Monday, November 4, 2019

Europe Professional Leagues - On the Weekend: BtN

Europe plus 2 from South Africa - all three professional leagues are on this weekend for the first time this season. 20 fixtures in 5 countries with teams from 2 continents!

Gallagher Premiership Round 3 Wrap

12 teams, all in England; 22-match, home-away schedule

Home Happy: Bristol, Leicester, Northampton, Saracens, Wasps
Road Warriors: Exeter

Saints yet in the ordering spot at table, while Bears gained second after success on the weekend.

By the Numbers:

                12           for 21 years old Saints 10, Jimmie Grayson, on 3-and-2 from the shoe, aided by a brace from 11, Taqi Naiyaravoro, and Northampton stayed in first with 5-point, 40 - 22 victory over visiting Harlequins; brace of groundings for 20 years old Quins three-quarters, Cadan Murley;

                11           from Leicester 20 years old 12, Tom Hardwick, on 1-and-3 from the tee, including a 79th minute sticksplitter that provided the margin of victory at 16 - 13 over Gloucester, and travelers slid from 2nd to 3rd on the schedule;

                             in the 80th minute on a sticksplitter from Saracens 19 years old 10, Manu Vunipola, made the difference and Sarries got the 16 - 13 win over promotee London Irish; and the frightening number is that which was missing... 9 England players who will return to Saracens soon with something to prove, one might think;

                17           for travelers 10, Rhys Priestland on 1-and-5 splitters not enough as 15 from Wasps 10, Lima Sopoaga, on 3-and-3 off his tee and homeboys got the four-pointer denying Bath a losing bonus-point in the 30 - 22 happy; with the loss, visitors dropped into the cellar of the Premiership, its lone relegation station;

                11           from Bristol 10, Callam Sheedy, on 1-and-3 from his tee sufficient for victory and 16 - 10 the result as Sale lost on the trot, but got the losing b-p in the return of USA Eagles and Sharks 10, AJ MacGinty;

                5              from traveling 3, Harry Williams, in the 74th, made 7 by Exeter 10, Joe Simmonds, and Chiefs the lone Road Excellence this round after the comeback, 24 - 20, win over Worcester Warriors;

upcoming Round 4: it’ll be lively as you like with each contest providing movement in the standings

                Friday, 11.8:

                                Sale Sharks (7) v (5) Wasps at Salford City Stadium: numbers six and seven on the table for the placement sorting;

                Saturday, 11.9:

                                Bath (4) v (14) Northampton Saints at the Recreation Ground: cellar v topboy, recipe for heady disaster, methinks; though there are every fixture a clash of close placements, this could be the tightest result on the day;

                                Gloucester (10) v (9) Saracens at Kingsholm: #3 v #4... YES;

                                Harlequins (5) v (5) Worcester Warriors at Twickenham: #8 v #9... YES;

                                London Irish (5) v (4) Leicester Tigers at Madejski Stadium: #11 v #12... YES-YES;

                                Exeter Chiefs (9) v (10) Bristol Bears at Sandy Park: yet another battle the outcome of which will scramble the table seating chart;

Guinness Pro14 Round 5 Wrap
14 teams, 2 conferences in 4 countries on 2 continents playing home-away within the conference, non-conference teams once, plus 2 additional games for a 21-match schedule
Home Happy: Glasgow, Leinster, Scarlets, Treviso, Ulster;
Road Warriors: Connacht, Munster

By the Numbers:

                13           for the entire shop at the midpoint before Munster broke open the tight contest with a 20 second stanza count to record 33 - 23 joy over hosts, Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park; brace of groundings for travelers 9, Alby Mathewson in the happy that kept homeside in first place, but only just, because...

                10           for Connacht 10, Conor Fitzgerald, on 2-and-2 in the 20 - 10 road victory over Ospreys at Liberty Stadium;

                2              point halftime margin, 15-13, with Treviso leading, made a 2-point victory after each only managed a sticksplitter after intermission and 18 - 16 Benetton’s win over Edinburgh;  

                 7            the difference at half, 14-7, for Scarlets, who held onto advantage though only by a bit and 17 - 14 the final over visiting Cheetahs;

                8              try Glasgow pounded out the 50 - nil win at Scotstoun over Southern Kings; 2 yellow cards no help for travelers;

                8              trys, too, for reigning champs, Leinster, in 50 - 15 victory over Dragons at the RDS; suspenders for three-quarters, Dave Kearney and 20 years old Hugh O’Sullivan, for homeboys;

                3              points the halftime margin broken out by Ulster with a 12-point second stanza against a 3-point reply from Zebre and 22 - 10 the Irish joy;

 from last round played:
Top 14 Wrap - Round 8 - plus Guess who’s Returned?

Home Happy: Agen, Brive, Clermont, La Rochelle, Toulon, Montpellier, Pau
Road Warriors: 0

On the Weekend, By the Numbers, and “Guess who’s back from battle in the East?”

Top three lost, next seven won, and the bottom four lost; the, 2 clubs from the capital are in the dropseats right now.

21           for Clermont 10, Jake McIntyre on 7 sticksplitters against 15 for everyone else and badboy Lyon suffered its first defeat of the season 15 - 21, though they’ve yet managed to stay in ordering seat at table;

             penalty goals for La Rochelle and only 2 for 92 made for the 12 - 6 record;

2              groundings for Colombian lock, Andrés Zafra, aided the 27 - 14 victory for Agen over Stade Français;    

9              minutes is all it took for Bordeaux to earn a red ticket and thereafter things went awry enabling Brive to rise from relegation station after completing 30 - 9 victory, and second-placed Bégles made no gain on losing Lyon;

11           the margin after ’80 as Toulon defended the Felix Mayol with a 20 - 9 win over Bayonne;

17           for Pau 10, Antoine Hastoy, on 4-and-3 from the tee and a brace for #2, Quentin Lespiaucq-Brettes, as home team beat Castres  at Stade du Hameau, 37 - 24; 14 for traveling 10, Julien Dumora, on a 3-1-1 triple in defeat;

15           on account for Montpellier three-quarters, Anthony Bouthier, on 3-and-3 off his tee along with a double by 14, Gabriel Ngandebe, assisted the 33 - 22 joy past Toulouse as the giants battled;  

Come back, Jacques! - the clubs in their current sequence and who they may have been missing for the past coupla months; they who’ll be T14-ready come the resumption of play post-RWC Final Fixture:

Lyon (3): Felix Lambey (lock-France); Josua Tuisova (wing-Fiji); Pierre-Louis Barassi (center-France);
Bordeaux Bègles (6) : Jefferson Poirot (prop-France); Peni Ravai (prop-Fiji); Tevita Ratuva (lock-Fiji); Semi Radradra (center-Fiji); UJ Seuteni (flyhalf-Samoa); Beka Gorgadze (backrow-Georgia);
Bayonne (1): Mali Hingano (center-Tonga);
Clermont (9): Damian Penaud (wing-France); Alivereti Raka (wing-France); Camille Lopez (flyhalf-France); Arthur Iturria (backrow-France); Séba Vahaamahina (prop-France); Rabah Slimani (prop-France); Peceli Yato (backrow-Fiji); Greig Laidlaw (halfback-Scotland); Tim Nanai-Williams (fullback-Samoa)
Toulon (7): Chris Tolofua (hooker-France); Emerick Setiano (prop-France); Charles Ollivon, (backrow-France); Baptiste Serin (scrumhalf-France); Sergio Parisse (8man-Italy); Beka Gigashvili (prop-Georgia); Mamuka Gorgodze (lock-Georgia);
La Rochelle (4):  Vincent Rattez (wing-France); Gregory Alldritt (backrow-France); Kini Murimurivalu (fullback-Fiji); Levani Botia (center-Fiji);
Montpellier (7): Guilhem Guirado (hooker-France); Yacouba Camara (backrow-France); Louis Picamoles (8man-France); Levan Chilachava (prop-Georgia); Mikheil Nariashvili (prop-Georgia); Gela Aprasidze (scrumhalf-Georgia); Francois Steyn (center-South Africa);
Pau (3): Jale Vatubua (center-Fiji); Dominiko Waqaniburotu (backrow-Fiji);  Siegfried Fisi'ihoi (prop-Tonga);
Brive (4):  Otar Giorgadze (backrow-Georgia); Vano Karkadze (prop-Georgia); Vasil Lobzhanidze (scrumhalf-Georgia); Tedo Abzhandadze (flyhalf-Georgia);
Agen (1): Paul Ngauamo (hooker-Tonga);
Toulouse (7): Cyril Baille (prop-France); Antoine Dupont (scrumhalf-France); Romi Ntamack (flyhalf-France); Sofiane Guitoune (wing-France); Yoann Huget (wing-France); Maxi Medard (fullback-France); Ches Kolbe (wing-South Africa);
Castres (3): Maama Vaipulu (backrow-Tonga); Filipo Nakosi (wing-Fiji); Ben Urdapilleta (flyhalf-Argentina);
Racing 92 (10): Camille Chat (hooker-France); Sedate Gomes Sa (prop-France); Wenceslas Lauret (backrow-France); Bernard Le Roux (backrow-France); Max Machenaud (scrumhalf-France); Virimi Vakatawa (center-France); Finn Russell (flyhalf-Scotland); Guram Gogichashvili (prop-Georgia); Ben Tameifuna (prop-Tonga); Leone Nakarawa (lock-Fiji);
Stade Français (7): Paul Gabrillagues (lock-France); Gaël Fickou (center-France); Giorgi Melikidze (prop-Georgia); Waisea Nayacalevu (wing-Fiji); Paul Alo-Emile (prop-Samoa); Pablo Matera (backrow-Argentina); Nico Sanchez (flyhalf-Argentina)

Upcomes Round 9:
                Saturday, 11.9:
                                Toulon (18) v (17) Montpellier at Felix Mayol: each will have seven returned from international duty in this crucial mid-table clash;

                                Bayonne (21) v (17) Section Paloise at Stade Jean Dauger: homeboys need the win here;

                                Bordeaux Bègles (26) v (16) Agen at Chaban-Delmas: could be the bonus-point for Bègles;

                                Castres (14) v (17) Brive at Pierre-Fabre: should be a good lower-table tussle:

                                 Toulouse (20) v (14) Clermont at Ernest Wallon: tale of this tape may be whose internationals have returned to the roster in form;
                Sunday, 11.10:
                                 Stade Français (9) v (13) Racing 92 at the Jean Bouin: look to see differently-complected sides this time out and one to rise from their current relegation station;
                                Lyon (30) v (18) La Rochelle at Stade Gerland: homeboys’ll look for five here, but La Rochelais, who just managed to obtain the last playoff spot last weekend, will want to remain there;



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