Monday, April 30, 2018

Connacht-47 Leinster-10



John Muldoon had the perfect sendoff and it was an excellent way for him and the Connacht fans to end what had been a mostly disappointing season.  Leinster weren't at the Galway races literally from the opening kickoff and the outcome is no less than either team deserved for what they put into the eighty minutes.

Right, that's my writeup done, see you after Bilbao!  JLP

What's that?  You were expecting more?  Oh, alright then.  But to be fair, although I predicted a Connacht win in my preview, I was also expecting a lot more from Leinster as it happens.

Look...since the Six Nations I have said on these pages that the 2017/18 campaign won't be remembered for depressing displays like those against Connacht and Benetton any more than they will be for big wins against Southern Kings and Zebre.  Whatever happens this was a Grand Slam season and if Leinster can stick to the script in Europe as they have done in their eight matches so far, there could well be a fourth star tacked on to those memories.

When we look to analyze this particular match, that context has to be understood.  So rather than put myself through the torture of rewatching it, I chose instead to harp on a few associated talking points but also covering more general topics.

CONNACHT ABÚ

Now while I say I didn't watch the full match a second time for note-taking purposes, I had no problem sitting through the highlights because there was some superb play from the home side that deserves loads of credit, especially when I manage to buy into the whole 'Well we won't defend like that against Racing' concept.

In many ways the Westerners hit us in a way we'd have expected the Scarlets to.  All they needed was a sniff of a chance and all fifteen men in green were primed and ready to take full advantage. 

Of course Muldoon was the focus of attention but for me it was hooker Shane Delahunt [voted man of the match for things like his awesome offload that set up one try] and Bundee Aki who stood out most of all.  With this display from the centre plus all he did during the Six Nations I don't know how he can be left out of the starting lineup of the first test in Brisbane.

If they can carry this kind of form into next season there is no doubt they'll be back at the competitive end of this league sooner rather than later and I wish them all the best.

FRYING SHAME

I saw the phrase 'we have bigger fish to fry' bandied about quite a bit from Leinster fans on social media after the match...that's all well and good but those fish are harder to fry when a supposedly smaller one has just hopped out of the pan and whacked you over the head with it!

As this was mainly a team failure I don't want to single any one player out but I will mention Tom Daly only because his dropping the opening kickoff, which led to a series of Connacht phases that resulted in the opening try by Adeolokun, meant that we were only really in this contest for a few seconds.

Much has been said about the fact that we have used 54 players this season, but the fact remains that we need 46 to play in finals on May 12 so you would have to expect to see a lot more 'hands put up' by Leinster on the day.

However, I will push back a little bit on our display.  Some are saying there was no fight...I respectfully disagree.  Particularly in the second half there were a number of individuals on the park who were doing what they could to dig out some kind of consolation but it was just 'one of those afternoons' when it wasn't happening.

CONVERSION RATE

Probably the biggest talking point of the match, thus it deserves it's own heading.

Before the England v Ireland match I compared the Grand Slam to a 'no-hitter' in baseball and if you don't mind I'd like to bring in another bit of jargon from America's national pastime, namely 'hot-dogging'.

You might already know the term...it describes someone over-celebrating a positive outcome right in front of the opposition and while it doesn't only apply to baseball (Chris Ashton springs to mind), it is arguably the most offensive when someone hits a home run and proceeds to strut around the bases making gestures in full view of the infielders...not a good look at any level of any sport.

Now when I first saw John Muldoon was going to take the conversion for Caolin Blade's try under the posts, I honestly wasn't bothered.  'Seems about right and a good way to help the celebration of a magnificent career' - that's pretty much all I was thinking as he took the kick.

Then I noticed Jordan Larmour actually trying to charge it down, while Cian Healy was disrespecting the law requiring the opposition to stay behind the try line, and I thought "Well that's bound to bring about some outrage on the twitter machine!", which sure enough it did.

It won't surprise regular readers that I now see both sides quite clearly.  What Muldoon did hasn't happened often, but there is precedent, like retiring Namibian prop Johnny Redelinghuys in the pool stages of the 2015 World Cup.

But most people who have played sport will know what it's like to be on the receiving end of 'hot-dogging', and technically, this qualifies.  We're so far ahead of you we don't really need these two points.  To be honest, if at least a few Leinster players weren't a bit miffed in the heat of battle, I'd be disappointed.

So how do we avoid this in future?  One suggestion - the captain goes to his counterpart and says - 'Mind if we do this?', then the other says 'No problem' before instructing his players to respect the kick and afterwards it can all be explained to the press that everyone was happy. 

This talking point bleeds a bit into my next one...

LEINSTER-FREUDE

As much as I try to avoid using the 'what if it was the other way around' argument, in this case I firmly believe that anyone who found their own team in Leinster's situation would have showed some understanding for what Healy and Larmour did, and I'd even go a bit further and argue that it's because it's Leinster that the empathy can't be found. 

What I'm talking about here is something I call 'Leinster-freude' and I've been looking for a way to bring it up for a while now.  Basically I mean a particular dislike towards the boys in blue from fans of other provinces that goes beyond 'friendly rivalry'.  It's not really a 'big deal', it's just something I have observed following Irish rugby opinions for several years. 

Of course it is a minority that displays it, and I'm certainly not suggesting for a moment that all Leinster fans show love for their cousins either.  But let's just say that if you took a poll among Irish rugby supporters asking them to rank the four provinces, it would be a pretty safe bet that Leinster would finish last.

Now if you're thinking 'Awww, poor persecuted Leinster fans, my heart bleeds', then you've fallen into a trap of sorts, because to me, THAT is a perfect example of Leinster-freude in itself. 

Luckily in the now-approaching ten years I have run this site I have only gotten a small amount of really bad feedback from 'haters' and 'trolls' and only once have I decided to ban someone from the Facebook page.   But I'm not just talking about the abuse here, it's more of a general perception. 

The point I want to make about this phenomenon is that it actually isn't a bad thing, because although there might be a bit of traditional 'capital city dislike' about it, for the most part it stems from the fact that Leinster have had the most success over the years, which is a positive for us as far as I'm concerned.  We could also argue that towards the end of the 'noughties' there was a similar feeling towards Munster in their European heyday?

And to be honest, I WANT to see a bit of this niggle between the provinces.  Obviously there's a line where it should stop, and football has shown what it's like to go way over it, but if you took banter and passion out of fandom completely, it would suck all the fun out of following sports. 

WAFER THIN SILVER LININGS

Our one and only try on Saturday was a bit fortunate, but the fact that it was finished by Barry Daly means, unless the Pro14 site's stats page is yet to be updated and I have missed a few tries from others, that he ends the regular season as the league's leading try scorer, which is a notable achievement in itself.

Also Ross Byrne tops the list of conversions, and throughout the other categories there are those who began at Leinster like John Cooney, Tom Farrell and Tadhg Beirne and this, I contend anyway, is a positive sign despite those who might wonder if they should have ever gone.

Last but not least in this silver linings category, let us not forget that despite this disappointing scoreline, we still finished first in Conference B, which gives us not only a home semifinal but also a crucial week off ahead of Bilbao. 

NOW WHAT?

All the Leinster players and coaches can do is try to put Saturday behind them, so we as fans must do the same.  Superlatives like 'that was the worst performance ever' really serve no purpose over the next two weeks.  We need to remember that on each of our eight European outings we have been match ready, and assuming we'll be treating the Pro14 playoffs to be of an equal standard, there is definitely much to be hopeful about for the weeks ahead.

#THANKSMUL

But I can harp on those future matches another day; time to go back to the start of the piece and leave the spotlight where it truly belongs - on Connacht's own Captain Fantastic.  What an amazing playing career he has had, and even if he only brings half his ability and determination into his defensive coaching role at Bristol, the rest of the Premiership had better watch out.  Thanks Mul! JLP

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Front Five - 30.04.18

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

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


Machenaud was outstanding against Munster both with his kicking from the tee and scrum-half play.


Maurice Brosnan - Balls.ie

A draw when you were losing feels like worrying all day that you’ve lost your wallet before coming home to find it on the kitchen table.


Three Red Kinga

"...that Cardiff loss felt like a real low, it felt like we weren't going out to win games, we were going out not to lose them or not make mistakes"


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

"...the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s final represented the latest major positive stride for the domestic women’s game"


Robert Kitson - The Guardian

Hickey’s troops could still make history next weekend, as they target a two-in-a-row, something which has not been achieved in the league since 2006.


Daire Walsh - Irish Examiner

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Online comments after Connacht 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.


Really??? Probably best not! I wouldn’t want to cause offense by using extremely bad language!!!

Aoibhin Kenny

[in reply to Facebook post : 'Feel free to leave your thoughts on Connacht v Leinster here...']


That was just plain awful from those fellas in blue (not sure it was really Leinster). I'm struggling to think of another time we conceded 7 tries. I said in Friday we needed to be better mentally prepared ahead this game and it's very clear we weren't. Rattled early and never recovered.
Fair play to connacht for exploiting weaknesses very well and for a well deserved win and in particular to Muldoon

Conor Cronin


Poor from Leinster. Not the quality or tenacity we have come to expect. The players today will feel it the worst. But a huge well done to Muldoon today, a literal giant of the game in Ireland got a good send off!

Mick Keogh


It was awful. It was a shambles. Best thing that could have happened in the build up to Bilbao. Any complacency will be gone now.

Gary Gleeson


A team that was up for it hammered a team that wasn't. Disappointed that we didn't at least put up a fight, even with nothing to play for.

Dónal Foley


That was without a doubt one of the worst Leinster teams I have ever seen, I wouldn't even justify it by calling it a performance. No one even bothered to try, regardless of how big of a day it was for Mr. Muldoon, they should have at least made a game of it. Most of those boys shouldn't be allowed to play wear a Leinster jersey ever again.

Eiméid O Fathartaigh


The highest compliment we could have paid to Muldoon would have been to come out and make a game of it. That performance paid no respect to him or the interprovincial games. If we had been playing Munster in Thomond that team would have been very different.

David Lawlor


With the depth we have I’m just wondering how many of these bunch of lads want game time, didn’t look like they were looking to impress at all☹️

Paul Carney


Didn't watch it so can't comment on the play but this smacks of a bunch of players who didn't turn up, knew the top place was already in the bag and didn't want to get injured so they can get a shot at the European Rugby Champions Cup final. Frankly, they should all feel ashamed of themselves because it disrespects the jersey, the competition and the opposition. I was happy to take a losing BP today so John Muldoon could get a winning send off, but this... It's as if when we play in Europe we're a Ferrari and when we play in allegedly unimportant matches in the Pro 14 we're a banged up 1973 Škoda. Worst of all the wife's in a bad mood!!! I will always love and support the boys but today I don't like them very much and I hope they get a solid kick up their derrières #COYBIB

Richard Mifsud


Connacht were great value for the win, and all due congratulations should go to them. However that doesn't take away from the abject horror of that Leinster performance. It looked like it was sparking to life about 15 minutes in, but handling errors, set piece malfunctions and consistently losing in the collisions seemed to suck the life out of the side. It's concerning seeing a string of performances like this late in the season, I can only hope that it doesn't continue into the knockout stages.

Cian Ó Muilleoir


As I said to the 2 Leinster fans I met after. Ye have bigger fish to fry in next few weeks. Delighted for Mull to get the send off he deserves. His best day and last day are wins against Leinster.
Good bye 2 a Connacht legend and best of luck to Leinster rugby hope ye win the double.
#crackingsidetowatch

Alan Eastwood


Everybody annoyed at Cian Healy attempting to charge down Muldoon's conversion but that was taking the piss. He was 100% correct to be angry.

Robbie Doyle

[reply] It really wasn't. No problem with the chargedown and no problem with Muldoon taking the conversion. The game itself was long over, as are season position, good on him for getting it.

Put a smile on my face after a dreary afternoon for us Leinster fans.

Dave Whelan


My Dad said that plenty of those Leinster players won't be on the plane to Bilbao. I had to correct him though and remind him that the first 23 need spare guys to hold tackle bags. 😁

Cian Ormond


The worrying thing is that we’ve lost 2 in a row in the Pro 14, fielding fairly similar teams, and on both occasions the intensity has been seriously lacking. We’ve been blown away at the breakdown, again, and that’s unacceptable considering it’s where we excelled v Scarlets. Very ‘end of season’ feel to both games considering there’s still so much to play for.

Stephen Girvin


A nothing match that mattered to one team and one player specifically. No one wants to lose but in reality I wasn't expecting much today, more concerned with getting through the game with no injuries. Well done to Connacht but Leinster have much bigger fish to fry.

Paul Smith


Is there a blurry line of an elephant starting to appear in the room with regard to away wins in the league.

Damien Doherty


A squad of 54 is too big, anyone who not now good enough or young enough to be good enough in a year or two needs to be culled. Set them free Leo set them free

Chris Mc


When you come at the kings.......eh............. #thanksmul

Neil Keegan


It was a cunning plan. Have Carbery & Byrne play so badly, no other province would want them.
Good of the rest of the lads to buy into the plan so wholeheartedly too. 😏
Joking aside, absolutely embarrassing stuff, with the possible exception of Barry Daly's overall contribution. If the Italians or the Kings shipped seven tries, there'd be "think pieces" on every rugby website questioning their worth to the league. No one played there way into the European reckoning but a fair few lads may have played their way out. Not good enough, not by a very, very long shot.

Derek McGee


Nice of us to give Mul such a BIG send-off.

Best Connacht performance I've seen since their Championship. Worst Leinster performance I've seen since the O'Connor days.

Surprised at the lack of intensity, aggression at the breakdown & poor tackling. These guys are doing the same training sessions as the 23 who played last week.

Whilst the first 23/25 are likely already pencilled in for the semi & the European Final, it's disappointing to see the lack of drive from many of the 'seconds' in pushing for consideration. Who knows what could happen in training between now & the semi & final?

Yeah, it was a dead-rubber game, with giving Mul a good send off the only thing to play for, but I don't think Leo & Stu expect that sort of half-assed effort from any Leinster team. The B&I As would have put in a more respectable performance.

Gavin Cullen



Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP


Front Five - 29.04.18

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

If ever there was a good time to be hockeyed
seven tries to one I guess it's when
you've first place already sewn up
as well as a Champions Cup final spot...
still wasn't easy to watch though.


John Muldoon had done many things but never in his 15 years had he scored in an interprovincial match.


David Kelly - Irish Independent

...the mood among Ulster supporters is somewhat glum after missing out on finals rugby for the second consecutive season.


Front Row Union

Constitution...set up an Aviva Stadium rematch with Lansdowne who beat them 32-12 in last Saturday’s Bateman Cup fina


Irish Times

He was given a standing ovation and was clapped off the field by players of both sides, flanked by his wife Jennifer and four children.


RTÉ Rugby

The Telegraph have reported that Schmidt 'would be considered a strong contenders for the position.'


Arthur James O'Dea - Balls.ie

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Front Five - 28.04.18

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

ICYMI click here for our
Connacht v Leinster preview


The Leinster star has generously promised to donate the footwear to little Anna Browne (7), from Mallow, Co Cork, to enable her to undergo a life-changing op in the US.


Allison Bray - Irish Independent

"It certainly won’t be easy to finish my career against them, but I am looking forward to getting stuck into my last game for my province"


Sean McMahon - Pundit Arena

"I know for a fact that sitting amongst the players, there are guys who want to win trophies."


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

The light blues beat Lansdowne 24-16 at Dooradoyle in early February...but doing it on the Aviva Stadium’s main pitch tomorrow is the acid test.


The42.ie

Meeting comes after an open letter signed by over 90 journalists was sent in protest


Johnny Watterson - Irish Times

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Preview : Connacht v Leinster

So...as the first regular season of the new conference format draws to a close, how are we feeling about it?

Mostly I'm positive.  Two separate races for three spots each was always going to be more interesting than one for just four, the South African teams added a new dimension plus it looks like one is set for the playoffs at the first attempt, and the extra playoff game for European qualification will be a welcome bonus too.

A couple of things I might quibble over...the first is something I've harped on a lot over the years, namely what I call 'neutral refs' - when teams are facing each other from different unions, at least the man in the middle should come from a third.  It's not that I believe officials are biased, it's just that in a league spanning five unions they shouldn't have to contend with even the merest suggestion of it IMO.

But another bugbear presents itself this weekend, which has the 21st and final round of matches.  All seven contests are 'derbies' and I think this could create even more conflicts of interests than the talking point about the referees I mention above.

Mathematically, none of the top three spots in Conference B are nailed down as yet, and all four clubs in contention for them are facing opposition that has virtually nothing to play for (unless you count Connacht trying to avoid finishing in last place).

While I know it's highly unlikely that anyone involved with Connacht, Dragons, Glasgow or Munster would just roll over and let the other team win, we can't ignore that playoffs are extra matches in the season so where they take place offers additional revenue for the host union in question.  All I'm saying is that in future it will probably be better, for at very least appearances' sake, that the final round comprises as many cross-union matchups as possible.

One thing's for sure...if the Scarlets somehow manage to catch Leinster in the 'points difference' column on Saturday it would look 'well dodgy'!!!  To finish first they'd need their margin of victory over the Dragons, when added to Connacht's over Leinster [once that's more than 7 of course], to total a minimum of 127!

It's probably about time I made this piece look more like a preview, and one thing that pretty much guarantees Connacht will be up for the match at the Sportsgrounds is the fact that it is the final appearance for their long-time servant John Muldoon.  Andrew Browne is also saying farewell but I'm sure he has no problem with the #thanksmul party taking centre stage.

What a career he has had - it's a shame there haven't been more Ireland caps but to tog out over 300 times for your province of birth including captaincy in an amazing championship victory is no mean feat to say the very least.  And what better way for him to sign off than to turn over a Leinster team that has recently shown itself vulnerable when there are bigger contests down the line?

Actually, if you don't mind, I'm going to take another little brief detour, addressing the mini-kerfuffle of late surrounding Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne, both of whom start on Saturday.

For me it's very simple...when a player moves from one club to another in any sport, it's fine by me so long as three parties are satisfied...the two organisations and of course the player him or herself.  In Irish Rugby there is an added dimension to all of this, namely the IRFU and what went wrong here wasn't the suggestion itself, rather the optics surrounding it.

Surely it's not that difficult to keep the negotiations under wraps so that if the move doesn't happen, we're none the wiser and if it does, we can be confident that everyone is happy with the switch.  That said, establishing circles of trust isn't made easy by the involvement of agents.  And on the timing issue...the week leading up to a European semifinal?  Really???

Anyway, when it comes to Leinster players moving on, just take a look at this weekend's the lineups for the other three provinces and you will see several players that made their debuts in D4.  There's more talent coming out of our province these days so it's inevitable that decisions will have to be made along the line, and when the likes of Tadhg Beirne and John Cooney do well at their new clubs, it should be hailed as a success not a mistake.  But if the two young backs in question want to stay and fight it out to be Sexton's understudy, they should be allowed to do so.

OK, sorry again for the digression...I suppose I keep doing it because I have a feeling we might come out second best in this match.  It's the centre pairing that worries me most - it's great to see Tom Daly back in action but his lack of game time might hamper the chances for himself and Noel Reid to be effective, particularly without the ball.

We do have a strong bench but with Bilbao in mind the hope would be that we won't be needing it for the final quarter...I fear we might.  With a fired up pack and a pacy back three the home side could well be able to put some early points on the board from which we can't recover.

The bookies think we'll win by 4.  I agree with the margin, but not the victors.  I definitely think Leinster CAN win, but I'd have to challenge them to put recent outings in this league against Ospreys and Treviso behind them to do so.  As always on the rare occasions I predict against the boys in blue, I'll be more than happy to be proven wrong.  JLP

#COYBIB

Connacht : 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Matt Healy, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Kieran Marmion
1 Denis Buckley, 2 Shane Delahunt, 3 Finlay Bealham, 4 Gavin Thornbury, 5 Quinn Roux, 6 Eoin McKeon, 7 Jarrad Butler, 8 John Muldoon (Capt).
16 Tom McCartney, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 Conor Carey, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Eoghan Masterson, 21 Caolin Blade, 22 Craig Ronaldson, 23 Darragh Leader.

Guinness Pro14 2017/18 - Round 21
Saturday, April 28, 2018
KO 3:05pm
Sportsground

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
AR1: Joy Neville (IRFU)
AR2: Kieran Barry (IRFU)
TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)
TV - TG4

Front Five - 27.04.18

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

ICYMI click here for our
weekly feature that lists the
upcoming rugby on Irish TV


Of all the players I've played with, John Muldoon is the player that I admire the most.


Ronan Loughney - Irish Independent

"...if it's going to help Irish rugby, both in a green jersey and a white jersey, it has to be considered."


RTÉ Rugby

There was a different chemistry in the backline with Zebo excluded, and by ‘different’ I don’t mean better.


Ronan O'Gara - Irish Examiner

It will...be his first return to the Welsh region after a span of five years


Talking Rugby Union

"He likes it to be uncomfortable for us."


Arthur James O'Dea - Balls.ie

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rugby on TV - Apr 26-May 3

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