Magners League Second Weekend

Glasgow 19 – 11 Scarlets
Leinster 23 – 14 Newport-Gwent D’gons
Ospreys 16 – 20 Ulster
Edinburgh 62 – 13 Connacht
Munster 24 – 13 Cardiff Blues

Hmmm there’s a wonderful onomatopoeia in Welsh – Trychineb
Ulster did well I must say but Ospreys are in real trouble – it’s like Real Madrid losing to Newport County….

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Dewi,

    I think Munster have 8 first choice players not available – Kaydiff have 3?

    I’m not so sure about the Real Madrid comparison perhaps more Newcastle. With Henson ‘retiring’ and the Welsh captain still off form there always seems to be something not quite right. They have a dreadful HC pool and are unlikely to qualify. Ddiflas.

    Also, it is arguable that Ulster have been underperforming and have some excellent young players coming through and benefit from not having too many called up for international duty.

    Italian teams, when they get in next year(?) will be looking forwars to playing Connaught.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    good to see so many tight games – apart from the obvious… Ospreys were absolutely horrific. I expected them to win at a canter – at least 20 points but their basic handling errors were shocking. Hook was terrible with the boot and their celebraty backrow were AWOL. Ulster were pretty poor to be honest so that says something about the hairsprays! Next up, we have edinburgh (h), connaught (a) and scarlets (h). So 3 tough but very very winnable games which I think will dictate how the season pans out.

    Our achillis heal at the minute is the lack of a proven kicker: both place and out of hand. Humph is up there with the best, ball in hand but can’t kick – not ideal for a 10.

    sammy makes a good point about the number of young guys coming through. with the loss of mcmillan and wilson we were short in the backrow last year but with henry, ferris, pollock and falloon we seem to be half-decent in this department: lack of experience perhaps but exciting times. In addition, we have plenty of takent coming through in the centre with Cave and whitten so happy days. Given the lack of cash floating around it’s probably a good thing that we have so many young players coming through.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Orangey,

    how come Ian Humph didnt get a sniff last year in spite of coming from Leicester where he had some really good games – especially when Leicester beat Munster at Thomond?

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Ian boils hot and cold. He can some cracking games last season and at one stage looked to be on the verge of the ireland squad. After xmas he got very inconsistant and williams appeared to favour niall o’connor for a while.

    Behind a powerful pack, going forward he would be a cracking player but when the team is on the backfoot and you need a cool head to relieve pressure he’s probably not your man – I guess a bit like Paddy Wallace. I think Humph would be an interesting addition to the ireland squad – definitely offers an extra dimension off the bench and behind the munster pack he could be very effective. But at the minute, no-one is within a millions miles of ROG.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Orangey,

    re. Ian,
    would like to see him given a chance – perhaps against Fiji – he looks the dead spit of Grizzly with that beard – if Hollywood ever does Grizzly’s life story then Ian should be a cert for the part.

    re. “But at the minute, no-one is within a millions miles of ROG”

    In Dewi-land they dont speak very highly of him – I really hope he plays against them at Croker.

  • dewi

    Ugliest bloke I have ever seen.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    mmm, Ian Dowie?