Monday, October 22, 2018

European Professional Club Rugby: Round 2 Rap: 10.22

European Professional Club Rugby – Champions Cup: Round 2, BtN

20           off the toe of talisman George Ford on 4-and-4 and an awakened Tigers XV smashed open a tight, 2-point  margin in the second stanza for a 45-27 defeat of Scarlets at Welford Road on Friday evening; adrift by 12 early in the last half 13-25, a brace of groundings converted by Scarlets 15, Leigh Halfpenny, made for a brief, 27-25 visitors advantage before the Leicester piled on 20 more with trys from injury returnees:13, Manu Tuilagi, and14, Johnny May;

16           for Munster 10 Joey Carbery on: 1 try, 1 penalty, and 4 conversions in the 36-22 win over Gloucester at Thomond Park in a casino-night atmosphere where 4 cards were played, 1 of them a red for Cherry-and-Whites most bad boy 10, Dan Cipriani, for an elevated check at stoppage;

19           for everybody after 1st 40, and homeys won the second half by 4, 10-6, and 6-0-0 Aviva Premiership Chiefs are winless after the first two Champions Cup outings, while reigning Top 14 champs, Castres Olympique are level at table having banked the 29-25, 4-pointer at Pierre Fabre; meanwhile Exeter 10, Garo Steenson, counted 15 on 1 try and 2-and-2 from the toe in the bonus-point loss;

5             the circle of Hell called “Anger” and that would be the Toulon changing room after reception of the 14-40   tumping at Murrayfield; 13 for Edinburgh 10, Jaco Van der Walt, who made the most of his start in the bonus- point win with 3-and-2 off his toe;

35           for the entirety of Ricoh as it could have been worse, and it could have been better for both Wasps and their guests, Bath, in the draw; 5-from-5 conversions from each 10, homeys Lima Sopoaga and visitors Freddie Burns;

24           in the second stanza did the trick for Racing 92 as the Parisians upended Ulster at La Defénse Arena, 44-12; 17 for home 10, Finn Russell, on 3-and-4 off the boots in the 5-try, bonus-point win;

4             scores for Saracens in their 29-10 bonus-point home joy over winless Lyon at Barnet-Copthall;

4             table points for Newcastle as Falcons recorded their 2nd EPCR Champions Cup victory in a row over Top 14 clubs as cool-as-an-English-cucumber 10, Joel Hodgson, put up his paw for 6 Nations selection with 13 from his toe on 3-and-2;
14           for Glasgow 10, Adam Hastings, on the 1st try of the match plus 1 penalty plus 3 conversions and Warriors got the bonus-point win over Cardiff at the Arms Park, 29-12; double for Blues flyer, Aled Summerhill in the loss;

1             only the measure of separation at ’80 and Toulouse undid Leinster at the Ernest Wallon, 28-27; 13 from the toe of Toulonnais 10, Thom Ramos, on 3-and-2, and 12 from oppo number 10, Jonny Sexton on 2-and-3 off the boot;

Upcomes Round 3: 12.7-9.2018

Friday, December 7:
               Edinburgh (6) v (8) Newcastle at Murrayfield: who’d a thunk this’d be for the pool lead? MoW;
               Scarlets (1) v (4) Ulster at Parc y Scarlets: a must win for both;

Saturday, December 8:

               Exeter Chiefs (3) v (4) Gloucester at Sandy Park: El Jefes looking for a 1st win yet;
               Lyon (0) v (5) Glasgow at Matmut de Gerland: homeys desperate now;
               Bath (4) v (6) Leinster at the Rec: hosts campaign could turn on this outcome, while visitors will look for at minimum four table points from the encounter;
               Toulon (1) v (4) Montpellier at the Mayol: home team seeking answers and travelers with plenty of queries;
               Wasps (3) v (8) Toulouse at Ricoh Arena: hosts could wind up drawn on table points with their guests they play their cards correctly;      

Sunday, December 9:
               Munster (7) v (5) Castres at Thomond Park: Match of Weekend;
               Saracens (9) v (4) Cardiff in Allianz Park at Barnet Copthall: home team may have already counted the nickel;
               Racing 92 (9) v (5) Leicester at La Defénse Arena: Finn Russell and company hot right now

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