Posted by: fiore | April 14, 2009

Life goes on

The earth is still shaking in Abruzzo, and last Friday Italy mourned in state funerals the victims of the earthquake, including L’Aquila Rugby young prop, Lorenzo Sebastiani. There are still 55.000 displaced persons and 1 home out of 2 is damaged. But life goes on, and thankfully Heineken Cup is there to cheer us a bit up.

This HC weekend saw my favourite team, Bath Rugby, lose from Leicester Tigers at the very end. Despite dominating the game for 80 mins, they lost it to replacement scrum half Julien Dupuy’s opportunist try, less than 50 seconds from full-time, which sealed a dramatic 20-15 victory for Leicester at the Walkers Stadium.

Three-time winners Toulouse lost to Cardiff Blues in a very tight game 9-6 that – as Toulouse coach Guy Noves claimed – was influenced by the inconsistence refereeing of Chris White, while Leinster struggled to defeat 6-5 a very brave Harlequins side.

Last but not least, Munster thrashed Ospreys 43-9, with a ruthless performance which candidates the Irish side for retaining the Heineken Cup crown. What a display by both forwards and backs. A powerful and experienced pack -is there anyone in world rugby who has the sheer leg power of David Wallace? And how about Paul O’Connell‘s leadership and Jerry Flannery‘s dynamism? – secured the possession of the ball for a brilliant use by the backs. Munster dominated the Ospreys with extreme confidence and determination to win and didn’t give the Welsh any chance.

Moment of the quarters: David Wallace’s statement in defence on Ryan Jones as he drove his opponent backwards while he was grounded…a shoo-in to start for British & Irish Lions.

David Wallace

Driving force, David "4WD" Wallace

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