Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Uruguay take a big step towards World Cup Qualification



Last weekend, while ye were all in bed, and I was up watching NXT Takeover: Philadelphia, there was a World Cup qualifier being played.  Uruguay beat Canada 29 – 38 in the first leg of their World Cup Qualifier.  This game doubled as part of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship.  The winner of the play-off will play in pool D, alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia, and Fiji.  The game was refereed by Irish official Andrew Brace.  

Uruguay started the scoring in the first minute when fullback Rodrigo Silva got over, Felipe Berchesi converted.  Canada found their form in an 8-miute spell.  First Evan Olmstead got a try, then Connor Braid kicked a penalty and converted DTH van der Merwes try.  Uruguay would respond with a try from Leandro Leivas, Berchesi added the conversion.  On the stroke of halftime Santiago Arata touched down to put the visitors in front, Berchesi once again converted.  

In the 2nd half Canada were awarded a penalty try 6 minutes in.  Uruguay went back in front with two tries from their locks, Ignacio Dotti and Rodrigo Capó Ortega got over, both tries were converted by Berchesi.  Canada ensured they’d take a bonus point from the game when Centre Nick Blevins got their 4th try.  They wouldn’t get a losing bonus point however as Berchesi kicked a penalty late on.  

The next leg is this Saturday, starting at 20:00 Irish time.  It will be played at Estadio Charrúa, in Montevideo.

Teams

Canada
1 Hubert Buydens (17 Djustice Sears-Duru 58’), 2 Ray Barkwill (16 Benoît Pifféro 58’), 3 Jake Ilnicki, 4 Brett Beukeboom, 5 Josh Larsen (20 Lucas Rumball 64’), 6 Evan Olmstead, 7 Matt Heaton (19 Admir Cejvanovic 76’), 8 Tyler Ardron
9 Phil Mack (21 Gordon McRorie 72’), 10 Connor Braid (22 Patrick Parfrey 32’), 11 DTH van der Merwe, 12 Nick Blevins, 13 Ben LeSage, 14 Jeff Hassler (23 Brock Staller 20’-29’), 15 Taylor Paris
Unused replacement: 18 Cole Keith

Uruguay
1 Mateo Sanguinetti (17 Matías Benítez 68’), 2 Germán Kessler (16 Carlos Pombo 67’), 3 Mario Sagario (Juan Echeverría 67’), 4 Ignacio Dotti, 5 Rodrigo Capó Ortega (19 Manuel Leindekar 58’-61’, 64’), 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (capt.) (7 Franco Lamanna 68’-72’), 7 Franco Lamanna (16 Carlos Pombo 48’-58’) (20 Rodolfo Garese 64’), 8 Alejandro Nieto,
9 Santiago Arata (21 Agustín Ormaechea 59’), 10 Felipe Berchesi, 11 Nicolás Freitas, 12 Andrés Vilaseca, 13 Juan Manuel Cat (23 Joaquín Prada 68’), 14 Leandro Leivas (22 Gastón Mieres 61’), 15 Rodrigo Silva

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Front Five - 31.01.18

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

Excellent rugby on display at Donnybrook
by both sides yesterday
and that was just the first round!


"it's not now possible to do certain things that you used to get away with when I was playing and that is for the betterment of the game."


RTÉ Rugby

McNamara’s U20 side are already benefiting from having the experience of Ireland and Munster legend Paul O’Connell on board as their forwards coach.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

The move would see him reunite with another former Connacht player in Dubliner Conor McPhillips, who is backs coach at Bristol.


Gavin Cummiskey - Irish Times

In order to devote more time to his pre-match mind games, Warren Gatland has announced the Wales team to face Scotland today.


Scottish Rugby Blog

It was already looking like a lost cause for Castleknock but they refused to follow the script.


Des Berry - Irish Independent

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Front Five - 30.01.18

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ICYMI click here for our post
on all the rugby that will be on
at the same time as the Six Nations


Larmour may earn his first cap at some stage, and it may come at full-back, but Kearney is the proven quantity while the 20-year-old is still raw and untested at this level.


Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh - Irish Examiner

The illness also affected scrumhalf Baptiste Serin and flanker Wenceslas Lauret, although the latter pair appear to be over the worst of it


John O'Sullivan - Irish Times

St Michael's gradually came to terms with ferocious Terenure to make it into the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final


Irish Independent

"If I miss a kick, I want to be judged in the same way that anyone would be. If you land a touchline conversion, you want to be judged the same way"


Stuff.co.nz

The pair have denied all charges levelled against them.


Ashleigh McDonald - The Journal

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Around the fringes of the 2018 Six Nations

 

'Ah, it was all different back in my day...'

Yeah, I know those words get eyes rolling for anyone under the age of, well, mine I guess, yet when applied to rugby in particular they can't be ignored.

Before the union code went pro, the 'season' was only really starting now in mid to late January.  In fact, many still only pay attention when the Six Nations is on - you and I know that's their loss, of course.

When it comes to this current campaign, I've been harping on it since late July when the first pictures of preseason training were being posted on the Leinster website.  Then we had the Women's Rugby World Cup to get us through August before the new-look Guinness Pro 14 kicked off in September.

In that time we rugby nerds have gotten used to a steady diet of big matches every weekend until the one just gone, when provincial fans had a spot of 'cold turkey' with none of our favourite teams in action.

Naturally we'll be featuring the Men's Six Nations heavily over the coming weeks, but before we dive into the traditional debates over who should be playing where on our numerous fantasy teams, here's a quick look at the other rugby going on in that time - as you can see, there's quite a lot of it...

Women’s Six Nations

In recent years the interest in the Women's and Under 20's versions has grown steadily, with TV coverage generally doing likewise.  It's a shame they have to be staged parallel to the men's tournament as that surely must have an adverse affect on attendances, but i'm assuming that travel costs also need to be factored in.

Although the WRWC2017 was a disappointment on the pitch for Ireland, having it staged here was a massive deal for the women's game here, and with participation levels ever on the rise that can only mean good things for our chances of success down the road.  I know there has been much controversy off the pitch but hopefully we'll be able to find the right levels to give the squad every opportunity.  

The girls kickoff in Toulouse on Saturday night and we wish the new coach/captain combo of Adam Griggs and Ciara Griffin all the best.

Under 20s Six Nations

It might be time to put the term 'Wolfpuppies' to bed as I don't see it being used much anymore...but whatever we call them, the Under 20 comp never fails to give us a taste of what's coming next along the Irish assembly line.  Captaining Ireland this time around is Leinster's Tommy O'Brien, who impressed on the wing last year but moves into the centre for 2018.  Their first outing is in Bordeaux on Friday evening.

RWC2019 Qualifiers

Of course the Six Nations is a major trophy in itself but we all know Joe Schmidt and co will also be using these matches to help prepare for the World Cup in Japan.

Meanwhile there will be nations aiming to qualify for the tournament, and there are a couple of spots in Ireland's pool still to be decided.  The 'lower tier Six Nations' is now known as the Rugby Europe Championship and the results of this year's tournament will be added to 2017 to decide qualification, with Georgia already qualified and Romania in pole position to join them. 

Also there's the second leg of the Americas playoff between Uruguay and Canada next weekend, with 'Los Teros' having surprisingly built a lead in Vancouver.  These matches tend to be streamed live on the World Rugby site.

Leinster in the Pro 14

We'd be forgiven as Leinster fans to bask in the glory of our perfect record from that tough European pool, but not only has the Saracens quarterfinal pairing brought us back to reality, we can't afford to take our eyes off the Pro14 either.  The shortened regular season means we've just eight matches left with half of them falling in the Six Nations window.  I'm sure Embra and the Southern Kings will offer their own challenges but the biggest tests will surely come in our two clashes with the reigning champion Scarlets, who also happen to stand in our way to top spot in Conference B.

Ulster Bank League

Lansdowne with their perfect record are miles ahead atop Division 1A but with a playoff system in place they'll want to stay sharp and there are several in contention to join them in the top four.

One key element of club rugby during the Six Nations is that if watching the test matches over a 'few jars' is your thing, you'd be helping your local club out a lot by choosing to watch in their bar, with the added bonus of being surrounded by fellow rugby fans to cheer on the boys in green with you.

Leinster Schools Cup

On Tuesday I'll be heading to Donnybrook for Blackrock v Castleknock, and I can't wait - schools rugby is awesome.  Tactically they're not a million miles off of Pro14 standard and the atmosphere is always 'Rocking' [pun intended, though of course all schools know how to bring the noise].  Belvo are already in the quarters as they bid for a 'three-peat' but they only just edged out Gonzaga on Sunday which shows how tight this competition can be.  If you can't make it to a match yourself, eir Sport has you covered with a lot of live action from Leinster and Munster.

Super Rugby

This year's southern hemisphere bonanza kicks off on February 17 minus a few teams...we know what happened to the Cheetahs and Kings and sadly the Western Force are no more, for now anyway.  When there are massive Six Nations clashes of a Saturday, there's no better way to get in the mood than to catch a Super Rugby clash or two that morning, and if you happen to like dodgy defending high scoring, it rarely disappoints.

Sevens World Series

Getting more and more relevant each passing year for Irish fans as both our men's and women's teams continue to climb through the ranks and they also have the World Cup to look forward to in the summer.   During the Six Nations there are World Series events in Hamilton, Las Vegas and Vancouver.

Anglo Welsh Cup/Super League/NRL

I add these because they are also on over the coming weeks...even I have to let something go during Six Nations and these are definitely the leading candidates.   I've nothing against rugby league per se but I'd always watch the fifteen man code first when they clash.  As for the Anglo-Welsh, well, meh.


Reckon that's enough oval ball action to keep you going for the next seven weeks or so?  JLP

Front Five - 29.01.18

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Time to put a pin in Leinster's European campaign
and focus on Ireland's Six Nations campaigns
[while also minding Leinster's Pro14 campaign of course...
and the Leinster Schools...and Super Rugby...]


"I knew what Joe expected of me and I was lucky to start with a few experienced players, I went in with confidence."


David Kelly - Irish Independent

Mike Ruddock's men are now 16 points clear at the summit and will have home advantage in the league semi-finals


RTÉ Rugby

In the process, they suffered a body blow that could reverberate through the rest of the competition when their captain David Hawkshaw was withdrawn


Irish Times

Cruden, 29, who only signed last summer, had already been sidelined by a right knee injury throughout December.


The42.ie [via AFP]

As a kid, I remember waking up on Saturday mornings and immediately looking forward to the games of the day. I’d sit chewing a Tayto sandwich and absorb as much as possible about every player. 


The Loose Head

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Front Five - 28.01.18

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The serious rugby is about to begin...
and as well as the Leinster Schools Cup
there's also the Six Nations 😜


...Ireland surely has a manufacturer of back row forwards somewhere just outside Dublin that hand-crafts ballsy breakaways who are three quarters elbow and two thirds attitude.


Iain Morrison - The Scotsman

"We went out for dinner last night - and this is not a lie - a fox ran out in front of us. I thought Eddie had released it as a joke"


Charlie Morgan - Irish Independent

Youngs is now 28 but remains fresh-faced, unscarred by the demands of an increasingly brutal sport that every week seems to claim a long-term injury victim.


Paul Rees - The Guardian

Wales will have to go into their matches with Scotland, England and Ireland with a relatively inexperienced fly-half.


Rugby365.com

In no other sport does a breeding ground quite like the Leinster Schools Senior Cup exist...


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Front Five - 27.01.18

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Feeling a bit lost this weekend with
no provincial or test rugby 😭😭😭


Schmidt likes to pick on recent form and it is extremely difficult to argue with that, thereby making the case for the Munster combination of Earls and Andrew Conway almost impossible to ignore


Tony Ward - Irish Independent

“It’s the guys that make the game so much easier for their teammates that I look at, respect, and want to emulate. For years at Ulster and with Ireland too, that’s been Chris Henry.“


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

“It was important for me to go away. I didn’t mind picking up the tab because I know it is going to pay me back one day,”


Gerard Meagher - The Guardian

...it’s clear that SANZAAR, having made such a shambles of the expansion to 18 teams, had little option but to retrench.


Brent Craig - Green & Gold Rugby

"As we burnt it, the jeans just fell into the water and drifted downstream smouldering. It was soothing, beautiful."


Eoin Lyons - Balls.ie

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Front Five - 26.01.18

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ICYMI click here for our latest post
featuring upcoming rugby on Irish TV


Although Schmidt said at yesterday's briefing that "honestly, I just try to be honest" when dealing with the media, there was a sense that he wasn't telling the full tale


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

...an Easter Sunday double-bill featuring...No 1-ranked Leinster Rugby against reigning champions Saracens at the Aviva Stadium.


Breandán Ó hUallacháin - SportsNews Ireland

Ireland are the squad who seem to have negotiated their way to the starting line in the best shape.


Duncan Smith - The Scotsman

...defence coach, Paul Gustard, has revealed that England have introduced “military red-teaming” – a practice previously employed by the US armed forces


Gerard Meagher - Irish Times

"There wouldn't have been one medal [won] without any of the three of those guys and their selfless acts."


Arthur James O'Dea - Balls.ie

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

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