Leinster sadly lacking heart and passion of Munster men
‘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.