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We're down to the last home game of the season! Connacht take on Cardiff is what is likely to be a make or break game for both teams! Champions Cup Rugby and Pro14 playoffs are up for grabs. This game is likely to be a sell out!

 

And post game, the Connacht Clan will be delighted to present the Clan Player of the Year and Clan Young Player of the Year awards in the Clan Bar. All are welcome!

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pinky replied the topic: #65745 6 months 4 weeks ago
Looking back at the last try, I think Harries was dangerously close to a simultaneous toe in touch as well, though I might have been mixing my boots up ...
To be honest, leaving the ground I thought we'd definitely got the rub of the green (Healy's try looked wrong on a number of levels at the time) but looking back it doesn't seem that bad.
If it was the other way I'd probably be moaning about about it as well, that's just how it works. I had the misfortune to read a bit of the Wales Online comment section in the article that decries the "disgusting" decision. It is an almost entertaining mixture of outrage, conspiracy theory, self-loathing, racism and navel gazing, all interspersed with the occasional plea to cop the feck on (or whatever the Welsh for feck is).
Though of course, as always, the Blues fans knocking about Galway were gracious and all round sound.
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Bazzo replied the topic: #65738 6 months 4 weeks ago

Fast twitch wrote: Can't have much sympathy with any winger who reaches out to the touch line with one hand (having switched the ball out of that hand) before (or simultaneously if people prefer) grounding the ball. All the coaching would emphasise ensuring the ball is grounded before any other part of your body hits the touch line. Stupid mistake from the winger is being excused by fussing over multiple replays of the footage. Not like they missed a Champions Cup Semi as a result of a mistake in the act of scoring. Take the Learnings.


It wasn't so much a stupid mistake as an absolute try saver from Marmion who smashed him to put him off balance and on the way to touch, unfortunately KOd himself in the process.

I'll be honest and admit I'd probably be annoyed if it happened to us, but to say it was the difference in the game is a huge stretch. Thought Connacht were the better team throughout, the fact we were never behind is a testament to that. There were refereeing decisions we probably would have been moaning about if we'd lost, and it's impossible to know exactly how the game would have played out if they'd scored anyway. They could have missed the conversion, or maybe the defence galvanise and they never score at 78-79' with the team taking the foot off a bit the closer the clock gets to 80 with 2 scores in it.
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Fast twitch replied the topic: #65737 6 months 4 weeks ago
Can't have much sympathy with any winger who reaches out to the touch line with one hand (having switched the ball out of that hand) before (or simultaneously if people prefer) grounding the ball. All the coaching would emphasise ensuring the ball is grounded before any other part of your body hits the touch line. Stupid mistake from the winger is being excused by fussing over multiple replays of the footage. Not like they missed a Champions Cup Semi as a result of a mistake in the act of scoring. Take the Learnings.
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ThisYearWillBeDifferent replied the topic: #65736 6 months 4 weeks ago
Match being repeated on S4C just now, halfway through.
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MulMan replied the topic: #65735 6 months 4 weeks ago
Apparently it was due to to being a simultaneous grounding and in touch like was said, that's a rule I certainly wasn't aware of, but negates slightly how bad the ref was that he actually knew that rule, which seeing as that is a rule it probably was the right call.
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salmson replied the topic: #65734 6 months 4 weeks ago
No, they had scrum advantage from our knock on at the ruck. Pretty sure scrum advantage dies once you cross the line, but I think the ref was saying they didn't... or something.
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Former Coach replied the topic: #65733 6 months 4 weeks ago
I thought that it should have been given too. But we’ll take it! I was puzzled that the ref gave an attacking scrum- surely it should have been a 22? But maybe because the touch-in -goal and touchdown were simultaneous, there is a technical rule there that I wasn’t aware of?
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salmson replied the topic: #65720 6 months 4 weeks ago
While we're on the subject of dodgy decisions (and boy was the try-that-wasn't dodgy) did anyone have a good view of the Thornton hit on Farrell midway through the first half? Farrell was carrying on the left side of Cardiff's (Bohermore end) 22 and it looked on tv like Thornton hit him with a forearm smash.
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Sol_ie replied the topic: #65719 6 months 4 weeks ago
With the benefit of a few days (and about 20 rewatches of various parts of the match) I can only say how happy I am with the match.

Really solid game all around. Bundee was a force to be reckoned with. Matt Healy was running solid all game. Tiernan was so composed. Blade had a fantastic game, well deserved and well worked try, he essentially played the full 80.

Pack bullied them all game. Boyle was great, Ultan smashed, the entire front row were fantastic.

As for the referring decision, seems to me that it was a fairly clear try. Pics floating around showing the ball grounded before the hand in touch. These things happen, I'm not loosing any sleep over it. Lots of annoyed Cardiff fans, and I can't begrudge them that. Look forward to the fixture next season!

Roll on Munster!
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Carty in the USA replied the topic: #65688 6 months 4 weeks ago
How will tickets for this work?
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Enda replied the topic: #65687 6 months 4 weeks ago
Thanks, green army needed !!! Start recruiting.
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Bazzo replied the topic: #65686 6 months 4 weeks ago
3rd/4th of May according to pro14 website
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Enda replied the topic: #65685 6 months 4 weeks ago
Considering how shite I felt waking up in Manchester after the Sale game a couple of weeks ago I feel very refreshed this morning!! Any idea yet when the Ulster match would be ?
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connachta replied the topic: #65684 6 months 4 weeks ago
Short memory for those guys..
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Bazzo replied the topic: #65682 7 months 3 hours ago
I don't even follow any Cardiff/Welsh rugby people on social media and all my feeds are still coming down with pages and pages of whinging over Blues supposedly being robbed.

It's not like the entire game hinged on that try decision, like if let's say the clock was a ridiculous amount of time in the red and the officials made several bad calls in a row which then ended up with the wrong team winning... Ahem... Short memories apparently.
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damiengmullen replied the topic: #65681 7 months 4 hours ago
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Enda replied the topic: #65679 7 months 8 hours ago
My plan all along was to get top 3 before the Munster game. So happy with that result. How many times have gone in at half time with a lead with the wind in the first half and just couldn’t score in the second half. Cardiff didn’t use the conditions all well as we did but the pressure on Cardiff for most parts of the second half is what I was most pleased with.
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Sol_ie replied the topic: #65677 7 months 9 hours ago
Ah yeah, so that’s champ cup sorted for next year.

Some game. Thought there was a lack of W cynical edge with us, but big performance done.

Jacks try was very special.

Thanks to all for stalling along in the Clan Bar for Player and Young Player awards.
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connachta replied the topic: #65676 7 months 10 hours ago
Done deal. After being stolen 4 years ago in Cardiff, here's the revange!
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Accidentally Onside replied the topic: #65675 7 months 15 hours ago
Tiny bit windy out there :dry:
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pinky replied the topic: #65674 7 months 17 hours ago
Officially I don't think it's allowed but they definitely do it. They don't want to encourage it as it can slow up the queues if people don't have the barcode ready or if the phone switches to landscape mode or the screen locks while they're handing it over, etc. but they won't turn you away.

If you're in town a bit early and want to print it, you can do it for 20c at the City Library on Augustine St.
Email it in advance to galway-bw@printspots.com and they will email you back a code after a few minutes. Put the code into the printer/scanner machine in the library along with a 20c coin and you're sorted.
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Mark Mostyn replied the topic: #65673 7 months 17 hours ago

Cathal wrote: Morning folks. As a complete technophobe, this question may be daft! I'm on rare trip home for the game and don't have my ticket printed. Can they scan off the PDF on phone at the gate?


Yes.
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connachta replied the topic: #65672 7 months 18 hours ago
So, good wind but no rain expected!
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Cathal replied the topic: #65671 7 months 19 hours ago
Morning folks. As a complete technophobe, this question may be daft! I'm on rare trip home for the game and don't have my ticket printed. Can they scan off the PDF on phone at the gate?
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connachta replied the topic: #65668 7 months 1 day ago
that's true. Unlikely too, but true
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