The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Friday, 21st, February, 2020 – Sunday, 23rd, February, 2020)

The Blues snatched a last-minute away win against the Bulls thanks to an Otere Black penalty

That weekend was going to be great given all the rugby available. First of all, in the Northern Hemisphere, the Six Nations Championship was going on with the Round 3 of the competition.

There also were the domestic leagues going on with the Top14, the Pro14 and the Premiership. Moreover, there was also some rugby played in the Southern Hemisphere with more fixtures.

In fact, the Super Rugby was taking place with another Round. All the franchises were still involved in the play-offs race. There were a few key games with a lot at stake for many franchises.

* Edinburgh vs. Connacht : Pro14 (Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland)

The home side got two kick with Simon Hickey. Jack Carty was binned as a penalty try was awarded to Edinburgh and Simon Berghan scored. Tiernan O’Halloran got the try for Connacht.

He got a brace in the second-half. Pierre Schoeman replied for Edinburgh and Duhane van der Merwe also touched down. Eroni Sau was binned for Edinburgh after a tip tackle and a brawl started.

Eoghan Masterson, for Connacht, and Nick Haining, for Edinburgh, were binned. Connacht had a third player binned with Connor Fitzgerald. Edinburgh won that tough game (FT : 41-14).

* Sale vs. Leicester : Premiership (Salford, Sale, England)

The Leicester Tigers opened the scoreboard with a penalty from Noel Reid but Dan Cole was yellow-carded because of too many infringements. Bryn Evans charged a kick down and scored the try.

Sale Sharks spread the ball and Marland Yarde got a stunning try. Prop Coenie Oosthuizen also scored from close range. In the second-half, Leicester Tigers had a second player binned with Noel Reid.

Robert du Preez kicked a penalty for Sale Sharks. Marland Yarde got a brace out wide and gathered a chip-kick for his Hat-Trick try. It was a stunning performance from Sale Sharks (FT : 36-03).

* Reds vs. Sunwolves : Super Rugby (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia)

The Reds opened the scoreboard with Liam Wright. Prop Taniela Tupou carried over the line while Hunter Pasami got a stunning try. Scrum-half Tate McDermott also concluded a build-up.

The Sunwolves had Ben Te’o binned after a high tackle as Lukhan Salakaia-Loto got the try. In the second-half, Tate McDermott got a brace and Hamish Stewart got an interception try for the team.

The Sunwolves scored a late try with Sosaia Fifita. The Reds added another great try with Joshua Nasser and Isaac Lucas touched down. It was an impressive win for the Reds (FT : 64-05).

* Stormers vs. Jaguares : Super Rugby (Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa)

The Stormers opened the scoreboard with a penalty from Damian Willemse. However, Frans Malherbe was yellow-carded for a high tackle. The Stormers kept their structures in the first-half.

In the second-half, Herschel Jantjies gathered a loose ball and scored the try. Centre Ruhan Nel touched down after a good move. The Jaguares hit back with back-rower Rodrigo Bruni scoring.

After that, the Jaguares had a try ruled out because of an off-side position. The Stormers held their lines with a very strong set-piece play. They clinched the win in a very physical game (FT : 17-07).

* La Rochelle vs. Toulon : Top14 (Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle, France)

The home side got a kick with Tawera Kerr-Barlow as Jules Plisson also landed a penalty for La Rochelle. Toulon had Raphael Lakafia binned. After that, the kickers from both sides added penalty.

Jules Plisson, for La Rochelle, and Anthony Belleau, for Toulon, both added two penalties. Anthony Belleau even scored a third penalty. Toulon had a second player binned with Facundo Isa.

La Rochelle spread the ball wide and Arthur Retiere touched down. Anthony Belleau landed a penalty for Toulon. La Rochell had Arthur Joly binned at scrum time. Though, they held on to win (FT : 17-12).

* Bulls vs. Blues : Super Rugby (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa)

The Bulls got a kick with Morné Steyn. Otere Black replied in the same fashion for the Blues. The Bulls had Andries Ferreira and Burger Odendaal binned. The Blues scored with Mark Telea.

Though, Jonathan Ruru was binned and Morné Steyn scored for the Bulls. Morné Steyn got a kick but Tom Robinson touched down for the Blues. They added a stunning try with Stephen Perofeta.

The Blues had a second player binned with Hoskins Sotutu. The Bulls got the try with Jeandré Rudolph. The Blues got a penalty on the last play. Otere Black kicked it. The Blues won (FT : 21-23).

* Wales vs. France : Six Nations (Principality Stadium, Cardiff, France)

The home side kicked a penalty with Dan Biggar. France got the first try with Anthony Bouthier and Romain Ntamack kicked a penalty. Dan Biggar got a kick for Wales but France were settled.

From a lineout, Paul Willemse scored for France. Dan Biggar landed a third penalty and Gregory Alldritt was binned. France held on before Half-Time. In the second-half, Dillon Lewis scored for Wales.

However, Romain Ntamack got an interception try for France and landed a kick. France had a second player binned with Mohamed Haouas. Dan Biggar got the try. France held on for the big win (FT : 23-27).

* Wales vs. France : Women Six Nations (Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales)

The French team started well with a try from Cyrielle Banet out wide. Scrum-half Laure Sansus scored from close range while Cyrielle Banet got a brace from a cross-field kick. It was impressive.

In the second-half, France kept the momentum. Back-rower Safi N’Diaye carried over the line. Laure Sansus also got a brace from a set-piece play while Marine Menager also touched down.

Playing with huge attacking threats, France added another try with Julie Annery. Pauline Bourdon offloaded for Camille Boudaud who got the try. It was a big win for France (FT : 00-50).

* Exeter vs. Northampton : Premiership (Sandy Park, Exeter, England)

The home side began with a penalty from Joe Simmonds as Jonny Hill scored from close range. Tom Collins was binned for Northampton Saints. Elvis Taione touched down after a good carry.

Forward Jannes Kirsten was also on the scoreboard. In the second-half, Tom Hendrickson scored from a set-piece play. Prop Ben Moon concluded a build-up while Tom Hendrickson got a brace.

Northampton Saints replied with a try from James Grayson. The Exeter Chiefs kept playing and Tom O’Flaherty had a try. Sam Simmonds also scored from a maul. It was a big win for Exeter (FT : 57-07).

* England vs. Ireland : Six Nations (Twickenham, London, England)

The England team started well with a try from George Ford after a big mistake in the Ireland defence. Fullback Elliot Daly added another try after the exact same mistake in the Ireland defence.

Playmaker Owen Farrell kicked a penalty for the home side. In the second-half, Ireland got a try with Robbie Henshaw. Though, England set up a maul and Luke Cowan-Dickie was the try scorer.

It was another good try for England. After that, Ireland scored late with a try from Andre Porter. It was an impressive display from England who played some really good rugby in that game (FT : 24-12).

Conclusion

That weekend was very entertaining. In the Pro14, Edinburgh got the bonus point win. In the Premiership, the Sale Sharks impressed and the Exeter Chiefs had a very big win at home.

In the Top14, Stade Rochelais won. In the Six Nations, the France senior and women teams clinched massive away wins. England played well, too. In the Super Rugby, the Reds played very well.

Meanwhile, the Stormers remiained unbeaten and the Blues snatched a massive away win. Next weekend, the Six Nations would take a rest again while all the domestic leagues will carry on.

Max.

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