Sunday, May 12, 2013

Someone was saying Hail Mary's for Leinster...

On Friday night, Ulster swept into the final at the RDS putting the Scarlets away all too easily. They had them hammered by half time, and took their foot off the pedal in the last 20 minutes, letting the Scarlets gain a little bit of respect with a few scores. Their physicality is impressive, and they have enough touches of magic from players like Bowe and Payne to keep them threatening. I’m worried for Leinster…

Meanwhile, at the RDS, someone was saying Hail Mary’s for Leinster. Lots and lots of them. They played their get out of jail card to win a match they scarcely deserved to. Glasgow played all the rugby, and looked a lot more threatening throughout the match. They beat Leinster up at the break down, and we seemed to be standing off their big physical backline who could get up a head of steam and then do serious damage. Niko Matawalu was as dangerous as expected, and if Glasgow had just converted more of their chances, they would have won it pretty easily. Our defense was massive though, and Heaslip, and even more so IMO McLaughlin were just outstanding. Our locks aren’t physical enough at the moment. We’ll take it, but I don’t know how we’ll beat Ulster…

Elsewhere I caught a bit of the Tigers smothering Quin. Harlequins are a shadow of the team they used to be, not taking anything away from Leicester obviously. Then the Sainst kicked some arse, upsetting Saracens by beating them at their game, ie beating them up!

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Saturday , May 11
Leinster 17 - 15 Glasgow 
Friday , May 10
Ulster 28 - 17 Scarlets 

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