And then in Round Three it all went sortof, pear-shaped.See this is what was choreographed.Edinburgh v Leeds - Who cares Llanelli Harlots - sorryScarlets. Llanelli versus an Aging side?Sharks to theslaughter in DublinAnything to happen in Kingsholm - butmainly to Munster for the their miracle audacityPaisley tosteal the headlines in Ravenhill and Ulster a point if they'reluckyAnd after that ?Toulouse at home to three teams (Neath Swansea & The Ospreys ? ) -cinq point pour l'equipe de Guy Noves et aussi a Biiarritz againstles Bleues d'Cardiff.Northampton v The Who - Gimme Five for the SaintsTreviso v Bourgoin - Arravederci Treviso and finallyPerpignanski at home to Calvisano - Yeh right.
ExceptWell, the rot started on Friday in Lansdowne Road -yeh, yeh, we know - what an appropriate place etc etc - and all thatand continued unabated on Saturday when Treviso hammered the childrenBourgoin sent out to play; the Saints failed to gain a bonus againstthe Borders and Munster failed likewise in KingsholmBut it was the Sabbath when the cat was set amongst the pigeons withthree extraordinary results. Well two extraordinary results and onealmost incredible scoreline. Whether the Reverend Ian intended to puta hex on or not, someone one did and they put it on the Leicester whoran onto the Ravenhill pitch as Tigers and slinked off some eightyodd minutes later cuffed and cowed, the journey pointless. Over inWales Ruddock's Rodney Parade unbeaten record held up against StadeFrancais and in London Warren Gatland's all-singing, all dancingWasps had the sting taken out of them by the Celtic Warriors.So thanks to all that it means Munster and Leinster after impressivestarts are in danger of dropping out of contention while Ulster whodidn't have the best of starts are smack bang back in contention.It's going to be a cracking weekend with full houses in Limerick,Manchester and Welford Road as the Irish sides continue to win thehearts and minds of the rugby public