Sunday, July 5, 2020

World Rugby WRap - On the Weekend, By the Numbers

Rugby Round the Globe: On the Weekend, By the Numbers

New Zealand, Virus Slayers sans égal – in the Land of the Long White Cloud: Super Rugby Aotearoa.

                15           for Crusaders 10, Richie Mo’unga, on 3-and-3 off his tee and travelers, behind by 3 after ’40, 14-17, and only 1-point in front approaching the hour mark at 21-20, grounded a trio of trys in the final 20 minutes to record a 40 – 20 result over Highlanders in Dunedin for victory on the first half of their South Island duet;

                10           for Hurricanes 15, Jordie Barrett, on 2-and-2 from his shoe and travelers, ahead by 17 at 20-3 after ’40, hung on for the 25 – 18 joy in Hamilton.

Australia – yet fighting the good fight and shaking off the dust in Oz: Super Rugby Australia opened up on the weekend.

                16           for Waratahs 20 years young 10, Will Harrison, on 2-and-4 off the floor, and despite the courageous efforts of 14, Jack Maddocks, under the frequent high ball, Queensland Reds triumphed 33 - 25 at the end of the day;  strong play by Reds 10, James O’Connor, muddies/enhances the Aussie standoff selection pool one might think;

                5              trys for Brumbies, 3 converted by 21 years old 10, Noah Lolesio, who waved his hand at the national selectors, friendly- and functional-like, as the Mob repulsed homeless Rebels, 31 – 23, at Canberra; 13 for Rebels 10, Matt To’omua, on 2-and-3 off his tee; visitors drew within a point around the hour mark with a brace of converted trys at 23-24, but the try by openside, Will Miller, in the 78th minute put the kybosh on the guest resurgence;

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Russia and The Premier League:

                9              points adrift at the break, 7-16, Krasnoyarsk grounded 4-against-1 in the second stanza to claim the 5-pointer at 38 – 23 over Strela by the banks of ye old Yenisey River;

                7              trys in all for Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk in their 49 – 13 demolition of Bogatiri;

                18           the margin of victory for Metallurg Novokuznetsk over CSKA and the result of 27 – 9;

                4              the separation at the half, made 10 by ’80 and 24 – 14 the traveling happy for VVA Podmoskovye past host Bulava Taganrog;

                2             point halftime deficit nae worry for visiting Lokomotiv Penza, who returned from that damnable deuce to pip their host, Slava Moscow, in the capital city, 16 -15.

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Argentina & THE Top 12 kicks on Thursday, upcoming


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