Sunday, February 17, 2013

Munster are asked for an excuse note after the other 3 provinces prosper

I watched just about no rugby this weekend, what I did catch was on Friday with Connacht putting in a storming performance to see off the Ospreys. It was played in pretty filthy conditions – I’d imagine it was what Connacht had been hoping for. Dan Parks suits their game perfectly, he keeps them in the right part of the pitch, and kicks the penalties that need to be kicked. Their defense is really impressive, well organised, and ferocious. And they have some nifty backline moves. The Ospreys, even without their internationals, are well resourced outfit, and for all money should have done the business, so fair play to Connacht.

Ulster made fairly short work of Zebre, with Robbie Diack getting two trys. Munster meanwhile, slipped to a disappointing away loss to Scarlets. It’s the kind of match, they should have won, that they always used to. In fairness, Scarlets are a much improved side these days, but that was a handy enough looking team that Munster fielded.

Leinster put on a good show for ladies night, absolutely thumping Treviso.  Dominic Ryan got a hat trick, Sean Cronin got a double, they were queuing up. I know Treviso were going to struggle with their internationals gone, but still very impressive by Leinster. It was a team with good balance, Fitzgerald at full back, the always reliable McFads on the wing, and Jordi Murphy at 8th man. Hope the Ireland team was watching!

Pretty eye popping result for Glasgow against the Dragons...

RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , February 16
Leinster 40 - 5 Benetton Treviso 
Scarlets 18 - 10 Munster 
Friday , February 15
Newport Gwent D'gons 3 - 60 Glasgow 
Ulster 26 - 3 Zebre 
Edinburgh 16 - 17 Cardiff Blues 
Connacht 22 - 10 Ospreys 

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