Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Springboks and All Blacks dish up one for the ages, while Munster Ulster and the Wallabies come good


I’m fairly square eyed after this weekend. Starting off with Ulster V Ospreys, where the Ulstermen showed a lot of character to dog out this win. I’m not one to talk about refs, but Peter Fitzgibbon was certainly even handed, with both sets of fans raging about him!

Munster got one over Leinster at Musgrave Park in a messy match. The ball didn’t move much more than a metre at a time in open play, apart from the usual kick fest. Paulie is like another loose forward, and Donnacha Ryan adds a lot to the team. Leinster just couldn’t impose themselves on the game – Lote Tuquiri played well, and SOB is very welcome back. Leinster aren’t quite the same without Sexton, and BOD in this match, but they’re getting there

The Springboks/All Blacks match was one for the ages. As a Springbok fan, when you saw how well the All Blacks were playing, to me anyway iit was obvious it was going to be an AB day. But that didn’t spoil my enjoyment – far from it, I couldn’t have been prouder of the Boks, or more impressed by New Zealand. What wasn’t there to enjoy, tries, pace,  skill, unmatched ferocity…that’s going to stay on the hard drive for a long time. New Zealand are the best team in the world, by a long way right now.

The Wallabies got back on the horse late on Saturday night, with a storming multi try performance. If they carry on playing like that, it’s going to be a proper 3 way tussle again for the Rugby Championship next year. In stark contrast, Argentina seem to be going backwards again after a good showing in the middle of the tournament

RaboDirect PRO12
Ospreys 12 - 18 Ulster
Newport Gwent D'gons  30 - 7  Zebre    
Benetton Treviso  23 - 3  Connacht 
Scarlets 12 - 17 Glasgow 
Munster 19 - 15 Leinster 
Cardiff Blues 29 - 12 Edinburgh
Rugby Championship
South Africa 27 - 38 New Zealand 
Argentina 17 - 54 Australia 

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