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Congratulations to Leinster, hard luck Leicester, it takes two teams to make a match. Well done Murrayfield for another superb Final.

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posted May 24, 2009

So, Leinster finally achieved the impossible by winning the Heineken Cup for the first time in their history, keeping it in Ireland for the second consecutive year. In terms of rugby, Ireland have had a season to remember in terms of Heineken Cup successes, Grand Slam successes, Magners League successes and now hopefully success will follow one last time with the Lions.
Leinster have always been a side with a great set of backs without having that grunt up front by they have addressed that in style this season by bringing in some really important men. The likes of Cullen, Jennings and Elsom have been really important additions. Heaslip has matured and the unsung front row have really more than held their own for the duration of the season.
But, I have always seen Leinster as the dark horse underachievers never quite being able to take that next step of silverware but they have proved me wrong. Beating the likes of Harlequins and Munster on their way to glory, they have deserved their victory and I am pleased that the have finally received the recognition that they have been deserving of for so long.
Leinster played clever rugby yesterday, especially in the first half, where Sexton just kept on prodding the Leicester forwards into little holes with his clever kicks. I thought that Contepomi, the world class player that he is, was going to be a loss but Sexton was very calm and confident. Especially in the first half, he was a controlling influence for his team mates as he looks a very good prospect for the future at both club and country level.
Leicester can have no complaints. On the day, they just simply weren't good enough and they have to hold their hands up and admit that they were beaten by the better side on the day. Winning the Guinness Premiership final a week earlier will have taken a lot out of them and maybe they didn't have enough chance to recover from a succession of bruising encounters. The Double would have been nice for Richard Cockerill and co. but I am sure that many sides would have settled at the start of the season for the trophy that is currently in their cabinet down at Welford Road!
Finally, it was pleasing to see that most Lions came through that match unscathed as that was always a niggling thought in the back of mind. After a couple of days of rest and recuperation, I am sure that O'Driscoll's minor injury will turn out to be nothing series as the Lions need him firing on all cylinders.
To Mr Heaslip, Kearney, Fitzgerald, O'Driscoll, Croft and Ellis, now is your chance to show the Lions the way forward.

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posted May 24, 2009

What a year for Irish rugby. It's amazing really that a Country with our population can do so in well in lots of sports. This decade has been the rugby decade in Irish sport with Munster and Leinster and our National team finally winning that grand slam. We should've really won more grand slams this decade and made it to the Semi finals of a world cup. It's great to see all these young players like Fitzgerald and Sexton and Healy and so on coming along. The Munster team is getting old and O'Gara and the rest of them have maybe 2 or 3 years left. Brian O'Driscoll has to be in the top 5 rugby players of all time at this stage and he has to named world player of the year for the grand slam and lenister success and he was the key player in it all and he scored tries and drop goals and put his body on the line. If there was a transfer market in rugby like football O'Driscoll would've been the record buy.

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posted May 24, 2009

Just another thing: There's more competition in rugby now then in football. Look at champions league only the English teams and Barcelona and maybe one of the Italian teams can win the champions league. In rugby there's English French Irish and Welch and selected others that can win. Look at international football only Spain and Argentina and Brazil and maybe one or two others can actually win the world cup. In international rugby you have France, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, England and Wales and New Zealand as we all know are the best but in behind them there's a group of about 7 or 8 who can all beat each other on any given day.

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posted May 24, 2009

deejay:

In your first comment about the success of Irish rugby during the past decade, you seem to have overlooked the contribution made by Ulster whose achievement in winning the HC exactly 10 years ago was a historic event. Indeed, that win by Ulster blazed the trail for the other two Irish Provinces to follow.

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posted May 24, 2009

O'Driscoll is just the type and mould of player that every Lions Team Manager dreams about. Yes, he can. He can inspire the Lions along with evry other hard working Irish and Welsh player who share this never give up, never say die attitude. <ok>

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posted May 24, 2009

Well done Leinster, thanks for a great game played in a good spirit that really did go down to the wire. Either team could have won it but the team that used its heads better, held their nerve and most probably played the better over the 80 mins and backed their ability to win got the result in the end.
Congratulations to great and well deserved champions. Can we play you every year? :-)

I think you'll find a lot of Tigers fans who'd say if we can't lift the cup then seeing big Leo and Shane Jennings lift it is the next best thing-two great players who nobody wanted to see leave the Tigers but we all understood why they were doing it.

Thanks for Leicester for a great season in the end and well done to Cocky to getting to where we our now. Next season promises to be a good one! And now for the Lions-all the best to all the Leinster and Leicester players going to SA.

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posted May 24, 2009

...and well done to all you Leicester fans. It's extremely heartening to witness such magnanimous behaviour. Great fans.

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posted May 24, 2009

Lets be honest hear. Leinster will be half the team they are now if they loose posbile the best 6 in the world in Rocky Elsom. If he does decide to go back to Aussie land to get more caps it will be a huge loss to leinster and NH rugby.
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posted May 25, 2009

I'm a Leinster fan who was at the match with my family. Simply Brilliant.

I just want to say well done and thank you to the Leicester supporters. You are a credit to your team. Every one of you stayed to the very end and applauded both teams at the medal ceremony.

As we left the ground there was nothing but good humour and conglatory hand shakes.

Thanks again Leicester fans and good luck next year.

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posted May 25, 2009

Thanks for sticking it to the Tigers and ensuring that a ML league team reteined the HC. Well done boys and see ya at the City of Cardiff stadium next season.

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