- Rugby – Heineken cup
Got me some tickets a_a, not really a Blues or Ospreys fan so will be a good match for me, really hope he proves himeself though i would like to see some good run’s and touches deep from FB but some fireworks would be nice too! Being back at the Liberty n’all be rude not to “welcome” him back. 😆Posted 6 years ago
Ben Youngs was a class act when the Sale 7 took a head knock on Sat.
“Class act”? Seymour and Thomas were both clearly hurt, Flood and Castrogiovanni both realised immediately that it was serious (as did the crowd) and waved for help. Good sportsmanship of course but what type of person would continue?Posted 6 years ago
Well….When I played I would not have stopped for the prop, indeed I would have been glad he was going to weaken the opo scrum as he got sown up,which I as a forward would have seen as an area Sale can be attacked. Youngs arrived at an attacking ruck with Sale on the back foot and their shape broken.In that split second his runners will be moving,he will be looking at where the gaps are. He didn’t;he immediately alerted the ref. So a class act.As to who would not have stopped,I can’t recall seeing anything like it since BoD’s nemesis put a player in the recovery position during a NPC game a few seasons ago.
Oh, and I take my comment about relegation battles back,that was based on how dire they were last season. Sale are vastly improved this year.If the could get parity in the scrums,then they would be contenders for Europe.Apparently Gray pushes like a truck so he will help,they will also suffer a bit less during the 6N.However the Sky cameras kept cutting to Diamond trying to chew,which was car crash tv.Posted 6 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
As a Sale fan i’m heartily glad that we are now attempting to play rugby once again, but i would say that Sale are still a work in progress.Posted 6 years ago
Yes, since Diamond came in and sacked some 40+ people he’s turned the club around, there is obvious pride in playing again but it is a relatively young squad and their occasional naivety shows. McLeod is still flakey sometimes and as Duckman says, the pack needs some grunt.
Overall though i’m just happy to watch them attempt plays again, the last few yrs have been miserable.
Kingsley Jones should be shot.
as he got sown up
It was the Seymour injury that looked most serious as he appeared to be flailing on the ground semi conscious and had to be restrained by Powell (who has been impressive so far if he wasnt prone to the occasional error)Posted 6 years ago
On the face of it I would agree if it was only the Thomas injury as that just looked like a bump.
I was under the impression that (most of the) the international squad (unlike say, Tommy Bowe, who seems to like a career with a mediocre team like the Ospreys) is contracted to the IRFU and “released” to the provinces (Leinster, Connacht, Ulster, Munster) for Heineken Cup, Pro 12 (or whatever it’s called this week), etc.
So when the 6N is on, the players are called back centrally and only released if not needed in the international squad. I have no idea what the salary conditions are though.
I had a quick google and couldn’t turn anything up. If you look on the Beeb though, you’ll see a recent story where PO’C signed a deal with Ireland & Munster, not just with Munster. I don’t really know how the intricacies work.
The system has probably contributed a lot to the resurgence of Ireland in the 6N from (very) occasional successes to a bit more consistency because you don’t get your fly half or no 12 getting injured on a weekend when they’re not needed for international duty.Posted 6 years ago
I was also wondering how the IRFU can afford to ensure that players don’t seek more money in France or Japan? We have been skint for 15 years as we paid off Murrayfield,it is only the last 6 months that we can afford to pay the same as the English teams as both pro teams now have a decent budget. But the provinces in Ireland were able to recruit the likes of Howlett when the obvious choice was Japan.Posted 6 years ago
duckie, have a look at attendances at Thomond, and latterly, the RDS. Jersey sales are massive for both provinces too (again of late for Leinster). The provinces are in fairly rude health. Growing up in Limerick, Thomond was a concrete shithole that hardly anyone went to. Look at it now. Arguably, rugby is now the foremost sport in Limerick ahead of hurling.Posted 6 years ago
Well Frankers what is your prediction for tonight? I think it will be close Ulster will win, I can’t see them scoring 4 trys and I think Tigers will get a bonus point. Really looking forward to it!!! SUFTUM!!!!
DD you are quite right the Ireland players are contracted directly to IRFU not the provinces. Why do they not go to France for more money? I’d say Bob Casey will tell you the reason. Not many playing outside Ireland make it into the national teamPosted 6 years ago
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