Best of the Weekend: Snow causes chaos

The main story from the weekend, in rugby as well as everywhere else, was that everything was disrupted by snow.

Ben Coles went to Toulon to see London Irish heavily beaten, and then his return flight was cancelled, postponing his return and preventing him from being able to write this column.

I (Hutch) was at a very white wedding, at which just over half of the 140 guests actually managed to arrive, leaving plenty of booze available for those that did – we had a good crack that. I then spent all of Sunday in the car on the way to Birmingham to watch the Sports Personality of the Year, which was a lot of fun, although the rugby coverage was sadly lacking.

The upshot is that I haven’t seen a minute of rugby this weekend, so whilst the ERC managed to get most of the matches played, the snow has disrupted The Rugby Blog plans.

Two Heineken Cup matches were postponed: Edinburgh are playing Castres at Murrayfield tonight, whilst Toulouse are due to take on Glasgow on Tuesday, which should allow enough time for their kit to arrive from London.

Of the games that did go ahead, the Ospreys beat Munster, Scarlets won in Treviso and Cardiff lost to the Saints at home.

Leicester drew with Perpignan 22-22, Wasps comfortably beat the Dragons, Ulster edged past Bath at the Rec, the Exiles lost in Toulon and somehow Saracens won away at Racing Metro having lost at home last week.

The only other result was Biarritz inflicting revenge over Aironi, with a 34-3 victory at home.

Perhaps anyone that did watch some rugby this weekend could let us know what the highlights were? Social media is all about the community contribution after all.

8 thoughts on “Best of the Weekend: Snow causes chaos

  1. Courtney lawes gets better every game i see him play.

    Xavier rush was excellent and withThom Waldrom would make an excellent back row combination and both look like Lord of the rings characters.

  2. I read a newspaper report that Richard Cockerill was complaining of Perpignan were cheating. Well this is some sort of contradiction, Leicester tackle players off the ball, lie around the breakdown all the time. Win at any cost, is there motto! So come on if a team beat you at your own game then take it on the chin and start playing proper rugby. Everyone who enjoys the sport of rugby would enjoy watching them!

    Merry Christmas to all rugby fans.

  3. Iain – i agree that Cockerill’s comments weren’t merited. I watched the match, it was great and being a neutral i didn’t think either side were gaining particular advantage at the breakdown courtesy of lenient refereeing. In fact – the most deliberately cynical play came from George Skivington when he interfered at a ruck when Perpignan had an excellent scoring opportunity.

    Wasps still didn’t look brilliant but were clinical in the second half. Flutey looked class when he came on. He gave that one scoring pass to re-affirm his credentials, it looks so simple to time a pass like that but so many people can’t do it!

    Those were the only two i watched. Now come on Glasgow!!

  4. Didn’t see the Wasps game, but everyone that I know that saw the game said Flutey looked very good. It’ll be interesting to see if he makes the England team for the 6N’s – maybe a Hape/Flutey centre combination?

    The biggest disappointment for me was seeing Bath yet again fall to pieces. I’m sure there must be major “off the pitch” issues going on as we’re not lacking in talent (though our front 5 could do with a slight overhaul) and yet we continue to look embarassingly incompetent – with no idea of what we’re trying to achieve, how we are meant to achieve it and a severe lack of dedication and determination to achieve it. Not sure if it’s necessarily Steve Meehans fault, though I wonder how long he’ll be given to turn things around before being given the boot? Maybe there’s confusion between what Meehan is telling the players and what Geechs is telling the players?

    The Northampton vs Cardiff game was one hell of a brutal battle again. Lots of hostilities between the 2 clubs and players.

  5. For the record I’m still in Nice, take off at 10:25pm. Irish were pathetic, don’t be fooled by the mini comeback. Was impressed with Leinster and the Ospreys, but sounds like some serious sour grapes from Cockerill. Big result for Perpignan.

  6. Does anyone know when the Round 5 dates will be confirmed – presumably once sky decide what games they are showing?

  7. The dates and times for the fixtures in Rounds 5 and 6 will be confirmed after all of the Round 4 matches have been played. Hopefully if Glasgow’s kit turns up, we’ll know the schedule by Christmas.

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