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Sunday, December 20, 2015

EPCR: 12.18-12.20 - Round 4


EPCR Champions Cup Round 4: 12.17-12.19
Pool 1
8          -try Saracens torched Oyonnax, 55-13, at the Allianz Park on Saturday; USA Eagles captain, Chris Wyles,  the tournament’s foremost try-scorer, inexplicably absent from the three-quarterline, being replaced by England 7s standout, Mike Ellery – let’s just not hope that continues as Wyles is off to one of his best starts ever; Chris Ashton, Wyle’s wing comrade, had a tryple for Sarries and Owen Farrell looked form at the pivot with 11 from the toe on half trys-converted and a three-pointer;
2          the difference in tallies as visiting Ulster performed the coup de grace on Toulouse in the Ernst Wallon, 25-23; 10 for traveler’s 10, Paddy Jackson, on a braces of conversions and penalties; PJ also got a 10-minute rest split either side the half; the French Giants must now obtain what succor as can be had this season in pursuit of Top 14 glory, within which they’re currently a single match point adrift frontrunner ASM Clermont;

Upcoming Rescheduled: Sunday, 1.10 -  Oyonnax v Ulster at Charles Mathon: this'll go a good bit   toward determining whether Ulster move on to knockouts; their hosts ill-accustomed to home losses; 
  • Saracens               4-0-0 19
  • Ulster                     2-1-0   9
  • Toulouse               1-3-0   5
  • Oyonnax                0-3-0   1

Pool 2
6         the margin of victory for Bordeaux Begles over Ospreys, 33-27, after nearly blowing a 25-10 halftime advantage in l’autre piscine de la mort at Chaban-Delmas in the French wine country; 12 for traveling 10, Dan Biggar, on a try plus two conversions and a penalty; a deuce for the losers with four groundings and the defeat within seven points; must-win for B-B and they delivered well; a brace of yellows for the home side meant 25% man-disadvantage in the contest, but no deterrence on the win; reason for concern in the pool, though as…
5          -try Clermont administered a 42-10 hiding to Exeter Chiefs in the Marcel-Michelin and claimed five match points, which at the French club’s current status of 10 mps, puts them solidly in the frame for pool honors as they’ve a match in hand Ospreys, who lead the group by a deuce; one pair of yellows levied and shared by homeboys replacement tighthead, Clément Ric, and also blindside, Vito Kolelishvili, that put the host down to 13-men for the last 10 minutes or so did naught to aid the faulty Chiefs cause;

Upcoming Rescheduled: Friday, 1.8 - Bordeaux Begles v Clermont Auvergne at Chaban-Delmas: homeboys will be looking to disrupt their guests playoff run and maybe enhance their own status vis-a-vis the knockouts;
  • Ospreys                    2-2-0     12
  • Clermont                   2-1-0     10
  • Exeter                       2-2-0     10
  • Bordeaux-Begles      1-2-0       6                     



Pool 3
3          3 three-pointers for the visiting 10, Dan Carter, and a like amount for the home 10, Stephen Myler, meant a tied tale of tape at the end of the day in Franklin’s Gardens on Friday evening; 9 for the house and 9 for the guest house, and a deuce worth of table points each for Northampton Saints and Racing 92; critical numbers for 92, who’re looking the cream of the group just now;
3          also the difference between guest Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets at 9-6 in a stormy Parc y Scarlets on Saturday; the Reds played catchup for 80 as 10, Finn Russell, knocked through all Warriors numbers inside of 46 minutes, while host 10, Aled Thomas, potted his pair six minutes either side of the hour mark;

Upcoming Rescheduled: Saturday, 1.11 - Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors, Yves-du-Manoir: pretty much a must-have for the Scots; a win in 92's house will be tres difficile, yet doable;
  • Racing 92          2-0-1     12
  • Northampton      2-1-1     10
  • Glasgow            2-1-0       9
  • Scarlets             0-3-0       2


Pool 4
36        -nil the midpoint advantage as Stade Franςais walloped Benetton Treviso in Paris, 40-14; 10 for the home XV’s 10, Morne Steyn, on handful of try-completions and five match points for homeboys in the 6-try victory;
4         the tally in points for unbeaten Leicester Tigers after topping Munster at Welford Road; grim times for the Munstermen as they face elimination next outing; 

Upcoming Rescheduled: Sunday, 1.10 - Stade v Munster at Jean Bouin: gotta figure Munster does   or dies here... no easily hoed row, one should think;
  • Leicester                    4-0-0      18
  • Stade                         2-1-0      10
  • Munster                     1-2-0        5
  • Benetton Treviso        0-4-4        0
Pool 5
23        for the visiting 10, Jimmy Gopperth, on a try plus three conversions plus four penalties, sufficient for Wasps to take down a dismal and disappointed Bath at the Rec as payback for Wasps’ home, lone defeat (23-25) in November; Wasps claimed the 36-10 victory comprehensively and homeboys need to get their act on if they’re to compete in the knockouts, even if they’ve a match in hand the leaders just now, because…

4          the measure of separation in a sure sign of rugby apocalypse as Leinster fell to French powerhouse, Toulon, 20-16, in Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road; it was the Irish Province’s fourth straight EPCR loss and with no hope now for entering the Champions Cup post-season fracticvity from the Death Pool, Leinster must now concentrate on their GP12 league campaign; 

Upcoming Rescheduled: Sunday, 1.10 - Bath v Toulon at the Rec: both want, both need; loser might very well be spectating the knockouts;
  • Wasps       3-1-0     14
  • Toulon       2-1-0       8
  • Bath          2-1-0       8
  • Leinster     0-4-0       2

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