Saturday, September 30, 2017

James Lowe watch : Taranaki v Tasman [8-0-review]


TARANAKI 40-26 TASMAN

To most this was a crucial match in deciding the Mitre10 Cup top four - to Leinster fans it was another chance to see new recruit James Lowe’s form.  But it was Tasman’s other winger Viliami Lolohea affecting the result with two identical first half challenges on jumping Taranaki players - his dismissal gave them no chance as the home side ran in six tries to their four.  Lowe was tagged for four missed tackles and can definitely play better.

JLP



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Exeter Chiefs v Wasps


Front Five - 30.09.17

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

ICYMI click here for our opinion piece
on the proposal to ban tackling & scrums from schools rugby


"I was concerned with the preparation going into it, a lot of players coming back in for first a game against a team who have played five or six, it's concerning. Nothing beats playing."


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

He’s even got more on his CV than Michael Cheika did when he came in (to Leinster), he came via Randwick. So this guy has gone under the radar but obviously he’s very highly thought of, so maybe he’ll be a great fit.


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

...with the potential of Marcell Coetzee and Jared Payne set to come back from injury, Ulster are looking in good shape for the visit of Wasps before a difficult away game against La Rochelle in France.


Richard Mulligan - Belfast Newsletter

Carty had the chance to bring the sides level with a conversion, but he pulled it badly wide with five minutes to go.


Rugby365.com

"I don't know what sort of wildlife programme Scott has been watching, [that says you can] pat a lion as if it's a kitten."


Simon Lloyd - SportsJoe.ie


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Friday, September 29, 2017

Preview : Leinster v Edinburgh


Johnny Sexton, Richard Cockerill, Edinburgh...three names which bring back memories of a very happy and historic day for Leinster Rugby...come together once more tonight at the RDS Arena.  We even have a famed Wallaby number 6 in our ranks these days as well, but he's playing in a different position now so I should probably quit while I'm ahead on the comparisons front.

A feature of my writeups so far this season has been the composition and performance of our starting centre pairing.  Ahead of the Cheetahs defeat I was happy to see Isa returning to 12 yet he was forced to exit the game early, which left us with Noel Reid and Rory O'Loughlin, whose relative defensive shortcomings probably cancelled out what they offered with the ball.  

Well, they have been reunited for this Pro14 contest, that is true.  But just look who will be out there with them.  The pack alone averages over 30 test caps each and isn't a million miles off our best.  There's also experience on the wings, there's youth and flair at both 9 and 15, and did I mention Sexton?

But let's just rein things in for a moment.  Many Lions may have returned, but after last week we can't afford them too much mitigation for a slow start.  We need them to hit our visitors early, we need to put points on the board, and we need to maintain our defensive shape as well.  We've a relatively young bench so frankly every starter should see that as a motivation for getting the job done themselves.

This is why I'm going with the bookies' 24-point spread as a challenge rather than a prediction.  Embra have had very mixed fortunes so far this season, winning in Cardiff on opening day [after which 'Cockers' is reported to have said 'never doubted it - this is how we play'], then beating the Dragons at home before dropping to Treviso and Scarlets in recent weeks.

Anyone who knows anything about rugby will know you underestimate a team led by the former Leicester and Toulon coach at your peril, but as is often the case with this Leinster team, it's more about focusing on what we do.  We have more than enough ability out there to compete up front and keep the levels of front foot possession up there where J10 likes them.

There's a certain setpiece that Leinster have had issues with for quite a while now...I'm going to treat it like the bad guy in Harry Potter and hope that failing to mention its name acts as some kind of good luck on that front tonight.

You can probably tell from harping earlier I also see the 12/13 channel as a potential weak spot for us, but nothing would make me happier than to see one or both of them making the right kind of headlines tomorrow morning.

I'm going to list our upcoming fixtures for the umpteenth time...Munster, Montpellier, Glasgow [RCC], Ulster, Glasgow [Pro14].  Those battles will look all the more daunting if we can't produce the goods tonight. So let's get ourselves to the RDS [tickets still available] and show the boys in blue we're right behind them.  JLP

#COYBIB


Edinburgh: 15 Glenn Bryce 14 Tom Brown 13 James Johnstone 12 Phil Burleigh 11 Dougie Fife 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
1 Darryl Marfo 2 Stuart McInally 3 Simon Berghan 4 Fraser McKenzie > CAPTAIN 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Jamie Ritchie 7 Hamish Watson 8 Cornell du Preez 
Replacements : 16 Neil Cochrane 17 Murray McCallum 18 Kevin Bryce 19 Anton Bresler 20 John Hardie 21 Nathan Fowles 22 Blair Kinghorn 23 Robbie Fruean

Guinness Pro14 2017/18 - Round 5
Friday, September 29, 2017
KO 7pm (Irish time)
RDS Arena

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
AR1: Adam Jones (WRU) 
AR2: Kieran Barry (IRFU)
TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)
TG4: 7.20pm (Irish)
BBC ALBA: 7.30pm

Also this weekend

Friday

Cheetahs v Ospreys
Glasgow v Treviso
Scarlets v Connacht

Saturday

Munster v Cardiff Blues
Zebre v Ulster
Dragons v Southern Kings

Maybe don't ban tackles & scrums, but don't choke tackle the messenger either



Before we settle down for another exciting weekend of rugby here at Harpin Manor there’s just about time for a mini-rant on this week's talking point about doctors suggesting tackles and scrums are banned from schools rugby.   Judging from what I've read in articles and comments from the ruggersphere, my views are very much in a minority but frankly I think the whole issue is being distorted.

Players want to play well and win.  Coaches want to teach players how to play well and win.  Fans want to watch their favourite players play well and win.  The whole reason we either engage in or follow these sports is that we are pursuing an ideal.

So when medical professionals dare to suggest that we play the game differently, of course we don't want to hear it.  Who in their right mind wants to hear a doctor tell them the way they are living their lives is detrimental to their health?

Yet I have to say the arguments sent back at these medical officers have been weak to say the least, and they have come both from figures I respect and those I don't.

First we have Piers Morgan confronting Professor Allyson Pollock on morning TV.  Basically his rebuttal amounted to [a] MY son plays rugby, got injured, and was fine...so there! [b] you're ignoring the fact that playing rugby has positive elements like getting fit, and [c] I have a quote here from some other doctor who completely refutes your findings.

Each argument is easy to counter with common sense, though he was able to interrupt her attempts to do so by moving on to his next point quickly, thus creating a 'well there's clearly two sides to this' appearance he is well used to forging in the political realm.  Having former England international Maggie Alphonsi there to back him up didn’t hurt.  In rugby parlance, Pollock is ‘left badly isolated’.

In Nigel Owens’ case, he produces an absurdist example to which I always find people turn when they feel they're losing an argument.  Nobody said anything about walking to school.  Nor did they say anything about using pencils.  Yet to many, this formulation will often be met with much laughter and agreement as though it is some kind of clincher.

At least former England captain Will Carling attempted to find an alternative suggestion, namely grouping kids by weight instead of age.  I'm not totally against that idea, but I don't fully accept the 'They've been doing it in NZ for years' premise either.  I'm not sure we're comparing like with like - Britain and Ireland have much more competition when it comes to team sports and my first thoughts go to the smaller 16-year-old kids [of which I was never one, I was a prop] who may be turned off the idea of taking up the game if it means they have to play with those much younger.

Of course I want the game to continue to be played at all levels as it is.  I'm a rugby fan...just look at the volume of content I throw on this site, I think that's proof enough.  But I'm also a parent, not to mention a human being.  I know there are realities we can't ignore.  And while I haven't had an iota of medical training, I can at least appreciate that we rely heavily on those who have and we need to listen to them, not set them up for ridicule.

Because if we want to talk about using extreme examples to prove our point, remember this - changing the age at which kids throw themselves at each other is far from the furthest extreme to which these doctors can go.  From their point of view, one which has seen all too many different types of injuries on their treatment tables, the best way by far to prevent them is to stop playing the sport altogether, and I have yet to hear them suggest that.

All I’m saying is that we need an informed discussion, while acknowledging that these people are trying to inform us not berate us.  So what say we listen rather than try to kick them to touch with soundbytes and hide the issue like it’s contact sport’s answer to climate change.  JLP


Previous post on a similar topic


Front Five - 29.09.17

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

ICYMI click here for out weekly feature
highlighting live rugby on TV over the coming weekend


Although he has long been a key leader in the ranks, the armband is rarely assigned to the out-half who captains the province for only the third time.


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

A Springbok assistant coach under Heyneke Meyer, he is the only surviving member of the coaching ticket which took South Africa to the World Cup semi-finals in 2015


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

“Scarlets are a champion team. They are very strong across the board. They know how to win”


John Fallon - Irish Examiner

Anthony Watson is another who was unable to partake in England training in Oxford on Monday, with eight players in total missing out on the session.


Gavan Casey - The42.ie

“We’ve discarded all of the guys who have the experience of beating the world’s best teams.“


Matthew Wood - Talking Rugby Union


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

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rugby on TV : Sep 28 - Oct 4

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DateTimeShowCompetitionChannel
Thu Sep 288:30amTARANAKI V TASMANMITRE10 CUPSKY SPORTS ACTION
11:00amCONNACHT V CARDIFF BLUES (REPEAT)PRO 14EIR SPORT 1
6:00pmTHE WORLD RUGBY SHOWSKY SPORTS ACTION
7:00pmTARANAKI V TASMAN (REPEAT)MITRE10 CUPSKY SPORTS ACTION
7:30pmCASTLEFORD TIGERS V ST HELENSSUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
Fri Sep 297:30amNORTH HARBOUR V HAWKE'S BAYMITRE10 CUPSKY SPORTS ACTION
3:00pmHIGHLIGHTSPRO 14EIR SPORT 1
3:50pmCHEETAHS V OSPREYSPRO 14BBC 2 WALES
5:55pmSHARKS V LIONSCURRIE CUPSKY SPORTS ACTION
7:00pmNEWCASTLE FALCONS V LONDON IRISHPREMIERSHIPBT SPORT 2
7:20pmLEINSTER V EDINBURGHPRO 14TG4
7:30pmSCARLETS V CONNACHTPRO 14BBC 2 WALES
7:45pmLEEDS RHINOS V HULL FCSUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
Sat Sep 307:30amCANTERBURY V WAIKATOMITRE10 CUPSKY SPORTS ACTION
1:15pmMUNSTER V CARDIFF BLUESPRO 14SKY SPORTS ACTION
1:15pmHIGHLIGHTSSUPER LEAGUEBBC 2
2:30pmLEICESTER TIGERS V EXETER CHIEFSPREMIERSHIPBT SPORT 2
2:30pmZEBRE V ULSTERPRO 14BBC 2 NI
2:30pmLEIGH CENTURIONS V CATALANS DRAGONSSUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS ARENA
3:30pmSOUTH AFRICA V AUSTRALIARUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPSKY SPORTS ACTION
7:15pmDRAGONS V SOUTHERN KINGSPRO 14S4C
7:40pmRACING 92 V LYONTOP 14SKY SPORTS ACTION
8:15pmHIGHLIGHTSPRO 14TG4
9:00pmHIGHLIGHTSPREMIERSHIPBT SPORT 1
11:30pmARGENTINA V NEW ZEALANDRUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPSKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
Sun Oct 13:00amEELS V SEA EAGLES (U20)NRLEIR SPORT 2
8:30amSTORM V COWBOYSNRL GRAND FINALEIR SPORT 2
10:19amJOUR DE RUGBYTOP 14TV5MONDE
11:25amMONTPELLIER V BRIVETOP 14SKY SPORTS ACTION
2:30pmWASPS V BATHPREMIERSHIPBT SPORT 1
2:45pmBRISTOL V EALING TRAILFINDERSRFU CHAMPIONSHIPSKY SPORTS ACTION
6:00pmHIGHLIGHTSSUPER LEAGUEBBC 2
6:00pmSCRUM VBBC 2 WALES
11:00pmHIGHLIGHTSPREMIERSHIPBT SPORT 2
Mon Oct 210:00pmHIGHLIGHTSPREMIERSHIPEIR SPORT 1
10:00pmFULLTIMESUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS ARENA
11:00pmMATCH TBD (REPEAT)PRO 14EIR SPORT 1
Tue Oct 311:00amMATCH TBD (REPEAT)PRO 14EIR SPORT 1
3:00pmMATCH TBD (REPEAT)PRO 14EIR SPORT 1
7:30pmHIGHLIGHTSPRO 14EIR SPORT 1
10:00pmHIGHLIGHTSPREMIERSHIPBT SPORT 1
Wed Oct 47:30amTASMAN V NORTH HARBOURMITRE10 CUPSKY SPORTS MIX
5:00pmTASMAN V NORTH HARBOUR (REPEAT)MITRE10 CUPSKY SPORTS ACTION
8:00pmRUGBY TONIGHTBT SPORT 2
9:00pmHIGHLIGHTSTOP 14SKY SPORTS ARENA
Thu Oct 57:30amMANAWATU V COUNTIES MANUKAUMITRE10 CUPSKY SPORTS MIX
11:00amMATCH TBD (REPEAT)PRO 14EIR SPORT 1
6:30pmTHE WORLD RUGBY SHOWSKY SPORTS ACTION

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