Monday, December 9, 2019

EPCR: Champions, Challenge Cup WRaps

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

Overall, six road wins as the clubs are establishing patterns and formulating strategies to get them to the April knockouts.

Home Happy: Lyon, Munster, Toulouse, Ulster
Road Warriors: Clermont, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leinster, Racing

12           the second stanza count for Clermont replacement 9, Grieg Laidlaw, on 3-and-2 in relief Morgan Parra and a double for Spanish flyer, Sam Ezeala, in support the 34 - 17 victory on the trot at the Rec over Bath; home team 10, Rhys Priestland, got 10 on a basic, 1-1-1 triple;

28           for the 5-pointer for Lyon and naught for Benetton at the Matmut for home side’s first win while Treviso are yet looking; Lyon lead the Top 14, though they’re third in their 4-team group just here and now;

10           for Leinster 10 Jonathan Sexton’s relief, Ross Byrne, on a basic triple, and travelers abso leveled their hosts, Northampton, at Franklin’s Gardens to claim the thus far undisputed ordering seat at poolside, 43 - 16; 4 first forty lead changes and 19-16 the Leinster advantage at the half before the Irishmen floored it;

12           for traveler 10, Adam Hastings, on 3-and-2 struck from his shoe and Glasgow got the win over La Rochelle at Deflandre, 27 - 24, despite 14 from his oppo number, Jules Plisson, on 1-and-4 from the floor;

10           for Ulster 9, Jack Cooney, on 2-and-2, the last a penalty struck true in the 79th for the 25 - 24 win over Harlequins at Ravenhill; a brace of 2 for Samoan 2, Elia Elia, in the loss;

7              the margin at the end of the day and Munster topped an Owen Farrell-less Saracens side, 10- 3;

14           against 15 all day long after a 37-second sendoff of Ospreys 15 and booter, Dan Evans, and Racing 92 got the 5-point road win at Liberty, 40 - 19; abso casino night with five cards: 1 red and 4 yellows; 3 to Ospreys and 2 to 92;

2              trys for Cherry-and-Whites 15, Tom Marshall, and Gloucester returned from 7-10 halftime deficit to collect the bonus-point versus Connacht at Kingsholm, 26 - 17;

2             also for Toulouse 10, Romi Ntamack, and 13 for 15, Tommie Ramos, on 2-and-3 off the tee as home side got the 23 - 9 win past Clermont at the Ernest Wallon;

22           points in the first 25 minutes sufficient for Exeter Chiefs to manage the road victory at Salford City, 22 - 20, over an AJ MacGinty-less Sale Sharks school; 

Upcomes Round 4:

                Friday, 12.13

                                Harlequins (5) v (12) Ulster at Twickenham: home team need to close out their last three with all points possible if they’d like to perform in the knockouts;
                                Racing 92 (12) v (0) Ospreys at La Défense: should be five for the hosts;
                Saturday, 12.14

                                Benetton (2) v (6) Lyon at Stadio Communal di Monigo: home side looking to get their initial win of the tournament here and now;

                                Leinster (14) v (9)  Northampton Saints at the RDS: would be five for reigning runnersup and effectively, the pool;
                                Glasgow Warriors (8) v (1) La Rochelle at Scotstoun: could be five for hosts;

                                Saracens (6) v (11) Munster in Barnet Copthall at Allianz Park: gotta win Sarries;

                                Connacht (4) v (7) Gloucester at Galway Sportsground: home XV have an outside shot at the knockouts as well do their guests today;

                                Montpellier (5) v (13) Toulouse in the Altrad at GGL Stadium: home team must win, period, and ideally keep their guests from stealing any kitchenware;
                Sunday, 12.15:
                                Clermont (11) v (2) Bath at the Michelin: homeboys in good shape now with their five-pointer last week v today’s guests; looking grim for the travelers;

                                Exeter Chiefs (14) v (6) Sale Sharks at Sandy Park: visitors not out of it yet, but they will be should they fail today’s exam;

European Professional Club Rugby - Challenge Cup
On the Weekend, By the Numbers
20+ table points will more than likely make extra time come April, possibly high-teens

Bristol looking powerful and could close on an after-time berth this upcomer.

Home Happy: Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leicester, Toulon, Worcester, Zebre
Road Warriors: Bordeaux-Bègles, Castres, Scarlets,

5              yellow tickets issued, 3-2 away v home, in the disruptive events-with-rugby ball on the Black Sea, and Castres escaped with the 4-point victory after downing Enisei at Kuban Stadium, 28 - 12; travelers earned all 3 cards in the ten minutes prior to the hour mark making a playing complement of 15 v 12, during that interval homeys were only able to ground once;
11           try Bordeaux announced themselves in a big way with the road win, 73 - 3, over Agen at Stade Armandie; 17 for travelers 21 years old 10, Matti Jalibert, on half dozen try-conversions and a grounding, and a hat trick for flyer, Geoff Cros, in the rout;

2              touch downs for Edinburgh 11, Duhan Van der Merwe, in the 31 - 20 joy over Wasps at Murrayfield;

14           for Scarlets 15, Leigh Halfpenny, on 1-and-4 from the floor, the deuce the completion of a 28th-minute grounding by loosehead, Rob Evans, and travelers earned 19 - 11 victory over Bayonne;

22           for Cardiff Blues 10, Jarrod Evans on 6 conversions and a brace of trys against only 22 total for Pau and home side crushed their guests, 54 - 22, at the Arms Park; all 8 groundings by the three-quartersline and a hat trick by flyer, Josh Adams;

13           for Bristol 10, Ian Madigan, on 2-and-3 and the Bears got the 5-pointer over Stade Français at Ashton Gate, 37 - 11;

9              try Leicester, 7-of-9 converted, made Tigers numbers against a lone completed for guests and the home XV got the 59 - 7 rout over Calvisano at Welford Road; Jonnie May got a brace;

4              lead changes and two instances of drawn scores as well as an 18th-minute red for travelers 8, and Worcester managed a significant, 34 - 28, 5-point joy over Dragons at Sixways; 14 for home 10, Jamie Shillcock, on 4-and-2;

1              first forty yellow for visitors and a brace of second stanza reds, split between the sides before Toulon sorted London Irish at the Mayol, 37 - 17; brace for home 9, Baptiste Serin and also 2 dots for Pumas flyer Ramiro Moyano in the winning effort;

21           the home team advantage at the half, 24-3, nearly squandered in a one-sided second stanza before Zebre was able to claim 27 - 24, 5-point, victory over Brive;

Upcomes Round 4:
                Friday, 12.13:

                                Castres Olympique (8) v (0) Enisei STM at Stade Pierre Fabre: home team will want five here and now;

                                Brive (5) v (6) Zebre at Amédée-Domenech: neither can be counted out yet, though the loser will be looking for work come the April knockouts;
                                Dragons (11) v (10) Worcester Warriors  at Rodney Parade: this result may determine the group;
                                Section Paloise (5) v (11) Cardiff Blues at Stade du Hameau: critical test for travelers;
                Saturday, 12.14

                                Wasps (5) v (12) Edinburgh at the Ricoh Arena: this too, will be a telling result;
                                Bordeaux-Bègles (12) v (0) Agen at Chaban-Delmas: homeys seek the bonus-point;
                                London Irish (6) v (14) Toulon at Madejski Stadium: could very well be when this year’s home effort goes irretrievable away, though travelers finicky on the trot;

                                Cammi Calvisano (0) v (14) Leicester Tigers at Pata Stadium: Cats victory will go a long way in securing a quarterfinal berth;
                                Scarlets (9) v (2) Bayonne at Parc y Scarlets: gotta win big Redmen;
                                Stade Français (4) v (15) Bristol Bears at Stade Jean Bouin: visitors can all but punch their ticket to the knockouts with a bonus-point right here, right now;

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