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MATCH THREAD: Leinster vs Edinburgh, RDS Fri 29th 19:35, TG4/BBCAlba

  • 29-09-2017 2:14pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 24,371 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


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    TIME TO GET REAL

    After getting maximum return from their opening 3 games, Leinster fell to a surprising and heavy defeat away to the Cheetahs last week. The South African side had a rocky start to the competition but laid down a bit of a marker with their performance. They won't be also-rans. At least not at home. For Leinster it has put the opening 3 games into a bit of perspective. All against poor opposition and not all glowing performances. However this is a side that has made a habit of starting the season slowly. With players being integrated back into the squad at different times, injuries, pregnancies and players returning from long lay offs cohesion is not exactly something Leinster have had in abundance. 15 from a possible 20 is a good return for the Boys in Blue, at least historically speaking anyway.

    Their opponents tonight, Edinburgh, started their season well with a win away to Cardiff on the opening day and a TBP win at home to the Dragons. However they have since lost at home to Treviso and away to Scarlets. Richard Cockerill hasn't selected his strongest side to travel to Dublin either, presumably looking to target maximum points from the visit of Zebre next week. If he feels he needs to rest guys now to get that then maybe Edinburgh are in a tougher spot than their results so far would suggest. They certainly can't lose both their home games against Italian opposition though, that's for sure.

    Leinster have 4 of their 5 Lions returning to the fold for tonights game. And while that will lead to less cohesion it should also mean a higher standard being set on the pitch. Their pack is leagues better than the one Edinburgh are sending over and with first choice half backs in place Leinster should have more than enough to seal the victory. The outside backs might not inspire huge confidence right now, Rory O'Loughlin hasn't had the best start to the season while Dave Kearney seems to be struggling to find form after returning from injury, but there should still be enough firepower there to get the result.

    Expect some rustiness and errors though. Players rarely start their season on their best form. What we see may not be overly pretty, and if Leinster were smart they'd be focusing on their forwards today. But I'd be disappointed if the margin wasn't in double figures.

    Leinster by 15.
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    01. Jack McGrath|01. Darryl Marfo
    02. Sean Cronin|02. Stuart McInally
    03. Tadgh Furlong|03. Simon Berghan
    04. Devin Toner|04. Fraser McKenzie
    05. Scott Fardy|05. Grant Gilchrist
    06. Rhys Ruddock|06. Jamie Ritchie
    07. Jordi Murphy|07. Hamish Watson
    08. Sean O'Brien|08. Cornell du Preez
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    09. Luke McGrath|09. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
    10. Jonathan Sexton|10. Jason Tovey
    11. Dave Kearney|11. Dougie Fife
    12. Noel Reid|12. Phil Burleigh
    13. Rory O'Loughlin|13. James Johnstone
    14. Fergus McFadden|14. Tom Brown
    15. Joey Carbery|15. Glenn Bryce
    |
    16. Bryan Byrne|16. Neil Cochrane
    17. Ed Byrne|17. Murray McCallum
    18. Andrew Porter|18. Kevin Bryce
    19. Ross Molony|19. Anton Bresler
    20. Max Deegan|20. John Hardie
    21. Jamison Gibson-Park|21. Nathan Fowles
    22. Ross Byrne|22. Blair Kinghorn
    23. Jordan Larmour|23. Robbie Fruean


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    molloyjh wrote: »
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    TIME TO GET REAL

    After getting maximum return from their opening 3 games, Leinster fell to a surprising and heavy defeat away to the Cheetahs last week. The South African side had a rocky start to the competition but laid down a bit of a marker with their performance. They won't be also-rans. At least not at home. For Leinster it has put the opening 3 games into a bit of perspective. All against poor opposition and not all glowing performances. However this is a side that has made a habit of starting the season slowly. With players being integrated back into the squad at different times, injuries, pregnancies and players returning from long lay offs cohesion is not exactly something Leinster have had in abundance. 15 from a possible 20 is a good return for the Boys in Blue, at least historically speaking anyway.

    Their opponents tonight, Edinburgh, started their season well with a win away to Cardiff on the opening day and a TBP win at home to the Dragons. However they have since lost at home to Treviso and away to Scarlets. Richard Cockerill hasn't selected his strongest side to travel to Dublin either, presumably looking to target maximum points from the visit of Zebre next week. If he feels he needs to rest guys now to get that then maybe Edinburgh are in a tougher spot than their results so far would suggest. They certainly can't lose both their home games against Italian opposition though, that's for sure.

    Leinster have 4 of their 5 Lions returning to the fold for tonights game. And while that will lead to less cohesion it should also mean a higher standard being set on the pitch. Their pack is leagues better than the one Edinburgh are sending over and with first choice half backs in place Leinster should have more than enough to seal the victory. The outside backs might not inspire huge confidence right now, Rory O'Loughlin hasn't had the best start to the season while Dave Kearney seems to be struggling to find form after returning from injury, but there should still be enough firepower there to get the result.

    Expect some rustiness and errors though. Players rarely start their season on their best form. What we see may not be overly pretty, and if Leinster were smart they'd be focusing on their forwards today. But I'd be disappointed if the margin wasn't in double figures.

    Leinster by 15.
    20.gif
    |
    17.gif

    01. Jack McGrath|01. Darryl Marfo
    02. Sean Cronin|02. Stuart McInally
    03. Tadgh Furlong|03. Simon Berghan
    04. Devin Toner|04. Fraser McKenzie
    05. Scott Fardy|05. Grant Gilchrist
    06. Rhys Ruddock|06. Jamie Ritchie
    07. Jordi Murphy|07. Hamish Watson
    08. Sean O'Brien|08. Cornell du Preez
    |
    09. Luke McGrath|09. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
    10. Jonathan Sexton|10. Jason Tovey
    11. Dave Kearney|11. Dougie Fife
    12. Noel Reid|12. Phil Burleigh
    13. Rory O'Loughlin|13. James Johnstone
    14. Fergus McFadden|14. Tom Brown
    15. Joey Carbery|15. Glenn Bryce
    |
    16. Bryan Byrne|16. Neil Cochrane
    17. Ed Byrne|17. Murray McCallum
    18. Andrew Porter|18. Kevin Bryce
    19. Ross Molony|19. Anton Bresler
    20. Max Deegan|20. John Hardie
    21. Jamison Gibson-Park|21. Nathan Fowles
    22. Ross Byrne|22. Blair Kinghorn
    23. Jordan Larmour|23. Robbie Fruean

    Nice write up, Molloy. I will be very disappointed if we don't come away with the TBP tonight.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Molloy "Just doing a table" JH with a fine match thread.

    Leinster by 20


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Molloy delivers again.

    Much better individual than that chap who promised to eat a bollock and never did.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Molloy delivers again.

    Much better individual than that chap who promised to eat a bollock and never did.



  • Subscribers Posts: 36,243 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    Current spread is -24, so leinster by 15 is quite conservative. I wouldnt be surprised if its double that by the end of the 80.

    Interested to see how Reid and O Loughlin go against burleigh and johnstone.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    I'd expect a lot of rust from Leinster. A comfortable win but I don't expect the obliteration that some do.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,371 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Yeah, I think we will see a bit of rust and as I said the outside backs don't scream tries galore. Edinburgh are good for 10-15 points too I think.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,401 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Leinster by 40+ points.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    According to Leinster's twitter, it's 371 days since Jordi's last appearance at the RDS. Wow.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Potential trap game for Leinster. Edinburgh were competitive at the Scarlets up to Rizzo's red card.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,784 ✭✭✭✭ Winters


    The Leinster squad v Edinburgh in numbers:

    16/23 Ireland capped players (70%)
    17/23 Internationally capped players - added Fardy (74%)
    19/23 Players who have only ever played for Leinster (83%)
    20/23 Leinster developed players - added Sexton (87%)
    21/23 Ireland developed players - added Cronin (91%)


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Winters wrote: »
    The Leinster squad v Edinburgh in numbers:

    16/23 Ireland capped players (70%)
    17/23 Internationally capped players - added Fardy (74%)
    19/23 Players who have only ever played for Leinster (83%)
    20/23 Leinster developed players - added Sexton (87%)
    21/23 Ireland developed players - added Cronin (91%)

    I really like these posts. Have only one thanks to give.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Sean O'Brien looks bunched after finishing warm up!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,241 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Hoping for a good performance from the seasonal debutants, but expecting a lot of rust.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,206 ✭✭✭ DGRulz


    Wheres Máire Treasa? :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,227 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Adam Byrne did an extended warm up with one of the physios. Must be carrying a knock.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    First up tackling is very poor. Midfield looks very porous.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Referee very quick to put the arm out. Need to adjust and take advantage of it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Reid and ROL are chasing shadows. Complete liabilities in defence so far.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,241 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    This is shocking stuff


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,401 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Leinster midfield are empty shirts.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,401 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Great decision IMO


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ Scythica


    Cue the ref bashing in 3..2...1..


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,150 ✭✭✭✭ LuckyGent88


    Bang on the right decision


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 33,063 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pickarooney


    Idiotic explanation. Completely Kearney's fault yet a penalty against Edinburgh??


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 233 ✭✭ Hooks Golf Handicap


    Anyway to watch this legally with English commentary. Used to be a red button on S4C to change from Welsh


  • Registered Users Posts: 605 Todd Toddington III


    Idiotic explanation. Completely Kearney's fault yet a penalty against Edinburgh??

    I was waiting and expecting him to say penalty Edinburgh for striking with the knee!


  • Registered Users Posts: 525 ✭✭✭ guapos


    7 v 6 Murphy try


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,343 ✭✭✭✭ mfceiling


    Good reffing there...bit of handbags, cop on lads and play on.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    No glass of warm milk could be as effective at putting me to sleep as this game is.


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