Sunday, March 26, 2017

Three out four wins for the Irish teams, but streaky enough by Leinster and Ulster!

 Rory O'Loughlin

Three out of four wins this weekend for the Irish teams, but it wasn't necessarily as good as it sounds.

Ulster got things going on Friday. Well 'going' is a slight exaggeration, it was a stop start affair, played in fairness on a sandpit. Those seem to be the choices atr Rodney Parade, mudbath or sandpit, you nearly need different rules for the games there. The Dragons are seriously impressive at home, ( certainly not away from home) they don't have the players on paper to play as well as they do. But it was a very frustrating performance from Ulster, that was a good team picked, and it was only the last 5 ninutes when they pulled away.

Munster whacked Zebre, easily picking up the bonus point.

I think Leinster watched the Ulster performance and took their cues from that, it was one step forward, one step back the whole match for them. Big credit to the Cardiff Blues, who a really came to play. We have a lot of talent in the backline..not neccessarily in our tackling talent though. there seemed to be a fault line between O'Lauglin and Berne that Cardiff mined for three tries. Then in attack, we did well, but also made a lot of mistakes, dropping and turning over the ball. But all in all, not a bad effort from the Juniors, at least we got the win, but great to have the cavalry back next weekend for Wasps.

Finally, Connacht played a really good game against Glasgow, but the Scots always seemed to have another gear when they needed it. Everyone who came to Scoutstown got value money for anyway. Poor match for Tim Swinson, red carded for a swinging arm to the head. Connacht left it all on the field anyway, they'll never die wondering that's for sure.

 Saturday 25th March
Leinster 22 21 Cardiff Blues
Zebre 14 50 Munster
Glasgow Warriors 35 24 Connacht
Treviso 13 5 Ospreys
Friday 24th March
Scarlets 26 10 Edinburgh
Dragons 17 27 Ulster

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