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.
I don't know what was more disappointing, the fact that we wasted so many penalties by taking them fast rather than kicking to touch or when we did kick to touch we'd waste that too.
Bonus point try CheetahsWhat a read!!It was an absolute pressure to watch you tonight @CheetahsRugby— Stop the Bleeding 🏈 (@Slipcatch) September 22, 2017
Worried for 2 and 3 weeks time as we look flat and not near as sharp as we should /could over the first 4 matches.
My thought is that training with the guys not playing yet should be of a high enough standard to show on the field
Montpellier will eat us alive in the RDS if we're not ready
— Ali B (@Ms_Ali_B) September 22, 2017
Outplayed all round. Our handling was poor. Kicking off the tee wasn't great either. But for me it was decision making that cost us kicking the ball to their back 3, especially when we were behind. And that tap on go penalty towards the end? Jesus!
— #RugbyLeinster (@RugbyLeinster_) September 22, 2017
Leinster only seem to come to life in the 2nd half these days. The Cheetahs knew this and exploited it.
No one will want to go there. Tough conditions. I think fitness wise we did well.— Colin Campbell (@ccbigcol8) September 22, 2017
Good teams will mangle us in the coming weeks. Missing Heaslip desperately
Baz C. Ryan
Stuart Barnes rabbiting on in the last 5mins about the Cheetahs sweating, being ALMOST home and dry, despite a TWELVE point lead - is noted.— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) September 22, 2017
Did we have a forward pack playing at all out there bar JVDF? Shocking stuff.
Shane O Leary
Poor decision to tap and go on 77’ should’ve gone for the 5m line out Still no complaints didn’t deserve anything from that #poorattitude— Richard Mifsud (@Richmif) September 22, 2017
Either sexton or carbery had to play 10. Byrne and marsh just don't have it. 10 minutes to go Cronin blew another important lineout. The amount of missed tackles? Oh and Gibson-park's kicking away the ball is soul destroying. There were plenty of good bits and come the end of season this will only be a blip but let's get home and for the next 5 weeks stop messing about and pick our best side and put a bit of confidence back into the side
— Rebecca J Leggett (@rebleg18) September 22, 2017
I'm not angry.......I'm just disappointed
Cheetahs win bad for Leinster, but brilliant for the #Pro14 Bloem needs to be a hard place to go at any time of the year.— Sean Farrell (@SeanFarrell_42) September 22, 2017
Firstly hats off to the Cheetahs, they totally deserved the win. Having said that we were awful. Our decision making was dreadful. First JGP rdecides to try a quick tap at 12-5 with a couple of minutes to go on the first half. We knock on and bang they run the length of the field for a try. Then after battling back into a position where we could pick up a couple of points we get a penalty with 4 minutes to go and instead of a lineout Carbery trys the same and bang we knock on again. Awful decision making. Very few players emerge with credit today but have to say well done to Daly on his hat trick, Just a pity it was in such an awful display.
— Brian Donnelly (@bptd1234) September 22, 2017
Poor decision making in 1st half
I am in Bloem. It's hot as hell. People took offence to Leinster staying in CT and this no doubt fueled Cheetahs. No respect paid.— Brendon Shields (@brendonshields) September 22, 2017
A disappointing result and a disappointing performance. We missed leadership and just seemed passive. Still 3 wins from 4 is not a bad start, 10 points from a possible 15 in the away matches isn't a bad return. The younger lads will have learned a lot over the last few weeks and now we will have some more experienced players returning to bolster our ranks.
— Denis Bell (@denismbell) September 22, 2017
The Cheetahs were winning the collisions from the kickoff, as if we had learnt nothing from the Kings match. Let me guess: "They surprised us with their physicality".... I also seem to remember the idea being posited, that JGP's Super Rugby experience would stand us in good stead. Hmm... I think Nick McCarthy has overtaken him as our number two scrum half.
Riocard Ó Tiarnaigh
Thought cheetahs played with good tempo and there error count was low while Leinster really struggled up front and at halfback, well deserv— Dan van Zyl (@vanzyl_dan) September 23, 2017
I'll take a loss now if it means they make the changes they need to.
We started poorly last night, like we did in our other games this season but so far we were able to get away with it by closing out the game strong.
Leinster need to learn from this loss! There were way too many errors and a lack of leadership out there (after Isa went off). There's still plenty of rugby to play before the season is done, hopefully this will be the wake up call they need.
Taking the blue tinted goggles off; this was an upset for Leinster but it's a great result for the PRO14 organisers and to some extent justifies the addition of the new teams to the competition.
Had anticipated that the SA super rugby sides would do well in the Pro14 so i was surprised when they got pumped. Great win against Leinster— For Rucks Sake (@RucksSake) September 23, 2017
Lads I appreciate that a LOT of our 1st choice players were missing last night BUT we're going to experience that again during the Autumn Internationals, 6 Nations and ongoing injuries etc so we'd better get used to this and have a better game plan with one of the most "strength in depth" squads in Europe (apparently 🤔) PLUS I've read lots of posts on various rugby sites recently saying how poor the S. African teams were/are WELL we were ALL taught a valuable lesson last night!!! It's NOT the end of the world and yes I expect it's a timely lessons learned for Leinster and I suspect for others around the oval chasing arenas. Onwards to the next game. #PLAYLEARNPLAYAGAINWIN 😎😎😎
Credit to the Cheetahs took their chances nobody will fancy going there can't blame us for going for it late two BPs in it. i#COYBIB— Harpin' On Rugby 🏉 (@HarpinOnRugby) September 22, 2017
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP