It’s always disappointing to lose, right? Losing by 2pts with the last kick of the game, in arguably the most difficult fixture the Guinness Pro12 has to offer is less disappointing though, isn’t it? It’s always extremely frustrating to lose a game when you’ve put yourselves in a match winning position. What if you put yourself in the match winning position having played pretty poorly all day and not deserved the win? I was wrestling with a variety of those thoughts on the couch as I watched Leinster lose 22-20 to Glasgow in the opening game of the season. I still can’t really figure it out to be honest with you. For most of the game it looked like it would be a dreadful start to the season. The kind of game where your non rugby supporter friends ask you “what happened to Leinster” whilst you’re still trying to think of an answer. Read more
This week we had action from an inter-provincial derby, the final games of two cups and the sacking of a Welsh eejit. Read on for our weekly rugby digest and as always if you think we have missed anything just give us a shout in the comments below.
Leinster: This week the boys in blue entertained Connacht in the RDS. From where we were it didn’t provide much entertainment, Leinster narrowly coming away with the win in the final minuets. There were a lot of mistakes from the home side on the night and things don’t look all too sturdy heading into some crunch games with a seriously diminished squad.
Well here we are, back again for another week of Down The Laighin predictions. After a successful week 4 for the Down The Laighin team, we are hoping to reproduce the great teamwork and guesswork to lead our fans to another great week. So far we have had mixed results, going 5/6, 5/6, 2/6 and 6/6 in the opening four weekends. With the first true Irish derby of the year between Leinster and Munster, this is where many fans truly believe the season begins for our Boys in Blue.
We’ll take a quick look at each of the matches and give our collective verdict at the end.
Man of the Match : Andrew Coombs (Dragons No.4)
Well it was the Dragons who got freaky Friday off to a great start when they ran in two early tries to take what proved to be an insurmountable lead over local rivals the Scarlets. The home side gave a defensive masterclass to prevent the Scarlets from winning in the first of the Welsh derbies this year. The Scarlets had battled back from 17-3 down after twenty minutes to only trail by a point after forty-five minutes but it was the Dragons who then absorbed the pressure and managed to extend their lead with two penalties. That win sees the Dragons break into the top four while the Scarlets have now lost two and are lagging in 9th. Early Days yet! Incase you missed it, check out the penalty that sealed the victory for the Dragons, What a Kick from Tom Prydie here : http://youtu.be/1_iJTWlc1RU
Man of the Match : Brendon Leonard (Zebre No.9)
The biggest shock of the year? Most likely, the Italian side have shown more promise Read more
Match day three in the RaboDirect Pro 12 sees Leinster travel to Glasgow. Kick off for the game is 7:00
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Feel free to leave us comments or opinions and COME ON YOU BOYS IN BLUE!!!!