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Rugby, Australian Football: O'kelly catches Woodwards eye

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posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 04:59 AM
Former England coach Clive Woodward praised Leinster lock Malcolm O'Kelly, as his Lions watching brief saw him take in the Irish province's 30-11 Heineken Cup Pool 2 defeat of Bath at Lansdowne Road.

Leinster's centre partnership of Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy, whose controversial 67th minute try saw the home side crucially edge 23-11 in front, were at the forefront of Woodward's mind, but he had a special mention for 30-year-old O'Kelly - already capped five times by the Lions.

"Obviously I was looking out for the centres - but I thought (Malcolm) O'Kelly had an outstanding game," said Woodward.

"It was unfortunate to see D'Arcy injured - Eddie O'Sullivan has gone down to see how he is, so hopefully he's OK."

D'Arcy, nominated for this year's IRB World Player of the Year award, dropped a 45th minute goal and touched down under the heavy challenge of Bath flanker Michael Lipman, but sustained a groin strain as he stretched to ground the ball.



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