The Magic of the Cup

The Heineken Cup quarter-finals at the weekend offered us an array of treats that remind us how thrilling rugby can be.

We saw flair in attack at Thomond Park; unwavering defence at Cardiff and The Stoop, and games being decided in the last moments of the games for Leicester and Harlequins.

There was disappointment for Bath and Quins as they came so close to victory, whilst Toulouse were ushered to the exit by the in-form Cardiff and Munster destroyed The Ospreys to confirm their status as European heavyweights and clear favourites for the title.

As we reflect on a superb weekend of rugby, we can also look forward to some outstanding fixtures in the semi-finals: Leicester versus Cardiff and Munster against Leinster.

We’ll bring more detailed opinions later in the week, including our take on the potential Lions that were in action, but let us have your thoughts for now.

3 thoughts on “The Magic of the Cup

  1. A great weekend of rugby. I can’t see Leinster over turning Munster but I’m tempted to go as a neutral to Croke Park to watch, it should be a great atmosphere with two Irish sides, especially after the Grand Slam. As for the other semi I think the “home” advantage for Cardiff may make a very slight difference and that may just be enough, it’lll surely be close.

    So if it is Cardiff v Munster in Murryfield I think Munster will be crownded Kings of Europe again.

  2. I go with Paynie here – just about 100% – including the feeling that Croke Park would be a magical place to be. Cardiff to just pip Leicester and Munster to win again.

  3. went to the walkers stadium, or the crisp bowl as local rugby fans call it. we had a right song-and-dance finding our seats – as in 3/4 of an hour! but it was an exciting game. leicester’s pack kept them in it in the first half with a series of key turnovers, but it was still 35+ mins before the tigers has possession in the bath 22. butch james kicking was poor – two crucial pots at goal, plus the opening k-o straight out and a series of punts that rolled beyonf the goal-line. talking of kicking, that’s what bath and quins will be doing to themselves after their defeats.

    one laws gripe: when the clock ticks over from 79.59 to 80.00 during a break in play, why do referees sometimes allow the game to continue with a ‘last play’ from where proceedings had paused just before time being up, and sometimes (as in the above match) blow straight away for full time? some consistency here would be good…

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