Sunday, December 9, 2018

EPCR - Champions Cup Round 3 - By the Numbers

European Professional Club Rugby – Champions Cup: Round 3, BtN

Road victories are hard to come by in Europe. However half the matches in Round 3 were won by travelers, which will figure huge into the playoffs when pool play finishes. Ulster, Gloucester, Leinster, Glasgow and Toulouse all topped their hosts with Ulster and Warriors, the two second-placed clubs in their respective pools, getting the bonus points.

16           for Toulon 10, Adrienne Belleau, on 2-and-4 from his toe and got the right side of a 38-28 result over Montpellier at the Felix Mayol; hattrick in the losing effort for flyer, Timoci Nagusa; Cruden’s hurt and out for a month so he did not list on the matchday roster for the travelers;

0             match points for homeboys at the Ricoh as Wasps fell to eight-point defeat to a bossy Toulouse; Hornets were ahead by a deuce at midpoint, 13-11, yet could not maintain that advantage as a try by travelers 15, Sofi Guitone, its conversion by 10, Tommy Ramos, and a further brace of sticksplitters by the visiting flyhalf made for 24-16 road joy:

7             the measure of separation between Bath and Leinster as the Irish got the crucial road victory at The Rec, 17-10, that margin obtained by a 48th minute try by flying Jordy Lamour, its conversion by 10, Johnny Sexton, and a          sticksplitter by Sexton relief, Ross Byrne;

3             trys for each XV, but Gloucester converted all theirs and added a brace of penalties, denying Exeter, their hosts, a losing bonus point at Sandy Park with 27-19 joy on the trot;

17           for standoff, Adam Hastings, on 4 conversions and 3 penalties, backed by a brace of groundings by 8man, Adam Ashe, and road Warriors trounced Lyon at the Matmut on Saturday, 42-22;

5             table points for Edinburgh after 31-13, bonus-point victory over the former high-flying Falcons at Murrayfield; the Scots now hold first place in their pool;

2             trys by Scarlets flyer Steffan Evans not enough to overcome their guests count and Redmen dropped a 24-25 pippage to Ulster at Parc y Scarlets;

24           second stanza points for home joy as Munster topped Castres at Thomond Park, 30-5;

5             adrift at the half, 13-18, Saracens returned for the 51-25, bonus-point win over Cardiff at Barnet Copthall; braces of scores for Sarries relief 8man, Ben Earl, and flyer, Sean Maitland;

4             trys for Racing in the first 40 and 5 the table points haul for 92 at La Defénse Arena in the 36-19 win over Leicester Tigers;

Upcomes Round 4: 12.14-16.2018

Friday, December 14:
               Gloucester (8) v (3) Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm: home team looks to keep their topspot in the pool, while visitors 2018-2019 EPCR campaign depends of this result; hot-hot-hot!              
               Ulster (9) v (2) Scarlets in Kingspan at Ravenhill: this result could see the travelers EPCR campaign flush;

Saturday, December 15:
               Glasgow (10) v (0) Lyon at Scotstoun: travelers unraveling, while Warriors look to consolidate at minimum a runnersup playoff berth;
               Leinster (10) v (5) Bath at the RDS: do or die for the visitors; homeys chasing Toulouse now through roiling waters in the Pool of Death;
               Toulouse (12) v (3) Wasps at Ernest Wallon: might very well be where the travelers EPCR season goes away;
               Cardiff (4) v (14) Saracens at the Arms Park: Blues can only hope to spoil their guests run;

Sunday, December 16:
               Montpellier (6) v (6) Toulon at the Altrad:  both chasing a playoffs slot, yet only one at best will get; M-o-W;
               Newcastle (8) v (11) Edinburgh  at Kingston Park: Falcons would like to turn last week’s record right around and reclaim the pool lead; other M-oW;

               Leicester (5) v (14) Racing 92 at Welford Road: Tigers response to their loss last outing will define their season;

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