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Post by Marshes Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:43 pm

First topic message reminder :

Got tired of waiting for George to care about a thread for the game on the west coast (only joking George!), so put one together. Really I just couldn't wait to tell the Munster lads how badly they were going to be beat in their own yard! Go cut Pat Lam a switch lads, and prepare for your hiding  

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Munster Rugby v Connacht Rugby

Saturday 28 November 2015
KO 17:15
Thomond Park, Limerick
Live on SKY

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU, 13th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Mark Patton, Jonathan Peak (both IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)
TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)

A. Head to Head
26 Played 26
23 Wins 2
2 Losses 23
1 Draws 1
601 Points 283

B. Form
Munster Rugby
14/11/15 Munster 32 - 7 Treviso
7/11/15 Edinburgh 14 - 16 Munster
30/10/15 Munster 32 - 28 Ulster

Connacht Rugby
21/11/15 Connacht 21 - 17 Brive
14/11/15 Enisei-STM 14 - 31 Connacht
6/11/15 Connacht 33 - 19 Treviso


C. Teams
Munster
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15 Andrew Conway
14 Gerhard van den Heever
13 Keith Earls
12 Francis Saili,
11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
10 Ian Keatley
9 Tomás O'Leary
1 James Cronin
2 Niall Scannell
3 BJ Botha
4 Donnacha Ryan
5 Mark Chisholm
6 CJ Stander (captain)
7 Jack O'Donoghue
8 Robin Copeland

Replacements:
16 Kevin O'Byrne
17 Dave Kilcoyne
18 John Ryan
19 Dave Foley
20 Jordan Coghlan
21 Duncan Williams
22 Rory Scannell
23 Denis Hurley.

Connacht
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15 Robbie Henshaw
14 Tiernan O’Halloran
13 Bundee Aki
12 Craig Ronaldson
11 Matt Healy
10 AJ MacGinty
9 Kieran Marmion
1 Denis Buckley
2 Shane Delahunt
3 Nathan White
4 Ultan Dillane
5 Aly Muldowney
6 John Muldoon (captain)
7 James Connolly
8 Eoghan Masterson

Replacements:
16 Dave Heffernan
17 Ronan Loughney
18 Finlay Bealham
19 George Naoupu
20 Sean O’Brien
21 Ian Porter
22 Jack Carty
23 Darragh Leader


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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:08 pm

eirebilly wrote:
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brennomac wrote:Jeez that guy Lam is going to have to be sacked, we can't have an Irish team playing offloading and running weird lines of attack, gimme the Leo and Axel style of rugby any day Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

It does go to show that a well coached team can actually offload in contact and be threatening. Schmidt take note... Runs before Notch attack Wink

If you are given the opportunity to play it more often you become more confident doing it, shock horror! Although expectation will always be less for Connacht so they will be freer to play that style than just win.

Why the need to be rude, was just making a tongue in cheek comment...

Sorry billy didn't mean that to be rude at all! Meant that as in why don't the higher ups see that it can be beneficial to teach people to be confident playing the ball, not a dig at your good self Hug

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Post by profitius Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:08 pm

Munster lucky to be only 5pts down. If Connacht can keep it up they'll win comfortably.
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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:10 pm

Cool beans Marshes thumbsup

MacGinty has played very well so far.
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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:18 pm

Good refereeing, 60mtr advantage is more than enough.
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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:28 pm

That's very lucky for Munster, Earls high tackle looked worse in my opinion...
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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:28 pm

I think if anything there, Aki lucky not to get yellow there, that is a couple of instances with him

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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:28 pm

Ah ref just said never mind!

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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:31 pm

Ben Whitehouse has been very good.

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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:34 pm

Munster really upping the tempo here.
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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:36 pm

Ultan Dillane has been excellent tonight as well.

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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:36 pm

Connacht gone into themselves a bit now. If keeps up can't see it working out.

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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:38 pm

Do Munster have no faith in Keatley to kick them type of penalties?

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Post by VinceWLB Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:39 pm

Curious to see how the real Sean O'Brien gets on Smile

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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:42 pm

I was a spotty teenager the last time Connacht won in Thomond...

Now I am a bald old fat man and its going to happen again, at least I am spot free.
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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:47 pm

The ref has been outstanding.
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Post by VinceWLB Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:49 pm

There is nothing in that, Munster player felt down like a footballer.

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Post by VinceWLB Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:50 pm

eirebilly wrote:The ref has been outstanding.

Up until that point sadly

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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:50 pm

Penalty try?

There seemed enough cover...

He has had a great game but got that fiercely wrong.
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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:51 pm

Well, that is a big call. I take back my comment from earlier, that is a game changing decision.

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Post by Notch Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:51 pm

Marmion was coming across. I think thats an extremely poor decision- I see tackles being made in those situations all the time.
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Post by brennomac Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:51 pm

Good so far tats a shocking decision by Whitehiuse, peno and sinbins yes, peno try no way

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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:54 pm

I hate loosing to bad decisions but I also hate winning to bad decisions.

Yellow card was ok but the PT, that was so poor.
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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:55 pm

Jesus thats a harsh double blow, defo yellow but both is way too punitive. Muldoon should not have put him in that situation anyway

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Post by VinceWLB Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:55 pm

eirebilly wrote:I hate loosing to bad decisions but I also hate winning to bad decisions.

Yellow card was ok but the PT, that was so poor.

That was barely a penalty, Munster player acted like a footballer.

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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:57 pm

What a counter ruck by Sean O'Brian clap

Massive defence from Connacht.
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Post by 2ndtimeround Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:57 pm

I think Muldoon has paid a high price for offending after just been spoken to for disrespecting the ref, shame as its been a great game and Whitehouse has been very good to that point.

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Post by Notch Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:58 pm

That was the game, I think, if he nailed that.
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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:02 pm

Ah jesus Ronaldson.

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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:04 pm

If that is a try, that is unbelievable play from Robbie Henshaw.

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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:05 pm

Brilliant try, what a play by Henshaw.

Well done Connacht clap
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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:06 pm

Big kick, this will finish the game if it goes over.


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Post by Marshes Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:06 pm

Thats perfect!!!

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Post by Notch Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:06 pm

Aw thats class- deserved winners here Connacht, very much deserved.
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Post by 2ndtimeround Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:08 pm

Very enjoyable game and a great advert for the league.

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Post by Pot Hale Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:08 pm

Excellent try made by Henshaw and Aki.

Connacht have been full value for their victory if they can hold out.

If Munster sneak this......
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Post by eirebilly Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:09 pm

An absolutely brilliant game. Connacht are more that worthy winners here and even more than worthy of the top of the table.

Congrats Connacht fans, that was some game thumbsup
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Post by Pot Hale Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:10 pm

Come on Connacht. Win this scrum and boot it out.
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Post by VinceWLB Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:10 pm

Great game and glad the right team won in the end Cool

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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:10 pm

That is an excellent result by an excellent team.

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Post by Pot Hale Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:13 pm

Yes! Great victory for the Green Hornets.

They stay top of the league. Match of the weekend.
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Post by Pot Hale Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:15 pm

Wow - Bundee Aki sure is driven. Really chuffed for his team and for his beliefs.
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Post by Guest Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:18 pm

Great game, and congrat's Connacht!

Very impressed with Connacht. Thought how they dealt with the sin binning, and last 15 minutes was superb. Something a bit special about that team, which was evident in the emotions of Aki.

Connacht go marching on.

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Post by westisbest Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:30 pm

Great result from Connacht.

Looking the part.
Aki looking good.

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Post by toml Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:46 pm

Congratulations Connacht.

Undoubtedly Irelands #1 province on the rugby pitch at the moment. Talk of Henshaw moving should be replaced by Ireland hopefuls from other provinces moving West!

Was nice to see the genuine culture and camaraderie they have in their side. Such a contrast to the footie that was on at the same time - all Man Utd players seem to do is bitch at each other

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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:47 pm

I have a feeling that Robbie Henshaw will be waiting to see if his side can get to the Champion's Cup next season.

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Post by Notch Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:50 pm

Pot Hale wrote:Wow - Bundee Aki sure is driven.  Really chuffed for his team and for his beliefs.

When you hear that kind of interview, you've got to wonder what God has against the other team though!

Big fan of Aki though, and given Ulsters experience I'd go for the very religious players every time because they tend to be family-orientated, humble and hard working. That helps them settle in quicker.
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Post by carpet baboon Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:41 pm

Missed the game, forgot to tape it. Any hints on highlights? Where to find them

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Post by 21st Century Schizoid Man Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:07 am

Very well played Connacht. If we don't win the Pro 12 I hope you do - you really deserve it clap clap
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Post by Marshes Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:13 am

Fantastic result!! Commiserations to Munster fans, it's a sign of how far that Connacht have come that we can even compete with you at home, that backline is only going to get better as Saili and Earls become more familiar with each other. One thing I worry about for them is opting not to kick penalties and going for the corner on some occasions, is that a lack of trust in Keatley? I can't see how that can continue for the rest of the season.  

Really chuffed anyway, actually thought this might be too big an ask given the history, the weather, the injuries and the busy recent schedule, but that first half performance and the grit they showed when Muldoon was in the bin shows that Connacht really have great belief in this side. That penalty try and man deficit would have consigned them to a defeat last season, but this team seems to have learned from those kind of results, shake off the valiant losers tag and actually aim to compete with the big boys.

Some of the young lads that have come into the team have been absolutely fantastic and really repaid the faith shown in them. Connelly was coming in for the injured Fox-Matamua who was one of Connacht's best players this season, and had a fantastic game. Masterson, Dillane and Delahunt where all brilliant (and the new SOB of the bench as well!), and all under 22 years of age! Of the backline starting today the oldest player was Healy at 26! Crazy to have a team with so many young leaders who are all confident with ball in hand and capable of mature performances. Muldowney is not one of this young crowd but was everywhere around the pitch, best I've seen him.

What Pat Lam has done with this team, a bunch of lads who are still yet to reach their potential, is incredible. Supplemented by a few SH players who are real culture carriers for what he is trying to build there, the Irish lads have picked up the game style quick, and it shows that it is capable of being instilled if nurtured in the right way.

In regards to the penalty try, I thought the ref actually had a very good game aside from that, but it was very punitive to both yellow and penalty try from so far out with Marmion potentially coming across, I disagree with it but it wasn't a terrible decision. It was more Muldoon putting him in that position, and Muldoon was lucky not to talk himself into trouble a few minutes before as well, he needs to work on his communication there, and could have cost Connacht the game. Worked very hard for the last few minutes when he came back on though! The response from the 14 was amazing.

Even though this is a massive result in the history of the club, the team needs to now get focused on the Blues next week because in the context of challenging for a Challenge Cup place, it is one to target.

I''m waffling now so I'll leave it there!

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Post by LondonTiger Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:57 am

So, who do Munster play next week and how will they look at rotating the squad? Really worried we will face a major backlash in two weeks time.

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