Sunday, February 22, 2015

Three and a half for Ireland, good news for Leinster, Ulster and Connacht!

 Sean Cronin will start for Leinster against Scarlets on Friday
 Sean Cronin (picture

I’d be lying if I said I watched much rugby this weekend, I was in France for most of It! So I got to enjoy the matches a bit on Twitter instead.

The Leinster match – lads your ears would have been have burning. I tuned in when we’d just retaken the lead. The mood was not cheerful, and despite a bonus point win, the mood didn’t improve. ‘Papering over the cracks’ etc. It didn’t sound like a classic, but the 5 points are handy, and let’s face it, having players yanked in and out of the team for national duty, alongside a normal injury list, isn’t going to make for the most fluid watching experience is it? Ryan Gopperth, Fitzgerald and Cronin each got a try.

The Ulster tweets were about resilience, hanging on. A few red faces about the cards though.

And there was a fair bit of dejection from the Munster folk as well, the comeback was great, it was the downfall first that was hard to take.

Connacht rounded off the weekend with a win over the Dragons, helped a lot by a red card for the Welshmen after 15 minutes.

 3 out of the top 4 are Irish (for now), and Connacht are 6th – not too shabby…

Feb 22, 2015         Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht
Feb 21, 2015         Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster        
            Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys        
Feb 20, 2015         Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues        
            Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster        
            Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre

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