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EPCR Round 4

POOL 1Champions Cup Round 4 Pool 1

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON RUGBY 25 - 22 LOU RUGBYLyon Olympique Universitaire

Stadio Comunale di Monigo - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 13:45 HT: 12-14 Att: 3,114

BENETTON: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Leonardo Sarto 13 Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara 12 Luca Morisi 11 Monty Ioane 10 Ian Keatley 9 DEWALDT DUVENAGE (C) 1 Cherif Traore 2 Hame Faiva 3 Tiziano Pasquali 4 Ira Herbst 5 Eli Snyman 6 Seb Negri Da Oleggio 7 Giovanni Pettinelli 8 Braam Steyn BENCH: 16 Federico Zani 17 Nicola Quaglio 18 Michele Mancini Parri 19 Marco Fuser 20 Marco Lazzaroni 21 Marco Barbini 22 Tito Tebaldi 23 Antonio Rizzi

SCORERS T: Sarto, Ioane, Lazzaroni C: Keatley, Rizzi P: Keatley

LYON: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin 14 Ethan Dumortier 13 Pierre-Louis Barassi 12 Rudi Wulf 11 Noa Nakaitaci 10 Pato Fernandez 9 JONATHAN PÉLISSIÉ (C) 1 Vivien Devisme 2 Jeremie Maurouard 3 Clément Ric 4 Killian Geraci 5 Etienne Oosthuizen 6 Patrick Sobela 7 Liam Gill 8 Loann Goujon BENCH: 16 Badri Alkhazashvili 17 Xavier Chiocci 18 Hamza Kaabèche 19 Tanginoa Halaifonua 20 Virgile Bruni 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 22 Xavier Mignot 23 Jonathan Wisniewski

SCORERS T: Gill, Wulf, Barassi C: Fernandez (2) P: Fernandez

Referee: Matthew Carley Asst Referees: JP Doyle, Anthony Woodthorpe TMO: Stuart Terheege

 

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER 50 - 21 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Aviva Stadium - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 17:15 HT: 31-14 Att: 42,041

LEINSTER RUGBY: 15 Jordan Larmour 14 Dave Kearney 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Robbie Henshaw 11 James Lowe 10 Ross Byrne 9 Luke McGrath 1 Cian Healy 2 James Tracy 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 SCOTT FARDY (C) 5 James Ryan 6 Rhys Ruddock 7 Josh van der Flier 8 Caelan Doris BENCH: 16 Bryan Byrne 17 Ed Byrne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Devin Toner 20 Max Deegan 21 Jamison Gibson-Park 22 Ciaran Frawley 23 Rob Kearney

SCORERS T: Ringrose (3), Furlong, Dave Kearney, Lowe, Doris C: Ross Byrne (4), Frawley (2) P: Ross Byrne

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ollie Sleightholme 13 Matt Proctor 12 Andy Symons 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro 10 Dan Biggar 9 Connor Tupai 1 Francois van Wyk 2 Michael Van Vuuren 3 Paul Hill 4 Api Ratuniyarawa 5 Alex Coles 6 TOM WOOD (C) 7 Jamie Gibson 8 Lewis Ludlam BENCH: 16 Sam Matavesi 17 Alex Waller 18 Ehren Painter 19 Lewis Bean 20 JJ Tonks 21 James Mitchell 22 James Grayson 23 Fraser Dingwall

SCORERS T: Biggar, Sleightholme, Tuala C: Biggar (3) Yellow Card Tuala, Wood

Referee: Daniel Jones Asst Referees: Adam Jones, Dewi Phillips TMO: Sean Brickell

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POOL 2Champions Cup Round 4 Pool 2

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 35 - 10 SALE SHARKSSale Sharks

Sandy Park - Sunday 15 December 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 7-3 Att: 10,217

CHIEFS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Jack Nowell 13 Henry Slade 12 Sam Hill 11 Ian Whitten 10 Joe Simmonds 9 Nic White 1 Alec Hepburn 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 3 Harry Williams 4 DAVE DENNIS (C) 5 Jonny Hill 6 Dave Ewers 7 Jacques Vermeulen 8 Sam Simmonds BENCH: 16 Elvis Taione 17 Ben Moon 18 Marcus Street 19 Jannes Kirsten 20 Don Armand 21 Jack Maunder 22 Gareth Steenson 23 Olly Woodburn

SCORERS T: Sam Simmonds (2), Joe Simmonds, Moon, Nowell C: Joe Simmonds (3), Steenson (2)

SHARKS: 15 Cameron Redpath 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Luke James 11 Byron McGuigan 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Will Cliff 1 Ross Harrison 2 Curtis Langdon 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 4 Matthew Postlewhaite 5 James Phillips 6 Tom Curry 7 Ben Curry 8 JONO ROSS (C) BENCH: 16 Akker van der Merwe 17 Valery Morozov 18 WillGriff John 19 Bryn Evans 20 Cameron Neild 21 Fergus Warr 22 Thomas Curtis 23 Marland Yarde

SCORERS T: Sam James C: MacGinty P: MacGinty Yellow Card Langdon

Referee: Pierre Brousset Asst Referees: Tual Trainini, Laurent Cardona TMO: Eric Briquet-Campin

 

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 7 - 12 LA ROCHELLELa Rochelle

Scotstoun Stadium - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 17:15 HT: 7-12 Att: 6,801

WARRIORS: 15 Tommy Seymour 14 Niko Matawalu 13 Huw Jones 12 Stafford McDowell 11 Kyle Steyn 10 Adam Hastings 9 Ali Price 1 Aki Seiuli 2 Fraser Brown 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Scott Cummings 5 Jonny Gray 6 Ryan Wilson 7 CALLUM GIBBINS (C) 8 Matt Fagerson BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Alex Allan 18 Adam Nicol 19 Robert Harley 20 Tom Gordon 21 George Horne 22 Nick Grigg 23 Ruaridh Jackson

SCORERS T: Brown C: Hastings Red Card Fagerson

LA ROCHELLE: 15 Kini Murimurivalu 14 Jules Favre 13 Brieuc Plessis-Couillaud 12 Levani Botia 11 Marc Andreu 10 Brock James 9 Alexi Bales 1 Reda Wardi 2 Facundo Bosch 3 Sila Puafisi 4 Thomas Lavault 5 Mathieu Tanguy 6 KEVIN GOURDON (C) 7 Paul Boudehent 8 Grégory Alldritt BENCH: 16 Brendan Lebrun 17 Dany Priso 18 Vincent Pelo 19 Rémi Leroux 20 Zeno Kieft 21 Thomas Berjon 22 Ihaia West 23 Pierre Aguillon

SCORERS T: Favre, Botia C: James Yellow Card Balès

Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Christophe Ridley, Paul Dix TMO: Rowan Kitt

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POOL 3Champions Cup Round 4 Pool 3

ASM Clermont AuvergneCLERMONT 52 - 26 BATH RUGBYBath Rugby

Stade Marcel Michelin - Sunday 15 December 2019
KO: 16:15 HT: 40-14 Att: 16,332

CLERMONT: 15 Isaiah Toeava 14 Samuel Ezeala 13 Damian Penaud 12 George Moala 11 Alivereti Raka 10 Camille Lopez 9 MORGAN PARRA (C) 1 Giorgi Beria 2 John Ulugia 3 Davit Zirakashvili 4 Arthur Iturria 5 Sitaleki Timani 6 Alexandre Fischer 7 Alexandre Lapandry 8 Fritz Lee BENCH: 16 Yohan Beheregaray 17 Loni Uhila 18 Rabah Slimani 19 George Merrick 20 Faifili Levave 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Jake McIntyre 23 Apisai Naqalevu

SCORERS T: Ulugia, Penaud, Raka (2), Moala (2), Lopez, McIntyre C: Parra (5), Laidlaw

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Ruaridh McConnochie 13 Max Wright 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Aled Brew 10 Freddie Burns 9 Chris Cook 1 Lewis Boyce 2 Jack Walker 3 Christian Judge 4 Levi Douglas 5 Elliott Stooke 6 Mike Williams 7 TOM ELLIS (C) 8 Josh Bayliss BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Lucas Noguera 18 Sam Nixon 19 Josh McNally 20 Sam Underhill 21 Ollie Fox 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Gabe Hamer-Webb

SCORERS T: Walker, McConnochie, Dunn, Bayliss C: Burns (3) Yellow Card Nixon

Referee: Ben Whitehouse Asst Referees: Craig Evans, Wayne Davies TMO: Ian Davies

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 10 - 34 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Twickenham Stoop - Friday 13 December 2019
KO: 19:45 HT: 3-10 Att: 13,808

HARLEQUINS: 15 Ross Chisholm 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 James Lang 12 Francis Saili 11 Cadan Murley 10 Brett Herron 9 Martin Landajo 1 Santiago Garcia Botta 2 Elia Elia 3 KYLE SINCKLER (C) 4 Stephan Lewies 5 Tex Cavubati 6 Semi Kunatani 7 Will Evans 8 Alex Dombrandt BENCH: 16 Jack Musk 17 Nick Auterac 18 Simon Kerrod 19 Dino Lamb 20 James Chisholm 21 Niall Saunders 22 Paul Lasike 23 Travis Ismaiel

SCORERS T: Lewies C: Lang P: Lang

ULSTER: 15 Jacob Stockdale 14 Matt Faddes 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Louis Ludik 10 Billy Burns 9 John Cooney 1 Eric O'Sullivan 2 Rob Herring 3 Marty Moore 4 Kieran Treadwell 5 IAIN HENDERSON (C) 6 Sean Reidy 7 Jordi Murphy 8 Marcell Coetzee BENCH: 16 Adam McBurney 17 Andy Warwick 18 Tom O'Toole 19 Alan O'Connor 20 Matt Rea 21 David Shanahan 22 Bill Johnston 23 Craig Gilroy

SCORERS T: Cooney (2), Marshall, Faddes, O’Toole C: Cooney (3) P: Cooney

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz Asst Referees: Cedric Marchat, Luc Ramos TMO: Patrick Dellac

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POOL 4Champions Cup Round 4 Pool 4

SaracensSARACENS 15 - 6 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Allianz Park - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-3 Att: 8,500

SARACENS: 15 Max Malins 14 Sean Maitland 13 Alex Lozowski 12 Nick Tompkins 11 Elliot Daly 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Richard Wigglesworth 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Vincent Koch 4 Joel Kpoku 5 George Kruis 6 Nick Isiekwe 7 Ben Earl 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Tom Woolstencroft 17 Richard Barrington 18 Josh Ibuanokpe 19 Calum Clark 20 Jackson Wray 21 Ben Spencer 22 Manu Vunipola 23 Duncan Taylor

SCORERS T: Maitland, Mako Vunipola C: Farrell P: Farrell

MUNSTER: 15 Mike Haley 14 Andrew Conway 13 Chris Farrell 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 JJ Hanrahan 9 Conor Murray 1 James Cronin 2 Niall Scannell 3 John Ryan 4 Jean Kleyn 5 Billy Holland 6 Tadhg Beirne 7 Jack O'Donoghue 8 CJ STANDER (C) BENCH: 16 Kevin O'Byrne 17 Liam O'Connor 18 Stephen Archer 19 Fineen Wycherley 20 Tommy O'Donnell 21 Nick McCarthy 22 Dan Goggin 23 Chris Cloete

SCORERS P: Hanrahan (2)

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Maxime Chalon, Jonathan Dufort TMO: Eric Gauzins

 

Racing 92RACING 92 40 - 27 OSPREYSOspreys

Paris La Défense Arena - Friday 13 December 2019
KO: 20:45 HT: 26-27 Att: 10,113

RACING: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Louis Dupichot 13 Virimi Vakatawa 12 HENRY CHAVANCY (C) 11 Juan Imhoff 10 Ben Volavola 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Eddy Ben Arous 2 Teddy Baubigny 3 Cedate Gomes Sa 4 Donnacha Ryan 5 Boris Palu 6 Fabien Sanconnie 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux 8 Yoan Tanga BENCH: 6 Camille Chat 17 Hassane Kolingar 18 Georges Henri Colombe 19 Dominic Bird 20 Jordan Joseph 21 Antoine Gibert 22 Olivier Klemenczak 23 Finn Russell

SCORERS T: Dupichot, Imhoff (2), Zebo, Colombe, Tanga C: Machenaud (5)

OSPREYS: 15 Cai Evans 14 Lesley Klim 13 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler 12 Kieran Williams 11 Luke Morgan 10 Marty McKenzie 9 Shaun Venter 1 Nicky Smith 2 Scott Otten 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Adam Beard 5 Lloyd Ashley 6 DAN LYDIATE (C) 7 Sam Cross 8 Morgan Morris BENCH: 16 Dewi Lake 17 Rhys Fawcett 18 Simon Gardiner 19 Guido Volpi 20 Will Jones 21 Aled Davies 22 Luke Price 23 Tom Williams

SCORERS T: Morgan, Klim (2), Price, Venter C: Price

Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Adam Leal, Phil Watters TMO: Graham Hughes

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POOL 5Champions Cup Round 4 Pool 5

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT 27 - 24 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

The Sportsground - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 12:45 HT: 10-7 Att: 6,787

CONNACHT: 15 Jack Carty 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Kyle Godwin 12 Bundee Aki 11 John Porch 10 Conor Fitzgerald 9 Caolin Blade 1 Peter McCabe 2 David Heffernan 3 Dominic Robertson-McCoy 4 Ultan Dillane 5 Joe Maksymiw 6 Eoin McKeon 7 JARRAD BUTLER (C) 8 Paul Boyle BENCH: 16 Shane Delahunt 17 Denis Buckley 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Niall Murray 20 Eoghan Masterson 21 Stephen Kerins 22 Tom Daly 23 Robin Copeland

SCORERS T: Blade, Delahunt, Copeland C: Fitzgerald (3) P: Fitzgerald (2) Yellow Card McKeon

GLOUCESTER: 15 Matt Banahan 14 Louis Rees-Zammit 13 Billy Twelvetrees 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Ollie Thorley 10 Lloyd Evans 9 Callum Braley 1 Josh Hohneck 2 Todd Gleave 3 Fraser Balmain 4 Alex Craig 5 Gerbrandt Grobler 6 Freddie Clarke 7 LEWIS LUDLOW (C) 8 Ruan Ackermann BENCH: 16 Franco Marais 17 Alex Seville 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Franco Mostert 20 Ben Morgan 21 Joe Simpson 22 Aaron Hinkley 23 Chris Harris

SCORERS T: Grobler, Atkinson (2), Ludlow C: Twelvetrees (2) Yellow Card Gleave, Ludlow

Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Vincent Blasco Baqué, Adrien Descottes TMO: Denis Grenouillet

 

MontpellierMONTPELLIER 18 - 26 TOULOUSEToulouse

GGL Stadium - Saturday 14 December 2019
KO: 16:00 HT: 13-14 Att: 11,366

MONTPELLIER: 15 Thomas Darmon 14 Vincent Martin 13 Yvan Reilhac 12 Frans Steyn 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Johan Goosen 9 Kahn Fotuali'i 1 Grégory Fichten 2 Bismarck Du Plessis 3 Mohamed Haouas 4 Nico Janse van Rensburg 5 Konstantine Mikautadze 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo 7 Julien Bardy 8 LOUIS PICAMOLES (C) BENCH: 16 Youri Delhommel 17 Mikheil Nariashvili 18 Antoine Guillamon 19 Caleb Timu 20 Enzo Sanga 21 Kevin Kornath 22 Jan Serfontein 23 Julien Le Devedec

SCORERS T: Ouedraogo, Nadolo C: Goosen P: Goosen (2)

TOULOUSE: 15 Thomas Ramos 14 Cheslin Kolbe 13 Sofiane Guitoune 12 Pita Ahki 11 Maxime Médard 10 Romain Ntamack 9 Sébastien Bézy 1 Cyril Baille 2 Peato Mauvaka 3 Paulo Tafili 4 Rory Arnold 5 Joe Tekori 6 JEROME KAINO (C) 7 Francois Cros 8 Selevasio Tolofua BENCH: 16 Julien Marchand 17 Clément Castets 18 Maks Van Dyk 19 Gillian Galan 20 Rynhardt Elstadt 21 Pierre Pages 22 Zack Holmes 23 Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: Ntamack, Arnold (2), Tauzin C: Ramos (3)

Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Gwyn Morris, Aled Evans TMO: Neil Paterson

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EPCR Round 3

POOL 1Champions Cup Round 3 Pool 1

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 16 - 43 LEINSTER Leinster Rugby

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 16-19 Att: 13,735

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Tom Collins 13 Matt Proctor 12 Rory Hutchinson 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro 10 Dan Biggar 9 Cobus Reinach 1 ALEX WALLER (C) 2 Mikey Haywood 3 Ehren Painter 4 Alex Moon 5 Api Ratuniyarawa 6 Tom Wood 7 Jamie Gibson 8 Teimana Harrison BENCH: 16 Michael Van Vuuren 17 Francois van Wyk 18 Paul Hill 19 Alex Coles 20 Lewis Ludlam 21 Connor Tupai 22 James Grayson 23 Piers Francis

SCORERS T: Tuala C: Biggar P: Biggar (3) Yellow Card Waller

LEINSTER: 15 Jordan Larmour 14 Dave Kearney 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Robbie Henshaw 11 James Lowe 10 JOHNNY SEXTON (C) 9 Jamison Gibson-Park 1 Cian Healy 2 Ronan Kelleher 3 Andrew Porter 4 Devin Toner 5 James Ryan 6 Rhys Ruddock 7 Josh van der Flier 8 Caelan Doris BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Ed Byrne 18 Tadhg Furlong 19 Scott Fardy 20 Max Deegan 21 Luke McGrath 22 Ross Byrne 23 Rob Kearney

SCORERS T: Lowe, Ruddock, Porter, Healy, Ross Byrne, McGrath, Ed Byrne C: Sexton (2), Ross Byrne (2) Yellow Card Ringrose

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz Asst Referees: Ludovic Cayre, Cedric Marchat TMO: Patrick Dellac

 

Lyon Olympique UniversitaireLOU RUGBY 28 - 0 BENETTON RUGBYBenetton Treviso

Matmut Stadium de Gerland - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 14:00 HT: 20-0 Att: 13,446

LYON: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin 14 Toby Arnold 13 Thibaut Regard 12 Charlie Ngatai 11 Xavier Mignot 10 Jonathan Wisniewski 9 BAPTISTE COUILLOUD (C) 1 Raphael Chaume 2 Jeremie Maurouard 3 Clément Ric 4 Killian Geraci 5 Hendrik Roodt 6 Dylan Cretin 7 Patrick Sobela 8 Carl Fearns BENCH: 16 Mickael Ivaldi 17 Xavier Chiocci 18 Demba Bamba 19 Loann Goujon 20 Liam Gill 21 Jonathan Pélissié 22 Pato Fernandez 23 Rudi Wulf

SCORERS T: Buttin, Ngatai, Mignot, Gill C: Wisniewski P: Wisniewski, Fernandez

BENETTON: 15 Luca Sperandio 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Tommaso Benvenuti 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Leonardo Sarto 10 Antonio Rizzi 9 Tito Tebaldi 1 Nicola Quaglio 2 Federico Zani 3 Tiziano Pasquali 4 Niccolò Cannone 5 Federico Ruzza 6 Seb Negri Da Oleggio 7 Giovanni Pettinelli 8 Toa Halafihi BENCH: 16 Hame Faiva 17 Cherif Traore 18 Marco Riccioni 19 Eli Snyman 20 Marco Barbini 21 Charly Trussardi 22 Ian McKinley 23 Luca Morisi

SCORERS Yellow Card Barbini

Referee: Karl Dickson Asst Referees: Andrew Jackson, Wayne Falla TMO: Rowan Kitt

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POOL 2Champions Cup Round 3 Pool 2

La RochelleLA ROCHELLE 24 - 27 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Stade Marcel Deflandre - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: 18-13 Att: 15,678

LA ROCHELLE: 15 Kini Murimurivalu 14 Vincent Rattez 13 Jérémy Sinzelle 12 Pierre Aguillon 11 Pierre Boudehent 10 Jules Plisson 9 Alexi Bales 1 Dany Priso 2 Jean-Charles Orioli 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Thomas Jolmes 5 Mathieu Tanguy 6 Zeno Kieft 7 Kevin Gourdon 8 VICTOR VITO (C) BENCH: 16 Brendan Lebrun 17 Reda Wardi 18 Sila Puafisi 19 Thomas Lavault 20 Paul Boudehent 21 Tawera Kerr Barlow 22 Brock James 23 Brieuc Plessis-Couillaud

SCORERS T: Priso, Kieft C: Plisson P: Plisson (4)

WARRIORS: 15 Tommy Seymour 14 Niko Matawalu 13 Nick Grigg 12 Samuel Johnson 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Adam Hastings 9 George Horne 1 Alex Allan 2 Fraser Brown 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Scott Cummings 5 Jonny Gray 6 Ryan Wilson 7 CALLUM GIBBINS (C) 8 Matt Fagerson BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Aki Seiuli 18 Adam Nicol 19 Robert Harley 20 Tom Gordon 21 Ali Price 22 Peter Horne 23 Kyle Steyn

SCORERS T: Gibbins, Matawalu, Steyn C: Hastings (3) P: Hastings (2)

Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Adam Leal, Phil Watters TMO: Graham Hughes

 

Sale SharksSALE SHARKS 20 - 22 EXETER CHIEFSExeter Chiefs

AJ Bell Stadium - Sunday 08 December 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: tbc Att: 11,090

SHARKS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Chris Ashton 13 Sam James 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 11 Marland Yarde 10 Robert du Preez 9 Faf de Klerk 1 Coenie Oosthuizen 2 Akker van der Merwe 3 WillGriff John 4 Bryn Evans 5 James Phillips 6 Tom Curry 7 Ben Curry 8 JONO ROSS (C) BENCH: 16 Curtis Langdon 17 Ross Harrison 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley 19 Matthew Postlethwaite 20 Cameron Neild 21 Will Cliff 22 Luke James 23 Denny Solomona

SCORERS T: van der Merwe (2), Ross C: du Preez P: du Preez Yellow Card Tom Curry

CHIEFS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Jack Nowell 13 Henry Slade 12 Sam Hill 11 Ian Whitten 10 Joe Simmonds 9 Nic White 1 Alec Hepburn 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 3 Harry Williams 4 DAVE DENNIS (C) 5 Jonny Hill 6 Dave Ewers 7 Jacques Vermeulen 8 Sam Simmonds BENCH: 16 Elvis Taione 17 Ben Moon 18 Marcus Street 19 Jannes Kirsten 20 Don Armand 21 Jack Maunder 22 Gareth Steenson 23 Olly Woodburn

SCORERS T: PT, Hogg, Cowan-Dickie C: Joe Simmonds P: Joe Simmonds Yellow Card Moon

Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst Referees: Thomas Charabas, Sébastien Minery TMO: Philippe Bonhoure

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POOL 3Champions Cup Round 3 Pool 3

Bath RugbyBATH RUGBY 17 - 34 CLERMONTASM Clermont Auvergne

Recreation Ground - Friday 06 December 2019
KO: 19:45 HT: 7-7 Att: 11,700

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Ruaridh McConnochie 10 Rhys Priestland 9 Chris Cook 1 Beno Obano 2 Tom Dunn 3 Will Stuart 4 Josh McNally 5 Elliott Stooke 6 Mike Williams 7 Josh Bayliss 8 FRANCOIS LOUW (C) BENCH: 16 Jack Walker 17 Lewis Boyce 18 Christian Judge 19 Matt Garvey 20 Rhys Davies 21 Will Chudley 22 Freddie Burns 23 Aled Brew

SCORERS T: Priestland, Joseph C: Priestland, Burns P: Priestland

CLERMONT: 15 Nick Abendanon 14 Samuel Ezeala 13 Isaiah Toeava 12 George Moala 11 Alivereti Raka 10 Camille Lopez 9 MORGAN PARRA (C) 1 Loni Uhila 2 Yohan Beheregaray 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Arthur Iturria 5 Sitaleki Timani 6 Alexandre Fischer 7 Alexandre Lapandry 8 Fritz Lee BENCH: 16 John Ulugia 17 Giorgi Beria 18 Davit Zirakashvili 19 Julien Ruaud 20 Faifili Levave 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Peter Betham 23 Apisai Naqalevu

SCORERS T: Moala, Ezeala (2), Lapandry C: Parra, Laidlaw (3) P: Laidlaw (2)

Referee: Andrew Brace Asst Referees: Sean Gallagher, Paul Haycock TMO: Brian MacNeice

 

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 25 - 24 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Kingspan Stadium - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: 10-10 Att: 17,923

ULSTER: 15 Jacob Stockdale 14 Louis Ludik 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Craig Gilroy 10 Billy Burns 9 John Cooney 1 Eric O'Sullivan 2 Rob Herring 3 Marty Moore 4 Alan O'Connor 5 IAIN HENDERSON (C) 6 Sean Reidy 7 Jordi Murphy 8 Marcell Coetzee BENCH: 16 Adam McBurney 17 Andy Warwick 18 Tom O'Toole 19 Kieran Treadwell 20 Matt Rea 21 David Shanahan 22 Bill Johnston 23 Matt Faddes

SCORERS T: Reidy, McCloskey, McBurney C: Cooney (2) P: Cooney (2)

HARLEQUINS: 15 Ross Chisholm 14 Travis Ismaiel 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 James Lang 11 Gabriel Ibitoye 10 Marcus Smith 9 Danny Care 1 Joe Marler 2 Elia Elia 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Stephan Lewies 5 Tex Cavubati 6 Semi Kunatani 7 CHRIS ROBSHAW (C) 8 Alex Dombrandt BENCH: 16 Jack Musk 17 Nick Auterac 18 Simon Kerrod 19 Dino Lamb 20 Tom Lawday 21 Martin Landajo 22 Francis Saili 23 Vereniki Goneva

SCORERS T: Dombrandt, Elia (2) C: Smith (3) P: Smith

Referee: Mike Adamson Asst Referees: Keith Allan, Dave Sutherland TMO: Neil Paterson

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POOL 4Champions Cup Round 3 Pool 4

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 10 - 3 SARACENSSaracens

 Thomond Park - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 17:30 HT: 10-3 Att: 25,034

MUNSTER: 15 Mike Haley 14 Andrew Conway 13 Chris Farrell 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 JJ Hanrahan 9 Conor Murray 1 James Cronin 2 Niall Scannell 3 Stephen Archer 4 Jean Kleyn 5 Billy Holland 6 Tadhg Beirne 7 PETER O'MAHONY (C) 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Kevin O'Byrne 17 Liam O'Connor 18 John Ryan 19 Fineen Wycherley 20 Jack O'Donoghue 21 Nick McCarthy 22 Sam Arnold 23 Arno Botha

SCORERS T: O’Mahony C: Hanrahan P: Hanrahan Red Card Botha

SARACENS: 15 Matt Gallagher 14 Roti Segun 13 Alex Lozowski 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Alex Lewington 10 Manu Vunipola 9 Ben Spencer 1 Richard Barrington 2 Jack Singleton 3 Titi Lamositele 4 Will Skelton 5 Maro Itoje 6 Nick Isiekwe 7 Ben Earl 8 Jackson Wray BENCH: 16 Kapeli Pifeleti 17 Rhys Carre 18 Josh Ibuanokpe 19 Joel Kpoku 20 Sean Reffell 21 Tom Whiteley 22 Max Malins 23 Nick Tompkins

SCORERS P: Spencer

Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pierre Brousset, Vincent Blasco Baqué TMO: Denis Grenouillet

 

OspreysOSPREYS 19 - 40 RACING 92Racing 92

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 07 December 2019
KO: 17:30 HT: 7-28 Att: 5,487

OSPREYS: 15 Dan Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Owen Watkin 12 Scott Williams 11 Luke Morgan 10 Marty McKenzie 9 Aled Davies 1 Nicky Smith 2 Scott Otten 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Adam Beard 5 Bradley Davies 6 DAN LYDIATE (C) 7 Olly Cracknell 8 Morgan Morris BENCH: 16 Ifan Phillips 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Gheorghe Gajion 19 Marvin Orie 20 Sam Cross 21 Shaun Venter 22 Luke Price 23 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler

SCORERS  T: Dirksen, Fia, Aled Davies C: McKenzie (2) Yellow Card Williams, Aled Davies Red Card Evans

RACING: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Teddy Thomas 13 Virimi Vakatawa 12 HENRY CHAVANCY (C) 11 Juan Imhoff 10 Finn Russell 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Eddy Ben Arous 2 Teddy Baubigny 3 Cedate Gomes Sa 4 Bernard Le Roux 5 Donnacha Ryan 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Boris Palu 8 Antonie Claassen BENCH: 16 Kevin Le Guen 17 Hassane Kolingar 18 Ali Oz 19 Fabien Sanconnie 20 Yoan Tanga 21 Teddy Iribaren 22 Ben Volavola 23 Olivier Klemenczak

SCORERS T: Baubigny, Thomas (2), PT, Tanga, Chavancy C: Machenaud (4) Yellow Card Imhoff, Machenaud

Referee: Frank Murphy Asst Referees: Robert O'Sullivan, Eddie Hogan-O'Connell TMO: Olly Hodges

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POOL 5Champions Cup Round 3 Pool 5

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 26 - 17 CONNACHT Connacht Rugby

Kingsholm - Sunday 08 December 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 7-17 Att: 10,875

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Louis Rees-Zammit 13 Chris Harris 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Ollie Thorley 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 1 Val Rapava Ruskin 2 Franco Marais 3 Fraser Balmain 4 Gerbrandt Grobler 5 Franco Mostert 6 Ruan Ackermann 7 Jake Polledri 8 BEN MORGAN (C) BENCH: 16 Todd Gleave 17 Josh Hohneck 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Alex Craig 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Callum Braley 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 Matt Banahan

SCORERS T: Marshall (2), Rees-Zammit, Polledri C: Cipriani (3) Yellow Card Twelvetrees

CONNACHT: 15 John Porch 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Bundee Aki 12 Peter Robb 11 Kyle Godwin 10 Jack Carty 9 Caolin Blade 1 Denis Buckley 2 Tom McCartney 3 Finlay Bealham 4 Joe Maksymiw 5 Quinn Roux 6 Eoghan Masterson 7 Colby Fainga'a 8 JARRAD BUTLER (C) BENCH: 16 Jonny Murphy 17 Matthew Burke 18 Dominic Robertson-McCoy 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Robin Copeland 21 Stephen Kerins 22 Conor Fitzgerald 23 Tom Daly

SCORERS T: Porch, Roux C: Carty, Fitzgerald P: Carty Yellow Card Godwin

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Maxime Chalon, Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy TMO: Eric Gauzins

 

ToulouseTOULOUSE 23 - 9 MONTPELLIERMontpellier

Stade Ernest Wallon - Sunday 08 December 2019
KO: 16:15 HT: 13-3 Att: 16,260

TOULOUSE: 15 Thomas Ramos 14 Yoann Huget 13 Sofiane Guitoune 12 Romain Ntamack 11 Maxime Médard 10 Zack Holmes 9 Sébastien Bézy 1 Cyril Baille 2 Julien Marchand 3 Dorian Aldegheri 4 Rory Arnold 5 Joe Tekori 6 Rynhardt Elstadt 7 Francois Cros 8 JEROME KAINO (C) BENCH: 16 Peato Mauvaka 17 Clément Castets 18 Paulo Tafili 19 Richie Gray 20 Selevasio Tolofua 21 Pierre Pages 22 Pita Ahki 23 Cheslin Kolbe

SCORERS T: Ntamack (2) C: Ramos (2) P: Ramos (3)

MONTPELLIER: 15 Henry Immelman 14 Gabriel N’Gandebe 13 Arthur Vincent 12 Frans Steyn 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Anthony Bouthier 9 Benoit Paillaugue 1 Mikheil Nariashvili 2 Bismarck Du Plessis 3 Levan Chilachava 4 Nico Janse van Rensburg 5 Paul Willemse 6 Kelian Galletier 7 Yacouba Camara 8 LOUIS PICAMOLES (C) BENCH: 16 Youri Delhommel 17 Grégory Fichten 18 Mohamed Haouas 19 Martin Devergie 20 Kahn Fotuali'i 21 Johan Goosen 22 Yvan Reilhac 23 Konstantine Mikautadze

SCORERS P: Paillaugue (2), Steyn Yellow Card Picamoles

Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Christophe Ridley, Paul Dix TMO: Stuart Terheege

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EPCR Round 2

POOL 1Champions Cup Round 2 Pool 1

Benetton TrevisoBENETTON RUGBY 32 - 35 NORTHAMPTONNorthampton Saints

Stadio Comunale di Monigo - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 14:00 HT: 25-15 Att: 3,485

DAN Biggar’s nerveless penalty deep into added time settled a hectic game in Champions Cup Pool 1 as Northampton Saints snatched a drama-packed 35-32 victory at Benetton Rugby.

With scores level at the end of a pulsating 80 minutes, Iliesa Ratuva was penalised for a deliberate knock-on as he tried to intercept a pass, the officials entirely missing the blatant forward pass in the run up to this action from the Saints, giving Biggar the opportunity to slot the winning penalty, before being buried by jubilant Northampton team-mates.

It was brutal on Benetton after a super first-half showing. After an early Biggar penalty, the hosts’ first try came via Hame Faiva who rode two tackles to crawl over the line from five metres out. Northampton responded thanks to a sublime piece of skill by Biggar, his behind-the-back pass allowing Ahsee Tuala to release Thomas Collins down the wing, although Biggar’s conversion went wide. Tommaso Allan’s penalty gave Benetton a two-point cushion which they soon built on with some fine work from their forwards after a lineout. Northampton backpedalled and Ratuva Tavuyara had a simple task to dot down in the corner. However, Allan could not quite add the extra two points. Biggar was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Ratuva and with the Welshman out of the picture, Benetton made hay. Monty Ioane was denied what would have been a wonderful try by his toe dragging just into touch, but the hosts were not to be denied a third try and Nacho Brex waltzed through, dummied and touched down, giving Allan an easy conversion. Another three points for Allan made it 25-8 but the game-changing moment came right on half-time. With Saints camped on the Treviso try line, Cobus Reinach’s quick thinking to take a tap penalty caught Benetton napping. Not only did Biggar convert, but Braam Steyn was given a yellow card for going off his feet, but the hosts still went into the break 25-15 clear.

After the re-start, Northampton levelled things up at 25-25 via a Biggar penalty and a converted try by Thomas Sleightholme , following a check with the TMO about a possible obstruction. They then completed the comeback, and a run of 22 unanswered points, after a lovely burst by full-back George Furbank down the left wing and a simple offload to allow Collins to cross for his second try of the game. However, in an unexpected plot twist, Benetton levelled the scores when strong work by the forwards allowed Faiva to barrel over for his second try of the match. That secured the Italians a bonus point, but the dramatic late penalty by Biggar broke Italian hearts.

BENETTON: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara 13 Nacho Brex 12 Tommaso Benvenuti 11 Monty Ioane 10 TOMMY ALLAN (C) 9 Dewaldt Duvenage 1 Federico Zani 2 Hame Faiva 3 Marco Riccioni 4 Ira Herbst 5 Federico Ruzza 6 Giovanni Pettinelli 7 Braam Steyn 8 Toa Halafihi BENCH: 16 Michele Mancini Parri 17 Cherif Traore 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Niccolò Cannone 20 Eli Snyman 21 Marco Lazzaroni 22 Tito Tebaldi 23 Ian Keatley

SCORERS T: Faiva (2), Ratuva Tavuyara, Brex C: Allan (3) P: Allan (2) Yellow Card Steyn

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ollie Sleightholme 13 Matt Proctor 12 Rory Hutchinson 11 Tom Collins 10 Dan Biggar 9 Cobus Reinach 1 Francois van Wyk 2 Mikey Haywood 3 Owen Franks 4 Alex Moon 5 Api Ratuniyarawa 6 Jamie Gibson 7 Lewis Ludlam 8 TEIMANA HARRISON (C) BENCH: 16 Michael Van Vuuren 17 Alex Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Lewis Bean 20 Mitch Eadie 21 James Mitchell 22 Fraser Dingwall 23 George Furbank

SCORERS T: Collins (2), Reinach, Sleightholme C: Biggar (3) P: Biggar (3) Yellow Card Biggar

Referee: Mike Adamson Asst Referees: Dave Sutherland, Finlay Brown TMO: Neil Paterson

 

Lyon Olympique UniversitaireLYON 6 - 13 LEINSTER RUGBYLeinster Rugby

Matmut Stadium de Gerland - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 16:15 HT: 0-10 Att: 15,517

LEINSTER Rugby remain top of Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1 after a gritty 13-6 victory over Lyon on Saturday afternoon at Matmut Stadium de Gerland. A try from Max Deegan and eight points from Heineken Man of the Match Johnny Sexton proved the difference between the two sides as Lyon struggled to turn possession into points throughout.

It was a good start for the visitors who took the early lead from the boot of Sexton after referee Luke Pearce awarded Leinster a penalty in kicking range on 10 minutes. They extended the advantage after 21 minutes when a charge down from Josh van de Flier released James Ryan who took Leinster down to the Lyon 22. From there, the visitors worked the phases well before the ball reached Max Deegan on European debut to score near the posts, with Sexton adding the extras. Jordan Larmour was given a yellow card towards the end of the first half but despite sustained Lyon pressure, Leinster held out to reach half-time with a 10-point lead.

The second half continued as the first half ended with Lyon dominating territory and possession, but were unable to turn that dominance into points due to a string of errors. The homeside did eventually trouble the scoreboard on 67 and 78 minutes as Jonathan Wisniewski scored penalties either side of a Sexton three-pointer, but it was not enough for the hosts as they again fumbled possession under pressure in the final phases of the match.

LYON: 15 Toby Arnold 14 Xavier Mignot 13 Thibaut Regard 12 Charlie Ngatai 11 Noa Nakaitaci 10 Jonathan Wisniewski 9 BAPTISTE COUILLOUD (C) 1 Xavier Chiocci 2 Mickael Ivaldi 3 Demba Bamba 4 Virgile Bruni 5 Hendrik Roodt 6 Julien Puricelli 7 Liam Gill 8 Carl Fearns BENCH: 16 Jeremie Maurouard 17 Raphael Chaume 18 Francisco Gomez Kodela 19 Etienne Oosthuizen 20 Loann Goujon 21 Jonathan Pélissié 22 Jean - Marcellin Buttin 23 Rudi Wulf

SCORERS P: Wisniewski (2)

LEINSTER: 15 Rob Kearney 14 Jordan Larmour 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Robbie Henshaw 11 James Lowe 10 JOHNNY SEXTON (C) 9 Luke McGrath 1 Cian Healy 2 Ronan Kelleher 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Scott Fardy 5 James Ryan 6 Rhys Ruddock 7 Josh van der Flier 8 Max Deegan BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Ed Byrne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Devin Toner 20 Josh Murphy 21 Jamison Gibson-Park 22 Ross Byrne 23 Dave Kearney

SCORERS T: Deegan C: Sexton P: Sexton (2) Yellow Card Larmour

Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Hamish Smales, Tim Wigglesworth TMO: Graham Hughes

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POOL 2Champions Cup Round 2 Pool 2

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 34 - 18 GLASGOW WARRIORSGlasgow Warriors

Sandy Park - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: 10-13 Att: 10,545

THE Exeter Chiefs gave a stirring second half show to wipe out a three-point deficit and run-out comfortable 34-18 winners over injury hit Glasgow Warriors in Pool 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

The Warriors showed a spirited opening which saw Nick Grigg charge over after great approach work from Tommy Seymour. Adam Hastings was also on target with two penalties and a conversion. Exeter were slow off the mark, but after Joe Simmonds settled nerves with a penalty, they posted their opening try just before the half-hour mark when Jonny Hill showed his power from close range, but the Warriors led 13-10 at the break.

 Glasgow had given as good as they got up to the break but were knocked off their stride two minutes into the second period when Exeter’s Jack Nowell cut through in style and England colleague Henry Slade was up in support for the finishing touch. Before the hour mark, Sam Simmonds ended a period of home domination with a powerful finish from a driving maul as injuries started to take their toll on the Warriors. A backline reshuffle followed when winger Daniel van der Merwe limped off and Exeter immediately capitalised as a dazzling three-quarter move ended with Slade chipping over the defence for Tom O’Flaherty to scoop up and dive in at the corner for the bonus point. Glasgow’s misery was complete when Kiran McDonald was yellow carded for an offence off the ball, and the accurate boot of Joe Simmonds struck again. The Warriors only consolation came in the dying seconds when Tommy Seymour was held short on the right but the ball was spun to the opposite flank for George Turner to stroll over.

CHIEFS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Jack Nowell 13 Henry Slade 12 Ian Whitten 11 Tom O'Flaherty 10 Joe Simmonds 9 Nic White 1 Alec Hepburn 2 JACK YEANDLE (C) 3 Harry Williams 4 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 6 Dave Ewers 7 Jacques Vermeulen 8 Sam Simmonds BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ben Moon 18 Marcus Street 19 Jannes Kirsten 20 Don Armand 21 Jack Maunder 22 Gareth Steenson 23 Sam Hill

SCORERS T: Jonny Hill, Slade, Sam Simmonds, O’Flaherty C: Joe Simmonds (4) P: Joe Simmonds (2) Yellow Card Sam Simmonds

WARRIORS: 15 Tommy Seymour 14 Ratu Tagive 13 Nick Grigg 12 Samuel Johnson 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Adam Hastings 9 George Horne 1 Oli Kebble 2 Fraser Brown 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Robert Harley 5 Scott Cummings 6 RYAN WILSON (C) 7 Chris Fusaro 8 Matt Fagerson BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Alex Allan 18 D'Arcy Rae 19 Kiran McDonald 20 Tom Gordon 21 Ali Price 22 Peter Horne 23 Kyle Steyn

SCORERS T: Grigg, Turner C: Hastings P: Hastings (2) Yellow Card McDonald

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Maxime Chalon, Jonathan Dufort TMO: Eric Gauzins

 

Sale SharksSALE SHARKS 25 - 15 LA ROCHELLELa Rochelle

AJ Bell Stadium - Sunday 24 November 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 10-7 Att: 6,087

SALE Sharks had to battle to secure a 25-15 win over a determined La Rochelle side in Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 on Sunday at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The hosts dominated early on and scored the first try on six minutes as Faf de Klerk found AJ MacGinty and his pass reached Rohan Janse van Rensburg who crossed with ease. Vincent Rattez responded shortly after for La Rochelle, sweeping inside and collecting after some slow ball, darting through a gap and scoring at the posts. MacGinty put Sale ahead with a good penalty kick towards the end of the first half to round off the scoring for the opening 40 minutes but La Rochelle was be reduced to 14 men for the remainder of the match as Pierre Bourgarit had a hand in the face of Tom Curry and was shown red; the Sharks ahead by a marginal 3 points at the break.

Brock James scored the first points of the second half for the visitors with a successful penalty kick, but Sale soon hit back with interest. The hosts claimed a penalty try as Dany Priso collapsed the maul close to the try line and he was sent to the sin bin as a result. MacGinty nudged Sale further ahead on 71 minutes as he booted over a three-pointer and they secured victory two minutes later through Chris Ashton, who benefitted from Levani Botia spilling the ball near his own try line, allowing the wing to dot down for an impressive 40th European try. La Rochelle rounded off the scoring with a delightful try from Jeremy Sinzelle, but it would only prove to be a consolation as Sale took the win in Pool 2.

SHARKS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 12 Robert du Preez 11 Chris Ashton 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Faf De Klerk 1 Ross Harrison 2 Akker van der Merwe 3 Coenie Oosthuizen 4 Bryn Evans 5 Jean-Luc du Preez 6 Ben Curry 7 Tom Curry 8 JONO ROSS (C) BENCH: 16 Rob Webber 17 Valery Morozov 18 WillGriff John 19 James Phillips 20 Matthew Postlethwaite 21 Embrose Papier 22 Luke James 23 Marland Yarde

SCORERS T: Janse van Rensburg, PT, Ashton C: MacGinty P: MacGinty (2)

LA ROCHELLE: 15 Kini Murimurivalu 14 Vincent Rattez 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou 12 Jérémy Sinzelle 11 Arthur Retiere 10 Brock James 9 Alexi Bales 1 Dany Priso 2 Pierre Bourgarit 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Romain Sazy 5 Rémi Leroux 6 Kevin Gourdon 7 Grégory Alldritt 8 VICTOR VITO (C) BENCH: 16 Jean-Charles Orioli 17 Reda Wardi 18 Arthur Joly 19 Zeno Kieft 20 Wiaan Liebenberg 21 Tawera Kerr Barlow 22 Levani Botia 23 Brieuc Plessis - Couillaud

SCORERS T: Rattez, Doumayrou C: James P: James Yellow Card Leroux, Priso Red Card Bourgarit

Referee: Andrew Brace Asst Referees: Stuart Gaffikin, Paul Haycock TMO: Brian MacNeice

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POOL 3Champions Cup Round 2 Pool 3

Ulster RugbyULSTER RUGBY 18 - 13 CLERMONT AUVERGNEASM Clermont Auvergne

Kingspan Stadium - Friday 22 November 2019
KO: 19:45 HT: 13-3 Att: 15,466

ULSTER Rugby put in a superb all-round performance to see off ASM Clermont Auvergne 18-13 on Friday night in Belfast, with scrum-half John Cooney scoring 13 points in a delightful display. The 29-year-old opened and closed out the scoring for the hosts as they dominated territory and possession throughout against the 2019 Challenge Cup winners.

The first goal-kicking chance came for Ulster as Peceli Yato illegally collected at the breakdown, allowing Cooney to confidently kick between the posts. Ulster’s dominance continued throughout the first half and a line-out on 18 minutes provided the platform for a powerful driving maul, reaching back-row Jordi Murphy who was awarded the opening try after TMO was consulted. Clermont got a minor foothold in the match 15 minutes later when Greig Laidlaw swept over a three-pointer from a scrum penalty but Cooney responded immediately, kicking a penalty of his own to put Ulster 10 points up at the interval.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half passed largely without incident until Ulster strayed offside inside Laidlaw’s kicking range and he swept the ball over to make it a seven-point game. A bit of individual genius from Cooney followed minutes later in what turned out to be the match-winning try. He picked a hole down the blind side from an attacking scrum, chipped over the final defender and collected his own kick before scoring in emphatic fashion. Clermont finally built some attacking pressure in the last 10 minutes, winning three consecutive scrum penalties in the Ulster 22 and left JP Doyle no choice but to award a penalty try. However, they could not force another opportunity as Ulster successfully navigated the final nine minutes for a crucial Heineken Champions Cup success.

ULSTER: 15 Will Addison 14 Louis Ludik 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Billy Burns 9 John Cooney 1 Eric O'Sullivan 2 Rob Herring 3 Marty Moore 4 Alan O'Connor 5 IAIN HENDERSON (C) 6 Sean Reidy 7 Jordi Murphy 8 Marcell Coetzee BENCH: 16 Adam McBurney 17 Kyle McCall 18 Tom O'Toole 19 Kieran Treadwell 20 Nick Timoney 21 David Shanahan 22 Bill Johnston 23 Craig Gilroy

SCORERS T: Murphy, Cooney C: Cooney P: Cooney (2)

CLERMONT: 15 Nick Abendanon 14 Peter Betham 13 Isaiah Toeava 12 George Moala 11 Alivereti Raka 10 Jake McIntyre 9 Greig Laidlaw 1 Etienne Falgoux 2 John Ulugia 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Paul Jedrasiak 5 Sitaleki Timani 6 Peceli Yato 7 Arthur Iturria 8 FRITZ LEE (C) BENCH: 16 Mike Tadjer 17 Loni Uhila 18 Davit Zirakashvili 19 Thibaud Lanen 20 Lucas Dessaigne 21 Morgan Parra 22 Camille Lopez 23 Apisai Naqalevu

SCORERS T: PT P: Laidlaw (2)

Referee: JP Doyle Asst Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Simon McConnell TMO: Trevor Fisher

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 15 - 9 BATH RUGBYBath Rugby

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 17:30 HT: 9-0 Att: 13,205

HARLEQUINS secured their first win in Pool 3 of the Heineken Champions Cup entirely due to the boot of fly-half Marcus Smith in a 15-9 triumph over Bath.

Both sides were keen to make up for defeats in their opening games, especially Harlequins who suffered a mauling at Clermont. Coach Paul Gustard had made a host of changes and Quins were also boosted by the return of England prop Joe Marler after his World Cup exploits.

 In pouring rain, open play was at a premium with neither side able to cross for a try, but Quins played the conditions better and made fewer errors especially in the first-half when they built up a 9-0 lead.

Smith was their hero landing three penalties in the opening 13 minutes while Bath, who were boosted by the inclusion of Anthony Watson at full-back and World Cup winner Francois Louw in the pack, struggled to make much impact. Two Freddie Burns penalties cut the deficit to six before the hour mark, but the decisive blow was landed six minutes from time by Quins centre, James Lang, who landed a towering penalty from near half-way. Home hooker Elia Elia received a yellow card for an illegal tackle four minutes from time, and although Burns gave Bath late hope with his third penalty, there was no late drama as Harlequins held on for victory.

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Ross Chisholm 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 James Lang 11 Cadan Murley 10 Marcus Smith 9 Danny Care 1 Joe Marler 2 Elia Elia 3 Will Collier 4 Stephan Lewies 5 Matt Symons 6 CHRIS ROBSHAW (C) 7 Will Evans 8 Tom Lawday BENCH: 16 George Head 17 Santiago Garcia Botta 18 Simon Kerrod 19 Tex Cavubati 20 Semi Kunatani 21 Niall Saunders 22 Paul Lasike 23 Gabriel Ibitoye

SCORERS P: Smith (5) Yellow Card Elia

BATH: 15 Anthony Watson 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Max Wright 11 Ruaridh McConnochie 10 Freddie Burns 9 Chris Cook 1 Lewis Boyce 2 Jack Walker 3 Christian Judge 4 Josh McNally 5 CHARLIE EWELS (C) 6 Elliott Stooke 7 Josh Bayliss 8 Francois Louw BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Beno Obano 18 Will Stuart 19 Matt Garvey 20 Rhys Davies 21 Will Chudley 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Jamie Roberts

SCORERS P: Burns (3)

Referee: Frank Murphy Asst Referees: Stuart Gaffikin, Eddie Hogan-O'Connell TMO: Olly Hodges

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POOL 4Champions Cup Round 2 Pool 4

SaracensSARACENS 44 - 3 OSPREYSOspreys

Allianz Park - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 23-3 Att: 7,531

SARACENS picked up all five points as they cruised to a 44-3 win over Ospreys in Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4 on Saturday. The victory gave the defending champions a much-needed spark in Europe after being beaten by Racing 92 in their season opener.

Two early penalty kicks from Elliot Daly and Manu Vunipola pushed Saracens ahead early before they added a try through Jack Singleton –who with the help of his fellow forwards– powered over the try line in the corner after a well-worked line-out. James Hook responded with a penalty kick for Ospreys but that was as good as it got for the Welsh region who were largely dominated by the defending champions. Some stunning work through the hands from Saracens followed as play reached Daly who made the final pass to Rotimi Segun to dive over for his first Heineken Champions Cup try. Rotimi then turned provider just before the interval as his pass to Alex Lewington on the other flank was perfect to give Saracens a third try on half-time, leading 23-3.

The English side added three further tries in the second half from Segun and Richard Barrington, and a penalty try rounded off what was a comprehensive success for the hosts.

SARACENS: 15 Elliot Daly 14 Roti Segun 13 Duncan Taylor 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Alex Lewington 10 Manu Vunipola 9 Tom Whiteley 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jack Singleton 3 Titi Lamositele 4 Will Skelton 5 George Kruis 6 Nick Isiekwe 7 Ben Earl 8 Jackson Wray BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Richard Barrington 18 Josh Ibuanokpe 19 Joel Kpoku 20 Andrew Christie 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Alex Lozowski 23 Matt Gallagher

SCORERS T: Singleton, Segun (2), Lewington, PT, Barrington C: Manu Vunipola (3) P: Daly (2), Manu Vunipola

OSPREYS: 15 Cai Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Owen Watkin 12 Kieran Williams 11 Tom Williams 10 James Hook 9 Aled Davies 1 Nicky Smith 2 Scott Otten 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Adam Beard 5 Bradley Davies 6 Marvin Orie 7 OLLY CRACKNELL (C) 8 Morgan Morris BENCH: 16 Ifan Phillips 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Tom Botha 19 Lloyd Ashley 20 Sam Cross 21 Shaun Venter 22 Luke Price 23 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler

SCORERS P: Hook

Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst Referees: Thomas Charabas, Vincent Blasco Baqué TMO: Philippe Bonhoure

 

Munster RugbyMUNSTER RUGBY 21 - 21 RACING 92Racing 92

Thomond Park - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 17:30 HT: 11-14 Att: 25,600

MUNSTER Rugby and Racing 92 fought out a tremendous 21-21 draw in a dramatic Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4 clash at Thomond Park on Saturday night. Tries from Racing 92’s Finn Russell, Teddy Thomas and Juan Imhoff were matched by scores from Munster wings Keith Earls and Andrew Conway, as well as 11 points from the boot of JJ Hanrahan.

The hosts started on top as Racing 92 conceded a penalty at the breakdown for not rolling away on eight minutes, allowing Munster to take an early shot at the posts. Hanrahan –returning from injury for the match– made no mistake and put the hosts ahead. With the game swinging from end to end, Racing struck just before the 20 minute mark. With penalty advantage being played, Russell dinked a delightful ball in behind Munster’s packed line, duping Rory Scannell then collected his pass and dove over the try line to complete a stunning score. A scrum penalty was awarded to Munster and they edged closer through Hanrahan on 27 but two minutes later Racing responded with interest. It was great work from Simon Zebo who dragged three men into the tackle, freeing up Thomas who chipped the ball over the final Munster defender on the right wing, collected his kick and scooted round to score at the posts. Munster would respond as the clock hit red as they worked through the hands out towards the left wing, finding Earls who skipped down the touchline and dived over in emphatic fashion to cut the gap to three points, the visitors leading 14-11.

Munster did level up with another penalty from Hanrahan early on in the second half, but they were soon behind again. It was more genius from the Scottish fly-half who dummied and sliced through the Munster line before handing off to Juan Imhoff who saw off the last defender and scored at the posts. But Munster continued to fight back, and with penalty advantage, Hanrahan launched a ball across for Andrew Conway who dove over at the corner. The man with the assist then slotted over the difficult conversion in what would be the final score in a pulsating tied match.

MUNSTER: 15 Mike Haley 14 Andrew Conway 13 Chris Farrell 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 JJ Hanrahan 9 Conor Murray 1 Jeremy Loughman 2 Niall Scannell 3 John Ryan 4 Jean Kleyn 5 Tadhg Beirne 6 PETER O'MAHONY (C) 7 Jack O'Donoghue 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Kevin O'Byrne 17 James Cronin 18 Stephen Archer 19 Billy Holland 20 Fineen Wycherley 21 Alby Mathewson 22 Dan Goggin 23 Arno Botha

SCORERS T: Earls, Conway C: Harahan P: Hanrahan (3)

RACING: 15 Simon Zebo 14 Teddy Thomas 13 Virimi Vakatawa 12 HENRY CHAVANCY (C) 11 Juan Imhoff 10 Finn Russell 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Eddy Ben Arous 2 Camille Chat 3 Cedate Gomes Sa 4 Donnacha Ryan 5 Dominic Bird 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Boris Palu 8 Antonie Claassen BENCH: 16 Teddy Baubigny 17 Hassane Kolingar 18 Ali Oz 19 Fabien Sanconnie 20 Yoan Tanga 21 Teddy Iribaren 22 Ben Volavola 23 Brice Dulin

SCORERS T: Russell, Thomas, Imhoff C: Iribaren (3)

Referee: Matthew Carley Asst Referees: Greg Macdonald, Wayne Falla TMO: David Grashoff

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POOL 5Champions Cup Round 2 Pool 5

ToulouseTOULOUSE 32 - 17 CONNACHT RUGBYConnacht Rugby

Stade Ernest Wallon - Saturday 23 November 2019
KO: 14:00 HT: 15-14 Att: 15,100

TOULOUSE bagged a late try to secure a bonus-point 32-17 victory over brave Connacht Rugby in Pool 5 of a riveting Heineken Champions Cup clash at Stade Ernest-Wallon.

Centre Tom Farrell gave Connacht an 11th minute lead when he sliced through a static defence, but scrum-half Sebastien Bézy replied almost immediately scoring the home side’s opening try when he was on hand to support a brilliant break by full-back Thomas Ramos. Connacht gave as good as they got in the opening half despite losing second-rower Colby Fainga’a to a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on home fly-half Romain Ntamack. The highlight for the visitors was a stunning try for scrum-half Caolin Blade on his 100th appearance for the club after brilliant approach work by Conor Fitzgerald and Fainga'a. With Connacht down to 14-men, Toulouse moved the ball wide for winger Yoann Huget to dive in wide out and help give his side a half-time advantage, and the hosts excelled themselves with ball in hand to lead 15-14 at the break.

The French side trailed 15-17 going into the final quarter but finished strongly to deservedly come out on top. First full-back Thomas Ramos edged them ahead with a penalty before Jerome Kaino grabbed the decisive try after a spell of pressure and the conversion gave them an eight point cushion. The home side then landed the knock-out blow in the dying moments when former Connacht man Pita Ahki charged over for a much sought after fourth try.

TOULOUSE: 15 Thomas Ramos 14 Yoann Huget 13 Sofiane Guitoune 12 Lucas Tauzin 11 Maxime Médard 10 Romain Ntamack 9 Sébastien Bézy 1 Cyril Baille 2 Peato Mauvaka 3 Charlie Faumuina 4 Richie Gray 5 Joe Tekori 6 Alban Placines 7 Rynhardt Elstadt 8 JEROME KAINO (C) BENCH: 16 Julien Marchand 17 Thomas du Toit 18 Dorian Aldegheri 19 Rory Arnold 20 Selevasio Tolofua 21 Francois Cros 22 Pita Ahki 23 Pierre Pages

SCORERS T: Bézy, Huget, Kaino, Ahki C: Ramos (3) P: Ramos (2)

CONNACHT: 15 Matt Healy 14 John Porch 13 Tom Farrell 12 Tom Daly 11 Kyle Godwin 10 Conor Fitzgerald 9 Caolin Blade 1 Peter McCabe 2 David Heffernan 3 Dominic Robertson-McCoy 4 Ultan Dillane 5 QUINN ROUX (C) 6 Eoghan Masterson 7 Colby Fainga'a 8 Robin Copeland BENCH: 16 Shane Delahunt 17 Matthew Burke 18 Finlay Bealham 19 Joe Maksymiw 20 Paul Boyle 21 Angus Lloyd 22 Jack Carty 23 Peter Robb

SCORERS T: Farrell, Blade C: Fitzgerald (2) DG: Fitzgerald Yellow Card Fainga’a

Referee: Karl Dickson Asst Referees: Dean Richards, Paul Dix TMO: Stuart Terheege

 

MontpellierMONTPELLIER 30 - 27 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

GGL Stadium - Sunday 24 November 2019
KO: 16:15 HT: 24-10 Att: tbc

MONTPELLIER were made to fight all the way to the finish as they defeated Gloucester Rugby 30-27 at the GGL Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts started well and forced a turnover in kicking range on 13 minutes, allowing Benoit Paillaugue to slot over and put Montpellier ahead. They extended the advantage soon after, a nudge from Yvan Reilhac over the Gloucester line was collected by Jan Serfontein for the score. Gloucester finally got a foothold in the match on 28 minutes through Billy Twelvetrees as Montpellier conceded a penalty in front of the posts, but they fell further behind soon after. Tries from Caleb Timu, Nemani Nadolo and Callum Braley followed as the game swung back and forth with the hosts leading by 14 at the interval.

Gloucester started the second half on top and secured a try as the aggressive line from Matt Banahan paid off with the wing powering over the try line. Penalty kicks were traded by Twelvetrees and Paillaugue in the third quarter, but Montpellier were about to face a much tougher test after Jacques du Plessis churlishly elbowed Gerbrandt Grobler in the face, earning him a deserved red card approaching the final stanza. The hosts held on for dear life, and man down for 25 minutes of the match; despite Joe Simpson scoring a late try to set up a grandstand finish, it was to no avail for the visitors, returning to the West Country with a consolation losing bonus point, but finishing round two at the bottom of the table. Montpellier finished second in Pool 5, trailing Toulouse by four minutes.

MONTPELLIER: 15 Henry Immelman 14 Yvan Reilhac 13 Arthur Vincent 12 Jan Serfontein 11 Nemani Nadolo 10 Anthony Bouthier 9 BENOIT PAILLAUGUE (C) 1 Grégory Fichten 2 Bismarck du Plessis 3 Levan Chilachava 4 Jacques du Plessis 5 Konstantine Mikautadze 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo 7 Yacouba Camara 8 Caleb Timu BENCH: 16 Youri Delhommel 17 Mikheil Nariashvili 18 Mohamed Haouas 19 Martin Devergie 20 Enzo Sanga 21 Vincent Martin 22 Thomas Darmon 23 Paul Willemse

SCORERS T: Serfontein, Timu, Nadolo C: Paillaugue (3) P: Paillaugue (3) Red Card Jacques du Plessis

GLOUCESTER: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Louis Rees-Zammit 13 Chris Harris 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Ollie Thorley 10 Lloyd Evans 9 Callum Braley 1 Josh Hohneck 2 Corné Fourie 3 Fraser Balmain 4 Alex Craig 5 Gerbrandt Grobler 6 Jake Polledri 7 JACO KRIEL (C) 8 Freddie Clarke BENCH: 16 Todd Gleave 17 Val Rapava Ruskin 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Ruan Ackermann 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Joe Simpson 22 Mark Atkinson 23 Matt Banahan

SCORERS T: Braley, Banahan, Simpson C: Twelvetrees (2), Evans P: Twelvetrees (2)

Referee: George Clancy Asst Referees: Kieran Barry, Mark Patton TMO: Simon McDowell

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EPCR Round 1

POOL 1Champions Cup Round 1 Pool 1

Leinster RugbyLEINSTER RUGBY 33 - 19 BENETTON RUGBYBenetton Treviso

RDS Arena - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: 19-7 Att: 15,080

IRELAND centre Garry Ringrose bagged his first career hat-trick as Leinster set down a marker in Pool 1 with a 33-19 triumph over plucky Benetton. Ringrose had been the star of the opening period after bagging a brace of tries which set his side on the path to victory.

First the 24-year-old finished off some lovely handling from right to left and his power did the rest through the covering defence. Then on 14 minutes Ringrose popped up in midfield and left several defenders clutching thin air as he powered in by the posts. Leinster’s dominance was underlined when hooker Ronan Kelleher celebrated his first European call-up with a try under the posts which Sexton converted to establish a 19-7 interval lead.

Benetton fought back well after being stunned by Leinster’s 5th minute try and were on the board themselves as second-row Dean Budd twisted close to the line to plunge over and Ian Keatley’s conversion edged the visitors 7-5 ahead. The visitors added second half tries by hooker Hame Faiva and one in the dying moments from winger Luca Sperandio in the corner and should be applauded for their fighting spirit which meant Leinster could never afford to relax. There was no denying the home side’s superiority though as Johnny Sexton underlined with a classy try following a smart link-up with Josh van der Flier. It was fitting though that Ringrose should score the decisive try with ten minutes remaining as he again showed his finishing power between two defenders.

LEINSTER: 15 Jordan Larmour 14 Dave Kearney 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Joe Tomane 11 James Lowe 10 JOHNNY SEXTON (C) 9 Luke McGrath 1 Cian Healy 2 Ronan Kelleher 3 Andrew Porter 4 Devin Toner 5 James Ryan 6 Rhys Ruddock 7 Josh van der Flier 8 Caelan Doris BENCH: 16 James Tracy 17 Peter Dooley 18 Michael Bent 19 Scott Fardy 20 Max Deegan 21 Jamison Gibson-Park 22 Ross Byrne 23 Rory O'Loughlin

SCORERS T: Ringrose (3), Kelleher, Sexton C: Sexton (3), Byrne

BENETTON: 15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Nacho Brex 12 ALBERTO SGARBI (C) 11 Luca Sperandio 10 Ian Keatley 9 Dewaldt Duvenage 1 Nicola Quaglio 2 Hame Faiva 3 Marco Riccioni 4 Ira Herbst 5 Dean Budd 6 Giovanni Pettinelli 7 Braam Steyn 8 Nasi Manu BENCH: 16 Engjel Makelara 17 Federico Zani 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Marco Fuser 20 Marco Lazzaroni 21 Toa Halafihi 22 Tito Tebaldi 23 Tommy Allan

SCORERS T: Budd, Faiva, Sperandio C: Keatley (2) Yellow Card Quaglio

Referee: Pierre Brousset Asst Referees: Tual Trainini, Laurent Cardona TMO: Eric Briquet-Campin

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 25 - 14 LYONLyon Olympique Universitaire

Franklin's Gardens - Sunday 17 November 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 19-0 Att: 12,603

NORTHAMPTON Saints’ fine first-half display was enough to secure a 25-14 victory over Lyon in their opening match in Champions Cup Pool 1.

Dan Biggar struck four first-half penalties and converted a superb try by Rory Hutchinson to give Saints a 19-0 lead at half time. The second half proved trickier for the hosts, but they sustained plenty of French pressure until two tries for Thibault Regard, which came too late to change the result.

Biggar’s first contribution came after two minutes following a Lyon offence at the breakdown and he slotted another penalty after nine minutes following a messy Lyon lineout. On 25 minutes came a sizzling try for the hosts with fine work by the forwards, then a lovely quick offload by Biggar opening up a miniscule gap which Hutchinson burst through to touch down after being half-tackled by two defenders. Five minutes later a forward pass ruled out another delightful Saints team try but Biggar kept the scoreboard ticking with two further penalties before the break, the teams heading in at 19-0.

Biggar soon added his fifth two minutes after half time but Lyon exerted tremendous pressure which was rewarded on the hour when – with Teimana Harrison in the sin-bin for Saints – Regard touched down and Jonathan Wisniewski converted. Biggar’s sixth penalty gave Northampton a bit more breathing space, meaning Lyon’s second try in the dying seconds, also by Regard, made no difference to the outcome.

SAINTS: 15 George Furbank 14 Tom Collins 13 Rory Hutchinson 12 Piers Francis 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro 10 Dan Biggar 9 Cobus Reinach 1 ALEX WALLER (C) 2 Mikey Haywood 3 Ehren Painter 4 David Ribbans 5 Courtney Lawes 6 Tom Wood 7 Lewis Ludlam 8 Teimana Harrison BENCH: 16 James Fish 17 Francois van Wyk 18 Owen Franks 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Jamie Gibson 21 James Mitchell 22 Matt Proctor 23 Ahsee Tuala

SCORERS T: Hutchinson C: Biggar P: Biggar (6)  Yellow Card Harrison

LYON: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin 14 Josua Tuisova 13 Pierre-Louis Barassi 12 Charlie Ngatai 11 Noa Nakaitaci 10 Pato Fernandez 9 JONATHAN PÉLISSIÉ (C) 1 Raphael Chaume 2 Jeremie Maurouard 3 Clément Ric 4 Killian Geraci 5 Loann Goujon 6 Liam Gill 7 Patrick Sobela 8 Carl Fearns BENCH: 16 Mickael Ivaldi 17 Hamza Kaabèche 18 Demba Bamba 19 Hendrik Roodt 20 Virgile Bruni 21 Baptiste Couilloud 22 Jonathan Wisniewski 23 Thibaut Regard

SCORERS T: Regard (2) C: Wisniewski

Referee: Frank Murphy Asst Referees: George Clancy, Robert O'Sullivan TMO: Olly Hodges

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POOL 2Champions Cup Round 1 Pool 2

Glasgow WarriorsGLASGOW WARRIORS 13 - 7 SALE SHARKSSale Sharks

Scotstoun Stadium - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 13-0 Att: 7,351

GLASGOW Warriors opened their Champions Cup Pool 2 campaign with a hard-fought but deserved 13-7 victory over Sale at Scotstoun despite a late charge from the Sharks.

Glasgow dominated the opening period with Sale hardly able to get out of their own territory in the first half-hour. Fly-half Adam Hastings made the pressure count with two penalties inside that period to put them 6-0 ahead before Sale enjoyed their best spell of the half without being able to make it count on the scoreboard. A penalty eased the pressure on the home line, and from a midfield move centre Sam Johnson took a poor pass and timed his delivery to winger Daniel van der Merwe superbly and he strode in to score. Hastings again converted as Glasgow held a 13-0 half-time advantage.

Sale brought on Chris Ashton and Rob du Preez in a bid to increase their threat in attack and they were back in the game on the hour mark. Glasgow full-back Tommy Seymour lost possession near his line and from the resulting scrum replacement Coenie Oosthuizen forced his way over with AJ MacGinty converting. The Sharks visibly lifted but the Warriors, whose defensive effort was magnificent throughout, held on in a tense finish to score a richly deserved success.

WARRIORS: 15 Tommy Seymour 14 Ratu Tagive 13 Nick Grigg 12 Samuel Johnson 11 DTH van der Merwe 10 Adam Hastings 9 George Horne 1 Oli Kebble 2 Fraser Brown 3 Zander Fagerson 4 Robert Harley 5 Scott Cummings 6 Ryan Wilson 7 CALLUM GIBBINS (C) 8 Matt Fagerson BENCH: 16 George Turner 17 Alex Allan 18 D'Arcy Rae 19 Tim Swinson 20 Chris Fusaro 21 Ali Price 22 Peter Horne 23 Kyle Steyn

SCORERS T: van der Merwe C: Hastings P: Hastings (2)

SHARKS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Marland Yarde 13 Cameron Redpath 12 Luke James 11 Byron McGuigan 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Embrose Papier 1 Ross Harrison 2 Rob Webber 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 4 BRYN EVANS (C) 5 James Phillips 6 Jean-Luc du Preez 7 Ben Curry 8 Dan du Preez BENCH: 16 Akker van der Merwe 17 Valery Morozov 18 Coenie Oosthuizen 19 Matthew Postlethwaite 20 Jono Ross 21 Will Cliff 22 Robert du Preez 23 Chris Ashton

SCORERS T: Oosthuizen C: MacGinty

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz Asst Referees: Adrien Descottes, Cedric Marchat TMO: Patrick Dellac

 

La RochelleLA ROCHELLE 12 - 31 EXETER CHIEFSExeter Chiefs

Stade Marcel Deflandre - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 16:15 HT: 0-14 Att: 16,000

A clinical display of attacking rugby from Exeter Chiefs was enough to secure them all five points on the road against La Rochelle after a comfortable 31-12 win in Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2.

Bruising forward play was the order of the day for Exeter early on and the ball reached Dave Dennis who burrowed his way over, with Joe Simmonds slotting over the simple conversion. Handling errors proved costly for La Rochelle in the first half and it was a stray pass that went beyond their own try line that gave Exeter an attacking platform. From that scrum, Exeter worked it wide and after a terrific pass wide from Simmonds, Tom O’Flaherty was able to step inside his man and powered over the line in the corner with a stunning finish and a 14-0 lead going into the break.

La Rochelle threatened a comeback at the start of the second half after some vintage play from the French side who worked the hands brilliantly as Arthur Retière found Geoffrey Doumayrou to dive over the try line. That was as good as it got for La Rochelle who were building pressure before a stray pass allowed Henry Slade to break the line and grab possession before sprinting away for a third Exeter try. A fourth soon followed as with penalty advantage, Sam Simmonds showed all his strength to hold off the La Rochelle tackles on 62 minutes and powered his way over for the bonus point try. The English side added another three points in the final six minutes before La Rochelle did bag a consolation try from Kini Murimurivalu in the final play of the match.

LA ROCHELLE: 15 Jérémy Sinzelle 14 Vincent Rattez 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou 12 Levani Botia 11 Arthur Retiere 10 Ihaia West 9 Alexi Bales 1 Dany Priso 2 Pierre Bourgarit 3 Arthur Joly 4 Romain Sazy 5 Mathieu Tanguy 6 Grégory Alldritt 7 Wiaan Liebenberg 8 VICTOR VITO (C) BENCH: 16 Facundo Bosch 17 Reda Wardi 18 Sila Puafisi 19 Lopeti Timani 20 Kevin Gourdon 21 Brock James 22 Marc Andreu 23 Kini Murimurivalu

SCORERS T: Doumayrou, Murimurivalu C: James

CHIEFS: 15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tom O'Flaherty 13 Henry Slade 12 Ian Whitten 11 Alex Cuthbert 10 Joe Simmonds 9 Nic White 1 Alec Hepburn 2 JACK YEANDLE (C) 3 Harry Williams 4 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 6 Dave Ewers 7 Jacques Vermeulen 8 Sam Simmonds BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ben Moon 18 Marcus Street 19 Jannes Kirsten 20 Don Armand 21 Jack Maunder 22 Gareth Steenson 23 Jack Nowell

SCORERS T: Dennis, O’Flaherty, Slade, Sam Simmonds C: Joe Simmonds (4) P: Joe Simmonds

Referee: Mike Adamson Asst Referees: Sam Grove-White, Dave Sutherland TMO: Neil Paterson

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POOL 3Champions Cup Round 1 Pool 3

Bath RugbyBATH RUGBY 16 - 17 ULSTER RUGBYUlster Rugby

Recreation Ground - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 6-7 Att: 13,289

ULSTER Rugby defeated Bath Rugby by the narrowest of margins in what was a tumultuous Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3 clash at The Rec. Scrum-half John Cooney scored 12 points as they edged out Bath 17-16 despite a dramatic finish with Jacob Stockdale preventing a late try with a delightful intercept.

It was a brilliant bit of play from Cooney – who won Heineken Man of the Match – to give the visitors the lead on 14 minutes after he read the clearing Bath kick and intercepted before the ball took a kind Ulster bounce and he sprinted fully 50 metres and dotted down. The try-scorer then added the extras. Bath responded just before the half-hour mark with consecutive penalty kicks from full-back Freddie Burns and that meant it was 7-6 at the interval, with Cooney pushing wide a simple penalty kick on half-time.

Ulster should have gone further clear on 53 minutes when Luke Marshall and Rob Herring battled to take the Irish province close to the try line, but the pass to Cooney was behind him and he could only knock on with the line at his mercy. They did extend the lead four minutes later when Ulster spread play wide across from left to right, releasing Will Addison who booted in behind the Bath line and found Rob Lyttle who had the freedom of The Rec and dotted down in the corner with ease. Bath hit back though when on his European debut, Gabriel Hamer-Webb sprinted clear down the left wing and dotted down and when Burns converted, it was a one-point game again. Rhys Priestland nudged Bath ahead but Cooney hit back minutes later as they traded penalty kicks, but it was the final play of the match that proved most dramatic. Bath won the ball back and spread it out wide brilliantly, forcing the overlap but with the final pass and a match-winning try surely on the cards, Stockdale performed a stunning dive and intercept, going out of play in the process and winning the match for the Irish province.

BATH: 15 Freddie Burns 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Ruaridh McConnochie 10 Rhys Priestland 9 Will Chudley 1 Beno Obano 2 Tom Dunn 3 Will Stuart 4 Josh McNally 5 CHARLIE EWELS (C) 6 Mike Williams 7 Sam Underhill 8 Zach Mercer BENCH: 16 Jack Walker 17 Lewis Boyce 18 Christian Judge 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Josh Bayliss 21 Chris Cook 22 Max Wright 23 Gabe Hamer-Webb

SCORERS T: Hammer-Webb C: Burns P: Burns (2), Priestland

ULSTER: 15 Will Addison 14 Rob Lyttle 13 Luke Marshall 12 Stuart McCloskey 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Billy Burns 9 John Cooney 1 Jack McGrath 2 Rob Herring 3 Marty Moore 4 IAIN HENDERSON (C) 5 Sam Carter 6 Matt Rea 7 Jordi Murphy 8 Marcell Coetzee BENCH: 16 Adam McBurney 17 Eric O'Sullivan 18 Tom O'Toole 19 Alan O'Connor 20 Sean Reidy 21 David Shanahan 22 Angus Curtis 23 Louis Ludik

SCORERS T: Cooney, Lyttle C: Cooney (2) P: Cooney

Referee: Marius Mitrea Asst Referees: Manuel Bottino, Matteo Liperini TMO: Stefano Penne

 

ASM Clermont AuvergneCLERMONT 53 - 21 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Stade Marcel-Michelin - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 18:30 HT: 25-7 Att: 17,701

CLERMONT fired out a warning to the rest of their Heineken Champions Cup rivals as they overpowered Harlequins 53-21 in Pool 3 at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin. Fijian duo Peceli Yato and Alivereti Raka were too hot to handle with a brace of tries apiece as their powerhouse running cut through the visitors’ defence time after time.

Raka struck as early as the 11th minute when he scooped up a loose pass from Quins centre Francis Saili to charge through unchallenged for the opening try. Returning Harlequins full-back Mike Brown was then hammered in a tackle and Clermont were clinical with the finish as Camille Lopez chipped ahead for Raka and Yato was on hand to provide a stunning finish. Raka then went on the rampage again for his fellow countryman to again provide another powerhouse finish for his second try. Yato was denied a brilliant hat-trick due to a knock-on in the build-up, and although Harlequins finally got on the scoreboard when Tom Lawday went in from Danny Care’s pass, Morgan Parra’s penalty saw Clermont go in at the break with a 25-7 advantage.

Clermont again showed their running power on the re-start as Isaia Toeava finished off a break from fellow centre George Moala and despite a brave response from Quins with tries from Elia Elia and a stunner from James Lang after a brilliant run from winger Gabriel Ibitoye, there was no stopping the home side. Lopez was again the architect as his precision kicks first set up a second for Raka and then a deserved effort for Moala with Mike Tadjer adding their seventh touchdown five minutes from time.

CLERMONT: 15 Nick Abendanon 14 Peter Betham 13 Isaiah Toeava 12 George Moala 11 Alivereti Raka 10 Camille Lopez 9 MORGAN PARRA (C) 1 Etienne Falgoux 2 John Ulugia 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Paul Jedrasiak 5 Sitaleki Timani 6 Peceli Yato 7 Alexandre Fischer 8 Fritz Lee BENCH: 16 Mike Tadjer 17 Loni Uhila 18 Davit Zirakashvili 19 Thibault Lanen 20 Clement Lanen 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Jake McIntyre 23 Apisai Naqalevu

SCORERS T: Raka (2), Yato (2), Toeava, Moala, Tadjer C: Parra (4), Laidlaw (2) P: Parra (2)

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Cadan Murley 13 James Lang 12 Francis Saili 11 Gabriel Ibitoye 10 Marcus Smith 9 Danny Care 1 Santiago Garcia Botta 2 Scott Baldwin 3 Simon Kerrod 4 Glen Young 5 Matt Symons 6 CHRIS ROBSHAW (C) 7 Will Evans 8 Tom Lawday BENCH: 16 Elia Elia 17 Mark Lambert 18 Phil Swainston 19 Tex Cavubati 20 Renaldo Bothma 21 Martin Landajo 22 Michele Campagnaro 23 Ross Chisholm

SCORERS T: Lawday, Elia, Lang C: Smith (3)

Referee: Daniel Jones Asst Referees: Mike English, Gareth Newman TMO: Sean Brickell

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POOL 4Champions Cup Round 1 Pool 4

OspreysOSPREYS 13 - 32 MUNSTER RUGBYMunster Rugby

Liberty Stadium - Saturday 16 November 2019
KO: 17:30 HT: 6-13 Att: 7,295

MUNSTER Rugby were made to battle until the 85th minute before eventually securing all five points against a dogged Ospreys side in a 32-13 Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4 victory in Swansea. Tries from prop Jeremy Loughman, wing duo Keith Earls and Andrew Conway as well as the late score from prop James Cronin meant the try bonus point as well as the victory would be heading back to Thomond Park.

Ospreys made a bright start as Munster strayed offside, with Luke Price opening the scoring with a simple penalty inside kicking range. Munster fly-half Tyler Bleyendaal hit back twice with successful penalty kicks of his own on 15 and 19 minutes before Price responded minutes later, making it 6-6 with a penalty from in front of the posts. The Irish province continued to dominate and work the phases well, eventually finding Heineken Man of the Match Loughman who somehow found a way over the line at the foot of the posts for the first try and a 13-6 lead at half time.

It took Munster ten minutes at the start of the second half to get on the scoresheet again as Mike Haley worked the overlap, dragging the final man across before handing to Earls who did really well to stay in play and score Munster’s second try. Confidence was clearly building in the Munster ranks and they moved further clear after some stunning hands from Loughman, this time playing the ball to the right side for Conway who showed his trademark blistering pace to get away from the chasing Ospreys men and score with ease. Ospreys would not lie down though and after the Welsh region won a scrum penalty, Aled Davies cleverly darted his way through the Munster line and over for a score at the posts. However, Munster were desperate for that try bonus point and it came in the 85th minute. They launched the attacking maul from a line-out five metres out and managed to power over the line with Cronin under a sea of red players over the ball.

OSPREYS: 15 Cai Evans 14 Hanno Dirksen 13 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler 12 Scott Williams 11 Tom Williams 10 Luke Price 9 Shaun Venter 1 Rhodri Jones 2 Scott Otten 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Marvin Orie 5 Lloyd Ashley 6 DAN LYDIATE (C) 7 Olly Cracknell 8 Morgan Morris BENCH: 16 Ifan Phillips 17 Nicky Smith 18 Gheorghe Gajion 19 Bradley Davies 20 Sam Cross 21 Aled Davies 22 James Hook 23 Kieran Williams

SCORERS T: Aled Davies C: Price P: Price (2)

MUNSTER: 15 Mike Haley 14 Andrew Conway 13 Chris Farrell 12 Rory Scannell 11 Keith Earls 10 Tyler Bleyendaal 9 Conor Murray 1 Jeremy Loughman 2 Niall Scannell 3 John Ryan 4 Jean Kleyn 5 Billy Holland 6 PETER O'MAHONY (C) 7 Tommy O'Donnell 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Kevin O'Byrne 17 James Cronin 18 Stephen Archer 19 Tadhg Beirne 20 Arno Botha 21 Alby Mathewson 22 Sam Arnold 23 Dan Goggin

SCORERS T: Loughman, Earls, Conway, Cronin C: Bleyendaal (3) P: Bleyendaal (2)

Referee: Karl Dickson Asst Referees: Ian Tempest, Paul Dix TMO: Stuart Terheege

 

Racing 92RACING 92 30 - 10 SARACENSSaracens

La Défense Arena - Sunday 17 November 2019
KO: 16:15 HT: 18-3 Att: 20,275

RACING 92 picked up all five points to move top of Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4 after a 30-10 victory over defending champions Saracens in Paris.

Racing scrum-half Maxime Machenaud missed an early penalty kick but got another chance two minutes later, slotting over to put the hosts three ahead after seven minutes. It was a blistering start for Racing who stole the lineout and exploited a hole in the Saracens defence, with Virimi Vakatawa powering his way through and over the try line at the posts. The two sides traded successful penalty kicks from Ben Spencer and Machenaud before Racing broke away for their second try of the match. Advantage was being played and it went all the way out to wing Teddy Thomas who just did enough to get over the try line in the corner with a delightful composed finish going into the break, 18-3 up.

Racing dominated the start of the second half but conceded first after a poor pass from Machenaud to Donnacha Ryan who knocked on, allowing Nick Tompkins to rip the ball out and sprint for the line before a pass to Lozowski who did the rest. That was as good as it got for the defending champions as Finn Russell then exploded into life with a stunning try of his own. A dummy kick from the Scottish fly-half started the move and released some space for Thomas who was brought down inside the 22. The ball found Russell again and he jinked inside and out before charging through a gap in the line and scoring, to the delight of the replacements behind the posts. Racing brought up the bonus point with just under 15 minutes left to play when the driving maul did the damage as Wenceslas Lauret broke away to score with relative ease.

RACING: 15 Brice Dulin 14 Teddy Thomas 13 Virimi Vakatawa 12 HENRY CHAVANCY (C) 11 Juan Imhoff 10 Finn Russell 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Eddy Ben Arous 2 Camille Chat 3 Cedate Gomes Sa 4 Donnacha Ryan 5 Boris Palu 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Baptiste Chouzenoux 8 Antonie Claassen BENCH: 16 Teddy Baubigny 17 Hassane Kolingar 18 Ali Oz 19 Dominic Bird 20 Yoan Tanga 21 Teddy Iribaren 22 Ben Volavola 23 Simon Zebo

SCORERS T: Vakatawa, Thomas, Russell, Lauret C: Machenaud (2) P: Machenaud (2)

SARACENS: 15 Matt Gallagher 14 Sean Maitland 13 Alex Lozowski 12 Nick Tompkins 11 Roti Segun 10 Manu Vunipola 9 Ben Spencer 1 Rhys Carre 2 Jack Singleton 3 Titi Lamositele 4 Will Skelton 5 Callum Hunter-Hill 6 Nick Isiekwe 7 Ben Earl 8 JACKSON WRAY (C) BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Sam Crean 18 Vincent Koch 19 Joel Kpoku 20 Sean Reffell 21 Tom Whiteley 22 Damian Willemse 23 Duncan Taylor

SCORERS T: Lozowski C: Spencer P: Spencer

Referee: Andrew Brace Asst Referees: Stuart Gaffikin, Paul Haycock TMO: Brian MacNeice

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POOL 5Champions Cup Round 1 Pool 5

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 20 - 25 TOULOUSEToulouse

Kingsholm Stadium - Friday 15 November 2019
KO: 19:45 HT: 20-9 Att: 11,659

THE Heineken Champions Cup returned with a bang on Friday night as Toulouse turned around a 20-9 half-time deficit to eventually defeat Gloucester Rugby 25-20 at Kingsholm Stadium. Gloucester raced into the lead after a brace of tries from scrum-half Joe Simpson but Toulouse were able to hit back in emphatic fashion with a string of successful kicks from full-back Thomas Ramos and centre Romain Ntamack as well as a try from scrum-half Sebastien Bézy.

The French side took the lead in the Pool 5 match after just two minutes through a drop goal from fly-half Zack Holmes, who was replaced at the interval. However, Toulouse were caught out twice in quick succession conceding turnover ball, reaching Simpson on both occasions and he made no mistake, darting clear and evading tackles to put Gloucester 14-3 ahead after 20 minutes, with fly-half Danny Cipriani converting both. The sides exchanged two penalty kicks before the interval to leave Gloucester 20-9 up at the break, but that was as good as it got for the English side.

Toulouse responded terrifically in the second period, chipping away at the lead with further penalty kicks from Ntamack and Ramos before scrum-half Bézy dealt the decisive blow. The French side’s forwards did most of the damage, driving close to the try line before Bézy burrowed his way over at the posts, giving Ramos the easiest of conversions and pushing Toulouse ahead for just the second time. It stayed that way as Ramos nudged Toulouse five ahead from the kicking tee with 12 minutes to play and despite a late Gloucester onslaught, the French side clung on for a crucial away success.

GLOUCESTER: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Tom Marshall 13 Chris Harris 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Ollie Thorley 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 1 Val Rapava Ruskin 2 Franco Marais 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson 4 Freddie Clarke 5 Gerbrandt Grobler 6 Ruan Ackermann 7 Lewis Ludlow 8 BEN MORGAN (C) BENCH: 16 Corné Fourie 17 Josh Hohneck 18 Fraser Balmain 19 Alex Craig 20 Jake Polledri 21 Callum Braley 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 Matt Banahan

SCORERS T: Simpson (2) C: Cipriani (2) P: Cipriani (2)

TOULOUSE: 15 Thomas Ramos 14 Yoann Huget 13 Sofiane Guitoune 12 Romain Ntamack 11 Maxime Médard 10 Zack Holmes 9 Sébastien Bézy 1 Cyril Baille 2 JULIEN MARCHAND (C) 3 Charlie Faumuina 4 Florian Verhaeghe 5 Joe Tekori 6 Francois Cros 7 Rynhardt Elstadt 8 Jerome Kaino BENCH: 16 Peato Mauvaka 17 Clément Castets 18 Dorian Aldegheri 19 Richie Gray 20 Selevasio Tolofua 21 Alban Placines 22 Pierre Pages 23 Lucas Tauzin

SCORERS T: Bézy C: Ramos P: Ramos (4), Ntamack DG: Holmes

Referee: Ben Whitehouse Asst Referees: Gwyn Morris, Wayne Davies TMO: Ian Davies

 

Connacht RugbyCONNACHT RUGBY 23 - 20 MONTPELLIERMontpellier

The Sportsground - Sunday 17 November 2019
KO: 13:00 HT: 13-10 Att: 6,229

CONNACHT Rugby got their Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5 campaign off to the perfect start with a 23-20 win over Montpellier at The Sportsground.

Montpellier dominated early on and got the first try after Jack Carty chipped a ball over the top that was recovered by the French side and as they spread play wide, Aaron Cruden found himself in acres of space and sprinted clear for the opening try. The sides traded penalties in a first half edged by Montpellier but the final five minutes of the opening 40 proved critical for the visitors. On 38 minutes, Connacht’s attacking scrum proved strong and that allowed the forwards to do the damage, with Paul Boyle scrambling over the try line. But the damage was not done by the Irish province as Montpellier ended up down to 14 men for an infringement at the line-out, and from the resulting play, Connacht’s driving maul did the business as Tom McCartney barged his way over, putting Connacht 13-10 up at the interval.

The French side got level with a Benoit Paillaugue penalty on 47 minutes but they were not level for long as Connacht scored their third try of the match. Five minutes later, Connacht worked the ball well and with two penalty advantages being played, that gave Caolin Blade the chance to dive between two Montpellier men and score a crucial try. Montpellier were not done with and responded yet again on 64 minutes, working the play wide right and finding Anthony Bouthier who did extremely well to see off two tackles, sprinting clear for the score. With 13 minutes to play, Connacht then won a penalty in kicking range and young Conor Fitzgerald booted over with pinpoint accuracy for what turned out to be the match-winning points.

CONNACHT: 15 Darragh Leader 14 Niyi Adeolokun 13 Kyle Godwin 12 Bundee Aki 11 Matt Healy 10 Jack Carty 9 Caolin Blade 1 Denis Buckley 2 Tom McCartney 3 Dominic Robertson-McCoy 4 Cillian Gallagher 5 Ultan Dillane 6 Colby Fainga'a 7 JARRAD BUTLER (C) 8 Paul Boyle BENCH: 16 David Heffernan 17 Matthew Burke 18 Conor Kenny 19 Eoghan Masterson 20 Robin Copeland 21 Stephen Kerins 22 Tom Daly 23 John Porch

SCORERS  T: Boyle, McCartney, Blade, C: Carty P: Carty, Fitzgerald

MONTPELLIER: 15 Anthony Bouthier 14 Gabriel N’Gandebe 13 Arthur Vincent 12 Jan Serfontein 11 Yvan Reilhac 10 Aaron Cruden 9 BENOIT PAILLAUGUE (C) 1 Mikheil Nariashvili 2 Youri Delhommel 3 Mohamed Haouas 4 Nico Janse van Rensburg 5 Paul Willemse 6 Kelian Galletier 7 Yacouba Camara 8 Caleb Timu BENCH: 16 Bismarck du Plessis 17 Grégory Fichten 18 Jannie du Plessis 19 Fulgence Ouedraogo 20 Enzo Sanga 21 Julien Bardy 22 Henry Immelman 23 Jacques du Plessis

SCORERS T: Cruden, Bouthier C: Cruden, Paillaugue P: Paillaugue (2) Yellow Card Willemse

Referee: Matthew Carley Asst Referees: Hamish Smales, Simon McConnell TMO: Graham Hughes

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Pools

Champions Cup Pools 2019-20

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Schedule

POOL STAGE DATES
Round 1: 15/16/17 November
Round 2: 22/23/24 November
Round 3: 6/7/8 December
Round 4: 13/14/15 December
Round 5: 10/11/12 January 2020
Round 6: 17/18/19 January 2020

QUARTER-FINALS
03/04/05 April 2020

SEMI-FINALS
01/02/03 May 2020

CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
Friday 22 May 2020 21:00 Challenge Cup Final Stade Vélodrome

CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL
Saturday 23 May 2020 17:45 Challenge Cup Final Stade Vélodrome

European Cup Finals 2020

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