Sunday, March 3, 2019

Europe: On the Weekend, By the Numbers

Europe: 3.1-3.3 - Gallagher, Guinness and T14

Gallagher Premiership: 7 rounds remain, 35 table points on offer - high 60s should obtain a playoff berth

4             point midway lead maintained by Bristol against Gloucester and 28-24 the final; with the travelers ahead 24-18 past the hour mark, 3 ten minute seats assessed Cherry-and-Whites in an 8-minute span from ’62 ‘til ’70 resulted in a penalty try award and a penalty struck by Bears 10, Ian Madigan, for the record;

2             trys in the last 10 minutes brought victory for Harlequins over Bath at the Recreation Ground; home team had come back from a 5-point halftime deficit to lead 29- 21 on the strength of 14 from Bath 10, Rhys Priestland, on 1-and-4 from the floor, his last deuce the conversion of a score by number 2, Ross Batty; but Quins owned the last 10 minutes as outside center, 22 years old Joe Marchant, dotted the second of his brace at ’70 and flyer, Nathan Earle, got the winner at time for the nail-biting, 31-29, happy;

19          for Leicester Tigers 10, George Ford, on an own conversion and 4 sticksplitters as Striped Cats swatted Wasps at Welford Road, 19-14; Hornets were up 14-9 at the end of the first-40, but didn’t show in the second stanza, but Mr. Ford did!

15           first 40 points for Exeter Chiefs sufficient the task of topping Sale Sharks at Salford City and 20-14 that result, and with it, campaign of Sharks just went into the commode;

6             groundings for Saracens, the double by Scots flyer, Sean Maitland, and homeboys routed Northampton Saints at Barnet Copthall, 36-17; 29-3 at the end of ’40;

12           for Newcastle Falcons 10, Toby Flood, on a triple: 2 conversions, 1, penalty and 1 try as home XV topped Worcester Warriors at Kingston Park, 17-6;

Guinness Pro14: 4 rounds remain; 20 table points to be had; 60+ table points needed for playoffs

5             point halftime, lead on trys by Leinster 12 and 14, Conor O'Brien and Adam Byrne resp., all that was necessary and with Cheetahs a no-show in the second stanza, competition leaders notched the 19-7 win;

14           for Connacht 10, Kyle Godwin, on 4-and-2 struck from his shoe and homeboys blasted Ospreys for 5 points in the Galway Sportsground, 46-5; three yellow cards for the Welsh badboys club;

10          points by Treviso relief 10, 21 years old Tony Rizzi, in the last 11 minutes made for home joy as Kieran Crowley’s crew turned back Edinburgh at Stadio Communal, 18-10, to solidify their second placement on the Group B chart; for their part the visitors, losers of 3 from their last 4, must be wondering what happened to their season... besides 6 Nations!

2             touch downs for 20 years old Glasgow Warriors  8man, Matt Fagerson,  part of a half dozen groundings, all converted by Warriors 10, Adam Hastings, and Glasgow plowed back into the ordering seat at the group table with the 42-10 road win, because…

5             points on a Johnny McNicholl try and 5 from 15 Leigh Halfpenny’s boot were all the numbers necessary to take down the rambunctious Munster stag and Scarlets gutted out a 10-6 victory at Parc y Scarlets; Redmen briefly in the last playoff spot but only for a day, because…

11           by visiting 9, John Cooney, on three conversions and 1 try as Ulster, unseated for the minute from the last playoff spot, scrambled back into it with the 28-15 road joy over Dragons at the Rodney Parade;

7             for the house after 40 and Cardiff Blues outscored their guests, Southern Kings, by a try-ratio of 3:2 in the second stanza to claim 26-19 victory at the Arms Park.

French Top 14: 8 rounds remain; 40 table points on offer; 70+ should get a XV to extra time

8             try Racing 92 throttled La Rochelle at La Défense, 50-14, and if anyone should have been thinking that the Parisians were out of the show prior to kickoff, a grounding by Kiwi lock Dominic Bird in the 5th, followed by a brace from Teddy Thomas at ‘7 and ’11, and then a touch down by 92’s 18 years old 8man at ‘23, Jordy Joseph, with half the groundings converted by 10, Finn Russell, and homeys were scoring better than a point-a-min and 24-nil their advantage then; a brace by first five-eighths, Jérémy Sinzelle, converted by the travelers 10,  Ihaia West, was the muster for La Rochelle, and 92 jumped briefly into the last playoff spot before the weekend concluded with the 50-14 blowout; Thomas wound up with a hat trick; 
16           for Clermont 10, Camille Lopez on 4 conversions, 1 penalty and 1 try in the basting of Grenoble at the Michelin; 3-0 visitor lead via a penalty strike by 10, 22 years old Franck Pourteau, before home team reduced that and tallies of 24 and 10 for Michelin’s Finest at the half made 54-17 by ’80 for the needed 5-pointer; double for Clermont 12, George Moala; Mr. Lopez picked up a late yellow, too;

12           on 3-and-2 from the shoe of Montpellier 10, Ben Paillaugue, as homeboys nailed the 5-pointer at the Altrad, 37-10, over Bordeaux Bègles; with victory Montpellier stanched their 4-match loss run;

2             instances of drawn scores in the first 40 at 3s and 10s before trys by Pau 13, Benson Stanley and 14, Vince Pinto, within a 5-minute span and each converted by 10, Colin Slade, made for 24-11 midpoint tallies; a further home penalty and 1 penalty each from Agen 10 and 12, Aussie Jake McIntyre and  Leo Berdeu resp., made for the record of 27-17; Section Paliose put some distance between itself and relegation with the win;

13           for visiting 9, Rory Kockott, and Castres are on a run of 5 now having not lost a league match in 2019; naught but a handful of penalty goals for Lyon 10, Jon Wiszniewski, while the visitors got trys from number 2, Kévin Firmin, and wing, Taylor Paris, in addition to Kockott’s numbers for 23-15 road joy at the Matmut;

3             to 1 the trys-scored ratio in the travelers favor and Toulon topped Perpignan down the coast at Aimé Giral, 24-11; visitors blindside, Liam Messam, grounded in the 35th minute of the victory that has Toulonnais following the Castres charge to extra time;

3             points the halftime margin extended to 19 by 80 minutes and Toulouse shoved Stade Français around the Jean Bouin, 28-9; three Nic Sanchez penalty strikes the only numbers for the punchless home XV who missed a grand opportunity to climb into a playoff spot and prove their worth in that placement; Toulouse haven’t lost since, like, the 18th Century.

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