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Sunday, November 15, 2015

European Professional Club Rugby - Round 1 by the #s


noto bene: fixtures scheduled to be played in France were cancelled due the cowardly, unconscionable acts that took place in Paris prior to the weekend.

European Professional Club Rugby Championship (EPCR) by the Numbers:


13  the margin of victory at Welford Road as Leicester Tigers topped Stade FranĪ‚ais, 33-20, to open the 2015/2016 EPCR (formerly Heineken Cup) season Friday evening; 12-8 the dangerous Cats advantage before back-to-back trys from inside center Matt Smith and openside Brendon O’Connor (newly arrived from the Land of the Long White Rugby Cloud) - Smith scored to open the second half and O’Connor grounded  immediately thereafter to open up a 14-point lead for hosts after 12-8 tallies at the half; homeboys were bolstered by majority possession and territory, making that work well for them in the 5 table-point win;
12  points from the toe of flyhalf Ian Keatley for Munster sufficient to the task of turning back Benetton Treviso at Thomond Park, and a quartet of groundings made for bonus point victory, too, last try by Simon Zebo late to secure that additional one; only 10-7 at half, but Treviso’s defense stopped work early and the Irish province rolled it up in the second stanza for the 32-7 win;
Oyonnax v Ulster;
Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors;
15  from flyhalf Owen Farrell’s boot on five sticksplitters and a brace of touch downs by USA Eagle captain, Chris Wyles bolstered Saracens to the win over Toulouse at Allianz Park; no bonus point, however, for Sarries though no doubt the 32-7 victory over the French Giants will prove critical come the end of pool rounds; match was all but over when Wyles-the-flyer cruised across for his second just past restart, extending the 27-nil first forty advantage to 32;
4    the measure of separation at the referee’s last blast and 15-11 the final as Northampton Saints topped Scarlets at Franklin’s Gardens; 7-6 the Saints advantage after forty;
13  for Scotland standoff Ruaridh Jackson as Wasps stunned Leinster, 33-6, at the RDS; the London XV won the turnover battle, nearly halving the Irish number of givebacks, 13-24; Richard Strauss, Sean O'Brien and Mike McCarthy, the heart of Leinster’s pack, all off with injury in what may prove a big hurt on the 3-time champion’s chances for this season’s Grail;
Bordeaux Begles v Clermont Auvergne
Toulon v Bath
20  from Wales pivot, Dan Biggar, on a dropped goal, five penalties and the conversion of Fijian inside center Josh Malavesi’s touch down as Ospreys defeated the Exeter Chiefs at Liberty Stadium; rough start for homeboys and 6-10 the trailing after forty, but a fulsome second stanza made for 25-13 Swansea sweetness at the end of the day.


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