Molecast #35The Molecast add
We go long on Leinster's imperious semi-final victory against Munster, doling out praise where it's due, and then focus on a disappointing end to Ulster's otherwise excellent season. They're on the up, but Munster look to have stood still. There's also lots of anecdotes about large rugbymen.
Molecast #34The Molecast add
Leinster hit the wall against a mighty Saracens team in Newcastle and lose their first Euro final. Did it all hinge on the big moments like Luke McGrath's wayward box kick and Liam William's ravenous hit-and-steal?
In Munster there's more drama as their coaching ticket is again in search of stability after Felix Jones and Gerry Flannery turn down contracts. How do both teams prepare ahead of this weekend's huge league semi-final?
Molecast #33 [The Re-Up]The Molecast add
[Re-uploaded with proper audio] After semi-final weekend, we give the boys in blue the credit deserve for a consummate performance at the Aviva and ask whether Munster are improving — but not quickly enough — or if their 7th semi-final loss is a reality check for them.
Molecast #32The Molecast add
Following a thought-provoking article by Gerry Thornley on the plight of the club game we look at the state of it after an exciting denouement to the regular season of the AIL. We also look at squad size, depth, matching players and game time, and look ahead to two tasty semi-final encounters.
Molecast #31The Molecast add
Three out of the four Heineken Cup quarter finals provided exceptional excitement with two bonafide classics taking place in Paris and Dublin. We pick over the bones of them, and ask how Leinster's depth is getting tested, how the rugby gods will punish Tadhg Beirne, how Ulster, Edinburgh and Racing will feel after their respective defeats.
YNWA Dan Leavy!
Molecast #30The Molecast add
It's a post-mortem for a Six Nations that leaves everyone but Wales disappointed. Take the dog for an extra long walk because there's loads to get off our collective chests.
More analytical that a Buenos Aires dinner party, we try to get inside the heads of everyone from Gatty to Joe to Genge and attempt to decipher how focus, fitness and form come together in the magic stew of victory.
Congrats to Wales and hurrah for the U20s Grand Slam heroes!
Molecast #29The Molecast add
We rank Ireland both out of 1 to 10 and with the binary unsatisfactory/satisfactory distinction as we pick apart an impressive victory against France and ask if Cardiff represents a "free hit"? Have we really learned that much about ourselves other than we *still* suck at being favourites?
Molecast #28The Molecast add
As usual, the game is gone or going somewhere weird. Crisis in Wales, crisis in world rugby, crisis at World Rugby. There's not enough people close enough to each other on the planet to make the game viable in the way it wants to be while maintaining some semblance of the game's traditions: discuss.
OK, we will. Welsh sociology, roads, the Belle Epoque, FIRA, it's all in here.
Molecast #25The Molecast add
Meeting the pitch of the ball, changing the pitch of the game, 1500 metre full backs, the paradox of Zebo's absence, being the best team in the world for six weeks, some Japanese big picture, and some face-smashing: these are just some of the things that we grasp onto in the aftermath of getting pumped at home by pumped-up English.
Molecast #24The Molecast add
We try to get inside the mind of Schmidt and Jones to pick their teams for them. Given they are now announced, it retrospectively seems like Joe is channelling his inner Gatland. And while the team largely picks itself, the bench very much does not. Also ou est les françaises? First the snowdrops, then St Bridget's Day, then the Six Nations!
Molecast #23The Molecast add
We focus on the little province that could, that keeps surprising us all and has ended up with a surprising contingent in the Irish squad: Ulster (badum tish.)
Also we indulge in some Valdanology, investigating claims of Shit-on-a-Stick at Thomond Park, sexy sub outhalf talk for Leinster and the boring grind of Premierships DoFs.
Molecast #22The Molecast add
The festive interpros heralded the end of rugby as we know it with tedious blowhards and tinfoil-hat-wearing Twitter cranks calling for the abolition of the uncompetitive Pro 14, a situation which might finally allow the Welsh teams to thrive.... where exactly? THE GAME'S GONE.
Good thing then that there's some rugby to look forward to.
Molecast #21The Molecast add
After a weekend which saw 5 of the 7 Premiership teams lose in Europe, we go in depth on the status of the league as it faces into a future that is likely to include ring-fencing and the a partial buy-out by a private equity firm. We also evaluate Munster's curious win against Castres, as well as looking back to see who France is blaming for their defeat to Fiji.
Molecast #20The Molecast add
We've attained rugby perfection and there's nothing left to do but meditate on it (OMMMMM) but we still luxuriate in it a little bit, or even a lot. Just how good was it? Very, very good. Then there's the question of the ABs trajectory, and lastly there's the squad for US Eagles game – and beyond.
Molecast #19The Molecast add
We are going long on the more-interesting-than-expected clash between Pumas who have reasons to be optimistic and the Irish who have plenty mull over. And of course with the All Blacks on the horizon, we look into their squeaky victory over the English and look forward to the title bout next Saturday night at Lansdowne Road.
Molecast #18The Molecast add
There's a lot of player welfare talk surrounding professional rugby these days but extraneous — pointless — internationals outside the autumn test match window, and ignoring borderline hits because they are unpopular decisions don't add up to looking after the players. We get into the bizarre Ireland B vs Italy B in mostly empty stadium, and ask where England are, and if they are going anywhere.
Molecast #17The Molecast add
Bruce Craig wuz robbed: will threat of high court make high tackles hightail it? Or will the ABs still get their scalps and get away with it? Leinster lose despite being the Harlem Globetrotters (apparently), Nucifora releases Budget 2019, and who gets picked for Ireland?