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An Tarbh
09-10-08, 11:15 AM
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Edinburgh v Leinster
Venue: Murrayfield
Date: 11 October 2008
Kickoff - 13:35, Live Sky Sports 2/Sky Italia</div>

Edinburgh welcome Leinster to Murrayfield intent on making amends for their hiding in the Magners League and looking to continue Leinster&#39;s dismal record in the Scottish capital.

Form for both sides is unimpressive as they head into this one so the perfect opportunity to kickstart their seasons awaits.

Leinster are only without Nacewa for this trip while the Edinburgh team is not far off the team that succumbed in Dublin, bar a few positional switches and the return of Webster. That said it should be a stronger Leinster pack with Van der Linde, Cullen and Elsom having not played in the last meeting.

If Leinster get their mindset right they&#39;ll win this game but as we all know with Leinster that&#39;s easier said than done.

Vambo
09-10-08, 02:36 PM
I reckon Edinburgh could edge this one.

An Tarbh
09-10-08, 03:21 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Vambo @ Oct 9 2008, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=352268')</div>
I reckon Edinburgh could edge this one.[/b]

that&#39;s what I&#39;m afraid of, another weekend of frustration in the Scottish captial. Always the pessimist me!

An Tarbh
10-10-08, 11:53 AM
So apart from the obvious changes from the Connacht game, Cheika has gone with O&#39;Driscoll and Fitzgerald in the centre with Contepomi in at fly half, Demsey at full back with Kearney and Horgan on the wings, O&#39;Kelly has picked up a knock so he&#39;s replaced by Toner.

Leinster: G Dempsey; S Horgan, L Fitzgerald, B O&#39;Driscoll, R Kearney; F Contepomi, C Whitaker; S Wright, B Jackman, CJ van der Linde; L Cullen (capt), D Toner, R Elsom, S Jennings, J Heaslip.

Replacements: J Fogarty, C Healy, T Hogan, S Keogh, C Keane, J Sexton, G Brown.

shazbooger
10-10-08, 12:39 PM
Nahhhh there will be no mistakes.

This is the big one for Leinster now. Their whole season will be based on HEC progression. Mentally they will be on their game.

Leinster to win

Incredible Schalk
10-10-08, 03:44 PM
They&#39;ve both been dodgy this season,especially Edinburgh. But at home i expect them to win, they have done the last 4 times.

poppy
10-10-08, 05:51 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Incredible Schalk @ Oct 10 2008, 04:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=352492')</div>
They&#39;ve both been dodgy this season,especially Edinburgh. But at home i expect them to win, they have done the last 4 times.[/b]
Edinburgh should beat them but you never know.If Leinster do lose it is probably the end of their season because they are already out of the magners

An Tarbh
10-10-08, 06:00 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (poppy @ Oct 10 2008, 07:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=352510')</div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Incredible Schalk @ Oct 10 2008, 04:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=352492')
They&#39;ve both been dodgy this season,especially Edinburgh. But at home i expect them to win, they have done the last 4 times.[/b]
Edinburgh should beat them but you never know.If Leinster do lose it is probably the end of their season because they are already out of the magners
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go fishing somewhere else will you.

MunsterMan
10-10-08, 09:14 PM
Playing the doctor at 10 is either a masterstroke or suicide. When did he last play a game there? I like the look of the Leinster team, especially the centre pairing, I do hope they win, but I wouldn&#39;t bet on it.

An Tarbh
10-10-08, 09:28 PM
Well if ever they needed another lesson in not being complacent they certainly got one if they were watching the match tonight.

I&#39;m not sure if it&#39;s a gamble moving Dr Phil back to 10, he&#39;s played enough there for us in the past, I just hope the partnership between O&#39;Driscoll and Fitzgerald clicks and I&#39;m more than relieved to see Kearney back in the starting line up, class act.

An Tarbh
11-10-08, 12:56 PM
Good man Rocky, if Edinburgh&#39;s defence is going to be this porous we&#39;ve got to take advantage, Dr Phil adds the extras.

3-7

An Tarbh
11-10-08, 01:02 PM
Shocking officiating but Leinster take advantage, Contepomi puts O&#39;Driscoll away.

An Tarbh
11-10-08, 01:13 PM
Excellent, O&#39;Driscoll returns the favour to Cotempomi. Good man Drico.

An Tarbh
11-10-08, 01:15 PM
This is more like it Leinster, bonus point already.

crispy
11-10-08, 01:20 PM
What a joke, Edinburgh need to sort themselves out or this will be as bad as the game earlier this season.

An Tarbh
11-10-08, 01:28 PM
Plenty of improvment still needed in the lineout though.

An Tarbh
11-10-08, 02:15 PM
Much quieter second half from Leinster, Robinson is fuming but can&#39;t simply blame the officials, in spite of their contribution.

crispy
11-10-08, 02:30 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Oct 11 2008, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=352780')</div>
Much quieter second half from Leinster, Robinson is fuming but can&#39;t simply blame the officials, in spite of their contribution.[/b]

Exactly. There probably should&#39;ve been a second penalty try but AR needs to sort out all these handling errors Edinburgh are making and introduce some venom at the breakdown. Elsom and co. weren&#39;t made to work hard enough to get the ball.

shazbooger
11-10-08, 05:17 PM
Yep, against any other team you probably could have said that Leinster didnt deserve to win it, but Edinburgh were woeful.

Away win + Bonus point, job done but so so much to improve on.

An Tarbh
11-10-08, 05:32 PM
Yeah plenty of work to put in by the sounds of it but let&#39;s wait and see what Wasps do tomorrow.

shtove
11-10-08, 06:28 PM
The first half was like mini rugby. Spectacular tries, but Edinburgh&#39;s defence was pure amateur.

Good to see BOD with a bit of edge about him. Dempsey&#39;s set up of Horgan&#39;s try was class - I love it when a player gives-receives-gives. Fitzgerald and Kearney were underwhelming.

Leinster lost some good opportunities at the base of the ruck. Whittaker made a mess of 5 or 6 balls there, but I think it&#39;s because Cheika won&#39;t have players committing to the ruck. Still think Whittaker is pants.

shazbooger
11-10-08, 07:31 PM
I wouldnt say he is pants, especially when looking at his potential replacements, but hes no better then average.

In fairness to Edinburgh&#39;s defense, it was a wide open game and a lot of the tries came from turnover or broken play. Hard to blame the defense when you keep handing over the ball.

shtove
11-10-08, 09:25 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Logorrhea @ Oct 12 2008, 07:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=352876')</div>
I wouldnt say he is pants, especially when looking at his potential replacements, but hes no better then average.[/b]
He&#39;s been "average" for two years now, supplying some of the best backs in the world. Did you see him crab across the pitch on Edinburgh&#39;s 22 and lose the ball, at about 65 mins? Instant pressure on Leinster when they should have been stretching the lead. Holy ****! He did stop a try, but that maybe should have led to a peno try. Why&#39;s he still there?
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Logorrhea @ Oct 12 2008, 07:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=352876')</div>
In fairness to Edinburgh&#39;s defense, it was a wide open game and a lot of the tries came from turnover or broken play. Hard to blame the defense when you keep handing over the ball.[/b]
Yes, true. But with that rate of turnover, Leinster will be eaten alive by any premiership team.

The change in the frontrow made a big difference in the 3rd quarter, but it settled down for Leinster after that. Any theories?