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# analysis - Friday 15 January, 2021

Are Man United now genuine title contenders?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Are Man United now genuine title contenders?

Fri 8:02 PM 30,833 Views 75 Comments

After hitting a lowpoint against Tottenham, the Red Devils have improved vastly since then.

# analysis - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

How a God-fearing Ireland shamed, abandoned and punished its 'fallen' women and girls
# Analysis
# Analysis

How a God-fearing Ireland shamed, abandoned and punished its 'fallen' women and girls

Jan 12th 2021, 11:13 PM 41,611 Views 107 Comments

‘My mother had been conditioned to feel grateful for the sanctuary of the home as she had committed a terrible sin in having sex outside of marriage and they would take care of her bastard child, me.’

# analysis - Monday 11 January, 2021

'Unfortunately, Connacht just made the wrong decision in this case'
# Endgame
From The42
# Endgame

'Unfortunately, Connacht just made the wrong decision in this case'

Jan 11th 2021, 3:20 PM 10,967 Views 5 Comments

The final scrum offered Andy Friend’s men a 15v13 chance to win late on against Munster.

# analysis - Tuesday 5 January, 2021

'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster

Jan 5th 2021, 10:49 AM 9,570 Views 16 Comments

Andy Friend’s side defended aggressively and kicked intelligently to pull off their victory in Dublin.

# analysis - Friday 18 December, 2020

Player of the year so far? Worst signing? It's the Premier League of the half-season awards
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Player of the year so far? Worst signing? It's the Premier League of the half-season awards

Updated Dec 18th 2020, 3:03 PM 29,959 Views 38 Comments

We assess the good and bad of this year, as the campaign approaches its halfway point.

# analysis - Sunday 6 December, 2020

The most encouraging passage of attack in Ireland's entire autumn campaign
# Green Shoots
From The42
# Green Shoots

The most encouraging passage of attack in Ireland's entire autumn campaign

Dec 6th 2020, 12:08 PM 28,159 Views 5 Comments

The sequence leading to Duncan Taylor’s yellow card gave us a glimpse of what Ireland are trying to do.

# analysis - Saturday 5 December, 2020

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are going at it like cats and dogs - and expect it to continue
# Analysis
# Analysis

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are going at it like cats and dogs - and expect it to continue

Dec 5th 2020, 10:00 AM 38,470 Views 124 Comments

As long as the two parties are polling well, the strategy is unlikely to change.

# analysis - Friday 4 December, 2020

Will Liverpool's 22-year-old from Cork continue incredible journey with Premier League debut?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Will Liverpool's 22-year-old from Cork continue incredible journey with Premier League debut?

Dec 4th 2020, 2:46 PM 6,568 Views 7 Comments

Caoimhín Kelleher made his Champions League bow during the week.

# analysis - Saturday 28 November, 2020

Race For Liam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland hurling glory
# Semi-final Weekend
From The42
# Semi-final Weekend

Race For Liam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland hurling glory

Nov 28th 2020, 8:00 AM 24,742 Views 5 Comments

Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Kilkenny are still in the hunt for the big prize.

# analysis - Friday 20 November, 2020

Has Paul Pogba reached a point of no return at Man United?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Has Paul Pogba reached a point of no return at Man United?

Nov 20th 2020, 6:46 PM 8,360 Views 10 Comments

The Frenchman has been reduced to a substitute role on more than one occasion this season.

# analysis - Thursday 19 November, 2020

The late shows of composure, skill and luck that put Cork and Tipperary close to Munster glory
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

The late shows of composure, skill and luck that put Cork and Tipperary close to Munster glory

Nov 19th 2020, 6:24 PM 9,006 Views 4 Comments

Sunday’s Munster finalists supplied the scoring goods late on to crucial effect in their semi-finals.

# analysis - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

'Gibson-Park has the potential to cause defences a huge amount of problems'
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

'Gibson-Park has the potential to cause defences a huge amount of problems'

Nov 17th 2020, 10:26 AM 8,699 Views 13 Comments

The Ireland scrum-half came in for praise on this week’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.

# analysis - Monday 16 November, 2020

5 talking points as Ireland suffer a familiar type of frustration
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

5 talking points as Ireland suffer a familiar type of frustration

Nov 16th 2020, 12:02 AM 8,657 Views 8 Comments

Meanwhile, Jack Byrne ended a 35-year wait for a League of Ireland player to be capped in a competitive fixture for the Boys in Green.

# analysis - Saturday 14 November, 2020

Analysis: Lowe shows quality but Ireland's attack misses too many chances
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Analysis: Lowe shows quality but Ireland's attack misses too many chances

Nov 14th 2020, 2:58 PM 8,780 Views 0 Comments

Mike Catt’s attack delivered some real smarts off set-piece but they blew some big opportunities.

# analysis - Friday 13 November, 2020

No one ever said it was going to be easy for Stephen Kenny and Ireland
# Talking Points
From The42
# Talking Points

No one ever said it was going to be easy for Stephen Kenny and Ireland

Nov 13th 2020, 6:30 AM 6,198 Views 9 Comments

England were the far superior side on a disappointing night for Ireland at Wembley.

# analysis - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

No props on the wing, the scraps, clarity in transition - Ireland's defence checklist
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

No props on the wing, the scraps, clarity in transition - Ireland's defence checklist

Nov 11th 2020, 7:00 PM 10,190 Views 5 Comments

Andy Farrell’s men will be looking to make improvements in a defensive sense in the Autumn Nations Cup.

# analysis - Monday 2 November, 2020

Stockdale shows kicking quality but errors prove costly on tough night in Paris
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Stockdale shows kicking quality but errors prove costly on tough night in Paris

Nov 2nd 2020, 8:29 PM 36,235 Views 49 Comments

The 24-year-old made his second start in the number 15 shirt as Andy Farrell’s side came up short.

# analysis - Sunday 1 November, 2020

How Andy Farrell's Ireland lost the crucial championship minutes in Paris
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Andy Farrell's Ireland lost the crucial championship minutes in Paris

Nov 1st 2020, 11:55 AM 51,050 Views 41 Comments

The visitors made a huge call to go to touch before half-time and then conceded just after the break.

# analysis - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Analysis: 80 seconds that show how good Ireland Women's attack can be
# Team Try
From The42
# Team Try

Analysis: 80 seconds that show how good Ireland Women's attack can be

Oct 27th 2020, 7:45 PM 4,848 Views 0 Comments

Every single player had a role in Claire Molloy’s try just before half-time against Italy.

# analysis - Sunday 25 October, 2020

Ireland's pack of jackals well suited to the refocused breakdown interpretations
# Turnovers
From The42
# Turnovers

Ireland's pack of jackals well suited to the refocused breakdown interpretations

Oct 25th 2020, 8:26 PM 11,577 Views 4 Comments

Andy Farrell was most pleased with his side’s defensive work in the big win over Italy.

# analysis - Friday 9 October, 2020

Encouraging Slovakia performance proves Kenny's credentials and shows nonsense of succession plan
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Encouraging Slovakia performance proves Kenny's credentials and shows nonsense of succession plan

Oct 9th 2020, 1:39 PM 29,781 Views 51 Comments

Kenny showed last night the progress he has made with his players, but it’s too little too late for Ireland’s Euros hopes.

Ireland's best performance since Euro 2016 deserved more
# Talking Points
From The42
# Talking Points

Ireland's best performance since Euro 2016 deserved more

Oct 9th 2020, 6:30 AM 10,563 Views 25 Comments

Stephen Kenny’s men were a penalty shootout away from the play-off final.

# analysis - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

Larmour and Wootton show how work-rate is a crucial part of wing play
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Larmour and Wootton show how work-rate is a crucial part of wing play

Oct 6th 2020, 7:00 PM 6,625 Views 1 Comment

The Leinster and Connacht wide men worked hard across the pitch to feature in tries last weekend.

# analysis - Friday 2 October, 2020

What most pundits are overlooking in the Premier League handball debate
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

What most pundits are overlooking in the Premier League handball debate

Updated Oct 2nd 2020, 8:02 PM 26,493 Views 13 Comments

A decision at the end of the Tottenham-Newcastle game last weekend has caused much uproar.

# analysis - Friday 25 September, 2020

Can Aaron Connolly succeed where most Irish strikers struggle?
# Talking Point
From The42
# Talking Point

Can Aaron Connolly succeed where most Irish strikers struggle?

Sep 25th 2020, 4:39 PM 11,321 Views 1 Comment

The 20-year-old Galway native was on target against Newcastle last weekend.

# analysis - Sunday 20 September, 2020

How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens

Sep 20th 2020, 11:10 AM 10,182 Views 33 Comments

Sloppy errors, aerial losses, maul failings, scrum penalties, and a brilliant Sarries try were all involved.

Seven scrum pens and five misses in the 22 - Leinster left with big regrets
# Woes
From The42
# Woes

Seven scrum pens and five misses in the 22 - Leinster left with big regrets

Sep 20th 2020, 7:45 AM 12,365 Views 44 Comments

Saracens’ pack dominated Leo Cullen’s men up front in an impressive performance.

# analysis - Friday 18 September, 2020

Can a familiar face bail out Mourinho and Spurs?
# Talking Point
From The42
# Talking Point

Can a familiar face bail out Mourinho and Spurs?

Sep 18th 2020, 3:37 PM 6,807 Views 2 Comments

Gareth Bale is set to re-join the North London club.

# analysis - Monday 14 September, 2020

How Leinster's relentless defence shut Ulster down after a promising start
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Leinster's relentless defence shut Ulster down after a promising start

Sep 14th 2020, 2:10 PM 21,109 Views 13 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men retained their Guinness Pro14 title with an excellent defensive performance.

# analysis - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Will Jose Mourinho's conservatism impede Matt Doherty? Graeme Souness doesn't think so
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Will Jose Mourinho's conservatism impede Matt Doherty? Graeme Souness doesn't think so

Sep 10th 2020, 10:01 PM 10,408 Views 5 Comments

The Sky Sports pundit also believes Liverpool are favourites to win this year’s Premier League.

# analysis - Monday 7 September, 2020

Sexton and Connors set the tone as Leinster's defence smothers Munster
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Sexton and Connors set the tone as Leinster's defence smothers Munster

Sep 7th 2020, 9:30 PM 25,937 Views 23 Comments

Stuart Lancaster’s charges shut down Munster’s early attempts to get a foothold in the game.

The biggest challenge of the Stephen Kenny era is already obvious
# New Dawn
From The42
# New Dawn

The biggest challenge of the Stephen Kenny era is already obvious

Sep 7th 2020, 5:07 PM 44,918 Views 25 Comments

Plus, more talking points from the Ireland manager’s first two games in charge.

# analysis - Sunday 6 September, 2020

McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill

Sep 6th 2020, 2:30 PM 6,882 Views 2 Comments

The northern province stuck to their philosophy as they mounted a dramatic comeback last night.

# analysis - Saturday 5 September, 2020

Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster

Sep 5th 2020, 10:24 AM 12,326 Views 40 Comments

The southern province were second best in the kicking game as they suffered another semi-final defeat.

# analysis - Friday 4 September, 2020

Bold Adam Idah call a metaphor for new Ireland
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Bold Adam Idah call a metaphor for new Ireland

Sep 4th 2020, 5:30 AM 20,423 Views 2 Comments

The 19-year-old Cork-born forward was handed his senior international debut in Stephen Kenny’s first match in charge.

# analysis - Monday 31 August, 2020

Why Rob Kearney could have a big role against one of Munster's key weapons
# Rule The Skies
From The42
# Rule The Skies

Why Rob Kearney could have a big role against one of Munster's key weapons

Aug 31st 2020, 7:00 PM 10,631 Views 24 Comments

Conor Murray’s box-kicking has been superb over the past two weekends.

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster

Aug 31st 2020, 3:00 PM 31,539 Views 20 Comments

The 24-year-old openside flanker was dogged and destructive in defence.

# analysis - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Analysis: Connacht's attack suggests 2020/21 could be a very exciting season
# Skills
From The42
# Skills

Analysis: Connacht's attack suggests 2020/21 could be a very exciting season

Aug 26th 2020, 7:44 PM 9,950 Views 6 Comments

The western province delivered an impressive performance as Irish rugby restarted.

# analysis - Monday 24 August, 2020

Analysis: Deception and work-rate key as Munster attack hints at progress
# Stacks
From The42
# Stacks

Analysis: Deception and work-rate key as Munster attack hints at progress

Updated Aug 24th 2020, 8:01 PM 27,284 Views 26 Comments

Johann van Graan’s men scored three tries thanks to sharp finishes in the Leinster 22.

Leinster learn from England in pursuit of multi-threat attacking kicking game
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Leinster learn from England in pursuit of multi-threat attacking kicking game

Aug 24th 2020, 7:20 AM 12,604 Views 12 Comments

Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton delivered two superb touches against Munster on Saturday.

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