Sunday, October 23, 2016

Online comments after Montpellier v Leinster

A selection of the “keyboard warrior” reactions after the full-time whistle of our featured matches of the weekend.

If you’d like to contribute stay tuned to our Facebook page for our “Feel free to leave your thoughts…” posts which show up around full time after Leinster & Ireland matches.

Starting with an "8-0-review" by Big Joe Shep :
Eight Oh Review logo
A late Isa try/conversion secured a losing BP against a strong Montpellier side who punished every Leinster mistake or error. Leinster started quite strong especially in the scrum but overall poor player support and defence saw Montpellier stroll through for try No 1. 2 more from Nedolo, 1 in each half including an unnecessary intercept and a wrongly adjudged yellow card for Rob K summed up an error strewn day for Leinster. That late BP might be a godsend!

Irfu contracted players have no heart. Poor selection. Nacewa, Gibson-Park, Carbery are essential to this team's success. And I know competition is very tough but Dan Leavy is the best performer we've seen in years. Poor handling errors and our bench salvaged what was a poor performance. Lucky to come away with the bonus point and happy to go into December on top.
(Nadolo scary man )

Baz C. Ryan 

Generally poor from Leinster. Some performances mitigated by injury/recovery (Jonny & Seanie) but others not so much (another poor showing from Rob Kearney, not great from Luke McGrath either). Ringrose, Leavy, JGP & the replacement front row all had a positive effect on the game and to snag a losing BP away from home, in terrible conditions & against a huge team of expensively assembled mercenaries feels at the very least like a draw, if not a win. Also, special mention for Isa, who shows that a high rugby IQ makes up for the loss of a yard of pace every single time. Pace might get you where you want to be, a brain has you there before you need to be.

Derek McGee

Not a great day at the office but again some very poor refereeing decision and this has to be looked at but look we did get the bonus point

Odran John OBrien

Too many mistakes but in fairness very tough conditions and against a team feeling sore from defeat last week. LB and denying them the 4th try is huge, top of the table, I'll take that!

Denise O'Brien

It was difficult to watch, in part cos I had a toddler running around to keep an eye on, and in part cos that many mistakes is hard to watch. What Carberry lacks in experience he's really making up for in enthusiasm and effort and Ringrose the same. Leavy came on and performed like maybe he shouldn't have been on the bench in the first place. Isa is still world class!

I'll take a bp on a day like this and add to that denying them one, that's acceptable. I don't like to see us lose, but it'll do

Conor Cronin

Positives: Carberry, Ringrose, Isa and a losing bonus point.
Negatives: Inaccuracy and a drop in overall performance compared with last week.

Andrew Byrne

The inaccuracies in various areas were what lost it for us. But there are lots of positives. Set pieces were good, though we need to be better at defending their lineout maul. When we retained possession we looked dangerous (pity it took us until the game was lost to do so, but still). Happy with where the bonus points went, one with us, none with them.

Not the first to say this, but Carbery at 15 instead of Kearney? He's not offering much anymore in attack. He can always move to ten when sexton goes off, have someone on the bench who can cover outhalf in a pinch.

Dónal Foley

Excellent attitude to get that BP and deny them. Don't really understand why Montpellier were celebrating.

Marconi Giampaolo

Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

Rugby League : Ireland see off Spain to set up showdown with Russia

from Rugby League Ireland

Rugby League World Cup Qualifier
Spain 6 Ireland 46
Half time 0-22

Ireland face a winner takes all clash with Russia next weekend after launching their Rugby League World Cup qualifying campaign in style with a comprehensive victory over Spain.

The Wolfhounds outscored their opponents nine tries to one in Valencia on Saturday, getting off to a flyer in the first 10 minutes when Oliver Roberts and Alan McMahon crossed for early tries.

The Irish — who had five Super League players in their squad — added another two tries in the opening half despite failing to find their grove. The visitors’ greater physicality meant that they dominated the tackle area but there were too many unforced errors as the team of professionals and amateurs displayed the rustiness you might expect of a team playing together for the first time. Ireland led 22-0 at half-time

The second half began with neither team able to trouble the scoreboard early on. Ireland eventually broke the deadlock and went on to increase their lead before Spain got a score that was deserving of their efforts. After a series of penalties close to the Irish line the Spanish muscled up and went over towards the left flank. This was to be their only respite as the Irish then started moving the ball well and found holes out wide in the Spanish defence. This would allow the Irish to add a further three tries before the hooter sounded.

The late flurry of scores means they now go into next week's showdown with Russia at the top of Group B on points difference and with their destiny in their own hands. The Russians will travel to Ireland with their confidence high after their 40-6 victory over the Spanish the previous weekend, so a mouth-watering meeting can be expected at The Carlisle Grounds in Bray next weekend. The winner will qualify automatically for next year’s World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, while the loser will face an elimination play-off against either Wales, Italy or Serbia.

Front Five - 23.10.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Click here to read back our liveblog
of Leinster A v Nottingham

and click here for our (updated)
Montpellier v Leinster preview

...the rawness was of a different strain. In the most awful circumstances imaginable, it was a throwback to the best days in Limerick.

Brendan Fanning - Irish Independent


Paddy Jackson dropped back in the pocket, kept his nerve superbly in guiding his 20-metre drop goal through the posts and handed his side redemption

John O'Sullivan - Irish Times


Northampton Saints left the Stade Pierre-Antoine battered and bruised

Matthew Wood - Talking Rugby Union


Although Itoje has won all his seven England caps this year in the second row, Jones was considering playing him in the back row against South Africa

Paul Rees - The Guardian

********** claimed the Maiden Hurdle about an hour after...Munster Rugby Supporter’s Club Choir belted out a powerful rendition for the province's anthem.

Ben Kiely -


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