12 Dec, 11:30
The Ireland Under-19 team to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill this Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm) has been announced.
And then in Round Three it all went sort of, pear-shaped. See this is what was choreographed. Edinburgh v Leeds - Who cares Llanelli Harlots - sorry Scarlets. Llanelli versus an Aging side? Sharks to the slaughter in Dublin Anything to happen in Kingsholm - but mainly to Munster for the their miracle audacity Paisley to steal the headlines in Ravenhill and Ulster a point if they're lucky And after that ? Toulouse at home to three teams (Neath Swansea & The Ospreys ? ) - cinq point pour l'equipe de Guy Noves et aussi a Biiarritz against les Bleues d'Cardiff. Northampton v The Who - Gimme Five for the Saints Treviso v Bourgoin - Arravederci Treviso and finally Perpignanski at home to Calvisano - Yeh right.
Except Well, the rot started on Friday in Lansdowne Road - yeh, yeh, we know - what an appropriate place etc etc - and all that and continued unabated on Saturday when Treviso hammered the children Bourgoin sent out to play; the Saints failed to gain a bonus against the Borders and Munster failed likewise in Kingsholm But it was the Sabbath when the cat was set amongst the pigeons with three extraordinary results. Well two extraordinary results and one almost incredible scoreline. Whether the Reverend Ian intended to put a hex on or not, someone one did and they put it on the Leicester who ran onto the Ravenhill pitch as Tigers and slinked off some eighty odd minutes later cuffed and cowed, the journey pointless. Over in Wales Ruddock's Rodney Parade unbeaten record held up against Stade Francais and in London Warren Gatland's all-singing, all dancing Wasps had the sting taken out of them by the Celtic Warriors. So thanks to all that it means Munster and Leinster after impressive starts are in danger of dropping out of contention while Ulster who didn'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 the hearts and minds of the rugby public