Sunday 30 December 2012

Leinster vs Connacht

Final Score 17-0

First off, I fancied Connacht from the start. After 30 mins, I fancied them even more. I thought the Leinster team was one of the worst named I've seen in a long time; with both the backline and front five looking very dodgy.

Conway and Carr have become liabilities, Goodman does not live up to his name, Bent does unfortunately.

And Connacht have showed, this season in particular, that they are no mugs anymore.

In any case, after the try against the run of play, Connacht didn't look the same side.

Individual stand-outs, and there wasn't as many as Munster and Ulster were Dominic Ryan and Rhys Ruddock. Both showed they are ahead of the vast improving Jordi Murphy, who does not have enough control at the base of a scrum to be an 8. Kevin MacLaughlin and Shane Jennings will be wary as both of these lads are making strong cases for promotion and I think should be soon.

As for Connacht, Henshaw looked exciting, but like Luke Marshall, showed his youth at times by taking the wrong options, and making silly errors that experience teaches you not to do. He has some way to go yet.

Marmion however was immense, quick passing, some slick breaks and took control of the game at times. He had a lot of clever kicks over the top. I'd have him ahead of Murray in the Irish set up.

Although I'd have a lot of scrum halves ahead of Murray.

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