Sunday, December 16, 2018

EPCR - Champions Cup Round 4, By the Numbers

European Professional Club Rugby – Champions Cup: Round 4, BtN

Blood in the water now, red and frothy, and everyone’s keen for it.

Pool 1

6             trys for Leinster in its dust-up of Bath at the RDS; 3-nil for visitors early before the gates opened wide and homeboys had the bonus point by the half in the 45-15 victory;

17           for Toulouse 10, Tommy Ramos, on 4-and-3 from the tee and a brace of scores for his halfback partner, Tony   Dupont, and Toulouse got the fiver over Wasps at the Ernest Wallon, 42-27; homeys only ahead by a deuce at the half, 22-20, before outscoring their guests 20-7 in the second stanza;

Pool 2

1             the measure of separation at day’s end between Castres and Munster at Pierre Fabre and 13-12 the result on the strength of home 10, Ben Urdapilleta, and his 56th minute penalty stroke;

5             critical road points for Chiefs at Kingsholm in their 29-17 victory over Cherry-and-Whites; a brace of groundings for Gloucester 15, Jason Woodward, in the loss;

Pool 3

-1           after ’40 at 13-14, Saracens returned 13 in the second stanza against naught for a 26-14 win; 16 for traveling 10, Owen Farrell on 2-and-4 from the floor;  

2             -try 11, Niko Matawalu, and 11 for 10, Adam Hastings, on 1-and-3 from tee and Glasgow earned joy at 21-10 past Lyon at Scotstoun;

Pool 4

15           for 9, John Cooney, on 2-and-2 from the toe plus 1 try ,and Ulster legged out the fiver, 30-15, in Kingspan at Ravenhill over Scarlets;

2             groundings for the flying Juan Imhoff, the 2nd for the bonus point at ’79, and Racing 92 knocked Leicester Tigers back on the trot at Welford Road, 34-11;

Pool 5  

16           for home 9, Ruan Pienaar, on 4 conversions, 1 penalty and 1 try as Montpellier pounded out the bonus-point win over hapless Toulon in a rainy Altrad on Sunday, 36-13; travelers were innit for a minute and up 3-nil after 5 through a penalty by 10, Francois Trinh-Duc, but a Pienaar sticksplitter drew homeboys level and no looking back   from there in Pool 5; no Aaron Cruden on the home team roster today : (

-2           at the half for Edinburgh at 6-8 before stifling Falcons in the second stanza for a significant road victory; 11 for home 10, SA Jaco Van der Walt, in the 21-8, 1st place determinant;

Upcomes Round 5: 1.11-13.2019

Friday, January 11:
               Gloucester (8) v (12) Munster at Kingsholm: it is the proverbial do-or- die for homeboys, though it is conceivable that Gloucester could go from #4 in the group to #1 with bonus-point joy; any event, Cherry-and-Whites winnit, they’re yet innit; both XVs coming off of last round’s unhappinesses; Danny Cipriani and company be desperate after last weekend’s home loss, while their opponents looking to stay on top of Pool 2; MoW-MoW-MoW!!!
Saturday, January 12:   
               Montpellier (11) v (8) Newcastle at GGL in the Altrad: must win for the home team, while visitors may yet be stunned from last round defeat and be easy marks this Pool 5 fixture;
               Leinster (12) v (14) Toulouse at the RDS: winner pretty much wins Pool 1; other match-of-weekend;
               Bath (5) v (3) Wasps at The Rec: for pride; loser falls into cellar of Pool 1;
               Ulster (14) v (19) Racing in Kingspan at Ravenhill: another road win for 92 puts them at the height of Pool 4 and overall the tournament and could mean disaster for the Irish; yet another Match-of-Weekend;
               Toulon (6) v (15) Edinburgh at the Felix Mayol: home team are unaccustomed to their current status at the end  of the list and are tough in the Mayol; Pool 5 could be won by Scots with joy today;
               Scarlets (2) v (6) Tigers at Parc y Scarlets: for pride, too, and maybe the bottom of Pool 4 for the non-winner;
Sunday, January 13:
               Lyon (0)  v (18) Saracens at Matmut: home team punching well above their weight here and now in Pool 3;
               Glasgow (14) v (4) Cardiff at Scotstoun: Warriors need the bonus point to keep pace for playoffs, though they’ll yet have a shot with non-joy, they just won’t like it and loss will allow Saracens to take Pool 3 regardless Le Corsairs outcome this day;
               Exeter (8) v (9) Castres at Sandy Park: both require the victory here; other, other M-o-W; winner could find themselves at the front of Pool 2 should Munster falter on the Friday at Kingsholm

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