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Connacht v Ulster

Post by neilthom7 on Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:47 pm

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Connacht Rugby v Ulster Rugby

Friday 7th October 2016, 19:35 Kick Off
Sportsground, Galway
Live on TG4 and BBC NI

Team News
Connacht
(15-9): Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Bundee Aki, Craig Ronaldson, Cian Kelleher, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade
(1-8): Finlay Bealham, Dave Heffernan, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Andrew Browne, Eoin McKeon, Jake Heenan, John Muldoon (captain)
Replacements:

(16-23): Shane Delahunt, Ronan Loughney, JP Cooney, Lewis Stevenson, James Connolly, Stephen Kerins, Stacey Ili

Ulster
(15-9): J Payne (C); T Bowe, L Ludik, D Cave, C Gilroy; P Jackson, P Marshall;
(1-8): C Black, R Best, R Ah You, R Diack, P Browne, I Henderson, C Ross, R Wilson;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, A Warwick, R Kane, K Treadwell, S Reidy, D Shanahan, B Herron, R Lyttle

So it's a big Irish derby this weekend with plenty of significance for both teams even if it's early in the season.  Both teams will want to launch in their respective European campaigns with a win here.  Ulster arrive unbeaten league leaders and coming off the back of a hard fought win v Ospreys and will look to remain top going into the European matches. Connacht on the other hand endured a torrid start to the season with 3 losses in a row punctuated only by a postponed match, however they finally got some traction with a win over Edinburgh in round 5 and will look to build on that with this home interpro.


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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:12 pm

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Munchkin wrote:I'm going to slap Marshall.

I'm going to help.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Golden on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:14 pm

Munchkin wrote:
Notch wrote:
Munchkin wrote:I'm going to slap Marshall.

I'm going to help.
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Dont hit him too hard.....hes your first choice next year remember Whistle

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by carpet baboon on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:14 pm

Munchkin wrote:
Notch wrote:
Munchkin wrote:I'm going to slap Marshall.

I'm going to help.
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I'm just going to write a very firmly worded letter to show my displeasure

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:17 pm

Christ alive, this is shocking...
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:17 pm

Golden wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Notch wrote:
Munchkin wrote:I'm going to slap Marshall.

I'm going to help.
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Dont hit him too hard.....hes your first choice next year remember Whistle

That's a reason to hit him harder.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:17 pm

It like watching a drunk uncle at a wedding chasing after 20 seven year-olds
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by maestegmafia on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:19 pm

Notch wrote:It like watching a drunk uncle at a wedding chasing after 20 seven year-olds

Didn't see that score line in advance

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:21 pm

We were 23 points behind in Oyonnax last year and won. But Connacht are no Oyonnax and there's no Nick Williams and Ruan Pienaar on the bench waiting to come on.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:21 pm

Dire from Ulster. Play like that in the second half and we will be soundly stuffed.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Pot Hale on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:22 pm

Stephen Ferris struggling forwards in trying not to acknowledge that Connacht might have had a hand in the scoreline
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:22 pm

Pot Hale wrote:Stephen Ferris struggling forwards in trying not to acknowledge that Connacht might have had a hand in the scoreline

He hasn't found his post-rugby niche yet has he.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:24 pm

Mind you Andy Ward summed it up- players are daydreaming. Several occasions we've had forwards dawdling near rucks waiting for something to happen both when we're attacking and defending. It's really bizarre to watch.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by carpet baboon on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:25 pm

Notch wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:Stephen Ferris struggling forwards in trying not to acknowledge that Connacht might have had a hand in the scoreline

He hasn't found his post-rugby niche yet has he.

Must be hard as it wasn't his choice to retire so prob still subconsciously feeling like a player.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by mikey_dragon on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:25 pm

carpet baboon wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:What the hell's going on...

Well the lads in green have remembered they won the league last year. The lads in white...... I'm not sure what's happened there

It would be great if Connacht are back, but it has to be an off day for Ulster - you'd say this season that would be extremely uncharacteristic of them.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by wolfball on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:26 pm

That was a better half from us. Wish my stream wasn't so dodgy otherwise it would have been a lovely 40mins.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:26 pm

carpet baboon wrote:
Notch wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:Stephen Ferris struggling forwards in trying not to acknowledge that Connacht might have had a hand in the scoreline

He hasn't found his post-rugby niche yet has he.

Must be hard as it wasn't his choice to retire so prob still subconsciously feeling like a player.

No doubt, but it's amusing and/or irritating to see someone who is undisputedly 100% biased on TV. Even on 606v2 you don't often see this level of bias. He's not wrong in what he says, but its almost like popcorn viewing
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:28 pm

Munchkin wrote:
Golden wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Notch wrote:
Munchkin wrote:I'm going to slap Marshall.

I'm going to help.
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Dont hit him too hard.....hes your first choice next year remember Whistle

That's a reason to hit him harder.

Well we better not wear replica shirts because no-one in white looks like hitting anything hard tonight.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by toml on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:32 pm

Notch wrote:
carpet baboon wrote:
Notch wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:Stephen Ferris struggling forwards in trying not to acknowledge that Connacht might have had a hand in the scoreline

He hasn't found his post-rugby niche yet has he.

Must be hard as it wasn't his choice to retire so prob still subconsciously feeling like a player.

No doubt, but it's amusing and/or irritating to see someone who is undisputedly 100% biased on TV. Even on 606v2 you don't often see this level of bias. He's not wrong in what he says, but its almost like popcorn viewing

Yeah but it is obviously not part of the remit to be unbiased.

The title of the programme is 'Ulster Rugby Live'

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:34 pm

I know, its just amusing.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:35 pm

Cave was our best back in the first half so thats an interesting one for me
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:38 pm

Has to be a niggle.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:40 pm

More like it!

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Rory_Gallagher on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:40 pm

Seriously, there is nobody in Ireland as good at cutting lines as Tommy Bowe.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:41 pm

Wow. Game on. And welcome back to Mr. Tommy Bowe... can't call what will happen next.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:44 pm

Strong scrum from Ulster. A wake up call at half time maybe.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:45 pm

Oh Paddy...
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by asoreleftshoulder on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:46 pm

Rory_Gallagher wrote:Seriously, there is nobody in Ireland as good at cutting lines as Tommy Bowe.

Dunno there's some lads I know who'd give him a run for his money.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:46 pm

Well, we could have seen a scrum to Connacht exactly there anyway. Connacht fans may indeed call karma on that one.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Pot Hale on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:49 pm

Excellent team try by Connacht after several phases.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:50 pm

Yep, the original penalty should have been Connachts.

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:50 pm

We're just not slowing them down or knocking them back or anything.
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Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:53 pm

You knows it bad when you're thinking 'Oh Thank God- Sean Reidy is on!' Smile
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by neilthom7 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:54 pm

Ulster defence has been equivelent to a wet paper bag tonight

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Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:57 pm

neilthom7 wrote:Ulster defence has been equivelent to a wet paper bag tonight

So many missed tackles and Connacht are teaching us a lesson in breakdown play. We are being absolutely schooled here.
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Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:59 pm

Really? They're giving that as a high tackle?

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Post by JmD on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:01 pm

This officiating is atrocious.

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Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:01 pm

12 white isn't on the pitch Smile

Ref is adjudicating high tackle very strictly but at least its consistent. Lets get another try and get out of here with at least a point.
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Post by toml on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:01 pm

High tackles my hole... Powderpuff referee

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:03 pm

Aw jeez... thats horrible
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Post by marty2086 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:10 pm

Ulster just not allowed to compete at the breakdown it seems

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Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:11 pm

marty2086 wrote:Ulster just not allowed to compete at the breakdown it seems

Ulster players very consistently not supporting their own weight to be completely fair.
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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by neilthom7 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:13 pm

How did the ref not see that maul get pulled down

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Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:13 pm

Ulster still technically in with a chance of getting four tries in a game where we have been totally outplayed Headscratch
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Post by marty2086 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:15 pm

neilthom7 wrote:How did the ref not see that maul get pulled down

Hes missed nearly everyone being pulled down its open season

And that was not crossing the defender choose the wrong option

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Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:15 pm

I feel like if Ulster win this game we should just get a bus to Galway and apologise for what our team has done!
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Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:18 pm

Ulster down to 14, really only question is whether we can hang on to a LBP
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Post by neilthom7 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:18 pm

I feel like if they don't win this the Ulster coaches should apologise for our play to anyone who watched this

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Post by Munchkin on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:18 pm

Ref's a joke. Gives the penalty against Ulster when Connacht have been getting away with it all night.

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Post by toml on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:20 pm

Munchkin wrote:Ref's a joke. Gives the penalty against Ulster when Connacht have been getting away with it all night.

We have been sh!te but that's a home town ref if ever I saw one

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Re: Connacht v Ulster

Post by Notch on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:20 pm

neilthom7 wrote:I feel like if they don't win this the Ulster coaches should apologise for our play to anyone who watched this

I'd actually feel guilty if we somehow magically won this. There's winning ugly and then there is daylight robbery.

I don't expect to have anything to feel guilty about.
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