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Leinster v Connacht Build up Thread

  • 28-12-2017 11:58am
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    Registered Users Posts: 19,224 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


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    Ireland next top province grand final to be decided on Monday after victories for Connacht and Leinster in the last round.

    The eagerly anticipated "Battle of the Fullbacks" between Reliable Rob and serial Joe victim Tiernan O'Halloran is set to see several threads completely abandoned in the coming week, but perhaps the real contest lies closer to mid field with Aki and Ringrose both in realistic contention for a starting six nations spot.

    I spoke with Kieran Keane ahead of the much anticipated fixture:

    Venjur: "So Kieran, what are you expecting from the game on Monday"
    KK: ".........."

    Venjur: "oookay... and what areas do you hope to build on from the big win against Ulster?"
    KK: "..........."

    Venjur: "Have you anything to say at all"
    KK: ".........."

    KK: ".........."

    KK: ".........nah"

    So there you have it, fighting words from Keane and certainly something to go up in the Leinster dressing room.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,850 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    What've sort of team would you expect Leinster to line up with?


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,224 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Wegians89 wrote: »
    What've sort of dude would you expect Leinster to line up with?

    I think you mean squad so:

    Byrne
    Cronin
    Porter
    Fardy
    Ryan if fit Kearney if not
    Seanie
    JVDF
    Murphy
    Luke McGrath
    Cathal Marsh - not sure we've any options here other than ISA or a flogged Ross Byrne
    Jordan Larmour
    Noel Reid
    Garry Ringrose
    James Lowe
    Rob Kearney


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,850 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Venjur wrote: »
    I think you mean squad so:

    Byrne
    Cronin
    Porter
    Fardy
    Ryan if fit Kearney if not
    Seanie
    JVDF
    Murphy
    Luke McGrath
    Cathal Marsh - not sure we've any options here other than ISA or a flogged Ross Byrne
    Jordan Larmour
    Noel Reid
    Garry Ringrose
    James Lowe
    Rob Kearney

    Yeah I did thanks, strong team, if marsh starts I'd be a lot more confident as a Connacht fan but really a losing bonus point would be a good result


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,705 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer


    Venjur wrote: »
    not sure we've any options here other than ISA or a flogged Ross Byrne

    Flog him I say. He doesn't look like he needs a rest at all. Has played a lot of rugby this season but he had a 3 week break in Nov and if Sexton is fit for Europe he'll have another month without a start, plenty of rest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    Wegians89 wrote: »
    What've sort of dude would you expect Leinster to line up with?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Venjur wrote: »
    Cathal Marsh - not sure we've any options here other than ISA or a flogged
    Would have said Jonny Sexton, but apparently he's wandering around the country aimlessly. ROG found him in Cork yesterday and was able to look after him for a bit. ;)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,224 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    prawnsambo wrote: »
    Would have said Jonny Sexton, but apparently he's wandering around the country aimlessly. ROG found him in Cork yesterday and was able to look after him for a bit. ;)

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    ROG kinda looks like he's Sexton's misses in that picture. That's probably more a discussion for the Munster v Leinster thread though.


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


    No prizes for guessing which kid is Sexton's with the sulky head on him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Buer wrote: »
    No prizes for guessing which kid is Sexton's with the sulky head on him.
    Do you think any kid of ROG's would be wearing a Leinster beanie? :D


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Zzippy


    All Venjuring joking aside, let's not see this thread descend into a TOH v RK for Ireland debate. Discussion of the match only, not their relative merits for Ireland. Anyone with an agenda can FRO.


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  • Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 26,304 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Peregrine


    prawnsambo wrote: »
    Would have said Jonny Sexton, but apparently he's wandering around the country aimlessly. ROG found him in Cork yesterday and was able to look after him for a bit. ;)

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    Hold the **** up.

    Is ROG wearing skinny jeans?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,705 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer


    Sexton available apparently. Jack McGrath and James Ryan out. Leinster very thin at LH, Byrne and Dooley both in the matchday squad it would appear.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    Has Buckley been injured for Connacht too? Coulson and McCabe not close to his league either


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭ BeardySi


    Bridge93 wrote: »
    Has Buckley been injured for Connacht too? Coulson and McCabe not close to his league either

    Unfortunately so. Ankle injury in the second match v. Brive, expected to be out for the next few weeks.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Zzippy


    Bridge93 wrote: »
    Has Buckley been injured for Connacht too? Coulson and McCabe not close to his league either

    Yep, did his ankle against Brive, out for a few weeks. Coulson did alright last week but Leinster scrum will be a tough test for him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,199 ✭✭✭ MaybeMaybe


    James Ryan is like a period


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,337 ✭✭✭✭ mfceiling


    MaybeMaybe wrote: »
    James Ryan is like a period

    Bleeds for a week every month?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    Sexton available apparently. Jack McGrath and James Ryan out. Leinster very thin at LH, Byrne and Dooley both in the matchday squad it would appear.
    Michael Bent not an option there as well?


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    If Ed Byrne and Dooley are available then there's no problem


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,699 ✭✭✭ The Pheasant2


    I'd go with

    Byrne (McGrath unavailable)
    Cronin
    Porter
    Kearney (Ryan out)
    Fardy
    Sob
    VdF
    Jordi

    McGrath
    Byrne
    Lowe
    Isa (C)
    Ringrose
    Larmour
    RK

    Byrne
    Dooley
    Bent
    Molony? He played against Bristol but think I saw someone say he was injured?
    Deegan
    McCarthy
    Marsh
    Daly/McF


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,129 Granny15


    MaybeMaybe wrote: »
    James Ryan is like a period

    Bit like Gordon Darcy is/was

    Very selective of when he got injured. When it was convenient!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    Radio said Sexton is fit and SOB is unlikely


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,038 ✭✭✭ arsebiscuits1


    Kinda wanna see an open game here
    Ed Byrne to start I reckon
    Adam Byrne still a week too soon
    Ryan's versitility worries me
    Nagle over Mick K.
    Even still, Molony should start if fit
    You'd assume Sexton will play this one
    Ross Byrne needs a rest
    Until I see the team line out, no point assuming
    Lowe should get decent game time
    Zzippy, please don't ban me


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 78 ✭✭✭ Mr Shikadance


    Connacht by 9 points I reckon.....


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,199 ✭✭✭ MaybeMaybe


    mfceiling wrote: »
    Bleeds for a week every month?

    Here for a week, gone for 3


  • Registered Users Posts: 90 ✭✭✭ policy75


    I do wonder has connacht got the best centre partnership in the league. I think so. So then its a matter of carty standing up. If that happens then its game on. This game has the potential to be a right one


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,160 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    policy75 wrote: »
    I do wonder has connacht got the best centre partnership in the league. I think so. So then its a matter of carty standing up. If that happens then its game on. This game has the potential to be a right one

    Henshaw/Ringrose is better then Aki/Farrell.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 78 ✭✭✭ Mr Shikadance


    Burkie1203 wrote: »
    policy75 wrote: »
    I do wonder has connacht got the best centre partnership in the league. I think so. So then its a matter of carty standing up. If that happens then its game on. This game has the potential to be a right one

    Henshaw/Ringrose is better then Aki/Farrell.

    Me bolx

    Ring rose class but Henshaw bosh bosh plop

    Connacht pair more creative as a result

    Henshaw who?


  • Registered Users Posts: 90 ✭✭✭ policy75


    Burkie1203 wrote: »
    Henshaw/Ringrose is better then Aki/Farrell.

    I am going to out on a limb here and suggest aki and farrell are simply better than ringrose and henshaw


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,850 ✭✭✭ Wegians89


    Me bolx

    Ring rose class but Henshaw bosh bosh plop

    Connacht pair more creative as a result

    Henshaw who?

    While Farrell has been class this season and himself and bundee do seem to bring the best out of each other, but I don't think they have done enough over along enough period to warrant the claim they're a better pairing then an international test centre partnership.

    I don't think henshaw and ringrose bring each other to their full potential (henshaw seems to be constraint a little) But they're still two brilliant individual players and a damn good partnership, that has to still be considered the best of the provinces, for the mean time anyways.


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