Thursday 23 November 2017

Something from the weekend

The good...

Ball rolling

Jamie Heaslip ignited last year's Grand Slam challenge with his bullocking run-in try against the French at Croke Park. So it was appropriate that the Leinster star polished off Ireland's slickest move of the game to score the opening try of the campaign on Saturday. The hard work may have been done by Ronan O'Gara's superb cut-out pass early in the move but once Heaslip caught sight of the line, nobody was going to deny him.

What followed may have failed to live up to last year's fireworks, but at least Heaslip and Co have got the ball rolling in the right direction.

Leading man

Some day, Arsene Wenger might be able to devise a plan to deal with Didier Drobga. The Chelsea striker once again gave the Gunners' defence a physical test that they failed miserably. The Ivorian outmuscled Wenger's men as his first-half brace sent Chelsea back to the top of the table. Matt Damon was on hand to join in the applause when Drogba was substituted late on but even the Hollywood actor would be in no doubt that Drogba is the leading man around Stamford Bridge.

The bad

Jones' slip-up

Martin Johnson's 40th birthday is still a month away but the England's boss was grateful for Alun-Wyn Jones' early gift after the Welsh flanker got himself needlessly yellow-carded and turned the game in favour of Johnson's men. With the game finely balanced at 3-3 Jones was sent to the sin-bin for ludicrously tripping Dylan Hartley and by the time he returned, 10 minutes of game-time later, England were 17 points clear and Wales were facing an insurmountable task. Perhaps he'll be renamed Alun-Sin Jones as part of his punishment.

Near Miss

The GAA season has barely begun but already Declan O'Sullivan has a nomination for the 'miss of the season' after fluffing his lines with the goal at his mercy in yesterday's League clash against Dublin. As the All-Ireland champions threatened to complete a dramatic revival in the dying minutes in Killarney, Kieran Donaghy fielded the ball brilliantly to O'Sullivan and as Stephen Cluxton lost his footing, the Kerryman scuffed his shot and the ball flew wide.

and the odd ...

Leading lady

US Open champions Kim Clijsters is to undergo her own unique kind of plastic surgery with the news that she is to become immortalised by the world's leading doll brand -- Barbie.

The 26-year-old Belgian wears a tennis ensemble inspired by the one she wore when she won the final of the US Open in 2009 accompanied by a miniature version modelled on her daughter Jada.

Irish Independent

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