Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Europe Upcomes: Gallagher, Guinness P14, L'Orange 14

Europe on the Weekend: Gallagher, Guinness and Top 14

This is the time of the season, nevermind the interruptions of the infernal 6Nats and EPCR, when it’s void or be voided. No matter if a club is in first or last, there are distinct advantages to victory just this weekend, from eschewing relegation to obtaining extra time and better still, the grail of playoffs, home field.


Gallagher - 9 Rounds Remain, 45 Table Points to be had
Friday, 2.22:
               Gloucester (36)  v (52) Saracens at Kingsholm: Cherry-and-Whites home ground may be just the place to dethrone the league leader today;

Saturday, 2.23: 
               Harlequins (38) v (25) Bristol Bears at Twickenham: five for homeboys?
               Wasps (34) v (29) Sale Sharks at Ricoh Arena: wheels fairly flew off the visitors wagon last weekend; Hornets could very well see themselves in a playoff slot by the end of the weekend;
               Exeter Chiefs (52) v (22) Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park: El Jefes will not like being knocked from the ordering seat at table and are presently looking for someone to punch… well hello there, 12th-placed Falcons, losers of their last four by an average of 12 points (19 in their last 2)... “Howzit?”
               Northampton Saints (31) v (33) Bath at Franklin’s Gardens: hunt’s on for the playoffs and this outcome will put the winner in the better place;
               Worcester Warriors (22) v (29) Leicester Tigers at Sixways: not too early for the Cats to begin to feel desperate about no extra time at season’s end; they’ll want this road result to keep the last playoff spot hove unto their view, though currently seven table points away; Warriors could be spoiling.



Guinness Pro14 - 6 Rounds Remain, 30 Table Points to be had

Friday, 2.22:
               Glasgow Warriors (51) v (42) Connacht at Scotstoun: Scots could return to the ordering seat at table with the good result combined with misery for Munster on the morrow; anything else must lead to perdition.
Saturday, 2.23:
               Ospreys (38) v (53) Munster at Liberty Stadium: homeys need to get back into the playoff troika and victory here could do it, albeit against the hottest team in the league just now and that is why this is M-o-W;
               Leinster (63) v (19) Southern Kings at the RDS: home team could almost vacation for the remainder of their schedule and still make the playoffs… they could, but they won’t and this could be decidedly unregal treatment for their guests Friday.
Saturday, 2.23:
               Treviso (41) v (19) Dragons at Stadio Comunale di Monigo: been a long time (maybe never!) since Benetton were favored by their current play, but there, as they say, is what your both seeing and observing these days of the superbly-instructed home XV;  
               Edinburgh (41) v (38) Cardiff Blues at Murrayfield: home boys looking to keep ahead of the aforementioned Italian club and that’s going to require a maximum result now; for their part, the travelers could see themselves fit into the playoff frame with a happy record end of ‘80; so this, is M-o-W-M-o-W;  
               Ulster (39) v (18) Zebre in Kingspan at Ravenhill: homeboys hard on the last playoff spot in their bracket; maximum efforts produce maximum points; soul sacrifice?
               Scarlets (36) v (36) Cheetahs at Parc y Scarlets: visitors would like to get back to winning ways after their stumble last weekend on the Emerald Isle; hosts would like them to fall flat on their faces; the other M-o-W-M-o-W-M-o-W.

 French Top 14 - 10 Rounds Remain: 50 Table Points to be had
Saturday, 2.23:
               Bordeaux Bègles (43) v (20) Grenoble at Stade Chaban-Delmas: home XV want a bunch here; visitors are currently at relegation station, but only just, so if there’s to be an Alpine component of the league next season, travelers gotta get going pretty soon... now?                             
               Toulon (28) v (29) Pau at the Mayol: whomsoever suffers loss in this act of the play may very well start planning off time during extra time; that being said, this could be entertaining competition;
               Toulouse (58) v (33) Montpellier at Ernest Wallon: league-leading homeboys looking to stay there; visitors looking for what happened to their season; travelers are not in danger of relegation as they’ve probably got enough now to stay in the league, but they certainly are in unfamiliar territory down the lower end of the table, with food and drink servers paying them no mind at all;
               Perpignan (8) v (21) Agen at Aimé Giral: hosts, fueled by recent success, could get another, though their guests, right now a lone table point in front of relegation, would lief deny them that joy;
               La Rochelle (51) v (42) Stade Français at Marcel-Deflandre: a conflagration ‘twixt 3rd and 6th at table just now, which if we went to playoffs just now, would be the first match of the barrage; foreshadow or preparation?
Sunday, 2.24:
               Castres (41) v (41) Racing 92 at Pierre-Fabre: homeboys, on a run of three, may be reconstituting last year’s championship sensation; travelers, level on table points with their hosts, have lost the last brace and are in danger of having their season go far, far away and that is why this is the M-o-W;
               Lyon (48) v (56) Clermont at the Matmut: 4th v 2nd on the chart; that’s why this is the ‘nother, M-o-W;

              

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