Thursday, March 31, 2022

Rugby on TV : Mar 31-Apr 7

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31

3:40PM-5PM
URC HIGHLIGHTS
3:40PM - LIONS V OSPREYS
4PM - MUNSTER V BENETTON
4:20PM - ZEBRE V SCARLETS
4:40PM - CARDIFF V GLASGOW
PREMIER SPORTS 1

9PM
BRISTOL BEARS V GLOUCESTER (R)
PREMIERSHIP CUP
BT SPORT 2

11:30PM
STADE FRANCAIS V BORDEAUX (R)
TOP 14
FREESPORTS

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

7:05AM
CRUSADERS V HIGHLANDERS (L)
SUPER RUGBY PACIFIC
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ACTION

9:45AM
FIJIAN DRUA V WARATAHS (L)
SUPER RUGBY PACIFIC
SKY SPORTS ACTION

6:30PM
SHARKS V DRAGONS (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
BBC TWO WALES
PREMIER SPORTS 2

7:35PM
GLASGOW WARRIORS V ZEBRE (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 1

7:45PM
SALE SHARKS V SARACENS (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 1

9:50PM
SHARKS V DRAGONS (R)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 1

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

3AM
UTAH WARRIORS V SAN DIEGO LEGION (L)
MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

7:05AM
BLUES V MOANA PASIFIKA (L)
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ACTION

9:45AM
REDS V BRUMBIES (L)
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ACTION

12PM
BENETTON V CONNACHT (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
RTÉ TWO
PREMIER SPORTS 2

12:20PM
OXFORD V CAMBRIDGE (L)
WOMEN'S VARSITY MATCH
FREE SPORTS

1PM
BULLS V ULSTER (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 1

1PM
SALE SHARKS V SARACENS (R)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 3

2PM
CASTRES V TOULOUSE (L)
TOP 14
PREMIER SPORTS 2

2:15PM
FRANCE V IRELAND (L)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
RTÉ TWO
BBC 2 NI

2:20PM
TOP 14 HIGHLIGHTS
FREESPORTS

3PM
NORTHAMPTON V BRISTOL BEARS (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 3

3PM
EXETER CHIEFS V BATH (L)
GLOUCESTER V WASPS (L)
WORCESTER V NEWCASTLE (L)
PREMIERSHIP

3:05PM
LIONS V EDINBURGH (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 1

3:20PM
OXFORD V CAMBRIDGE (L)
VARSITY MATCH
FREE SPORTS

4PM
LYON V TOULON (L)
TOP 14
PREMIER SPORTS 2

4:45PM
WALES V SCOTLAND (L)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA TWO
BBC TWO

5PM
TORONTO ARROWS V RUGBY ATL (L)
MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

5:15PM
STORMERS V OSPREYS (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 1
S4C

7PM
MUNSTER V LEINSTER (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
RTÉ TWO
PREMIER SPORTS 1

7:35PM
SCARLETS V CARDIFF (L)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 1

9:35PM
NEW ENGLAND FREE JACKS V NOLA GOLD (L)
MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

9:30PM
LYON V TOULON (R)
TOP 14
PREMIER SPORTS 2

9:50PM
BULLS V ULSTER (R)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 1

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

4:35AM
HURRICANES V CHIEFS (L)
SKY SPORTS ACTION

1PM
BLACKROCK V GONZAGA (L)
LEINSTER SENIOR SCHOOLS CUP FINAL
PREMIER SPORTS 1

2:40PM
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS HIGHLIGHTS
BBC 2 NI

3PM
ITALY V ENGLAND (L)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS

3PM
LONDON IRISH V HARLEQUINS (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 1

5:15PM
RUGBY TONIGHT
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 1

7PM
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA TWO
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

8PM
WALES V IRELAND (H-2009)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

8PM
RACING 92 V STADE FRANCAIS (L)
TOP 14
PREMIER SPORTS 2

8PM
RU NEW YORK V OLD GLORY DC (L)
MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

10PM
LA GILTINIS V DALLAS JACKALS (L)
MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

11PM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 1

12AM (MONDAY)
AUSTIN GILGRONIS V HOUSTON SABRECATS (L)
MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY


MONDAY, APRIL 4

4PM
LA ROCHELLE V RACING 92 (R)
TOP 14
FREESPORTS

6:30PM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 2

8PM
AGAINST THE HEAD
RTÉ TWO

9PM
FRANCE V IRELAND (R)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

3:40PM-6:20PM
URC HIGHLIGHTS
3:40PM - SHARKS V DRAGONS
4PM - GLASGOW WARRIORS V ZEBRE PARMA
4:20PM - BENETTON V CONNACHT
4:40PM - BULLS V ULSTER
5PM - LIONS V EDINBURGH
5:20PM - STORMERS V OSPREYS
5:40PM - SCARLETS V CARDIFF
6PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER
PREMIER SPORTS 1

4PM
TOULOUSE V LYON (R)
TOP 14
FREESPORTS

6:30PM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 1

10PM
TOP 14 HIGHLIGHTS
FREESPORTS

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

3PM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 2

4PM
ENGLAND V IRELAND (H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

5PM
FRANCE V IRELAND (R)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

7PM
BLUE BULLS V WESTERN PROVINCE (L)
CURRIE CUP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10:30PM
TOP 14 HIGHLIGHTS
PREMIER SPORTS 1

11:20PM
MUNSTER V LEINSTER (H)
UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER SPORTS 2

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

2:20PM-5PM
URC HIGHLIGHTS
2:20PM - SHARKS V DRAGONS
2:40PM - GALSGOW WARRIORS V ZEBRE PARMA
3PM - BENETTON V CONNACHT
3:20PM - BULLS V ULSTER
3:40PM - LIONS V EDINBURGH
4PM - STORMERS V OSPREYS
4:20PM - SCARLETS V CARDIFF
4:40PM - MUNSTER V LEINSTER
PREMIER SPORTS 1

6:30PM
HOUSE OF RUGBY
FREESPORTS

10PM-11:20PM
TOP 14 HIGHLIGHTS
10PM - CASTRES V TOULOUSE
10:20PM - LYON V TOULON
10:40PM - BORDEAUX V LA ROCHELLE
11PM - RACING 92 V STADE FRANCAIS
PREMIER SPORTS 2


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R = FULL REPEAT
T = TAPE DELAY
H = HIGHLIGHTS

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Front Five - 31.03.22

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

ICYMI click here for this week's episode of
The Harpin On Rugby Podcast
3.36 : “Opposition view #MUNvLEI”
featuring @CorkSeashell


"This injury’s come at an annoying time because I thought I was going well but the messages at the moment are kind of to keep doing what I’m doing,"


John O'Sullivan - Irish Times

"She once received a letter from former Ireland fly-half Ollie Campbell giving her advice, namely scoring tries."


Sarah Rendell - Rugby World

An initial six-match ban was reduced to three because of mitigating factors.


BBC Rugby

The 31-year-old South African flanker is set to join English side Bath


The42.ie

Ulster and Ireland centre, Bell, previously coached at Ulster as Elite Player Development Officer before becoming Assistant Coach from 2011-2015


Huge Rugby

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Podcast 3.36 : “Opposition view #MUNvLEI” featuring @CorkSeashell



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Leinster play a third away interprovincial in four weeks on Saturday as we head down the N7 to Thomond Park, I invited Michelle Tobin back on to the pod to look at how the season has gone so far for Munster, what kind of matchday squad they might put out against us and also we talked about the Six Nations for both Women and Men.

Twitter account for this week’s guest:

https://twitter.com/CorkSeashell

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Front Five - 30.03.22

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



This constant flow of people became so tediously repetitive that he began to keep count. By the time the game had finished, he reckoned he had stood up 73 times. He won’t be going back.


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

"When you know that you’re...trying to just educate them and develop them in the right way, it’s easy to remain patient because you know they are not far off it."


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

Munster want to strengthen their hooking options and are keeping tabs on Newcastle Falcons’ Ireland qualified hooker George McGuigan.


Ruck.co.uk

Premiership clubs are entitled to two foreign players in their matchday squads and before Brexit anyone from South Africa, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga was not considered a foreign player


Gerard Meagher - The Guardian

"I'm looking forward to seeing the red and blue, I've seen it on TV a few times back home in my younger days, the atmosphere looked incredible."


Colman Stanley - Balls.ie

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Front Five - 29.03.22

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

ICYMI click here for our
Connacht v Leinster preview


(Spain's) opening match is scheduled to be against Ireland on September 9 in Bordeaux.


Irish Independent

It’s a tough day, but the referee, looking back, would he make the same decisions again? Who knows.


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

Kearney made his first appearance of the season last month after returning from a back injury.


RTÉ.ie

Whilst the reforms themselves are welcome, it is disappointing that they were not announced publicly.


Rugby and the Law

"...there has to be conclusive evidence that the ball goes from his hand forward to overturn the on-field decision and that’s not there. So it’s a try."


Colman Stanley - Balls.ie

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Connacht-8 Leinster-45

HAWKS OVER EAGLES

I've never been one to apologize for a pun headline on these pages, but I may at least owe an explanation for this.


David Hawkshaw's 10 caps haven't given me too many opportunities to make the obvious bird reference so this match, given it's against the province he's off to AND he had arguably his best shift so far, kind of left me with no choice.


Make no mistake, this was a very, very handy five points for Leinster. With Ulster losing in Cape Town earlier that day and our own run in looking tricky to say the very least, we'd have been grateful to come away from the Sportsground with anything and indeed I backed the home side to win in my preview.


Yet while a maximum haul looked very likely after about 3 minutes, it certainly didn't after 40 (or even after 1 for that matter!) so let's start harping on how events unfolded shall we.


0-20


Ross Byrne got the match underway with a drop kick from the centre of the pitch which meant the ball had merely grazed the Galway grass before referee Chris Busby had his first incident to look at.


One thing that bugs me in all the debates around the "zero tolerance" guidelines is how often experienced pundits who should know better talk about the lack of "intent" in a players' actions, because that is not what these interpretations are all about. They are meant to alter behaviour and hopefully prevent unnecessary risky actions being performed.


However to properly distinguish between the two early cards in this match, we do have to look at intent just a little bit. When Tommy O'Brien swung his arm it was not at all to strike Connacht lock Niall Murray - obviously he wanted to bat the ball back for his side. Yet he missed, got the player not only in the air but also the motion took his arm into the neck area bringing him to the ground with force.


If Murray had landed on his head or neck, the card would have to be red. But he didn't, which makes it a yellow. Absolutely nothing wrong with the decision IMO, and the worst possible start for Leinster, although Jack Carty's kick with the penalty failed to find touch.


So Leinster cleared and after a brief kicking exchange we proceeded to put together a couple of passing sequences at midfield. One matchup that promised to be significant in this match was in the two pairs of centres. Leinster had the Frawley/Osborne axis, one we seem to have chosen going into this "during internationals" series, against the two Toms Daly and Farrell, both of whom have excelled against us in the past.


And with the match yet to tick past the second minute, Daly went to challenge his opposite number and much like Ewels on Ryan a few weeks ago, failed to get low which meant that when he hit Frawley, there was clear and forceful contact with the head. When it comes to intent on this challenge, obviously nobody is suggesting he wanted to injure the Leinster player, but he was attempting a tackle so this was always going to struggle to find mitigation down from a red card.


Full credit to the Connacht fans both in the ground and on Twitter - I didn't hear much that sounded like complaints about the decision; despite all the disappointment there might have been in a big match like this, especially considering that the two sides still have to face each other twice more in the coming weeks


All of which left us with a 14 v 14 contest until the 10 minute mark when we'd have an advantage for the remainer of the match, assuming of course we didn't give the ref the opportunity to level things up again.


Our first goal was to see out the yellow which we managed well courtesy of some patient kick tennis that ended up with a Connacht throw to a lineout deep in their own 22. And when Dave Heffernan's dart was deemed crooked, and the subsequent scrum was reset, it meant TOB's time had elapsed and we suddenly had a gilt-edged chance to attack.


A penalty from the scrum might have had us going for another but we put it to touch and when Ross Molony took the catch it set us up for a series of picks and go on the Connacht line where again we were patient until we drew in enough goal line defenders for Luke McGrath to spot Rory O'Loughlin in space out wide, getting it to him via Ross Byrne for the opening try.


We looked really comfortable at this stage (around 16 minutes) but when Connacht had their own first spells of possession at midfield they made it clear they were going to do all they could to test our defence and having pinched a lineout of ours at halfway, they won a penalty that was clearly in Carty's range.


20-HT


He made the kick look easy and his pack stole another of our lineouts shortly after the restart - this was where their confidence started to grow. Carty as skipper would have seen what England were able to do shorthanded and no doubt used the experience to rally the troops and whatever the numbers on the pitch we were really under the kosh all the way to half time.


The early patience we had shown had evaporated and we started to force passes that really weren't on with the home side poised to strike, although it was something of a blow for them to see veteran prop Denis Buckley have to go off injured at the half hour mark.


Yet we were to have more serious personnel issues of our own...Ciaran Frawley has had more than his share of head knocks in his short career and was lucky to be able to continue after the Daly challenge but when he collided with his own team-mate Ross Byrne, it looked like both their days were done.


And this had been a worry for Leinster's chances going into the match as we were light on experience in the backs on our bench by our standards so to lose Frawley for Cosgrove making his senior debut was a blow for sure whatever the numbers.


It was a strong Connacht scrum at midfield that offered them a kickable chance for another three but there was no hesitation in going for the corner and although a series of phases on the line didn't get them over, there was a penalty advantage for which they took another scrum.


As the packs were coming together it was clear Ross Byrne needed attention which meant we had to go further into our bench as Hawkshaw came on for a really important defensive set with a backline we wouldn't have wanted to see until the same stage of the second half.


No penalty at this scrum although there was another advantage from the phases which followed...I wonder if they had kept things going we might have tempted a card from the pocket but a player like Carty is always going to be direct and when he spotted O'Halloran in space out wide a brilliant fizzed arcing long pass found the full back and the home side had themselves an amazing lead going into the break.


40-60


It was probably one of those matches where the home side didn't want the first half to end when it did, although with Jack Carty taking the restart you wouldn't bet against them picking up where they left off.


However the most important substitution of the match took had taken place on the Leinster side of things during the break - no offence to Chris Cosgrove but his time will hopefully come in more conventional circumstances down the line and Leinster badly needed Ciarán Frawley's return to action.


The first ten minutes of the half were cagey to say the least with most of the play around halfway and although the longer Connacht remained ahead the better it looked for them, it was also very important for them to get that first score and another crooked dart of theirs (marginal this time I thought), this time failing to take advantage of a Jimmy O'Brien kick out on the full, eventually led to our 2nd try.


First we had fixed the issues in our scrum to earn a penalty advantage but now we were starting to use our backs to find the gap left by Daly's conspicuous absence and sending it back and forth across the pitch we worked our way far enough into opposition territory for the advantage to be over.


Then Rhys Ruddock went on a charge into their 22 and now we were back into a series of picks and go from 5 metres out and eventually it was that man Hawkshaw making my doubts about him look absolutely ridiculous as he defied challenges by three Connacht defenders to muscle his way over.


Next after our linespeed thwarted our hosts on their next bout of possession at midfield, Hawkshaw used the transition well to force them back to their own 22 and after a good chase from our forwards, Ruddock won it back for us. Instead of a pick and go this time it was a show and go from Luke McGrath at the next breakdown that saw him through under the posts.


One thing I have said about Connacht this season is that you had to be wary because they were capable of putting 14 points on you in the space of a couple of minutes...ironically that is actually what we did to them in what was to be fair an unusual match situation. But we still had to push for that bonus point which was by no means certain, and a Sammy Arnold jackle put paid to our next visit to their end of the pitch.


60-FT


Again to Conancht's credit they never gave up finding ways around our defence, with a couple of chips over the top almost paying off for them but eventually a turnover saw Jimmy O'Brien spot a gap and force us onto the front foot, with again Hawkshaw doing really well exploiting the space in their backfield by planting a kick that made John Porch turn in his own 22, leading to a fumble which allowed Frawley to make picking up and touching down look way, way easier than it was for the bonus point try.


Now absolutely nothing was going right for Connacht, and yet another lineout misfire led to our next try - a neat little dummy from Frawley followed by a backhanded offload put Tommy O'Brien in the clear out wide and he got over in the corner easily for number 5.


A penalty from the restart put us back into their half and now the rest of our bench was getting involved as Josh Murphy, also bound for Connacht next season, surged towards the line setting up yet another series of phases. In the Harpin WhatsApp group we were discussing how Max Deegan may not have built on his promising debut season for Leinster but one thing you can say about him, he knows how to get on the end of a score in this league and he did so again here.


Had the match been 15 v 15 I fancied the Connacht bench to be on top in the closing stages but the way this one went even the introduction of talent like Blade, Boyle and Dillane couldn't prevent them from looking beaten as the clock ticked through the 70s, and we probably saved our best try for last.


It was another scrum penalty around midfield that got us one more attacking lineout around their 22. After Molony took the dart a series of crisp passes through the backline saw the ball end up perfectly in the path of Tommy O'Brien running a superb line and he barely had to break stride to gather and go over to complete the rout.


HARPIN' POINTS


Not much you can add to the writeup for a match like this; there was the red card, a purple patch for the home side followed by an excellent recovery by Leinster . Ciaran Frawley deserved the PotM award because without his return to the pitch it may have taken longer for us to get going after the break which may in turn have given the home side an opening.


But Hawkshaw's contribution was still worthy of an honourable mention in the title because he really did well to find the weak points in Connacht's shorthanded resistance and no doubt their fans will a least appreciate a taste of what they will be getting next season.


The two O'Briens Jimmy and Tommy also impressed not only here but throughout this block of matches and the question now is about which players will have earned a place in our European thinking over the weeks to come. As for Connacht, one thing you can be sure we will not do it take them for granted in a couple of weeks' time, no matter how many more internationals return to our team sheet.


Like I said earlier, the five points were really useful as they now represent the gap between us and the rest of the URC - it's good to have a bit of breathing room especially with the South African sides starting to creep into the playoff picture as expected.


WHAT'S NEXT


So our trilogy against the Westies gets put on hold next week as we go down for the Thomond Park fixture which COVID first kicked from St Stephens Day before Ed Sheeran kicked it back from the final round of matches. Obviously we'll both need to start feeding some international stars back into the squad so it will be interesting to see how the tteamsheets will look.


Next here at Harpin Manor I'll be chatting to Michelle Tobin on the podcast to get an opposition view ahead of next weekend's match, and then we'll have the rest of our usual features like the TV listings, a preview and the daily Front 5 articles as well so be sure and stay tuned, many thanks as always for checking out our writeup. JLP


Click here for a selection of online comments shortly after the fulltime whistle


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Front Five - 28.03.22

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 Connacht v Leinster


They will be disappointed of course but I don’t think they will feel down and out at all because there were positive aspects to our attack


Cliodhna Moloney - Irish Examiner
(possibly behind paywall)

A fast and powerful carrier, the Kiwi will certainly add to their options if the deal is completed


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

"I think he’s putting the pressure on and all he can do is exactly what he did tonight – take the opportunity when it comes."


Eoin Harte - Pundit Arena

France host Ireland in Round 2... on Saturday, April 2, when they will play at the Stade Ernest-Wallon in Toulouse


SkySports.com

Lansdowne’s backs were in lethal form on the Aviva Stadium’s sun-kissed back pitch.


Dave Mervyn - The42.ie

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Online comments after Connacht 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 Connacht were so aggressive and put us under enormous pressure, enforcing their game plan... In the first half. Clearly a dose of the hairdryer was given at half time because Leinster finally began to enforce their own game. Some great tries and strong individual performances from players who want to play the Heineken Cup games. I'm a lot happier at full time than I thought I'd be at half time.



Andrew Potts Really good performance by a young Leinster side and a Connacht team wanting to put a marker down.

With the red the half time score was good for the men in green.

But maybe the high light was Leinsters backs defence they were really solid and gave up few chances and points. First up tackling was good.

Second half turn around was excellent as they trusted their processes and combined well to exploit space.

I was impressed with the result



Paul Smith Fair play to Connacht who were excellent with 14 men especially in the first half and put us under massive pressure. No arguments about either card, yellow was correct for O'Brien and no option really for Daly's red either. With all that said, Leinster were much much better in the second half and ultimately deserved their win. Some big games coming up so nice to open a bit of a gap at the top of the table.



Brian Corr It seems crazy that Connacht are and have been playing the Andy Farrell game plan for a while but their skill set is what let’s them down.

I was disappointed with Daly’s red not because it wasn’t a red, it was definite, but because it was so pointless and unnecessary.

I thought the commentary by Flannery on the scrum first half was a little mad especially as the tricks and tactics used by Connacht to gain penalties and dominance were exposed and had the ref even warning them before the tide turned.

Ultimately the game turned on Connacht trying too hard to make up for the red and blowing themselves out of the game by 45-50 mins.

Hawkshaw was a great replacement and one of four Connacht bound men on show let’s Friend see what he’s getting.

Connacht’s try line defence was amazing but again too much put in to be able to last 80 mins.



Kevin OCeallaigh I am a huge fan of Frawley, and although he got the award, I thought player of the match should have gone to Leo Cullen for his half-time team talk. What a turn around! To win the second half 0-38 away from home was very impressive. Hawkshaw was brilliant. His ability to control the game really showed in the second half. It’s quite the psychological victory for Leinster in this triple header, with Connaught knowing that the likes of Henshaw, Ringrose, JGP, Furlong, Sheehan and even Sexton have still to return.


Many thanks to all who offered opinions.

Look out Monday for our match writeup JLP

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