Play Off Time: Part One

Rabo001Rabo Pro 12 Semi-Finals

Ulster 2817 Turk Heroes
Leinster –ARSE– Mighty Weegies

AP001Aviva Premiership Semi-Finals

Jibless Tigers 3316 Even More Jibless Harlequins
Lovely Saracens – Saints (Sun)

Top 14 Quarter-FinalsT14001

Toulouse 3319 Racing
Castres 2512 Montpellier

PooperScooper fans, there’s no play-offs for you yet down there in upside down world.

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Chiefs 2221 Farce
Reds 3217 Sharks
Cheetahs 3439 Hurricanes
Blues 3632 Rebels
Waratahs 2115 Stormers
Kings 3427 Highlanders

I’m sure all true fans of our great game would like to join me in a rousing rendition of the Blog Hymn:

C’mon The Weege! (sung to any tune in your head)

Happy play-offs everyone (‘cept Leinster)

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264 Responses to Play Off Time: Part One

  1. killerline says:

    I’m at-one with what you’re driving at Sag.

    Spelling it out is your way.

  2. killerline says:

    I guess losing BOD so early didn’t help Jonny’s cause…

  3. laraxwell says:

    Ok but by this logic they’ll be peeing in their pants at the though of facing t’other fella

  4. laraxwell says:

    And yep Glasgow at home you’d expect would have been enough to turn that result on its head but they didn’t secure the home semi. That defeat to Scarlets was very expensive

  5. sagmog says:

    Didn’t mention t’other FH.
    Sexton is the senior FH in the squad, he’ll start.
    But, for the sake of argument, the younger man gets the accusation of playing by rote and being one-dimensional levelled.
    If Sexton doesn’t show more variety and move beyond the short game and inside ball, which, as pointed out, relies quite a bit on BOD being there, we have a problem.

  6. laraxwell says:

    Ok..night all

  7. tichtheid says:

    Lara, I was watching the game where Jon Welsh had his shoulder on the middle of Healy’s spine, and was twisting it and shoving him backwards. Why do you ask?

  8. killerline says:

    @Sag

    Sexton did enough to get the game for Leinster, but I think your concern is justified.
    If BOD isn’t fit for the final next week the plot may thicken.

  9. killerline says:

    @Sag

    how did you manage to get FD to go away so easily?

    Teach me the method.

  10. sagmog says:

    Double capitals.
    Fuck Off.
    Not – Fuck off.
    Use it wisely, with great power, comes great responsibility.

  11. killerline says:

    Mmm subtle. I’m in your debt sir.

  12. firstdifference says:

    how did you manage to get FD to go away so easily?

    I remembered that not only are they going to have Johnson over the summer they will be coming back to Todd Blackadder, I thought it would be too cruel to continue with this line of japery.

    The Aussies must be terrified.

    He just beat a side which only Genia would get into so I am pretty terrified.

  13. sagmog says:

    Arse. Part two.

  14. laraxwell says:

    Lara, I was watching the game where Jon Welsh had his shoulder on the middle of Healy’s spine, and was twisting it and shoving him backwards. Why do you ask?
    I saw a game where Glasgow looked to have slight ascendancy in the first few scrums. Looked like a good contest. Then Healy and Strauss started getting at Welsh with the tighthead rising first and Leinster starting to apply pressure through. Still nothing much in it and Gauzerre lets play develop. Kellock is replaced by Ryder and Cronin replaces Strauss. Glasgow front row really looked to me to be popping first and more regularly thereafter with Glasgow starting to yield penalties now at scrum.
    I think the first penalty was for Glasgow not scrummaging straight
    This is the game I saw
    Because of your statement I will seek out highlights or a rerun if available
    In the aftermath of a close game (apart from the whatiffery) you did say that bar once time that Healy was eaten at every scrum

  15. tichtheid says:

    Okay, Lara, I’ll do likewise tomorrow, the whole game will be on the BBC iPlayer, presumably you’ll have the same option in Ireland.

  16. laraxwell says:

    Didn’t mention t’other FH.
    Sexton is the senior FH in the squad, he’ll start.
    But, for the sake of argument, the younger man gets the accusation of playing by rote and being one-dimensional levelled.
    If Sexton doesn’t show more variety and move beyond the short game and inside ball, which, as pointed out, relies quite a bit on BOD being there, we have a problem.

    This is a fair point. I thought he played nicely with his chips over the fast up defence tonight-another one nearly led to a try for Nacewa -this was obviously a pre game tactic. But Leinster play alot of inside ball…worked beautifully v Biarritz and was responsible for opening up the French a few times. Glasgow hung much tougher tonight…as they’ve done the last few times these too have played..agree they prob overplayed this in the wrong type of game though.
    These won’t be Gatland’s tactics though.

  17. laraxwell says:

    @Ticht -if you get a chance I’d be grateful to get your opinion having revisited the match
    I’m in a car all day tomorrow (Godson Communion in Dublin) then a dash to Waterford for niece’s Confirmation then meal and dash back to Dublin.

  18. sagmog says:

    As is the way when all is lost and the wine is flowing.
    Bit of Stephen Stills – and friends.

  19. tichtheid says:

    A couple of guys I’ve seen play in a pub here a few times,
    well, twice.

  20. ElSuavo says:

    Thanks for the kind thoughts, Ticht (re the Highlanders). Normal service appears to have been resumed. Sigh. Didn’t see the maytch as it was about 3am our time & I only got to bed at 1am. With it being a loss I’m not likely to hunt it out on the intertubes; just accept the result & move on.

  21. tichtheid says:

    Suavo, it seems to me that, Thorn aside, the Highlanders have a tight five who are there on reputation alone, maybe that’s a bit tough on Hore, maybe not, definitely applies to the props, though.

    Last year Gear looked to me to be the most dangerous runner in Super Rugby – he still does and for some reason the Highlanders do almost all they can to avoid giving him the feckin ball.

  22. ElSuavo says:

    The shift of Woodcock from the Blues seems to have unsettled what was a decent journeyman-esque pack, and Hore is probably on the wane after quite a few years as 1 of the best. They really miss Nasi Manu at #8 although Mose Tuiali’i did well a couple of weeks back.
    It’s just frustrating that they don’t seem to gel this season. As you say, Gear and Ben Smith should be causing all sorts of trouble for opposition defences and Kade Poki is another who can do some damage. But they are generally having to do all their work from deep kicks which means defences can get more time to get sorted.
    No worries, it is just a matter of supporting one’s team through the bad years.

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