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27/04/2012 15:38:28
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

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gigoer

Cant see the Ulster game being that high scoring. both sides are basically in places unknown and there will be a lot of getting used to the day and all that. The Ulster game more than likely will be quite low scoring but if one team starts off very well they could pull away and win by a big margin
27/04/2012 16:11:39
Rebel.Og
County: Cork
Posts: 519

1161497
Thanks gigeor, but I just got lucky on the Ferris call i think :)

I think your dead right about the nerves & mistakes in the Ulster v Edinburgh match. Its a hugh day for both teams but it should be fascinating match. I think home advantage will just swing it for Ulster.

Ulster 20 - 13 Edinburgh

The 2nd semi-final could be the best match in the 2012 HC. Such talent on both sides. I think a lot will depend on Brock James performance for the home side. If he kicks well Clermont will have a great chance. But I think he will crumble under the pressure so im tipping BOD & the boys to do the businness in France.

Clermont 20 - 24 Leinster
27/04/2012 16:33:47
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 3390

1161513
I can't see there being a lot in both games.

Both are going to be titanic struggles and really it'll just be who shows up on the day. I'm hoping and praying it's both Irish sides and it sets up the dream final in 3 weeks.
27/04/2012 18:12:58
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

1161602
Munster may be out of the heineken cup and are not playing pro 12 but their A team is playing in the british and irish cup final in musgrave park at the moment against cross keys of wales. We're winning at the moment, 16-12, in whats been a good game so far
30/04/2012 13:12:01
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

1163125
Crazy decision by the IRFU to give Darcy a 2 year extension to his international contract. He played well this weekend but does he really deserve a 2 year extension after his performences over the past year or so
30/04/2012 13:59:51
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 3390

1163189
On international performances no Ormond, D'Arcy did not deserve the new contract. But his form for Leinster has been steady and an awful lot better than his performances for Ireland so I can see why he is still wanted in Ireland.
30/04/2012 14:15:42
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

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30/04/2012 13:59:51
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 1377

1163189 On international performances no Ormond, D'Arcy did not deserve the new contract. But his form for Leinster has been steady and an awful lot better than his performances for Ireland so I can see why he is still wanted in Ireland.

He has only had a small amount of decent performances for Leinster but does he deserve an international contract when he has performed poorly in most of his games with ireland in recent times.
30/04/2012 14:35:56
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 3390

1163241
It's a hard one to call Ormond. Is D'Arcy finished at international level??? Not yet. Who is there out there banging down Kidneys door for his or even O'Driscolls jersey??? No-one yet. D'Arcy has not played for Ireland for a good 2 years, but he will tour to New Zealand. I'd maybe play him there and if he's still awful cut him aside for the Autumn internationals, if someone comes though good enough to replace him.
01/05/2012 12:30:06
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

1163818
30/04/2012 14:35:56
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 1381

1163241 It's a hard one to call Ormond. Is D'Arcy finished at international level??? Not yet. Who is there out there banging down Kidneys door for his or even O'Driscolls jersey??? No-one yet. D'Arcy has not played for Ireland for a good 2 years, but he will tour to New Zealand. I'd maybe play him there and if he's still awful cut him aside for the Autumn internationals, if someone comes though good enough to replace him.

Darcy may not be finished at international level but he is on a downward slope and i cant see him improving and while he will tour down under he shouldnt be guaranteed to start all 3 tests
Ive criticised him in the past but Paddy Wallace could step in at 12. Play darcy in a few weeks time against the kiwis but if he plays poorly drop him for the autumn internationals even for someone who isnt international standard yet. Thats what wales/new zealand/france/australia do and its done none of them any harm. So why cant we do it?
02/05/2012 10:09:09
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 3390

1164410
I think though Ormond, and this is a big criticism I have of Kidney, that loyalty is his downfall. I do think that with any other international team D'Arcy would have been dropped 18 months ago. But Kidney is loyal to his players, whether out of neccessity (no-one else to replace him) or just a stubborn belief that they will rediscover form. It was the same with the Bull, and similar with DOC.

Maybe this is why the international team have failed to move forward. I like Kidney, what he has done provincially down the years with Munster and then what he did with Ireland has to be commended. But I do think now maybe a fresher outlook is need. Whether that means a new man in charge, or just to surround himself with different coaches, i don't know.
02/05/2012 12:27:14
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

1164516
The long wait is over. Munster have announced Sean Penney as their new head coach
link
02/05/2012 12:41:56
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 3390

1164529
I'm not going to pretend i know a lot about the lad Ormond but hopefully this is good news for Munster.

Hopefully some fresh ideas will give Munster a decent platform to get back to the top of the H Cup next season. Foley still forwards coach aswell.......
02/05/2012 12:47:22
Breffni39
County: Cavan
Posts: 9485

1164535
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 1715

1164516 The long wait is over. Munster have announced Sean Penney as their new head coach


Haha were you watching Fast Times At Ridgemont High recently or what? Rob Penney
02/05/2012 13:01:07
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

1164548
02/05/2012 12:47:22
Breffni39
County: Cavan
Posts: 7383

1164535 ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 1715

1164516 The long wait is over. Munster have announced Sean Penney as their new head coach

Haha were you watching Fast Times At Ridgemont High recently or what? Rob Penney

oops. rob penney then
His CV suggests he'll be fairly good
02/05/2012 13:26:31
Rebel.Og
County: Cork
Posts: 519

1164573
Will Umaga be the backs coach?
02/05/2012 13:37:38
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

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02/05/2012 13:26:31
Rebel.Og
County: Cork
Posts: 168

1164573 Will Umaga be the backs coach?

He could be but hopefully not. the rest of coaching ticket will be announced soon enough. Foley is forwards coach is the only confirmed position
03/05/2012 12:16:55
ormondbannerman
County: Clare
Posts: 8585

1165298
Shame to see David Wallace will retire at the end of the season due to the knee injry
03/05/2012 12:52:06
Rebel.Og
County: Cork
Posts: 519

1165355
Thats a pity. He was a brillant player for Munster & Ireland.
03/05/2012 13:10:20
Breffni39
County: Cavan
Posts: 9485

1165368
Yeah, always one of my favourite players. That being said he is 35 and has had a wonderful career at the highest level so not the saddest retirement news I've ever heard.
03/05/2012 13:37:05
tribeinbrum
County: Galway
Posts: 3390

1165385
Shame, but a superb player for club and country. Injuries and father time catch up with us all.

All the best to him in retirement....

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