Bring more cards! (picture http://bit.ly/12Ry95t)
Leinster face Connacht on Saturday, and while this match in the past would have been a foregone
conclusion, it is now in the realms of must win match. Everybody is sniffing around the bloodied body of the once great Leinster, like a flock of vultures, sensing weakness. Bur this could also be the glorious return for Leinster, the phoenix rising from the ashes, smashing Connacht and starting a winning run that last…until the end of December anyway! Let’s hope so, and I’d imagine Connacht are going to feel the backlash of a lot of frustration.
In the big clash of the weekend, Ulster travel to Munster, still unbeaten, and surely fancying collecting another big scalp. Are they going to monster Munster like they did Leinster? The way that people perceive you certainly has an effect on how they play you – I think now that Ulster are being afforded the respect they deserve, it is going to get harder for them to remain unbeaten, as other teams really focus in on the match against them. This is also two new New Zealand coaches going to toe to toe. I was surprised that Ulster weren’t more affected by their injuries, especially to Muller and Tuohy, but the replacements stepped up ably. The scrum will be a titanic contest (sorry) and it’s going to physical of note! Munster have only hit their straps briefly this season, but that could change..and I think it will, so Munster to be the first to stop Ulster in the Pro 12.
I watched a bit of Ospreys/Scarlets, with Nigel Owens waving cards around like a signal man at the airport. Great to see such a passionate derby, with everyone as focused on knocking lumps out of each other as on the rugby!
Wednesday, December 26
Cardiff Blues 12 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gons
Ospreys 32 - 3 Scarlets
Saturday , December 29
Benetton Treviso vs Zebre 14:00
Edinburgh vs Glasgow
Munster vs Ulster 17:30
Leinster vs Connacht 19:45
Monday , December 31
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys 16:15