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Highlights of Leinster's record breaking Heineken Cup final win over Ulster

looks like cheika will be available too..

but I can't see the IRFU making a bold decision, unless of course Irl are slaughtered in NZ....oh, wait

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Highlights of Leinster's record breaking Heineken Cup final win over Ulster

Leinster are certainly a form side globally: a world club cup might not be significant, as it doesn't even work in soccer. So we can only ever speculate about the levels a Leinster are at. Thou I'd imagine Leinster, Clermont and Toulouse (and maybe globetrotting toulon) would do OK in the SH, the rest of the NH clubs would struggle.

BOD really rolled back the years in that final: ppl keep saying he's lost pace: I'm sure he has, but his 5 yard burst, which was always his strong point running-wise, was in full effect in this most important of matches. The change of pace and burst happened a few times, like when he offloaded to SOB for the Healy try.

Ulster showed great handling and momentum at times int he first half, but they were playing Leinster's game. However the up and under game wasn't an option with of all ppl Kearney at the back. (Possibly now Leinster's best full back again!)

SOB completely back on form, and played in an acceptable position: will Heaslip stay on the Irish team now (bench warmer for a few perhaps?) Ferris and SOB both have to play, in their correct positions for Irl as a priority.

SH coach for Irl would make a lot of sense alright.

@CCC:That's the all time European table from your perspective, not the current best in Europe I'm defo presuming....

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Heineken Cup Final 2012 preview with Donal Lenihan

game over: question. Are Leinster as good a club team as there is?

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Round 24

@stroudos: yup. #10 was the clincher.

I've given up thinking of these as _in _any_way in order thou. We've seen these over the years, and its great to watch french rugby, but the top 10 with the dodgy filler music is never, ever, in order! Its completely random.

Superb handling in that clip, and what a kick through.

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Ospreys into the RaboDirect Pro12 final with big win over Munster

@Calon Lan

I do get what you mean about the regions, though I think the soccer example is a bit OTT. there is something regional still about the regional clubs, isn't there? Its more like Liverpool and Everton and a few feeder teams from the lower divisions being turned in one club, isn't it? (Also soccer hatred in the last 4 decades is different to rugby rivalry). And soccer is almost completely meaningless as regards identity now that's its a rich man's plaything.

Certainly the Irish example is a good one, as the Irish clubs aren't the richest but are managed well. Irish clubs tend to have the biggest number of native players (from what I can gather). It is about 2/3 of the starting line ups, and obviously most of the squad, of both Munster and Leinster, who are Irish. (And nearly always from Leinster or Munster)

When professionalism came, in, they really expected Irish rugby to nosedive: most top Irish players played in England then. It didn't for a few reasons:

Its v hard to get into the Irish team unless A u play here B you got into the team when playing here is key. As is the restriction on imports (which is getting tighter again next year).

Wages are obviously lower than in France, but there are tax intensives for players who retire in Ireland. (That's why so many of them did stay and didn't move)

Fewer games each season.

Ireland boomed economically from professionalsm til 2007/2008: it made Ireland a more attractive place to live in some (but not all) ways: esp if you were a rugby player perhaps, but also, if u were an aspiring one, there was always the likelihood of work. Now, people emigrate.

Yes the provinces actually meaning something helped, esp in Munster

No League whatsoever (as in Rugby League) this may or may not have helped, but its a reality.

Club game beneath this level has of course suffered

And the mad thing is the national team isn't great! Flatters to deceive.

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Ospreys into the RaboDirect Pro12 final with big win over Munster

Rabo final is, unfortunately, something of an irrelevancy this year, As 2 Rabo teams are in the HC final, which is on the week before. Bad timetabling. Leinster will not give 2 hoots about the rabo if they win the HC. (Plus they will prob celebrate til wednesday!)

Maybe if they loose they will give a hoot in the Rabo, but that's unlikely.

Ospreys will be a radically different team nex tyear - the galacticos havent really worked for them (many seemed to be just coasting and picking up inflated cheques)

Munster really are in rebuilding mode now...!

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Leinster hold out against Clermont to reach another Heineken Cup final

He'd never miss a chance like that, old Cuddily boots, would he?
Perhaps the worst disciplinary record of any well known player.

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Leinster hold out against Clermont to reach another Heineken Cup final

Can someone please explain to me why O Brien...

oh wait.

Its all there. Already. just above.

Comments- they're sometimes actually worth reading. Well, other ones are. Not this one. Thou, it kinda is.


5 Years, 3 Months ago

Leinster hold out against Clermont to reach another Heineken Cup final

On Cullen:
Check on #20 Clermont getting revenge for 1st half Cullen's face tickle towards the end, when Clermont were parked on the line. It goes on and on and involved various types of dodginess. (Prob causes the blood on cullen's face at the end)

Re the 'punch': was cullen being blocked, or was he still part of the ruck?

Ref didn't have a mare, he was reasonable

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Shane Williams scores in extra time in farewell home game for Ospreys

Re the try: there was a 3 man overlap on the outside and just 2 defenders.....thou i think he should be cited for a self imposed spear myself.....

seriously thou, I'd recommend for anyone who hasn't to watch that documentary linked to above - we worth it. All round good guy and a great contributor to the game - and not just cos he was better than those 70s Welsh players who never stop goin on about how good they were (!)

5 Years, 4 Months ago