There was a world of difference between the display against Scotland that Ireland put in versus how alert and gelled they seemed against Wales, nobody will dispute that. Yet much like their win against France in this year’s Six Nations it was down and dirty but got the job done. We’re also nearly into double figures for tries scored, quite the opposite of all the Six Nations bemoaning. All in all, things still look well oiled and promising.
We’ve grown accustomed to warm up games being an open playing field for new players and combinations, but 14 changes and seemingly no dip in quality across the 23? Unprecedented. Continue reading World Cup 2015 – All Change For Scotland Clash
Another season comes to a close and once again the top 4 can be hardly debated. Ospreys, Munster, Ulster and Glasgow now all stand in contention for the Pro 12 title, something which has eluded them all bar Ospreys in 2010. It’s never been more competitive up here.
Continue reading Pro 12 – The Final Four
On Saturday at 3pm a new era in the Pro 12 will be born. This year saw a heightened level of significance materialise within the league, as European qualification became solely hinged on Pro 12 table position. It might not be too much of a stretch to say that this relevance somewhat snuck up on some of the teams, with Leinster in particular leaving it until the penultimate game last week to secure qualification. Connacht, Edinburgh and Scarlets too are all finding themselves vying for the last ticket to Europe this weekend too. It is a pleasant sight to see seven teams in the table all still with some tangible reason to give it their all on the final weekend, here’s how they’re shaping up.
Continue reading Pro 12 – Knock Out Battle To Come
This weekend was all about qualification security for the provinces, with Leinster ensuring they will see top tier rugby next season and Connacht doing everything in their power to try do the same. For Ulster and Munster however it was all about trying to sway the balance of power in these last two weeks of regular season and in one of the only entertaining games of the weekend both sides did all and more to best each other and the result was as close to enthralling as the Pro 12 has come this season. Continue reading Pro 12 – Nothing In It Between Munster And Ulster
TGIF indeed, and what a wonderful warm front rolling in to make the most of the weekend. Yeah, I can’t be telling the truth all the time. What I can do however is tell you what you may have missed this week on I’m Talkin’ Here:
Pro 12 – All Eyes On Ulster And Munster
The pick of the weekend’s Pro 12 rugby is certainly the derby of North and South. Who will leave victorious?
The Goggle Box – Thrones Finds Its Footing
Finally some life has returned to Game Of Thrones, get all the info here and while we’re at it check out a Season 1 review of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Flicks On ‘Flix – Grabbers
This week’s Flicks On ‘Flix sees a small island off the coast of Ireland terrorised by a sea monster. Look, just trust me on this one.
See y’all Monday!
Ironic, given that they are the two Irish sides given the least amount of praise in Europe this season but Ulster and Munster are sitting second and third on the Pro 12 table in this penultimate round of games and look likely to serve up the game of the weekend this Saturday. As Leinster and Connacht take on the Italian underlings, north and south will be clashing to make one last push on who finishes with that all important home semi-final. Continue reading Pro 12 – All Eyes On Ulster And Munster