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    Ban puts Magne out of Ulster tie

    Magne will only miss one match
    London Irish flanker Olivier Magne will miss this Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Ulster after receiving a two-week ban for stamping against Northampton.
    The Frenchman was found guilty by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary of stamping on Saints' Dylan Hartley.


    The ban dates back to 29 November when Magne was suspended by his club - and means he will be available to face Ulster at Ravenhill on 15 December.


    Bristol hooker Mark Regan escaped any punishment after also being cited.


    Regan was accused of kicking Gloucester flanker Luke Narraway in their Premiership clash on 24 November.


    Although the citing was upheld, no further sanction was imposed on the hooker by the panel chaired by His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, the RFU's disciplinary officer.


    Bristol had stood down Regan from last Saturday's EDF Energy Cup game against Ospreys while they awaited the verdict.






    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

    #2
    Ulster should be targeting a BP here.

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      #3
      Ferris is out for 4-6 weeks big loss for us. Looks like Dawson will start with McMillan coming onto the bench. First and foremost i'd like an away win something we've found particularly hard to come by in england in the HEC, BP would be a helpful added bonus but at the moment i'd settle for a one point victory.

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        #4
        I was very surprised at how poor LI were in the first game against the Scarlets, they were shockingly poor. Even in spite of Ulster's poor away record, they should be winning this one convincingly.
        Munster - Incessant Perfervidity
        "Ireland Will Choke" - Jeremy Guscott

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          #5


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          Spot on Skyhawk! Especially, after missing one when Toulouse were on the ropes. And even more especially to make up for the bl**dy awful performance away to the Skaalets.


          Only injury is Stephen Ferris who is one of our ball carriers. That said, Dawson against his old team is a match up you'd want and we have McMillan on the bench.


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            #6
            <DIV>RTE SPORT</DIV>
            <DIV>McCall names Ulster XV
            Wednesday, 06 December 2006 1:34
            Ulster boss Mark McCall has named his team to take on London Irish this Saturday at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, kick-off at 3.30pm.
            McCall welcomes back international stars Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe to the side ahead of the crucial Heineken Cup clash.
            Trimble takes his place on the wing while Bowe, returning from a hamstring injury, starts on the other wing.
            Otherwise McCall has opted not to change the starting fifteen that played against Leinster in the Magners League on Saturday at Ravenhill.
            Mark Bartholomeusz take his place on the bench to accommodate the return of Trimble and Bowe while Scott Young is not included in the 22.
            With Stephen Ferris ruled out for up to six weeks with ligament damage to his hand, Kieron Dawson retains the open side position while Neil McMillan is the back row cover on the bench.
            ULSTER (v London Irish): B Cunningham; T Bowe, P Steinmetz, P Wallace, A Trimble; D Humphreys, I Boss; B Young, R Best, S Best (captain); J Harrison, M McCullough; N Best, K Dawson, R Wilson.
            Replacements: P Shields, J Fitzpatrick, T Barker, N McMillan, K Campbell, K Maggs, M Bartholomeusz.</DIV>
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              #7
              good team
              If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.

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                #8


                A win will do for starters, we're away from home and have never won in England before so one step at a time. I'd take 9 points from these two games with non bonus point home wins in the other two games betweenLlanelli andToulouse, this would leave the pool like this after 4 games:


                Ulster 14, Scarlets 13, Toulouse 9 with Llanelli at home and Toulouse away to come for us.

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                  #9
                  Didn't see the game but I'm dissapointed by Ulster. It seems that
                  they're any bodies on the road. Honestly outside of Ireland, I'd give
                  Stade Francais &amp; Biarritz a slight chance of victory in Belfast if
                  they were on top of their game but only the Borders &amp; the Italian
                  sides would not take them at home. It seems they fall apart if you take
                  them out of Ravenhill.
                  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again (like picking Gordon D'Arcy) and expecting different results.
                  Albert Einstein

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                    #10
                    I only saw the first 20 minutes, but it seemed to me LI just took two very good chances without really being the dominant team. Shame anyway I thought Ulster would win handy.

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                      #11
                      It was an awful team performance. the wheels fell of an everything went tits up in the second half. There were many on the uafc site who seemed to think that a BP win was in the bag and i think maybe muckall and the team maybe thought similar. We tried to play too much rugby from first phase instead of playing to our usual game and strengths. Using to doc to kick territory then pressurise them deep in their half. LI did their homework on our game and nullified trimble in the backs with a pressing defence, our forwards whilst having the upper hand i felt didn't control the game well enough despite making good gains from our own mauls. Anyways after yesterdays showing its back to the drawing board for the HEC. At least we can concentrate on getting top seed by winning the ML.

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                        #12


                        Good article from today's Tribune on the prolems/solution for winning away from home. Might be some stuff for McCall to take on board.


                        Rugby

                        Kidney is king of the open road
                        Ciaran Cronin


                        IN an interview published before Munster's visit to Welford Road in October, it was put to Declan Kidney that he's perceived by the general rugby public as something of a cerebral coach.


                        Kidney responded by asking the interviewer to explain exactly what he meant. Now, there is the genuine possibility that the Munster coach was utterly confused by the question, but the more likely scenario is that the former school teacher, who'd have a reasonable grasp on the English language remember, simply used a touch of those mental powers to throw the chap with the tape recorder a little off course. Kidney has always been the type of fella to answer a question by asking another one and pretending not to understand a word when it had been suggested that his brain was his principal asset. It's just the kind of humour that would have left him smiling on the inside. A cerebral laugh, if you will.


                        Not that Kidney's ever claimed to be anything other than a simple coach. He possesses a painful and annoying tendency to deflect praised aimed at him to anybody who stands in his vicinity. The new reality, however, is a little different. No matter how rapidly he tries to offload the praise to some, no doubt, grateful and unsuspecting accomplice, his coaching record is now starting to speak for itself.


                        Delve into Munster's Heineken Cup history from any conceivable angle and his record stands up to scrutiny alongside any other coach's in Europe, and in one specific area he's the outright leader.


                        Away from home, Kidney has established himself as the continent's most prolific coach, a boast that certainly contains more beef than a near unbeaten home record.


                        Away wins in any sport are as rare and beautiful as, say, an Italian truffle, and without wanting to suggest that the Munster coach is any way like one of those hogs that have an uncanny knack of unearthing the delicacy, Kidney has developed something of a habit of sniffing out away victories with both Munster and Leinster.


                        In general terms, away wins in the Heineken Cup occur at somewhere around the 30-35 per cent mark, and even that figure comes down to around the 25 per cent mark if you discount victories earned on Italian soil. Kidney's record, meanwhile, sits at just over 58 per cent, marginally ahead of the 57.8 per cent posted by former Leicester coach Dean Richard. Guy Noves, whose stats only include the seasons at Toulouse where he was head coach on his own and not co-coach, is next on the list with 54 per cent, but then there's quite a hefty drop down into the 30s for two experienced Heineken Cup coaches, Patrice Lagisquet of Biarritz and former Llanelli coach Gareth Jenkins. The interesting thing about Kidney's numbers is that he's still the top away coach in Europe despite losing his first four away games with Munster.


                        Indeed, if we start the Cork man's stats from the first time the province won a match away from home, he holds a 69 per cent success rate.


                        "I suppose he's around the place long enough to be achieving statistics like that, " jokes Mick Galwey, Kidney's captain for many of those games. "I'd never say we found it easy to win at home but it's something that kind of came naturally to us. Away from home was a different story entirely and we quickly figured out that if we were ever to achieve anything in the competition we'd have to win on the road."


                        A bit of cereal box philosophy appears to have underpinned much of Kidney's away game policy. As the saying goes, if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got and Kidney went about tweaking Munster's away routine as much as he could in those early days. The first thing to go, when financ

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                          #13
                          Anyone think Dawson might be in trouble for his blatant punch on the LI FB?
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                            #14


                            Dawson may be dropped anyway for McMillan.


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                              #15


                              Did not see this game is this harsh?


                              Humphreys is past his sell-by date
                              Monday December 11th 2006


                              AS we sift through the ashes of Ulster's failed Heineken Cup campaign, some disturbing questions arise.


                              How much longer will coach Mark McCall keep faith with the distinguished David Humphreys, a fine player in his day but clearly now beyond his sell-by date?


                              The answer has major ramifications for Irish rugby, for as long as Humphreys commands the Ulster No 10 jersey, Paddy Wallace is denied the game-time and experience in the position he clearly needs. The Humphreys issue was at the heart of Ulster's limp display at the Madejski stadium.


                              The fly-half started unconvincingly, lacked all his usual authority and was unable to put Ulster where they needed to be. His kicking was wayward, he couldn't turn the Exiles defence and was a weak link defensively in the inside channel. He never took charge the way he does when performing at his best.


                              David Humphreys has been a magnificent player for Ulster and Ireland and it took Ronan O'Gara a long time to make the Irish jersey his own. Now that the Munster man is the undisputed number one, Ireland urgently needs a back-up out-half.


                              Wallace hinted he was the man against the Pacific Islanders but was then shunted back to centre, beyond Humphreys, for Ulster. What I found extraordinary at Reading on Saturday was that McCall did not change the midfield combination.


                              It was obvious Humphreys was nowhere near his best, yet he was allowed to stay in the crucial play-making role, leaving Wallace frustrated outside him. At 14-13, the match was in the balance for the first 20 minutes of the second half. You could understand McCall leaving well alone at that stage.


                              But as soon as the lively Shane Geraghty dashed through a sleeping Ulster defence to score under the posts and convert himself for a 21-13 lead, Ulster had to make a change at No 10. They didn't. Surely, greater flexibility and innovation is required from a provincial coach than that?


                              Wallace did his best to get involved but the tendency of the Ulster halves to run sideways before off-loading meant Wallace was receiving the ball with a couple of eager defenders attached to it. Geraghty comprehensively outplayed Humphreys and the die was cast, Ulster needed Wallace's invention in the key position yesterday.


                              Peter Bills

                              Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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