The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Thursday, 27th, February, 2020 – Sunday, 01st, March, 2020)

The Sharks got a massive away win in Brisbane with Sikhumbuzo Notshe having a great game

That weekend was going to be special. With the Six Nations Championship taking a rest, the domestic leagues had the priority in the North. It was important to keep playing well.

Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, the Super Rugby competition was carrying on. In a very competitive season, all the franchises had their word to say about the play-offs race.

That weekend for the Northern Hemisphere clubs were about finding the balance. Lots of sides could not rely on their Test players with the Six Nations, so the turnover had to be effective.

* Grenoble vs. Biarritz : ProD2 (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France)

The home side kicked a penalty with Enzo Selponi. He missed his second attempt. Grenoble at Davit Kubriashvili binned at scrum time. Biarritz set up a maul and scored with Lucas Peyresblanques.

In the second-half, Grenoble went through the phases and back-rower Deon Fourie touched down. Nicholas Smith kicked two consecutive penalties for Biarritz who was back in front.

Grenoble landed a penalty with Enzo Selponi and it was all square. Nicholas Smith missed a penalty for Biarritz. Grenoble held their lines and managed to get a good home draw (FT : 13-13).

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

The Cariff Blues opened the scoreboard with a penalty from Jason Tovey. On the re-start, Dan Fish’s kick was charged down and George Taylor touched down. Jason Tovey missed a penalty, later on.

Just before the Half-Time, Simon Hickey, for Edinburgh, and Jason Tovey, for Cardiff Blues, both landed a penalty. In the second-half, it was an arm-wrestle with both defences making turnovers.

Edinburgh defended well and playmaker Simon Hickey nailed two consecutive penalties. The scottish province remained composed and secured a tough home win with some wind and rain (FT : 14-06).

* Colomiers vs. Oyonnax : ProD2 (Pierre Bendichou, Colomiers, France)

First, Lionel Beauxis missed a kick but nailed the next for Oyonnax. Jules Soulan got two kicks for Colomiers. Thomas Dubois, for Colomiers, and Irakli Mirtskhulava, for Oyonnax, were binned.

Lionel Beauxis landed a kick. In the second-half, both kickers added one kick with one more to Jules Soulan. Oyonnax had a second player binned with Rory Grice. Hugo Pirlet scored for Colomiers.

After that, Yohan Le Bourhis got a kick for Oyonnax. Jules Soulan added one and missed another. Colomiers had Romain Bezian binned as Quentin MacDonald scored for Oyonnax. Colomiers won (FT : 22-19).

* Gloucester vs. Sale : Premiership (Kingsholm, Gloucester, England)

The Sale Sharks kicked a penalty with Robert du Preez. Following some confusion in the Gloucester defence, Luke James got the try. Bryn Evans added another one from close range.

After that, Billy Twelvetrees landed a kick for Gloucester as WillGriff John was binned for Sale Sharks. Fraser Balmain scored. Though, Marland Yarde got a stunning try for Sale Sharks.

With tough weather, Gloucester scored with Billy Twelvetrees. Sale Sharks got a penalty with Robert du Preez. They defended very well and held their lines to get a massive away win (FT : 17-23).

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

The Reds kicked a penalty with Jock Campbell. The Sharks replied with Curwin Bosch who landed a kick before Kerron van Vuuren touched down from a maul. The Reds got the try with Henry Speight.

In the second-half, the Sharks scored from close range with Dylan Richardson. The Res came back from a quick-tap wih Tate McDermott. Curwin Bosch landed two 50-metre penalties for the Sharks.

They got an interception try with Lukhanyo Am while Madosh Tambwe got a counter-attacking score. Lwazi Mvovo was binned and Ed Craig scored for the Reds. Though, the Sharks won (FT : 23-33).

* Racing 92 vs. La Rochelle : Top14 (Paris La Défense Arena, Nanterre, France)

The home side set up a maul and Teddy Baubigny touched down. Finn Russell got the interception try while Teddy Iribaren kicked a penalty. Racing 92 scored a second try from a good interception.

Francois Trinh-Duc gave the ball to Dorian Laborde for the try. In the second-half, Olivier Klemenczak added another one for the home side while Fabien Sanconnie carried over the line.

Racing 92 maintained the standards as Maxime Machenaud scored the try and Hassane Kolingar was also on the scoreboard. La Rochelle did not find his game. It was impressive from Racing 92 (49-00).

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

The Jaguares scored quickly with Emiliano Boffelli. Marco van Staden replied for the Bulls. The Jaguares scored a powerful try with Rodrigo Bruni as Warrick Gelant hit back again for the home side.

The Jaguares built some phases and Guido Petti Pgadizabal touched down and so did Mattias Moroni. The Bulls had a try with Cornal Hendricks but Johnny Kotze was binned. Emiliano Boffelli got a brace.

After that, Morné Steyn got a kick for the Bulls and so did Joaquin Diaz Bonilla for the Jaguares. The Jaguares playmaker was binned but Santiago Socino got a maul try. The Jaguares won (FT : 24-39).

* Pau vs. Montpellier : Top14 (Stade du Hameau, Pau, France)

The home side began well with two penalties from Antoine Hastoy. Montpellier replied and it was all square when Handré Pollard also kicked two penalties. Antoine Hastoy landed a third for Pau.

In the second-half, Handré Pollard added two more kicks for Montpellier. Colin Slade nailed a penalty for the home side and it was all square again. Handré Pollard landed his fifth penalty.

After that, Section Paloise started a huge build-up and prop Nicolas Corato touched down. The home side managed to hold their lines in defence. They clinced a massive win (FT : 19-15).

* Brive vs. Lyon : Top14 (Amédée Domenech, Brive, France)

The home side kicked a penalty with Thomas Laranjeira while winger Joris Jurand got a great try on his wing. Lyon replied with a penalty from Patricio Fernandez but Brive had the possession.

Winger Joris Jurand got a stunning individual brace. He even got a Hat-Trick before the Half-Time after winning the kick-chase. In the second-half, Lyon got the try with Thibaut Regard.

After that, Brive were awarded a penalty and Thomas Laranjeira was on target. Lyon made too many mistakes as Brive defended well. It was a huge home win for Brive who played well (FT : 30-11).

* Bordeaux vs. Castres : Top14 (Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux, France)

The home side kicked a penalty with Maxim Lucu. Castres hit back with a try from Julien Caminati. Maxime Lucu landed a second penalty but Rodrigo Capo Ortega scored the try for Castres.

Bordeaux went through the phases and Blair Connor concluded a nice move. Back-rower Mahamadou Diaby also scored. In the second-half, Castres got the try out wide with Filippo Nakosi.

The home side kicked two more penalties with Ben Botica. He was off target on his next attempt. Castres got a try with Anthony Jelonch. Though, Bordeaux held their lines and won (FT : 26-24).

* Toulon vs. Stade Francais : Top14 (Felix Mayol, Toulon, France)

The Stade Francais got a kick with Joris Segonds. Toulon kicked tw penalties with Anthony Belleau. Stade Francais had Tala Gray binned and Anthony Belleau kicked a third penalty.

Stade Francais had a second player binned with Sami Mavinga but Nicolas Sanchez landed a kick. Toulon got the try with Swan Rebbadj. Stade Francais replied with a try from Lester Etien.

They added another try with Kylan Hamdaoui as Toulon had Brian Alainu’uese binned. Though, Toulon were awarded a penalty. Louis Carbonel kicked it. Toulon snatched the win (FT : 19-18).

Conclusion

That weekend was entertaining. About Pro14, Edinburgh got a home win. In the ProD2, Grenoble got the draw and Colomiers played very well. In Premiership, Sale Sharks got a massive away win.

In the Super Rugby, the Sharks and the Jaguares performed very well. Meanwhile, in the Top14, Racing 92 impressed. Section Paloise snatched the win and Brive played very well.

Also, Bordeaux and Toulon got a good win. Next season, the Six Nations Championship would come back. The domestic leagues and the Super Rugby will carry on as well. It should be good.

Max.

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.

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Thursday, 13th, February, 2020 – Sunday, 16th, February, 2020)

The Stormers remain unbeaten in Super Rugby following the away win in Johannesburg

That rugby weekend was going to be promising. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Six Nations Championship was taking a rest. Meanwhile, the domestic leagues were taking place with huge games.

There was going to be some Premiership. Also, the Top14 and the Pro14 were there. In France, the ProD2, the second Tier league, was also taking place. There was a lot at stakes for the sides.

Moreover, there was also some rugby in the Southern Hemisphere. The Super Rugby competition was going on. All the franchises were obviously pushing for the play-offs qualification.

* Grenoble vs. Perpignan : ProD2 (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France)

The home side was under pressure as Dylan Jacquot was binned at scrum time. Perpignan got the penalty try. Dan Brown, for Perpignan, and Lucas Rey, for Grenoble, were also yellow-carded.

There were scrums infringements from both sides. Grenoble kicked a penalty with Enzo Selponi. The home side also got a set-piece try with Leva Fifita. Jonathan Bousquet got a kick for Perpignan.

Grenoble replied with Enzo Selponi before Deon Fourie carried over the line. They went for the bonus point try but there was not much time left. Grenoble got a massive home win (FT : 20-10).

* Gloucester vs. Exeter : Premiership (Kingsholm, Gloucester, England)

The Exeter Chiefs started well with a try from Jacques Vermeulen after a big maul. Gloucester kicked a penalty with Billy Twelvetrees. Gareth Steenson organised well the Exeter Chiefs.

In the second-half, he landed four consecutive penalties. Meanwhile, fullback Stuart Hogg got a stunning counter-attacking try. Gloucester needed a big reaction and Jake Polledri scored.

After that, winger Louis Rees-Zammit was also on the board. However, it was a tough task for the home side. The Exeter Chiefs clinched an away win in a game played among the rain (FT : 15-26).

* Hurricanes vs. Sharks : Super Rugby (Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand)

The Hurricanes kicked a penalty with Jordie Barrett. The Sharks were denied a try after a forward pass but got it later with Madosh Tambwe. The Hurricanes spread the ball wide as Wes Goosen scored.

The Sharks hit back again with a try from Tyler Paul. Though, the Hurricanes got an outstading try with Ngani Laumape. Sanele Nohamba got the penalty for the Sharks. It was all square at Half-Time.

In the second-half, Ben Lam got a quick brace for the Hurricanes as Dane Coles added another one. The Sharks scored late with Mzamo Majola. The Hurricanes won that great game (FT : 38-22).

* Lions vs. Stormers : Super Rugby (Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa)

The home side kicked a penalty with Elton Jantjies. The Stormers replied with a try from Juarno Augustus and Godlen Masimla also scored. The Lions hit back with a try from fullback Andries Coetzee.

They added another one with Courtnall Skosan. Damian Willemse kicked two penalties for the Stormers. Winger Sergeal Petersen got a stunning score and Damian Willemse added another kick.

The Lions came back again. Elton Jantjies and Dan Kriel scored. Elton Janjies nailed a kick. Though, the Stormers got a stunning set-piece try with Ruhan Nel to get a massive away win (FT : 30-33).

* Bordeaux vs. Lyon : Top14 (Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux, France)

The home side got a kick with Ben Botica. Lyon got the try with Mickael Ivaldi. Semi Radradra was binned for Bordeaux as Charlie Ngatai got a kick. However, Semi Radradra came back and scored the try.

He later got a stunning brace. Jonathan Wisniewski and Charlie Ngatai both got one penalty for Lyon. Maxime Lucu got a kick for Bordeaux Bègles and so did Jonathan Wisniewski for Lyon.

Bordeaux Bègles built the phases and Seta Tamanivalu got the try. Winger Santiago Cordero also touched down after a superb move. Maxime Lucu got a penalty. Bordeaux Bègles won (FT : 37-19).

* Leicester vs. Wasps : Premiership (Welford Road, Leicester, England)

The Wasps started the game well with two penalties from Jimmy Gopperth. Leicester Tigers replied with a penalty from Tom Hardwick. He missed his second attempt in a tough game.

In the second-half, Tomas Lavanini was yellow-carded for the home side. Jimmy Gopperth landed a third penalty for the Wasps. Leicester Tigers replied in the same fashion with Noel Reid.

They set up a big maul and Greg Bateman touched down. After that, fullback Telusa Veainu picked up a loose ball and got the try. Leicester Tigers managed the game well to get the win (FT : 18-09).

* Ospreys vs. Ulster : Pro14 (Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales)

The Ospreys kicked a penalty with Luke Price. Ulster scored the try with Robert Baloucoune. The home side replied with centre Owen Watkin and forward Scott Otten also touched down after good phases.

Luke Price kicked a second penalty for the Ospreys. Billy Burns landed a kick for Ulster. In the second-half, Scott Otten got a brace from a big maul. Ulster scored with Matt Faddes and Stuart McCloskey.

The Ospreys got the lead back with a penalty from Luke Price. The Welsh region held their lines and made the massive turnover. It was a huge win for the Ospreys among wind and rain (FT : 26-24).

* Jaguares vs. Reds : Super Rugby (José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

The Reds started with tries from Tate McDermott and Liam Wright also scored. The Jaguares hit back with a maul try from Julian Montoya. Chris Feauai-Sautia got a quick brace for the Reds.

Fullback Emiliano Boffelli scored from a high kick for the home side. Julian Montoya got a brace and Domingo Miotti got a kick. Jock Campbell replied for the Reds but they had Liam Wright binned.

The Jaguares set up a maul again and Julian Montoya got the Hat-Trick. Santiago Socino also got the try from the bench with Tomas Cubelli adding another one. The Jaguares won (FT : 43-27).

Conclusion

That weekend was entertaining. First of all, in the ProD2, Grenoble got some momentum with the home win. In the Premiership, the Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers played very well.

In Super Rugby, the Hurricanes got the home win while the Stormers snatched a massive away win. The Jaguares also got their campaign back on track. In the Top14, Bordeaux Bègles impressed.

Finally, in the Pro14, the Ospreys got a great home win. Next weekend, all the clubs competitions would carry on. The Six Nations Championship will be back, as well. There should be some great games.

Max.

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Thursday, 23rd, January, 2020 – Saturday, 25th, January, 2020)

Centre Henry Purdy scored a great try for the Bristol Bears against Gloucester, his former club

That weekend was all about the management for the coaches in the Northern Hemisphere. With the Six Nations Championship starting the week after, many teams were missing key players.

It meant that many coaches had to re-shuffle their team. The ProD2 clubs, playing in the French second division, were not in the same situation. They were all targeting the Top14 promotion.

Finally, it also was the last weekend for preparation in the Southern Hemisphere. Super Rugby would come back quickly for another entertaining season and incredible fixtures, obviously.

* Oyonnax vs. Biarritz : ProD2 (Charles Mathon, Oyonnax, France)

The Biarritz team started well with a counter-attacking try from Ximun Lucu. Pierre Bernard kicked a penalty and Yohann Artru got the try on the turnover. Oyonnax unleashed the huge comeback.

Playmaker Yohan Le Bourhis got a penalty while Tony Ensor and Rory Grice both got set-piece tries. Oyonnax built the phases and Gabiriele Lovobalavu scored and Aurelien Callandret intercepted.

Oyonnax had Josh Tyrell yellow-carded for foul play. They even had a second player binned with Jeremy Gondrand. Biarritz scored a late try with Steffon Armitage. Oyonnax won (FT : 31-22).

* Beziers vs. Grenoble : ProD2 (Raoul Barrière, Beziers, France)

The home team landed a penalty with Jerome Porical. Grenoble scored the try with Enzo Selponi. Jerome Porical got a second penalty while Gaëtan Germain also got one for the Grenoble team.

He added two more penalties. In the second-half, Gaëtan Germain landed his fourth penalty and hit the posts on his next attempt. Jerome Porical got a kick for Beziers but Jean-Baptiste Barrere was binned.

Gaëtan Germain got a kick but Thibault Rey was binned for Grenoble. Beziers got a try with Vitolio Manukula. However, Gaëtan Germain landed a sixth penalty. Grenoble got the win (FT : 16-25).

* Kings vs. Cheetahs : Pro14 (Nelson Mandela Bay Syadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

The Kings got a penalty with Baden Pretorius. He got the try and added a kick. The Cheetahs had Tian Schoeman binned but Sintu Manjezi got the try. Stefan Ungerer got an interception try for the Kings.

However, they had Thembelani Bholi binned. Sintu Manjezi got a brace for the Cheetahs. The Kings got another try with JT Jackson. The Cheetahs came back with a maul try from Wilmar Arnoldi.

After that, Baden Pretorius landed a kick. The Cheetahs spread the ball wide and Rhyno Smith touched down. On the last play, he got a brace. Ruan Pienaar landed the winning conversion (FT : 30-31).

* Bristol vs. Gloucester : Premiership (Ashton Gate, Bristol, England)

The first-half was a high contest. Callum Sheedy, for the Bristol Bears, and Owen Williams, for Gloucester, both kicked three penalties. Callum Sheedy added two more kicks before the Half-Time.

In the second-half, the Bristol Bears built a few phases and Henry Purdy concluded the build-up. The home side spread the ball wide again and winger Luke Morahan touched down for a great try.

Still attacking, theY scored a stunning try with Mat Protheroe. Gloucester scored a late try with Freddie Clarke. Henry Purdy was binned for the home side but the Bristol Bears still won (FT : 34-16).

* Bath vs. Leicester : Premiership (The Rec, Bath, England)

In difficult conditions, the first-half was a territory battle between the two sides. Bath Rugby ran the ball and Tom Homer touched down. Tom Hardwick kicked a penalty for Leicester Tigers.

In the second-half, Bath Rugby landed a penalty with Rhys Priestland. However, the home side lacked discipline and Josh Bayliss was yellow-carded. Ben White got the try for Leicester Tigers.

Bath Rugby remained composed and unleashed another build-up. The ball came on the wing and Tom Homer got a stunning brace. Bath Rugby held their lines for a valuable win (FT : 13-10).

* Castres vs. Racing 92 : Top14 (Pierre Antoine, Castres, France)

The Racing 92 side started brillantly. Maxime Machenaud kicked a penalty while fullback Brice Dulin got a stunning try after an inside ball. Racing 92 kept attacking and Henry Chavancy touched down.

The home side lacked discipline. Christophe Samson was yellow-carded. In the second-half, Castres Olympique had Marc-Antoine Rallier sent off for foul play. Racing 92 maintained their standards.

Back-rower Fabien Sanconnie touched down from close range. Castres olympique could not come back. It was a very convincing win from Racing 92 away from home as well (FT : 00-27).

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

The Montpellier side landed two kicks with Handré Pollard and Francois Steyn. Stade Rochelais got a kick with Jules Plisson. Montpellier got a try with Yvan Reilhac. La Rochelle hit back with two tries.

Pierre Bougarit scored and Arthur Retiere got a set-piece try. Nicolas Jansé van Rensburg was binned for Montpellier as Arthur Retiere got a brace with a similar try. He even got a Hat-Trick.

Jules Plisson got a kick. Montpellier replied with a try from Johan Goosen. Jules Plisson got a kick but Geoffrey Doumayrou was sent off. Nemani Nadolo scored late for Montpellier. La Rochelle won (FT : 35-30).

* Brive vs. Pau : Top14 (Amédée Domenech, Brive, France)

The home side scored a quick try with So’otala Fa’aso’o. Antoine Hastoy got a penalty for Pau and so did Thomas Laranjeira for Brive. Antoine Hastoy scored two more penalties and Jale Vatubua scored.

Attila Septar also scored. Thomas Laranjeira got a penalty. Antoine Hastoy also got a kick with Thomas Laranjeira adding one. Pau had Jale Vatubua binned with Thomas Laranjeira kicking a penalty.

He got a try after a big defensive mistake from Pau. As it was all square, Brive went for the win. Thomas Laranjeira got a brace as Pau did the exact same mistake. Brive snatched the win (FT : 33-26).

* Clermont vs. Stade Français : Top14 (Marcel Michelin, Clermont, France)

The home side were under pressure early as John Ulugia was yellow-carded. Stade Français scored the try with Waisea and Nicolas Sanchez kicked two penalties. Clermont came back.

Morgan Parra landed three penalties. Nicolas Sanchez got two kicks. Jonathan Danty was binned for Stade Français. Greg Laidlaw got a penalty and Jake McIntyre got a stunning try for Clermont.

Greg Laidlaw landed another kick an Peceli Yato carried over the line. Stade Français had a second player binned with Yoann Maestri. Clermont secured the home win in a tough game (FT : 29-19).

Conclusion

That weekend was definitely entertaining. First of all, in the ProD2, Oyonnax performed well and Grenoble made a statement away from home. In the Premiership, the Bristol Bears delivered.

Bath Rugby clinched the win. Back in France, in Top14, Racing 92 played well. Stade Rochelais and Brive also won. Clermont impressed. In the Pro14, the Cheetahs snatched an away comeback win.

Next weekend, there will be a Pro14 derby again. Other domestic leagues will take a rest as the Six Nations Championship will start. Super Rugby will be back as well. It should be outstanding.

Max.

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Friday, 03rd, January, 2020 – Sunday, 05th, January, 2020)

The Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies was key to the Scarlets’ Pro14 away win in Cardiff

That weekend was about the good management for all the Northern Hemisphere clubs. It was applying to all the three major leagues in that hemisphere : Premiership, Pro14 and Top14.

In fact, that weekend was about the league games. Nevertheless, the last two european Rounds would follow with Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. Some clubs were targeting both grounds.

That is why it was key for all the coaches to find the winning formula. The managers were looking for the good balance between rotation and keeping the good momentum before the european games.

* Cardiff vs. Scarlets : Pro14 (Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales)

The Scarlets put pressure early and fullback Leigh Halfpenny nailed two consecutive penalties. The Cardiff Blues ran the ball and winger Owen Lane gathered his chip-kick and got the try.

On a Cardiff Blues lineout, Gareth Davies intercepted for the try for the Scarlets. Leigh Halfpenny kicked a third penalty before the Half-Time. In the second-half, Jason Tovey missed a kick for the home side.

The Cardiff Blues found space out wide and Josh Adams got the try. Jason Tovey missed the penalty to get the lead back. The Scarlets held their lines and snatched the massive away win (FT : 14-16).

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

The Harlequins got an early try with Gabriel Ibitoye. Sale Sharks got a kick with Robert du Preez. Akker van der Merwe touched down and so did Sam James. Marcus Smith landed a kick for the Harlequins.

Luke James scored a scintillating try for the home side. Robert du Preez got a kick while Joe Marler was yellow-carded for the Harlequins after foul play. Rob Webber later got the great maul try.

Marland Yarde, for Sale Sharks, and Matt Symons, for the Harlequins, were binned after a brawl. Chris Ashton and Rohan Jansé van Rensburg scored set-piece tries. Sale Sharks won (FT : 48-10).

* Dragons vs. Ospreys : Pro14 (Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales)

The Dragons missed a penalty with Sam Davies. The Ospreys got the first try from George North after a cross-field kick. Luke Price added a penalty before the Dragons prop Leon Brown got the try.

In the second-half, Sam Davies kicked a penalty and Luke Price replied in the same way. The Ospreys added a second try with Tian Thomas-Wheeler. The Dragons defended well and came back.

Sam Davies made a cross-field kick for Rio Dyer who touched down and it was all square. The Dragons added another try with Adam Warren on the counter-attack. The Dragons won it (FT : 25-18).

* Racing 92 vs. Clermont : Top14 (Paris La Défense Arena, Nanterre, France)

The home side started brillantly with a maul try from Ben Tameifuna. Teddy Iribaren also kicked a penalty. Greg Laidlaw landed a kick for Clermont but Teddy Thomas got a stunning try for Racing 92.

Greg Laidlaw kicked a second penalty. In the second-half, he added two more penalties. Teddy Iribaren got a brillant try from a set-piece play. Though, Virimi Vakatawa was yellow-carded for foul play.

Clermont came back with a try from Damian Penaud. Teddy Iribaren kicked another penalty but Racing 92 had a second player binned with Baptiste Chouzenoux. Racing 92 still won (FT : 27-19).

* Montpellier vs. Brive : Top14 (GGL Stadium, Montpellier, France)

The home side started well with a penalty from Handré Pollard. Paniemi Narisia was yellow-carded for Brive. Handré Pollard added two more penalties. Brive replied with a penalty from Enzo Hervé.

Moreover, they had the lead when Rory Scholes scored at the base of the posts. Handré Pollard got a fourth penalty. In the second-half, fullback Anthony Bouthier got the try for the home side.

Enzo Hervé had two kicks. Handré Pollard added a fifth penalty as Thomas Darmon finished the try. Enzo Hervé landed a kick. Thomas Laranjeira scored late for Brive. Montpellier won (FT : 29-26).

* Pau vs. La Rochelle : Top14 (Le Hameau, Pau, France)

Stade Rochelais kicked a penalty with Jules Plisson. Antoine Hastoy replied for Section Paloise. Jules Plisson landed a second kick and Thomas Lavault finished a great attacking build-up for the team.

Jules Plisson intercepted for the try as Pau scored with Samuel Marques. Antoine Hastoy kicked a penalty and so did Jules Plisson. Stade Rochelais scored out wide with Victor Vito and kept playing.

Jeremy Sinzelle got a second interception try. Martin Puech was binned for the home side. Stade Rochelais were denied a try but Pierre Aguillon got a stunning counter-attacking try for the win (FT : 13-44).

* Bordeaux vs. Bayonne : Top14 (Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux, France)

The home side scored early with Jean-Baptiste Dubie from close range. However, the player from Bordeaux-Bègles was yellow-carded. Maxime Lafage kicked a penalty for Bayonne, later on.

Bordeaux-Bègles kept attacking an Kane Douglas scored the try. Centre Remi Lamerat made a powerfully carry to get the try. Ben Botica also kicked a penalty for the home side which were in control.

In the second-half, it was very scrappy from both teams. Bayonne had a player yellow-carded with Arnaud Duputs. Bordeaux-Bègles remained in control and got the home bonus point win (FT : 22-03).

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

The Southern Kings scored the try with Erich Cronjé but prop Pieter Scholtz was sent off for foul play. Mike Willemse carried over the line for Edinburgh as JT Jackson kicked a penalty for the Southern Kings.

Duhan van der Merwe touched down for the home side from a set-piece play. Matt Scott also scored but JT Jackson got the try for the Southern Kings. Sam Johnstone got the bonus point try for Edinburgh.

They earned a penalty try as Aston Fortuin was binned for the Southern Kings. Eroni Sau, David Cherry, Charlie Shiel and Mark Bennett all grabbed coast-to-coast tries for Edinburgh. They won (FT : 61-13).

* London Irish vs. Exeter : Premiership (Madejski Stadium, London, England)

The Exeter Chiefs got the try with Sam Hill from close range. Belgium Tuatagaloa replied for the home side. The Exeter Chiefs got other big tries with Dave Dennis and Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Ollie Devoto got a great individual try. Sam Hill got a brace but London Irish had the try with Albert Tuisue. Ollie Hassell-Collins scored from close range but Stuart Townsend replied for Exeter Chiefs.

Olly Woodburn and Ollie Devoto were both binned for the Exeter Chiefs. Steve Mafi scored for the home side. Gareth Steenson got the penalty for the Exeter Chiefs. They got the big win (FT : 28-45).

* Wasps vs. Northampton : Premiership (Ricoh Arena, London, England)

Northampton Saints played expansively and Cobus Reinach scored. Jacob Umaga landed a kick for Wasps with Marcus Watson getting the try. Teimana Harrison carried over the line for Northampton.

In the second-half, Tom Wood charged Dan Robson’s kick down and scored. Cobus Reinach got a brace. The Wasps hit back from a lineout with Jimmy Gopperth. Matteo Minozzi also got the try.

Tom Collins was sent off and Cobus Reinach was binned, both for Northampton. The Wasps got a penalty try. Northampton unleashed Taqele Naiyaravoro for the try. It was a massive away win (FT : 31-35).

* Toulon vs. Castres : Top14 (Felix Mayol, Toulon, France)

The home side got the penalty try early as Jody Jenneker was binned for Castres. Though, Julien Dumora got the penalty and Romain Taofifenua was binned for Toulon. Castres had a second player binned.

Wayan de Benedittis left the field. Anthony Belleau got a kick and a second penalty try was awarded. Castres had a third player binned with Victor Moreaux. Louis Carbonel and Romain Taofifenua scored.

Gervais Cordin added one but Corentin Vernet was the second Toulon player binned. Daniel Ikpefan got a stunning try. Corentin Vernet got a second yellow card and was sent off. Toulon still won (FT : 43-03).

Conclusion

It was another brillant weekend. In the Pro14, the Scarlets won their derby away in Cardiff. The Dragons snatched the win in Newport while Edinburgh got the bonus point win, in Murrayfield.

About the Top14, Racing 92 got a stunning win while Bordeaux played well. Montpellier played well. Stade Rochelais and Toulon were outstanding. The Premiership had great games.

The Sale Sharks were outstanding. The Exeter Chiefs got the win with Northampton Saints snatching a tough away win. Next weekend, the ProD2 and the european games would come back.

Max.

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Thursday, 26th, December, 2019 – Sunday, 29th, December, 2019)

Darcy Graham celebrates at the final whistle after Edinburgh won the derby at Murrayfield

That weekend was going to be another interesting weekend. It was another weekend of New Year’s Eve derbies and Boxing Days fixtures. Many games were going to be absolutely outstanding.

Such fixtures were applying across all the Northern Hemisphere. That weekend was also involving some key management from the respective coaching teams. In fact, many sides had many goals.

The european competitions, the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup, would come back the next weekend. So, it was all about keeping that momentum for all the sides going for some silverware.

* Cardiff vs. Dragons : Pro14 (Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales)

The Cardiff Blues built a few phases. Jarrod Evans unleashed the offload and Sean Lewis-Hughes scored the try. Jarrod Evans kicked a penalty as the Dragons came back with Tim Basham’s try.

In the second-half, the Dragons took the lead with a try from Matthew Screech. The Cardiff Blues built some momentum again with a penalty from Jarrod Evans. He was off target on his next attempt.

Jason Tovey missed a penalty for the Cardiff Blues before succeeding. Ashton Hewitt was binned for the Dragons as Jason Tovey missed the penalty. Though, the Cardiff Blues won (FT : 16-12).

* Lyon vs. Bayonne : Top14 (Gerland, Lyon, France)

The home side started well with a penalty from Patricio Fernandez. Patrick Sobela carried over the line for the first try for Lyon. Romain Barthelemy landed a penalty for Bayonne. Lyon hit back.

Centre Charlie Ngatai scored. Romain Barthelemy added two kicks as Killian Geraci was binned for Lyon. They had a second player binned with Rudi Wulf. Though, Pierre-Louis Barassi got the try.

Lyon relied on the maul and Hendrick Roodt got a quick brace. Mariano Galarza was binned for Bayonne. Dylan Cretin showed power to score for Lyon as Jean-Marcelin Buttin sealed the win (FT : 52-09).

* Treviso vs. Zebre : Pro14 (Monigo Stadium, Treviso, Italy)

The home side got the maul try with Hame Faiva as Marcelo Violi landed a kick for Zebre. Ignacio Brex was sent off for Treviso after a high tackle as Johan Meyer got a maul try for Zebre.

Benetton Treviso replied with a brace from Hame Faiva. Zebre got the ball wide as Jamie Elliott scored. The home side did the same and Monty Ioane got the try. Zebre got a good try with Maxime Mbanda.

Playmaker Ian Keatley got a stunning try for the home team as Hame Faiva got a Hat-Trick. Engjel Makelara also scored. Zebre scored a late try with David Sisi. Benetton Treviso won with 14 players (FT : 36-25).

* Northampton vs. Gloucester : Premiership (Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton, England)

The Gloucester team got an early counter-attacking try with Louis Rees-Zammit. Northampton Saints kicked a penalty with Dan Biggar. Mikey Haywood got the maul try and Dan Biggar got a kick.

In the second-half, the home side got a great try with Cobus Reinach. Gloucester were back with a try from Chris Harris but Cobus Reinach got a stunning brace. Gloucester came back again.

Louis Rees-Zammit got a brace but Josh Hohneck was binned. Piers Francis kicked a penalty for Northampton. Louis Rees-Zammit got a Hat-Trick. Piers Francis landed a kick. Northampton won (FT : 33-26).

* Brive vs. Racing 92 : Top14 (Amédée Domenech, Brive, France)

The home team landed a penalty with Thomas Laranjeira. Racing 92 unleashed their attacking power. Finn Russell scored as he was followed by Louis Dupichot. Teddy Iribaren kicked a penalty.

Thomas Laranjeira was on target for Brive but Camille Chat scored for Racing 92. Mesake Doge replied with the try for Brive with Camille Chat getting a brace. Teddy Iribaren landed another penalty.

Brive came back with a maul try from James Johnston. Racing 92 spread the ball wide and Teddy Thomas touched down. He was denied a brace but Brice Dulin was also on the board. Racing 92 won (FT : 20-44).

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

The home scottish province got a great try as Viliame Mata offloaded for Darcy Graham. Glasgow Warriors replied with a build-up concluded by Huw Jones. Edinburgh went for the penalty.

Simon Hickey was on target. Glasgow Warriors got the lead with a try from Scott Cummings. Edinburgh unleashed a huge build-up and Henry Pyrgos touched down. Glasgow Warriors replied.

George Horne got the try. After that, Edinburgh earned a penalty try with Johnny Gray binned for Glasgow Warriors. On a turnover, Darcy Graham got a brace for a bonus point win for Edinburgh (FT : 29-19).

* Bath vs. Sale : Premiership (The Recreation Ground, Bath, England)

In a very contested first-half, Bath Rugby landed two penalties with fly-half Rhys Priestland. Sale Sharks were not out of it but could not build any sort of momentum in that first-half.

In the second-half, Jonathan Joseph concluded a great move for Bath Rugby. Sale Sharks got a maul try with Akker van der Merwe. They came back and got another one with Byron McGuigan.

Bath Rugby needed a strong reaction and Rhys Priestland got the penalty and the lead again. The home side managed the next phases of play well as they secured a tough home win (FT : 16-14).

* Harlequins vs. Leicester : Premiership (Twickenham, London, England)

The Harlequins landed a penalty with Marcus Smith. George Ford replied with two penalties for Leicester Tigers. The Harlequins scored from a scrum with Paul Lasike as Marcus Smith got a kick.

In the second-half, Kyle Eastmond intercepted for the try for Leicester Tigers. Marcus Smith got a stunning try for the Harlequins as Chris Robshaw was also on the board. Leicester Tigers came back.

Jordan Taufua scored. Marcus Smith and George Ford both added one penalty. Will Collier was binned for the Harlequins and Telusa Veainu scored for Leicester. The Harlequins snatched the draw (FT : 30-30).

* Montpellier vs. Stade Français : Top14 (GGL Stadium, Montpellier, France)

The home side had a good start with a penalty from Handré Pollard. They scored the first try with centre Arthur Vincent. Stade Français came back with a try from winger Sefanaia Naivalu.

Centre Gaël Fickou got the offload and the second try for Stade Français as well. In the second-half, Handré Pollard got a kick and so did Nicolas Sanchez for the away side which had Sekou Macalou binned.

Handré Pollard scored the try from a quick-tap. Joris Segonds kicked a penalty for Stade Français. Leva Chilachava was binned for Montpellier. Though, they snatched the home draw (FT : 20-20).

* Clermont vs. Castres : Top14 (Marcel Michelin, Clermont, France)

The Clermont side got a kick with Morgan Parra and Alivereti Raka scored. Morgan Parra landed a kick. Julien Dumora got a penalty for Castres but Jody Jenneker was binned. Morgan Parra added a kick.

Fritz Lee and George Moala were on the board. Sebastien Vahaamahina was binned for Clermont. A brawl happened. Rory Kockott was binned for Castres while Sitaleki Timani was sent off for Clermont.

Anthony Jelonch and Wayan de Benedittis got tries for Castres. Morgan Parra got a kick. Martin Laveau scored a try for Castres. Greg Laidlaw landed two penalties. Clermont got the win (FT : 39-22).

* Toulouse vs.Toulon : Top14 (Stadium, Toulouse, France)

The home team started well with a 50-metre penalty from Thomas Ramos. Scrum-half Sebastien Bezy scored a good set-piece try. Fullback Thomas Ramos kicked a second penalty, as well.

In the second-half, Toulon got more possession. Fly-half Louis Carbonel got the try while Anthony Belleau kicked a penalty. Toulon kept attacking and were awarded another penalty in that game.

Playmaker Anthony Belleau was on target with the penalty. Stade Toulousain tried to get the scrum penalty. They snatched the home draw in a very physical game with a lot of kicking game (FT : 13-13).

Conclusion

That weekend was entertaining. First of all, in the Top14, Lyon and Racing 92 got bonus point wins. Montpellier snatched a home draw. Clermont performed well as Stade Toulousain got the draw.

Moreover, in the Premiership, Northampton Saints got a stunning win while Bath Rugby got a tough win. The Harlequins got the draw. In the Pro14, Cardiff Blues got their win in the welsh derby.

Besides, Benetton Treviso won with 14 players. Edinburgh won the scottish derby in fashion, in Murrayfield. Next weekend, the league games would carry on before the other european fixtures.

Max.

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Thursday, 19th, December, 2019 – Sunday, 22nd, December, 2019)

Munster snatched a massive away win in Galway with Chris Farrell playing a part on the pitch

That weekend was much awaited in the rugby community. In fact, it was the weekend before Chirstmas Eve and there are always something special around the fixtures taking place that weekend.

There was rugby played in all the Northern Hemisphere and in the different leagues. For example, that was the case in France with the Top14 and the ProD2 as well, the second Tier league.

Obviously, the other games were involving the Pro14 and the Premiership. The fixtures would include some management given that many sides were still involved in the european competitions.

* Grenoble vs. Oyonnax : ProD2 (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France)

The Oyonnax side got a penalty with Yohan Le Bourhis. Enzo Selponi was off target for Grenoble but they counter-attacked and Nathanaël Hulleu touched down after a great move from Raymond Rhule.

Grenoble set up the maul and Leva Fifita carried over the line. Yohan Le Bourhis got a kick but Valentin Ursache was binned for Oyonnax. Enzo Selponi was off target again as Tim Giresse scored for Oyonnax.

Though, Julien Audy was the second player binned for Oyonnax. Leva Fifita got his brace and Bastien Guillemin got the try with his side denied three tries. Grenoble got the great win (FT : 28-13).

* Perpignan vs. Montauban : ProD2 (Aimé Giral, Perpignan, France)

In the first-half, Jérôme Bosviel, for Montauban, and Jonathan Bousquet, for Perpignan, traded penalties. Jérôme Bosviel got one more. Quentin Walcker and Shahn Eru scored for the home side.

Jérôme Bosviel landed a kick. Perpignan kept attacking and Daniel Faleafa scored. Jean-Bernard Pujol got a stunning try but Nicolas Lemaire was binned as Montauban scored the maul try.

Martinius van der Westhuizen got it. Though, Adrea Cocagi carried over the line. Robert Lilomaiava was binned for Montauban for a high tackle. Thibauld Suchier kicked a penalty. Perpignan won (FT : 41-14).

* Gloucester vs. Worcester : Premiership (Kingsholm, Gloucester, England)

The Worcester Warriors kicked a penalty with Duncan Weir who missed his second attempt. Gloucester had many try scoring opportunities but they were on the board with a penalty from Danny Cipriani.

In the second-half, Ryan Mills was yellow-carded for Worcester. From a scrum, Ruan Ackermann got the try for Gloucester. Centre Chris Harris touched down after some great skills from his teammates.

Also, winger Louis Rees-Zammit scored a try as he gathered a clearing kick. Ben Morgan scored from a maul while Louis Rees-Zamit got a brace. It was a huge win for Gloucester in a great game (FT : 36-03).

* Racing 92 vs. Montpellier : Top14 (Paris La Défense Arena, Nanterre, France)

The home side started brillantly with two penalties from Maxime Machenaud. Winger Louis Dupichot scored a try from a Finn Russell’s chip-kick. Though, Gelo Aprasidze scored for Montpellier.

Centre Jan Serfontein added another one. Maxime Machenaud got his third penalty while Virimi Vakatawa ran a great line and touche ddown for Racing 92. Handré Pollard landed a kick for Montpellier.

Maxime Machenaud and Handré Pollard added one more kick. Fullback Anthony Bouthier got a try for Montpellier. Racing 92 got a penalty with Teddy Iribaren. They secured the win (FT : 29-25).

* Bayonne vs. Brive : Top14 (Jean Daugé, Bayonne, France)

Under terrible weather conditions, Brive started to play and had the possession in the first-half. Fullback Thomas Laranjeira kicked a penalty for Brive. Both sides could not play their usual rugby.

In the second-half, Romain Barthelemy, following two missed attempts, landed a penalty for Bayonne. However, they had Arnaud Duputs yellow-carded for a high tackle. Brive also had a player binned.

It was Victor Lebas after too many infringements. Brandon Fajardo got a kick for Bayonne. Brive replied with a penalty from Thomas Laranjeira. They snatched the away draw (FT : 06-06).

* Castres vs. Lyon : Top14 (Pierre Antoine, Castres, France)

The home side scored with Geoffrey Palis. Lyon replied with a kick from Charlie Ngatai but Hendrick Roodt was binned. Castres added a try with Thomas Combezou as Lyon had another player binned.

It was Josua Tuisova. Rory Kockott also got a try for the home side but was binned, later on. Jonathan Wisniewski kicked two penalties for Lyon. Benjamin Urdapilleta nailed a drop-goal for Castres.

Jonathan Wisnieswki landed a kick. The home side got a maul try with Jody Jenneker. They had a second player binned with Ludovic Radosavljevic but Castres Olympique won (FT : 29-12).

* Zebre vs. Treviso : Pro14 (Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma, Italy)

On a very difficult pitch to play rugby, the two clubs tried their best. Benetton Treviso had Marco Riccioni yellow-carded after many penalties. Zebre landed a penalty with scrum-half Marcelo Violi.

In the second-half, Epalahame Faiva touched down from a maul for Benetton Treviso. Ian Keatley also added a penalty. However, they had a second player binned with forward Toa Halafihi.

Zebre got a maul try with Marco Manfredi. Ian Keatley nailed a penalty but Benetton Treviso had a third player binned with Nico Quaglio. Though, they made one last turnover to win it (FT : 08-13).

* Agen vs. Toulouse : Top14 (Stade d’Armandie, Agen, France)

The home team began the game very well with a penalty from Leo Berdeu. Also, Nathan Decron finished an attacking build-up for the try. Stade Toulousain needed to react very quickly in the first-half.

Romain Ntamack kicked two penalties. Later on, Arthur Bonneval scored a good try. Malino Vanai, for Agen, and Paulo Tafili, for Stade Toulousain, were both yellow-carded for scrum infringements.

Moreover, Stade Toulousain had a second player binned with Guillaume Marchand after a high tackle. However, they held their lines and managed to get a key away win in a tough game (FT : 08-13).

* Connacht vs. Munster : Pro14 (The Sportsground, Galway, Ireland)

The Munster side opened the scoreboard with a penalty from JJ Hanrahan. Conor Fitzgerald replied for Connacht. Though, JJ Hanrahan kicked his second penalty for Munster in that first-half.

Munster unleashed a huge build-up and back-rower Jack O’Donoghue carried over the line. Conor Fitzgerald and JJ Hanrahan kept trading penalties with the Connacht fly-half adding one more.

In the second-half, JJ Hanrahan landed his fourth penalty. Connacht hit back with a try from Jack Carty. Munster remained strong in defence and snatched the massive away win in Galway (FT : 14-19).

* Ospreys vs. Cardiff : Pro14 (Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales)

The Ospreys opened the scoreboard with a penalty from Marty McKenzie. The Cardiff Blues replied with two penalties from Jarrod Evans but they had Filo Paulo yellow-carded for a high tackle.

The Cardiff Blues even had a second player binned with Tomos Williams as the Ospreys were awarded a penalty try. In the second-half, Marty McKenzie got a kick and so did Jason Tovey for the Cardiff Blues.

The Cardiff Blues were building and Jarrod Evans managed to get the try. Marty McKenzie landed a kick for the Ospreys. Jason Tovey was also on target for the Cardiff Blues. They got the away win (FT : 16-19).

* Colomiers vs. Biarritz : ProD2 (Michel Bendichou, Colomiers, France)

In the first-half, Thomas Girard missed a kick but nailed the next one for Colomiers. They also got a penalty try. Biarritz scored with Steve Barry and Pierre Bernard kicked a penalty.

Though, Biarritz had Romain Ruffenach binned. Thomas Girard landed a kick. He added another later on as Pierre Bernard was off target. Thomas Girard kicked two more penalties in a tough game.

Maxime Granouillet was binned for Colomiers. Romain Bezian, for Colomiers, and Evan Olmstead, for Biarritz, were binned for a fight. Steve Barry had a late brace for Biarritz. Colomiers won (FT : 22-15).

* London Irish vs. Bath : Premiership (Madejski Stadium, London, England)

Bath Rugby built from the start and prop Beno Obano carried over the line. Winger Anthony Watson scored on the counter-attack. London Irish landed a penalty with Stephen Myler.

Bath Rugby threw the ball wide and Semesa Rokoduguni got the try. Albert Tuisue was binned for foul play for London Irish. Bath Rugby got a penalty try and Will Chudley got a stunning try.

Tom Homer scored a coast-to-coast try for Bath Rugby. London Irish replied with Adam Coleman. Prop Christian Judge was binned for Bath Rugby for a high tackle but they won (FT : 10-38).

* Bordeaux vs. La Rochelle : Top14 (Matmut Atlantic, Bordeaux, France)

In a physical game, Bordeaux Bègles applied a huge pressure in the first-half. Playmaker Matthieu Jalibert kicked four consecutive penalties. Stade Rochelais needed a huge reaction before the Half-Time.

Jules Plisson kicked two penalties. In the second-half, he added two more penalties and it was all square. Matthieu Jalibert and Jules Plisson both added one more penalty with the game all square again.

In the last moments of the game, Bordeaux Bègles built a few phases of play and prop Peni Ravai carried over the line. Bordeaux Bègles made one last turnover and won that tough fixture (FT : 20-15).

Conclusion

That weekend was a ver entertaining weekend. In the ProD2, Grenoble got a bonus point win and so did Perpignan. Colomiers also secured a good win. In the Top14, Racing 92 gained some momentum.

Brive snatched an away draw. Castres Olympique won well. Stade Toulousain won away and Bordeaux Bègles performed well. In the Premiership, Gloucester and Bath Rugby played some great rugby.

Meanwhile, in the Pro14, Benetton Treviso, Munster and Cardiff Blues all won away. Next weekend, the league games in the Northern Hemisphere would go on before the next rugby year comes quickly.

Max.

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Friday, 29th, November, 2019 – Sunday, 01st, December, 2019)

Edinburgh clinched an away win in Munster in more than a decade with a try from Eroni Sau

That weekend was a pivotal weekend for all the rugby clubs in the Northern Hemisphere. The clubs were coming from the first two Rounds of the european competitions : Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.

There were back for domestic fixtures that weekend before the next two Rounds of the european competitions. Once again, the managers were facing a tough challenge in terms of the squad management.

It still was the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere leagues but all the sides wanted to get as much momentum as possible. It was all about starting to perform really well for all the clubs.

* Munster vs. Edinburgh : Pro14 (Independent Park, Cork, Ireland)

The Edinburgh province were on the attack early and centre Matt Scott scored the try. Jaco van der Walt kicked a penalty but the home side came back. Ben Healy kicked a penalty for Munster.

Just before the Half-Time, Tommy O’Donnell scored for Munster and it was all square. In the second-half, Ben Healy added two more penalties. Though, Edinburgh got a penalty with Simon Hickey.

Relying on a strong attacking platform, the winger Eroni Sau gathered a ball from a cross-field kick and touched down. Edinburgh managed the last quarter well to get a famous away win (FT : 16-18).

* Wales vs. Barbarians : Friendly (Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales)

The Welsh team found space on the wing and Josh Adams scored. The Barbarians tied the game up with Josh Strauss. Though, Johnny McNicholl got the try on debut and Marco Van Staden was binned.

Wales gathered a loose throw and Ken Owens touched down. In the second-half, he got a brace and so did Josh Adams. The Barbarians hit back with Curwin Bosch and Shaun Stevenson.

Gareth Davies scored from close range for Wales. The Barbarians scored tries with Craig Millar and Pete Samu. However, Leigh Halfpenny kicked a penalty for Wales which earned the win (FT : 43-33).

* Northampton vs. Leicester : Premiership (Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton, England)

The Leicester Tigers opened the scoreboard with a penalty from George Ford. Northampton Saints played some brillant rugby and Matt Proctor scored. Guy Thompson got the try for Leicester Tigers.

Northampton Saints kicked a penalty with James Grayson as Matt Proctor got a brace after a stunning move. Api Ratuniyarawa added another one. George Ford landed a penalty for Leicester Tigers.

Prop Alex Moon was yellow-carded for the home side but Tom Collins scored. Later on, Northampton Saints gathered a loose throw and Fraser Dingwall touched down. They got the win (FT : 36-13).

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

The Exeter Chiefs relied on their forwards pack and Ben Moon got the try. The Wasps got a penalty with Jacob Umaga and Gareth Steenson also landed a penalty for the Exeter Chiefs in the first-half.

In the second-half, Luke Cowan-Dickie scored the try from a powerful maul. The Wasps prop Kieran Brookes was yellow-carded at scrum time as the Exeter Chiefs earned a penalty try from the resulting scrum.

The home side kept pushing for the bonus point try and Tom O’Flaherty scored a stunning try. Prop Alec Hepburn also carried over the line. The Exeter Chiefs clinched a home bonus point win (FT : 38-03).

* Pau vs. Toulon : Top14 (Le Hameau, Pau, France)

The home side started the game well with two consecutive penalties from Antoine Hastoy. However, Toulon came back with three penalties from their playmaker Anthony Belleau.

Later in the first-half, back-rower Sergio Parisse scored the try. The Pau hooker Quentin Lespiaucq was yellow-carded for foul play. In the second-half, Antoine Hastoy closed the gap with one more penalty.

Toulon replied with a penalty from Anthony Belleau. Though, they were under pressure as Brian Alainu’uese was yellow-carded for a high tackle. Toulon held on and got the great away win (FT : 09-19).

* Ospreys vs. Cheetahs : Pro14 (The Gnoll, Neath, Wales)

The Cheetahs threw the ball wide early and centre William Small-Smith touched down. The Ospreys scored a penalty with Luke Price. The Cheetahs also got the penalty with Ruan Pienaar.

The Ospreys got a try with prop Ma’afu Fia. Ruan Pienaar missed a penalty for the Cheetahs and so did Luke Price for the Ospreys, later on. The Cheetahs set up a maul and Wilmar Arnoldi scored.

Luke Price got a penalty for the home side. Tian Schoeman landed a kick for the Cheetahs. They had Sintu Manjezi binned but they defended their line brillantly to get the massive away win (FT : 13-18).

* Montpellier vs. Lyon : Top14 (GGL Stadium, Montpellier, France)

The home side began in a brillant way with winger Nemani Nadolo scoring the try. Montpellier set up the driving maul and Bismarck du Plessis got the try. Mickael Ivaldi was binned for Lyon.

Montpellier relied on the maul again and Louis Picamoles was on the scoreboard. In the second-half, Jonathan Wisniewski scored a penalty for Lyon but Montpellier got the possession.

Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg scored from a maul and forward Youri Delhommel carried over the line as well. Lyon scored a late try with winger Xavier Mignot. Montpellier got the bonus point win (FT : 33-08).

* Brive vs. Stade Français : Top14 (Amédée Domenech, Brive, France)

In the first-half, Stade Français kicked a penalty with Nicolas Sanchez but Jonathan Danty was yellow-carded. Thomas Lanranjeira kicked two penalties for Brive and Axel Muller got an interception try.

The home side got another try with Karlen Asieshvili after a strong carry. Julien Delbouis got a try for Stade Français as Axel Muller was binned. Nicolas Sanchez and Thomas Laranjeira both landed a kick.

In a physical game, Stade Français got a try with Kylan Hamdaoui from a scrum. Thomas Laranjeira got a kick for Brive and so did Joris Segonds for Stade Français. Brive held their lines and won (FT : 26-21).

* Harlequins vs. Gloucester : Premiership (The Twickenham Stoop, London, England)

The Harlequins kicked a penalty with Marcus Smith. Gloucester got the first try with Ollie Thorley. The home side replied with a stunning try from Ross Chisholm but Ollie Thorley got a brace.

In the second-half, Marcus Smith kicked a second penalty. Gloucester scored from close range with Ben Morgan. The Harlequins unleashed a big attacking build-up concluded by Alex Dombrandt.

James Lang missed a penalty for the home side and so did Billy Twelvetrees for Gloucester. The Harlequins got one last penalty with Marcus Smith and secured the home win in a tough game (FT : 23-19).

* Bristol vs. London Irish : Premiership (Ashton Gate, Bristol, England)

The home side kicked a penalty with Callum Sheedy as Ben Meehan got a try for London Irish. Oli Hoskins was sent off for London Irish. The Bristol Bears scored a great try with Nathan Hughes.

Stephen Myler kicked a penalty for London Irish as Charles Piutau got the try for the home side. Waisake Naholo got the interception try for London Irish but Ed Holmes scored for the home side.

However, John Afoa was binned. Tom Parton scored for London Irish and so did Harry Thacker for the home side. Stephen Myler kicked a penalty. It was a good draw for the Bristol Bears (FT : 27-27).

* Stade Toulousain vs. Bayonne : Top14 (Ernest Wallon, Toulouse, France)

The home side kicked a penalty with Thomas Ramos. Sofiane Guitoune found space in the midfield to get the try and Matthis Lebel scored on the wing. Matt Luamanu was sent off for Bayonne.

Brandon Fajardo kicked a penalty for Bayonne. Stade Toulousain scored as Clément Castets carried over the line. Aymeric Luc replied for Bayonne after a kick-chase but the home side lacked discipline.

Julien Marchand was binned but Gillian Galan got the try. Bayonne had another player sent off with Filimo Taofifenua. Paulo Tafili got a try and a penalty try was awarded. Stade Toulousain won (FT : 45-10).

Conclusion

It was an entertaining weekend. First of all, in the Pro14, Edinburgh and the Cheetahs clinched massive away wins. About the Premiership, Northampton Saints won their Midlands derby.

Also, the Exeter Chiefs got a bonus point win. The Harlequins performed well and Bristol Bears got a good draw. In the Top14, Toulon got a great away win as Montpellier, Brive and Stade Toulousain won.

Finally, Wales began their new era well with a great win. Next weekend, it will be the next two Rounds of the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup. There should be other great european fixtures.

Max.

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Friday, 08th, November, 2019 – Sunday, 10th, November, 2019)

The Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas scored a stunning Hat-Trick against Stade Français

That weekend was going to be very interesting. It was the last rugby weekend before the beginning of the european competitions so management was key for all the coaches.

There was going to be some Pro14 games along with the Premiership in England. Moreover, the Top14 was back after a two-week rest. It was all about gathering some confidence.

Besides, the ProD2 was taking place as well with clubs targeting Top14 promotion. It was a long season so all the clubs wanted to build patiently during all the different games.

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

The Scottish province were on the attack early as fullback Blair Kinghorn scored a great individual try. Playmaker Simon Hickey added a penalty as Edinburgh were comfortable in the first-half.

In the second-half, the Edinburgh second-rower Ben Toolis was yellow-carded for foul play. The Dragons forward Huw Taylor was also binned for too many infringements from his region.

Simon Hickey kicked a second penalty. The Dragons got a good try with Adam Warren. Though, Edinburgh worked a great move and Duhan van der Merwe scored. Edinburgh won (FT : 20-07).

* Grenoble vs. Beziers : ProD2 (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France)

In that game, Beziers scored early with Tyrone Viiga. Franck Pourteau missed kicks for Grenoble. Jérôme Porical got one for Beziers. Franck Pourteau got the penalty. He later missed a third.

Nathanael Hulleu touched down and Corentin Glenat got a kick for Grenoble. Beziers had Jean-Baptiste Grenod binned. Corentin Glenat added another kick but Davit Kubriashvili was binned.

Adrien Latorre got the kick. Corentin Glenat missed but Alex Gimeno Alvarez was binned for Beziers. Corentin Glenat got a kick. Lucas Dupont got an intercept try as Grenoble won (FT : 25-11).

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

The Sale Sharks got a kick with Robert du Preez but Simmon Hammersley was binned. The Wasps had a try with Sione Vailanu. Lima Sopoaga got a kick but Dan du Preez finished some try.

Robert du Preez kicked a penalty. He got another one, later on, but Zach Kibirige scored for the Wasps. Robert du Preez landed two more kicks. Billy Searle kicked a penalty for the Wasps.

Though, AJ McGinty replied. Valery Morozov was binned for the home side while Paolo Odogwu was sent off, both for foul play. AJ McGinty kicked a penalty as Sale Sharks won (FT : 28-18).

* Toulon vs. Montpellier : Top14 (Felix Mayol, Toulon, France)

The Montpellier side began well with a penalty from Henry Immelman. Anthony Belleau replied with two penalties for the home side. It was all square when Aaron Cruden landed a kick.

Masivesi Dakuwaqa was binned for the home side while Levan Chilachava was also sent to the bin for Montpellier. Anthony Belleau kicked a penalty. Montpellier had a try denied after a forward pass.

Rhys Webb later scored a stunning try for Toulon. Aaron Cruden landed a kick. Anthony Bouthier scored. Aaron Cruden got a kick. Anthony Belleau kicked a penalty and Toulon got the draw (FT : 19-19).

* Bath vs. Northampton : Premiership (The Rec, Bath, England)

The home club did not start well. Northampton Saints scored a try with Rory Hutchinson and James Grayson kicked a penalty. Though, Will Chudley got the try for Bath Rugby to get some momentum.

Rhys Priestland kicked a penalty. In the second-half, Aled Brew was sent off for foul play. Bath Rugby kept the composure as prop Will Stuart touched down. Tom Wood scored for Northampton Saints.

Bath Rugby put pressure at scrum time. Ben Franks and Paul Hill were both yellow-carded for Northampton Saints as Zach Mercer got a stunning try. Bath Rugby clinched a massive win (FT : 22-13).

* Toulouse vs. Clermont : Top14 (Stadium, Toulouse, France)

The Stade Toulousain side opened the scoreboard with a penalty from Thomas Ramos. They threw the ball wide and Sofiane Guitoune touched down and Maxime Medard followed him.

Later in the first-half, Romain Ntamack concluded a superb set-piece play. Morgan Parra kicked a penalty for Clermont. In the second-half, they had their try with winger Alivereti Raka.

Thomas Ramos missed a penalty but was on target on his next attempt. Forward Gillian Galan got the try from close range. Stade Toulousain got the bonus point win at home (FT : 34-08).

* Colomiers vs. Carcassonne : ProD2 (Michel Bendichou, Colomiers, France)

The home side had a good start with a penalty from Thomas Girard. They threw the ball wide and Joshua Vici got the try. Carcassonne came back with a try from Xerom Civil after a good build-up.

Thomas Girard kicked his second penalty for Colomiers. In the second-half, they kept attacking and Grégoire Maurino touched down. Gilles Bosch kicked a penalty for Carcassonne on a scrum.

However, Thomas Girard kicked two more penalties and even got a try. Carcassonne scored a late try with Denis Coulson. Gilen Queheille sealed the win with a stunning try for Colomiers (FT : 40-15).

* Stade Français vs. Racing 92 : Top14 (Jean Bouin, Paris, France)

The Racing 92 side was on song from the start as Teddy Thomas concluded an astonishing build-up. Maxime Machenaud kicked a penalty but Virimi Vakatawa was yellow-carded for foul play.

Nicolas Sanchez kicked two consecutive penalties for the home side. Though, Finn Russell made a chip-kick and Teddy Thomas re-gathered it for a stunning brace for Racing 92.

Stade Français got another penalty with Nicolas Sanchez. Racing 92 remained strong in defence. Maxime Machenaud kicked a penalty and Teddy Thomas got his Hat-Trick (FT : 09-25).

Conclusion

It was another entertaining rugby weekend in the Northern Hemisphere. First of all, in the ProD2, Grenoble and Colomiers are serious contenders for Top14 promotion after strong displays.

In the Top14, Stade Toulousain got a huge win. Racing 92 won their derby while Toulon snatched the draw. In the Premiership, Sale Sharks played well while Bath Rugby showed passion to get the win.

Finally, about the Pro14, Edinburgh played pretty well in Murrayfield. Next weekend, it will be the start of the two european competitions : Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. It should be great.

Max

The Rugby Wrap : Weekend Review (Saturday, 19th, October, 2019 – Sunday, 20th, October, 2019)

Hawke’s Bay earned their ticket for the Mitre 10 Cup Championship Final after extra-time

This weekend was going to be entertaining. First of all, it was the beginning of the World Cup play-offs in Japan. The Quarter-Finals were taking place with nations targeting the World Cup.

Meanwhile, there were competitions all around the world. In New Zealand, it also was about play-offs, in the Mitre 10 Cup. In England, the Premiership was back for another interesting season.

Finally, in France, the ProD2 and the Top14 were already reaching the third of the season. The sides would need to manage their squad as World Cup players would come back very quickly.

* Hawke’s Bay vs. Otago : Mitre 10 Cup (McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand)

The Otago side started with Michael Collins and Simon McDowall scoring. Neria Fomai had a try for Hawke’s Bay. Michael Collins got a brace but Pouri Rakete-Stokes finished a try for the home side.

Josh Ioane landed a kick. Tiaan Falcoon got a kick for Hawke’s Bay. Lincoln McClutchie scored from a quick-tap Devan Flanders got a stunning try. Otago drew the game with a Aleki Morris-Lome try.

Josh Ioane got a kick. Mason Emerson touched down and Tiaan Falcoon landed a kick. Otago had a try with Mika Mafi. Tian Falcoon kicked a penalty. Hawke’s Bay defended to snatch it (FT : 44-39 (AET)).

* Wellington vs. Canterbury : Mitre 10 Cup (Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand)

The home side opened the scoreboard with a penalty from Jackson Garden-Bachop. They threw the offloads and Trent Renata got the try. On a counter-attacking play, James Blackwell touched down.

In the second-half, Wellington kept their attacking structures and winger Ben Lam got the try in the corner. Canterbury scored from a big scrum with Luke Whitelock. Wellington still applied pressure.

Jackson Garden-Bachop kicked a penalty. Canterbury relied on their maul and Shilo Klein got a quick brace. Though, Jackson Garden-Bachop nailed a drop-goal. Wellington secured the win (FT : 30-19).

* New Zealand vs. Ireland : World Cup (Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan)

The All Blacks kicked a penalty with Richie Mo’unga. They unleashed their attacking game and scrum-half Aaron Smith got a quick brace. Fullback Beauden Barrett scored a counter-attacking try.

In the second-half, Kieran Read threw the offload for Codie Taylor who scored. Matt Todd added another try while Robbie Henshaw replied for Ireland. However, the All Blacks spread the ball.

George Bridge touched down. Matt Todd was sent to the bin for foul play as a penalty try was awarded to Ireland. New Zealand got one last try out wide with Jordie Barrett. New Zealand won (FT : 46-14).

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

The Harlequins scored first with a penalty from Marcus Smith. The Exeter Chiefs replied with a penalty from Joe Simmonds. The Harlequins had the ball and Gabriel Ibitoye scored the try.

The home side built a few phases and Jonny Hill got the try from close range. Joe Simmonds and Marcus Smith added one more penalty. In the second-half, Marcus Smith got another one.

After that, Joe Simmonds kicked three consecutive penalties. Gabriel Ibitoye got a brace for the Harlequins. Though, the Exeter Chiefs were settled and managed to get the home win (FT : 22-19).

* Wales vs. France : World Cup (Oita Bank Dome, Oita, Japan)

The French team relied on their maul and second-rower Sebastien Vahaamahina scored. He was followed by Charles Ollivon after a counter-attack. Aaron Wainwright replied for Wales.

Dan Biggar kicked a penalty. However, Ross Moriarty was binned for a high tackle and France kept throwing the offloads as. Virimi Vakatawa got the try. In the second-half, there was some drama.

On a maul, Sebastian Vahaamahina elbowed Aaron Wainwright and was sent off. Dan Biggar kicked a penalty and Ross Moriarty touched down and Dan Biggar converted. Wales won (FT : 20-19).

* Grenoble vs. Nevers : ProD2 (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France)

The home team scored with Alaska Taufa. Corentin Glenat kicked a penalty and added a second try. Nevers came back in the game with two quick tries from Nasoni Naqiri and David Lolohea.

Grenoble kept attacking. Raymond Rhule got a quick brace and Corentin Glenat landed a penalty. Though, they had Ange Capuozzo binned for foul play. Gautier Gibouin scored for Nevers.

Grenoble had a second player binned with Dylan Jacquot. Grenoble kept the composure and Fabien Alexandre scored out wide. Edgar Tu’inukuafe sealed the win with the bonus point try (FT : 46-21).

* Clermont vs. Lyon : Top14 (Marcel Michelin, Clermont, France)

The two teams traded penalties in the first-half. Jake McIntyre and Jonathan Wisniewski both kicked three penalties, respectively for Clermont and Lyon. Jake McIntyre later added a fourth.

The Lyon flanker Liam Gill was binned for foul play as Jake McIntyre added a fifth penalty. Jonathan Wisniewski got his fourth but Francisco Gomez Kodela was the second player binned for Lyon.

Jake McIntyre landed a kick. Liam Gill was shown a second bin and so a red card. Jake McIntyre and Jonathan Wisniewski added one kick. Jake McIntyre landed one more. Clermont won (FT : 24-15).

Conclusion

This weekend was another great weekend. In the Mitre 10 Cup, Hawke’s Bay got an extra-time win to qualify for the Championship Final while Wellington qualified for the Premiership Final.

About the World Cup, New Zealand and Wales performed well to qualify for the semi-finals. Meanwhile, in the Premiership, the Exeter Chiefs started well their season with a home win.

Grenoble got the win to get momentum in ProD2. Clermont did the same in the Top14. Next weekend, the northern leagues will be there along with Mitre 10 Cup and World Cup play-offs.

Max