Sunday, April 14, 2013

Three Irish provinces triumph and Munsters' excuse is that they had to play Leinster!

Dave Kearney (picture

It looks like it will all go down to the last weekend now, the most competitive it’s been for years, after the Scarlets picked up a big victory for the pack chasing Glasgow on Friday.

I caught the Ulster Dragons match – Ulster took a little while to get going, but they got there in the end. They got their four tries they wanted, with four different scorers, and totally dominated a Dragons side which still has some very talented players. One lesson Dragons can take out of this is that you don’t argue with referee Olly Hodges after he yellow carded Dan Evans for dissent.  He had plenty to think about on the bold step!

Connacht picked up a good victory over Edinburgh, and the last match of the weekend was the big Irish derby, Munster at home to Leinster. It was played in a gale, and as you could expect, it was pretty highly charged. Ian Madigan kicked everything he was asked to, then  Munster came roaring back into the lead with two quick tries, and the stage was set then for BOD to deliver the coup de gras. I don’t think Leinster played that well, but they took on Munster physically when they had to and more than matched them. There were a few big talking points – did Kearney score a try – yes he did! And should POC have got into more trouble for nearly kicking Dave Kearneys head off – yes I think so. I don’t know what the ref and touch judges saw, or what POC saw as he ran up to kick the ball, but he kicked him in the head, Kearney left on a stretcher. It was reckless and he should have got a yellow, if not a red.

So that’s the way it’s sitting, if anyone slips up now, they’ll pay…

1. Ulster 20 15 1 4 506 317 189 9 71
2. Leinster 20 15 0 5 507 345 162 8 68
3. Glasgow Warriors 20 14 0 6 486 304 182 11 67
4. Ospreys 20 14 1 5 435 270 165 4 62
5. Scarlets 20 14 0 6 395 359 36 6 62

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Saturday , April 13
Cardiff Blues 28 - 13 Zebre 
Munster 16 - 22 Leinster 
Ospreys 28 - 3 Benetton Treviso 
Friday , April 12
Scarlets 29 - 6 Glasgow 
Ulster 31 - 5 Newport Gwent D'gons 

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