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Late power cut lends added drama to Leinster-Glasgow thriller

By Harry West
The lights go out at RDS Arena

A power failure in the 79th minute added a dramatic, if unusual, twist as Pro12 leaders Leinster edged out Glasgow Warriors 31-30 in a thriller at the RDS Arena.


The visitors needed a win to retain any hope of qualifying for the end-of-season play-offs and, with 90 seconds remaining, were down by just a point when the floodlights went out.

A lengthy delay of around 20 minutes followed, with both sets of players remaining out on the field and going through drills to keep warm, before light was finally shed on the situation.

Glasgow ventured deep into Leinster’s 22 upon the resumption but were unable to force a score, leaving the hosts thankful for Joey Carbery’s decisive penalty in the 75th minute after Glasgow had fought back from 23-6 down at half-time to lead 30-28.

Newport Gwent Dragons’ losing run in all competitions was extended to 11 matches in remarkable fashion with a 24-20 loss at Edinburgh.

The Welsh side led 20-3 with eight minutes remaining but somehow contrived to lose, Blair Kinghorn and Damien Hoyland going over to get Edinburgh back to within three.

With the clock having ticked past 80 minutes, captain Grant Gilchrist got the ball down and, after consultation with the TMO, the try was awarded to cap a stunning fightback.

At the wrong end of the table, bottom club Zebre earned a losing bonus point in their 30-24 defeat at Cardiff Blues – sealed through Dries van Schalkwyk’s late try, despite the visitors being down to 14 after Dario Chistolini was sent off for striking.


It represented an impressive recovery from Zebre, who had trailed 23-3 at the break – Gareth Anscombe responsible for 18 of those Cardiff points before the Wales international added two more in the second period.

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Jon 16 minutes ago
How Maro Itoje terrorised the All Blacks lineout

Yeah England were much smarter, they put their much vaster experience to use in both the scrum (bending/not taking hit) and lineout (Itoje early sacks) law vagaries. Really though, I know what is there, I’m more worried about Englands locks. We only got to see Itoje and Martin, right? Depth allround in the England camp was probably the difference in the series and the drop off when Itoje reached his minutes limit for the season (it was like the plug was pulled from the charger) was up their with keeping Sexton on the park in that quarter final. What happened there? You have a lot of watching hours experience with locks come blindsides Nick, especially with a typical Australian player make up, have you see a six the size of Barrett absolutely dominate the position and his opposition? I can easily see Scott, and even Martin for that matter, moving to the blindside and playing like Tadgh Beirne with the amount of top locks we have coming through to partner Patrick. Still with the English mindset, because despite running the best All Black team I’ve seen in a long time close, they do need to find improvement, and although I thought they had a lot of good performances from their 7’s, I really like the prospect of Cunningham-South in his 8 spot and Earl on the open. Can you see Martin as mobile enough to take over Lawes? I absolutely loved his aggression when Jordie ran upto him to try and grab the ball. That alone is enough reason for me to try him there.

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sean 2 hours ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so., this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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