Monday, December 31, 2018

Munster-26 Leinster-17



Individual awards and honours are natural by-products of sports like rugby and when we're harping on them, a large portion of the subject matter is devoted to moments that led to someone being named ‘man of the match’. 

But given that it is a ‘team’ sport, honours such as being named captain or reaching a milestone of 200 appearances should be considered to be on a higher level again; so much so that those who achieve them are given the privilege of taking to the field before anyone else.  

One important thing about such honours and privileges bestowed on current players is that, well, they're current players.  All the accolades in the world are great and everything, but for the time being we still need you to go out and show us all what you did to earn them, if you wouldn't mind. 

The story of this match is not one of actual rugby.  Chasing an egg around Thomond Park did not lead to the final score.  It was a result that stemmed from an inability to cope with tactics that anyone with the smallest amount of rugby understanding knew Munster were going to deploy, a fact made all the more disappointing by the amount of experience at the highest level enjoyed by those responsible. 

It's a shame because even when Leinster lose I quite enjoy being able to describe entertaining rugby moments on these pages, yet for this writeup the bulk of the narrative has to be about unsavoury incidents and how they were handled. 

Given the theme is discipline, I suppose the best starting point should be referee Frank Murphy, if for no other reason than to highlight he wasn't at fault for what happened.  I wouldn't be wild about the fact that he once played for Munster, but not because I think that means his opinions would be biased, rather from an optics standpoint.  I have said it before about officials in this league when the teams come from different nations and the same should apply to interprovincials. 

If it were down to me, were a sufficiently ‘neutral’ Irish ref unavailable, then one should be brought in from outside and this has happened before. I still need to stress that I don't feel anything Murphy did on Saturday was because he might be some kind of Munster fan.  The bottom line is that we wouldn't be questioning his decisions if he never had them to make.  And the game was barely two minutes old when he had his first one. 

Anyone know what the recommended sanction is for ‘removing an opponent's scrum cap and throwing it at him’? I'm assuming someone thought to write that one down somewhere and give high-, medium- and low-end punishments for the benefit of citing commissioners? Seriously though, while it was far from the nastiest incident it defined the entire match. 

Johnny Sexton is well used to late hits at this stage. In many ways it can be seen as much of an honour as being named captain or man of the match - the opposition have clearly looked at your team's play and decided the best course of action is to target you. 

But often that targeting has been way over the top…Francois Steyn and Ross Moriarty have been relatively recent examples. However, what Fineen Wycherly did in the midst of an 18-phase siege on the Munster tryline in Leinster's opening attack was nowhere near that level of treachery. 

Don't get me wrong; there was definitely a lot of ‘mustard’ in the tackle. He knew damn well Sexton wouldn't have the ball when he grabbed him yet made it look like he thought he did. But that’s what you do in the early stages of matches; it's called ‘laying down a marker’.

Such gamesmanship is also a large part of Johnny Sexton's character and while it's a trait not often found in out halves, given the levels of success he has seen, you have to assume it's an integral part of his psyche; remove it and the world class quality he brings to the arena might suffer as a result. 

He clearly over-reacts to the dump tackle, as though he thought it would reach Steyn-like levels. And with the Munster flanker's arms wrapped around him, his desire to catch the referee's attention meant scrum cap grabbing was the only non-violent reaction he could make, although doing nothing was always the better option. 

Then of course we had the reaction of the home crowd when the replay appeared on the big screen, as if Sexton had actually ripped Wycherly's head clean off. So just two minutes into a match where the atmosphere was already fiercely partisan, we had an incident that catapulted it to new heights although I reckon Murphy dealt with it extremely well.  As for the remaining Leinster players, yeah, maybe not so much. 

When your opposition goes through a number of phases before kicking towards your 22 it should be seen as a compliment to your defence.  Maybe Chris Cloete had an outside chance of getting to Carbery's kick but the challenge of Scott Fardy, also a Leinster skipper this season, was actually a lot closer to decapitation and the penalty put the home side on our line leading to the South African opening the scoring. 

Fardy's action was just one the symptoms of Sexton's aggressive posture spreading throughout the Leinster team, and minutes later another good situation was ruined by an experienced boy in blue. 

Off the restart after the try Keith Earls’ clearance was blocked by Rory O'Loughlin (who incidentally was moved to the wing as Leinster's lineup was completely reworked due to Dave Kearney's late withdrawal) and when Conor Murray tried to tidy the situation, Cian Healy marred the celebration of his 200th cap by catching the Irish scrum half by the neck. Given what had gone before there could be no complaints for the yellow card. 

Here's the thing though - Leinster actually won that 10-minute sinbinning period 3-0, so even though it was only the second quarter it was already pretty obvious that if we kept our cool we were still well in the match.   But I suppose in order to keep your cool you must actually have it in the first place. 

To the letter of the law, Tadhg Furlong's yellow was correct.  It was a dangerous collision and one which ended Cloete's participation. But on scrutiny of the moments before the contact, the card definitely looks harsh.  James Tracy already has a hold of Cloete and Furlong's intent is clearly to help him get the man aggressively to the ground, yet the hooker moves downward at the last possible moment meaning the prop goes straight into the Munster player. I thought the ref described the incident well yet could have gone for penalty only, especially as by this stage Munster had contributed some colourful challenges of their own. 

Yet down to 14 men we were, and it was only a couple of minutes later that it became 13. James Lowe definitely comes across as being up for a challenge and had already been right in the thick of a shamozzle or two here.  Going by the way he clattered into Andrew Conway while the former Leinster winger was in mid air, the rush of blood hadn't yet receded for the current one. 

Of course there was no intent to injure the player, but that's not how the laws need to be written to protect players. He may not have known Conway was in the air, but by the same token he had to know a Munster player was going to go for the ball so he should be seen to at least check, and when Conway fell on his head that was it for Lowe's involvement. 

No complaints from me on this decision, and what made it worse for Leinster is that if there's one player you'd want in your team to play over an entire half short-handed, it's James Lowe. 

Going back to the ref for a second - while I really don't have much problem with the awarding of the cards, I was left scratching my head over technical penalties awarded to the home side either side of half time. One was for not rolling away when James Ryan appeared to be nowhere near the ball and while Healy did ignore instructions to let go of the ball before he was pinged, I thought he was within his rights to assume Murphy wasn't referring to him. 

In a match that appeared to be one-sided throughout, those six points really shouldn't be worth questioning, but the fact that they are leads me to a topic I felt hasn't really been explored amid all the talk about Leinster's multiple faux pas.  Setting aside the bragging rights earned by the victory, can Munster really be all that happy about this performance? 

And I'm not even going to engage in ‘whataboutery’ because while the disciplinary tally might have been closer than the direction of the cards suggested (11 pens and 2 free kicks v 14 pens), that's not what would concern me most if I were a Munster fan. 

Since the end of that first half I was obsessing over Leinster's failings but it was only when I watched the match a second time that I realised just how difficult it was for the home side to score points no matter how many players we had on the park.  That kick by Carbery into our 22 should have been a sign, and apart from a line break by Earls and a snipe by Murray, Munster really only got into scoring positions when we allowed them to. 

The first try was the result of a short range lineout after two successive penalties got Munster down the field, and the second we all know was an interception try by Keith Earls when we were attempting to get within two points in the closing minutes. 

But hang on a second…read that last part back again?  “We were attempting to get within two points in the closing stages”?  But we were a man down for about 60 of the 80 minutes, two men down for about 8? How is that even possible, especially given Sexton himself was substituted as early as the 60 minute mark?  Surely they must feel like they left a try bonus point behind?

I was disappointed by Leinster's part in this result, make no mistake. I was never happy about 10s being captain anyway and in particular I wasn't sure it was the right role for Johnny, at least not on a permanent basis (that said I recall Peter O’Mahony also had some anger management issues when he began wearing the armband regularly). 

But given the lead we have in Conference B of the Pro 14 (still an almost embarrassing 16 points ahead of 2nd place despite this loss), plus the fact that our overall discipline this season has been impressive, there's enough evidence to suggest that Saturday's debacle was a blip. 

Even if “Schmidt minutes” mean we have to rest key players next Saturday for Ulster's visit, it will be a perfect opportunity for us to return the standards where they need to be, because a week later we'll be seeing a different kind of red.  

Whatever about Munster's ability or willingness to push for tries against us, you can be darn sure to expect it from the likes of Médard, Kolbe and Guitoune, and there could very well be a dump tackle or two on Johnny from the likes of Jerome Kaino too. 

Speaking of disappointment, I have to throw a few bad marks in the direction of eir Sport.  And it has nothing to do with their presenters and analysts either...they're merely offering opinions and my enjoyment of rugby on telly is rarely effected by them, especially since George Hook left the scene.

No, my problems are in the area of actual presentation.  At a niggly level, I believe 'phase counters' should be standard throughout the professional game.  They are a very useful guide to both following and commenting on the action.  Another necessary graphic is the yellow card countdown clock...they actually had one as Healy went to the line yet it disappeared.

But the biggest no-no was when they had Murray Kinsella doing analysis.  Nothing at all against the man himself - he knows his stuff and provides great insight - but whatever his contribution, viewers completely missed a stolen lineout (both sides had issues on the day but with all the shamozzles it barely seems important) because the director was late returning to the action from a replay and this is unforgivable.

(Sorry for the telly talk by the way...normally I'd save it for our Harpin Points post on Wednesday but with the week that's in it we're taking a few days off so I thought I'd mention it here instead as it bothered me!)

Nothing that happened in this match can take from what has been a phenomenal year for Leinster & Ireland rugby, but if Leo & co can extract the right lessons from it, we could find it helps us somehow make 2019 every bit as good if not better. 

Have a Happy New Year folks, hopefully you'll stay with me to enjoy all that the next 12 months have to offer, including of course RWC2019.  Bring it on.  JLP


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Front Five - 31.12.18

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

ICYMI click here for our a selection of
online comments after Munster v Leinster


I thought these games were supposed to have lost their “edge”?


Three Red Kings

“We need to get more referees from Leinster so that’s a different question. We’re waiting for Johnny to retire!”


Brendan O'Brien - Irish Examiner

As we glance into 2019, Ireland's top three sporting bodies - the GAA, FAI and IRFU - continue to fill their ambitious sponsorship portfolios with top brands.


Kevin Moore - Irish Independent

Bassett took evasive action...and Brown clattered into him during his descent, landing awkwardly.


Paul Rees - The Guardian

"For the record, I never laid a finger on him other than to retrieve my property."


Mark Farrell - Balls.ie

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Online comments after Munster 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.


Michael Hatton Well Done Munster, U came out of the blocks and got into Leinster and tried to bully them unfortunately Leinster rose to the bait and lost the plot in the first half. Although Leinster wanted to win badly it wasn't to b but it's not the end of the world no cups won or lost just the bragging rights till the next time. Maybe we will meet again at the business end of the Season. Hopefully it will b just as entertaining without the Yellow and Red cards.

Conor O'Shea Well done Munster. Well deserved. Leinster will learn from this


Noel Hewson Disappointed with discipline in the first half cost them any chance at the win. Don’t blame the ref for that but did think he gave a couple of soft kickable penalties but what fan never says that post a rugby game. Would love to be a fly on the wall for the video review. Lessons to be learned for sure.

Justin Leonard What’s seldom is wonderful


Mick Keogh 1st half we we're fired up too much and on the wrong side of intense. Second half we sorted that out but had a mountain to climb. Frustrating for fans, players and management alike. Onwards and upwards though, no trophy was ever decided in December.

Andrew Potts Finally a team packed with mercenaries pick Leinster off in domestic competition


Chris Mc Firstly stop blaming the ref. Fardy’s stupid high tackle of a player without the ball and who was in touch cost us 7 points and Healy’s high tackle was a yellow. I don’t agree with the law regards the red card but it is the law so be it. Leinster let themselves down by getting involved in a game that dragged them to a level we simply just don’t do. Off the ball shite is not us. A piss poor lineout cost us 7 points and frawley’s shoveling of shit the same. We lost the game regardless of anything the ref did or didn’t do.

Aidan O Riordan Leinster and Johnny Sexton should be ashamed of themselves for the display of coward And disgusting play


Neil Keegan Lost the 4g for the second half but it wasn’t he red or the ref that cost Leinster. No cards are really debatebale, no penalties either unfortunately. 11 in the first half won’t beat anyone at the top table. The ref missed a few, but that’s the game. It has gone our way before too!

Bad day at the office. Ice baths and we move on

Russ Rafter Total lack of discipline by Leinster which is so out of character. Sexton needs to concentrate on his play rather than irritating the Ref. Thought the ref was ok ..... better than some others. Don't think Leo will be impressed. Back to the "old" Leinster for next week.


Eddie O'Brien The referee was calm, fair and very informative. I can’t see why anyone should have any complaints.

Des Darragh (reply to Eddie O'Brien) he was amateur at best, way out of his depth. Had his Munster shirt on, poor choice of ref for an important derby game.


Eamon Phelan 👍 good win Sexton let himself down , Leinster came out to blow Munster away, didn’t work, cynical play I’m sure Leo Cullen won’t be impressed, put it in the bag and move on, next challenge please

Graham Lowen Disappointing...... surprised Leinster let themselves be drawn into the messing


Joe Sheppard Congratulations Munster Rugby! Well deserved. Far better technically, you can see why they are unbeaten at Thomond. As for Leinster, a complete ill disciplined shower. JS10 should look at himself as an experienced player & leader!! Onwards & Upwards for both team and fans 😉😎😉

Cian Ormond I'm not sure which is more disappointing: Leinsters first half discipline or the number of people who are wrongly blaming the referee.


Conor Cronin I was in thomond tonight. I don't feel the ref has any control over the game from minute one. I may feel different watching it back, but that's how it looked from my seat. I'm not arguing the merits of cards or decisions, but commenting only that as a ref there seemed to be no control.
I feel Leinster could have won this with a different mentality, but they got sucked into a game that suited munster, and munster took advantage and won well.

John Hayes Poor discipline is right. Sexton more interested in glaring at referee than leading his team .....


Andrew Byrne Leinster let themselves down with discipline in the first half and then went on to outscore Munster in the second half despite having only 14 men. If they had kept their heads in the first half they would have come away with the win.

Joe Sweeny Lads stop slagging Leinster and look at yourselves
No creativity at all against 13 men , 2 kicks when you should have gone for the throat. A good team would have put us to the sword today.



Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

Front Five - 30.12.18

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

Not the best way for Leinster to end 2018
but it certainly doesn't take from a phenomenal year


Having only incurred one yellow card this season prior to this game, instead Leinster’s head coach accepted that their lack of discipline undid them


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

The southern province’s need was greater here, and it showed.


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

Gareth Anscombe piled up 19 points as Cardiff Blues ended the Scarlets’ 27-month unbeaten home record


Andy Howell - WalesOnline

The final scoreline flattered the hosts who possibly performed worse than they did in the corresponding fixture last weekend at Murrayfield.


Iain Morrison - The Scotsman

...the upcoming Six Nations has probably usurped the Rugby Championship as the world's premier annual rugby competition.


Paul Cully - Stuff.co.nz

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Front Five - 29.12.18

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

ICYMI click here for our
Munster v Leinster preview


There was something of a fallow period for this fixture when the two teams tended to cancel each other out, but the recent renewals have been compelling.


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

I don’t think it’s a good enough mentality to bring a slightly weakened team up north to try to survive and get on to the next one.


Johnny Holland - RTÉ Rugby

...through tries from Shane Delahunt, Bundee Aki and Caolin Blade, (Connacht) emerged with the points to leapfrog Munster into second


Darragh Small - The42.ie

"...rugby seems to physically be demanding...and I don’t know if anyone can be around long enough to play that number of Lions Tests."


Irish Examiner

...most American sports fans know little more of rugby than what they’ve seen from Ross Geller on Friends.


RugbyDump

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Preview - Munster v Leinster



In my Leinster v Connacht writeup I tried to make Leinster look like ‘the good guys’ since by this stage pretty much every European rugby fan that's not a supporter thinks the exact opposite…it was partly tongue-in-cheek yet our selection for this weekend is making me feel like it's true even more.

Much umbrage has been taken in recent years how the cotton wool is taken out for the seasonal interpros, and when you're a fan shelling out for tickets hoping to see the best play the best, these feelings can be justified.

But a compromise practise of sorts has been found over the years, one that is generally followed in the way-overworked Top14 across in France.  The idea is that you pick your best squad for the home matches and send more fringe players on the road trip to help them gain experience.

Well, it appears he boys in blue have turned that concept completely on its head; after putting out a lot of prospects against Connacht last week (yet still winning though it took a monument final quarter effort) they now send a starting XV to Thomond Park that's not a million miles from that which toggled out against Bath at the Aviva in the Champions Cup.

Now of course we badly want to win this one, but this grouping also suggests to me that we also have our eyes on the crucial Pool 1 visit of Toulouse in January. Don't get me wrong…I'm not suggesting for a second that we value this massive derby match any less than other years, rather my point is that it's a perfect chance to get the lads used to the kind of intensity we'll face when our fellow four-time champions come to D4.

And you can be sure Munster will bring the required intensity. They certainly don't need any motivation to beat us at regular times, and they  certainly wouldn't shed a tear at bringing what has been a phenomenal 2018 for us to a close on a losing note.

I can't start anywhere but the centre.  The 12 jersey was something we needed to fill for the Bath series and Rory O’Loughlin's man of the match award at the Aviva shows he's the man for the job.  He and Garry Ringrose will be well tested by a strong Munster backline.

In the pack you can't take your eyes off the lineout battle at lock.  No Devin Toner but Scott Fardy sure isn't a bad replacement is he.  Together with James Ryan they will go against Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne and there should be no easy darts throughout.

For all the talk of Leinster's dearth of talent in the back row, I reckon Munster's has been under rated of late but it has to be said the absence of Peter O’Mahony could be costly to them, even if they let him bring on the water bottles to give them occasional verbal boots up the arse!

Our trio of Ruddock, JVDF and Conan seems to have just the right amount of abilities in the areas of carrying and pilfering to make for an effective combo so a bare minimum of parity at the breakdown can be expected.

Then there are the back threes. A whole lot of try scoring power on both sides. It's hard to believe that this fixture only last season is where Jordan Larmour really started to grab attention around the league but with the likes of Earls, Conway and of course James Lowe also on the pitch there could be highlight reel moments aplenty.

And last but certainly not least, there's the match ups at half back.  After missing the October loss in the Aviva, Conor Murray is back meaning both sides have their premier pairings on show.  If he can help Joey Carbery settle into a rhythm the home side can definitely gain some traction but we all know that if you don't contain Sexton in the early stages it cold be a long evening.

So a fascinating battle it promises to be, and when do we ever expect any less from this great fixture.  The bookies have Leinster by 3 - normally I'd be inclined to be cautiously pessimistic but after our comeback last Saturday plus POM's X-factor being missing, I'm going to go for us by 4-6pts, though a lot could depend on referee Frank Murphy being able to cope with what is bound to be a bumper helping of early physicality by both sides.

Here's to another classic!!!  JLP


MUNSTER TEAM HERE

Guinness Pro14 2018/19 Round 12
Saturday, December 29, 2018
KO: 5:15pm
Thomond Park, Limerick

Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
AR1: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)
AR2: Johnny Erskine (IRFU)
TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)
Live on eir sport 1 & Premier Sports 2

Front Five - 28.12.18

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

ICYMI click here for
upcoming rugby on Irish TV


Conan is no stranger to bouncing back from setbacks and the manner in which he has done so thus far in his career has stood to him.


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

The 19-stone six-footer clearly enjoyed his rugby during the autumn period when...he scored his first try in 16 appearances for Ireland


Charlie Mulqueen - Irish Examiner

Man of the Match in the Leinster game Jack Carty, continues his half back pairing with Caolin Blade.


RTÉ Rugby

Munster v Leinster - Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)


RugbyReferee.net

He will now miss...the away meeting with Leinster...but he will be free for their Champions Cup showdown with Racing 92


Fintan O'Toole - The42.ie

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Rugby on TV : Dec 27 - Jan 3

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

10AM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 3
1PM - LEINSTER V CONNACHT (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
3PM - ULSTER V MUNSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
4PM - EDINBURGH V GLASGOW (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
6PM - PRO 14 HIGHLIGHTS - EIR SPORT 2
8:30PM - THE WORLD RUGBY SHOW - SKY SPORTS ACTION
9PM - IRISH RUGBY - A YEAR TO REMEMBER - EIR SPORT 1
10:15PM - TOP 14 ROUNDUP - SKY SPORTS MIX

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

9AM - CARDIFF BLUES V DRAGONS (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
1PM - ULSTER V MUNSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
2:30PM - PRO 14 ROUND 11 HIGHLIGHTS - EIR SPORT 2
3PM - LEINSTER V CONNACHT (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
4:30PM - TOP 14 ROUNDUP - SKY SPORTS ACTION
7PM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1, TG4
7PM - NORTHAMPTON SAINTS V EXETER (L) - PREMIERSHIP - BT SPORT 1
7:30PM - CARMARTHEN QUINS V LLANDOVERY (L) - WELSH PREM - S4C
8:30PM - TOP 14 ROUND UP - SKY SPORTS MIX
10:30PM - THOMOND PARK - DOCUMENTARY - EIR SPORT 1
11PM - IRISH RUGBY A YEAR TO REMEMBER - EIR SPORT 1

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29

6:30AM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2

7AM - NORTHAMPTON V EXETER (R) - PREMIERSHIP - BT SPORT 3
10AM - BELVEDERE V BLACKROCK (R) - LEINSTER SCHOOLS FINAL - EIR SPORT 1
12PM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
12PM - NORTHAMPTON V EXETER (R) - PREMIERSHIP - BT SPORT 2
1:55PM - BENETTON V ZEBRE (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
2PM - DONCASTER V YORKSHIRE (L) - RFU C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ACTION
2:30PM - GLASGOW WARRIORS V EDINBURGH (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
3:30PM - HARLEQUINS V WASPS (L) - PREMIERSHIP - BT SPORT 2
4:15PM - BERMUDA RUGBY CLASSIC - SKY SPORTS ACTION
4:15PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
5PM - SCARLETS V CARDIFF BLUES (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
5:25PM - LA ROCHELLE V CASTRES (L) - TOP 14 - SKY SPORTS ACTION
7:30PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (T) - PRO 14 - TG4
7:55PM - PERPIGNAN V CLERMONT (L) - TOP 14 - SKY SPORTS ACTION
9PM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 1
10PM - GLASGOW WARRIORS V EDINBURGH (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30


8:30AM - BENETTON V ZEBRE (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2

10:30AM - GLASGOW V EDINBURGH (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
12PM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 1
12:30PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
12:30PM - SCARLETS V CARDIFF (R) - PRO14 - EIR SPORT 2, S4C
2:30PM - DRAGONS V OSPREYS (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2, S4C
2:30PM - BATH V LEICESTER TIGERS (L) - PREMIERSHIP - BT SPORT 1
5PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
7PM - DRAGONS V OSPREYS (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
9PM - IRISH RUGBY A YEAR TO REMEMBER - EIR SPORT 1
9:30PM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 1

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31


6:30AM - SCARLETS V CARDIFF (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2

8:30AM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
10:30AM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 3
11AM - BENETTON V ZEBRE (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
1PM - GLASGOW V EDINBURGH (R) - EIR SPORT 1
3PM - DRAGONS V OSPREYS (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
7PM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
9PM - PRO 14 ROUND 12 HIGHLIGHTS - EIR SPORT 2


TUESDAY, JANUARY 1


10:30AM - PRO 14 ROUND 12 HIGHLIGHTS - EIR SPORT 2

11AM - DRAGONS V OSPREYS (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
1PM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
1:30PM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 1
3PM - IRISH RUGBY A YEAR TO REMEMBER - EIR SPORT 1
7PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
10:30PM - DRAGONS V OSPREYS (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2


6AM - DRAGONS V OSPREYS (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
8AM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
11AM - SCARLETS V CARDIFF (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
11:30AM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 3
1PM - GLASGOW V EDINBURGH (R) - EIR SPORT 1
1PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
7PM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
8PM - RUGBY TONIGHT - BT SPORT 1
9PM - THE PRO 14 HOUR - EIR SPORT 1
9:30PM - TOP 14 ROUNDUP - SKY SPORTS ACTION
10PM - THE BACK ROW - EIR SPORT 1


THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

6AM - BENETTON V ZEBRE (R) - EIR SPORT 2

9AM - THE PRO14 HOUR (R) - EIR SPORT 2
11AM - DRAGONS V OSPREYS (R) - EIR SPORT 1
7PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R) - EIR SPORT 1
8PM - THE WORLD RUGBY SHOW - SKY SPORTS ARENA
9PM - CONNACHT V ULSTER (R) - EIR SPORT 1

L = LIVE
R = FULL REPEAT
T = TAPE DELAY
H = HIGHLIGHTS

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