Sunday, April 9, 2017

Leinster pick the Ospreys pockets, and Nigel Owens brings his grumpy pants!

Dan Leavy (picture

Leinster managed to pick the Ospreys pockets in the last few minutes in the Liberty Stadium.  Leinster scored tries through Cronin ( a gem for the front row union!) and Dan Leavy in emphatic style, while the Ospreys scored good tries of their own through Davies and Tupuric. Neither team was in brilliant form, there were lot's of drops and turnovers. Leinster started way too slowly, but then got into the game, and the difference in the end was an off day off the tee for Dan Biggar, missing a few penalties and conversions, including that crushing last miss. Why he was even on the pitch, he didn't look right when he came  back on, and if I could see that from Ireland, how come the Ospreys medical staff couldn't pick it up?

That was after Ross Byrne  nailed a superb drop goal for Leinster to snatch the lead in the last few minutes - then went absolutely distraught after his high challenge gave the Ospreys their final penalty. He shouldn't have been - we would never had won without him.

On Friday night, Connacht got the win over Edinburgh, a slight redemption from their disaster last week. Ulster got a draw with the Cardiff Blues, a team who are in a rich vein of form, even if their results don't quite show it. Still though, Ulster are just not clicking, that was a good team on paper, and I can't think of a more frustrating side to watch right now.

Finally, Munster ground out a tense win over Glasgow. The Munstermen were clearly on top, but just couldn't seal the deal convincingly. The highlight of the match was the form of Nigel Owens who had obviously fished out his grumpy pants for the game. You couldn't talk to  him, you couldn't look at him, you couldn't be NEAR him! Even the pitchside officials got an earful!

Saturday 8th April
Zebre 29 14 Dragons
Ospreys 18 20 Leinster
Munster 10 7 Glasgow Warriors
Scarlets 51 5 Treviso
Friday 7th April
Edinburgh 19 22 Connacht
Ulster 24 24 Cardiff Blues

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