172 : Ulster v Leinster wrap – Harpin' On Rugby
FRONT FIVE ARTICLES
Ireland and Connacht centre Bundee Aki suspended for eight games (talkingrugbyunion.co.uk) [Frank Nickson]
Worcester facing exodus of players and staff after failing to pay salaries | The Independent [PA News Agency]
Crowley impresses at 10 as Emerging Ireland hammer the Griquas · The42 [Morgan Piek]
Connacht remain pointless in United Rugby Championship following defeat in South Africa – Independent.ie [John Fallon]
MKRowntree’s delight tempered by Munster’s failure to reach bonus territory (irishexaminer.com) [Simon Lewis]
FULL TIME TAKES
Is it terrible of me to be disappointed at being out scored in the second half?
Away from home that’s a good win, particularly against a decent Ulster side. Strong first half, dirty conditions spoiled it a bit, but happy out at that result.
(reply to Conor Cronin) indeed but that’s the standards we set. A win up north at this stage is good. They’ve a good squad. But I am a little disappointed how they came back and got a point.
Good win tonight in tough conditions. Jenkins was very good again & looks like a great acquisition (about time we got someone coming up from Limerick). Seemed to switch off in second half a bit but Ngatai covering tackle was significant in the overall score.
McGrath was very poor with the ball. (he can defend in fairness) brace was ulsters best player and james ryan on that form is behind moloney, jenkins, baird and joe mccarthy. He needs to get his act together.
Did well to get out of Belfast with that one. A little loss of focus, the ref went a little off and a big slice of luck with the non try.
Choke tackle from Sexton to secure the points.
Some shift from both sets of players.
A good win away to a tough opponent on a dirty night. Score gap possibly would have been bigger had Leinster not switched off in the 2nd half. That said, Ulster were well up for it though, and the conditions made it a bit of a lottery. Their maul has become quite the weapon. Ngatai’s tackle on Aaron Sexton was pure gold and probably saved us the match. All in all, happy to have that match done and dusted with 4 points in the bag.
Neil ‘Keego’ Keegan
Even in the storm
When you come at the kings, best not miss!
Literally a game of two halves with Leinster owning the first and Ulster the second, albeit with the assistance of some questionable decisions by the referee. From a Leinster perspective they will be disappointed in several aspects of their game particularly with how they dealt with the Ulster maul. Jenkins seems the real deal and a extremely good acquisition. All in all a very good win in atrocious conditions
URC ROUND 3 WRAP
FRI SEP 30
BUL 28-14 CON
ULS 13-20 LEI
CAR 18-31 LIO
SAT OCT 1
STO 34-18 EDI
OSP 32-17 GLA
MUN 21-5 ZEB
BEN 34-23 SCA
DRA 19-20 SHA
FRI OCT 7
EDI V LIO
CON V MUN
SAT OCT 8
ZEB V STO
LEI V SHA
SCA V CAR
ULS V OSP
GLA V BUL
SUN OCT 9
BEN V DRA
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