Total wipeout on the cards as deep freeze plays spoilsport
Published 07/01/2010 | 05:00
IRISH sporting fixtures are facing a possible total wipeout this weekend after a number of high-profile fixtures fell victim to the conditions last night.
In rugby, the Magners League match between Ulster and the Ospreys scheduled for Ravenhill tomorrow night was cancelled -- as was Connacht's home match against Newport Gwent Dragons.
That means the western province head into next weekend's Challenge Cup match against Montpellier not having played for a fortnight.
"It is not ideal but it is something we have to deal with," said head coach Michael Bradley. "The lads are mad keen to get out and play. This is what they do for a living and they need the physicality of a game. They get a bit anxious when they are not playing.
"Mentally, we will need to keep the lads on track and get as much rugby in as we possibly can. But we will get on with it and at this stage the Montpellier game becomes the primary focus."
Leinster are expected to make a decision today as to whether to proceed with their clash against Glasgow tomorrow night, while Munster have Thomond Park on standby for Sunday's clash with Scarlets should Musgrave Park also fall foul of the conditions.
In Gaelic Games, all FBD League games scheduled for Connacht this weekend have already been called off, with others expected to follow suit today.
There will be no racing at Punchestown on Saturday and Sunday's big meeting at Leopardstown is very doubtful.
Cross channel, Jack Frost grabbed his hat-trick yesterday as Arsenal's Premier League game against Bolton Wanderers became the third high-profile match of the week lost to the weather.
The outlook of continued cold weather and snow showers over the next couple of days raises the possibility of the weekend's fixtures being severely affected -- Celtic's Scottish cup tie against Morton has already been called off.