Le­in­ster sadly lack­ing heart and pas­sion of Mun­ster men

Bray People - - Sport -

‘IN­SIDE RIGHT’ is star­ing, sleep­yeyed at the com­puter screen, mulling over an­other week­end of sport­ing high and lows.

It started in de­press­ing fash­ion, hav­ing to watch Le­in­ster yet again bot­tle it when victory was there for the tak­ing against an av­er­age Cas­tres side.

Hav­ing hum­bled the same op­po­si­tion the pre­vi­ous week­end Le­in­ster would at the very least ex­pected to get the win, but they showed for the umpteenth time that they lack courage and heart when it comes to the heat of bat­tle in a tight game.

Af­ter get­ting off to a dream start with an early try, the Ir­ish prov­ince per­formed dread­fully and seemed com­pletely bereft of ideas as they tried in vain to over­haul the 18-15 deficit late on.

Mun­ster, on the other hand, again man­aged to show their fight­ing spirit, se­cur­ing a dra­matic 23-13 win over Cler­mont with two late tries, af­ter trail­ing 13-11.

The lily-liv­ered Le­in­ster could learn a thing or two from their Celtic ri­vals. Heart and guts im­me­di­ately spring to mind.

Else­where, ‘In­side Right’ en­joyed wit­ness­ing what is def­i­nitely our favourite team to watch at the mo­ment, Barcelona, even­tu­ally grind a spir­ited Real Madrid into sub­mis­sion.

Spir­ited isn’t a word you would have as­so­ci­ated with Spurs while Juande Ramos was in charge but he’s al­ready looking a de­cent man- ager again back in his own do­main.

How­ever, his side had to give way to the mes­meris­ing Barca, who on cur­rent form could be handed the Cham­pi­ons League tro­phy straight away. Watch­ing them in action at the week­end came as a wel­come re­lief from the usual drivel we have to watch across the Ir­ish Sea.

This sea­son even the sup­pos­edly class teams seem to have been dragged down to the av­er­age level of the rest with the big four again looking pretty tooth­less at the week­end.

Un­less in­jury de­prives them of the won­der­fully tal­ented Lionel Messi and the lethal Sa­muel Eto’o, we can’t see past Barcelona to lift Europe’s top prize in May.

‘In­side Right’ ended the sport­ing week­end watch­ing the BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year awards, a pro­duc­tion that was as slick as Ron­aldo’s hair. The Brits re­ally did en­joy a vin­tage year with world ti­tle hold­ers and Olympic gold medal­lists dot­ted all over the vast stu­dio.

‘In­side Right’ was de­lighted to see triple gold medal winning cycling star Chris Hoy top the poll ahead of For­mula 1 world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton, be­liev­ing the Scot’s feat on his bi­cy­cle to be far more praise­wor­thy than driv­ing around in cir­cles and stop­ping for a few tyre changes.

Un­for­tu­nately when it comes to the Ir­ish equiv­a­lent next week­end we won’t be able to look back on the sport­ing year with quite as much pride as our neigh­bours.

Well at least we have Pádraig Har­ring­ton, Mun­ster, the Kilkenny hurlers and our horserac­ing and box­ing stars.

A de­jected Brian O'Driscoll af­ter Le­in­ster’s dis­ap­point­ing loss against Cas­tres.

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