Sunday, February 24, 2019

Europe on the Weekend, By the Numbers: 2.24 - Gallagher, Guinness, Top14


Europe on the Weekend: Gallagher Premiership, Guinness Pro14, Top14

Gallagher Premiership

15           off the talented toe of Gloucester 13, Billy Twelvetrees, on 3-and-3 from the tee and Cherry-and-Whites knocked Saracens from topspot at table, though not from the Corsairs want of late near-heroics: down 10-30 with five or so to go, Sarries returned 2 converted scores, a 77th-minute grounding by 15, Matt Gallagher, and a try by 8man, Jackson Wray in extra time, both converted by 10, Alex Lozowski, but travelers fell short and out of the ordering spot as homeboys claimed the 30-24, vital victory and now visitors are in second because...
5             try Exeter Chiefs got the best of Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park behind the precision completions of 5-from-5 10, Garo Steenson, 35-17;  best-worst scenario for Falcons flyer Zach Kibirige as he made yellow in the 1st-40 and changed that act into a brace of dots in the second stanza;
11           for Harlequins 10, Marcus Smith, on 3 conversions and 1 try as the youngster led his XV to 36-26 victory over Bristol Bears at Twickenham; 2 lead changes in the first ’20 as the squads arm-wrestled before Quins put 3 more on the floor to take a 26-12 advantage into the sheds;
1             penalty try awarded Sale at ‘55 proved sufficient the task of outpointing hosts Hornets and Sharks claimed the 24-18 road win at Ricoh which keeps them in hailing distance of the playoff ship, while Wasps must feel that this one got away;
2             point conversion coolly collected in the second minute of extra time by Saints 20 years old 10, Jim Grayson, made for the 27-26 record over Bath at Franklin’s Gardens; 16 from Bath 10, Rhys Priestland on 2-an-4 from the floor;
            points by Worcester wing, Jonah Holmes, and its conversion at time by 10, Duncan Weir, and Warriors downed Leicester Tigers at Sixways, 17-13;



Guinness Pro14

1             the measure of separation heading into the last ’10, before a try by Munster 15, Mike Haley, at ’72 made for the record of 19-13 in travelers favor at Liberty over Ospreys; massive implicative win for the Irish as they maintained the ordering seat at table, but only just, because…
            try Glasgow, snap-snap on the Munster hind right now after 5-point, 43-17, happiness at Scotstoun over Connacht; double by the home 2, Grant Stewart, on either side of the break and also a brace for relief flyer, Robbie Nairn inside of a 7-minute interval, late - ’66 & ’72; 13 for Warriors 10, Brandon Thomson, on 5-and-1 off the tee; Warriors 1 table point adrift the frontrunners  now;
12           trys total and visiting Kings were ahead 12-7 on 10, Sarel Pretorius’ 21st minute dot and his own conversion for 3 minutes in the opening ’40, before Leinster found their feet and subsequently touched down an additional three groundings for a 24-12 midpoint advantage and a 59-19 result; 14 for Leinster 10, Ross Byrne, on 7-of-9 conversions; doubles by the home loosehead, Ed Byrne, and 12, Noel Reid;
9             try Treviso opened up Dragons defense for a 31-7 halftime lead and a 57-7 record at Stadio Comunale; 17 for home 10, Antonio Rizzi, on his 16th minute grounding and 6 subsequent conversions, while Nic Cannone touched down a brace from his lock slot, also 2 trys for 15, Luca Sperandio, at the tryfest in Northern Italy;
8             try Ulster got the hat-trick from hooker, Rob Herring, by the 30th minute en route to a 54-7 victory over Zebre in Kingspan at Ravenhill; 17 for 22 years old flyhalf, Rob Lyttle, on 6 conversions and 1 try; 3 yellows shown;
0             and 14 the tallies in a hostile environment at Murrayfield by halftime, but resilient Blues put them upon their hosts, Edinburgh, returning 19 against 3 in the second stanza for the 19-17 thrill in Scotland; 17-nil for the homeboys before Cardiff began their points-run in the 53rd, putting 19 aboard in less than 20 minutes;
            trys by minute 20 meant the bonus point and a 28-nil lead with all conversions by Scarlets returned-from-injury 15, Leigh Halfpenny, and Llanelli popped Cheetahs a good one, 43-21, at Parc y Scarlets; Mr. Halfpenny added 1 more conversion and 1 penalty for a personal haul of 13 in the match which, while not as significant as the other victory in Wales this day, portends well for Coach Warren Gatland’s RWC-bound squad nonetheless.



Top14

20          first-40 points for the road XV all that was necessary at Marcel Deflandre and Stade Français ended a 2-game tailspin with important, 27-14, win over La Rochelle; 12 from the talented toe of Stade and Argentina 10, Nic Sanchez, on 3-and-2 struck off his shoe;
3             points the margin at the half for Perpignan, 6-3, before allowing 17 in the second stanza for Agen against a lone goal, and 20-13 the 4-point, road joy for travelers as they put some distance between relegation and next year; 10 for Agen 10, Aussie Jake McIntyre;
15           for Toulouse 10, Zach Holmes, as he hit the triple: 2 conversions, 2 penalties and 1 try and home XV made a 2-point, 7-5 midpoint advantage 27-14 happiness over Montpellier at the Ernest Wallon;
            try Toulon rocked the Mayol for 5 table points in the win over Section Paliose; 13 points for 10, François Trinh-Duc, on a handful of conversions and a 3-point sticksplitter in the 38-11 joy;
            the margin at the half with home XV ahead 21-17 at Chaban Delmas before 4 second stanza groundings enabled the expanded, 47-31, final and Bordeaux Bègles dropped Grenoble further into the 2-club, relegation station behind the loss; 7 trys in the 5-point win for Bègles;
6             Ben Urdapilleta penalty shots against 3 for Racing 92, 18-9 the final and Castres continue to scooch forward and are now well within reach of the 6th-place, extra time position from which they championed the league last year; 4 joys in a row for Castres now, 2 at home and 2 road victories;
14          from the boot of Lyon 10, Jon Wiszniewski, on conversion of a 14th minute grounding by 12, Charlie Ngatai, plus 4 penalties and Lyon got the 19-13 victory over Clermont that sees them supplanting La Rochelle in 3rd and coming right up on the robust Clermont hindquarter now-now.

Sunday Funnies - 2.24




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