Monday, November 18, 2019

EPCR Challenge Cup Round 1 WRap

European Professional Club Rugby - Challenge Cup
On the Weekend, By the Numbers

-of the 40 clubs in the dual European tussles, only one XV doesn’t call that continent home... which one?

In the opening weekend of the Challenge Cup, the lesser of the round robin tournaments meant to figure just who are the finest club XV north of the equator, Guinness Pro14 were decidedly the best performing league overall both Champions and Challenge Cups, going for nine wins and three losses overall, though two of the losses were GP14 v GP14, so really six-and-one. Top French 14 and the English (Gallagher) Premiership wound up on similar outcomes with Gallagher clubs going five wins-seven losses overall and the French, six-and-eight.

Challenge Cup
Home Happy: Bordeaux-Bègles, Bristol, Dragons, Scarlets, Leicester
Road Warriors: Brive, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Toulon, Worcester  

27           for 22 years old Worcester 10, Jamie Shillcock, on the conversion of 6-of-9 trys and a hat-trick of groundings as Warriors walloped Enisei STM on the eastern shore of the Black Sea at Krasnodar, 57 - 14;

11           in the account of Edinburgh 10, Simon Hickey, on 4-cs and 1-p, aided and abetted by a brace of touch downs for 12, George Taylor, and travelers made 21-3 halftime advantage, 31 - 10 final over Agen at Stade Armandie;

10           for Brive 20 years old 10, Tedo Abzhandadze, on 2-and-2 from his shoe and Brive got the 27 - 10 win over Stade Français at Stade Amédée Domenech;

4              trys, none converted, sufficient for the road 5-pointer by Toulon over Bayonne at Stade Jean-Dauger, 20 - 13, for the bonus-point victory;

13           for Dragons 10, Jon Davies, on the conversion of all 5 trys plus a penalty strike as visitors earned 5 table points over Calvisano at the Pata Stadium, 38 - 16;

4              trys for Leicester flyer, Jonah Holmes, paced Tigers to 41 - 20 victory past Pau at Welford Road;

1              hat-trick of groundings for Cardiff just-turned 20 years old 8man, Taine Basham, in the first forty and Blues went on to paste Castres a good one, 31 - 17, at the Arms Park;

22           for 19 years old Bristol 10, Ioan Lloyd, on a triple of 7-1-1 and home team blasted Zebre at Ashton Gate, 59 - 21 with an 8-try count;

13           for the everyone after ’40 at Parc y Scarlets before a grounding by 13, Steffan Hughes, and its completion by 10, Dan Jones, against only a single sticksplitter by London Irish 10, Stephen Myler, meant 20 - 16 joy for Scarlets;

10           the halftime lead for Bordeaux-Bègles over Wasps, 16-6, and that margin maintained after a 24-points for each in a drawn, yet very lively, second stanza at Chaban-Delmas and 40 - 30 that result; 20 for Bègles just-turned 21 years old 10, Matti Jalibert, on 1-and-6 true the sticks;

Upcomes Round 2:

                Friday, 11.22

                                Enisei STM (0) v (5) Dragons at Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar: homeys had issues closing and keeping their own door shut last time out but could prove the surprise should those actions be sorted today;

                                Brive (4) v (5) Bristol Bears at Stade Amédée-Domenech: travelers looking sharp thus far this season;

                                Edinburgh (5) v (5) Bordeaux-Bègles at Murrayfield: massive;

                                Section Paloise (0) v (0) Cammi Calvisano at Stade du Hameau: home team want five;

                                Toulon (5) v (4) Scarlets at Felix Mayol: homeboys tough at the Mayol;

                Saturday, 11.23

                                Castres Olympique (0) v (5) Worcester Warriors at Stade Pierre Fabre: travelers with the big numbers last outing, but different XV to face today;

                                Zebre (0) v (0) Stade Français at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi: will visitors find the many answers to their hydra-like problems beast in Northern Italy?

                                Wasps (1) v (1) Agen at Ricoh Arena: both need joy here should they seek the April knockouts;

                                London Irish (1) v (1) Bayonne at Madejski: Irish will want this one;

                                Cardiff Blues (5) v (5) Leicester Tigers at Cardiff Arms Park: Match-of-Weekend

Champions Cup Wrap tomorrow

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