Well, that really couldn’t have gone much better. Beautiful day in the RDS for the first home game of the season, a hatful of tries against one of the top 6 from last season, young academy players getting a good run out off the bench, a potential solution to the Gopperth vs Madigan dilemma (play them both, who knew!?!) and my pre match burger and chips were delicious. Six tries and 42 pts scored against the Scarlets was a very good return and, to be truthful, scores were left on the field. The Welsh team were devoid of spirit in the 2nd half but you can only play what’s in front of you and MO’C’s men did that very well yesterday. Read more
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 of the Pro12 sees some exciting encounters. With three of last weeks games being decided in the final ten minutes the Rabo Pro12 has already served up some heart-stopping moments and hopefully this week gives us a few more.
Friday 20th September, Rodney Parade, Kick Off: 7.15pm
A great start to the weekend with the first derby of the campaign coming from Rodney Parade when two Welsh sides meet for the first time this year. Both sides have won one and lost one in this years Pro12 and both will probably be happy with their form.
History shines on the Scarlets in this fixture having won the last ten meetings between the sides. However the Dragons will be brimming with confidence having seen off last year’s finalist Ulster at Rodney Parade earlier in the campaign.
Friday 20th September, Arms Park, Kick Off: 7.30pm
Cardiff have started brightly this season with young out-half Rhys Patchell Read more
Man of the Match : Rhys Patchell (Cardiff No.10)
21-year-old Rhys Patchell was the star of the show when Connacht visited Arms Park on Friday night. The Welsh fly half kicked all of the blues 21 points in a near perfect performance to secure Cardiff’s first win of this season.
Connacht made a bright start with a first half try and took a one point advantage into the half. However, they failed to add to their tally in the second half and picked up their first loss this term.
Man of the Match : Jonny Gray (Glasgow No.5)
Ulster’s slow start to the season continued lat Friday in Ravenhill Read more