Well, the last 2 weeks have seen some cracking games in the Rabo12. Leinster have managed to top the table, with an amazing performance against Cardiff.
Firstly, LEINSTER put in a brilliant performance against Cardiff, to win the game, 52-9! Amazingly, the first-half ended with Leinster been ahead by only, 13-9. But Leinster managed to score 39 unanswered points in the 2nd half.
It was a brilliant performance by Leinster, although Cardiff did have 15 senior players unavailable, either through injury, or on international duty. Leinster were missing some of their big guns as well. Rob Kearney’s brother, Dave, had a great game, scoring 2 tries.
Leinster are playing Bath next week when the Heineken resumes, and so they were resting some of their star players. Also, the IRFU rules that, international players can only play a set number of games per season.
Leinster also had a great result against Treviso last week, winning 30-20. These results have helped to put Leinster at the top of the Rabo12 table.
ULSTER had a great game against the Scarlets. They managed to come back from a 10-0 deficit, to win the game, 24-17. Ireland flanker, Stephen Ferris, shined in this game, scoring both Ulster’s tries. It was a great result, after Ulster had lost to Glasgow, last week, 17-9.
CONNACHT are having a poor season so far, it must be said. They lost to Treviso, 15-13. This score was actually closer than previous games, and at least Connacht come away with a bonus point. Still, it’s been a poor run of results, overall.
Connacht lost to Opsreys last week, 17-6. Connacht have now lost the last 8 games they’ve played. And some were bad results, as well. Connacht will face Gloucester, next week. And you have to believe that that will be yet another loss.
MUNSTER had a tough time against Ospreys, losing 19-13. Both teams were again missing a lot of their star players, with Ospreys having the worst of it, with 19 of their big guns unavailable.
Munster started well, and went into the break, 10-6 ahead. But, Ospreys turned it around in the 2nd half, and came away with the victory. Munster still managed to come away with a bonus point. And Linter’s great win over Cardiff, knocks Ospreys off the top spot of the Rabo table.
This result was a drop in form for Munster, who beat Glasgow last week, 34-17. They should have their big guns back for their game against Scarlets, in the Heineken, next week. Unfortunately, one big gun who won’t make the game, or any other’s this season, is Munster’s star kiwi, Doug Howlett.
The Rabo12 resumes over Christmas weekend. The focus for the 4 provinces will now return to the Heineken Cup, which returns this weekend (I think that they should look into allocating a few months for each tournament, rather than having them all on at the same time).