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Leinster Team Talk/Gossip/Rumours Thread XII (The Byrne Supremacy)



  • Registered Users Posts: 94 ✭✭ Juventu4

    I agree not getting the credit we deserve and you have to remember Leinster had to work hard going through the phases with good handling in wet conditions and strong carrying to get those trys, victims of are own success.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,753 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203

    Cardiff are an embarrassment

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,028 ✭✭✭✭ Sangre

    Connors immediately showing his class since coming on

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,098 ✭✭✭ Shehal

    Peyper is just showing Cardiff pity now with some of these penalties.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,098 ✭✭✭ Shehal

    How many times is it now that we underestimate a Leinster scratch team and then they go out and do this...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,346 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg

    Deegan is having one of his best seasons performance wise. He picked up an injury at the worst time though. If he were fit over the last few months I think he might have made the Six Nations squad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,743 ✭✭✭ LostArt

    The double is on

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,934 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur

    Just in from the game.

    Cardiff were dire. I've seen better handling from schoolboy teams, they coughed up possession for the first 50 minutes and often under little pressure.

    Their props were out on their feet after 25 minutes and looked to have very poor conditioning. We should have had a scrum penalty on 32 minutes because they couldn't hold up the scrum but Peyper had entered his sympathetic phase at that stage - culminating in their second try which had a knock in the build up and a very questionable penalty against Leinster.

    Thought Luke McGrath stood out as did Deegan. Everyone else simply out worked their counterparts and Leinster had much more pace and cohesion in attack.

    Cardiff really showed very little interest though, as lethargic a performance as you will see at this level.

  • Registered Users Posts: 715 ✭✭✭ phily2002

    Yeah Connors down for 16 tackles on the Urc site, nice cameo alright

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,098 ✭✭✭ Shehal

    They had a look of a team right from the start trying to avoid a big beating rather than have a go and try win the game. Got exactly what they deserved imo.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,688 ✭✭✭ Fresh to Death

    Really good showing from a lot of young players, despite Cardiff being dire.

    Agree that Deegan and McGrath were excellent, but I was really happy with Harry Byrne. Some lovely kicking, great flat passing and making good calls when to push the play and put in some pace.

    Thought the two centres were good. Turner has a real spark about him, and Brownlee looked accurate and physical in defence.

    Brian Deeny and Scott Penny got through a lot of work too, and the scrum and maul defence were good too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 94 ✭✭ Juventu4

    Moloney hasn't been skipping leg day

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,688 ✭✭✭ Fresh to Death

    Hahahahah; this is a new song they’ve been running out all of this season to.

    Its called Split and is by Tiesto and the Chainsmokers, and was apparently selected by a vote of the players; which really underlined to me how I’m older than 99.9% of the players now😂😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,872 ✭✭✭✭ Neil3030

    "Split" by "Tiesto and the Chainsmokers"  sounds like the name of a Eurovision song from Moldova from 2004. 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,604 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh

    One of those kicks got me right in the face on the terrace. It was quality.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,376 ✭✭✭ Dubinusa

    Was not expecting that. Brilliant effort. I don't think McKee missed a dart? He was quite good. Very good around the field. Penny and Ruddock were outstanding. Deegan the pick of the litter.

    How good was Brownlee? Solid outing from the lad!

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,376 ✭✭✭ Dubinusa

    Dragons up next. The 2nd to last home match. Maybe Jenkins is back. That'd be a great boost.

    So we're going well with points and we are out in front. Ulster helped out on Friday. We probably won't field a 1st team for the next 3 matches. Some lads should be returning. I'd have like to see Frawley get some time at out half. If he gets back soon, maybe he gets into the match v Stormers?

    Good shout out by HB. Looked sharp.

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 33,530 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pickarooney

    Loved McKee's footwork. Brownlee had great involvement, exciting prospect. Tuner continues to impress.

    The back row felt a bit like cheating, those three are well above this level.

    Byrne had two perfect kicks and one out on the full. Maybe three solid touchfinders would be better?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,397 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n

    Have to say, considering the team we put out, that was one of the most satisfying performances in a long time. Before kick off I’d have taken a win of any kind. To dominate the game like that and bonus point them, was phenomenal.

    the value of having players like Rhys and Luke really showed but so many of the young lads stepped up seamlessly. Brownlee and McKee particularly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,261 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,604 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh

    And the one on the full caught me right on the jaw. The fecker! 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 19 Bobb Sapp

    They are absolute runaway favourites. I don’t see how they can lose now barring freak failure to show up and some other chance incidences like red cards in knockout games. Even then I think they’d beat almost every team with 14 men for 60 mins. Slow and steady will do it. They have nothing to do other than turn up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,934 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur

  • Registered Users Posts: 19 Bobb Sapp

    Well do you see any other outcome? You are favourites. Runaway favourites with an unbeaten record to play for in both competitions which has never been done before.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,146 ✭✭✭ Bleating Lamb

    Great performance from Leinster last night considering the lineup ……is there an argument to say that Leinster’s 2nd String are one of best teams in Europe at the moment?

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,397 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n

    The context of the performance is that Cardiff were abjectly poor. So I would take that into account.

    That was our third string team. We were missing 29 players, who nearly all would be ahead of those that played last night.

    On another note, our tap and goes this season are a work of genius. That is Goodman I presume. We have now used 7 different moves to score from.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,934 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur

    Certainly would be a competitive team - but Cardiff really were below the sum of their parts last night so I wouldn't be drawing conclusions. Dai Young has a team that are equal parts frustrated and apathetic and I suspect it's the apathetic half that are creating the frustration for the rest. The total lack of urgency across their pack was shocking and unacceptable for paid professionals.