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.
Richard Mifsud The perfect game for Leo and Co to have a good session on Monday BPW but conceded a load of tries. Great in the first 50/55 minutes barring conceding sloppy scores then we lost defensive cohesion and fair play to Ulster, they capitalised. I really thought our bench was going to do it’s usual and steamroller the last quarter but instead it went the other way. To sum up credit to Ulster for plugging away at 40-14 down, scintillating attack from us that had me salivating and a very poor final 25 minutes. Standouts for me Harry Byrne, Cian Kelleher, Tommy O’Brien, Will Connors and Scott Fardy (as usual). Would’ve liked to have seen more of Salanoa
Derek Tormey Really really sloppy. Awful defense all round. And the less said on Clancy, the better.
Sean Michaels This could almost be a repeat of my last post after the Northampton game “scintillating performance, but lapses in concentration re defence very worrying”, only this time around we should be a lot more concerned about the defence. Is it possible that Laissez-faire leadership is developing within the squad with a “ we’ve only got to turn up” mentality creeping in. Whatever the reasons Cullen & Co have got to get back to basics and start with the old mantra that if the opposition can’t score then they won’t win. At the beginning of the season the commentators were in awe about our famous blue line of defence repelling all attempts to breach it, so what’s happened since?
Derek McGee George Clancy. A gowl, to use his local parlance. A shambolic, embarrassing, one-eyed showing.
Martin Loughrey You know you're a spoilt fan when your team puts 54 on the opposition and wins by 12 points and you're still not happy. Great performance for the 1st 60 but the last 20 was pure dirt. The Ulster bench had far more of an impact than the Leinster bench did. One of the things Leinster pride themselves on is their depth. As I said though, we're spoilt. 5 points. Still unbeaten. Roll on Thomond...next week is a "must win". It can't be Munster that give us our first defeat this season.
Chris Costello Great result regardless
Is this on pornhub behind a paywall??? This is so sexy I kinda feel it should be ;)— Keego (@nkeegan) December 20, 2019
Noel Hewson Well 90+ points not much defence in the game. Leinster fell off the pace in the second half and will be disappointed with the try’s conceded. Still unbeaten in the season here’s hoping that still the case after the Munster game.
Cian Ó Muilleoir As much as I dislike slating refs, it felt more like Clancy letting Ulster in than either of the teams on the pitch, but Ulster never let up and pushed hard for the full 80.
Still unbeaten in the season, and sterner tests await.
Baby Byrne was superb, but a special mention to Tommy O'Brien who put in a performance past his years.
Onwards and upwards.
Conor Cronin Score 40 and lose... That doesn't happen often. defense went very bad as the experience went off. That needs work! Crowd not happy with Clancy towards the end, though I'll need to watch back to see all of why. 12 for 12, ulster deserving of their points for the most part, let's move on to thomond
Gerald Williamson Well that was an entertaining game of rugby. Well there were over 90+ pts put on the board with Leinster defeating Ulster by 12pts . Some of the new young guns impressed especially from a Leinster perspective. Was really impressed by No 10 Harry Byrne who is going to give the brother Ross a run for his money. Johnny will definately be looking over his shoulder with the queue forming up including Ciaran Frawley for the No 10 slot. Leinster fell off the pace & got disjointed over the last quarter & allowed Ulster in to get the 40+ pts . Entertaining, but the quality of rugby played could have being better.
I can see the Welsh conspiracy theorists calling foul, thank god the game was not is the Aviva or they would be inconsolable #LEIvULS— marno (@david_marrinan) December 20, 2019
Paul Smith 1 word - Crazy. Great fun for the neutrals. Leinster were superb for an hour then totally switched off to do some late night Christmas shopping. At the end of the day it's another 50 plus points in the board and another 5 points in the bag, and in this conference that's really all that matters. A quick word on Harry Byrne too, who looks like another gem at 10 for Leinster.
Gavin Doyle Season so far: Leinster played 12; won 12. 💙
30+ points v Treviso (A), Treviso (H)
40+ points v Edinburgh (H), Connacht (A), Northampton (A)
50+ points v Ospreys (H), Dragons (H), Northampton (H), Ulster (H)
Are we looking at a perfect season? 😬
Overheard on the terrace after Kearney scored; “hey Andy, there’s a young buck called Rob Kearney, shows promise, you should gave a look at him” 😂👏#LEIvULS— St Nic Rebel without a Claus (@serentrippety) December 20, 2019
Cormac Mannion If that was a Super Rugby match, they'd be drooling over it. Only thing that worries me is we have found it too easy this season and I don't mean to be in any way disrespectful to the teams we've played but we will find it harder at the business end of the season.
Apart from that though, the young players really have looked fantastic this season.
Kathryn Keegan Entertaining game. Harry Byrne great kicking display
#LEIvULS George Clancy was only looking one way tonight— Eddie Geraghty (@celticman10) December 20, 2019
Mark Hunter Well played Leinster. Better team on the night. Looked like another one sided show after 20 minutes and then Ulster decided to play. Won the 2nd half 28-21. Pity we lost the first half 33-14. Defensive coaches will be pulling their hair out. Hoping injuries to Lyttle and Cairns aren't as serious as first seemed.
Justin Leonard Where do Leinster pull of these players from, names and faces just keep appearing every week. Hope the Ulster lad who got injured is ok. Too many points conceded in the second half.
Barry O'Higgins So far this season, the only team to live with Leinster has been Zebre ( 3 nil to Leinster) !!!
Declan Farrelly Disappointing last 20 by Leinster
Two very winnable games up next against Munster and Connacht. Win them and that will be an excellent return from the interpros. #LEIvULS #SUFTUM— Ross Barnett (@rbarnett08) December 20, 2019
Dave Murray Harry Byrne is gonna be some out half for us.
(reply) Diarmuid Marrinan if we hold on to him!
Credit to Ulster for sticking with it, put more points on us than our recent away trips to Lyon, Glasgow & Northampton combined. More positives from our attacking tonight, good to see Harry get MotM. Decent debut for Tommy O'Brien as well. #LEIvULS— Harpin' On Rugby 🏉 (@HarpinOnRugby) December 20, 2019
Many thanks to all who offered opinions.
Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP