Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rabodirect final - actually, make that a single... Leinster bow out with a loss to the Ospreys

Actually make that a single…  Temperance ruled as Leinster’s season closed with a loss in the last few minutes of the last match. I took my son to the loo with Leinster leading by 9 points, and came back with them losi ng. Meanwhile, temperance was not top of mind in the good natured Osprey supporters around me. Fair play to the Welshman for coming over here and picking Leinster’s pocket right at the end. It was the kind of match finals should be, lots of attacking play, trys scored by wings, good hard physical play. The one thing it had too much of was scrum resets, which ultimately cost Leinster the match as the Ospreys took full advantage and scored 17 points while the Blues were down to 14 men.

I don’t know if I have any favourite French referees, Romain Poite certainly isn’t at the top of the list anyway. His shrill whistle as the scrum collapsed time after time, was not the sound nor the sights the crowd had come for.

Leinster need more depth at prop and lock, that’s pretty obvious, and with the type of schedule they are under, a bigger squad. Winning a Heineken Cup, and getting pipped at the last minute in another  final, we’ll take that. And for the Ospreys, great result, especially with so many high profile departures at the end of last season and good to have  Shane Williams bowing out on a high.

For Leinster, Nacewa was predictably superb, but it was a fairly quiet day at the office for a lot of other tired bodies.

Elsewhere, it was a fantastic win for Quins, tough for Leicester but always good to see new teams scaling the heights.

RaboDirect PRO12
Sunday , May 27
Leinster 30 - 31 Ospreys

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