Saturday 2 May 2009

Leinster need a montage, moooooonnnnnnntaaaaaaage

It can be incredibly frustrating to support Leinster sometimes, periods of success are usually wiped from the memory by unparalleled bottling at crucial moments in every season. Consistency is a word that is passed about only to be dropped like a hot potato when it really matters. Whilst playing arguably some of the most attractive rugby in Europe the boys in blue suffer from an unfortunate dose of the 'All Blacks', symptoms present in an unwillingness to fulfil potential resulting in a tendency to exit major tournaments early.

And then there is the gargantuan shadow thrown across the east coast by the insufferable Munster. Ever-present in the knock-out stages, annoyingly efficient at getting themselves out of sticky situations and showing an infuriating cockroach like ability to survive every conceivable punishment one could throw at the swine Munster are (unfortunately) the benchmark by which Leinster short-comings are so starkingly measured up to.

With this semi-final looming large on the horizon, what hope have Leinster of upsetting the status quo? Well, as I'm sure any Munster-man will happily point out the men from the bad side of Ireland have already beaten our cowering petals twice this, conceding one try... ONE try, 5 points, in the process. In the quarter-finals Munster absolutely smashed an Ospreys unit that could easily be painted red and used as the Welsh national team such was the amount of international talent on show while Leinster eked out a 6-5 win over Harlequins in London.

So with history and current form firmly in favour of Munster (never mind the fact that they had 8 of their squad selected to the Lions) the prospect of a Leinster upset look depressingly dim.

Yet... words cannot describe how badly I would love to see a Leinster win. For the bragging rights, to bask in the satisfaction of supporting the best team in the country, for Contepomi to have a decent game, for BOD to do a number on (that incredibly average) Keith Earls, Rrrrrrocky to run amok and Isa Nacewa to... well anything constructive from him would be a bonus.



ed said...

Can I presume that you were a somewhat happy bunny after yesterdays game?

Macka said...

you have no idea, it was so SO good