The season is coming to a crescendo in Europe as we reached the semifinal stage and Super Rugby reached the halfway stage of its regular season. Here’s my roundup of all the action.
Things have been a bit crazy this week so it’s a shortened review I’m afraid.
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saracens 24 – 17 Wasps
Leicester Tigers 16 – 19 Racing Metro 92
1 from 2, I went with both the home teams.
Saracens showed their experience in big games to make the final and will face off against the big spending Racing Metro where Dan Cater is pulling the strings. All four teams also are still likely to be also competing in their domestic playoffs.
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Harlequins 30 – 6 Grenoble
Montpellier 22 – 12 Newport Gwent Dragons
2 from 2, always fun to get them all right.
The two bigger sides went through as expected and whilst this is Quins best chance at making the Champions cup next season. For Montpellier the silver ware will be icing on a decent season where they should make the Top14 playoffs.
Bath 32 – 26 Sale Sharks
0 from 1, Sale’s away from continued.
Bath picked up a win in a poor season and Sale lost their opportunity at making the top 4.
Highlanders 14 – 15 Sharks
Rebels 36 – 14 Cheetahs
Sunwolves 36 – 28 Jaguares
Hurricanes 27 – 28 Chiefs
Force 13 – 49 Waratahs
Stormers 40 – 22 Reds
Kings 10 – 45 Lions
Brumbies 14 – 40 Crusaders
6 from 8, the Landers are having a bit of a hiccup at the moment.
Stormers and Lions lead the way in South Africa with the Bulls and Sharks fighting it out for the wildcard playoff spot. The Sunwolves got their first win over a Jags side that looks to be falling apart. The Rebels top the Australian group with the Brumbies chasing close behind but with all sorts of off-field issues. The Chiefs lead a very competitive New Zealand conference that could see three addition wildcard teams qualifying.
San Diego 37 – 24 Sacramento
San Francisco 18 – 35 Denver
Denver are top of the table with two wins and San Diego have won their only game to put them into second place. San Francisco and Ohio both are looking for their first win.
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