Monday, May 17, 2010
Leinster defeated Munster in the Magners League semi final in what was yet another great match this past weekend. It was a typical all-Irish derby with plenty of passion and ferocity, and was a tightly fought affair but was separated by some good kicking, and a nice try to Rob Kearney.
There were a fair few talking points, but one of the most enjoyable moments for the Leinster fans, and most probably neutrals, was when Ronan OGara got absolutely smashed by powerful number eight Jamie Heaslip.
Heaslip had such a strong game that he was actually named Man of the Match, once again adding to his growing reputation as one of the best in his position in the world.
OGara on the other hand, his Ireland teammate that he smashed here, was recently named Europes beat player for the past 15 years of European rugby competition.
He claimed the award for ERC European Player Award after a panel of former players chose him. Those players included Sir Ian McGeechan, ex-internationals Lawrence Dallaglio, Ieuan Evans, Fabien Galthie, Donal Lenihan, Michael Lynagh and Stuart Barnes.
Whether OGara would be your choice or not, theres no debating the fact that he got well and truly smashed by Heaslip. There was another big incident and that was the Tomas O'Leary tackle on Cian Healey just before the tryline. If you'd like, I'll post that too for discussions sake.