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:

Stuart Barnes

Selection issues

England were narrowly beaten by South Africa but it was a gulf in terms of the two management teams, says Stuart Barnes....

Latest News RSS feeds

England call up Waldrom

Exeter No 8 Thomas Waldrom is called into Stuart Lancaster’s 34-man England squad for this weekend’s clash with Australia.

Mauger takes Leicester job

Aaron Mauger has agreed to become Leicester's new head coach from next season on a three-year contract.

Ireland to play Barbarians

The Irish Rugby Football Union and the Barbarians have confirmed they will play at Thomond Park in Limerick next May.

Lancaster: Improvement needed

Stuart Lancaster admits England have to curb their over eagerness to attack if they are to beat Australia on Saturday.

Pro12 Highlights

Highlights of all the Pro12 action, including Ulster's win over the Ospreys and Treviso's draw with Leinster.

Features

Pro12 Highlights

Pro12 Highlights

Highlights of all the Pro12 action, including Ulster's win over the Ospreys and Treviso's draw with Leinster.

Back Ireland to continue their winning ways

Back Ireland to continue their winning ways

It has been fairly even between Ireland and Australia in the last six meetings, three wins to Australia, two Irish victories and a draw, but recent form comes down in Ireland’s favour, with eight wins from nine contrasting to Australia's three victories in nine.

Complacency is the Springboks' biggest threat, says Thinus Delport

Complacency is the Springboks' biggest threat, says Thinus Delport

The Springboks arrive in Italy with plenty of attacking options, but it is the basics of the game that they will need to get right, says Thinus Delport.