189 : #IREvAUS preview

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189 : #IREvAUS preview Harpin' On Rugby

Preview also available on our YouTube channel IRELAND : 15. Hugo Keenan 14. Mack Hansen 13. Garry Ringrose 12. Stuart McCloskey 11. Jimmy O’Brien 10. Johnny Sexton > CAPTAIN 9. Jamison Gibson Park 1. Andrew Porter 2. Dan Sheehan 3. Tadhg Furlong 4. Tadhg Beirne 5. James Ryan 6. Peter O’Mahony 7. Josh van der Flier 8. Caelan Doris 16. Rob Herring 17. Cian Healy 18. Finlay Bealham 19. Joe McCarthy 20. Jack Conan 21. Craig Casey 22. Jack Crowley 23. Bundee Aki AUSTRALIA : 15 Andrew Kellaway 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase 13 Len Ikitau 12 Hunter Paisami 11 Tom Wright 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nic White 1 James Slipper (c) 2 David Porecki 3 Allan Alaalatoa 4 Nick Frost 5 Cadeyrn Neville 6 Jed Holloway 7 Michael Hooper 8 Rob Valetini 16 Folau Fainga’a 17 Tom Robertson 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Will Skelton 20 Pete Samu 21 Jake Gordon 22 Noah Lolesio 23 Jordan Petaia Bank of Ireland Autumn Nations Series Saturday, November 19, 2022 Aviva Stadium Kickoff 8pm Our guest TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Mastodon > @HarpinOnRugby@mastodon.ie Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://youtube.com/@HarpinPreviewShow — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

IRELAND v Australia : 15. Hugo Keenan 14. Mack Hansen 13. Garry Ringrose 12. Stuart McCloskey 11. Jimmy O’Brien 10. Johnny Sexton > CAPTAIN 9. Jamison Gibson Park

1. Andrew Porter 2. Dan Sheehan 3. Tadhg Furlong 4. Tadhg Beirne 5. James Ryan 6. Peter O’Mahony 7. Josh van der Flier 8. Caelan Doris

16. Rob Herring 17. Cian Healy 18. Finlay Bealham 19. Joe McCarthy 20. Jack Conan 21. Craig Casey 22. Jack Crowley 23. Bundee Aki.


AUSTRALIA : 15 Andrew Kellaway 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase 13 Len Ikitau 12 Hunter Paisami 11 Tom Wright 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nic White

1 James Slipper (c) 2 David Porecki 3 Allan Alaalatoa 4 Nick Frost 5 Cadeyrn Neville 6 Jed Holloway 7 Michael Hooper 8 Rob Valetini

16 Folau Fainga’a 17 Tom Robertson 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Will Skelton 20 Pete Samu 21 Jake Gordon 22 Noah Lolesio 23 Jordan Petaia.


Bank of Ireland Autumn Nations Series

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Aviva Stadium Kickoff 8pm 


Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)  AR1: James Doleman (NZR)

AR2: Tual Trainini (FFR) TMO: Stuart Terheege (RFU)

Live on: Virgin Media Two, Amazon Prime

186 : Ireland v South Africa wrap

2022 Bank of Ireland Nations Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland 5/11/2022Ireland vs South AfricaIrelands Mack Hansen celebrates scoring a tryMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

186 : Ireland v South Africa wrap Harpin' On Rugby

🏉 IREvRSA wrap 🏉 Ireland’s depth 🏉 Boks issues at 10 🏉 FRAvAUS, ENGvARG 🏉 Women’s RWC semifinals Harpin’ On Rugby match wraps are brought to you by The Irish Rugby Store Our guests… TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty MARK JACKSON https://twitter.com/hoomanbear FRONT FIVE ARTICLES Irish backline the fall guys as second string get chewed up by All Blacks XV | SportsJOE.ie [Patrick McCarry] Women’s Rugby World Cup Team of the Semi-finals [Rugby World – Sarah Mockford] Australia break 34-year drought to claim Hong Kong sevens (smh.com.au) [Georgina Robinson] Damian Penaud scores late try as France beat Australia for record 11th straight win – The Irish Times England stunned by Argentina in worrying start to autumn internationals | The Independent [Duncan Bech] Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://youtube.com/@HarpinPreviewShow — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

THIS WEEK’S GUESTS

TOM COLEMAN

MARK JACKSON

SELECTED CLIPS

FULL TIME TAKES

Conor Cronin

What a game. Losing players to injury before and during would’ve knocked us hard 5 years ago, but players stepped up and did everything asked of them.

Great awareness by Josh for his try, great calm heads in making sure the second was scored, not one player shirked his duty. That’s a compete team performance against some massive guys who tackle hard but Sore bodies will feel a little nicer for that win

James Griffin

Brain beats brawn. Delighted with the performance and how they adapted throughout.

Andrew Potts

A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground.

The above is from the laws.

A history making double red, maybe a red and yellow if I was been nice.

The officials were disgracefully weak, and the players know the laws. Once again SA rugby displays the worst of their rugby culture. It’s a shame,as they are better players than that.

McBride had their cards marked a good punch in the head is all they understand.

Will World Rugby wait until we see a serious incident on the TV before they back Refs to the hilt to end this stupidity.

Kevin OCeallaigh

What a game. A true test match. Kolbe’s tackle was a stone cold red card. He changed his grip and drove Hanson into the ground. However, in hindsight I’m glad he stayed on. At least the SA journos can’t use a red card as an excuse for Ireland’s win. The world champions were beaten fair and square; 15 v’s 15!

Brian Corr

It’s hard not to be happy with the win, but I think we’ve gotten so used to being in control that that one didn’t feel so good.

Murray and McCloskey were excellent until they were forced off.

Unlike A against NZ last night the senior team stayed in the fight and the scrum held up great as well. It was good to see SA front row walking away from penalties disgusted.

I know Porter is number 1 by a long shot but it was good to see Healy roll back the clock and get a good bullocking carry in.

I know it was surprising SA missed touch with that late penalty into the corner but thought Ireland should have dealt with it better.

Considering how much time Ireland were on the back foot in the first half 6-6 was a great half time score.

Can’t say the ref affected the outcome but I can say I didn’t like his performance and felt he was bad for the game rather than for one team.

Peter Tracey

Great to see JGP back and so quick with ball bar one or two box kicks. O’Brien did well when he came on. McCloskey and Murray were doing well until too they had to go off. Bealham did well too and we need a good scrum when the front 3 go off. Kelleher to come back will be a big boast when he does. Still need to blood some more players. Rest Johnny until the 6 nations. Give some 10s a chance.

FRONT FIVE ARTICLES

Irish backline the fall guys as second string get chewed up by All Blacks XV | SportsJOE.ie [Patrick McCarry]

Women’s Rugby World Cup Team of the Semi-finals [Rugby World – Sarah Mockford]

Australia break 34-year drought to claim Hong Kong sevens (smh.com.au) [Georgina Robinson]

Damian Penaud scores late try as France beat Australia for record 11th straight win – The Irish Times 

England stunned by Argentina in worrying start to autumn internationals | The Independent [Duncan Bech]

AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES WEEK 1 WRAP

ROM 30-23 CHI

SCO 28-12 FIJ

SPA 6-40 TON

ITA 49-17 SAM

NZL 55-23 WAL

IRE 19-16 RSA

FRA 30-29 ARG

GEO 34-18 URU

ENG 29-30 ARG

RWC2023 FINAL QUALIFIERS

USA 68-14 KEN

POR 42-14 HKG


Week 2

Sat Nov 12

TONvCHI

ITAvAUS

IREvFIJ

ENGvJPN

GEOvSAM

WALvARG

FRAvRSA

RWC2023 FINAL QUALIFIERS

POR V KEN

USA V HKG

Sun Nov 13

ROMvURU

SCOvNZL


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181 : Leinster v Munster wrap

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181 : Leinster v Munster wrap Harpin' On Rugby

Loads to harp on this week, definitely needed Keego & Tom to help me!  We look at the tries, the yellow card decisions, the atmosphere and much more. Harpin’ On Rugby match wrap ups are brought to you by The Irish Rugby Store Our guests… NEIL “KEEGO” KEEGAN https://twitter.com/keegolaughs_irl http://www.keegolaughs.com Apologies Up Front on Apple Podcasts TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty FRONT FIVE ARTICLES Andy Farrell names exciting Ireland squad for November internationals | SportsJOE.ie [Pat McCarry] Tadhg Furlong admits it breaks his heart to see Munster jerseys at his local club – Pundit Arena [Eoin Harte] Gallagher Premiership clubs struggling to reach agreement over fixture chaos | Sport | The Times [Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe] Ulster's meeting with Sharks postponed after gastro bug (rte.ie) [Neil Treacy] Connacht 36-14 Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny pulls out as Welsh side slip to convincing defeat following disappointing second half – Wales Online [Tom Coleman] Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafwnpGYCmC-gO5y9zGIhew — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

THIS WEEK’S GUESTS

NEIL “KEEGO” KEEGAN

TOM COLEMAN

FULL TIME TAKES

Conor Cronin Lots of talking points on that game, unfortunate for refereeing to be one.

Leinster inaccuracy was difficult to watch, good to see munster putting it up to us, though of course they “had nothing to lose” 🙄 It shows that with the right team selection they could really pose us a problem. Fingers crossed they continue to not select the right team.

Leinster allowed munster to set a tempo, to dictate the pace of play. I want to see much more accuracy from leinster, and for them to punish teams in the 22.

Andrew Bailey Why not neutral refs. Ireland is too small a country – no matter how hard a ref tries he has affiliation somewhere. And it works both ways – can sway in favour of one team in an effort to stay neutral. Not fair on ref or teams. Wales Scotland Italy and SA – but the big Irish games get Irish ref

Andrew Potts Leinster huffed and puffed but did not blow the house down.

Munster showed a bit of Leicester DNA pragmatism, always sort of falling on the wrong side, always sort of slowing things down.

Leinster were good except for scoring.

So many little things just upsetting a happy try. Poor return for Leinster, two fortunate yellows for Munster that could have been red. Seen both of those red recently. That question? Was force applied, was it high, any mitigation? Plus Stander was red carded against SA for the second type of offence.

Frawley is a unique player, appearing to play a number of positions very well.

He looks like an exception that proves the rule.

Luke good for MOM.

Finally, Joey in Munster is the waste of a perfectly good 10.

Chris McDonnell Andrew Potts stander ended a players career with that challenge. I thought penny was excellent. Held up over the line twice in the first half and we butchered a few line breaks, lowe, dave K or lowe would have had a try or two.

Gavin Hegarty I need to rewatch it as from the south lower it looked like brace was terrible. His advantages were only for Munster and never for Leinster.

Kleyns yellow was a red all day, jumped after the kick was made and angled his body to hit side on with an elbow to Osbourne’s head. Citing has to come.

Odd to say but we’re now 6/6 but still have been disappointing.

We dominated the first 30 but still couldn’t put the points on the board, some very unleinsterlike play and decision making. Our lineout needs huge work.

Henshaw and ringrose were outstanding throughout, Porter was great when he came on. Frawley looked comfortable @15.

We’ll need to be better soon.

I think we let a bad Munster team play, their backline had no purpose and just shipped the ball on, no lines or moves. We (and brace) made them look good.

FRONT FIVE ARTICLES

Andy Farrell names exciting Ireland squad for November internationals | SportsJOE.ie [Pat McCarry]

Tadhg Furlong admits it breaks his heart to see Munster jerseys at his local club – Pundit Arena [Eoin Harte]

Gallagher Premiership clubs struggling to reach agreement over fixture chaos | Sport | The Times [Will Kelleher, Alex Lowe] 

Ulster’s meeting with Sharks postponed after gastro bug (rte.ie) [Neil Treacy]

Connacht 36-14 Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny pulls out as Welsh side slip to convincing defeat following disappointing second half – Wales Online [Tom Coleman]

URC ROUND 6 WRAP

ROUND 6

BEN 22-44 BUL

CON 36-14 SCA

ZEB 19-38 EDI

LIO PPD GLA

SHA PPD ULS

LEI 27-13 MUN

CAR 30-24 STO

DRA 32-25 OSP

Round 7

FRI OCT 28

GLA V BEN

SCA V LEI

SAT OCT 29

LIO V STO

DRA V ZEB

MUN V ULS

OSP V CON

SUN OCT 30

BUL V SHA

CAR V EDI

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175 : Leinster v Sharks wrap

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This week we harp on Saturday’s try fest at the RDS as well as taking a quick look at the other provinces, the Women’s World Cup, Emerging Ireland and the AIL. Harpin’ On Rugby match wrap ups are brought to you by The Irish Rugby Store Our guests… TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty RICHARD MIFSUD https://twitter.com/Once_in_the_job FRONT FIVE ARTICLES Ferns win as Aussies mourn what might have been | Scrum Queens  – John Birch 'We dominated the physicality' says Andy Friend as Connacht kickstart season (irishexaminer.com) – Simon Lewis Key wins for Clontarf, Trinity, Terenure and Ballynahinch in the AIL (the42.ie) – Dave Mervyn Ulster ease back to winning ways by running seven tries past poor Ospreys on comfortable night at Ravenhill – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk – Jonathan Bradley Emerging Ireland hold off Cheetahs to complete unbeaten tour in South Africa – The Irish Times – Daire Walsh Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafwnpGYCmC-gO5y9zGIhew — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

TOM COLEMAN

RICHARD MIFSUD

FULL TIME TAKES

Andrew Potts There is a gratuitous physicality to SA rugby, we lost a few players to careless confrontation, hopefully two of them will not be a serious as it looked.The refereeing needs sharpening up as both teams looked confused by what was being applied at the breakdown.Nice to see a very mean Leinster coming out in the second half and all the lads off the bench more than happy to dish it out.Not often Leinster hit 50 points and think it was a contest.One down side was not getting the last try. 60 points would have been nicenicely

Martin Loughrey Watched the 1st half live and just finished the 2nd after feeding the kids/animals. What a game!! So many good things, but the main thing that stands out is adaptablity. How many players were out of position at the end of that 80 minute 20 point win over a good strong opposition? Obviously I hope that Ruddock, Larmour, Ngaitai, but most of all Baird are ok. But a great team performance across the 23. Ringrose obviously impressed on the wing of all places. Byrne came on in the centre, and Martin Mololney and Foley got a lot more game time than originally planned, but the team stayed on course. Rob Russell did very little wrong on his debut and crossed the whitewash. Henshaw was his usual self, as was Sheehan, and Ngatai’s kick for Henshaw’s try wasn’t just incredible for it’s accuracy, but also the awareness in it. All in all a great performance. Roll on next week!

Dave Murray Questionable tackling aside it was a great end to end game of rugby. The addition of the 4 SA teams have definitely improved the league and will make it much more exciting to watch going forward and in Europe.

Richard Collumb Fantastic win, best game of rugby I’ve seen in while. Ringrose class, Foley great with quick ball & Sexton still the master. Tough games like this can only help Leinster (& Ireland) this season.

Roy Thompson Cracking game of Rugby. High scoring, and highly entertaining. Yes, there were errors, but both sides were fully committed, creating and taking scoring opportunities. A great game to watch.

Greg Kelly Not sure how the Baird one wasn’t red. Abrahams makes no attempt to challenge for the ball and flips him in the air causing him to land head first. You take the 2nd Sharks player out and Abrahams would have walked.

Gavin Hegarty Thoroughly enjoyable game. Some great flowing rugby but also some awful defensive mistakes from Leinster so I’d say they are going to have a rough week. The majority of the sharks tries came from our mistakes which created a large overlap for them.

FRONT FIVE ARTICLES

Ferns win as Aussies mourn what might have been | Scrum Queens  – John Birch

We dominated the physicality’ says Andy Friend as Connacht kickstart season (irishexaminer.com) – Simon Lewis

Key wins for Clontarf, Trinity, Terenure and Ballynahinch in the AIL (the42.ie) – Dave Mervyn

Ulster ease back to winning ways by running seven tries past poor Ospreys on comfortable night at Ravenhill – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk – Jonathan Bradley

Emerging Ireland hold off Cheetahs to complete unbeaten tour in South Africa – The Irish Times – Daire Walsh

URC ROUND 4 WRAP

Round 4

EDI 19-22 LIO
CON 20-11 MUN
ZEB 20-37 STO
LEI 54-34 SHA
SCA 10-16 CAR
ULS 47-17 OSP
GLA 35-21 BUL
BEN 34-14 DRA

Round 5

FRI OCT 14
OSP V STO
CON V LEI

SAT OCT 15
LIO V ULS
SHA V GLA
EDI V BEN
CAR V DRA
SCA V ZEB
MUN V BUL

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The 80+ Column : Best league, worst weather, average Griquas

Welcome to my 80+ column, a new weekly post featuring my final thoughts from the week of rugby just gone.

Obviously, it was a good weekend to be a Leinster fan, no win in Belfast comes easily although we just about deserved the one we got on Friday.  Had a great chat as always harpin’ on it with the lads on Sunday, check out the pod if you missed it, and while you’re at it maybe subscribe to the feed too if you don’t mind.

MUNSTER’S SEASON & LEINSTER’S LINEOUTS

I try to keep the pods to under an hour but often that means leaving out material I really want to keep in.  That was definitely the case on Sunday night as during the “Front Five” section, where I try to keep things brief to get to the main topic quickly, Tom & Mark went off on an excellent riff about Munster’s season so far, so while I cut it from the main pod I thought I’d add it here as something of a bonus.  There’s also a bit more to the audio as I put in a question I asked them about Leinster’s lineouts v Ulster as opposed to those against Benetton the week before.

BEST LEAGUE GETTING EVEN BETTER

I’ll harp on our contributors’ prediction league further down the column but apart from the banter it provides it also makes me focus even more on the full slate of matches every weekend and I have to say it has been a cracking competition so far, even just 23 matches in.

Normally I’m something of a “defensive purist” and multiple scorelines where the losing side has over 30pts isn’t always my idea of perfect, but it’s more about the sides that were towards the end of the table last season doing well, like Zebre and Dragons, both of which have already given top 8 opposition a serious run for their money.

Absolutely no match is a given and that’s as it should be.  Who needs relegation eh?

RAININ’ HILL

I was obviously delighted with the Leinster win on Friday night but I always had soft spot for Ulster and I have said many a time over the years that they have had a continued run of shocking luck.

From losing key players for various reasons beyond the provincial branch’s control, to having controversial decisions go against them in big matches, to my personal favourite – in the one year they actually finish top of the Celtic League and earn a home final, that’s also the year they have to switch it to Dublin…and who do they happen to be playing???

And I know they deservedly did the double over us last season but in real terms that didn’t get them anything more than bragging rights as we ended up finishing first anyway, and even this weekend, the trademark Friday night downpour didn’t hit until after we had built a lead.

I was sure to bring that up when I was a guest on the Red Hand podcast on Saturday, check out the episode here.

EMERGING IRELAND

Not much I can add to Tom’s evaluation of the touring side’s opening fixture last Friday, only that perhaps the Griquas were playing as though they had been sampling some free Windhoek Draught courtesy of their sponsors.  That’s not to take anything away from our lads of course, as the saying goes you can only play what’s in front of you, and it is true that as the game wore on they really started to gel nicely with Jack Crowley pulling the strings.  

Obviously from a Leinster POV it was a shame that Ciarán Frawley was unavailable as he really does need some time in a 10 jersey so he can realise the potential we all know he has.  Still, there’s always room for another quality 10 with the initials JC in a green jersey!!!

INJURY REPORT

Not a whole lot in the line of good news in this week’s report, would wish for the likes of Messrs Keenan and Lowe to be moving up the list soon.  Also the withdrawals of Kelleher before kickoff in Belfast and Dave Kearney during halftime are both concerns, and with Sheehan getting so much game time the past couple of weekends I can’t imagine him also starting against the Sharks at the RDS on Saturday.

INJURY UPDATE – AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION:

James Ryan: came through the game at the weekend with no issues after recovering from a hamstring injury

Will Connors: came through the game at the weekend with no issues after recovering from a back injury

Liam Turner: has recovered from a toe injury and will return to full training this week

INJURY UPDATE – FURTHER ASSESSMENT REQUIRED:

Caelan Doris: was withdrawn for a Head Injury Assessment in the first half against Benetton Rugby and will continue to be assessed this week as he comes through the Graduated Return to Play Protocols

Rónan Kelleher: was a late withdrawal from the Leinster Rugby match day 23 with a hamstring injury and will be further assessed this week

Dave Kearney: was withdrawn at half time against Ulster Rugby with an adductor injury and will be further assessed this week

INJURY UPDATE – UNAVAILABLE FOR SELECTION:

Jamison Gibson-Park: picked up a hamstring injury in training last week and will be unavailable for selection this week

There are no further updates on:

Ciarán Frawley (shoulder), Hugo Keenan (abdominal & knee injury), James Lowe (calf), James Tracy (neck), Charlie Ryan (knee), Tommy O’Brien (knee)

ALL HAIL THE AIL

The Women’s All Ireland League kicked off a few weeks ago, with Old Belvedere leading the way, while the men returned to action the weekend just gone, with champions Clontarf beginning their defence of the title with a win over UCD.  There were also wins for Trinity, Terenure, Ballynahinch & Cork Con.

I always say it – I would LOVE to be able to give the club game more coverage, we tried it a good few years ago with a series called “Roots & All” where we reached out to 5 different clubs throughout the season but it became too time consuming.  What I’ll do instead is offer regular updates in this column, paying particular attention to players in the Leinster provincial system as I go.

For example, Charlie Tector was playing at 10 for Lansdowne as they  were edged out by “The Hinch” on the Aviva back pitch, while the Terenure side that scored an impressive 39-3 win at Shannon included Marcus Hanan, as well as some familiar names from days gone by like Harrison Brewer, Jordan Coghlan & Cathal Marsh.

PREDICTION LEAGUE

So in Superbru whoever earned the most points in a week gets a “yellow cap” but despite the fact I have yet to earn one in the three rounds of the URC I am still somehow top of the Harpin League.  I guess it’s a classic case of “slow and steady wins the race” or at least “leads the race after 1/6th of the race”…but like I’ve said before, this league is not about finishing first, it’s about not finishing last and having to wear The Jersey Of Doom and so far it’s Keego who sits in that position.  He actually did really well on Friday, predicting the Ulster v Leinster margin on the button, but I think going for a Zebre win by 3 at Musgrave Park might have been a risk too far…

THE NEXT BATCH OF HARPIN’

Sharks are up next for Leinster, at the RDS on Saturday evening.  I’ll be talking to AP Cronje about their squad during the week, then on Friday I’ll have Keego with me for The Preview Show, with the usual wrapup recorded on Sunday evening and of course all the regular features during the week, stay tuned to any or all of our social media platforms.  In the meantime, be sure to enjoy your rugby wherever you are. JLP

Pod 172 : Ulster v Leinster wrap

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Look out for my final thoughts from the weekend's rugby plus some bonus clips from this chat on Munster's season so far also Leinster's lineout, all in my 80+ column on HarpinOnRugby.com from Monday afternoon. Harpin’ On Rugby match wrap ups are brought to you by The Irish Rugby Store Our guests… TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty MARK JACKSON https://twitter.com/hoomanbear 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] Rowntree's delight tempered by Munster's failure to reach bonus territory (irishexaminer.com) [Simon Lewis] Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

FRONT FIVE ARTICLES

FULL TIME TAKES

Conor Cronin

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.

Gav Heg

(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.

Richard Collumb

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.

Chris McDonnell

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.

Andrew Potts

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.

Martin Loughrey

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!

Sean Michaels

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

Round 3

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

Round 4

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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Pod 166 : Zebre v Leinster wrap

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166 : Zebre v Leinster wrap Harpin' On Rugby

On this week's main pod I'm joined by Tom & Rich to harp our way through the timeline of Leinster's opening match of the new URC season. Harpin’ On Rugby match wraps are brought to you by The Irish Rugby Store Our guests… TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty RICHARD MIFSUD https://twitter.com/Once_in_the_job FRONT FIVE ARTICLES Nigel Owens Gives His Expert Take On Raynal's Hugely Controversial Call | Balls.ie – Colman Stanley Eddie Butler was the voice of Welsh rugby and the game will never quite sound the same without him – Wales Online –  Mark Orders Munster start URC campaign with defeat in Cardiff (irishexaminer.com) – Matt Lloyd Dan McFarland proud as ‘patient’ Ulster rack up five tries against Connacht to kick off URC season in dominant fashion – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk – Jonathan Bradley Siya: We got the win, no matter what (sarugbymag.co.za) – SARugbyMag Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafwnpGYCmC-gO5y9zGIhew — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

FRONT FIVE ARTICLES

Nigel Owens Gives His Expert Take On Raynal’s Hugely Controversial Call | Balls.ie – Colman Stanley

Eddie Butler was the voice of Welsh rugby and the game will never quite sound the same without him – Wales Online –  Mark Orders

Munster start URC campaign with defeat in Cardiff (irishexaminer.com) – Matt Lloyd

Dan McFarland proud as ‘patient’ Ulster rack up five tries against Connacht to kick off URC season in dominant fashion – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk – Jonathan Bradley

Siya: We got the win, no matter what (sarugbymag.co.za) – SARugbyMag

FULL TIME TAKES

Richard Mifsud Congrats @ZebreParma they were v/good value for the score line from a @leinsterrugby pov very poor D esp in midfield lacking cohesion kicks loose giving away too many metres Plenty for the coaches to review BPW w/much to improve #ZEBvLEI @URCOfficial

Tom Coleman From Leinster pov tackling has been  very substandard means defending has been chaotic with very little cohesion. Worried about lack of urgency from our chasers from kicks. Just giving free 20 to 30m to their back 3. Lots to work on. Not a good performance #ZEBvLEI

Andy McGeady Fair play Zebre. Leinster very, very, very, very lucky to hold on for that win. Very very very very very very very very very lucky. #ZEBvLEI

The 2nd Row Zebre put some great attack together showed real intent & imagination, tonnes of fight, lots of heart 2 bonus points for them out of that game is a huge result could’ve been more if their patience & accuracy was 5/10% better, esp in that final 10 minutes

Miriam Collins Phew, thankfully we held on at the end and maybe, just maybe that result will stand to us later in the season. Would much prefer a scare at this part of the season than at the business end.

Derek McGee Gotta say, that was poor. Yes, early season rust is always a consideration but there were some lads out there who looked like they’d never met each other before today. None of the backs covered themselves in glory but in particular, the five men behind the half backs will be dreading Monday’s video session. “Turnstile” tackling, and that was only when they actually made contact. A hell of a lot to work on there. On the forwards, okay at best. You could count the good performances on one hand (if you have particularly tiny Trump hands): Rhys did what Rhys does & was excellent during his time on the field, Ronan Kelleher was solid, as was Ross Molony & what we saw from Jason Jenkins was very encouraging. The scrum was dominant until the second half changes & fairly solid thereafter, so there is that. Have to give Zebre their due though, they were as good as I’ve ever seen them & pretty much all of their tries were very high quality. If their outhalf had his radar on, this might have been One Of Those Days. A tiny silver lining is that this should serve as a wake-up call good & early in the season: We’ve seen before how coasting through until May can bite us in the rear, come the business end of the season, so chalk this one down as a tough lesson on Day One.


Chris McDonnell Penny wins a turnover in a great position, Mcgrath kicks the ball straight back to them. Byrne at 10 is just a mistake. Leo needs to learn from his mistakes

some final harpin’ points from the weekend

WHAT’S THIS COLUMN FOR EXACTLY?

So….in case you hadn’t noticed, the theme here at Harpin Manor this season has been “re-imagining”.  The logo, the designs, the bells, the whistles, even the domain name has been tinkered with ahead of the new campaign.

Yet the most important change has been to the centrepiece of our content production.  For the past 14 seasons, the main focus has been the “match writeup” where I scribbled around 2000 words on the latest Leinster & Ireland outing every week.  Now the work I do for that is being switched from written word to spoken and for the foreseeable future it will be our “main podcast”, recorded and published on Sunday evening, that serves to wrap up the action from the weekend on these pages.

I’ve really enjoyed the new challenges since we began back on August 21, producing more pods, publishing video clips on YouTube and Tik Tok to help promote them, and I reckon this week’s wrap on Zebre v Leinster, with the brilliant help and preparation of Messrs Coleman & Mifsud I might add, is very close to the way I want it and I’m very excited about the weeks ahead both from  Leinster-rugby-watching and a Harpin’-content-producing perspectives.

Here’s the thing though…I really, really do like the writing.  So I’ve come up with this column, which I’m calling 80+, which I’m going to tack on to my post here on the site promoting each pod so I can harp on a host of egg-chasing stuff, some of it to do with the match in question, maybe some thoughts I forgot to bring up on the pod, but also with a wider scope as well.

So that’s what I plan the 80+ column to be, a series of headings on different things that have been on my mind lately.  I’ve probably given enough words to explain what the column is, and now it’s time to actually use it for what it’s intended!!!

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

One thing I forgot to ask the lads about in the pod was how they felt about Rhys Ruddock being named Player of the Match by Gordon D’Arcy in the RTÉ commentary box.  Obviously I love Rhys and his two tries went a long way to establishing enough of a lead for us to hold onto, but personally I thought it was in our second row where we needed the leadership and when Zebre first got within 6 points of us, IMO it was Ross Molony who really knuckled down and made the right call at the next attacking lineout to put us in a position to get that all-important fifth (and ultimately winning) try.  Yes, I know he dropped the restart at 21-0 that kickstarted Zebre’s fightback, but those catches aren’t all down to the guy who is relying on lifters and I have to say overall I’m excited for what this Molony/Jenkins axis can do for us this season, especially in this opening 7-round block of URC matches.

Of course with the final score so close there was always the option to go for a Zebre player and I consulted the lads from the pod via WhatsApp and they agree that while Molony was a choice, the likes of Eden, Gesi and Pelsner from the home side were also in the frame.

THE POINT OF A TRY BONUS

I was delighted when Rich brought up the try bonus point issue on the pod because it’s something I’ve been harpin’ on for a while.  As delighted as I was with Leinster’s maximum-point haul on Saturday, when I take the blue googles off I have to ask if we really deserved one?  Four tries in the first half is impressive yes, but when you go on to concede a further three down the other end to shrink your lead from 21 down to just 4, I’m not so sure it can be justified.

The way the system works in the Top😺🐴 is that you must score 3 more tries than your opponent which means racking up four tries in a first half isn’t near enough for a BP, you also have to make sure you defend your line right to the 80th minute.  It also means the vast majority of losing teams won’t be able to earn one.  That may be harsh on Zebre but don’t forget, they also conceded five tries!

Here’s a link to the TikTok we did of what Rich said on the pod

WAIT – WHAT DOES “TOP😺🐴” MEAN???

It’s just my new way of writing the Top14.  Because it’s French, they don’t say “fourteen”, they say “quatorze” so I thought this might get more people saying it at least a bit closer to what it is.  My original idea was to make it all graphic by using the cartoon character Top Cat along with a horse but then I realised just how dated a reference that is so best not broadcast my age when I can avoid it!

“THAT CALL BY REYNAL”

Our podcast ended up being over an hour so some of it ended up on the “cutting room floor”, although I did hold on to this clip which was my thoughts on Mathieu Reynal’s decision to give a free kick against the Wallabies’ Bernard Foley at a critical stage of the Bledisloe Cup clash during the week.

PREDICTION LEAGUE

In the pod I mentioned our Harpin’ Prediction League, you’ll be hearing a lot about it over the course of the URC campaign.  The idea is not so much to finish first (although if you keep tabs on the standings you might be interested in what the league leaders are predicting when it comes to our preview shows) rather to not finish last, for which the punishment is to have to wear The Jersey Of Doom, and since I got the questionable honour last season, it was down to me.  I tried to wear it in the preview pod but half of it clashed with the green screen so here you see the one and only time I will post a shot of me wearing it on a Harpin platform, ever.  A bet is a bet, after all. 

It’s no more Mr Nice Guy when it comes to this season’s league, however…I’m gunning for first now!!! As you can see by the standings after round one I’m not off to a bad start although Tom is the guy to beat.

OUR NEXT HARPIN’

During the week we’re planning a bonus pod where I’ll be finding out all about the Rugby Europe Super Cup and it’s eight clubs, then I’ll be reviewing the last match involving our European opposition Racing 92 as well as Friday’s visitors to the RDS Benetton, keep an eye on TikTok for content there.

Next it will be all eyes on the RDS home opener, with the team announced at lunchtime on Thursday, then our video preview, the usual harpin’ from kickoff to the final whistle and finally our wrap up show on Sunday evening followed by the next 80+ column on the Monday.

Enough to be getting on with I reckon!!! In the meantime, be sure to enjoy your rugby wherever you are.  JLP

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Pod 163 : Leinster season preview

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163 : Leinster season preview Harpin' On Rugby

Part 3 of our series of preseason pods turns the spotlight on the boys in blue with a look at our ideal XV as well as how deep the backup goes in each position.  There's also our weekly Front 5 feature having a quick look at some stories from around the ruggersphere. Our guests… TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty MARK JACKSON https://twitter.com/hoomanbear FRONT 5 LINKS URC plans to bring rugby to Qatar after signing new partnership · The42 – Murray Kinsella Virimi Vakatawa: French centre not allowed to play in France because of heart condition – BBC Sport Irish-qualified Oli Jager signs new deal with Crusaders in New Zealand – Pundit Arena  – Eoin Harte Ireland well beaten by New Zealand in WC 1/4 final (rte.ie) New Zealand prove too strong for Ireland in Rugby 7s World Cup semi-final – Independent.ie Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafwnpGYCmC-gO5y9zGIhew — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

EXTRA THOUGHTS

Love this time of year, new season about to begin, full of opportunities to improve on what has gone before.

I had been disappointed for a while that there was no home preseason senior fixture for Leinster this year, and the weekend just gone would have been the perfect window for it, but as it turned out the Irish 7s both women and men did us proud down in South Africa at the Rugby World Cup.

Obviously it was a bit different from normal rugby weekends; normally your team just plays the one match so you an plan other life things around it, but this time it was all about setting reminders on your phone for mad kickoff times like 11:33am, but boy, was it worth it.

And I know the men got the bronze medal and all which was an incredible achievement in its own right, but let’s not forget the women who also finished their campaign with a victory, clinching 7th place with a 26-10 win over England. Both sides very much did us proud and have the ability to push even further down the road.

I’ll keep saying it – we need the World Rugby Sevens circuit to come to Ireland. Doesn’t have to be Dublin, I don’t care if it’s at Malin Head or Mizen, just find a slot on the calendar and give us an awesome day out to finally get to see these legends in the flesh. I’m trying to get a hashtag going on the twitter machine maybe you can help me give it a push…

Followers of our previous “.net” site may remember a daily feature called The Front Five where we shared quotes and links from around the ruggersphere. Now we have reimagined it into a segment on our main show each week which gives us a chance to step out of the Leinster & Ireland bubble on a regular basis.

And if you keep an eye on all of our social media channels you’ll see more of our old features still going, like Rugby on TV and also Eurowatch where we keep tabs on Leinster’s upcoming opposition in the Heineken Cup. As well as our established accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram be sure to follow us on both TikTok and YouTube as well, the plan is to post regular videos there throughout the season.

But the focus of our main show this week is of course Leinster’s squad depth and I have to say both Mark and Tom came brilliantly prepared to go over all of our options so be sure to have a listen.

Also a shout out to the poster on the Babbling Brook Leinster message board who goes by the moniker “mildly interested” as it was their detailed listing of the squad which we used for the show.

Next week it’s all for real folks! Keep an eye out for our Zebre v Leinster preview on Friday, and before that we’ll be have bonus episode for you with a brief look at Connacht’s squad. JLP

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In this week’s main show we harped on Leinster’s squad for the 22/23 campaign check it out at http://www.harpinonrugby.com #fromthegroundup

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FRONT FIVE LINKS

URC plans to bring rugby to Qatar after signing new partnership · The42 – Murray Kinsella

Virimi Vakatawa: French centre not allowed to play in France because of heart condition – BBC Sport

Irish-qualified Oli Jager signs new deal with Crusaders in New Zealand – Pundit Arena  – Eoin Harte

Ireland well beaten by New Zealand in WC 1/4 final (rte.ie)

New Zealand prove too strong for Ireland in Rugby 7s World Cup semi-final – Independent.ie

Pod 160 : Harlequins v Leinster wrapup

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160 : Harlequins v Leinster wrapup Harpin' On Rugby

Finally we had some Leinster rugby on which to harp and I was joined by fellow fans to go through our preseason win at the Stoop.  We also looked at Conor O'Brien's unfortunate retirement as well as other action from the weekend. Our guests… CONOR CRONIN https://twitter.com/ccbooms TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty MARK JACKSON https://twitter.com/hoomanbear FRONT FIVE ARTICLES 1) Another poor start sees Munster end pre-season winless (irishexaminer.com) by Stephen Barry 2) Jacob Stockdale’s try-scoring return caps Ulster’s night as victory over Exeter ramps up preparations for new season – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk by Jonathan Bradley 3) Leinster Rugby | Conor O’Brien to Retire from Rugby by Marcus Ó Buachalla 4) All Blacks bounce back strongly to punish Argentina 53-3 in Hamilton | Stuff.co.nz by Aaron Goile on Stuff 5) New faces revive old Boks (sarugbymag.co.za) by Zelim Nel on Sa Rugby Mag Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafwnpGYCmC-gO5y9zGIhew — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

EXTRA THOUGHTS

From 2008-last season the bulk of my Harpin’ On Leinster & Ireland rugby was done in the form of a “match writeup” which would post every Monday afternoon, while I added a weekly podcast in 2019 to cover broader topics around the sport.

This season just to mix things up I have chosen to do less articles and more pods and the weekend just gone gave me the first chance to try out a new type of “wrapup” pods where instead of reviewing the most recent match in my own words, I’ll instead chat to some fellow fans about it. And I think we gave it a decent go in our first attempt if I do say so myself, which I do. Obvs there are things that need to be ironed out and I plan to upgrade my equipment as the season goes along but I’m happy enough with the new format so far.

But that certainly won’t stop me writing and I’ve decided to create this ‘extra thoughts’ heading for these posts where I can add things I may have forgotten to add or perhaps clarify somethind a listener brougtup in some feedback, stuff like that.

For the win at Quins there were a couple of impressive performances I forgot to mention, like Alex Soroka who seems to have picked up where he left off after his PotM display in South Africa earlier in the year, and of the 19 year olds who had prolonged cameos, Ben Brownlee had an error or two but certainly nothing to suggest he wont improve and as for Sam Prendergast he did really well under the circumstances, particularly that territory kick that put us in a position to claim the match winning try.

On the Harlequins side I forgot to give an honourable mention to their centre Lennox Anyanwu who had some really strong carries, with himself and Dombrandt representing the home side’s most potent threats.

Also on the pod we spoke about “full time takes” and I realise I forgot to add my own so here’s what I tweeted…

Sadly there is no Leinster match next weekend so as well as using the time to go around the provinces to see how their squads are shaping up, I plan to follow both the Irish Women’s and Men’s 7s squads as they take part in the World Cup, with the men taking part in the very first match of the weekend on Friday morning, so stay tuned for that.

Don’t forget to follow us wherever you can, we’re well established on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram but also this season we’re aiming to increase our presence on both YouTube and TikTok so as the saying goes “smash that subscribe button”!!! JLP

FRONT FIVE ARTICLES

1) Another poor start sees Munster end pre-season winless (irishexaminer.com) by Stephen Barry

2) Jacob Stockdale’s try-scoring return caps Ulster’s night as victory over Exeter ramps up preparations for new season – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk by Jonathan Bradley

3) Leinster Rugby | Conor O’Brien to Retire from Rugby by Marcus Ó Buachalla

4) All Blacks bounce back strongly to punish Argentina 53-3 in Hamilton | Stuff.co.nz by Aaron Goile on Stuff

5) New faces revive old Boks (sarugbymag.co.za) by Zelim Nel on Sa Rugby Mag

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Pod 159 : “Quins v Leinster preview” #HARvLEI

159 : Quins v Leinster preview Harpin' On Rugby

We've gone from written previews & wrap-ups to audio this season and still in preseason mode I was joined by Tom @LeinsterRoyalty Coleman to look ahead to Friday night at The Stoop. Our guest… TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty LIVESTREAM #HARvLEI HERE > https://www.247.tv/gaa/247/video/1203955-harlequins-v-leinster-friday-2nd-sep-2022-7-00pm Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafwnpGYCmC-gO5y9zGIhew — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message