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Sunday, December 13, 2015

European Professional Club Rugby - Round 3 By the Numbers

European Professional Club Rugby: by the Numbers

EPCRChampions Cup Pool Round 3: 12.11-12.13
- by the numbers in a big numbers weekend, with the first four matches on the card all going the winning bonus-point rout [sic] for the home team victors:

*        11     for #10, Paddy Jackson, from 4 conversions and a penalty, and 5 trys for 5 match  points as Ulster  absolutely throttled Toulouse in Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill on Friday night;  2-10 minute seats, 1 for #9 Sébas,tian Bézy and t’other awarded to blindside, Yacouba Camara, both in the first forty - though Camara’s enforced respite extended into the second stanza - doing nothing to aid the French cause;
*        10     for #13, Duncan Weir on 1 try, its conversion and a penalty slotted from in front of the posts, against #10 Steven Shingler’s sticksplitter, made for a 7 point spread at the half for Warriors at a cool and drizzly Scotstoun v Scarlets; the homeside extended their lead with groundings by #2, James Malcolm, and Taqele Naiyaravoro  through 70’and nailed the bonus point on Naiyaravoro’s brace at 71’; the Fijian-born, Aussie powerhouse-flyer dotted his hattryck at 72’, followed by a try from Warriors replacement second row, Tim Swinson, at time made the Welsh club’s EPCR           prospects this season dim and dour, and a record of 43-6 for Glasgow;
Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Saracens
3
3
0
0
14
Ulster
2
1
1
0
5
Toulouse
3
1
2
0
4
Oyonnax
2
0
2
0
1
upcoming:
Friday, 12.18: Saracens v Oyonnax – Allianz Park: this won’t be pretty, but... Go You Wyles!
Saturday, 12.19:Toulouse v Ulster - Stade Ernst Wallon: the host not liking their guests now; clash of titanic proportions!

Pool 2:
*       4          the measure of separation ‘twixt Exeter and Clermont at 14-10 with the French club in the lead, but three, unanswered second stanza trys, all converted by Chiefs11-point, perfect-toed, #10 Garret Steenson for 5-point, 31-14 homeboy victory at Sandy Park; 
*       All 19  for #10 Dan Biggar, who just seems to be getting better after his sparkling performance on the 2015 RWC stage for Wales, sufficient the task of Ospreys topping a traveling Bordeaux-Begles XV who managed only 16, albeit amidst hard work playing most of the second stanza one-man down, and for 10 minutes at a complement of 13 for a 19-16 record;
Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Ospreys
3
2
1
0
10
Exeter Chiefs
3
2
1
0
10
Clermont Auvergne
2
1
1
0
5
Bordeaux Begles
2
0
2
0
1

upcoming:
Saturday, 12.19: Clermont Auvergne v Exeter – Stade Marcel Michelin: payback,one should think;
Sunday, 12.20: Bordeaux Begles v Ospreys – Stade Chaplan Delmas: payback, one might think;


Pool 3
*       10        for #13, Duncan Weir on 1 try, its conversion and a penalty slotted from in front of the posts, against #10 Steven Shingler’s sticksplitter, made for a 7- point Warriors spread at the half in a cool and drizzly Scotstoun v Scarlets; the  homeside extended their lead with groundings by #2, James Malcolm, and Taqele Naiyaravoro  through 70’ and nailed the bonus point on Niyaravoro’s brace at 71’;  the Fijian-born, Aussie powerhouse-flyer then dotted his hattryck at  72’, followed by a try from Warriors replacement second row, Tim Swinson, at time made the   Welsh club’s EPCR prospects this season dim and dour, and a record of 43-6 for Glasgow;
*       5          points also for Racing 92 as they steamrolled Northampton Saints in Paris, 33-3, on 5 trys an 4-from-5 conversions by Stade’s new #10, Dan Carter, whose first run with his new XV would pretty  much be considered success of the unqualified sort though the 2015 RWC MVP did not touch down, nor did he have a dropped goal to his credit, he was knocking them through from allover the show and distributing with alacrity at Stade Yves-du-Manoir on this rugby day;

Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
Racing 92
2
2
0
0
10
Northampton Saints
3
2
1
0
8
Glasgow Warriors
2
1
1
0
5
Scarlets
3
0
3
0
1

upcoming:
Friday, 12.18; Northampton Saints v Racing 92  – Franklin’s Gardens: let’s see what the Dan Carter-led crew takes on the road at the Saints holy grounds;
Saturday, 12.19: Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors – Parc y Scarlets: do or die for the Rouge for certain;
                                                                       
Pool 4
*       50        for Stade Franςais before the hour mark put Benetton Treviso to sword on their                  Stade-trot in northern Italy; 15 for Stade’s #10, Jules Plisson, on 6-from-7 trys-converted plus a sticksplitter; bonus- point try scored in the 22nd minute of play by openside Sylvain Nicolas and 36 points the French lead at the half; Benetton came alive in the final quarter, however, with a trio of   groundings (1 converted) in that frame for a 50-17 record;
*       12        the traveling Tigers advantage after 40 at 18-6, and 12 the margin of victory for Leicester, 31-19, at the referee Romain Potte’s last blast as the English club solemnized the faithful at Thomond Park and Munster enabled Leicester to claim sole possession of the ordering seat in Pool 4 with a comfortable  9 points advantage; second-placed Stade have a match in hand the group leaders, it could be well-noted;

Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points






Leicester Tigers
3
3
0
0
14
Stade de Franςais
2
1
1
0
5
Munster
2
1
1
0
5
Benetton Treviso
3
0
3
0
0

upcoming:
Saturday, 12.19: Stade de Franςais v Benetton Treviso – Stade Jean Bouin: could/should be five for the homeboys;
Sunday, 12.20: Leicester Tigers v Munster – Welford Road: do or direst for Munster at the most difficult road of them all;

Pool 5
*     14        for Toulon #9, Eric Escande, on 5-from-6 bootwork and Le Toulonais  defeated Leinster, 24-9, at the Felix Mayol on Sunday; 3 EPCR losses running now for the three-time champion Irish province… no’ the right direction should one think; three penalties by Jonny Sexton the mere muster for the Irish squad in their continuing  European plummet;
*       2        points the measure of separation in the final match of Round 3, and a nail-biter of a bruising competition it was with chilly-cold and sweet–as-you-‘d-like Bath #10, George Ford, iced victory for his XV over host Wasps at a muggy Ricoh Arena in Coventry; 2-ten minute seats  awarded near time, one to Wasps openside George Smith an t’other to replacement front row Lorenzo Cittadini in the final 10 minutes by referee Jerome Garces, meant a 13-man defense for homeboys that was breached in extra time by the visiting #15, Anthony Watson, in the corner for Ford’s heroic               potshot from touch and road joy for Bath
Club
Matches Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Points
Wasps
3
2
1
0
10
Bath Rugby
2
2
0
0
8
Toulon
2
1
1
0
4
Leinster
3
0
3
0
1

upcoming:
Saturday, 12.19: Leinster v RC Toulon – Aviva Stadium: homeboys can’t go four in a row to the bad in front of the home crowd… can they? Bath Rugby v Wasps– the Rec: the lead in this, the Groupe  de la Mort would go forever in establishing the Spa Town in the top shelf of this feisty crowd;
                                               




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