TRY OF THE WEEK
SHANE HORGAN LEINSTER V Bath
It was a superb try and showed exactly how Leinster came to play this game. The vision of Contepomi to tap and run from his own 22 showed that they had come to play. It typified their confidence and class, and showed that they had come to The Rec to play with plenty of adventure.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
MUNSTER v Sale Sharks
This was not all about the Thomond Park factor. I was impressed with the way they came out and their first half performance was immense. If they can play like that for 80 minutes, which would be tough, and they don’t win they should be taken out and flogged because they have shown just how good they can be. It was disappointing for Sale, but the win was totally deserved from numbers 1 to 22 in the Munster squad it. They are starting to do things in the midfield too with Trevor Halstead and Barry Murphy – not in the same class as Brian O’Driscoll yet – but Ireland certainly have plenty to choose from
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BIARRITZ v Saracens
Whether he was setting up tries or scoring them, Bidabe was superb. We can only dream of players like him in England. He is strong and has plenty of skill but it is his empathy with the ball that makes him so special. He links up well with the likes of winger Jean-Baptiste Gobelet and is another example of France producing a player with superb skills. Bidabe is going to be very important for the rest of their Heineken Cup campaign.
VILLAIN OF THE WEEK
CARDIFF v Leeds
A very abject performance that showed no ambition. Scott Quinnell was in the studio and had his head in his hands with shame. It promised so much yet Cardiff had no spark and no desire whatsoever. Leeds went out and got the five tries they needed to put them in contention. Ultimately the result at Bath ruled them and Cardiff out, but Cardiff did not even give themselves the chance. A useless performance from the coaches and the players.
MOMENT OF THE WEEK
LEICESTER’S FOURTH TRY:
Tom Varndell grabbed all the headlines for his four tries, but all the Tigers players stepped up and deserve praise. The Leicester fans have been on a knife edge for far too long and it was nice for them to see their side play so well, and wrap things up early on. They went to Clermont Auvergne and played some good rugby to give themselves a great chance to make the final. Who would have thought they would meet arch rivals Bath in the quarter-finals? Welford Rd will have sold out already, maybe they should get some more scaffolding up , as they could easily sell out the stadium twice over.