Monday, January 31, 2022

Cardiff Rugby-29 Leinster-27

EVANS ABOVE

2020 was a crazy year for sure, then 2021 gave it a decent run for its money.  But as I write it is the last day of January 2022 and when it comes to Leinster Rugby anyway, we surely have another contender already.


What else can you say about a calendar month which is traditionally full of interpros and seeding-deciding Heineken Cup encounters yet instead had weeks without any action at all before a three-match set where Leinster outscored their opponents 180-43, including a try count of 26-4, while only managing to win two of them.


But you only had your thirds!” was one tweet of (I presume) consolation I received from a Welsh fan afterwards.  There may be an element of truth to that, but while I appreciated the positive comments I got last week from Bath fans for the “balance” in my writeup, for this match I think it might be a good time to take out ol’ reliable blue goggles again because there is definitely a uniquely Leinster way of looking at this result.


Success over the years has brought a certain level of expectation when it comes to standards.  However arrogant this may sound, the fact remains we go into a season with a plan to be involved at the business end of both competitions when May and June come around.  So when matches are scheduled at a time when we are without our internationals, we still need to be putting points on the board.


And not only that, we also want the players entrusted to those starting jerseys to be competing with those they are replacing, and over the years we have seen countless examples of this happening, leaving us with an embarrassment of riches at certain positions.


What I want to do with these writeups, especially for a match like this one, is try to pinpoint which parts of the defeat were down to our side of the equation, and which ones couldn’t really be helped because of things like the bounce of a ball, a questionable decision by the ref or, the one that is more often than not the truth, the fact that the other side was simply better.


FIRST QUARTER - Defences on top


As Jarrod Evans took the kickoff, little did he know of the symmetry there would be as the same boot would later also bring the match to a dramatic conclusion.  He certainly wasn’t thinking about that result when a few phases into his first bout of possession, the ball went to ground and Seán Cronin gratefully recovered.


From this possession Leinster were able to win a penalty in the Cardiff half allowing Ross Byrne to settle us in nicely with a penalty to put us 3-0 ahead.  Many times we have gone straight for the jugular in situations like this but away from home this was absolutely the right call.


There followed a long spell where it’s safe to say the two sets of defences were in charge, although Leinster were winning the territory battle in that time only for various things like strong jackling, a scrum penalty, a clumsy knock on by Luke McGrath at the base of a ruck, and another time it was just a good exit from the home side keeping us at bay.


Eventually when Jamie Osborne tried to put us back down at that end of the park, his kick was a bit overcooked and went out on the full and a tidy Cardiff maul led to a penalty which allowed Evans to level the scores just as the clock was hitting the 20 minute mark.


SECOND QUARTER - Wingin’ it


On one Cardiff possession in the first quarter, Evans attempted a chip over the top to beat the onrushing defenders and the result was a very lucky bounce which went straight to Ben Thomas.  Nothing came of it in the end, but it did show that this was the way to go if the home side were to have any success on the night.


After Ross Byrne’s restart from the first Evans penalty was (again I’m afraid I have to use the word clumsily) knocked on by Devin Toner, the home side retrieved and went straight back to the boot again, first recovering a Lloyd Williams box kick at half way and then Evans bamboozled three Leinster defenders out wide (Osborne, Ruddock and O’Loughlin) by kick-passing perfectly into the stride of winger Owen Lane who belted home almost sevens style putting Cardiff ahead for the first time.


My first thought after seeing this try was that we had plenty of talent on the pitch to equal or even better those chips over the top.  Ross Byrne certainly knows how to be accurate and our starting back three all knew how to finish.


But on our first possession of the restart, off a lineout around halfway after Cardiff exited, we went a more traditional route to the line when last week’s four-try hero Jimmy O’Brien offloaded out of the tackle right into the excellent line picked out by Adam Byrne who, like Lane moments before, wasn’t going to be stopped.


The rest of this quarter was more defined by who was going off the pitch than what was happening on it.  On Leinster’s side we were delighted to welcome back Will Connors and his return was also timely for Andy Farrell who could well require his services over the next couple of months.


Although Will is good in many aspects of the game, his trademark is his daisy-cutting yet still somehow legal chop tackles, and I swear I counted as many as three from him in just the opening few minutes, plus I noticed other players were having a go as well like Scott Penny and debutante Joe McCarthy.


Connors also thwarted a Cardiff attack with a steal at the breakdown, but after we marched down to the other end and had some decent front foot ball in their 22, his attempted clear out came from a bad angle to say the least and in this challenge not only was he pinged and our chance gone, he seemed the worse for wear afterwards and eventually had to be replaced by Max Deegan.


We had more than one visit to their 22 before the half was over but were denied by a couple of Will Boyde jackles (the first was a bit suspect as you can’t really be supporting your own body weight if you’re pushing your hand on the ball while it’s on the ground…) plus another frustrating knock on.


Meanwhile on our opposition's side of things, apparently after that Connors clearout challenge, Jarrod Evans was forced off with an HIA that meant centre Ben Thomas had to assume outhalf duties for the remainder of the half and it has to be said he did reasonably well, especially the placekick he nailed to give the home side a 13-10 lead going into the break.



THIRD QUARTER - Leinster forge ahead


There’s no doubt that Cardiff profited from a couple of lucky bounces on the night, but even when one went against them shortly after the restart when another Evans kick over the top failed to get into Thomas’s stride forcing a knockon, they still managed to win a penalty from the scrum allowing Evans to stretch the lead to 6.


From the restart Leinster’s chasers got to where the ball landed quickly enough yet they proceeded to grab everyone but Sam Moore who actually had the ball and he burst out of the 22 to make it all the way to halfway before winning a penalty that put them back near our own line.


That lineout led to an energy-sapping 17 phases which only ended when we shipped another pen that meant we were now a whopping 9 points behind and it really did look like a mountain more than a hill we had to climb unless we upped our game.


And sure enough the next restart also went to Moore yet this time our chasers were much more focused and our hosts were forced to clear to touch outside the 22.  James Tracy was on for Sean Cronin at this stage and he was heavily involved in the next batch of possession including lineout throws, taking the ball at the back of a maul, taking a tap n go, and after James Botham saw yellow for a stray hand in a ruck, our reserve hooker eventually got the ball over the line and just like that we’re back within two points.


It was the turn of Cardiff’s chasers to do well off a restart and it helped kill a decent portion of the sin-binning period but a penalty around halfway put us back down their end and straight from the lineout a massive gap opened up beside the maul for Scott Penny to waltz through and touch down.


The conversions for these two tries were definitely in Ross Byrne’s range but as we were chasing the game there was no room for error and it has to be said he did well to get both over comfortably, putting us in what has to be considered a winning position going by the standards I mentioned earlier.


FINAL QUARTER - Bouncing back 


The next ten minutes were really scrappy around midfield, which would have suited Leinster but what definitely did not suit us was Jamie Osborne being forced off.  He wasn't perfect on the night but still was more used to playing in the centre and with Adam Byrne already replaced by Tommy O'Brien, it meant that Harry Byrne had to come on while his brother Ross was still on the pitch giving our backline an unusual look going into the final minutes.


When we won a penalty around the halfway line, I actually thought referee Mike Adamson gave us a few metres in the placement of the ball but it was still in our territory when Harry was nominated to have a go at the posts for what would have been a crucial 8-point cushion.


He definitely gave it a good thump and from the central position it stayed straight but the rugby gods were definitely not kind to us and it died just at the last second, came off the crossbar and back into play where the home team did well to clean up and clear.


And Harry's involvement in this sequence was not yet done...that clearance definitely looked destined for the touchline so he chose to let it bounce and those same gods clearly weren't done with us yet as it somehow stayed in play, was gathered by winger Aled Summerhill and brought all the way into our 22. 


From there the Cardiff tails were up and they consolodated themselves down at our end until a slick series of passes Evans > Summerhill > Lee-lo > Amos allowed the fullback to beat our re-jigged backline and get over and the outhalf made no mistake with the conversion - all of sudden we went from millimetres away from an 8-point advantage to being 2 points behind.


But we were back at them again from the restart when we forced another kick to touch outside the 22 before a well executed lineout play got us on the front foot before it was Cardiff's turn to be clumsy as Lane failed to roll away after a tackle giving us a penalty.


The position was out towards the touchline yet with both score and clock the way they were, Ross Byrne bravely elected to take it on and backed it up with an excellent strike, his best of the night, that put us back in front.  Again, this left us in what we should consider to be a winning position, one that even looked more secure when we won a scrum penalty that gave us an attacking lineout in their half which meant the ball returned to play with the clock reading 78:36.


We then worked the ball really well towards the Cardiff 22 until Scott Penny found himself unprotected after the carry and reserve prop Dillon Lewis jackled his way to a penalty to give the home crowd some hope.


From the lineout it was always going to be about our tackles and eventually one from Michael Ala'alatoa was definitely high and after first placing the ball on the 5m line it was rightly moved a bit further infield to the spot of the foul allowing Evans the opportunity for glory with the clock dead, and as we all know, he nailed the pressure kick.


He was a deserving player of the match although the commentators pointed out that had he missed it would have gone to Ross Byrne, which was also a decent call. 


HARPIN POINTS


Like I said, for the most part our defence was good, Ross' placekicks were good, our lineouts were good, and some from the bench like James Tracy were good.  We also had more than our share of calls going against us, we went to the bench a lot sooner than we'd have liked, and also there was the rugby ball doing very rugby ball things.


However, even without so many "recognised" players, to say a combination of the above factors allowed for the three points we were short of victory here, or more importantly the one try we were short of the full five match points, would be wide of the mark in my view.  


When the two defences came out of the blocks looking stingy, the home side tried something different and it kept paying off, while we stuck to our guns and although it did get us three tries, I really think if we had taken a similar approach to our hosts we could have gotten more and even killed the game altogether up to half an hour out like I had predicted in my preview.


But we didn't and there is much to be learned for the younger members of the squad, although also had below-expectation displays from more experienced among the 23 like Luke McGrath and Devin Toner, plus overall I felt it was a question of our ability to adapt to what was before us.


The fallout from the result isn't as bad as it may have seemed as the full time whistle blew - a bonus point win with our game in hand over those above us on the URC table would return us to the top position so that is something to aim for.


As for the nonsense that was so-called #tunnelgate well, that's exactly what it was as far as I'm concerned, I only mention it here for future reference.  Maybe it was someone choosing not to see what was clearly happening and getting angry for nothing, or maybe as some are saying it was "just a wind up", but neither case puts those making the claims in a good light and it's best left there.


Obviously I'm delighted for the genuine Cardiff fans like Dan Pearce who was on the podcast last week and for wider fans of the Welsh game like Paul Williams who put this diamond of a quote amongst all the dirty rubble that was going around twitter the past few days : "I'd rather be the cheerleader for Welsh rugby than the funeral director".


Next up for Leinster is a crucial series of three home dates against Edinburgh, the Lions and Ospreys where we will need all the points we can get as we still have a whopping SEVEN away matches left to play including two in the southern hemisphere.


Meanwhile it's time to turn the attention to the Six Nations so we're switching to green jersey mode this week with a multi-provincial Ireland Fan Panel on the podcast looking at our best matchday 23, plus all the usual previews and such throughout the week before the big kickoff against Wales on Saturday.  


Do stay tuned won't you.  JLP


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Front Five - 31.01.22

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ICYMI click here for a list of
online comments after Cardiff v Leinster


Aidan McNulty’s side lost 17-12 to Australia bringing an end to a tournament that saw Ireland enjoy wins over Poland, Brazil, Russia, Canada and England.


The42.ie

"Tadhg Furlong is the one player whose loss is likely to necessitate a complete re-jig and risks weakening Ireland’s strongest unit."


Irish Independent

The encounter sees a number of Toulouse’s France contingent in action, with Romain Ntamack and Cyril Baille also starting


SixNationsRugby.com

Sale Sharks delivered a second-half fightback to stun Premiership leaders Leicester


BBC Rugby

"Sam has an important appointment later this week. We will be guided by the experts and we pride ourselves at Bath on always doing right by the player."


Ruck.co.uk

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Online comments after Cardiff 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.



Richard Mifsud Firstly well done Cardiff. Deserved that. We were very poor in ball retention and tactically naive but that should take nothing away from the winners. To lose at the end hurts but just imagine being a Cardiff fan, your team puts in a fine performance and you lose by a point. It’s just a game at the end of the day, we were poor, they were better, we learn and we move on. A kick in the teeth never hurt anyone especially if properly harnessed. Onwards and upwards #COYBIB


Conor Cronin Leinster with too many penalties, not using chances well and not managing the game well. Can't really complain about the result.


Paul Smith I'm not tryimg to take it away from Cardiff who played well but at times it's really hard to take the standard of refereeing in the URC. Absolutely awful display by the only ref who makes Ben Whltehouse look competent. Bitterly dissapointed to give away a win when we had it in our own hands at the end and really only needed to wind down the clock. Some bad decisions cost us what would have been a hard fought victory. We need to make a big step up next week and ensure we rake the win, or we'll find ourselves in a situation where we'll be playing catchup.


Noel Hewson Not up to their usual standard. Struggled under the high ball and was odd that we barely kicked the ball all game. Go again in a few weeks. Hope Will Connors is ok not been having a good time with knee injuries.


Sean Kirwan Cardiff deserved the win. Some poor Leinster decision making all round. Slow ruck and not defending the ruck hurt. Lack of match playing time probably didn’t help some of the lads. Can’t win ‘em all.

On a side note Adamson is just not a great ref but not his fault Leinster lost.


Declan Smith They looked sharper from the off, our penalty count didnt help us until they decided to join us in that stat....we didnt kick early on when needed and late on we kick the possession away when we needed to manage the game to an end. The bounce of a ball did us in the end and poor ref call.....one to learn from.....imho.


Gerald Williamson Fair play to Cardiff, they deserved the win. Tactically Leinster were poor and lacked imagination. No leadership in the team. A bit of a learning curve for some players.


Odran John OBrien Well done Cardiff better team tonight. Sorry to say McGrath very poor again tonight and not good enough even at this level


Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

Front Five - 30.01.22

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Evans fearlessly stepped up to send the Arms Park crowd, back in the stadium for the first time since December's clash with Toulouse, wild.


Ben James - WalesOnline

“If you asked me: ‘do you want most of your guys fit and raring to go and ready to play compared to, say, playing the last eight games and being injured?’, we’d rather everyone on board”


Colin Newboult - Planet Rugby

Captain Jack O’Donoghue, Dan Goggin and Fineen Wycherley all scored to give Munster an unassailable 22-7 half-time lead.


Ronan O'Neill - Irish Examiner

For Connacht, the result doesn’t kill their season by any means but is certainly a setback. 


Garry Doyle - The42.ie

Some of the leading contenders across the Energia Men’s All-Ireland League racked up big scores...


IrishRugby.ie

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Front Five - 29.01.22

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ICYMI click here for our
Cardiff v Leinster preview


The Trinity student, who played for the Ireland Under-20 team as a teenager, is a very good athlete and will play alongside Devin Toner


John O'Sullivan - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

Angus Curtis, Sam Carter, Gareth Milasinovich and Craig Gilroy crossed the line for Ulster


Michael Sadlier - Belfast Telegraph

 Murphy has finalised his squad to a 31-man group ahead of the opening fixture against Wales, before Ireland head to France in round two.


Ciarán Kennedy - The42.ie

Ben Spencer's late penalty clinched a memorable win for bottom-club Bath


SkySports.com

...both hookers will be required to ensure one foot (the ‘brake foot’) is extended towards the opposition during the crouch and bind phases of the scrum engagement sequence


RugbyReferee.net

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Friday, January 28, 2022

Preview : Cardiff v Leinster


Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin, Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath, Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Ross Molony, Rhys Ruddock, Ed Byrne & Max Deegan.  What do these 10 Leinster players have in common in relation to Cardiff?  The answer can be found down at the bottom of this article.


So we’re back with URC action and after two weeks of comfortable victories, this definitely promises to be a good challenge for us to start what is definitely an important block of games over the Six Nations period.


In case you missed it, our scheduled home match against Edinburgh for the final round in May has been brought forward to February 11 (at a horribly awkward kickoff time of 6pm on a Friday) and this could potentially be a “top of the table” clash, although of course we’ll need points both this week and next against the Lions if we’re to stay in that lofty position.


Before that trip to Montpellier was infamously cancelled we did name a matchday 23 and I had a feeling that our lineup for Cardiff might be somewhere close to that.  One unit which is identical is the centre and it’s a fascinating pairing with Ciarán Frawley at 12 and Jamie Osborne at 13.


With Frawley having come into the senior squad as a 10, and Osborne having acquitted himself really well at Irish U20 level at full back, plus the fact that two out of this lineup JOB & ROL have played 13 before (three if you count Ross Byrne’s cameo against Ulster), it seems clear that our coaching ticket sees this duo as one that have a big role to play for us in the future.


And as I always say about centres these days, the biggest challenge will be in defence so with Cardiff bound to test them both on first strike ball, they will have to be at their best to keep them out.


Frawley will of course also be called upon for his footballing skills at 12, with Jimmy O’Brien likely to have more freedom in this area too having shifted to full-back from the wing - obviously he feels he needs a break from scoring all those tries at the Rec!


Our halfpack pairing sees Luke McGrath and Ross Byrne together again - both will be keen to impress for future European dates and neither can be ruled out of the test picture either.  With Adam Byrne and Rory’ O’Loughlin completing the back line, it makes for a strong one although not one that has played a whole lot of rugby together recently.


There’s a more settled look in the pack, although there is a Leinster debut for young Joe McCarthy, who by all accounts has impressed for Trinity this season and will have the experience of Devin Toner alongside him, he’s got plenty of appearances under his belt for the both of them!


In the front row it’s great to see Seán Cronin back in action, as always we will need our lineout to function and his trademark strong carrying game wouldn’t go amiss much either.  


Meanwhile in the back row, well having been spoiled for the past couple of weeks with what can only be described as our “elite trio” of Doris, JVDF and Conan, we have to “settle” for Messrs Ruddock, Connors and Penny this time around, what a pity, that 😜.  Awesome in particular to have Will back playing and you can rule him out of Six Nations involvement this season at your peril.


The bench is tending towards the young side, while it would do Harry Byrne good personally to have to deal with a tough situation in the final quarter we could definitely do without it.  As I always say about our replacements, once they can join the fray without us losing and defensive integrity I’d always back us.


As for the home side, well I had Cardiff fan Dan Pearce on the podcast during the week and he said Dai Young has them trying to play more through their backs and with Jarrod Evans pulling the strings and the likes of Ray Lee-lo and Hallam Amos at their disposal, we are bound to be tested.  


But he also suggested they might be vulnerable to a team that can impose themselves by trying to play a pack-based game, so assuming Leo Stu and co have done their homework this could be the way to go for us.


The bookies have us winning by 15, obviously I’d take that all day long but to be honest I’d be quite happy if it were closer once we finished on top.  I’m hoping our young lads do well on debut but in front of a home crowd I’d expect the home side to take it to us and there could be opportunities for them.  So for my prediction I think I’ll go for us winning by about 7-9 though if we settle early it could be more.


As always be sure to follow us on twitter throughout the match and then at the full time whistle head on over to the Facebook page and leave your thoughts.  JLP



Cardiff Rugby: 15 Hallam Amos; 14 Owen Lane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ben Thomas, 11 Aled Summerhill; 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams
1 Corey Domachowski, 2 Kirby Myhill, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 4 Josh Turnbull (capt.), 5 Rory Thornton, 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 7 Will Boyde, 8 ames Botham.
Replacements: 16 Efan Daniel, 17 Rhys Carré, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Teddy Williams, 20 Sam Moore, 21 Jamie Hill, 22 Max Llewellyn, 23 Garyn Smith.

United Rugby Championship 2021/22 - Round 11
Saturday, January 29, 2022
KO 7:35pm
Cardiff Arms Park

Referee : Mike Adamson (SRU)
AR 1: Adam Jones (WRU) 
AR 2: Aled Evans (WRU)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

Live on: TG4, Premier Sports 2, S4C & URC TV.

ANSWER : All 10 were involved when Leinster last played in Cardiff, a narrow 33-32 victory on August 31, 2018, the opening round of the 2018/19 Guinness Pro 14.  A combination of the Pro 14 conference system and COVID have kept us away since.

Front Five - 28.01.22

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"What Ireland teams have done in the past is play four games with what they perceive as their strongest team then go to Italy and make 10-12 changes and go, 'We didn't play that well'," 


Jonathan Byrne - Balls.ie

Murphy has stated his desire to focus on rugby for the time being and this move is a signal of that intent.


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

The process for 2025 is another step forward again and promises to be the model for tournaments into the future.


John Birch - Scrumqueens.com

The 2022 Women's Six Nations will continue in its new spring window directly after the men's tournament has concluded.


Sara Orchard - BBC Rugby

The new...logo is made up of elements which represent the region’s Celtic history, as well as its links to the Iron Age Dumnonii Tribe


ExeterChiefs.co.uk

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

4PM
CHAMPIONS CUP HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

7PM
FRANCE V IRELAND (R-2020)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9PM
BATH V LEINSTER (R)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9PM-10:20PM
URC HIGHLIGHTS
9PM - DRAGONS V BENETTON
9:20PM - ULSTER V SCARLETS
9:40PM - CONNACHT V GLASGOW
10PM - OSPREYS V EDINBURGH
PREMIER SPORTS 2

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3

4:40PM-5:40PM
TOP 14 HIGHLIGHTS
4:40PM - TOULOUSE V RACING 92
5PM - BORDEAUX V CASTRES
5:20PM - PAU V CLÉRMONT
PREMIER SPORTS 1

5PM-12PM
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS (H)
5PM - ENGLAND V IRELAND (2006)
6PM - WALES V IRELAND (2003)
7PM - ENGLAND V IRELAND (2018)
8PM - WALES V IRELAND (2009)
9PM - WALES V IRELAND (2003)
10PM - IRELAND V ENGLAND (2007)
11PM - IRELAND V FRANCE (2007)
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9PM
HOUSE OF RUGBY
FREESPORTS


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