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


Taken by JLP from RDS press box on Nov 16, 2019