Cardiff Blues 12 - 16 Ospreys

Discussion in 'Guinness Pro12' started by Sir Speedy, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Talk about intense!
    Two points:

    Probably the best the Ospreys have played all season.
    Cardiff should be absolutely ashamed; they were f***ing diabolical!

    That said, Ospreys deserved the win and with interest, given they were playing against the referee aswell. Their two tries from Byrne and Tiatia were well taken, but it's obvious that they should have scored more and with ease.
    Intensity and passion aside, the only remote bit of class came from Henson's little grubber through the Cardiff defence. Apart from that, the game was dominated by handling errors, penalties and kicking contests.
    Halfpenny and Tom James both made some superb breaks, but there was nothing really on either time due to lack of support. The Ospreys attacks however, all looked threatening because when the first man was beaten, there were three on hand each time to receive the try-scoring pass... Even though some resilient defence, or otherwise poor play from the Ospreys generally stopped them from adding more points.
    Sadly for the Blues, Ben Blair is injured with a broken hand (o_0), so they'll hope this won't prevent them from progressing in Europe.

    As for the Ospreys, they played tremendously, destroying Cardiff's pack all afternoon, yet you feel they still didn't leave second gear, and they've left a lot to desire.
    I still don't think they'll escape their European pool, but opinions aside, you can't fault the fact they're top of the Magners table.
    I think I'll add that Biggar was poor today. Perhaps he should stop taking training sessions with Hook, because I saw a lot of Hook in Biggar's game today (i.e. poor chips / kicks that weren't on; interception-prone passes).
     
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  3. munross

    munross Guest

    I was the only one that predicted an Ospreys victory ^_^

    Why was Henson playing fullback?
     
  4. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    The Ospreys coaching staff are stark-raving mad, that's why.
     
  5. munross

    munross Guest

    Lol I see, did he put in any big hits and how was his general play?

    I feel he is still one of the best centers in Welsh rugby when he's got form
     
  6. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    In my opinion, he was decent. As I said, the only class bit of play came from his vision.
    That said, and I think I'll get agreed with all round - at least by the other Welshies! - he would be far more effective in midfield, or even at fly half. Fact is, Ospreys didn't bring him into the game enough, and when they did towards the end, their tempo was raised.
    I still don't understand the hype surrounding his boot though.
    HE HASN'T KICKED AT GOAL FOR YEARS! I love how the commentators expect him to take 50 - 60 metres kicks everytime a penalty is awarded, and are then surprised when Hook or Biggar take it...
     
  7. munross

    munross Guest

    Yeah I also think his "huge boot" is overrated, I would pick him because of his good hands, general kicking and offensive and defensive abbilities
    but definitly not at fullback...!
     
  8. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    Reckon we should have won but meh EDF and Europe still to come!
     
  9. munross

    munross Guest

    Cardiff Blues loosing to the Ospreys = FAIL




    No wait =EPIC FAIL :p wouldn't you say Cymro
     
  10. danny

    danny Guest

    Was this a full strength Blues team? I see their form is not great ahead of the big one against Glaws.
     
  11. munross

    munross Guest

    Here is the team:

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
    Why did Mustoe start ahead of Halfpenny?Strange!
     
  12. It was a great game to watch - im glad that Tiatia did manage to score the try near the end, Ospreys had had so many opportunities, it would have been frustrating to see the Blues win.
     
  13. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Its going to be great if Connacht manage to finish ahead of Cardiff and yet despite finishing bottom of the Magners League, they still qualify for the HEC...
     
  14. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Prestwick @ Jan 1 2009, 12:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I doubt that will happen!
     
  15. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

    FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Gav started at fullback to prevent that absolute nonce Jonny Vaughton from actually getting on the field. Cracking move.
    Our forwards were excellent, and with a 12 stone advantage we were always going to maul their scrum.
    Biggar I thought was ok, he did a couple of daft things but his work in the build-up for the first try was excellent. I'd still start him ahead of Hook, but maybe a fiery local derby at the Arms Park wasn't ideal for an exuberant 19 year old.
    Don't really see where Cymro's coming from saying the Blues should have won, both sides had their chances and made their fair share of mistakes but the Ospreys were the better side and deserving winners.
    Sooooooooo glad Andy Powell had his off day against us!! :D :D
     
  16. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    "Sooooooooo glad Andy Powell had his off day against us!!"

    I thought he was pretty good.
    If that's what his off-days look like, then we have a pretty talented player!
     
  17. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    I'm sold on Powell, the guy does like to graft and graft and graft and graft. Surely he must be the perfect Lions Number 8 with Nick Easter in reserve...
     
  18. durbutter

    durbutter Guest

    David Wallace in reserve imo. then again what do i know. just one of the great unwashed, munster supporting pesants.



    where did that come from.....
     
  19. danny

    danny Guest

    realisation of your status
     
  20. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (cyRil of Ospreylia @ Jan 1 2009, 01:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I can easily say we should have won because we threw opporunties away, had Blair kicked that penalty in the first half we would have won ... simple really!
     
  21. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

    :huh: Then it would have been 15-16! Biggar also missed one, matey boy!
    It was an intense and tight affair and the better side prevailed.

    Speedy, Powell was alright, I'm just saying he wasn't as dynamic as he has been over the last few months, praise the Lord!
     
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