FOOD AND DRINK

Where to eat and drink in Edinburgh

While you’re visiting Edinburgh for this historic weekend you may find yourself with a few hours to spare and looking for a bit to eat or sup. This isn’t anything close to a definitive list – its just some places in my local area that I would recommend to anyone visiting. There are a number of cafes and eateries that could have been included but I’ve avoided places that are a bit small or difficult to seat a group, which might not be suitable for fans coming over this weekend. Without further ado, here are my completely subjective, unscientific and highly unqualified suggestions.

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Connacht v Glasgow part two – the sportsgroundening

Build up

 

I’m not sure I’ve ever been as nervous about a game as I was last week. I was on tenterhooks every day waiting for a morsel of news, but it was pointless because no matter the news it was impossible to decipher what effect it might have on the game. Connacht had beaten Townsend’s Glasgow once in 10 attempts, and were setting out to do it again, to go one better than they’d ever done before and achieve a final. Glasgow were out to retain their title and be the first team to win an away semi. Given their depth, their internationals, their experience, their historic comfort playing Connacht, it seemed more than reasonable that they should win, hence why I didn’t offer a prediction last week.

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Connacht v Glasgow – Review and Preview

Review

 

Going into this game, I was not particularly confident. Having achieved our best ever finish, and qualified for the semis, but also lost to Treviso, I feared that there was a chance Connacht may be running on fumes, and Glasgow in comparison seemed to be on a mission, coming into form at the right time in the season.

 

After a few minutes and Finlay having to leave the field these fears worsened, as Rodney had not had a particularly memorable game against Treviso and has never been an 80 minute player. Glasgow were all over Connacht in the first 15 minutes, bursting out of the traps to put pressure on in our 22, forcing penalties and rucking frenetically. It looked bad. Continue reading

Connacht v Leinster reactions

Connacht 7 – Leinster 6

Rarely have we seen a game of finer margins. Against Edinburgh I never really felt we were in danger, but against Leinster tonight I’m not sure I ever really believed we were winning.

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Odds and Ends

Some thoughts since my last post:

Edinburgh

 

My first away game and first game of the season since I moved over here. Great atmosphere for the most part, great laughs from the lads behind us, great rugby on show – overall a top night. Some concerns have been voiced about our defence in the second half but you must remember we never went behind in that game is which is huge in my opinion. Fields of Athenry bouncing around Murrayfield at the end was fantastic. One player seemed to appreciate it more than anyone, that being John Muldoon. He’s finally getting some rewards for sticking with his home province, and is even starting to grow into a fully formed captain. A lot of the time to be successful you need players who’ve been around in the bad old days to push the younger guys. I realize this is the first season Connacht have had more wins than losses so the ‘bad old days’ are still pretty recent for the majority of the team, but regardless, it all feeds into the desire to push on and continue to improve. Continue reading

What does winning mean?

What does winning mean – Part Deux

A year or more ago now I asked what does winning mean to this Connacht team. Due to the current injury crisis there is a growing debate on the Connacht Clan specifically about the Newcastle game tomorrow and what can be expected from the Challenge Cup this season, which relates to this question. There are a lot of interesting factors at play here, which I want to spread out into a more general discussion of winning.

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