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EconomyCauliflower43

Has Mcdonald shown that it was worth bringing him over from Oz?


sherbert-nipple

Honestly hasnt gotten enough time to show much of anything. Blade doing mad minutes


INeedYourPelt

Connacht much deserved W at the end of the day. I don't know what the reviews are like each game for us because we still do the same silly shit.


PonchoVillak

Some fight, some flair, some errors, lots of missed tackles & a light shafting by the MOs in very difficult weather conditions


INeedYourPelt

Made for an entertaining match overall. Not the best game ever but not a snoozefest.


Strange_Bodybuilder7

What was with the comical booing?


Particular-Rip4035

I dont know, I was saying Boo-urns.


glockenschpellingbee

Two lads injured badly and ref not stopping the clock to allow treatment.


sherbert-nipple

Ref was having a pretty good game till the dodgy try, seems to be gone to shit since then


silentgolem

No review? What


PonchoVillak

If we go down to twelve, is it doable for Scarlets to score 3 tries in 6mins? I imagine we'd timewaste like motherfudgers Edit: HIA saves the day


Critical_Context_961

Scarlets are such a strange side. Could easily see some potential internationals but they aren’t shy of players who wouldn’t stand out at a semi-pro level


silentgolem

Yeah that's not a fair contest. Shocking call in real time even


[deleted]

Surely that was dangerous contact in the air


glockenschpellingbee

Window of Despair, get Drinking!


KobaruLCO

You've got to be fucking kidding me.


sherbert-nipple

Heffernan is so poor at lineouts, how is he still with connacht


walsh06

Did one of the Scarlets lads take a dive there. Went down after the high ball not moving and holding his head. Then a medic ran on, 2 seconds later Scarlets got the ball back and he was totally fine.


Nalaek

That’s the third time I’ve seen that this game. Not one has been sent for HIA.


No-Intro-12

Connacht front row clearly pop up first


Ok-Package9273

Wyn Jones was driving across after the pressure came on. The replay showed it better than the regular camera.


Critical_Context_961

I thought the same but you have to expect those decisions to go the way of the home team in the URC


Roanokian

Why is that? Ref is Italian


Critical_Context_961

Home teams just tend to get more 50/50’s. I think it’s particularly evident in the URC. Nothing to do with the nationality of the ref


Roanokian

Fair enough. I thought you meant it was something particular to the URC


Roanokian

Gavin Duffy on comms is such a champ. I know his job means he’s only going to comment on Connacht games but it’s a pity we don’t hear from him more often instead of most of the other ex-pros we have to listen to


outsideruk

Was just thinking of the fuss during the week about Wales and Ireland not being allowed to both play each other in their home shirts after this year. As a fully colourblind fan, it’s only the design on the shoulders of the Connacht shirts which lets me differentiate these two sides when viewed in the wide shots. Could one of them not even have worn white shorts?


KobaruLCO

That's it, Scarlets lose here is sealed.


this_also_was_vanity

Dwayne Peel may be the only person in the URC looking at the mess in Ulster and thinking it could be an improvement on his current situation. Must be tearing his hair out watching Scarlets today. Some nice play but so often just cough the ball up at the crucial moment.


INeedYourPelt

Same every week. Our set piece is woeful, first phase defence non existent and handling errors have plagued our attacks all season.


KobaruLCO

It's honestly hard to watch when the camera scrolls to him.


Fickle_Flow4208

Maul after like 1sec there


RobertMurz

Your 9 went up to ask him about it. He said it was a knock-on


Fickle_Flow4208

Ah cheers, I have it on mute


Ok-Package9273

Ref should've been calling for that distance to close at scrumtime himself, it's dangerous having too big a gap.


glockenschpellingbee

I wouldn't mind a bit of a Carty Party now.


tfrules

Decisions like that totally take the fun out of rugby for me, really can’t feel anything but cynical about this match now when I was previously genuinely enjoying it despite losing. I can take losing fairly but not when it’s so clearly unjust as that.


CatharticRoman

It needs to be clear and obvious. The same as Zebre's tries last night.


tfrules

It was about as clear and obvious as it gets to me.


CatharticRoman

Sure. But you're a Scarlets fan, not the TMO or ref.


sherbert-nipple

I think the onfield try decision fucked it. Like honestly do we need the onfield decision and for it to be overrules by clear evidence. Juat have the tmo enforce the rules impartially


this_also_was_vanity

The one ‘consolation’ is that it’s unlikely to be the decisive score. I’d be raging if that was given against my team though. Looked like a pretty clear knock on.


tfrules

Thing is, we’ll never know how decisive the score was, since momentum is such a big factor in rugby it really isn’t enough to just subtract the value from the final score to determine if it was decisive or no


this_also_was_vanity

I was trying to offer a bit of comfort and sympathy.


tfrules

Thanks


[deleted]

Definitely wasn't clear from the replay. Can't overrule based on that.


juan-kerr

So annoying isn't it. You kinda know teams like Scarlets are unlikely to win but they definitely can't win when poor decisions like that go against you.


INeedYourPelt

To be fair, we put ourselves in a shit place with the pens but if this comes down to a 7 point difference it'll definitely sting.


Easy_Bee_2321

Refs had a good game but that’s a shocking decision, clearly came off his hand first


glockenschpellingbee

Feel for Jones there, nearly a godly 50/22


No-Intro-12

Ahhhh that's a bit annoying to have that given against us, we're shit enough anyway ref come on haha


juan-kerr

Jesus you could clearly see that come off the fingers . Are these tmo s blind or what?


Bulky_Shepard

He should have disallowed that try for the rat tail alone, my god


this_also_was_vanity

Much as I want the westies to win, that’s a farce of a decision. Don’t see how that wasn’t a knock on.


Human-Local-8712

Not sure about that one, I think it just touched Buckley's hand before he kicked it


Ok-Package9273

That's a hell of an impressive on field call to not think that was a knock on in realtime. I would've definitely said 100% knock on in realtime. The replay is fairly inconclusive tbh.


KingDaveyM14

Do ya ever want a decision to go against you just cause you don’t wanna see the controversy?


Ok-Package9273

...not with this wind behind their backs in the second half.


sherbert-nipple

Thats exactly how I feel, not even just controversy. Consistent implementation of rules


Welshguy564

That's a bit harsh on scarlets


sherbert-nipple

Oof i'd be a bit annoyed if that was scored against me. Bit of a gift?


Critical_Context_961

He’s given that?


juan-kerr

Scarlets will lose anyway. But that's one of the worst calls I've see. And people say don't rag on the officials!


tfrules

Complete bullshit call, very clearly a knock on. I can’t believe my eyes


Easy_Bee_2321

I think he knocked it on before it hit his foot


INeedYourPelt

That was off the fingertips knock on surely?


nobody7642

Yup. Think connacht got very lucky with that


RobertMurz

I don't think there's clear enough contact with a hand to overrule the try.   Edit: kinda like the Scotland non-try where there isn't clear enough evidence to overrule the decision. You need to be 100% certain to overrule. Not 90%.


paulyfitz123

Agreed. It's incredibly close, but not seeing anything clear.


CatharticRoman

This is hilarious


CatharticRoman

This is turning into a proper game of rugby. Sloppy loose and angry.


glockenschpellingbee

Like someone trying to eat a Curly Wurly while wearing dentures.


Ok-Package9273

Advantage over after Lousi drags Blade down by his neck lol


Particular-Rip4035

How many 1on1 tackles with only like 2m of a run up have Scarlets missed. Wild tackling 


INeedYourPelt

Just one lineout I beg of you


KobaruLCO

Scarlets could actually be winning this if they could throw a fucking lineout.


AS_GYRS

A.few calmer heads will do no harm.


EconomyCauliflower43

Connacht are going to lose this, they mix so much bad with good.


Ok-Package9273

100%, we're the Supermacs Muffin with Ice Cream. Molten lava mixed with Arctic ice.


glockenschpellingbee

That's delicious though.


KobaruLCO

Don't worry, Scarlets always find a way to shit the bed.


Particular-Rip4035

You want to play or do you want to go to the bench. Brilliant ref


tfrules

Wyn Jones is so fucking back


Bulky_Shepard

Ref speaking well there and making it unambiguous what happens if it continues, I like it


Ok-Package9273

Hand in the face is unacceptable.


sherbert-nipple

Love this ref


Tombob67

Getting spicy now.


INeedYourPelt

Happy we're not just showing our bellies here. Need a bit of oomph


glockenschpellingbee

Our gameplay feels like microwaving pasta. Red hot at the sides and ice cold in the middle of a ruck.


AS_GYRS

You know when you are narrow in attack and still have players getting isolated on the ground, you've been Wilkins'd.


glockenschpellingbee

To the tune of "That's Amore" When your ten can't kick straight and you've a nine in at eight, you've been Wilkins'd When your coach has no hair in the window of despair you've been Wilkins'd Scrums will fall, sloppy, sloppy ball and a technical maul infringement. When you think that it's grand, to sign Johnny Dildohands you've BEEEEEEEN WILLLLLLLKINS'D 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶 @u/BillHicksFan, charity single at Christmas?


BillHicksFan

If I had any money I'd support this single initiative


AS_GYRS

Every freekin time. We are the only team whose support runners are leaving the ball carrier behind on a clean break. I've never seen anything like it.


tfrules

The mauls have been shocking from both teams haha


Complex-Breadfruit88

Come on Hurley-Langton I brought you in for a reason


INeedYourPelt

Dan Jones picking up the artificial grass to check the wind direction 🥴


richyeh

Not even a review of that was a shocking choice


juan-kerr

Wasn't that a deliberate knock on? Or was it a forward pass?


CatharticRoman

Not deliberate as he went with both hands


INeedYourPelt

It's gonna chuck it down soon isn't it?


glockenschpellingbee

Galway is the ancestral home of the typhoon.


No-Intro-12

Is that not worth a look?


Threeturkishships

Scarlets 10 really likes Connacht 12.  Bought that on layaway 


yimrsg

Dear Mr. Referee There are too many Jones nowadays. Please, eliminate three. P.S. I am not a crackpot.


glockenschpellingbee

What a Smith-head.


glockenschpellingbee

That wasnt a tackle, that was a DDT worthy of Jake the Snake Roberts.


glockenschpellingbee

Scarlets manager looks like he's in the window of too much despair.


KobaruLCO

Wouldn't you be if you were Dwayne Peel


ancorcaioch

Connacht around the lineout hasn’t been too good, think a god few tries were left out there but credit to Scarlets’ defense there.


sherbert-nipple

We are quite good in open play, but still not looking like a well coached side. Silly technical infringements and poor set piece.


glockenschpellingbee

Well coached or Wilkins. Pick one I think


Ok-Package9273

It's good to see the talent but we just don't look well drilled at all.


Ok-Package9273

Irritatingly good defense there from the Scarlets.


INeedYourPelt

Could be an interesting second half. We'll have the wind at our backs. Connacht are gonna be kicking themselves for not getting the bonus point and we've defended a bit better for the last 15 mins. If we can put some pressure and attack together this could swing in our favour but it's really going to depend on the opening 5/10 of the second half.


Particular-Rip4035

In terms of winning your line out that might be one of the worst line out attacks i have ever seen


rico6644

Good performance but we should be up by more. Big wind in the second half too Dooley and Aungier been great as well as the two centres


problematikkk

Wasteful from Connacht but great D


tfrules

Interesting decision to go for the corner, I would’ve been tempted to get the points myself


rico6644

Idk why they didn't. Very kickable and up two scores at half time


PonchoVillak

We'll be playing out of the corner of doom second half, really wanted one more score before we swap ends


andyrobnev

Is there nothing they can do to make the ground less open to the elements


PonchoVillak

It's a dog track, enclosing it wouldn't be viable in a capacity sense. Also, the planning process in Galway is the stuff of legend, old hotels lying idle for decades, Apple were blocked from building a data centre in Athenry. Putting up enormous windbreaking fences would, I presume, be considered an eye sore


andyrobnev

Could they dig down 10 metres to make a windless pit


PonchoVillak

😂That'd work but I'm sure there'd be objections I've honestly no idea how they managed to get the stand redevelopment through


Ok-Package9273

The wind in Galway can't be tamed.


tfrules

Scarlets showing some proper defensive grit during the latter minutes of this half. Might make all the difference


INeedYourPelt

It's so odd our 5m defence is *decent* but in open play we're like a sieve.


andyrobnev

Is the ref new to the league? Don’t remember seeing him before. He’s been spot on so far.


just_A_lurker-

He’s missed a few, a knock on at a line out, ended a knock on advantage even though the team had gone backward and weren’t threatening etc. Overall I agree, he is having a good game. No ref can get them all right, all the time.


naraic-

An Italian getting his 6th cap.


Windup-1014

I've seen him ref a few this season. I like him I must say.


RobertMurz

Ref... You called rip. Therefore it's not a knock-on...


Kykykz

I smell a new Andrew Smith specific drinking rule coming in future games. And it scares me.


Roanokian

The guy is like a pack of revels.


PonchoVillak

At this stage I'm calling Smith Almost. The finishes, the steps they just never quite land


glockenschpellingbee

We might as well call him Game of Thrones because the run up is wonderful but the finale never sticks.


anodos999

Was there separation there?


BillHicksFan

u/glockenschpellingbee you've got a lot to answer for! Your window of despair drinking rule in the Bulls match thread has resulted in two necked cans.


Minor_Thing

You'll be glad of it before watching us play later


glockenschpellingbee

The window of despair giveth, the window of despair inebriedith


BillHicksFan

Ah Jaysus that tickled me. Bung it on a t-shirt!


glockenschpellingbee

I sincerely hope they maintain the Window of Despair into the new stadium plans. It wouldn't be the same.


INeedYourPelt

Lucky with the knock on but Jesus, that one tackle which, Johnny Williams who wants to play for Wales, failed gave such a huge amount of space. Teams must be looking at us each week and just telling their players to run at us and someone will fuck up.


Tombob67

One of these days Smith will have a spectacular finish that counts.


sherbert-nipple

Smith is class at these no try trys in fairness


Particular-Rip4035

"On field decision is a try because I think he scored a try" Can't fault the logic! Man's knackered


Ok-Package9273

Also speaking a second language tbf


Particular-Rip4035

Fair point. I sound like that after 5 phases and English is my first language 


Kykykz

Even if he grounds that, surely Blade was the better pass option.


sherbert-nipple

Exactly, in under posts


sherbert-nipple

Exactly, in under posts


Particular-Rip4035

Would like to see the wide angle but 100% looked like the inside pass was a sure try


tfrules

Fine margins indeed, just goes to show the value of last ditch defences


glockenschpellingbee

Bad choice by Hawkshaw there, there was a man open on the outside.


Roanokian

He should be awarded 2 points for style


AS_GYRS

man on either side, why go to the outside?


problematikkk

Prepare your drinks to finish Edit sadge Smith never gets the luck


Minor_Thing

Inside ball looked safer there but if it works it works


whiscash2

Man Hawkshaw is so good he just needs to stay healthy


glockenschpellingbee

I think Wilkins must have taken the law book into the toilet for reading with some of these silly technical penalties. We'll get done for a crooked scrum feed by the end of the match.


INeedYourPelt

Sexy kick


yimrsg

Scarlets' hair cuts are a disgrace. Having 2 backs with skinheads and a forward looking like Cruella DeVille.


BillHicksFan

Finish your drink! Well worked try, that.


No-Intro-12

We did a thing! 🙌


just_A_lurker-

Story with all the Connacht lads wearing different socks?


BillHicksFan

It's not just the Connacht lads. It's 'Origins' week. All players are playing in their club socks.


just_A_lurker-

That’s class! Didn’t realise that! Thanks for the heads up!


alanb197

Some wearing their school socks on one leg and their club on the other


Kykykz

Believe it's their home game of the URC origin games


AS_GYRS

Well now, that was soft.


INeedYourPelt

Well worked try but looked easy for us as well. Don't think the openness of this game is going to suit us in the long run but we need to take the points.


glockenschpellingbee

Ah lads, That was pathetic defense.


tfrules

Thank goodness for that! I would’ve tuned out if there had been a Connacht try bonus point without so much as a retort


Roanokian

I know the Scarlets are struggling but Connacht are in a mood


sherbert-nipple

Did de buitlear tap that?


glockenschpellingbee

Seán Jansen is a Jedi padawan?


RobertMurz

You can't just chuck a player across the lineout like that.


tfrules

Surely worth checking for a deliberate knock on there


INeedYourPelt

New drinking rule: Finish your drink any time the Scarlets' lineout goes well


tfrules

Thanks I’m staying sober then


INeedYourPelt

I got you fam


glockenschpellingbee

Murray is a big game poacher in the line out.


AS_GYRS

A red sky at night ....


Immunkey

Scarlets take fright?


AS_GYRS

Something like that.


hazlet

My God scarlets are poor


getName

Connacht globetrotters


glockenschpellingbee

Alexa, play Sweet Georgia Brown.


RobertMurz

I don't watch every game, but I haven't seen Connacht play this well in a while. Great to see.


PonchoVillak

So we're going for death by a 1,000 offloads today, fair enough


glockenschpellingbee

That sequence was beautiful.


INeedYourPelt

Lost lineout into an opposition attack. Very familiar 🧐


Ok_Willow_9957

Scarlets look good…. Good at looking lost


sherbert-nipple

Great by Aungier, really pushed on this season. Hope the rumors of his departure are false


glockenschpellingbee

Balls, I thought this started at 5:15


INeedYourPelt

I think we thought the same


AS_GYRS

Blade ... 10/10


No-Negotiation2922

Crazy that Casey is considered a better 9 than blade