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    Heads to Roll in Leinster



    Interesting end of season for Leinster, those two bluffers might be on their way out.....





    Leinster must improve or heads will roll


    Rugby Analyst Neil "Mule" Francis



    IT'S funny that at the end of an intriguing season the real intrigue starts.


    Ulster and Leinster have a pretty good chance of winning a pot . . . they also have a sporting chance of falling into a heap as the finishing line approaches.


    Neither team have the look of a side that has the sweet scent of victory teasing their nasal membranes. I haven't noticed too many players having to be muzzled for being too enthusiastic . . . no blood, no baying. Okay, long season, the autopilot's RPM counter doesn't do polar north and it's hard to rev the team up for some face-saving tupperware.


    It is a given that most of the senior players will plateau. England in Croke Park and Australia and South Africa in Lansdowne are very hard to replicate in Rodney Parade and Hughenden. This is the time of the season when the needle on the graph is pretty much stuck to the floor and, in fairness, it manifests itself in some of the provincial performances over the last month or so.


    When I played I used to get sick of fellas looking at me as I walked into the dressing room hoping to find a sign of what mood I was in. If I looked serious, well, then I was "up for it" and as a consequence they would be too. If I had a look that said "Did I leave the gas on or not?", well then we all might as well have stayed in the dressing room and sent John Joe to get a keg from the bar as quickly as possible.


    I was an unlikely barometer and it was an onerous responsibility. One which I failed on a number of occasions. Shane Horgan is the barometer of this Leinster side. This writer thinks he is one of the finest players that this island has produced. But recently, the mercury has been kinda flat. Horgan (right) had a shocker against Glasgee and didn't improve that much in the Dragon's game.


    Indeed, Horgan spent most of the match starting, sorting or settling a lot of the petty stuff that took place. In one sense it's good to go in and either back your teammate or else physically set a marker down.


    One of my coaches told me once, "If you are not doing something, well, what are you doing?" Horgan was doing stuff but it wasn't what he was supposed to be doing. So what do his teammates think? He's such an influential player.


    Leinster have been playing some fairly crap rugby recently. Is it symptomatic of something far more deep rooted? In December and January they played some scintillating stuff on soggy pitches in desperate conditions. Now the pitch is hard, the weather is glorious and the ball is dry.


    The rugby is crap. Leinster haven't played the sort of rugby that they can against a full-strength side since they played Agen home and away.


    Four months is a long time to be treading water, going backwards even.


    The team's evolution has stalled . . . learning lessons is no longer acceptable from a team of this calibre and experience. When the team is not firing or performing you look at the coach.


    Leinster had the Magners in the bag. The loss to Glasgow was unacceptable, particularly for those who were in a position where hot pokers would be prepared if Leinster did not produce something to reflect the level of investment put into the side.


    After the Glasgow game Leinster CEO Mick Dawson went into the dressing room and let all and sundry know that their performance wasn't what was required at that juncture. A row ensued with coach Michael Cheika over who actually owned or was responsible for the team. The coach won, but not before any nuns, small children, pensioners and Swiss finishingschool graduates were asked to leave the room first.


    The two protagonis
    Frank the Tank is not coming back. OK? That part of me is over, water under the bridge.

    #2
    and how did the story of the fight between Cheika and Dawson get out, the infamous Leinster mole strikes again!!!

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      #3


      [QUOTE=The Dave]and how did the story of the fight between Cheika and Dawson get out, the infamous Leinster mole strikes again!!![/QUOTE]





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        #4
        Trouble ahead, I think.

        Mind you they've had a better season than we have [img]smileys/redface.gif[/img]

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          #5
          Believe there's always been an antipathy amongst a faction in the LB & IRFU to C&K.

          Though is it right for the CEO to come into the changing room & berate the players? maybe if he's been pumping in millions ala a GP sugar Daddy.

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            #6


            probably not right for the CEO to come in and say it as it is, but you can see his point and he was well pissed off. If C&K told him to get f**ked in public then there'll be blood on the streets soon, the Leinster team now needs to save the coachesjobs.


            Frank the Tank is not coming back. OK? That part of me is over, water under the bridge.

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              #7
              right there Harry, now it's public, if Leinster do fail in their quest for tupperware, C&K may be left dangling.

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                #8
                The scope and breath of his self delusion whenever he discusses his own career is always startling.

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                  #9


                  The CEO was only echoing the sentiments of the fans. At least Mark Mc Call was honest enough to come out and say we havent played well in months after their defeat in Cardiff. C&K constantly hide behind excuses, blaming refs etc.


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                    #10

                    Originally posted by sewa

                    The CEO was only echoing the sentiments of the fans. At least Mark Mc Call was honest enough to come out and say we havent played well in months after their defeat in Cardiff. @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">C&K constantly hide behind excuses, blaming refs etc@@@@/SPAN>.

                    More of your silly obsessed bulls**t. If Leinster don't play well, Cheika says so, he's done it many times.

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                      #11
                      The two of them are Ref. and T.J. abusers. It's well known.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Harry


                        probably not right for the CEO to come in and say it as it is, but you can see his point and he was well pissed off. If C&K told him to get f**ked in public then there'll be blood on the streets soon, the Leinster team now needs to save the coachesjobs.





                        Why? The LB have been accepting that kind of thing from them all season.


                        Franno really is a pompopus fool. Can you really imagine his teammates sitting in the dressing room waiting to see what mood he was in as a barometer for the teams' performance. [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img][img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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                          #13

                          Originally posted by Dermot G
                          The two of them are Ref. and T.J. abusers. It's well known.
                          I can't really argue with that but when Leinster play badly they come out and say it.

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                            #14

                            Originally posted by Harry

                            In terms of investment, Leinster need to smarten up on the recruitment front.


                            When I mean smarten up, really what I'm saying is that if Leinster spend another penny on the likes of some of the players they have bought over the last couple of seasons, well the next 20 articles that I write will demand the head of all the people involved. They have got off to a very bad start. Ollie le Roux at 34 is a dreadful misallocation of funds . . . he is not Irish qualified and he will add nothing to the Leinster squad. Who was responsible for signing him? @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">Why did the player advisory committee sanction him?@@@@/SPAN>


                            Because they always say yes to Leinster that's why.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by danthefan
                              Originally posted by Dermot G
                              The two of them are Ref. and T.J. abusers. It's well known.
                              I can't really argue with that but when Leinster play badly they come out and say it.
                              You were dire against Edinburgh in your HC game and Knox blamed the ref. Called him a cheat. That's pathetic.
                              My computer thinks I'm gay
                              What's the difference anyway
                              When all the people do all day
                              Is stare into a phone

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