Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Billy on the Box: Ulster sunk without trace in a Titanic tussle

Back in 1912 brave souls set sail from Belfast on an odyssey overseas that they hoped would change the world forever.

Fast forward 100 years and the first port of call was London, not Southampton, as thousands of flag-waving hopefuls gathered to send Brian and his boys off on the crest of a wave only for a big, brutal blue iceberg to ruin the whole thing.

It was rather cheeky of Channel 5 that just as the dust was settling on Ulster’s mauling by Leinster in the Heineken Cup Final that Leonardo and Kate were just clambering on board the Titanic.

Over on Sky, we were still sifting through the wreckage, as Tyrone Howe admitted that ‘when Ulster watch the video it’ll be a bit of a nasty for them.”

I think he meant the game and not the film, but presenter Alex Payne (aptly named) also waded in with ‘what a story it has been but no happy ending for Ulster.’

Stuart Barnes went down the horror theme, saying ‘they’ve been torn to pieces’ and Ulster ‘came out of an incredibly tough pool (Belfast Lough?) but were kicked from one side of Twickenham to the other.” Okay, okay we get the idea, there are people suffering here, let it go.

“It’s the dockers versus the doctors, the hard men versus the aristocrats,” Barnes added, and it was certainly riveting stuff as rather than an SOS it was a BOD (pictured) that dominated a sea of blue. The only real surprise was that Leo Cullen got to lift the trophy and not John Terry, after all he played as big a role in that win as he did in Munich.

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