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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Shane Horgan finishes off a great Leinster try

Leinster notched up their fifth straight league victory over the Cardiff Blues, moving them to the top of the Magners League table after they won 32-6 at the RDS on the weekend.

Cardiff's Ben Blair kicked poorly all night, missing three of his five penalty attempts, which Leinster reaped the rewards from as their flyhalf Johnny Sexton kicked 13 points.

The European champions scored early on through wing Shane Horgan, who scored his 30th Magners League try, taking him to joint second place behind top scorer Tommy Bowe.

British & Irish Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald fizzed down the left wing after some neat quick hands from Gordon Darcy set him away. He beat a man then found support before the ball was recycled for Sexton put in a deft kick that found the chasing right wing Horgan.

Darcy played a part twice, but it was Fitzgerald who's gas made it happen, and Sexton who showed why he's been called up to the Ireland squad.

They will face Australia, Fiji, and South Africa over the next few weeks.

On a side note, a great try like this is surely worthy of an "Aaaaawww" or a "Horrrrgann!", but unfortunately the old timers in the commentary box struggled to get overly excited about it, leaving one feeling a little flat.

Time: 02:22



  • Sexton has got to start for Ireland in Autumn internationals. He is the on form player but I am afraid that Kidney will just stick with O'Gara who really is playing terrible at the moment.

    By Anonymous Whacker, at November 03, 2009 12:05 pm  

  • nice try, thx

    By Blogger sebastian, at November 03, 2009 12:08 pm  

  • sexton is so much better and more exciting than o'gara.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 12:09 pm  

  • Ireland needed a 10, now they have one. THey'll be favorites for the next 6N me thinks

    By Blogger Oli, at November 03, 2009 12:12 pm  

  • Shaggy trying to force his way back into Irish 1xt XV .... lots of competition on the wings though....

    By Anonymous Connachtfan, at November 03, 2009 12:14 pm  

  • If it were the Aussies or French, they'd be like "SSCOOOOOREEEE!!!!"


    By Anonymous Phil, at November 03, 2009 12:17 pm  

  • That was a lovely try, thanks RD.

    By Anonymous Lorcan, at November 03, 2009 12:20 pm  

  • excellent running by fitz and gret compsure and little grubber by the sex

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 1:36 pm  

  • Setanta have notoriously bad commentators. They are so so boring. They really struggle for any type of filler conversation during the down times as well, a huge amount of dead air.

    It's about time that broadcasters like Setanta and Sky Sports started getting some decent match commentators like they have in Australia. They are pure entertainment, mostly because they sound like a few mates down the pub watching the game, but they ally this with good knowledge of the game. Setanta and Sky settle for knowledge of the game, with staid, boring results.

    Very nicely finished created try by Leinster. Sexton is getting better, just hope he gets the game time he needs.

    By Anonymous Paddy Hickey, at November 03, 2009 1:39 pm  

  • on the commentary - I think that was Fred "Bradley feeds Dean" Cogley and Ciaran "where's your f***ing pride" Fitzgerald. Stalwarths of 1980's rugby.

    At least Fitzgerald was playing in the eighties - Cogley must be getting on a bit now though. They come fom the old school where you never showed emotion when you scored - if anything you should look a little embarrased...

    Give me Michael Cochrane any day! ok I know he's a radio comentator but that's the real deal - he's more in the mould of a south american soccer commentator...

    he'd be more like


    By Blogger Litet Parlan, at November 03, 2009 1:48 pm  

  • What a bloody brilliant try. I'm more convinced than ever that Sexton should start ahead of O'Gara in the AIs. It'd be madness to stick with an out of form player, who couldn't tackle even when he was in form.

    I don't even understand why people want O'Gara to play there. He's near the end of his career, and hoping that playing for Ireland will bring a bit of spark back is useless, as the Sextron is already providing more spark than any outhalf in Europe.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at November 03, 2009 2:23 pm  

  • I suppose it's better than anything Stuart Barnes belches out of his mouth.

    I'd rather clean my ears with bleach and a pineapple-skinned screwdriver than listen to him.

    By Anonymous Phil, at November 03, 2009 2:40 pm  

  • Paddy Hickey has it exactly right!

    New younger commentators are needed to be brought in. Guys with a bit of excitement in their voice!

    By Anonymous theboss, at November 03, 2009 3:09 pm  

  • A) Most of the Setanta commentators and pundits are Munster supporters so why would they (N.B Not trying to provoke a Leinster vs Munster argument, so leave it out)

    B) Fred Cogley is so old if he does get excited it would have serious ramifications to his health.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 5:34 pm  

  • Had to watch it on BBC Wales with the English commentators as I don't have SADanta. However they barely pay attention to the game and just harp on about the Welsh squad.

    RTE and TG4 are close to taking the rights for Irish Magners, which would be brilliant. TG4 do great sports coverage with the little money they have. And although Ryle 'would you believe that!!' Nugent commentates for RTE, he does at least get involved in the moment.

    Horgan finally showing form 2 years too late. He's the inform right wing, as Bowe has played all his rugby at 13 this season, but can't see him anywhere near the match 23. Could see Earls on bench as he covers all, and maybe D'arcy dropping out altogether for P Wallace. D'arcy is obviously the better player, but I think Kidney wants a playmaker 12. Also, now that Spies is out (huge pity, I was looking forward to Ferris or Leamy putting manners on him like 3 years ago), O'Gara won't have to hide in the showers.

    And to whoever said all Setanta's analysts are Munster fans, ammm, Franno, Emmet Byrne, Reggie Corrigan, Fitzgearld and Toland all played with Leinster, and Franno has long declared his hatred of Munster. Toland and Lenihan are the 2 prominent Munster men but Toland's Leinster career was more fruitful.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at November 03, 2009 7:08 pm  

  • Jesus my comments were before I watched the clip, FRED COLGEY IS STILL COMMENTATING. Those tones soothed the Spring's of my childhood, watching Ireland being stuffed by Eng, Fra and Scotland, and the yearly win over Wales. The 90s, at least, they started beating France for a while there between 99 and 03 WCs and Eng.

    Fitzgearld may be a dull commentator but he's got great insights on the game.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at November 03, 2009 7:18 pm  

  • the commentators for setanta sound like theyre commenatating on golf haf the time

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 7:44 pm  

  • ryle nugent is way better then,


    nugent all the way man

    By Anonymous B, at November 03, 2009 10:35 pm  

  • Cogley and Fitzgerald are pro's but can I suggest a few scoops in Paddy Cullens before a match might help, geez lads it's not chess yer commentating on!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 11:13 pm  

  • Those commentators are boring as bat shit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 11:17 pm  

  • Sexton has to play, great defence and even better attacking.

    Commentators have no flair, I actually quite enjoy the SA guys as well.

    It annoyed me when the commentator would not let it go that Sexton could have put it through the hands. He eventually concedes he saw something and went for it. I just hate when the expectation is to play rugby inside a box of pre determined decisions rather than reacting and using the skills you work so hard on.

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at November 04, 2009 1:58 am  

  • An average player would have passed (and potentially seen the cover defence come across and stop the try) but Sexton did the right thing and put it behind the defence perfectly, backed his skills.
    These old bloke wouldn't have a clue, in their day Ireland was a rugby laughing stock.

    By Anonymous Jon, at November 04, 2009 4:59 am  

  • The commentator sounds like he's covering the grand national lol sexton isnt the finished article yet but its time to give him some game time, horgan doesnt stand a chance with the ireland team anymore, far to much quality in the irish back three for him

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 04, 2009 11:26 am  

  • Paddy wallace has been playing great for ulster this year, the 10 12 combination between him and humphreys as worked pretty well, wallace has really upped his defence, well it couldnt have got any worse unless he turned into O'Gara

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 04, 2009 11:30 am  

  • it was 23-6 not 36-6

    I hope the next time the two tides play, the 10 Cardiff players missing to the welsh squad and the others that are missing through injury will be back and then we'll have a proper match.

    The only thing this match showed is that a full strength leinster team could only put 17 points on a more or less second Blues team. And one of the tries was conceded when Cardiff were down to 14 men.

    Fitzgerald looks sharp tho.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 04, 2009 3:15 pm  

  • Any donkey could have picked up that ball for the try, Horgan is crap. Fitz is awesome

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 04, 2009 3:40 pm  

  • blues missing 13 players. full leinster team. disappointing result for leinster.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 04, 2009 5:35 pm  

  • @Comments about Cardiff not having their best 15, Leinster can only play what's in front of them.

    By Anonymous Lorcan, at November 05, 2009 4:18 am  

  • Nice try
    Even golf has more electrifying commentary than this!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 05, 2009 7:34 am  

  • You guys can't complain, here in Chile we have to see matches with argentine commentators, who don't know the player's names, get confused with rugby positions, know nothing about rugby news and make stupid comentaries that repeat again and again.

    By Anonymous Rolando from Chile, at November 05, 2009 6:34 pm  

  • Jon said

    'These old bloke wouldn't have a clue, in their day Ireland was a rugby laughing stock'.

    I suppose Ciaran Fitzgearld captained Ireland to 2 5N championships and 3 triple crowns and a Lions tour of SA. Laughing stock alright.

    Ireland were a laughing stock in the 90s, not the 80s back. Facts.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at November 05, 2009 8:33 pm  

  • Michael Corcoran for life

    By Anonymous Brick Shithouse, at November 05, 2009 9:18 pm  

  • Sexton definatly is the on form 10 in ireland at the mo, but has nowhere near the experience o gara does unfortunatly, kidney will start with rog and bring sexton on in the second halves against aus and SA, he'll defo be startin against fiji

    Barry, Leinster and Ireland Fan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 07, 2009 12:26 pm  

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