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by OTT
January 1st, 2021, 2:29 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Thank You " mildlyinterested"
Replies: 22
Views: 1107

Re: Thank You " mildlyinterested"

Thanks MI, always great detail on the young lads coming through. Much appreciated.
by OTT
January 1st, 2021, 2:24 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v Connacht Sat 2nd 19.35 Eir Sport
Replies: 192
Views: 9476

Re: Leinster v Connacht Sat 2nd 19.35 Eir Sport

Interesting that McGrath is captain even though Sexton is starting. In fact it's interesting that anyone other than the club captain is captain in a match where the club captain is starting. Try saying that after 6 pints. Leinster have said Frawley was due to start but pulled out today so Sexton in...
by OTT
December 31st, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster Squad 20-21
Replies: 353
Views: 26383

Re: Leinster Squad 20-21

Jack Conan was our first choice 8 before his most recent injury (around 2-3months ago). Fans can all have their own preferences but when it came to the biggest game of our season Leo/Stu picked Conan to start against Saracens. I’d have thought he would be a guy the coaches would fight to keep, they ...
by OTT
December 22nd, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Munster Away 26/12 19:35 Eir Sport 1
Replies: 223
Views: 14382

Re: Munster Away 26/12 19:35 Eir Sport 1

2017 : Narrative: Leinster disrespecting the fixture by sending a team of kids to be slaughtered at Thomond Park. The likes of Jordan Larmour, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park and James Ryan (who all played that day) were clearly not ready but within a few months had all played for Ireland, many win...
by OTT
December 20th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v Northampton 19/12 1PM
Replies: 207
Views: 10183

Re: Leinster v Northampton 19/12 1PM

I think it’s a good sign of where we are at and our expectations that we played at about 50%(or whatever random indicator others would pick) of what we can play and still won at a canter. Our defence was rubbish and I mean that by our standards, the first couple of Northampton tries were as passive ...
by OTT
December 19th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season
Replies: 54
Views: 3379

Re: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season

Dave Cahill wrote:
December 19th, 2020, 5:43 pm
And I reckon he knows who the ref is
As late as Tom Wood with that Dave :lol:
by OTT
December 19th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season
Replies: 54
Views: 3379

Re: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season

TMO doing his job at least in this game
by OTT
December 19th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v Northampton 19/12 1PM
Replies: 207
Views: 10183

Re: Leinster v Northampton 19/12 1PM

On Virgin, Quinlan was being his usual ridiculous self about the Wood incident by saying Wood had to do it because he was coming in late so he only had a head to hit at that stage and that maybe the ref should make JVDF leave it sooner so Wood doesn’t have to make that choice. Reddan replies maybe W...
by OTT
December 18th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster A '20-21'
Replies: 281
Views: 15751

Re: Leinster A '20-21'

Dexter wrote:
December 18th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Intercept that you could see happening in slow motion, yelling "noooooo" at the TV :)
Yeah, crazy.
by OTT
December 18th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster A '20-21'
Replies: 281
Views: 15751

Re: Leinster A '20-21'

Some of the banter on YouTube is nice and cringey.
by OTT
December 18th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Heineken Cup 2020/21
Replies: 183
Views: 12041

Re: Heineken Cup 2020/21

Whatever people want to stick beside the star someone is going to win it, hopefully it’s us.
by OTT
December 17th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Heineken Cup 2020/21
Replies: 183
Views: 12041

Re: Heineken Cup 2020/21

It's a stupid suggestion for Rugby with the need to rest/rotate (depending if you're in the Pro14/not in Pro14) players through a season. Is this suggestion from Donal (whom I admire btw) with regard to the Leinster v Northampton game? Ah it had to be to do with Munster starting JJ over Healy :lol:
by OTT
December 16th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster A '20-21'
Replies: 281
Views: 15751

Re: Leinster A '20-21'

The 15 mins + Press Conference of Robyn McBride was also good value and worth a careful listen. He knew what he was coming to and hasn't been disappointed and he fingers Bentos as the guy setting the standards of scrummaging for the youngsters. +1 the last 6 minutes are a must listen. An exceptiona...
by OTT
December 14th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Munster Rugby - Semi Conscious, the Series Finale??? - 2020/21
Replies: 391
Views: 21817

Re: Munster Rugby - Semi Conscious, the Series Finale??? - 2020/21

I actually thought Munster were pretty decent. I think they should have started the two young lads at half back because (A) it was the perfect match to do it and it would have rewarded their form (B) it was a chance to give Murray a break ahead of next week where I would 100% think he will be needed...
by OTT
December 14th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: 2023 World Cup draw
Replies: 19
Views: 877

Re: 2023 World Cup draw

I'm going to predict we'll get beaten in the quarter-final. The coach (who ever that may be) got to conservative and Sexton (from where ever he may be at this time) yielded to much control and because of that everyone else was to afraid to win the game. Report and internal review undertaken and it ...
by OTT
December 13th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Connacht 2019/20/21
Replies: 201
Views: 17846

Re: Connacht 2019/20/21

Great effort by Connacht. Serious impact from their bench. Racing out on their feet in the end. Well played, unlucky not to win in the end.
by OTT
December 13th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Champions Cup 2020 / 21
Replies: 17
Views: 890

Re: Champions Cup 2020 / 21

71minutes into the Lyon v Gloucester game and Austin Healy is still making the same jokes about Bastareaud’s weight/body shape that he was making at the start (which were never funny) :roll:

Jaysus he is irritating.
by OTT
December 12th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: EUROPEAN CUP R1: Montpellier Away, 12/12, 6.30pm
Replies: 211
Views: 13558

Re: EUROPEAN CUP R1: Montpellier Away, 12/12, 6.30pm

That 23 in blue is pretty handy!
by OTT
December 11th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Champions Cup 2020 / 21
Replies: 17
Views: 890

Re: Champions Cup 2020 / 21

The Ben Whitehouse Show hopefully not coming our way in Europe anytime soon *shudders*

It seems like way to many incidents gets referred to TMO, Whitehouse takes about 5mins reviewing footage then whatever way he goes he says it’s clear. If it’s always so clear he should be calling it in game.
by OTT
November 30th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror
Replies: 189
Views: 26997

Re: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror

I am a huge and biased Andy Farrell fan. I loved him from his earliest days in league where he won the man of steel at about 20. One of the hardest b$&%@#ds I’ve ever seen play the game. He came to union and was dogged by injury but despite never being at his best still acquitted himself well and you think of what might have been, I think if he came over a bit earlier and got lucky with injuries he would have been brilliant, I really do.

I thought he did a really good job at Saracens before he went and did a really good job with England. The World Cup in 2015 was an implosion and Farrell was credited (or discredited) with having to big an influence on the team selection, they threw the Burgess selection as having his fingerprints all over it. At the same time they (the media) were trying to portray Lancaster as being weak and unsure about what he was doing so the narrative about Farrell might have suited that agenda. What never suited the point is that England were beating Wales in the match that they eventually lost when Burgess was substituted off so we generally just try and ignore this point.

Farrell did really well with the Lions in 2013 and 2017 the defence was seen to be one of the strong points on both tours. Players who played for him love him. All the Irish lads talk him up. BOD, SOB, Heaslip all have waxed lyrical about him from those Lions tours. He is a players man.

So the coaches like Gatland and Lancaster love him (read someone say him and Lancaster fell out, I never read that, I read the media trying to create a split that never seemed there), the players who played under him love him and fans like me love him from his playing days.

The whole thing leaves me very unsure. Schmidt had us at a place we have never been at before in international team sport, we were favourites a lot of the time. We shouldn’t be favourites against some of the teams we played but we were. Our expectation levels went through the roof, we were the same at Leinster after Schmidt, MOC won a league and got to the semi in Europe where we lost to the eventual winners in his first season but we weren’t happy (and I remember I wasn’t happy with how we were playing and would have contributed to the negative posts about MOC).

Watching Ireland play at the minute leaves me feeling like we don’t know what we want to be doing. We are a bit rudderless. I heard Heaslip talking about Farrell before the English or Welsh game and he talked about how Farrell has empowered the players to play what they see, that was the same line Heaslip would spin out in interviews when he captained us (Leinster) under MOC that the players were empowered on the pitch to play heads up rugby. There was one great example of things not making any sense to me yesterday. We won a penalty in the first half 5 metres out from the Georgian line. I thought maybe we should kick to touch to try and get our lineout going since we have struggled so badly the last couple of games, if not this match when will it ever be a good time. Anyway we chose a scrum, the scrum was not great but we did win a penalty, on advantage Murray played it trucked it up...why? Lost it and it went back to the penalty and what did we do? We kicked to touch. WTF! What about our scrum that was optimum a few mins earlier. There were loads of inconsistencies in basic choices. I found the decisions to kick our 3 points throughout the game the same type of thing. It was muddled, nothing collective about our choices.

Anyway I’m still very much on team Farrell I just find some of the basic things we do on the pitch very confusing and there has to be more clarity to it. Let the players play and the coaches decide how we do it.