Blogs & Opinion


Will Greenwood:

Most Popular Posts:

Opinion Archive:

Power to the pack

Rugby to warm the cockles of your heart

Will Greenwood Posted 20th December 2010 view comments

Will Greenwood was certainly left rubbing his hands after round four of the Heineken Cup.

The freezing temperatures might have had a bit to do with it, but overall it was down to glee as the likes of Toulon, Scarlets, Saracens, Leinster and the Ospreys turned up the heat in emphatic fashion. There was plenty to like after round four and Will shares what caught his eye this weekend - for the right and the wrong reasons.

Team: Scarlets and Toulon

You couldn't get two different sides but both are setting their respective pools alight. No one gave them a chance but boy have they performed well. Even in France where teams have greater financial clout, Toulon stand apart as big money hitters. They have the stars but do they have a team? Well skipper Joe Van Niekerk certainly seems to think so and they are sitting pretty ahead of Munster, London Irish and Ospreys in Pool 3.

Adam Jones: Impressed at the coal face

Adam Jones: Impressed at the coal face

Then you have Scarlet's - home grown talent that is just so wonderful to watch. They have a no-nonsense approach to the physical game and are fearless in attack. Their intelligent play sees them topping Pool 5 ahead of Munster, The Ospreys and London Irish. That is some going.

Player: Adam Jones

Jones along with front -row colleagues Paul James, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones and substitute Duncan Jones showed that scrums can still be a game breaker. It was one heck of a battle at the Liberty Stadium but Jones and co were the difference as Opsreys overcame Munster.

Jones along with front -row colleagues Paul James, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones and substitute Duncan Jones showed that scrums can still be a game breaker.

Will Greenwood
Quotes of the week

Try: Cian Healy

Another tick for the scrum as prop Cian Healy's first try was a direct result of Leinster's dominance that had the Clermont back-pedalling. It raised the roof and set the tone for Leinster to take control all over the pitch.

Villain: Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton may have a wince or two during Leicester's post-match analysis of their draw against Perpignan. Make no mistake, it was a fine try by David Mele who attacked the blind-side from a scrum. However Hamilton was way out of position and despite a heroic effort to bundle Mele into touch, the Perpignan scrum-half had that extra inch or two to ground the ball.

Moment: The groundsmen

Plenty of great moments and some great rugby played. However these moments would never have happened if it wasn't for the hard work put in by the groundsmen around the country. They fought arctic conditions to get the pitches playable and only two games were postponed due to the freezing conditions so a big hand to all involved.

Comments (3)

  • Page 1 of 1
  • 1

David Hamilton says...

Hmm, I think Attwoods stamp was worse than what Rush did - surely he will be cited for that stamp?

Posted 17:36 20th December 2010

Alan Reets says...

I was really impressed with healy - great to see him get a mention. I love the HC coverage - a chance to see some of the players from france. Another player who I have been really impressed with is joe van niekerk - a great link man.

Posted 17:33 20th December 2010

Liam Williams says...

Bloody hell Will, did you not see Xavier Rush try and take of Lawes head?

Posted 16:30 20th December 2010

  • Page 1 of 1
  • 1

back to top

Other Rugby Union Experts:

Latest Posts in Rugby Union:

Jonathan Davies

Davies: High tempo

Jonathan Davies blogs on injuries, his team's tempo and catching up with Welsh opponents after games....

Stuart Barnes

Coaching class

Stuart Barnes gives credit to two winning coaches in the shape of Gregor Townsend and Ali Hepher....

Latest News RSS feeds

London Irish repel Falcons

Juan Pablo Socino hit the post with a last-gasp conversion attempt as the Falcons were beaten 20-18 by London Irish.

Wasps hold off Saints

Northampton suffered their first defeat of the Aviva Premiership season, going down 20-16 against Wasps at Adams Park.

Glasgow win again

Niko Matawalu came off the bench to score two tries and inspire Glasgow to a 33-12 victory at Cardiff Arms Park.

Young hails outstanding Wasps

Dai Young hailed the 'outstanding' will to win of London Wasps after they beat Aviva Premiership champions Northampton.

Irish boss: Hard work paid off

Brian Smith felt hard work his London Irish team put in in training paid off in the 20-18 win at Newcastle.

Features

Thinus Delport, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh and Gonzalo Camacho react to the Rugby Championship

Thinus Delport, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh and Gonzalo Camacho react to the Rugby Championship

New Zealand remain top of the Rugby Championship after beating South Africa 14-10 in Wellington on Saturday.

Watch it all on NOW TV: Great sport without a contract

Watch it all on NOW TV: Great sport without a contract

The brand new Sky Sports Week Pass means it’s easier than ever to watch all your favourite live sports on NOW TV.

Sean Fitzpatrick backs New Zealand to extend their winning run over South Africa

Sean Fitzpatrick backs New Zealand to extend their winning run over South Africa

The top two teams in the world go head-to head on Saturday as New Zealand host South Africa in Wellington in the Rugby Championship.