Ospreys

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