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PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by George Carlin on Sun 08 May 2016, 9:55 am

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Connacht Rugby v Glasgow Warriors
Saturday 21 May 2016
KO: 18:30
The Sportsground, Galway

Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR, 53rd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (WRU) Stefano Penne (FIR)
Citing Commissioner: Gwyn Bowden (WRU)
TMO: Carlo Damasco (FIR)

Live on Sky Sports/TG4/BBC ALBA and BBC Sport Scotland

A. Head to Head

28 Played 28
8 Wins 17
17 Losses 8
3 Draws 3
508 Points 635

B. Form

7 May 2016
Connacht Rugby 14 - 7 Glasgow Warriors

11 September 2015
Glasgow Warriors 33 - 32 Connacht Rugby

25 April 2015
Connacht Rugby 13 - 31 Glasgow Warriors

26 September 2014
Glasgow Warriors 39 - 21 Connacht Rugby

C. Teams

Connacht Rugby 

T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, R Henshaw, B Aki, M Healy; AJ MacGinty, K Marmion; R Loughney, T McCartney, F Bealham; U Dillane, A Muldowney; E McKeon, J Heenan, J Muldoon (capt).

Replacements: D Heffernan, JP Cooney, R Ah You, A Browne, S O'Brien, John Cooney, S O'Leary, P Robb

Glasgow Warriors

S Hogg; T Seymour, M Bennett, P Horne, S Lamont; F Russell, H Pyrgos; G Reid, F Brown, Z Fagerson; L Nakarawa, J Gray (capt); R Wilson, S Favaro, J Strauss.

Replacements: P MacArthur, R Grant, D Rae, T Swinson, A Ashe, G Hart, D Weir, T Naiyaravoro


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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by Munchkin on Sun 22 May 2016, 1:22 pm

SecretFly wrote:
Nematode wrote:

A word on Rodney Ah You - what a colossal doghnut, to put it nicely. On the replays he looked pleased with the intentional high tackle, which could have caused serious damage. That could have been the catalyst for Glasgow to score, losing Connacht a historic triumph. I hope for Connacht's sake he is at least benched.

I hear he's been told by Lam that Connacht lost, that he's been banned from watching any more TV, using his smartphone or computer; that's he's been given his directions to Ulster already.... via Peru, by way of Mongolia, across the Himalayas - and told to enjoy the trip. Wink

Of course the opposing joke will be that Kiss will turn him into a player everyone will be after come this time next season.

I think you might be right. After watching him yesterday, I'm not disappointed he is coming to Ulster. There's a bit of dog in him, and that's what the Ulster pack lacks. There's more to him than the last season suggests. Schmidt did see something about his game that merited an inclusion in the Ireland squad. Maybe, like Williams, he will improve in the Ulster set up. At least that's what I'm hoping.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by toml on Sun 22 May 2016, 1:30 pm

Munchkin wrote:
SecretFly wrote:
Nematode wrote:

A word on Rodney Ah You - what a colossal doghnut, to put it nicely. On the replays he looked pleased with the intentional high tackle, which could have caused serious damage. That could have been the catalyst for Glasgow to score, losing Connacht a historic triumph. I hope for Connacht's sake he is at least benched.

I hear he's been told by Lam that Connacht lost, that he's been banned from watching any more TV, using his smartphone or computer; that's he's been given his directions to Ulster already.... via Peru, by way of Mongolia, across the Himalayas - and told to enjoy the trip. Wink

Of course the opposing joke will be that Kiss will turn him into a player everyone will be after come this time next season.

I think you might be right. After watching him yesterday, I'm not disappointed he is coming to Ulster. There's a bit of dog in him, and that's what the Ulster pack lacks. There's more to him than the last season suggests. Schmidt did see something about his game that merited an inclusion in the Ireland squad. Maybe, like Williams, he will improve in the Ulster set up. At least that's what I'm hoping.

I think he might need an almighty boot up the hole, looked like he was blowing after 2 minutes. I think if we can get him fired up and fit he could be a much needed battering ram for us. Theres only so much Hendy and Mccloskey can do

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by Munchkin on Sun 22 May 2016, 1:49 pm

He does, toml. Reminds me of an out of shape Williams, when he first arrived at Ulster. What he showed yesterday, just after the yellow card incident, is that he still has the fight in him. The spark's still there, but his motivation to get in shape, and perform for the team, isn't.


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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by Pot Hale on Sun 22 May 2016, 2:04 pm

Munchkin wrote:He does, toml. Reminds me of an out of shape Williams, when he first arrived at Ulster. What he showed yesterday, just after the yellow card incident, is that he still has the fight in him. The spark's still there, but his motivation to get in shape, and perform for the team, isn't.


He showed this fight in him sitting on the bench for the rest of the match??

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by Munchkin on Sun 22 May 2016, 2:09 pm

Pot Hale wrote:
Munchkin wrote:He does, toml. Reminds me of an out of shape Williams, when he first arrived at Ulster. What he showed yesterday, just after the yellow card incident, is that he still has the fight in him. The spark's still there, but his motivation to get in shape, and perform for the team, isn't.


He showed this fight in him sitting on the bench for the rest of the match??

No, just after the incident boxing Even if only handbags.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by jimbopip on Sun 22 May 2016, 2:35 pm

First things first; well done the Craggy Islanders you deserved the win, here's hoping you thump them Ladyboys.

And that's it really. Losing 23 players during the World Cup made it a very long, draining season and the players gave it their all but just went to the well, at least once too many times.

here's to next season.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by brennomac on Sun 22 May 2016, 10:44 pm

toml wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
SecretFly wrote:
Nematode wrote:

A word on Rodney Ah You - what a colossal doghnut, to put it nicely. On the replays he looked pleased with the intentional high tackle, which could have caused serious damage. That could have been the catalyst for Glasgow to score, losing Connacht a historic triumph. I hope for Connacht's sake he is at least benched.

I hear he's been told by Lam that Connacht lost, that he's been banned from watching any more TV, using his smartphone or computer; that's he's been given his directions to Ulster already.... via Peru, by way of Mongolia, across the Himalayas - and told to enjoy the trip. Wink

Of course the opposing joke will be that Kiss will turn him into a player everyone will be after come this time next season.

I think you might be right. After watching him yesterday, I'm not disappointed he is coming to Ulster. There's a bit of dog in him, and that's what the Ulster pack lacks. There's more to him than the last season suggests. Schmidt did see something about his game that merited an inclusion in the Ireland squad. Maybe, like Williams, he will improve in the Ulster set up. At least that's what I'm hoping.

I think he might need an almighty boot up the hole, looked like he was blowing after 2 minutes. I think if we can get him fired up and fit he could be a much needed battering ram for us. Theres only so much Hendy and Mccloskey can do

Guys ah you is a total waste of space and an idiot too boot, westies well rid of him but if he's the best that ulster can get for next season......

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by Munchkin on Sun 22 May 2016, 11:02 pm

brennomac wrote:
toml wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
SecretFly wrote:
Nematode wrote:

A word on Rodney Ah You - what a colossal doghnut, to put it nicely. On the replays he looked pleased with the intentional high tackle, which could have caused serious damage. That could have been the catalyst for Glasgow to score, losing Connacht a historic triumph. I hope for Connacht's sake he is at least benched.

I hear he's been told by Lam that Connacht lost, that he's been banned from watching any more TV, using his smartphone or computer; that's he's been given his directions to Ulster already.... via Peru, by way of Mongolia, across the Himalayas - and told to enjoy the trip. Wink

Of course the opposing joke will be that Kiss will turn him into a player everyone will be after come this time next season.

I think you might be right. After watching him yesterday, I'm not disappointed he is coming to Ulster. There's a bit of dog in him, and that's what the Ulster pack lacks. There's more to him than the last season suggests. Schmidt did see something about his game that merited an inclusion in the Ireland squad. Maybe, like Williams, he will improve in the Ulster set up. At least that's what I'm hoping.

I think he might need an almighty boot up the hole, looked like he was blowing after 2 minutes. I think if we can get him fired up and fit he could be a much needed battering ram for us. Theres only so much Hendy and Mccloskey can do

Guys ah you is a total waste of space and an idiot too boot, westies well rid of him but if he's the best that ulster can get for next season......

Sure didn't they say the same thing about Williams before he came up North?

Could be totally wrong of course (probably am), but I'm for not judging the man until he at least gets a few runs under his belt.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by Rory_Gallagher on Sun 22 May 2016, 11:53 pm

Any word on Finn Russell?

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by RDW_Scotland on Mon 23 May 2016, 6:38 am

Kept in hospital again last night but is awake and talking

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by BigGee on Mon 23 May 2016, 9:09 am

Speaking from a professional perspective, 48 hours of observation is a fairly standard precation for a bad head/facial injury.

If he has damaged his facial bones and needs surgery and metal work, that will keep him out for a while. He may come back home and have that done near by though, no obvious need to stay in Galway for that and so with any luck he may get released today.

Chances of him touring this summer though are very small.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by Hazel Sapling on Mon 23 May 2016, 9:54 am

With that head injury maybe Russell will get the break he needs. Good luck to Favaro and Fagerson who both went off as well. Fagerson hopefully will be fine for the u20's WC. He is a senior player for them and can set an example for the rest on how to be a professional.

Rae managing 79 minutes at tighthead is colossal nowadays (known as doing the Nel). He proved he is the number 3 tighthead and maybe able to push out Puafisi with a little work on his play around the field. Firth has to get into shape and be ready for next season. A top quality loosehead is a need but Grant is starting to improve again. We really have a drop-off from Reid if Allan is injured (seems to be constantly hurt).

Naka was anonymous and Glasgow were falling off tackles far too easily. Surprisingly Harley was needed (even after I said he was not) and some of these players can now get a good break before Towny sticks his foot up the collective backside in July.

Well done Connacht. Aki was phenomenal and I barely noticed Henshaw. Connacht kept the right player between the two. If that is how Aki plays maybe he is the 12 for Ireland ahead of McCloskey and Henshaw. Never noticed the 2 wings before but they can fly and were brave in the tackle. Overall I was far more impressed and, with good weather, they should be able to do Leinster.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by rodders on Mon 23 May 2016, 9:57 am

Well played Connacht, great performance.

Muldoon is a real warrior, leading a hardworking pack and Connacht must have some of the best backs in the NH right now.

Hope you can win it now.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by SecretFly on Mon 23 May 2016, 10:33 am

rodders wrote:Well played Connacht, great performance.

Muldoon is a real warrior, leading a hardworking pack and Connacht must have some of the best backs in the NH right now.  

Hope you can win it now.

Muldoon...he looks a right messer. He must have talked fluidly and articulately for thee or so minutes after the game to TG4 - not a pause - and then ended it all by saying "lost for words, really".

Only in Ireland!

He also made some joke about the fact that he believes he played Crap on the day.

You don't get that degree of blunt humanity in football players much. Rugby players are a good breed of men.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by TJ on Mon 23 May 2016, 11:15 pm

Cracking game and cracking advert for the game. Two teams really going for it and played in the right spirit.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by RDW_Scotland on Tue 24 May 2016, 1:18 pm

Finn Russell remains under observation in hospital following a clash of heads in the first minute of Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 Play-Off in Galway.

However, his condition has improved significantly over the last couple of days and it's been confirmed that he does not require surgery.

Russell, who was transferred from University Hospital in Galway to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, is expected to be discharged later this week.

His return to training date will be determined when he is back in Glasgow.

Glasgow Warriors would like to thank the Connacht medical team, players and staff for their support. The club would also like to thank the University Hospital in Galway and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin for all their help.

Finn and his family really appreciate all the messages of support, with which they have been inundated.

Other players are still being assessed by the Glasgow Warriors medical team following Saturday's match against Connacht.

Further updates will be provided when available.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by SecretFly on Tue 24 May 2016, 2:04 pm

That looked a bad hit. But good news about Finn. I try to steer away from commenting about such injuries until clearer info is available.
But he was on my mind over the weekend and during the game. Wish him a full recovery and back to annoying the hell out us all next season Wink

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by rodders on Tue 24 May 2016, 2:36 pm

Totally forgot about that - very good player Finn Russell, glad he's doing well.

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Re: PRO12 Play Off 2: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, 21 May

Post by funnyExiledScot on Tue 24 May 2016, 2:47 pm

Good news about Russell.

Had he required a longer stint in hospital I was all set to offer to keep his missus company just, you know, as a favour....

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