Friday, January 18, 2019

EPCR Champions Cup: Round Last

ed note: we'll build on this post as the matches conclude throughout the weekend

By the Numbers: Round 6

Group 1: Sunday

2             touch downs after the hour mark for Bath, but yet a home win, 20-17, at the Ernest Wallon for Toulouse; Toulouse earned the 7th seed for the knockouts come the end  of March;

12           for Leinster relief 10, Ross Byrne,  on 3 conversions and 2 penalties, and a brace of dots for Ireland’s number 2, Sean Cronin, and Leinster got the 37-19 win over Wasps on the other side of the Irish Sea in the Ricoh Arena;

Group 5 - Friday

14           for Edinburgh 10, Jaco Van der Walt, on 4 penalties and conversion of the 60th  minute grounding by 21-years old flyer Darcy Graham, and 19-10 the record v Montpellier at Murrayfield; with victory, home team secured a 1st -round home playoff match as well as topspot in the group;

73          minutes for a try by Toulon hooker, Bastien Soury, put his side in front to stay and visitors recorded 27-24 victory in Kingston Park at Newcastle;

Group 3, Saturday

14          Saracens second stanza points unanswered by Glasgow and Warriors dropped the decision in Barnet Copthall, 19-38; 14 points in the account of Sarries 9, Ben Spencer, on 1 try, 1 penalty and 3 conversions, while Owen Farrell not on gameday roster; 

21          last 40 points on a trio of trys plus a brace for flyer, Aled Summerhill in the first forty made for Blues numbers at Cardiff Arms Park in  the 33-14 comeback, defeat of Lyon

Group 4: Saturday

10          the deficit for traveling Ulster after ‘40, 0-10, but a brace of converted second stanza groundings enabled the 14-13 pippage of Leicester at Welford Road and Ulster are into extra time come March, though they’ve placed second in their group because…

31           points in the final half by Racing 92 put the Parisians clear of Scarlets who led by a point at the break; a brace of trys by the home team 15, Simon Zebo, cancelled a brace by his oppo number, Johnny McNicholl and 46-33 the record

Group 2: Saturday

7             points on a try by Exeter openside, Zimbabwe-native Don Armand, and its conversion by 10, Joe Simmonds, in the 12th minute and Chiefs made that stand up into the last ’10, but 3 penalties by homeboys 10, Joey Carberry, the 3rd an hour after Armand’s dot, and Munster had the 9-7 securement of 1st in the group and a seat in the after hours frame come March;

2             groundings by Castres 13, Florian Vialelle, and a grounding by their 8man, Tongan international Ma’ama Vaipulu, way into extra time made for the 24-22 French victory at the Pierre-Fabre over Gloucester
Upcoming the Knockouts March 29-31: of the 8 quarterfinalists, five play in Guinness Pro14, two in the French 14, and one in the English League

               Edinburgh (4th) v (5th) Munster

               Leinster (3rd) v (6th) Ulster

               Racing 92 (2nd) v (7th) Toulouse

               Saracens (1st) v (8th) Glasgow 

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