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1 year 8 months ago #64308

It should be 10 from 10. Last week obviously, but we should've got the 4th try tonight too. Can't see why young Mitchell kicked the ball off the park at the end. Bundee wasn't very happy!

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1 year 8 months ago #64309

Betty Swallocks wrote: It should be 10 from 10. Last week obviously, but we should've got the 4th try tonight too. Can't see why young Mitchell kicked the ball off the park at the end. Bundee wasn't very happy!


Apparently the forwards asked him too

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1 year 8 months ago #64310

They shud have kicked the ball off the pitch a lot earlier, cud easily have given away a bonus point to ulster, cant understand how people are saying we shud have got the bonus point against a 'poor' ulster side, lets not get carried away with ourselves, a big win against an ulster team who had won their last 4 matches and had a strong team out with 8 or 9 international players, thought thornbury was MOTM, brilliant in lineout, we can beat munster also.

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1 year 8 months ago #64311

daveydavey wrote: They shud have kicked the ball off the pitch a lot earlier, cud easily have given away a bonus point to ulster, cant understand how people are saying we shud have got the bonus point against a 'poor' ulster side, lets not get carried away with ourselves, a big win against an ulster team who had won their last 4 matches and had a strong team out with 8 or 9 international players, thought thornbury was MOTM, brilliant in lineout, we can beat munster also.


Didn't really matter if we gave them a losing bonus point as they're not in our conference.

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1 year 8 months ago #64312

But we don't care if Ulster get a bonus point, they are not in our conference. We had a point to gain, none to lose. Having said that, no harm to get off before somebody gets hurt.

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1 year 8 months ago #64313

Damn, Bazzo types faster than me!

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1 year 8 months ago #64314

There's a 4th place playoff IIRC so if we gave Ulster a losing bonus tonight it could potentially have impacted on the possibility of playing a Heineken Cup qualifier in SG or in Ravenhill.

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1 year 8 months ago #64315

I'd say the odds of both us and Ulster finishing 4th in our conference are very long

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1 year 8 months ago #64316

Diabhal wrote: There's a 4th place playoff IIRC so if we gave Ulster a losing bonus tonight it could potentially have impacted on the possibility of playing a Heineken Cup qualifier in SG or in Ravenhill.

Well then all the more reason for us to try for a bonus point.
I'm dissapointed we left the bonus point behind on the night, against a poorly performing Ulster team. We allowed them back into it in the first half and our display had reminders of the Leinster game, in that we couldn't close out and kill the game off and against a better team we could have been punished as we were against Leinster. I felt we took some wrong options when in good attacking positions in the second half.
Having said that, at the start of the season, if I was offered this position going into the New Year, I would have been delighted as it's such an improvement from last season, and the manner in which we play is very enjoyable to watch.

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1 year 8 months ago #64317

I think the lack of depth is where we fall down in hunting for bonus points. Honestly we were out of gas at the end and had blown our chance at the 4th try but I'd still like to have seen us keep pushing for that try.

This is the 3rd home match this season we have played where we were on three tries and the game was won anyway and we kicked the ball out. To me it's a mentality we need to get past.

Sometimes you need to box clever for example if we were at home to Ospreys or Cardiff in a similar situation I'd kick the ball out no hesitation but at home to Perpignan in particular I didn't get the rationale of kicking it dead.

We are making huge progress and I appreciate the forwards had given their all by then but if we want to make the next step the top teams would never kick the ball dead in a similar situation.

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1 year 8 months ago #64318

We should absolutely have got the bonus point, and there is plenty to work on (someone else called out maul defence, to which we can add allowing Ulster to drag us down to their level), but I'm still glass half full on this. First doubling of Ulster, no further injuries, and we've equalled last season's win total with 9 league games remaining.

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1 year 8 months ago #64319

I think Michell was kind of right. There was more chance of a farcical Ulster try than a BP try, 30 m from our own line. Psychological impact would've been bad. Preventing them to get the LBP shows the real gap : we were clearly the better team vs 75% of a full Ulster lineup.
Will we vs be a 90% ful Munster one?
Clearly a 50/50

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1 year 8 months ago #64320

connachta wrote: we were clearly the better team vs 75% of a full Ulster lineup.


That's kind of damning with faint praise. We were missing more than them: championship back 3 and Ireland no. 2 scrumhalf injured and 2/3 of our starting front row rested.

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1 year 8 months ago #64322

Putting this in here as it relates to last night. What’s the story with getting a pint in the clan bar after the game. We avoided the tent as it was jammers and strolled to clan bar but they stopped serving?There must have been twenty or so who were also looking to get served and were somewhat bemused by this. We just left and headed to town - doesn’t make good business sense.

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1 year 8 months ago #64326

Well played last night. Well deserved win. Regardless of the result, enjoyed the night and the chat with you guys - pre-match in Murtys and O'Connells and post game in Garveys.

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1 year 8 months ago #64328

Podge57 wrote: Putting this in here as it relates to last night. What’s the story with getting a pint in the clan bar after the game. We avoided the tent as it was jammers and strolled to clan bar but they stopped serving?There must have been twenty or so who were also looking to get served and were somewhat bemused by this. We just left and headed to town - doesn’t make good business sense.


We'll ask about that. Would assume that the staff were being sent into other places in town (assume being the word there!).

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