Monday, May 20, 2019

Leinster-24 Munster-9



I suppose from a political point of view it made sense for the candidates for the upcoming EU parliament elections to be canvassing outside the RDS on Saturday, but if they took a minute to see it through a rugby lens, the last thing Leinster & Munster fans want to be thinking about right now is Europe.

Both sides went deep into another Heineken Cup campaign only to be halted by Saracens which, on the back of a disappointing Six Nations, made this semifinal the last chance to salvage any silverware from the 2018/19 season. 

Of course Leinster's wounds were fresher, and this could have worked two ways for the reigning double champions.  Would our shortcomings from Newcastle still be with us a week later or would they inspire us to regroup and raise our levels back where they need to be?  What transpired fell somewhere in between but definitely a lot closer to the latter.  

The opening five minutes had no surprises for those who have watched these two great rivals go head to head over the years.  There was much ball-carrying, tackling, clearing out, attempted strips & jackles, box kicks, and it was all to the expected standard.  There was even a perfect exchange of penalty kicks in those opening minutes - first Ross Byrne kicked Leinster into a lead then Joey Carbery dutifully responded.

But gradually as the first half progressed, it began to look more and more like it was destined to be Munster's day as the visitors appeared to have that much more possession, that much more territory, and that much more 50/50 calls from the officials going in their favour, like a monster hit by Garry Ringrose that was deemed a knockon when the replay (which wasn't consulted though, in fairness, shouldn't be for that offence) suggested otherwise.

Following the ensuing scrum Munster worked arguably their best try-scoring chance of the day when Tadhg Beirne took advantage of a sliver of space to power into the Leinster 22 before a pass was deliberately knocked on by James Lowe, an infringement that is worthy or review and once Mike Adamson did, he went to his pocket.

Some may question the failure to go for the corner, and thus our jugular, with the penalty but this is cup (not to mention derby) rugby so for me it made sense for Joey Carbery to take the three points on offer.  Like I said, Munster seemed to have an edge at that point so there could well have been hay to be made with the extra man.  Luckily for us, this was instead the ten-minute spell that turned the match.

Things seemed to be going well for van Graan's boys when we chose to go short handed at a scrum around halfway which helped their front row win a penalty.  But what happened next demonstrated why we thought it best to have tackling numbers. 

Not for the first time in this half Munster rumbled through a long series of phases, poking here and prodding there along our blue wall which was bolstered by our keeping numbers out of the breakdown until the right moment.  And that moment was found by Josh van der Flier, miraculously back early from injury and deservedly named man of the match by the end (25 tackles none missed on top of the poaching), who eventually latched on and won a crucial penalty.

What followed was a Leinster lineout in the Munster half.  This was a setpiece that, not for the first time in the past two seasons, did not serve us well.  The number-crunching shows 13 'won' out of 15 for us, but that doesn't tell the true story.  It's never enough for us to just end up with the ball - IMO there should be an extra stat in brackets for 'clean' lineouts and many of ours were sloppy, sometimes from wayward darts, and other times from the intelligence of Peter O'Mahony.

But on this particular lineout, we did enough to get ourselves front foot ball in the Munster half, and early in the set of phases they were pinged for offside.  Ross Byrne slotted the penalty and before the play restarted, James Lowe returned to the field to cheers of the RDS faithful - this had to be a major psychological blow, although more were to come before this half was done.

Last week Leinster in general, and Luke McGrath  in particular, were handed the ultimate punishment for not putting the first period to bed when given an easy chance.  This time our scrum half was involved in another regrettable incident around the same time when his hurried pop pass to Devin Toner caught the lanky lock off guard and as he was swallowed by the Munster tacklers he fell awkwardly on his leg and we can only hope the injury doesn't keep him out for too long (especially if the too-late arrival of the stretcher forcing him to put pressure on it walking off plays a factor).

But back on the pitch, the play resumed with a scrum to Munster and as Conor Murray fed the ball the clock read 39:55.  It would be unfair to compare this situation to the previous week - I don't blame them for not killing the half there.  Our southern cousins had the edge on the first 40 but without a lead on the scoreboard to show for it, so this was a good chance to strike before we regrouped.

And with Chris Farrell steaming down his channel on the power play ball, it wasn't long before they were threatening our 22 again, making  points on the scoreboard very possible indeed.

But once again, Leinster's defensive organisation was just too good.  Worthy and all as Josh's gong was for his performance, he was by no means the only beast at the breakdown for us.  Henshaw, Ringrose, Ruddock and Fardy (on for Toner not a bad replacement eh?) were all making timely interventions at the point of contact and on this crucial occasion, it was Cian Healy winning the penalty.  And with Ross Byrne's kick finding touch in the Munster half, we were left with yet another stroke-of-halftime decision.

Once again, the boys in blue backed themselves, only this time, it worked.  Having secured the lineout and gone through a few phases around halfway, a trademark jinking run from Jordan Larmour got him well into the Munster half, forcing yet another penalty out of the defence, allowing Ross to give us a lead at the break that some say was lucky, but I say was earned by our defence.

The thing about being strong on D is that you have to make sure you are also scoring points down the other end, and when O'Mahony broke too soon from a scrum at the start of the second half, it gave us an early opportunity to attack the Munster line, and again this lineout worked well for us when it counted.

It was Sean Cronin who made the line break putting his opposite number Niall Scannell on the floor in the process, and when the Munster hooker tried to return to his defensive duties 5m from the try line, his run took him directly in the path of Luke McGrath's outlet pass.  I know scrum-halves often chuck the ball at opponents to draw a penalty in situations like this one, but having watched this a few times I really don't think he knew Scannell was there.

Either way, the result was the same, and especially on big matches like this one, officials are often keen to 'even up the numbers' on the card-showing front when given half a chance so off Niall went to the naughty step and Ross Byrne increased our lead to six.

But when Peter O'Mahony pinched a Leinster lineout minutes later and shortly afterwards Fardy fell off his feet trying to jackle shipping a penalty (would've been a harsh yellow but it did stop front foot ball and I've seen them given), Carbery was able to pull three points back and it looked as though we were to be equally wasteful with our man advantage.

Then after Munster were attempting to exit following the restart, it was their turn to try a risky call only it didn't work out at all.  Yes, our defensive line was solid and didn't look like breaking.  Yes, ways had to be found either around or over it.  But I'm not sure the time to try kicking variations is when you're in your own 22 and a dink over the top by Carbery went too far and was retrieved by Luke McGrath.

In fairness to Munster, the chase was strong and Luke did extremely well to hold on to recycle the ball - once we settled, we cranked up the offensive power once more.  Our first sortie was repelled but when the clearance gave us a lineout just in our own half, we set about creating an amazing team try that was to finally break the match wide open.

First there was a good maul set up which saw us trundling into the Munster half, tempting a penalty advantage against O'Mahony for side entry (sidenote - Munster's 13-7 edge in penalty count was in reality even worse as I noted at least 3 further advantages that weren't used, like this one).

We next saw some excellent exchanges on our left wing involving Robbie Henshaw and (of course) James Lowe which put us on the front foot.  And this time we weren't so keen to get bogged down in a series of phases - Ringrose drew criticism last week for 'wasting' and overlap and to be fair, when he saw the three men outside him were wearing 1, 3 and 2 respectively, many would expect him to take it himself once more.

But this wasn't just any 1, 3 and 2.  In this day and age every player needs to show abilities needed for other positions and both Healy & Furlong showed perfect 'fixing and passing' techniques to provide the space for Sean Cronin to power over the line for what was always going to be the match-winning try.

Ross Byrne capped his solid afternoon with the extra points and must have been well chuffed leaving his World Player of the Year skipper with a 10-point lead to bring home.  And Sexton wasn't long getting involved when a neat 'show and go' flummoxed Tadhg Beirne.

But to their credit Munster weren't done yet and a massive shove at the scrum on our put in at halfway forced Jack Conan and Luke McGrath to get their wires crossed leading to a penalty that gave them another chance to crack our defence.

Yet it just wasn't for cracking.  Liam Toland in the eirSport commentary box used the word 'underlap' (I'm surprised I haven't heard that before but I doubt he's the first to use it)  for the lack of space in the wide channels.  Eventually one of my favourite Munster players, Dave Kilcoyne, tried to make something happen with a strong carry but he was met head on by Andrew Porter, another recently back from an injury lay-off, who became the umpteenth Leinster defender to wrest a carried ball free.

After the challenge, 'Killer' went down to one knee ahead of the upcoming scrum.  For me, that was a clue that he wasn't up for the set piece after a solid shift approaching 70 minutes to that point.  But bind for the scrum he did anyway, again facing Porter, and when this time it was us being awarded the penalty for a front row infraction, the Leinster pack celebrated like the match was won.

I think we can pretty much take it for granted that as long as James Lowe is with Leinster, he'll make a point of getting himself involved somehow against our biggest rivals.  Of course he had already done so in both positive and negative ways to this point, but his finish for the try right at the end was truly exquisite.

The set up was good if straightforward; quick passing from the base of a scrum against a tired and probably deflated Munster D, but still Lowe had some work to do, namely hand off Mike Haley, which he did and even at that it still took some fancy footwork at the line to avoid touch - the lead photo shows how successful he was.

It only yielded 5 points thanks to a shocker of a placekick by Sexton to round off the match, but it still made the final margin look larger than the 80 minutes probably deserved (in contrast to the same semifinal fixture one year earlier which was probably worth more than a 1-point win for us).

Much of the post-match criticism seemed to be directed at Munster for finishing tryless; for me that's unfair on Leinster's defensive organisation.  If the visitors had takeaways to work on I'd be more inclined to look at discipline and decision-making but I'll let their own bloggers dig more deeply into that discussion.

For Leinster's part, while it was hardly a flawless display, it was certainly a great response to seven days earlier.   We were under the kosh in the first half and had we relented the result could very well have gone differently.   The stat category that was highlighted the most against Sarries was that of 'collision dominance' and there was definitely a visible amount of extra power in our hits this time around.

Now we find ourselves on a collision course of a different sort - the Glasgow Warriors showed with their 50-burger in the other semifinal that they are 'in the zone' at just the right time of season to earn their second Celtic League crown in front of a home crowd.

They'll have to get past our tacklers first, though.  Should be an interesting end to the season.  JLP

Later this week we'll be looking ahead to next Saturday's Pro 14 final, with the telly post on Thursday and of course #Front5 every morning. Do stay tuned!

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Front Five - 20.05.19

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 Leinster v Munster


"Some of the things I see, players being dropped and all this sensationalising some of the selections, I'm not a big fan of."


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

It didn’t help the Munster cause that Leinster managed to restrict them to just five lineouts over the entire 80 minutes


Donal Lenihan - Irish Examiner

"I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia's ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process."


ESPN.co.uk

"Everyone thought we would come into this game looking to stay up but we’ve done that three weeks ago and I’m very proud."


Frank Nickson - Talking Rugby Union

"I've been Irish for four years. I might be plastic Irish, but I'm delighted to be so."


Gary Connaughton - Balls.ie

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Online comments after Leinster v Munster

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.


David Lawlor I think it's just shown the gulf between the two teams, Munster were never really in it and a 3 point return for the second half shows it. Glasgow will be a different prospect altogether but if we keep our D tight then we'll be OK.

Conchubhar MacGhuidhir JVdF an absolute legend 👍🇾🇪


Andrew Potts A tale of two back rows, the score was the difference between a 6,7 and 8 and 3/8s

Carmel Daly Absolutely what Leinster is all about. Massive all team performance #COYBIB


Neil Keegan That team was hungry. Munster, in fairness, showed up and fought hard. That’s a compliment to that team with the ghost of another losing semi final ahead of them

But at the end of the day, the gap in class was evident. Leinster strangled the positivity out of Munster and that is just a killer!

Bring on Glasgow!

When you come at the kings, best not miss.

DeeDee O'Malley Great game, fab finish. Congratulations Leinster x


Chris McDonnell Munster's 2 half backs were well off. They didn't fire a shot. If one up runners is all you have v 14 men well good luck with that.

Anton Phelan Munster were always going to give it all against Leinster from the get go but offered little in the second half


Conor Cronin I said on show 3 blokes a ball and BOD that I couldn't see who would create a spark for munster to get them past and scoring tries. A big blue wall of defense was always in their way. The mental strength to come back from last week and get the win, overcome tired and loss like that to be so strong... I'm very proud of that team. Working hard for each other and the fans. Of course there are things to work on, but a great result. Fascinating to spread out wide to 2 props and a hooker, and get the try!

Reenen Stenekamp Van Graan is overrated.


Sean Michaels Although Munster were the busier team in the first half they still didn’t offer much, Leinster were quite content to soak up the pressure. Second half showed what Leinster are about, some great individual efforts, especially Scott Fardy when he came on to replace Devin. Sean Cronin’s try must be a contender for try of the season, hope Uncle Joe was watching. Once JS came on the whole side seemed galvanised into raising their game, he made a tremendous difference when he came on. Bench was superb with a special mention to Andrew Porter, that performance will book his seat for Japan

Kathryn Keegan Great game well done both teams


Cian Greally Good win, great to see Josh back and firing. Munster look to be still a long way off at the top level. Maybe no harm flannery and Jones are going as they look like a team that needs new ideas. Big summer ahead for them

Derek McGee Now that Hugh Jackman has retired from playing Wolverine, can we campaign to get Josh van der Flier the gig? That boy's powers of recovery are a Marvel...
(Not even sorry)


Andy Blount Munster were the better team first half, definitely came to front up. Second half was a different story, Leinster were class and showed why we are champions. I wonder what’s going through Joeys head? 😂

Garry Wynne (reply to Andy Blount) Munster worked harder to be sure but I dont think that made them better. It was a better chance for them to kick it out at 6 all rather than play on knowing Leinster had the stronger bench.


Colin McConaghie Fairly comfortable for Leinster in the end without ever really going beyond second or third gear. Munster fronted up but just don’t have enough going forward at the minute to struggle the top teams. Fitting that the winners of the conferences meet in the final. Think it will be a bit more open given Glasgow’s free flowing style

James Griffin Congrats and best wishes to your team for a win next weekend.


Gerald Williamson Firstly as a Leinster fan I am delighted for the win. The defence was good although the line out still needs sorting out especially against Glasgow next week. Fantastic to see JVF back at his best my MOTM , what a player. Hard luck to Munster, they will need a lot of sorting out both on and off the pitch.

Leinster will need to step up a gear if they are to overcome a Glasgow team on a rampage at present after their win against Ulster.

Rob McGee Keith Earls is wasted with the Munster gameplan. He should come up on loan for a little while :p


Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

Front Five - 19.05.19

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

Not sure if there's ever a good time
to make a football reference for rugby
but that certainly wasn't one


It was the only negative on what was an otherwise hugely positive day for Leinster


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

Munster just weren’t good enough.
I won’t qualify that with “on the day” because that feels like a bit of a let off.


Three Red Kings

With no Welsh teams qualifying automatically for the top tier of Europe, it fell to the two west Wales teams to fight it out


Simon Thomas - WalesOnline

Rhys Priestland’s dramatic late conversion completed a stirring comeback for Bath, who clinched sixth place


Gerard Meagher - The Guardian

Irish Celtic fans are already anticipating the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts which takes place on the same day as the Pro14 final.


Maurice Brosnan - Balls.ie

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Front Five - 18.05.19

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

ICYMI click here for our
Leinster v Munster writeup


“That’s the best I’ve seen them play this year...tactically astute, physically on the money and in terms of precision and accuracy, excellent."


Richard Mulligan - Belfast Newsletter

(Cullen) says his captain will be used to provide experience off the bench at the RDS


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

“That day against Leinster, we played well. We played one of our best games of the year... but we just came up short."


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

The €30 million project will include a full redevelopment of the stadium into a 12,000-capacity facility


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

I feel pity for him because he chose...to pass down judgement on those who are possibly already struggling and marginalised.


Lindsay Peat - The Sports Chronicle

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Preview : Leinster v Munster


We have issues from Thomond at Christmas, they have them from their last few trips to Dublin.

We want to retain our title, they're hungry after a far-too-long wait for one.

Both of us recently got owned by Sarries (albeit in different ways) and see this as a perfect opportunity to atone at least in part.

The winner goes to a final, the loser goes on holidays.

Oh, and it's Leinster v Munster, which should be enough all on its own.  I mean I didn't really have to tee it up with all that lead-off blather, did I???

When I first saw the starting lineup my eyes jumped to number 10.   The absence of Sexton's name disappointed me greatly, which of course means no disrespect to Ross Byrne.  Then I looked at the rest of the XV and felt a lot better - very strong all round.

It took a while for my gaze to get to the bench to see who is wearing 22.  I honestly thought he'd have been left out altogether - which might not be great for those who bought tickets expecting to see the club captain on show, yet understandable given Joe Schmidt is just 240 minutes of hiding behind his sofa away from having all of his players under his control ahead of RWC2019.

So at least we are going to see Johnny take to the field at some point, and given that this promises to be a 'feisty' contest to say the least, it could well work to our advantage to introduce him later.

On the subject of discipline, I hope the appointment of Mike Adamson doesn't prove to be a major mistake.  From what I have seen from him this season, being assertive isn't exactly his strong suit, and that's exactly what will be needed here.  

But this is where Leinster need to focus more than anything.  There could well be early chaos caused by contentious lack of control, and if so it's essential that we're ready for it and manage to adapt.  I have often said about the way both Leinster and Ireland play rugby that although it can be a joy to watch when allowed to flow, when it isn't, the matches are still there to be won if we keep our heads in the game.

I'm delighted to see Dave Kearney get a start; I thought he was unfortunate last week after doing extremely well for us when called upon since Christmas.  On the opposite wing, James Lowe will surely be disappointed with his lack of involvement last week (not to mention his early exit in December) and should be looking to get his name back in the headlines the good way.

When it comes to the pack, what an amazing sight it is to see Josh van der Flier back on the team sheet.  This might not be the most ideal match for rehab as we need his breakdown wizardry from the kickoff, but he seems like the kind of player who can quickly get his intensity levels where they need to be.

As for Munster, well their squad definitely looks like one that can come to Dublin and get a result, and we all know they will lack neither passion nor fervent support from the sold out (with added capacity no less) RDS crowd.  As often is the case when these two sides lock horns, they have plenty in their ranks who would like nothing better than show us we made a mistake letting them go.

But their key has to be Carbery.  For him this has to be the best competitive pre-World Cup trial left so it's every bit the right amount of pressure.  Naturally it will be up to us to limit his opportunities because he can be devastating when given them.

Going back to the bench, there's no way Sexton is the only threat we have in reserve.  In what should be a phenomenal contest around the breakdown it will definitely help our cause in the latter stages to be able to introduce the likes of Porter, Fardy and Deegan to the action.

The bookies have us winning by 7 but I've seen enough of these matches over the years to know not to be too comforted by that.  I think we'll just about end up on top but much like last year it should finish close I'll say 2-4 points in our favour with plenty to harp on afterwards.

So hopefully I'll see you there and let's make it another rousing atmosphere to match the occasion!!! JLP

PS - best wishes to the Ulstermen tonight - they don't have an easy task but they certainly have what it takes to make it an all-Irish final!

#COYBIB

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), CJ Stander, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Dan Goggin.

Guinness Pro 14 2018/2019 - Semifinal
Saturday, May 18, 2019
KO 2:30pm
RDS Arena

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU)
AR1: Lloyd Linton (IRFU)
AR2: Keith Allen (SRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

Live on Premier Sports 1, eir sport 1, DAZN & Super Sport

Front Five - 17.05.19

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

Best of luck to Ulster tonight


“Always with Munster, they’re very physical, good line speed, good numbers on feet and with the backs they have, they can rip you apart."


Ryan Corry - LeinsterRugby.ie

Since Munster's last victory away to Leinster...the Thomond Park side have tasted defeat in their five trips to Dublin


John O'Sullivan - Irish Independent

DTH van der Merwe's surprise return for Glasgow Warriors' Pro14 semi-final against Ulster is "massive"


BBC Rugby

Israel Folau's rugby career is over.


Stuff.co.nz

"The Crusaders is like a Formula One team at a pit stop with the efficiency in which it runs."


Jack O'Toole - SportsJoe.ie

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rugby on TV : May 16-23

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THURSDAY, MAY 16

1:30PM - CLERMONT V LA ROCHELLE (R) - CHALLENGE CUP - BT SPORT 3
3PM - LEINSTER V SARACENS (R) - CHAMPIONS CUP - BT SPORT 3
3PM - ULSTER V CONNACHT (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
4:30PM - RUGBY TONIGHT - BT SPORT 3
7PM - LEEDS V CASTLEFORD (L) - SUPER LEAGUE - SKY SPORTS ARENA
10:30PM - RUGBY TONIGHT - BT SPORT 1

FRIDAY, MAY 17

8:30AM - HURRICANES V JAGUARES (L) - SUPER RUGBY - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
10:40AM - REBELS V BULLS (L) - SUPER RUGBY - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
10:55AM - BRONCOS V ROOSTERS (L) - NRL - SKY SPORTS ARENA
2PM - RUGBY TONIGHT (R) - BT SPORT 2
3PM - MUNSTER V BENETTON (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
7PM - GLASGOW WARRIORS V ULSTER (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
7PM - LLANELLI V PONTYPOOL (L) - WELSH PREM - BBC 2 WALES
7:45PM - ST HELENS V SALFORD (L) - SUPER LEAGUE - SKY SPORTS ARENA

SATURDAY, MAY 18

8AM - GLASGOW V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2

8:30AM - BLUES V CHIEFS (L) - SUPER RUGBY - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
10:30AM - RAIDERS V RABBITOHS (L) - NRL - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
10:40AM - REDS V WARATAHS (L) - SUPER RUGBY - SKY SPORTS ACTION
11:30AM - GLASGOW V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
1:15PM - TORONTO V TOULOUSE (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
1:30PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (L) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
2PM - LIONS V HIGHLANDERS (L) - 
2:15PM - RUGBY TONIGHT (R) - BT SPORT 3
3:15PM - EXETER V NORTHAMPTON (L) - PREMIERSHIP - BT SPORT 1
3:15PM - CATALANS V WIGAN (L) - SUPER LEAGUE - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
3:15PM - WASPS V HARLEQUINS (L) - PREMIERSHIP - BT SPORT 3
3:30PM - ROCHDALE V SWINTON (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ARENA RED BUTTON
5:45PM - FEATHERSTONE V YORK (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
7:40PM - OSPREYS V SCARLETS (L) - H CUP PLAYOFF - EIR SPORT 1
7:55PM - LYON V LA ROCHELLE (L) - TOP 14 - SKY SPORTS MIX
8PM - BRADFORD V HALIFAX (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
9:45PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
10PM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 3

SUNDAY, MAY 19


11:25AM - MONTPELLIER V STADE FRANCAIS (L) - TOP 14 - SKY SPORTS ACTION

12PM - OSPREYS V SCARLETS (R) - H CUP PLAYOFF - EIR SPORT 1
1PM - BARROW V SHEFFIELD (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
1PM - OSPREYS V SCARLETS (R) - H CUP PLAYOFF - EIR SPORT 2
2PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
3:15PM - BATLEY V DEWSBURY (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
5:30PM - LEIGH V WIDNES (L) - RL C'SHIP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
8PM - GLASGOW V ULSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
10PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1

MONDAY, MAY 20


11AM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) -PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2

1PM - GLASGOW V ULSTER (R) -PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
10PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) -PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
11:30PM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 3

TUESDAY, MAY 21


1PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) -PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1

1PM - THE SUPER LEAGUE SHOW - BBC 2
7PM - TOP 14 ROUNDUP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
8:30PM - TOP 14 ROUNDUP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
9PM - OSPREYS V SCARLETS (R) - H CUP PLAYOFF - EIR SPORT 1

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22


1PM - GLASGOW V ULSTER (R) -PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
1:30PM - PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS - BT SPORT 2
4PM - TOP 14 ROUNDUP - SKY SPORTS ACTION
4PM - NRL TRY TIME - SKY SPORTS ARENA
8PM - RUGBY TONIGHT - BT SPORT 1
9PM - THE PRO 14 HOUR - EIR SPORT 1


THURSDAY, MAY 23

8AM - GLASGOW V ULSTER (R) -PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
11AM - RUGBY TONIGHT (R) - BT SPORT 2
12PM - THE PRO 14 HOUR - EIR SPORT 1
1PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) -PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 1
7PM - PRO 14 DREAM TEAM - EIR SPORT 1
7PM - LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R) - PRO 14 - EIR SPORT 2
10PM - THE WORLD RUGBY SHOW - SKY SPORTS ACTION
10PM - OSPREYS V SCARLETS (R) - H CUP PLAYOFF - EIR SPORT 1

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

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