Sunday, January 6, 2019

Europe: Gallagher, Guinness and France, BtN 1.6.19

Gallagher Premiership - formerly called Aviva

14          for Sharks 10, Ruan du Preez, on 1 conversion and 4 penalties and Sale made a 5-point halftime lead standup with the home result over Saracens in AJ Bell at Salford City with a record of 24-18 after ’80; formerly an easy English mark, Sale have the best form in the league just now and are on the cusp of obtaining the playoffs; Sarries have now lost 2 from their last 3 and Mr. du Preez may be just what Sale’s medical staff prescribed… pair of yellow cards issued on either side of halftime for travelers enabled a brace of du Preez’ sticksplitters, the measure of separation at day’s end;

            the margin for Chiefs and Bears as Exeter opened up a 4-point lead over Saracens after their defeat of Bristol in Sandy Park, 14-9;

19           in the account of Leicester Tigers 10, George Ford, on 4 conversions, 2 penalties and 1 grounding and home team got the happy over Gloucester at Welford Road, 34-16; a brace of trys for home flyer, Jonnie May, in the 5 table- point win;

13           for Harlequins 10, Marcus Smith, on the conversion of all 5 Quins scores plus a late penalty and travelers got the road 5-pointer over their hosts, Newcastle Falcons, at Kingston Park, 38-17; Harlequins have climbed to 3rd now on the chart;

18           minutes of extra time before a resurgent Worcester were able to facilitate flyer Bryce Heem’s second dot and after its conversion by Warriors 10, Duncan Weir, a 21-19 comeback victory over Bath at Sixways was obtained;

12           for Wasps 10, Lima Sopoaga, on 3 conversions and 2 penalties and the hosts made a 17-16 midpoint margin a 27-16 victory over Northampton Saints at the Ricoh;

Upcomes the English League – off until 2.15.2019

Friday, February 15:
               Gloucester (32) v (51) Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm: Cherry-and-Whites have lost 2 running; Chiefs are top:
Saturday, February 16:
               Northampton Saints (26) v (29) Sale Sharks at Franklin’s Gardens: Saints having an off season, while their guests are the hottest team in the league right now; M-o-W M-o-W
               Bath (28) v (17) Newcastle Falcons at the Rec: home team looking to keep visitors in the cellar;
               Saracens (47) v (29) Leicester Tigers at Barnet Copthall: wotcher Sarries? one win from your last three;
               Harlequins (33) v (21) Worcester Warriors at Twickenham: could be five for homeys;
               Bristol Bears (24) v (29) Wasps at Ashton Gate: each have two wins from their last five;

Guinness Pro14

16           for Munster 10, Joey Carberry, on 4 conversions, 1 penalty and 1 try as travelers got the road 5-pointer at the Galway Sportsground, 31-24, over host Connacht; double for visitors 12, Danny Goggin;

6             try Edinburgh had the bonus-point by halftime and went on to throttle punchless and just-off-vacation Kings at Murrayfield, 38-nil; brace of groundings for flyer Darcy Graham in the win;

2             trys in the early goings by Leinster 2, Sean Cronin, set the stage for home team’s rout of Irish brethren, Ulster, at the RDS, and 40-7 the final as hosts proved last week’s loss a one-off thing;

            1st-40 penalties struck by Scarlets 10, Dan Jones, and Redmen made a 12-3 midpoint advantage stand up with a 22-13 final scoreline at Parc y Scarlets over Newport-Gwent Dragons;

10           by 10, Sam Davies on 2-and-2 from his toe - 1 a dropped goal - and Ospreys topped Cardiff Blues at Liberty Stadium, 20-11;

            trys for engine, Dean Budd, and Benetton Treviso got the nod past Glasgow Warriors, 20-17, at Stadio Communal; Scots have now lost 3 running, not the ideal transition from old year to new; 4 victories flush just now, the Italians are level on table points with second-placed Edinburgh and in the last playoff slot now-now;

12           for the house at the half in Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, before a well-rested Cheetahs put a trio of trys down in the second stanza for the Fast Cats 27-12, 5-point road victory over scoreless in the last ’40 Zebre; double for 21-years old, outside center Benhard Janse van Rensburg for the victors;

Upcomes Guinness Pro 14
while the European are after their EPCR schedules for the next month and readying up for SixNats, Cheetahs and Southern Kings will play their home-away fixtures
Saturday, January 15, 2019:
               Southern Kings (12) v (22) Cheetahs at Mytjalies-Mandela Bay: Kings could use the win;

Saturday, February 2, 2019:
               Cheetahs (22) v (12) Southern Kings in the Free State Stadium: see above

French Top 14

10           points ahead at the half, Stade Français extended their 13-3 lead for  a 27-8, 4-try, 5-point joy over guests, Perpignan, at Stade Jean-Bouin;

            yellow cards applied in the 2nd stanza not a worry for Castres, who came to the Stade des Alpes on a 3-match skid; guests defense held and Grenoble’s own indiscipline was punished by a trio of flyhalf Ben Urdapilleta’s penalty strikes, and 16-6 the final in the French mountains;

18           struck by Lyon 10, Jonnie Wiszniewski, on 1 dropped goal and 5 penalties made for 25-14 happiness on the trot for travelers at the Altrad in Montpellier;

7             nil for visiting Bordeaux Bègles before a red card levied in the 11th minute followed by a second stanza yellow, and Bègles went down to 23-40 defeat against 6-try, 5-point Section Paliose in the Stade du Hameau; Pau ended its 7-match T14 losing streak with the win, putting a bit of distance between itself and relegation;

4             scores for Racing 92 against a single for guests, Perpignan, and 92 got the expected 5 at La Défense Arena by a final count of 27-8;

            the measure of separation between Agen and Toulouse at the end of the day despite 15 from Agen 10, Aussie Jake McIntyre, on 2-and-2 off his toe and 1 try, but Toulouse prevailed, 27-20 at Stade Armandie, and were briefly headboy before…

24           Clermont points during 3 La Rochelle yellow cards meant the big and bossy homeboys maintained the topspot in the league after 44-19 victory at the Michelin; 18 the first period points haul by 9, Grieg Laidlaw, on 2 conversions, 3 penalties and 1 try as the frontrunners sorted the number 3 XV;

Upcomes the French 14
Saturday,, January 26, 2019
               Castres Olympique (33) v (52) Clermont at the Pierre Fabre: homeboys tough this time of year;
               Bordeaux Bègles (39) v (17) Agen at Chaban-Delmas: Bègles will be looking to improve on last week’s undiscipline [sic];
               La Rochelle (42) v (32) Montpellier at Marcel Deflandre: both need;
               Perpignan (4) v (24) Section Paloise at Aimé Giral: Perps got nothing... to lose, while Pau hunting now;
               Lyon (40) v (40) Racing 92 at the Matmut: both coming off big wins and seek to continue that joyous path… one will; Match-of-Weekend;

Sunday, January 27, 2019:
               Toulouse (49) v (20) Grenoble at Ernest Wallon: home team is hungry and travelers have yet to win on trot;
               Toulon (24) v (41) Stade Français at Felix Mayol: hosts are struggling to keep relegation at bay, while guests are on three in a row;

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