Guinness Pro 12: Munster 7 – 24 Leinster

The tenth round of games in this season’s Guinness Pro 12 competition and gaps and trends are starting to emerge among the competing teams. Hawkeye Sidekick reviews the action and wonders if Munster will be even playing European Cup rugby next season. A game which encapsulated Munster’s season in eighty minutes. A performance full of … More Guinness Pro 12: Munster 7 – 24 Leinster

European Rugby Champions Cup: Toulon 24 – 9 Leinster

A trip to Toulon, the aristocrats of European Rugby and a side smarting from a surprisingly comprehensive defeat to Wasps in the previous round was not what Leinster required. Hawkeye Sidekicks watched the contest and ponders if it was an opportunity lost for Leinster on a day when indiscipline and lack of game management cost … More European Rugby Champions Cup: Toulon 24 – 9 Leinster

European Champions Cup: Munster 19 – 31 Leicester

“Errors, mistakes are the necessary steps in the learning process; once they have served their purpose, they should be forgotten. If we consistently dwell upon the errors, then the error or failure becomes the goal.” The words of the legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi sound apt for the start of my blog piece this morning. Errors … More European Champions Cup: Munster 19 – 31 Leicester

European Champions Cup: Ulster 38 – 0 Toulouse

In a previous blog posting before the tournament kicked off, Hawkeye Sidekick put his reputation on the line by predicting Ulster as the only Irish provincial side to emerge from the pool phrases. After a humbling reversal in their first European fixture at home to Saracens three weeks ago, Ulster had to deliver tonight and by … More European Champions Cup: Ulster 38 – 0 Toulouse

EPL Review

The EPL season continues to enthrall with several shock results. Stoke City kicked off the weekend with an emphatic victory over a Manchester City side who were shambolic from start to finish. Vincent Kompany is the pivotal defensive lynchpin of Manuel Pellegrini’s side; when he is out of the starting lineup, the back four is … More EPL Review

Guinness Pro 12: Newport Gwent Dragons 22-6 Munster

“His (Dan Mooney) big thing was bitterness and pride. Be proud of where you come from, but have a bit of a dog in you, a chip on your shoulder.” These words are taken from Anthony Foley’s autobiography in 2008, words which summed up the attitude of Munster after a loss regardless of whether the province was playing … More Guinness Pro 12: Newport Gwent Dragons 22-6 Munster