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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » January 11th, 2020, 2:57 pm

Watching that try again, poor defence by Abendenon to leave Cooney free. Marty may have had the ball but you have to back the others to catch him and at the very least he should have made the tackle on the other side to prevent the offload.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » January 11th, 2020, 3:12 pm

Marty's performance has fallen off a cliff since I praised him, still a long way to go in terms of his fitness.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » January 11th, 2020, 3:16 pm

The stupidity of not taking points could make a big difference in terms of a LBP too. At this stage you'd back Clermont to pull away rather than for Ulster to stay in touch.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 11th, 2020, 3:38 pm

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:Marty's performance has fallen off a cliff since I praised him, still a long way to go in terms of his fitness.


Marty was clwaring carrying an injury to his left leg by the time he went off. Just when it occurred was impossible to see.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » January 11th, 2020, 3:40 pm

Ruckedtobits wrote:
LeRouxIsPHat wrote:Marty's performance has fallen off a cliff since I praised him, still a long way to go in terms of his fitness.


Marty was clwaring carrying an injury to his left leg by the time he went off. Just when it occurred was impossible to see.


Tbh RTB I think Marty always seems to get injured as he begins to look tired...
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » January 11th, 2020, 3:43 pm

Taking Cooney off is a very strange decision. Whatever about his general play, surely they'd want him to be the one taking an important kick?

Their profligacy coming back to haunt them now anyway. Some brilliant elements to this performance but the decision making has been wretched. The set piece needs a lot of work and the centres need to be braver with their passing too.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 11th, 2020, 3:52 pm

Agree with all the comment about not taking points and decision making. Excellent first half performance but not enough points on the board.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby Oldschool » January 11th, 2020, 3:57 pm

Ulster didn't learn the lesson that cost Munster a LBP and payed the same price.
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What should have been at worst and conservatively a 16-6, possibly even a 16-3 lead at half time for Ulster was only a 10-9 lead.
That's very poor game management.
It's doubtful Clermont would have come back from that.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby Twist » January 11th, 2020, 4:41 pm

Hard to know what to make of Clermont. With the final being in France I thought they were serious contenders to win the competition. But that’s twice Ulster have made them look very beatable. But its also twice they’ve come out of it with a favourable result ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby IanD » January 11th, 2020, 5:09 pm

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:
Ruckedtobits wrote:
LeRouxIsPHat wrote:Marty's performance has fallen off a cliff since I praised him, still a long way to go in terms of his fitness.


Marty was clwaring carrying an injury to his left leg by the time he went off. Just when it occurred was impossible to see.


Tbh RTB I think Marty always seems to get injured as he begins to look tired...


Not fair on Marty. He hurt his ankle in the first half. There was a shot of the physio wrapping his ankle. I think it was just after Para got his yellow card but may be wrong.

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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » January 11th, 2020, 5:19 pm

It's extremely fair on Marty, he always goes down injured after a long defensive set or a series of scrums. He's been doing it since he was with us, it got particularly bad when he was at Wasps, and was doing it a lot when he first arrived at Ulster. He may well have picked up a knock today but honestly he's been using "injury" breaks for years.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 12th, 2020, 10:18 am

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:It's extremely fair on Marty, he always goes down injured after a long defensive set or a series of scrums. He's been doing it since he was with us, it got particularly bad when he was at Wasps, and was doing it a lot when he first arrived at Ulster. He may well have picked up a knock today but honestly he's been using "injury" breaks for years.


Agreed. A long-term challenge for Marty who has always had a nutrition / fitness challenge. As he works harder, he consumes more, and often less suitable food. At this point in his career, fitness and no niggling injuries are essential if he is to regain his international Squad place.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby blockhead » February 6th, 2020, 12:34 pm

Stockdale has agreed an IRFU contract extension which will keep him at Ulster until the end of the 2022-23 season
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby LeinsterLeader » February 15th, 2020, 8:07 pm

Good win for Ospreys and a Good result for us. A 15 point lead now at the Top of the conference.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby blockhead » February 15th, 2020, 8:11 pm

Glad for the Ospreys. They needed that win. Helps us out in the league too. Not the worst of games to watch.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby sunshiner1 » February 20th, 2020, 1:53 pm

If I was Ulster I would be on to Bryan Byrne's agent. Herring has the number slot but McBurney has being unspectacular this season. He could easily slot into the number 16 shirt for them.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby bgmusic » February 20th, 2020, 5:10 pm

Is Aaron Sexton playing any rugby, AIL, sevens or Ulster A?
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby cormac » February 23rd, 2020, 10:04 am

Alby Matthewson set to sign for Ulster for next season according to Sunday Times
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby Ruckedtobits » February 23rd, 2020, 1:55 pm

cormac wrote:Alby Matthewson set to sign for Ulster for next season according to Sunday Times



If true, that's an appalling decision by Nucifora when Connacht have 3 excellent scrum-halves who are not all getting game time. Also Dave Shanahan has shown how a scrummie can improve with regular game time. The Ulster U.20 scrum-half also looks a very decent player - despite his size.
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Re: Ulster 2019-2020

Postby Aird » February 23rd, 2020, 2:22 pm

As an Ulstersupporter I have mixed feelings about the rumoured signing. Whilst Shanahan has improved he still does not inspire confidence when you are watching him. Ulster have 3 potential 9 in Finlay, and McKee who was with the U20’sbefore being struck down by tonsillitis and Doak son of our ex player and coach. Doak is still at school but has featured for Ulster A early in 5he season.All three are good prospects who probably need more experience.
Shanahan has been carrying an injury this week and was a doubtful starter so McKee has been with the senior squad all week as potential cover.
There is no doubt that Cooney is going to be missing at times but I-am hoping that this is a Relatively short term arrangement as I don’t see it being in the long term interest of Ulster.
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