Monday, November 18, 2019

EPCR Champions Cup Round 1 WRap

European Professional Club Rugby - Champions 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, a round robin tournament meant to figure just who are the finest club XV north of the equator, Guinness Pro14 were decidedly the best performing league, 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.

Champions Cup
Home Happy: Clermont, Connacht, Glasgow, Leinster, Northampton, Racing
Road Warriors: Exeter, Munster, Toulouse, Ulster   

14           for Toulouse 10, Tommie Ramos on 1-and-4 from the floor and travelers returned from 9-20 first forty deficit to claim 25 - 20 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm;

5              for Canadian flyer, DTH Van der Merwe, and Glasgow made a 13-nil halftime lead hold, though only just as Sale came back for a try in second stanza at the hour mark converted by Sharks and USA Eagles 10, AJ MacGinty, for the 13 - 7 result;

12           for Ulster 9, Jack Cooney, on a triple of 2-1-1 and the halfback, aided by a touch down by 22 years old flyer, Rob Lyttle, drove Bath asunder, 17 - 16, at the Rec; a sticksplitter by Cooney at ’70 made the difference;

11           for Leinster 10, Jonathan Sexton, on 3 conversions and 1 try, along with a hat-trick by 13, Gary Ringrose, and home team got the fiver at the RDS, 33 - 19, over Benetton;

14           and 0 the halftime tallies in favor of Exeter taken to 31 - 12 road happiness for Chiefs over La Rochelle at Marcel Deflandre;

3              second stanza touch downs broke open a close run, 13-6 at the half, thing and Munster topped Ospreys at Liberty Stadium, 32 - 13;

14           for Clermont 9, Morgan Parra, on 4-and-2 from his shoe and home side popped Harlequins a good one, 53 - 21, at the Michelin; Clermont flyer, Ali Raka, got a double and Grieg Laidlaw came in relief of Parra for a brace of sticksplitters;

19           points down at half, Lyon could not recoup the deficit and tasted the unhappy with Northampton banging home the 4-pointer, 25 -14, on the strength of 20 from 10, Dan Biggar, on 1-and-6 true the sticks;

3              the margin, 13-10, in favor of Connacht at the end of the first forty, and that measure maintained by the end of the day for 23 - 20 result over Montpellier at the Sportsground;

10           for Racing 9, Max Machenaud, on 2-and-2 off his shoe and getting-into-form 92 rogered a not quite full strength Saracens for five at La Défense, 30 - 10;

Upcomes Round 2:

                Friday, 11.22

                                Ulster (4) v (5) Clermont at Kingspan at Ravenhill: Match-of-Weekend:

                Saturday, 11.23

                                Saracens (0) v (0) Ospreys at Allianz Park: maybe just what Sarries doctor ordered;

                                Benetton (1) v (4) Northampton at Estadio Comunale di Monigo: other Match-of-Weekend;

                                Toulouse (4) v (4) Connacht at Ernest Wallon: home team want five; travelers keen to upset;

                                Lyon (0) v (5) Leinster at Stade Gerland: yet another Match-of-Weekend;

                                Exeter (5) v (4) Glasgow at Sandy Park: massive;

                                Munster (5) v (5) Racing at Thomond Park: doubly so;

                                Harlequins (0) v (1) Bath at Twickenham: both need joy here should they seek the April knockouts;

                                Sale (1) v (0) La Rochelle at Salford City: needy pair here;

                                Montpellier (1) v (1) Gloucester at the Altrad: other, other Match-of-Weekend:


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