A selection of the “keyboard warrior” reactions after the full-time whistle of our featured matches of the weekend.
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Paul Smith Once again Nigel 'It's all about me' Owens manages to screw Leinster out of a win. Lowe blatantly blocked for the last try but Nigel has to be the talking point as always. I genuinely cannot stand him refereeing Leinster games. That said, congratulations to Benneton, they played well and were good value for a draw in honesty. Good run out for a youthful Leinster team who battled well and could have taken the win.
Fair play Benetton Treviso, they deserve that #LEIvBEN— Brian Donnelly (@bptd1234) April 6, 2019
Richard Mifsud Had we been playing for something other than pride I might have been mightily upset by our performance. As it is I was quite pleased with our response in the second 40 given our team selection, the injuries immediately pre and during the match, and Benetton’s performance. I think the result was fair TBH. The last play was brilliant, our D was good, their attack was good and it was only when we lost a one on one that they scored. I don’t subscribe to the block on Lowe and to be fair the refs had mullered the Ferg clear out ‘penalty’ even though that was the correct moral decision in the end as that was never a pen but which did lead to Frawley’s try. All in all a great test for the young guns and they acquitted themselves well once they started playing cohesively. It’s a bit strange almost as if we’re watching two different Leinster sides playing at a different tempo and playing for different ends (Jekyll and Hyde). This series of four Pro 14 games is like a phoney war and it’s really weird 😳
Congratulations @BenettonRugby.— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) April 6, 2019
18 point underdogs (at the start of the week) yet go home with a draw from the RDS.
And in a funny way, Leinster can take some very good things out of that too.#LEIvBEN
Conor Cronin How that want blocking at the end I just don't know. With that said treviso really deserved to come away with something so I'm glad it's only a draw and not the win. Some great work by younger players for Leinster, a lot that can be learned by them from game like that that will take them up the required step
Well done @BenettonRugby— Rugby Onslaught 🏉 (@Rugbyonslaught) April 6, 2019
Fully deserved. Suspected they'd have a great year after they hammered Tigers in pre-season.
🤞 they make the play-offs #LEIvBEN
Noel Hewson Draw a fair result. Leinster started slow and improved in the 2nd half. A couple of big defensive stands which kept it close. They looked better when they decided to run rather than kick.
#LEIvBEN in 2004 I visited Benetton Treviso with about 50 other @leinsterrugby fans. They were gorgeous hosts. There was no proper ladies bathroom so they let me use the referee’s facilities, which were palatial. Troncon was still playing for them and he said hello.— Catherine Kavanagh (@KavanaghCk) April 6, 2019
Sean Daniere-Doyle But he mixed up the penalties with McFadden contact on the head and the neck role, should have been a penalty to Benetton
Max Deegan Fucking Hell 😂😂😂😂😂 #LEIvBEN— Glen Archbold (@glenarchbold) April 6, 201
Mark Kinlan (reply to Sean Daniere-Doyle) he was correct in his decision- McFadden incident was the first offence and therefore penalty to Treviso - reversed because of the neck roll on McFadden by Treviso player - he corrected himself after the review
Still a mindset change needed by pundits to give Benetton the credit they deserve. They’ve had a mighty season with some splendid results.— Meadhbh Lewis (@LewisMeadhbh) April 6, 2019
Whatever about the national side and a lack of results, Conor O’Shea is making a big difference in Italian rugby.#GUINNESSPRO14 #LEIvBEN
Derek McGee Another less-than-stellar showing from Joe Tomane, another "referee the narrative, not the game" showing from Nigel Owens. Both are becoming very tiresome as the season goes on.
— Ciaránny Wrestling 🦠🐉 (@Voicenstein) April 6, 2019
Sandra O'Brien Conor O'Shea having a big impact on Italian rugby. Last try definitely questionable, but to be honest, Treviso played a blinder.
— Peter Burke (@peterburke_) April 6, 2019
Anton Phelan Fair result overall
— Damien 𝖗. (@gugubabanz) April 6, 2019
Neil Keegan Ouch!
No complaints with that final score - Leinster did well to claw back the early deficit but Benetton once more proved themselves genuine playoff contenders. Contact area was ferocious, overall great experience for the young Leinster side. #LEIvBEN #COYBIB— Harpin' On Rugby 🏉 (@HarpinOnRugby) April 6, 2019
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP