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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Contepomi and Fitzgerald combine for a great Leinster try

Contepomi and Fitzgerald combine for a great Leinster try

Reigning Magners League champions Leinster maintained their unbeaten run as they overcame a spirited Ospreys side 19-13 at the RDS on Friday night. It was the first loss of the campaign for the Ospreys, who put up a good fight despite missing a few key players to injury.

They did however salvage a valuable losing bonus point after a late Nikki Walker try that was brilliantly converted from the touchline by James Hook.

For Leinster though, it was young flyer Luke Fitzgerald who scored the try of the match at 24 minutes, taking his tally to four for the season after his superb hatrick against Edinburgh last weekend.

Brian O'Driscoll sent a flat pass out to Felipe Contepomi who's slick interpassing with Fitzgerald put the birthday boy of last weekend over for a try that oozed class.

They say good rugby comes when you do the basics correctly, and Contepomi and Fitzgerald showed exactly that, as the draw pass, draw pass, meant the Ospreys defence had absolutely no chance of doing anything about it.

With Nacewa at flyhalf, O'Driscoll and Contepomi in the centers, and the recent arrivals of Wallaby Rocky Elsom and Springbok CJ van der Linde, Leinster now boast a wealth of talent and experience, and will prove a more than formidable opponent this season in the Magners League, and soon, the Heineken Cup. This could well be their season for European honours.

UPDATE: It's since been confirmed that Isa Nacewa has actually broken his arm, and was operated on, but will be out for up to two months unfortunately.

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:24 pm | View Comments (17)

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Anonymous September 21, 2008 12:27 pm

There was a clear foreward pass, look at the lines in the grass, the first pass was behind the lighter green and was caught a good 2 feet into it! But I thought Leinster were great, although our pack dominated for most of the game leinster took their chances and deserved the win!

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TheFullback September 21, 2008 1:05 pm

Apparently Nacewa broke his arm in this match - out till roughly mid November....that'll hurt Leinster alright

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SingForSunday September 21, 2008 1:22 pm

Great try. Made a bit of a mockery on the defence.

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opfazonk September 21, 2008 2:18 pm

yeah, wee bit french passing, but great teamplay of the two. looked as if they played against schoolkids, or just tacklebags :D:D:D

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robert September 21, 2008 2:23 pm

A nice try .. all in the timing.anonymous .. The first pass is a close call but the ball is allowed to float forward with the passer's momentum as long as the initial ball movement is flat. It always looks worse when the passer is hit at the same time and stops dead or goes backwards as he does here, but the pass can still be OK. If you're interested there's a Youtube video called "rugby union forward pass" that goes through this pretty well.

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Anonymous September 21, 2008 2:59 pm

anyone see nikki walkers try at the end??give that man space and hes unstoppable!!!!hopefully we'll take leinster at the liberty good game though :D

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geraint September 21, 2008 4:49 pm

Good game and good try. Ospreys seemed to dominate the first half but it was mostly leinster second half, ospreys just didn't take their chances so leinster deserved the win. It would have been harsh for ospreys to have come away with nothing so they deserved their last gasp try and conversion.

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geraint September 21, 2008 4:49 pm

Also very impressed with the crowd, leinster are by far the best supported team in the league.

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Anonymous September 21, 2008 5:21 pm

fitzgerald is good but munsters keith earls is better,did you see his hatrick last week,awesome

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Anonymous September 21, 2008 6:17 pm

contepomi it's great, what happen with d'arcy???

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Don September 21, 2008 6:31 pm

Yeh that last pass was a forward pass imo, but good play regardless.

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Anonymous September 22, 2008 12:14 am

d'arcy is injured

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DDC September 22, 2008 4:20 pm

I agree with the anon poster above.A backline of Earles, Fitzgerald and Kearney will be unreal for Ireland!

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Anonymous September 22, 2008 7:27 pm

We lost but not to bad i guess, we were missing players, and to go away to Dublin and play the champions and come away with a point is ok for me.We may have dominated but we were clueless ball i hand, Leinster defiantly deserved it.

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Anonymous September 22, 2008 8:16 pm

Contepomi; Carter; Hernandez; Gratest rugby players of the world since 2006.

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legalhooker September 22, 2008 9:25 pm

damn that was a good try.

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Anonymous September 25, 2008 1:55 pm

earls is yet to play a heineken cup game or even a game against decent opposition so lets not get carried away. lovely try/

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