Thursday, October 19, 2017

A tough trip for Leinster this weekend!

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Leinster's Champions Cup continues with a trip to Glasgow, for what is likely to be an epic battle with the Scotsmen. I watched Exeter Glasgow, and it was hardcore - eye wateringly physical, with defenses nearly impossible to crack. I'm not saying we can't beat them, but we are going to have to play out of skins to do that. A losing bonus point is probably a more likely target.

Munster get to take on Racing, in a re-run of last season's games. On paper, Racing have a better time, but you'd have to brave to bet against Munster at home. Ronan O'Gara recent touchline ban :) doesn't apply to this match.

Ulster face a very difficult trip to LaRochelle...but if they play as well as they did last week, they certainly have a chance.

 Connacht should build on their good win last win with a visit from Worcester. Find Donnacha O'Callaghan's interview on the dangers of all the contact today's players face if you can.

Friday 20th October
Scarlets 19:45 Bath
Saturday 21st October
Glasgow Warriors 13:00 Leinster On Sky
Connacht 15:00 Worcester
Benetton Rugby 15:15 Toulon
Clermont Auvergne 15:15 Northampton
Leicester Tigers 17:30 Castres On Sky
Munster 17:30 Racing 92 On Sky
Saracens 19:45 Ospreys
Sunday 22nd October
Montpellier 13:00 Exeter On Sky
La Rochelle 15:15 Ulster On Sky
Wasps 17:30 Harlequins

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Leinster beat Montpellier, and handy results for all the Irish teams!

 James Ryan

I was pleasantly surprised to see Leinster get a good home win over Montpellier, bonus point and everything. Obviously, we still have a smidgen of work to do on our defense. But there was a bit of the attack of old, as Ross Byrne, Adam Byrne, Daly, and Carbery combined well to make ground and score tires. Barry Daly is having something of a stormer right now. The pack are doing great work, really muscling up, with a very impressive outing from James Ryan. And in defense, Robbie Henshaw will dining off his second chance tackle of Nadolo for years to come. You couldn't really ask for more than a bonus point win start could you?

Ulster also had a night out to remember, making a star studded Wasps side look fairly ordinary. Jacob Stockdale is the man of the moment - he has all the skills - fast, good handling,  a big unit and must be in the Ireland frame now. Great start to build on for the Ulstermen

Connacht also did well in their Challenge Cup match, getting a good win away. And finally, Munster picked up a handy draw at Castres, in a tough hard fought match. Still  bit of settling down period in the backline, but that will come.

Sunday 15th October
Castres 17 17 Munster FT
Toulon 21 20 Scarlets FT
Northampton 13 57 Saracens FT
Ospreys 21 26 Clermont Auvergne FT
Saturday 14th October
Oyonnax 15 43 Connacht
Leinster 24 17 Montpellier FT
Racing 92 22 18 Leicester Tigers FT
Bath 23 0 Benetton Rugby FT
Harlequins 27 34 La Rochelle FT
Exeter 24 15 Glasgow Warriors FT
Friday 13th October
Ulster 19 9 Wasps FT