Sunday, December 22, 2013

Leinster were meh, Ulster and Munster were adequate, but top result for Connacht!

 Niall Scannell (picture

Watching Leinster struggle and fail to subdue Edinburgh on Friday wasn’t much fun I can tell you. They’ve gone from potential champs to chumps in 2 short weeks. Massive changes in the team didn’t help their continuity. Out of a pretty dire overall performance, Fitzgerald put in a decent shift and Jordi Murphy looks hungry for more. Ian Madigan is still a work in progress, but he just needs that game time to develop his all round game. They need to work out how to get their rhythm back into their game.

I didn’t watch the Ulster match because I was feasting my eyes on Leinster’s golden offering, but while it sounded like their win wasn’t anything to write home about, at least they won.

On Saturday, Munster followed up their last minute win over Perpignan – with a last minute win over the Scarlets. It sounded like the reserves getting game time weren’t only on the pitch, with disbelief from the Scarets fans at the final decision of surely a reserve TMO. I wouldn’t want to comment on his prowess, but, in fairness, I would have taken that for Leinster all day long. Patchy and disjointed from Munster, but they won.  Massive performance from Niall Scannell, fourth choice hooker. He can throw straighter than Sherry or Varley!

Finally, in Galway, Connacht showed the kind of steely resolve that need to keep mining as they took down the Dragons with a last minute dropkick. Dan Parks is worth a mint to them.

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Cardiff Blues 19 - 22 Ospreys 
Edinburgh 11 - 6 Leinster 
Ulster 13 - 6 Zebre
Connacht 14 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons 
Munster 16 - 10 Scarlets

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