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Monday, November 23, 2015

European Professional Club Rugby: by the Numbers


Round 2


Pool 1

1/3    the way through the pool progression and Saracens sure are showing smart after settling upon Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill Park for a five-point, 27-9, road dustup of Ulster;  the hosts were happy with a 9-5 lead after the first forty, with all their numbers coming off the toe of #10 Paddy Jackson on two penalties and a dropped goal; however, ratios of 5:1 (lineouts lost), 8:1 mauls lost, and 1 clean break against 9 for the travelers, ultimately spelled doom for the unwon Irish province (though they’ve a match in hand Sarries, who currently top Pool 1); a quartet of trys by #s: 8 - Billy Vunipola, 11 - Chris Wyles (with his brace from last weekend, the USA Eagles captain be tearing up the EPCR turf!), 13 - Duncan Taylor, and 15 - Alex Goode, along with five points from the boot of visiting flyhalf Owen Farrell (one penalty and one conversion) these sig-figs made for corsair joy;

6    the measure of separation between Toulouse and Oyonnax at Ernst Wallon as hosts were required to comeback from 3-6 halftime deficit to record 24-18 victory at the end of the day; not a bonus point win however, for the French Giants, and a losing b-p for the feisty travelers that was secured late with a grounding by #9, Fabien Chibray, and its completion by #13, Welshman Nicky Robinson;

Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Saracens
2
2
0
0
9
Toulouse
2
1
1
0
4
Oyonnax
1
0
1
0
1
Ulster
1
0
1
0
0

upcoming:
Friday, 12.11: Ulster v Toulouse – Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill Park
Sunday, 12.13: Oyonnax v Saracens - Stade  – “Big O” tough at home


Pool 2

14    points on account of Chiefs standoff, Henry Slade, at the Sandbox with four sticksplitters and a conversion; four trys and the winning bonus-point for homeboys in 34-19 victory over Bordeaux Begles; a brace of dots by flyer Olly Woodburn bracketed groundings by #5 Moray Low and replacement Ian Whitten and made for Exeter joy and the ordering seat of the group after the second cycle of action;

3    bonus points total between Clermont and Ospreys in the best match of the young season, and while the Welsh travelers held that edge 2-1, their hosts got the important 4-point win, 34-29, at Marcel Michelin; a brace by UK-born David Strettle for the home team in support the five-point victory;

Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Ospreys
2
1
1
0
6
Clermont Auvergne
1
1
0
0
5
Exeter Chiefs
2
1
1
0
5
Bordeaux Begles
1
0
1
0
0

upcoming:
Saturday, 12.12: Exeter v Clermont Auvergne – Sandy Park; 
                            Ospreys v Bordeaux Begles - Liberty Stadium


Pool 3

11    the production of Saints 10, Stephen Myler, on 3 penalties and the conversion of a try by #13, George Pisi; along with a brace of scores by Samoan flyer, Ahsee Tuala, 26-15 road happiness for Northampton v Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun;

5    table points for Racing 92 in its extra credit win as they upended Scarlets, 29-12, at Parc y Scarlets; however, scarlet for the visitors big, bad, breakaway Bernie Le Roux for stamping; 11 counted by 92’s nine, Maxime Machenaud, on three conversions and a try;


Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Northampton Saints
2
2
0
0
8
Racing 92
1
1
0
0
5
Scarlets
2
0
2
0
1
Glasgow Warriors
1
0
1
0
0

upcoming:
Saturday, 12.12: Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets – Scotstoun
                            Racing 92 v Northampton Saints – Stade Yves-Du-Manoir


Pool 4

2    groundings for 15, Telusa Veainu, plus one for flyer Peter Betham, another by replacement  front row, Glenn Bateman, and a penalty try for a fifth as Leicester Tigers thrashed Benetton Treviso, 36-3, on the road at Stadio Monigo; all possible table points from Tigers initial pair of hunts and ten table credits their profit just now for the EPCR lead;

pp   Stade v Munster postponed at the Jean Bouin

Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Leicester Tigers
2
2
0
0
10
Munster
1
1
0
0
5
Stade de Franςais
1
0
1
0
0
Benetton Treviso
2
0
2
0
0

upcoming:
Saturday, 12.12: Benetton Treviso v Stade de Franςais – Stadio Comunale di Monigo
                            Munster v Leicester Tigers - Thomond Park


Pool 5


2    the number of Leinster defeats, not the right EPCR start for the powerful Irish province and first time it's happened, after Bath were three better than their guests at The Rec in the spa city; 14 points for George Ford on account of three penalties, a dropped goal and the conversion of a penalty try awarded just past the hour mark in the 19-16 record;

14    for Scotland pivot, Ruaridh Jackson, on a try, three conversions and a penalty slot, and the bonus point for Wasps as they hosted, roasted and toasted RC Toulon, 32-6, at Ricoh Arena to claim topspot in their group


Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Wasps
2
2
0
0
4
Bath Rugby
2
1
0
0
4
Leinster
1
0
2
0
1
Toulon
0
0
0
0
0

upcoming:
Sunday, 12.13:   RC Toulon v Leinster – Stade Félix Mayol
                            Wasps v Bath Rugby – Ricoh Arena
                                               







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