Leinster v Cardiff Blues

Discussion in 'Guinness Pro14' started by An Tarbh, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div align="center">[​IMG]Leinster v Cardiff Blues[​IMG]</div>

    Well it's a top of the table clash and unfortunately it's taking place smack bang in the middle of the Six Nations so both sides likely to be deprived of key players.

    For Leinster Shane Horgan will be involved after his less than convincing recent display in the Saxons match as he looks to regain his Ireland starting spot after his comeback from injury, elsewhere fringe players return to the squad as Leinster will look to stretch their lead at the top of the table.

    Cardiff will be favourites coming into this one especially with their New Zealand contingent set to be involved and will be looking to overturn Leinster's result when the sides last met early doors in the season.

    So who will take the spoils. ???

    Yet again no live coverage on Setanta Ireland only Setanta 1.
     
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  3. LEINSTER:

    15: Luke Fitzgerald
    14: Shane Horgan
    13: Christian Warner
    12: Michael Berne
    11: Gary Brown
    10: Felipe Contepomi
    9: Chris Whitaker

    1: Cian Healy
    2: Ollie le Roux
    3: Stan Wright
    4: Trevor Hogan
    5: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
    6: Cameron Jowitt
    7: Keith Gleeson
    8: Stephen Keogh

    REPLACEMENTS:

    16: Brian Blaney
    17: Stephen Knoop
    18: Devin Toner
    19: Kevin McLaughlin
    20: Chris Keane
    21: Eoin O’Malley
    22: Felix Jones


    Some interesting calls from Cheika. Naming Le Roux at hooker could be a good call and will help give Leinster the dominant scrum. I expect a lot of balls to be thrown to the front of the lineout to ensure the ball is secured - while Le Roux has played a bit at hooker, he has yet to do so for Leinster.



    From 1-10 the team looks rock solid. I half expected Cheika to go for Horgan and Fitzgerald at 12 and 13 since they played there for Ireland A. Warner and Berne will be solid yet unspectacular. Fitzgerald at the back may be the lone attacking threat.



    Eoin O'Malley seems to have been parachuted in from nowhere. A colleague of his from the Belvedere Leinster Senior Cup winning team of 2005, Ian Keatley was named in the initial squad instead of O'Malley. His time will surely come - in my opinion Keatley is a better prospect than Jonathan Sexton. O'Malley was one of the lone bright spots in a dismal Ireland U19 squad last year. He's played a lot of his rugby in the 13 shirt but has some experience at 10 in school. He'll be a quality player.


    I'm glad to see Felix Jones in the squad ahead of Ross McCarron. Jones has come into his own since being admitted to the Leinster sub-academy straight out of school a couple of years back. His path to the provincial 15 shirt is blocked by Dempsey, Kearney and Fitzgerald so a switch to the wing would seem like a good option for him to further his career.


    I've read elsewhere (on other forums) that the cupboard at centre is pretty bare beyond O'Driscoll and D'arcy. Some have said that not enough Irish talent is being brought through beyond the Irish starting centres. In my opinion, that's far from the case. Fergus McFadden looked very talented before injury struck him down. Eoin O'Malley is getting a chance this week and is just 19 years of age. Gary Foley looks a very exciting talent at CBC Monkstown. Add to that the possibility of Luke Fitzgerald moving to the centre once he adds a bit of bulk to his frame and the future looks rosy.
     
  4. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    What's the story with Sexton's thumb, I thought he might have been in line to be available for this game???

    Interesting to see how the 3 props works, it's still a solid enough looking side despite international call ups.

    Given that Fitzgerald did alright in the Saxons match he might well have a future at centre but to be honest I think he can play anywhere in the backs and still be a real handful.
     
  5. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    Expecting a Blues win in this one. I know Leinster are strong at home, but the Blues have an impressive linup considering it's the middle of the six nations!

    Cardiff Blues:
    01 John Yapp
    02 Gareth Williams
    03 Tauf'au Filise
    04 Scott Morgan
    05 Paul Tito
    06 Maama Molitika
    07 Robin Sowden Taylor
    08 Xavier Rush

    09 Jason Spice
    10 Nick Macleod
    11 Tom James
    12 Gareth Thomas
    13 Jamie Robinson
    14 Jamie Roberts
    15 Ben Blair

    16 Gary Powell
    17 T Rhys Thomas
    18 Ben White
    19 Mark Lewis
    20 Richie Rees
    21 Rhys Jones
    22 Tal Selley

    The only slight weekness in that first IV is Nick Macleod, I'm not a fan of his, they will only get better when either Nicky Robinson or Dai Flannagan returns.

    In my honest opinion, I think a bonus point may be on the cards, especially if the Blues are anywhere near their Heineken Cup form.
     
  6. 24 - 17, I weep.
     
  7. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Great Individual try by Fitzgerald.
     
  8. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Yeah the boy done good alright, pity about the missed conversion as it would have denied them the bonus point but not to be. Will take any victory during the 6N.
     
  9. Thanks for name change Tarbh, who do i contact to request a name change on the profile?
     
  10. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    I hate Leinster during the Six Nations season. They did near enough the exact same thing last season, beating Llanelli toward the games end after we had led for the majority of the game. 41 - 31 I think was the final score, we got the four try bp in what was considered a thriller; seventy-two points a good game makes. o_O
    Unlucky for Cardiff, Jamie Robinson should be punched in the teeth after the amount of balls he dropped tonight. Both young wings looked brilliant aswell, showing Horgan up. Fitzgerald's try was a good'un though, in all fairness.
     
  11. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    As I thought, Blues' main weekness seemed to be the difference tonight. Macleod didn't offer the direction they needed after such a good start. He had an appalling second half, along with Jamie Robinson, who although looked dangerous every time he got the ball, he just spilled to much.

    Leinster fought back well, and deserved the win. Contepomi was ellusive as ever, and I thought Horgan had a very good game, broke tackles and sucked in defenders all over the park. Fitzgerald scored a good try, but made a few mistakes.

    Very good game all in all, I think Cardiff Blues deserved the bonus point.
     
  12. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Didn't see the game, and a bit confused by reports.

    Leinster showed guts? Was Horgan good or bad? Anyone got a link to Fitzgerald's try?
     
  13. Sir Speedy

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  14. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    check out s4c I think they usually keep the matches online for a while after.
     
  15. It was a good comeback by Leinster. The opening 15 minutes were marked by poor lineout play, terrible tackling (though credit must be given to the Blues for their innovative running lines) and below par ball handling. After that they dug deep and though it wasn't a pretty game, Leinster were full value for their win.

    I felt Cian Healy put in some great hits. Kevin McLoughlin looked impressive when he replaced Cullen. Once Le Roux got over his early lineout woes, he put in a tremendous shift. Jowitt improved immesurably in the 2nd half. Fitzgerald looked relatively solid at the back. Overall it was a great win considering the number of injuries and players away on international duty. It puts Leinster firmly in the driving seat to take home their second Celtic/Magners League title.
     
  16. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

  17. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    I wonder when Cardiff will relsease McLeod? Hes utter shite! Thank God Sweeney is on his way to the Blues at the end of the season! (Rumor is true!)

    I also question what Young said to them at half time! 14-0 and we lose it, Im sorry we should have been pushing for a bonus point win!

    However Leinster dogged it out!
     
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