Thursday, October 26, 2017

Irish derbies, and the loss of Zebo!

 Jacob Stockdale

It's derby weekend again for the Irish provinces, with Munster traveling to Connacht, and Leinster going up to Belfast to take on Ulster.

Munster and Irish Rugby has been rocked by the loss of Zebo to Racing. You can#t really blame him I suppose, he could injured next week and never play again, so why not cash in while he can. It#s a question we haven't find the answer to - where do we find the money to hang on to our stars? While at the same time doing the women's game justice, and nurturing the stars of the future? It's going to be tough match, Munster start as favourites but anything can happen at the Sportsground!

Ulster meanwhile are going to be keen to bounce back froma very dispiriting loss last weekend to La Rochelle. When Lealiifano went off, they fell to pieces really, and he's a big doubt for this weekend. However, that was a was away from home, Kingsholm inspires them with the vocal passionate fans. Everyone is talking about Jacob Stockdale, and Leinster will do will to contain him! Leinster have have played some great rugby, and bar a rash of midfield injuries, are starting to look like they did at their best last season. I would certainly love to see Ringrose back! I've said Leinster would struggle two weeks in a row.. three now, how about a draw?

Friday 27th October
Connacht 19:35 Munster
Glasgow Warriors 19:35 Southern Kings
Ospreys 19:35 Dragons
Saturday 28th October
Benetton Rugby 14:00 Edinburgh
Scarlets 19:35 Cardiff Blues
Ulster 18:30 Leinster
Zebre 17:00 Cheetahs

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