Monday, December 31, 2018

Europe: Gallagher, Guinness and the French 14 BtN

English Premiership, formerly called Aviva, now Gallagher

3             the measure of separation after ’80 at Franklin’s Gardens and Saints held off Exeter Chiefs, 31-28, for joy; 16 for Northampton 10, Dan Biggar, on four conversions, a penalty strike and a try, and Saints were briefly in playoff position, before the conclusion of the weekend fixtures list; Exeter are one-up on their nemesis, because…
-6           at midpoint, 11-17, no worry for Sarries as a brace of converted second stanza scores against naught for their guests made for the comeback on Worcester and a final of 25-17 for Saracens at Barnet Copthall;
            points for Sale on the trot at Kingsholm and Big Fish are on a tear since adding Ruan Du Preez at 10 and one of the finest finishers playing today, Chris Ashton, in the three-quartersline; Sharks bounced Gloucester, 30-15; they’ve gone 3-1-1 in Gallagher matches after getting a losing bonus point at Saracens in mid-November, and Steve Diamond’s boys are now in the fat part of the chart and moving up, eye on a playoff spot;
19          years old Harlequins 10, Marcus Smith guided his XV to victory, 20-13, over Wasps, at Twickenham Stoop; travelers have now lost 4 from their last 5 and need answers;
            the margin at the half, made 7 by day’s end, still Bath triumphed over Leicester Tigers at the Rec, 23-16; losing bonus-point for the visitors, however;
28           for the house at Ashton Gate heading for the final 10 minutes before Bristol flyer, Tommie Pincus, dotted down and Callum Sheedy added the extras for a 35-28, Bears win over Newcastle Falcons; 13 for Falcons 10, Toby Flood, on 2-and-3 from the tee

 Upcomes Gallagher:

               Friday, 1.4.2019
                              Sale Sharks (25) v (46) Saracens at Salford City Stadium: home team rising, visitors stumbling?
               Saturday, 1.5.2019
                              Exeter Chiefs (47) v (23) Bristol Bears at Sandy Park: Chiefs shooting for five here;
                              Leicester Tigers (24) v (32) Gloucester at Welford Road: time for Cats to feed?
                              Newcastle Falcons (17) v (28) Harlequins at Kingston Park: guests looking to remain in a playoff slot;
                              Worcester Warriors (17) v (27) Bath at Sixways: crucial win for visitors would keep homeboys in Gallagher Premiership basement;                                                              
               Sunday, 1.6.2019

                              Wasps (25) v (26) Northampton Saints at Ricoh Arena: homeys lost last three, guests won last two...                                                  something will give... Match of Weekend

Guiness Pro14

            the halftime advantage for Treviso made 18 by ’80 at Stadio Communal and Benetton did the “Azzurri Double” over Zebre, closing out the winning brace with 28-10 victory; head coach Kieran Crowley’s crew are now in the playoff frame in Group B;
14           for Munster 10, Joey Carberry, on 1 conversion and 4 penalties at Casino Night in Thomond Park as guest Leinster got a brace of yellow assessments and a righteous red in the first 40 and went down to 17-26 ultimate defeat; Munster are now snap-snap-snapping at the Glasgow hindquarter as…
11           for Edinburgh 10, Jaco Van der Walt, sufficient for the “Scots Double” and Glasgow were defeated in a dour display at Scotstoun, 8-16;
19           for Cardiff 10, Garo Anscombe, on 4 conversions, 2 penalties and a try as visitors got the bonus point over Scarlets, 34-5, at Parc y Scarlets; brace of dots for Blues 13, Rey Lee-Lo, the last for the extra table point at ’76;  
            points up at the half at 14-7, Connacht made for a 21-12 record and the win at the Galway Sportsground over Ulster;
17           for Ospreys 10, Sam Davies, on 1 conversion and 5 penalty strikes not quite enough to overcome Dragons, and 23-22 the joy for Newport-Gwent’s home XV at Rodney Parade

 Upcomes GPro14:

               Saturday, 1.5.2019
                              Benetton Treviso (31) v (41) Glasgow Warriors  at Stadio Communal: how real is Treviso?
                              Ospreys (33) v (32) Cardiff Blues at Liberty Stadium: for 4th place, maybe 3rd;
                              Leinster (49) v (33) Ulster at the Royal Dublin Society, Lansdowne Road: homeys looking to shake off last week’s loss;                                          
                               Scarlets (30) v  (18) Dragons at Parc y Scarlets: home team is 1 from 4 in their last handful of GPro14 matches as are their opponents; something will give:
                              Connacht (36) v (39) Munster at Galway Sportsground: for second in the group; Match-of-Weekend;
                              Edinburgh (30) v (12) Southern Kings at Murrayfield: hosts are on a run of 2 joys in succession and would look to continue that happiness, while their guests are coming off a 2-week holiday hiatus, which could be a good thing, or…                                                   
               Sunday, 1.6.2019
                              Zebre (16) v (17) Cheetahs at Sergio Lanfranchi: this is for Group A cellar, which home side seeks to exit;

French 14 - Top 14

17           for Clermont 9, Grieg Laidlaw, on 4 conversions and 3 penalties struck as the league leaders got the bonus-point win over Perpignan at the Michelin, 37-14;
16           for La Rochelle 10, Ihaia West, on 5 conversions and 2 penalties in comprehensive, 5-point and 53-27 victory over reigning champs, Castres, at Stade Marcel-Deflandre; brace of dots for homeboys flyer, Marc Andreu, and also one, 2-fer by La Rochellais 13, Pierre Aguillon;
11          for Stade Français 10, Nic Sanchez, on 1 conversion and 3 penalties, while opposing 15, Gaetan Germain, got 10 from his toe on 2-and-2 struck and the record of 23-20 as Grenoble lost on the road at the Jean-Bouin;
2             groundings for Lyon wing, Alexis Pallison, and home team got the five-pointer, 52-20, over Agen at the Matmut;
14           from the toe of home 9, Ben Paillaugue, and a brace of groundings by 8man, Jannie du Plessis, and Montpellier topped punchless Pau, 41-13, at the Altrad;
            trys for Bordeaux fullback, Nans Ducuing, and 13 from 9, Baptiste Serin, on 2-and-3 from his tee made for big Bègles joy over Racing 92 at the Chaban-Delmas, 40-7;
39           for Toulouse and nil for Toulon at Ernest Wallon and home team torqued their guests;

Upcomes the Top14:
               Saturday, 1.5.2019
                              Montpellier (32) v (36) Lyon at the Altrad Stadium: each had big outings last time; M-o-W;
                              Agen (17) v (45) Toulouse at Stade Armandie: should be a happy time for visitors;
                              Stade Français (36) v (4) Perpignan at Stade Jean-Bouin: five for homeys?
                              Grenoble (20) v (29) Castres at Stade des Alpes: all home team’s joys have come in des Alpes;
                              Section Paliose (19) v (39) Bordeaux Bègles  at Stade du Hameau: travelers beware:
                              Racing 92  (36) v (24) Toulon at La Défense Arena: 92n lost 2 of last 3, guests need win desperately;
               Sunday, 1.6.2019
                              Clermont (48) v (42) La Rochelle at the Marcel Michelin: hosts will be looking to knock back their guests;

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