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by darkside lightside
Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: International rugby
Topic: Some IRFU rune-reading...
Replies: 11
Views: 1375

Some IRFU rune-reading...

It's been very dull around here since I last checked, let's liven things up:

Is Declan doubling down, or being parked on the sidelines??
by darkside lightside
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

Given the injury problems both have had, it may be more of a limp than a walk. :D Exactly, I was talking about for the match tonight, not the 'Marty mcfly' match tonight, 5 years ago - 5 years ago the 2 first names on the team sheet are Howlett and POC, this year if you're calling for either, with ...
by darkside lightside
Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Stand Up fer the Ulstermen
Topic: Glasgow in October
Replies: 121
Views: 14850

Re: Glasgow in October

Our flight from stansted was delayed by over an hour! But we made it.. A good few earlier flights were diverted or cancelled though..
by darkside lightside
Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

And on the point of whether Ulster has 'over-taken' Munster - I agree it's too early to say, however the absolute least that you can say is that Ulster are every bit as serious contenders this year as Munster. (In fact, just sitting on the plane here thinking about it - if the entire Munster squad b...
by darkside lightside
Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

Couple of things: firstly, re the title, 2 points I know that sometimes subbies can hang a journalist out to dry but 'Two out of three ain't bad' feels very Thornley; even if it wasn't his work though, the point is that this was his summary of the weekends action, and he managed to leave out one qua...
by darkside lightside
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

You have selected ONE article and made your judgements about Thornley and his desire for Ulster to remain subdued by the fact that we weren't mentioned. Care to cmment on Friday's build up article, Saturday's match report on even today's article? http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/1016/...
by darkside lightside
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

however it still fails to address that the facts show that in the professional era Munster have been a far stronger province than Ulster and as it took Leinster a few years of good results and winning stuff to be credited with their quality status Ulster have to do more than look decent to take the...
by darkside lightside
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

From a totally impartial objective angle - What do the facts suggest DL? Ok, totally impartially - the facts suggest to me that if you appoint your tennis correspondent, who has never played a match of rugby in his life, as a rugby correspondent, he will churn out articles that are flowery, but ana...
by darkside lightside
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

Probably better reading both days press before starting a daft thread. I'm sorry, I missed the bit where I said that he hadn't written a match report, or review :scratch: I read both over the weekend - this 'daft' thread was in relation, as I thought was clear, to an article purporting to be about ...
by darkside lightside
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Re: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

Precious? :scratch: I'm not offended, it's just an absolutely shocking piece of rugby journalism - it's like someone writing an article entitled "Tight at the top of the premier league" which makes no mention of Chelsea! I have long thought that it will be interesting to see how the Irish journalist...
by darkside lightside
Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Trouble adjusting to the new reality...
Replies: 99
Views: 4924

Trouble adjusting to the new reality...

Read this: Thornley on the Irish provinces in the HEC over the weekend, "Three out of four ain't bad but still plenty to improve upon" Despite invoking the 4 Irish provinces in the title, 933 words and not only is there no summary of the Ulster match, there is no mention - literally none - of Ulster...
by darkside lightside
Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster Ravens vs Bridgend Ravens
Replies: 55
Views: 5979

Re: Ulster Ravens vs Bridgend Ravens

waggonsroll - that's probably about right, although in fairness I think we definitely stepped up the performance in the second half, rather than it just all being about Bridgend tiring. When we ran a couple of tries in, their heads dropped and we ran away with it, but I think we earned it.. NOC was ...
by darkside lightside
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Who was your Ulster MOTM vs Castres?
Replies: 56
Views: 2730

Re: Who was your Ulster MOTM vs Castres?

I don't think Chris is a good captain. He leads by example, but he is not gobby enough. Why do you want a gobby captain ? too gobby and you get on the wrong side of the ref and that is not good. Exactly, I think Henry is an exceptional captain for that very reason! I chatted to him in a hotel once,...
by darkside lightside
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Yes Paul, that applause was...
Replies: 87
Views: 4454

Re: Yes Paul, that applause was...

So D/L, if Kidney picks Marshall for the Ireland side ahead of Murray can we expect an apology from you on here admitting that you were wrong to have jumped the gun?? After all, I'm sure if he does pick Murray ahead of Marshall you'll be the first on here telling us how you were right :D It's just ...
by darkside lightside
Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Yes Paul, that applause was...
Replies: 87
Views: 4454

Re: Yes Paul, that applause was...

Outstanding stuff from Marshall, forget about the tries his distribution, decisions and box kicks were absolutely on the money - and no harm to Pienaar, justifiably held very high in our collective esteem - IMO ulsters attacking play unquestionably suffered when small left the park.. Absolutely agre...