Sunday, 17 February 2013

Updated: New Winners and Losers

Winners:

Iain Henderson

What a performance. It has taken me a long time to realise why he was hyped up so much, but everything Henderson did was awe-inspiring. In a great performance from Ulster as a collective, Henderson shone with some huge carries where it frequently took several defenders to take him down. He'll be my shout to partner Donnacha Ryan in the second row given the locks that Kidney has named.

Darren Cave

Darren Cave put in his usual solid defensive performance with an added dangerous looking performance too. Two great unselfish offloads for Diacks tries underline a good performance from the man everyone in Ireland, except Deccie thinks should be next in line at outside centre.

Connacht:

Some great performances in there to beat a strong Ospreys side that included Fotauli'i, that beat Ulster on their own patch last week. Great stuff from the Westerners.

James Coughlan

A Munster player who came through this weekend with his reputation enhanced. He didn't play in that horrendous game, and gets called up to the national squad. That has got to count as a good weekend.

Ronan O'Gara & Donnacha O'Callaghan

Apparently having shocking performances at the end of your career doesn't matter when it comes to representing your national side as both have had their chances increase with the naming of the squad. Only two out-halves? And no Dan Tuohy? We all know that Kidney doesn't seem to rate Toner.

Losers

Dan Tuohy

An injury to one of the locks should mean that Tuohy is next in line. An argument would be made that he should be ahead of Donnacha O'Callaghan, but behind Toner and Stevenson, and Toner who is barely Heineken Cup level. Tuohy should feel hard done by, with some strange decisions.

Andrew Trimble.

Showed a great piece of hands and generally a tidy performance for Ulster. Seems to have been permanently cast away to the scrap heap. There is more in the old dog yet. A bad Wolfhounds performance seems to have gone against him in a major way.