Munster 23 – 21 Northampton

Gamblor seals the deal!

Northampton must be wondering just what they have to do to beat Munster in Thomond Park. The Liginds took everything they had, and after a marathon 41-phase endgame crawled out of the coffin and grabbed the win with a monster Gamblor dropgoal. RADGE! Continue reading

Report Card: Half Back

I'll have a monkey on the jolly at the next in Lingfield.

Conor Murray: It seemed that Murray made the plane only because Tomas O’Leary had one howler too many against France and three scrum halves were needed in the party. Once selected, he continued his meteoric rise and became first choice scrum half before the end of the tour. At times against the Welsh, he seemed a bit off the pace, no doubt a consequence of exposure to a higher pace of game than he was used to. Murray offered a physical presence with a well rounded skill set and was a definite plus from the tournament. Continue reading

Ireland vs Russia Reaction: Points On The Board

Jonathan Sexton lines up a kick at something, possible someone standing three metres to the right of the posts

Donal Lenihan was one of a few commentators who said in the aftermath of the RWC11 squad selection that Tomás O’Leary would have been better crying off sick from the warm-up game against France in Dublin. That would most likely have seen him selected ahead of either Isaac Boss or Conor Murray – it was clear that head coach Declan Kidney wanted him in New Zealand. Continue reading

Fangio on Gamblor

It's his job to tell it like it is. It's Farrelly's job to regale us with stories of how difficult it is to get back to the team hotel after a night in Fergburger.

The Mole has long been a fan of Brendan ‘Fangio’ Fanning. His work during the World Cup to date has been excellent: there’s been loads of it, and the vast majority of it is incisive, well-constructed and informative. Here’s his take on Gamblor’s post-match interview. You know the one I’m talking about. 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

Gamblor: Test Match vs European Cup Rugby

No miracles passes here baby

Interesting comments from Gamblor in today’s Irish Times:

‘In leaving behind the bonus point, O’Gara said: “That’s the big difference between European and Test rugby: we were probably looking for a miracle pass here and there; I said to Paul inside there, you get flashes of genius in international rugby in one of three games. Continue reading