Sunday, April 30, 2017

Online comments after Leinster v Glasgow

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.


Note - we actually managed to find one or two that didn't make reference to #FloodlightFail but it wasn't easy!!!!



Lights turned off on Mike Ross' immense career. What a man!

Mick Keogh


Lacked a spark towards the end.

Martin Loughrey


Not exactly what we want with world cup on the line

Declan Gardiner


RDS? Rugby's Dark Stadium?

James Griffin


The lights were on (or not) but nobody was home (defensively for Glasgow in first half & Leinster in the second half).

Richard Collumb


Mike Ross blew a fuse on his last game :P

Antoinette Nevin


Couple of slack tries, but we had some very good line breaks. Leavy stupid to tap and go when their scrum was on the ropes. Young team though so they will learn and improve. Future is bright.

Tom Clarke


Need to pay the electric bill very good game the Leinster young guns did well the future for Leinster Rugby looks great

Anne Copperwaite


We have lights in Munster!😂

Nmj McThornton


Bizarre end to a game but a BP win against a very strong Glasgow team by a Leinster second team is a good days work in anyone's book.

Paul Smith


This is what happens when you stop using AC/DC intro music. #Thunderstruck

Cian Ó Muilleoir


Should've worn the luminous jerseys!!

Rupert Christie


I'll take a bp win over Glasgow any day, even by only one point! For the third time in only 4 matches I'm amazed that a team who probably haven't been together competitively before got the result, and with 4 tries. The young guns are on the rise, and we'll done particularly to Ross Molony, pushing the ref, asking the right questions encouraging all around him. A definite future captain. Also, I hear it's more fun in the dark...

Conor Cronin


What struck me was the way phone torch function is the new lighter when a convenient power outage hits

Paul Meade


Rory O'Loughlin was electric

Mark Lynch


Noel Reid is seriously underrated. Two passes that led to tries again last night. Having a great season.

Shane O Leary


Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

Front Five - 30.04.17

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

Congrats to all last night's
winners at the awards ball



"...the most prestigious was the Bank of Ireland Players’ Player of the Year Award which went to scrumhalf Luke McGrath."


Marcus Ó Buachalla - LeinsterRugby.ie



...the win was not without a price with Dave O'Callaghan and Ronan O'Mahony picking up early injuries, while Billy Holland cried off before the game through illness.


Irish Independent



It was as if someone had found a book lying around at their training base entitled How to Win Rugby Matches


Mark Orders - WalesOnline



There will be two Welsh regions in the Pro12 semi-finals for the first time


RTÉ Rugby



Cork Constitution survived a frantic finish to...win their fifth Ulster Bank Bateman Cup in a row.


Dave Mervyn - The42.ie



Feel free to share any interesting links you spot yourself about t’internet by email, Twitter, Facebook, blog comment or carrier pigeon – whatever works for you. JLP

Note - views expressed in "Front Five" links do not necessarily reflect those of HarpinOnRugby

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Front Five - 29.04.17

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

Our generator has just enough juice
for one more electricity pun so
we'll save it for our Monday match writeup



Leinster would win with what one man has described as 'the sketchiest Jack McGrath kick to touch you'll ever see.'


Balls.ie



Steve Tandy has told his players the Northern Irishmen will be coming to Swansea aiming to ruin the region's Guinness Pro12 dream for the season.


Mark Orders - WalesOnline



"...his misfortune was to play in the shadow of the indomitable Jamie Heaslip."


Irish Independent



...it will be an emotional occasion in what could be the final home match for Pat Lam...


John Fallon - Irish Examiner



It was an incredible game of rugby and there was no shortage of drama throughout the game.


Sean McMahon - Pundit Arena



Feel free to share any interesting links you spot yourself about t’internet by email, Twitter, Facebook, blog comment or carrier pigeon – whatever works for you. JLP

Note - views expressed in "Front Five" links do not necessarily reflect those of HarpinOnRugby

Friday, April 28, 2017

Preview : Leinster v Glasgow


UPDATE - LATE CHANGE FOR LEINSTER

Jack Conan has a tightness in his calf so Dan Leavy starts at No 8 while Peader TImmins goes to the bench.


From the moment the Pro12 fixtures were released I’ve been harping on how important it was for Leinster to squirrel away enough points for a home semifinal because the schedule meant we had a stinker of a run-in.  Turns out we have it tucked in our back pocket with two matches to spare.

So this game tonight at the RDS doesn’t matter, right?  If you think my answer to that question is “yes” then welcome to Harpin On Rugby, this is clearly your first visit!!!

Reasons this match matters for Leinster -
  • AU REVOIR LYON - Some people don’t see the problem with short turnaround times but in most case I definitely do.  Winding down from one match and preparing for another is a meticulous process for a professional rugby organisation and anything which condenses that can be a hindrance.  Having said that, we’re just off a major disappointment of a result and this is a perfect way to focus our minds on the fact that there is a lot left to play for this season.
  • BYE BYE MIKE & ZANE - Barring injury this could very well be the last time Mike Ross & Zane Kirchner tog out for Leinster as starters at the RDS.  Obviously Mike has been here longer and seen a lot more success - in fact his overall contribution to Leinster & Ireland rugby over the years is off the scale.  If you get to the ground a bit early, keep an ear out for his name being called out in the starting lineups and give a big cheer.  And let’s not forget Zane either - he comes in for a lot of stick and made a frustrating mistake against Clérmont in the dying stages but I certainly don’t regret having him at Leinster; he has put in some great performances in his time here not least of which was in the 2014 Pro12 final, ironically against these same Glasgow Warriors.
  • EVEN MORE TALENT ON THE WAY - These last two seasons will be forever known (by me anyway) as the “Cullen’s Cubs” era as we have seen almost an entire team full of youngsters prove their worth at the highest level.  Garry Ringrose, Tadhg Furlong, Josh van der Flier, Dan Leavy, Ross Molony (tonight’s skipper - proud moment for him), Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin…(I know you’re mentally scolding me for leaving someone out right now and that’s my point!)  Still, it’s very possible that we “ain’t seen nothing yet”.  They have made only brief cameos this season but I reckon Nick McCarthy and Tom Daly have done quite well and they get their chance to start tonight in key roles.  Plus there’s even more to come like Max Deegan, James Ryan, Jordan Larmour….(yes I know I’ve left even more out - stop doing that!!!!)
  • EH...IT’S GLASGOW!!! - Not much left for Glasgow to play for this season, though with Ulster still to face top four sides, they might think they’re an outside chance of catching them for fifth place and the marginally better Euro seeding that goes with it.  But even without that they’ll be as keen as anyone else in this league to take down Leinster at the RDS, possibly more so than most.
  • EH...IT’S LEINSTER!!! - Just look at what you’re doing right now.  You’re reading a preview of a match on an independent blog.  You’re clearly a big enough fan that you don’t need any of the above reasons as motivation to want Leinster to win tonight.  But if you could maybe persuade some of your friends to click to this page and read them maybe that would be a good idea ;-).  Seriously though, how awesome would it be for us to complete another 11 for 11 home wins in the Pro12, which this time would be backed up by 4 for 4 in Europe?  Plus, even though it doesn’t matter in the “grand scheme of things”, 1st place on the ladder always looks better than 2nd, especially when we’re jostling with our southern cousins for it.
So there you have it.  All that leaves me now is to make a prediction.  For once I’m going to side with the bookies who have us by six.  By the way - just two more Leinster tries will guarantee us a season average of four per game in the league - quite an achievement for pro rugby.  See you down the RDS tonight I hope.  JLP

#COYBIB

Glasgow : 15. Tommy Seymour 14. Leonardo Sarto 13. Nick Grigg 12. Sam Johnson 11. Lee Jones 10. Peter Horne 9. Henry Pyrgos CO-CAPTAIN
1. Alex Allan 2. Fraser Brown 3. Sila Puafisi 4. Brian Alainu’uese 5. Jonny Gray CO-CAPTAIN 6. Tim Swinson 7. Chris Fusaro 8. Adam Ashe
Replacements: 16. Pat MacArthur 17. Gordon Reid 18. Zander Fagerson 19. Rob Harley 20. Matt Fagerson 21. Ali Price 22. Finn Russell 23. Alex Dunbar

Guinness PRO12 2016/17 - Round 21
Friday, April 28, 2017, KO 7:35pm
RDS Arena
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
AR1: Rhys Thomas (WRU)
AR2: Simone Boaretto (FIR)
TMO: Alan Falzone (FIR)
TV: TG4

Front Five - 28.04.17

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

We've two pairs of tickets for
Leinster v Glasgow to give away
courtesy of Specsavers
Click here for details



"It's such a short week, Glasgow on Friday - the season goes on. That's our mentality."


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent



Victory for Doncaster or Ealing will save West Country club


Pauk Rees - The Guardian



He cannot play again until May 22nd, ruling him out of Connacht’s...Champions Cup qualification playoff fixture.


Irish Times



If someone came along and changed the attitude, we may be saying that the US are world champions some time very soon.


Oscar Reilly - #rugbyunited



"...how you finish the season determines how your summer goes...I’ve been grumpy the last few years!”


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Specsavers Leinster v Glasgow Competition


Specsavers are official sponsors of the officials in the Guinness PRO12 and they are kindly offering two pairs of tickets to Friday night's Leinster v Glasgow Warriors match at the RDS as a prize for some lucky HarpinOnRugby readers!!!

Note : The tickets will be left in the Specsavers Grafton Street branch for the winners to collect before 6pm on Friday.

All you have to do to enter is follow these easy steps :

1) Head to the "Referee Appointments" section of the official Guinness PRO12 website.

2) Find the answer to this question : 

Who has been appointed as Specsavers Match Referee for Leinster v Glasgow on Friday?

3) Using the subject line "Specsavers" (without the quotes), send your name and answer to paganoblog@gmail.com before 12 noon on Friday, April 28.

It's as simple as that.  Winners will be notified by 1pm on Friday, April 28.

Many thanks again to Specsavers and the best of luck to all who enter!!! JLP

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