Dirty Leeds/Your Boys Took A Hell Of A Beating

Yawn. Sorry Richard, you were saying something about the refereeing of the breakdown ...?

Richard Cockerill sings the same sad old song in the aftermath of Leicester’s heavy defeat to Ulster at Ravenhill.  Continue reading

Harlequins 25 – 17 Connacht

Future England captain speaks out

While they ended up on the wrong side of an eight-point margin, and thus in practice got nothing from the game, Connacht’s performance against high-flying Harlequins was worth all the praise that comes its way. As the old saw goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression: in their debut in the Heineken Cup, the Westies showed that they belong in the competition. Continue reading

Report Card: Wales

The Big Bopper Jamie Roberts - Sings A Good Anthem, Runs a Good Line

Wales have a lot to be happy about in the aftermath of their World Cup.

True, they came home with a 4-3 record, but this is cup rugby. If you don’t win them all, it’s better to come home with a 4-3 record than a 4-1 record: playing seven games is a better result than playing five.

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Armitage Shanks Paterson; One Week Hard Labour

I ain't done nuffink.

Delon ‘Felon’ Armitage, who’d have to rank pretty close to the top of the Mole’s list of most disliked pro rugby players [if such a list existed … which it does, if only informally], has been up before the beaks and banned for just one week for his high and late hit on Scottish fullback Chris Paterson. Continue reading

What Is To Be Done With This Paul O’Connell And His Carries?

So who's going to be the one to tell him? Not in goals.

It’s time somebody said it out loud: Paul O’Connell’s looks are becoming a problem. No, that’s not right. Paul O’Connell’s carrying continues to be a problem. Continue reading