Monday, August 31, 2020

Ulster-10 Leinster-28

 


I’m going to start with what may seem like an easy thing to say but IMO it needs to be said anyway.  If this match had taken place as the season was originally intended to go, on the last weekend of May rather than August I have no doubt Ulster would have won.  I also have no doubt that my pointing that out is of absolutely no consolation to any of their fans reading this, so I will add my apologies.


This wasn’t the first time they had a “home” fixture against Leinster in Dublin.  There was also the 2013 Pro 12 final but again, their fans won’t thank me for pointing that out so I’ll leave it there before I persuade them to click away from this site altogether, assuming they haven’t already.  My point is that they have had rotten luck in general over the years with things happening beyond their control, and for some reason the luck has been even worse against us.


And in this version of Ireland’s oldest provincial rivalry, nothing encapsulated this better than an incident on 18 minutes.  Ross Byrne’s radar with the kick pass is normally flawless, as is his brother Harry’s, yet on a night when both played reasonably well, this was one area where both struggled. 


Y
et even when Ross did one that hit the Aviva Stadium turf between two Ulster players as you can see by the screengrab, the egg somehow managed to find its way perfectly into the arms of the onlooking Cian Kelleher instead.  Fast forward just over sixty seconds; Ross Byrne is slotting over his second penalty on the night, and his third kick over all to stretch Leinster’s lead to 13-0 to ensure the first quarter was an absolute disaster for Dan McFarland’s men.


Even the first five minutes gave us a taste of what was to come.  Leinster kicked off towards the North Stand and it seems like all week they had been practising restarts with Hugo Keenan doing the chase because he showed a good ability to get there first and bat it back for his side.  With not even a minute on the clock we were rolling through the phases when Ulster’s skipper on the night Sam Carter was pinged for not rolling away and just like that we had a lineout in their 22.


Last week against Munster we got our first try when Robbie Henshaw dinked a cheeky little ball through for his centre partner Garry Ringrose to dot down over the line.  While our 12/13 combo was different this week (not to mention the entire starting XV) that didn’t stop Ciaran Frawley, moved out a slot in the backline from 10, trying the same thing, and although Rory O’Loughlin didn’t quite manage to retrieve it this time, Frawley himself was able to pounce on the loose ball and there we were with a strong attacking position on the Ulster line.


About a half dozen phases later it was our own new skipper Ed Byrne getting it down, with a little help from his latching friends Will Connors and Max Deegan, and putting us 7-0 up before an Ulster player had managed to put two hands on the ball.  On a night when I was expecting them to come at us strongly from the kickoff to put last Sunday’s disappointment behind them, this was far from it.


Eventually they were able to get some production out of players they would have been counting on.  Unfortunately for all the impressive contributions from Marcell Coetzee, Stuart McCloskey, James Hume and particularly Jacob Stockdale at 15 (did enough to warrant test consideration IMO), they just could not turn them into points.  This wasn’t helped by not so impressive contributions from other players, most notably half backs John Cooney and, as much as I hate to say it, Ian Madigan on his first start for the province.


The “home” side had two patches of play that were as purple as our jerseys on the night.  The first started when a Madigan ball just about evaded enough outstretched Leinster arms to put McCloskey through into our 22 and when they won a penalty to give them their first lineout opportunity from 5m out, it looked like they had a way back into the match.


But then a perfectly timed jump from Ross Molony won it back for us and we were able to clear, and although they had chances to come back at us, a horrible sequence of errors from Cooney (knock on, box kick too far, box kick out on the full) meant they couldn’t capitalise and when Josh Murphy was able to swim through a maul to spoil it just before the break, it meant the duck egg on their side of the scoreboard was preserved.


The second half started better for Ulster, well, I mean the very very start, when Stockdale caught the restart on the run and created some front foot ball in our half, but shortly afterwards Matty Rea was unable to take a straightforward ball and their progress was halted yet again.  Even Coetzee’s runs were being thwarted as he found himself into a choke tackle from Bent & Molony and a penalty from the ensuing scrum allowed us to stretch our lead to 16.


Shortly after that score came a mistake from Ian Madigan which I’m afraid might be remembered most of all by his new fans on the night.  It was another poor use of the boot from his opposite number and it was heading straight for the former Leinster, Bordeaux and Bristol 10 who had a lot of time to size up his options, but as it turned out it was way too much time as he seemed to relax as it was coming down and it went through his hands.  He’s a quality player who will do amazing things in a white jersey, he just needs a bit more time.


In the end it took successive Leinster penalties to put them back with an attacking lineout close to our line, and this time they made no mistake as Rob Herring got one of his trademark scores falling over the line on the back of a maul that found just the right nudge.  They even managed to get the next score after Rory O’Loughlin was pinged offside after they had more phases in our 22.  They wisely took the easy three to bring them within 6 points and 13m left on the clock.


There is absolutely no doubt that the match was still very much winnable for Ulster at that point.  They were scoring points from this second purple patch, the error count was going down as ours was going up.  But lady luck continued to shine anywhere but on them as both Jacob Stockdale and Jordi Murphy limped off in the second half, and this was also the stage of the match when we were introducing our own bench.


Much has been said about Leo Cullen being able to use over 50 players a season with little drop in form, and this one is no exception.  The amount of competition for places is such that after such a long break, if the first week’s XV is the “Probables”, and the second week the “Possibles”, that makes the bench for the second week the “You’d better do something to get noticed’s”, and here we pretty much had impressive showing from all eight in reserve.


Take Scott Penny and Harry Byrne for example.  Scott is already behind a gagillion quality back rowers at Leinster, of which one, namely Will Connors, was tearing it up with another tackle-chart leading tally of 18 (probably would have gone for him over Frawley for PotM but both were definitely worthy).  Then there’s Harry, who like I said had an iffy moment or two with the boot after replacing his brother.


But after Rory O’Loughlin atoned for the penalty he conceded by tracking back some impressive Ulster ball work to bundle Rob Lyttle into touch, Leinster were soon back in business and Harry put just the right amount on his kick into space on the far side of the pitch towards Penny who may have benefitted from another Leinster bounce but still had a lot of work to do in getting it over the line.  Once again we responded to conceding with a score of our own - without any stats to back me up I reckon we could be the best in Europe in that category.


That put the result beyond all doubt, and although to their credit Ulster tried to win back the restart, we were able to recover and not long after, Cooney capped a night where nothing went right for him by running an interception all the way over our line only for it to be called back for offside and from the resulting penalty, Harry Byrne crashed over after a series of phases to put the cherry on the icing on the cake.


Much like the match that would have taken place at the end of May, this one will be long forgotten by the middle of the week, let alone before any other rugby takes place.  All we can really take from it is a snapshot of where the two squads stand at this particular point in time.  


When it comes to Ulster, let me be clear - no matter what happened in their 160 minutes of rugby since the break, they are still more than capable of turning things around in time to win a knockout match or two before this season is done.  In fact, if McFarland was right about his “sofa” comment last week, then that very knockout rugby could be the very catalyst they need.


As for our side of the equation, well, it’s hard to argue with two wins on the bounce to add to the nineteen from the pre-COVID portion of the season plus the two on the end of the shortened league portion of this Pro14 campaign.  It’s like no matter what logistical hurdles are put before our coaching staff, they are able to find a combination of 23 that can get the job done on the day.  


Just one little caveat though...only one of those 23 victories earned us silverware, and the streak will have to continue if we are to earn any more.  One thing is for sure - we’re going to be given one hell of a test by our next opposition, short turnaround or no.  JLP



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Front Five - 31.08.20

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


Munster...can have rarely booked their place in the last four of any competition in such strange circumstances as this victory


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

If the Guinness PRO14 wishes to have the elite best teams, then holding at 14 or even reducing to 12 will produce that. Expanding to 18 may just do the opposite.


Scott Hornell - Last Word On Rugby

South Africa could plug the gap left in group two that is currently filled by Scotland, Italy and France and needs a fourth nation.


RTÉ.ie

The poor financial outlook at Twickenham caused by Covid-19 has resulted in the revised amount


The42.ie (via PA)

"He will be in Police custody and therefore it is in the hands of the law."


RugbyPass.com
(hat-tip Conor Cronin)

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Online comments after Ulster 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.


Conor Cronin Before knockout rugby starts next week, Leinster are undefeated, almost double the points difference of next best and more try BPs than any other team in the pro 14. And all that done using 50 or more players over 21 regular season games. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how incredible that is. Every player wants it, every player wants to be the best and win every game, that's an amazing attitude for a team to have. And this result just shows that desire again

Gavin Delves Great finish to the game we'll done to the young lads they all played well


Nigel Quigley Ulster not at the races again sadly. And frankly Mad Dog needs to park any ambitions of an Ireland recall and try making things happen at Ulster first, he is a way off unseating Burns and Johnson on that performance. This wasnt important, but the performance was worrying, lot of work for Ulster to get through next week. Leinster? Well, you play the same game from academy up, no shock that performance doesnt drop much. You'd think the rest of us would catch on.

Brendan Grehan Great to see Clarkson making Leinster debut #dufc #fidesetrobur


Gerald Williamson No matter who start , they can prove that they have the players to do the job. The Leinster Academy production machine has to be one of the best in the world. Even though he was on for the last 20 mins, I believe Harry Byrne is a future Irish No 10. His game reading, cross field kick for the second last try & making the last try his own proves his ability to read a game well.

Elaine Molloy (reply to Gerald Williamson) all after a bad knock to the head too!


Andrew Potts Really solid performance from the team, regardless of the name in the jersey every player is just so competent. Then to see the bench come on and add value to the overall performance. Beating a well loaded Ulster team could actually be the squad performance of the season.

Dave Murray Different class again. Roll on knockout rugby for the next few weeks hopefully.


Stuart McHugh I often feel like there are clear A and B teams with Leinster (separated by class and potential) but the B team is so hungry that they can often put in better performances, whereas the A team can get a bit complacent in the big games. Hope that makes sense!

Aidan Finn (reply to Stuart McHugh) not really to be fair. They have used 60 different players throughout this campaign and currently are 22 games in a row unbeaten with a score difference that is over 220 points more than the next best... At what point have any Leinster player shown complacency? Also, rather than them playing an “A” team or a “B” team, they have consistently mixed youth and experience throughout their selections...


Noel Hewson Good result still a few too many penalties especially at breakdown. Frawley had a good game and a nice cameo from Harry Byrne.


Owen Deering Leinster just a class above! No go forward ball from ulster which is telling from the end result! Harry Byrne with a great cameo for the last 20 mins! The Leinster machine continues!


Eamon Phelan Leinster showing the way constantly developing and playing young players , contrast the other provinces except Connaught , the rest of us beware


Micheal Mac An TSagart Scott Penney looks like a young Sean O'Brien to me.

Would love to see him play more, but I know there are many options there.

Crazy also seeing players such as Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Marty Moore and Ian Madigan all on the other team.


Paul Smith Leinster doing what Leinster do. Doesn't matter who is wearing the jersey and that's what makes them special 👍. Allez Les Bleus !!!


Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

Front Five - 30.08.20

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

15 from 15


"We certainly notched it up and looked a lot more like ourselves in that. I was, in the context of losing, very happy with that"


Adam McKendry - Belfast Telegraph

"It was a brilliant trip, an amazing experience for the two of us. Very, very different side to life if you can imagine refugees coming across the border."


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

The bonus-point lifts the Scarlets above Munster, who need to claim two match points against Connacht on Sunday to book a semi-final date with Leinster.


RTÉ Rugby

“A young friend of mine who’s 20 and at the Northampton academy went for an operation yesterday. I texted him: ‘Good luck. The first of many.’ It’s the reality.”


Stuff.co.nz

It is a truly rare sight in rugby


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Front Five - 29.08.20

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

ICYMI click here for our
Ulster v Leinster preview


Rob Kearney starts as the clock ticks down to the 34-year-old’s departure at the end of the season. 


Sean Farrell - The42.ie

The launch prompted considerable online backlash from fans who questioned why a player had not been used to display the new top


BBC Rugby

The measures restrict plans by Jamie Joseph...to hold a training camp ahead of the newly-created competition. 


RTÉ Rugby

...the game fizzled out to a conclusion, which will please Danny Wilson, but in the grand scheme doesn’t change much for either club.


Iain Hay - Scottish Rugby Blog

“I’ve been really fortunate to already achieve a lot, so everything now is all a bit of a bonus, and it’s just a case of taking any opportunity as it arises”


FoxSports.com.au

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Preview : Ulster v Leinster

Even with nothing to play for on the league table, the pretty much 360-rotation in the lineup means there will be a lot of Leinster hands waiting to be help up on Saturday evening at the Aviva, and a 22-match winning streak (though I prefer to focus on the 20 from this overall campaign) can also help to focus the mind.  Toss in an Ulster team which, despite also making changes, will be very keen to put last Sunday behind them and this could be an interesting battle.


Definitely the most eye-catching name is that of Rob Kearney - great to see him back although looking to Ireland’s future it would have been interesting to see Jordan Larmour squaring off against Jacob Stockdale.  Rob’s in an unusual Leinster back three combo with Hugo Keenan and Cian Kelleher.


Speaking of the future, it looks like Ciaran Frawley’s may lie in our centre as he lines out at 12 alongside Rory O’Loughlin.  With Harry Byrne on the bench to back up his brother at out half, this may not be a bad move for Frawley and he definitely seems to have the talent to succeed in that role.  All told it’s very much an experimental back line for us so how they gel could go a long way to deciding how this match goes.


Up front it's also a complete change although the combinations still look a lot more familiar.  Big Dev Toner was very influential against Munster from the bench and will no doubt be keen to tidy things up at our lineout after things were a bit haphazard.  Overall the leadership role goes to Ed Byrne skippering Leinster for the first time, always good to see the “loosies” getting some leadership!


The back row one armed bandit has thrown up Josh Murphy, Will Connors and Max Deegan this week, with young Scott Penny on a more conventional 5/3 bench.  Will be relying heavily on Connors’ pilfering prowess as well as Deegan’s tendency to find his way on the scoresheet.


Also on our bench ready to make his Leinster debut is Tom Clarkson - I hope I’m not putting too much pressure on him when I point out that we let go two tighthead prospects over the COVID break, and actually one of them scored against Ulster only last Saturday, so it will be interesting to see how Tom gets on.


On Ulster’s side of things, although they are also safely in the final four, Dan McFarland’s “sofa” remarks following their defeat to Connacht will definitely be resonating throughout the dressing room, and I’m fully expecting them to be motivated to get at us from the kickoff.  They have a few significant names making a second start in a row like Stockdale, McCloskey, Jordi and Cooney, but naturally all Leinster eyes would have been drawn to the name of Ian Madigan lining out at 10.


Ever since he left I assumed the rugby gods would have found a way to have him lining up against us before now, and it goes without saying that we wish him all the best and I have a funny feeling he won’t exactly be shying away from matching up against Ross Byrne for this match.  With the powering runs of McCloskey at his disposal there’s bound to be loads of chances for him to create space with what I call his exocet missile of a long pass.


Wallaby Sam Carter is an interesting choice of skipper for the Ulstermen and he lines up alongside Kieran Treadwell in their second row.  The Ulster fans I have spoken to during the week (namely Ian Frizzell in our podcast and Nigel Quigley in an Interpro panel on Facebook) suggest their props O’Sullivan and O’Toole did well in the second half against Connacht so they get their chance from the start on Saturday.


The bookies make this “too close to call”, throwing Leinster the nod by 1 point.  Fingers crossed the penalty count will remain relatively low same as last weekend, though with a different man in the middle, namely George Clancy, we'll have to wait and see how the laws are interpreted.


I agree it could be close and expect an opening spell very similar to that we had against Munster with the gauntlet thrown down in the early stages and it being left to us to pick it up.  I reckon we will manage it and possibly stretch a lead late on to run our winners by 6-8pts.

Obviously the most important thing for both sides is to get through with good performances and not too many injuries, especially as it’s not completely outside the realm of possibility that they could be facing each other again in the final a fortnight later!  Here’s to another great interpro contest, do join me on the Twitter machine during and on Facebook afterwards to share your own thoughts!  JLP


Ulster : 15 Jacob Stockdale, 14 Matt Faddes, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Rob Lyttle, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 John Cooney;
1 Eric O’Sullivan, 2 Rob Herring, 3 Tom O’Toole, 4 Sam Carter (Capt.), 5 Kieran Treadwell, 6 Matthew Rea, 7 Jordi Murphy, 8 Marcell Coetzee.
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Kyle McCall, 18 Marty Moore, 19 Alan O’Connor, 20 Nick Timoney, 21 David Shanahan, 22 Bill Johnston, 23 Louis Ludik.

Guinness Pro 14 2019/20 - Round 15
Saturday, August 29, 2020
KO 7:35pm
Aviva Stadium

Referee: George Clancy
AR1 : Andrew Brace 
AR2 : Eoghan Cross
TMO: Brian MacNeice

Live on eir Sport 1
(Premier Sports in UK)

Front Five - 28.08.20

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

ICYMI click here for
last night's interpro chat
on Three Blokes A Ball & BOD
which I hosted along with
Jeff "Loose Head" Neville
Padriac "The 2nd Row" Kelly
and Nigel "White Walker" Quigley

...also click here for our weekly list of
upcoming rugby on Irish TV


...the latest round of Covid-19 testing produced no positive results in either Leinster or Ulster, much to the relief of all concerned


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

The competition will likely retain it’s a much-maligned new format which will feature six teams in two separate conferences.


SportsNewsIreland

"I think it will be a discussion with the surgeon first to see what’s required and once we get that information, we’ll move forward."


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

"The guys come straight into our environment and will be working quickly to learn our system"


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

“My wife is from Bellaghy and, after nearly 10 years abroad, I’ve taken stock and have come back to some familiar ground” 


Michael Sadlier - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

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4:15PM
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SUPER RUGBY AU
SKY SPORTS ARENA

1PM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 2

3PM
ULSTER V LEINSTER (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

3:30PM
PREMIERSHIP TONIGHT
BT SPORT 2

5PM
CARDIFF V OSPREYS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

5PM
EDINBURGH V GLASGOW (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

10PM
THE PRO 14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 1

11PM
MUNSTER V CONNACHT (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

11PM
REBELS V WARATAHS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AU
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11:20PM
THE PRO 14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

7AM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 3

9:30AM
PREMIERSHIP TONIGHT
BT SPORT 3

10AM
THE PRO 14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 2

12PM
MUNSTER V CONNACHT (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

3PM
DRAGONS V SCARLETS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

4PM
THE PRO 14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 1

4PM
RUGBY TONIGHT ON TOUR
BT SPORT 2

5PM
ZEBRE V BENETTON (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

5PM
CARDIFF V OSPREYS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

10PM
ULSTER V LEINSTER (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

11:30PM
THE PRO 14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 2

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