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ERRFU 4.3.13

View NSCRO Regional Playoffs@StoveTop

USAR Elite Series Rugby

DU v Cal Maritime, noon; Benedictine College v Occidental College, 2pm

Denver Barbarians v San Francisco Golden Gate, 4pm@ Shea Stadium "Showcase"

USAR Men's College D-1A@Kettle

Glendale Raptors

University of Colorado v University of Wyoming, 4pm

v Old Puget Sound Beach RFC, 6pm@Kettle

Former Regis star, Joe "the Man" Moran, and the Black Monks RC of Benedictine College will be in RugbyTown at the weekend

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In This Issue: National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) – playoffs come to town High School: Rugby Colorado in Denial Men's D-1: Barbos v Highlanders Men's D-2; Highlanders v Quins Posts from the Pitch: High Performance Youth Rugby Camp, a cut above COWFEST IV-2013: yippee-yi-yo kye-yay - Who could be mad at these cows? – Vail's Last Roundup this half-century! 303 RFC and TRY League: Mustering SummerTime… and the living is rugby SkiTown Rugby at the head of the Canyon World Beat Rugby: - NoHemi: Heads of Tables shift as playoff frames loom SoHemi: Super XV Rugby Caps, Results and Standings We've got mouse-overs! Double-click on most images, or right/click and choose “open hyperlink”

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NSCRO

NSCRO –College Playoffs at Infinity this weekend Saturday and Sunday this weekend are college rugby playoff days as PacWest Regional Championships are on tap at Infinity Rugby Complex in Glendale, CO on April 6/7. Cal Maritime Academy (CA) squares off with the University of Denver, Saturday, noon@StoveTop and Occidental College (CA) takes on Benedictine College (KS), Saturday, 2pm on the Topper. DU is a local side, but did you know that Benedictine College of Atchison, Kansas has a Colorado connection beyond its home state's contiguous border? 'At's right. Jack White, scion of Colorado's formidable White Rugby Clan, is a principal for BC's Black Monks RC and will be onpitch with his smart, razzle-dazzle along with former Regis Jesuit standouts Joe Benedictine College Black Monks will be there!

DU's innit, too!

and Mike Moran and SWARM's Peter Murphy as they take on Occidental College in the second NSCRO knockout fixture at 2pm.

Occidental's innit!

University of Denver entered into the playoff rounds as the #2 seed behind Colorado School of Mines in its conference, but the Pioneers bested the Miners in the CowBoy Cup last month to earn its berth on Saturday in competition with CMA, 2012 NSCRO runners-up for the national title.

Cal Maritime is back!

Saturday's second-placed teams will play Sunday at 11am on the StoveTop and the contest for the last, Ultimate Four (aka NSCRO National Championship) slot will kick at 1pm up on Top.

The winner this weekend will advance to the NSCRO National Championship at Infinity's Kettle on the weekend of April 27, 28. The current Field of Four is comprised of: Duke University (yes, that Duke), St. John's University (not that one, the one from Collegeville, MN) and New England College (Henniker, NH). Following NSCRO play at the Rugby Complex this Saturday, University of Colorado takes on University of Wyoming at 4pm, and… … at 6pm, the Glendale Raptors Elite men's squad go at it with Olde Puget Sound Beach Rugby Club inside the Big Pot.

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Rugby Colorado Executive Board scores double-Knockout written by: Bernie Decker

Rugby Colorado (RC) executive director Jean LaPierre, Rugby Colorado (the State's high school rugby oversight organ) and its Executive Committee have proven their worth once again. Here is a case of two youths, one well-experienced and one a novice, who were looking to play our game at levels commensurate their relative statuses. They required transfers so that they could each enjoy their recreational rights. But like Amy Winehouse says, Rugby Colorado just said, "No, no, no…" The past few years has seen RC attempt to regulate perceived inequities in levels of play within its divisions, RC has allowed certain player transfers, struck down others and "grandfathered" more in its effort to manage the disparity evidenced on the field due to a variety of factors, but mostly it's process. In a situation this spring, two extremely efficient and effective organizations were denied what would have been a trade of players. This switch was agreed upon by the players, their once and future coaches, and the kids parents, but Jean and his gang of backers denied the transfers on the grounds that allowing transfer would be against the rules, though they have allowed transfers in similar circumstances. From Dave Doessel, RC–EC auxiliary: "The EC has discussed this numerous times, and is not willing to reverse the decision. It is the opinion of the committee that nothing has changed, there is not anything to discuss further." From Jean LaPierre (as RC Executive Committee): Rugby Colorado is a USA [sic] Rugby sanctioned State based Rugby organization [sic] (SBRO). The rules and regulations of Rugby Colorado have been put forth and approved by a majority vote of each club participating in Rugby Colorado in accordance with USA Rugby guidelines. The rules are available to the public at RugbyColorado.com. Every participating Rugby Colorado club is equally represented at an Annual General Meeting (AGM). All players, parents/guardians coaches, referees and SBRO officials agree to follow the rules, regulations and policies of Rugby Colorado. As elected administrators of Rugby Colorado, the Executive Committee is charged with regulating and enforcing the rules, such as player eligibility, that the member clubs have voted on. Player eligibility is an internal SBRO matter and no public statement will be made with regards to any individual circumstance [sic]. These gentlemen must think they are working for an insurance company whose motto is: "Deny, deny, deny…" Here's what we've got: two high school student-athletes want to play rugby, one experienced, one not; two rugby clubs in the city in which the kids live, one operating at a high-level, one more of an introductory-level side; applications for transfer to Rugby Colorado so each kid could play on the level to which they can best realize their potentials;

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the clubs' coaches, the kids' parents, the kids themselves all agreeing transfer would be best for everyone involved; Rugby Colorado just said "NO!" It is troubling that a supervisory organ such as RC's Executive Committee, one supposedly dedicated to custodianship and stewardship of the critical formative rugby stage – the teenage game – would deny individual players and clubs the ability to reach their greatest potential, thus making the national organization, USA Rugby, stronger. Is their secret goal a managed mediocrity where everyone equals everyone else? Because that is not ever going to happen. Perhaps Rugby Colorado needs to re-think its act? The double-standard, hypocrisy wherein some player transfers are "grandfathered" and others denied is backroom hijinx of the worst sort. The intractability and favoritism displayed by Rugby Colorado and its Executive Board has no place in the 21 st century if USA Rugby is to move forward on the world stage. But Rugby Colorado, entire unto itself, has neither the nous nor guts to carry that tune. Scoring Rugby Colorado – 2 Kids – 0 - Rugby Atlas' Eastern Scribe, Adam O'Lagarto, and RA intern, Aimee Pidgeon, contributed to this report

While at Home… Hey Dad, why can't I play rugby this year?

I'm sorry my son… it's a Rugby Colorado thing…

Well it looks like I'm on the streets, causing havoc, rendering chaos and creating mayhem then…

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Showdown at the Shea Stadium: Colorado rugby's "Showcase" written by: Joel Makus, Rugby Atlas Arizona Scribe

March 30, 2013 Shea Stadium Littleton, CO Kickoff: 4:00

On a balmy Saturday afternoon, the Denver Highlanders loaded up their travelling squad for the arduous journey to Shea Stadium in Littleton to test their mettle against the Denver Barbarians. While the Highlanders are currently in the cellar, they hoped that their time there had aged them into a fine wine ready to be uncorked just in time for a table-reversing finish that would improve their standing and debilitate their longtime rivals’ place. Alas, as they dug themselves out of an early hole only to have the Barbarians clinch the match with a late penalty kick by Fullback Maximo De Achaval, 31-21, it was the Barbos who would savor the sweetness of victory as the Highlanders were left with the bitterness of defeat and thoughts of what might have been. The lack of arctic weather from the previous few weekends should have portended a more open, flowing game with a dash of daring as each side threw caution into the wind. Unfortunately, the secure ball-handling and methodical approach necessary in dire conditions was replaced by haphazard passing and disjointed attacks that resulted in large quantities of infractions and other errors. After trading penalty kicks to open the game, Highlanders flyhalf, Ewan Scott drilled a spectacular penalty kick from 65 yards away (or 60 meters the unpatriotic) to double up the Barbos 63. Trailing on their home pitch must have

awakened the Barbarians’ sense of urgency as the duo of centers, Kyle Hitt and Mike Garrity, began to break off chunk yardage (or chunk meterage) on inside runs. After his sensational dummy left him to go it alone, flyhalf Taylor Howden capped off the assault by burrowing through multiple defenders for a try converted by De Achaval. The Barbos built on their success with another long Garrity sprint deep into Highlanders territory, and after some nice off loading by the Barbos loosies, lock Jon Poynter dove across for the five-pointer. Moments later, winger Phil White walked in from the weak side of a five-meter scrum bringing the Barbarians lead to 20-6 with 13 minutes remaining in the half. Despite another Scott penalty before the halftime whistle, the Highlanders still trailed by double digits. The second session began in much the same way as the first ended, with the Barbos on the gas and the Highlanders on the backpeddle. De Achaval slotted another penalty kick, and the Barbos looked to be on their way to another blowout victory after Highlanders substitute Michael Backens was left in the sin bin to think about what he did wrong. However, the booking forced the Highlanders to rally together, and despite their tactical disadvantage, they turned the momentum of the match to their favor. After following Scott’s boot on a well-executed kick-andchase, the Highlanders had the Barbarians pinned deep in their own territory and were intent on capitalizing on their territorial gain. The Highlanders deepest foray yet culminated in second rower Jaime Chipman plowing his way into the try zone, and it was deftly converted by Scott con. next

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to bring his team back to striking distance, 23-16 Barbos with 25 minutes until full time. Sensing the shift in momentum, Barbos Captain and 8-man, Logan Collins slipped through the defenders out wide where he tossed a superb inside pass to a cutting Landon Peterson, who showed his elusiveness in sidestepping two Highlanders, scooting 30 meters, and dotting down for the unconverted try. Just when it seemed that the Barbos were able to shake loose of the Highlanders, they rose to the occasion with inspired attacking from outside center Blake Davey and flanker Clinton Camp. Camp crossed over the try line to pull the Highlanders within a converted try with 9 minutes to go. Refusing to accept defeat, Camp sliced through the Barbarians defense for a 35 meter gain before he was corralled by the pursuit. Unfortunately for the Highlanders, it was to be the last gasp, as De Achaval summarily delivered the

death knell from 45 meters out to form the final tally for the victors, Barbarians 31-21. The Highlanders alleged coach, Nigel Smith, proclaimed that “it was a night of missed opportunities, but we stepped it up, brought a good spirit, and answered the Barbos strength when the occasion rose.” Barbarians assistant coach Karl “The Fin” Savimaki was slightly less optimistic, but still pleased overall when he stated that the Barbos “didn’t stick to our structures, as the Highlanders wouldn’t let us, to their credit, but we ground out a win and look forward to improving a great deal against San Francisco.” While the game was intensely contested on the pitch, Smith summed the day up best when commenting that it was awesome just to see the two clubs gather together a for the post-game social without the riot police having to be called. Highlanders Man of the Match went to kicker extraordinaire Scott, while Garrity garnered the honors for the Barbos.

Denver Barbarians - Tries: Howden, Poynter, White, Peterson; Cons: De Achaval. Pens: De Achaval (3) Denver Highlanders - Tries: Chipman, Camp. Cons: Scott. Pens: Scott (3) Match Officials: Mark Nelson, Rob Baun, Larry Johnson Next Matches: Denver Barbarians vs. San Francisco Golden Gate, Sat. at Shea Stadium, 4:00pm Denver Highlanders @ KC Blues, Sat. at Swopes Park 8:00pm

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Highlanders v Harlequins: Men's D-2

Lineout contest for possession

On a chill and blowy Saturday afternoon, Infinity Rugby Complex' StoveTop crackled with sport as the division-2 Denver clubs 'Landers and 'Quins vied for the city's rugby championship. The Harlequins and Highlanders have been contesting the pill for more than four decades, each match a prime example of action-packed rugby and this one was to be no different. League-leading Harlequins drew first blood from a wonscrum at the home team's 22. #9 Adam Durica's swift supply had flyer Charlie Annerino clear outside to jink, cross-and-dot, and it was 5-nil travelers in the eleventh minute. Three-quarters of the way through the first forty after multiple maulphases inside the host 22, second five-eighths, Steve Zaugg, made the crease into space for the grounding that extended the Harlequins lead to 10-nil.

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Shortly afterwards Annerino outpaced the chase into goal to gather a squibbed kick ahead, and with his touch down and Adam's conversion, 17-0 in the 33rd minute. Highlanders got aboard when outside center Eric Green slotted a penalty from thirty meters out off the left post: 17-3 to the visitors. Harlequins got the bonus-point try with an impressive 50+ meter counter by fullback Kregg Hyer and with Durica's conversion, the lads went off to locker's at 24-3 after referee Erik Geib's halftime blast. More consistent forward play and continuity in its backline enabled front foot possession for the Quins, but a youthful Highlanders side showed flashes of bright lights at times in the first forty minutes of play. The first ten minutes of the second stanza were a close fought thing until Harlequins openside Matt con. next

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Hoitink peeled off a scrum won at the Highlanders 22 and sped to goal for a try and along with Durica's conversion, the Quins had lengthened their lead to 31-3 after 50 ticks. Harlequins continued their tryfest with a dot by left wing Mike Boyle two minutes later and a pair by #13 Zaugg (60' and 62'), the center's trys completed by Durica, and it was 50-3 for the visitors in the 62nd minute.

Highlanders picked up the pace and got one of their own when outside center Green crashed into space at Quins ten meter line and into the Jester's business district before second row Nick Rangel grabbed ball from the breakdown and dove across for Green's conversion: 50-10 at minute 66. A further Harlequins touch down by inside center Brian Perna countered by a try from Highlanders' tighthead, Andrew Nelson at the death, and a final of 57-15 to Quins was recorded.

Scoring Highlanders– Try: Annerino (2), Klaus/Zaugg (3), Hyer, Hoitink, Boyle, Perna; Con: Durica (6) Harlequins – Try: Rangel, Nelson; Con: Green; Pen: Green Match Official: Erik Geib

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second half of the season and Glendale's position on the improved Northern Colorado

Division-2 Table up the league by going bonus point victories in every have come on strong this now threaten runnerup seating chart. A muchFlamingos club sparked lively

in their show with the Quins earlier this month and will feature in the final table sequencing, while Grizzlies have a couple victories and Highlanders have yet to find their form in the 2012/2013 season. Initial playoff rounds begin next month and, though the Quins are certainly the most consistent club producing the best results in the league, it has yet to be determined whether the second-placed team on the table will travel to the playoffs' first rounds as well. Colorado Springs v Harlequins, 1pm at Cross Creek Soccer Fields; Raptors v Flamingos, 4pm on StoveTop; Haggis v Highlanders, 1pm at Park City; calendar note: Harlequins v Raptors reschedule of their match postponed last month will be played on Sunday, April 14th at Quins home pitch, Cook Park – "The Cooker"

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West-North Men's Division-1, Western Territory, USA Rugby Football Union Barbarians at the Gate: Denver Barbarians are off on a tear in 2013 with the first-ever USA Rugby Elite Cup win over Glendale Raptors and most recently, gritty road victory past host Kansas City Blues, 10-nil, in howling wind and driving snow at KC's Swope Park. At the West-North Division-1 Feast: League-leader, Provo Steelers, can sew up the first tournament seed with victory in its last match v Boulder Barbos and Highlanders go at it in Shea Stadium; a win for either club will be significant in the seeding for the 4-20, D-1 tournament Barbos' bonus point wins in their final pair of matches v Highlanders and Boulder could put them in front of the Raptors on the table Blues, Boulder and Highlanders all figure into the equation for tournament seeds come April 20, but it is unlikely that any of these clubs will disturb the sequence as it stands just now, however‌ Played Won Lost Tied Points

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Posts from the Pitch

Rites of Spring – Youth High Performance Rugby Camp written by: Otis McGregor

What a great camp the last two days. Great turn out from the Springs and Denver. We really worked the boys hard in the first part of the camp with a fitness test consisting of 10 & 40m timed runs followed by 90 sec. of push-ups, my favorite, then the true test of rugby fitness, Yo-Yo run, or some call it the Beep Test, high score 15! Not bad for a bunch of young lads. James Paterson ran the boys through some of the latest techniques and drills from Super 15 and International Rugby for tackling and rucking. Then we finished up with rugby tennis to test the boys' skills in kicking and high ball reaction. Day 2 of the camp we were joined by Paul Emerick. Paul and James led the boys through numerous ball image: Colorado Springs Grizzlies RFC familiarization drills and continued to emphasize to the boys, you can never do too much ball work, every day, every time. We then transitioned to attacking skills and decision making. This really put a test on the boys' abilities to catch, find the best option and make a decision. After a several iterations of intense sessions with attack and follow drills, we split into backs and forwards. Paul took the backs and focused on getting down one move-with four options. The boys took a time or two to grasp the concept but, then quickly picked it up and really gained the knack of the play. James took the forwards and focused on fluid pods, getting the boys to ID a gap and then attack it. Of course with the forwards this transitioned into more tackling and rucking, can never have too much of that either. To wrap up the camp, we played a game of full field touch then finished off with 8 man offsides rugby across the pitch. A complete success! The boys gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from James and Paul and raptorsopsbraptorsopsbraptorsopsbraptorsopsb

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you could see a definite improvement in skills from the start to final game. We wrapped up with a camp photo and presented Paul Emerick with the coveted Grizzlies, "It's In Our Blood" hoodie.

USA Eagles James Paterson (second from left, standing) and Paul Emerick (far right, standing) and the fortunate group of High Performance campers

Keep your eye on the calendar for next season's Spring Break Rugby Camp 2014.

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COWFEST IV 2013 is upon us! April 12-14 (closing weekend) “Udderly Ridiculous!”

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Do you require a special invitation? Well............................You’re Invited! Friday Evening, April 12th: “The Roundup” - The herd will be rounding up in Vail Village for a Pub Crawl. Moooooooving throughout the Village! Saturday, April 13th: “The Stampede” – Never mind the “Running of the Bulls” - the herd will be rumbling down Vail Mountain. If you are not in a cow suit, GET OUT OF THE WAY Saturday Après Ski: “The Grazing” - The herd will be hosted by Vail Realty for the barbecue. The “beer trough” will be flowing. Expect some cannibalism as beef will be served! Sunday, April 14th: “Mad Cow Disease” (aka “The Hangover”) – The herd will be gathering for the final Cattle Drive of the Ski Season! We expect that the herd will start off moving a little slow, but expect to get “mad” as this will be closing day of the 50th Season of Vail! Please RSVP! Cow suit mandatory! www.vailcowfest.com

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303 RFC kicks it for the TRY League Thursday, April 23rd – first training session at City Park Registration is OPEN: This year Rugby Colorado has moved to online registration to make the enrollment process easier on clubs and parents. We will no longer require any paperwork or 2 payments, one to the Manager of Finance or to 303 Rugby! Instead only one payment will be necessary and you can do this online. If there is anyone that would like to pay in another form please contact me. To register please visit link below: Changes to the TRY League: Over the offseason there have been a few significant changes to our league. Most importantly, age group naming has changed to even years and we have added 2 new divisions (U13 and U14). For example, last year we had U7, U9, U11, U13, and U15. This has changed to U8, U10, U12, U13, U14, and U16. This has changed nothing as far as age group breakdowns other than the label except for the U13 and U14 levels which are now single age divisions. See below for appropriate age divisions. To register, go to: https://www.allplayers.com/g/303_rfc_youth_rugby1/

RMC June 14 - 16

Summer rugby is on the horizon!

Rocky Mountain Challenge – All Star U-17s and U-19s featuring the best emerging men's rugby talent in the country, June 14-16 Mountain 15s League: June through August B-G Wednesday Night 7s League – Denver – youth, men's and women's 7s

Cowpie 15s Rugby Tournament, Saturday July 13 in Steamboat Springs Denver 7s: Dick's Sporting Goods Rugby Park – Saturday, July 20 SkiTown 15s Rugby Tournament – Glenwood Springs men's and women's 15s competitions Vail Olde Boys – Saturday, August 10 Serevi 7s – Kettle and StoveTop – Saturday, August 17

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Defiance Rugby Club An Invitation to Play:

Ski Town 2013 August 3rd and 4th Glenwood Springs, Colorado Mtn/Div 2 Men’s 2 Pitches 2 Days

Old Boys Trophy Round Sunday

Women Lodging

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Surrounded by Mountains in Beautiful Glenwood Springs Just Voted the Best Small Town to Visit in America! Hot Springs

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FREE BEER FOR ALL THE RUGGERS! Enjoy Great Competition, Natural Beauty, Tune Up For The Fall! Come Rugby and Party with the Mountain Boys! Contact: Bob Herrell, dbadbob@aol.com Scott Archuleta, glenwoodrugby@yahoo.com

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World Beat

Colorado

World Beat

Fabulist Scribe H. Richard and L. Trotski, RA's Pithy Scribe, for Rugby Scribes

How about a nice, refreshing draft of Heineken Cup Playoffs?

Quarterfinals of the Heineken Cup upcoming with an all-French first fixture Saturday, 4.6, as Clermont Auvergne, who put a severe hiding on Agen in Top XIV action last week, go against a Montpellier side that began its Heineken campaign with a loss at Toulon and finished pool play with a win at home v the Toulonais; Clermont will be difficult to beat at home, having topped Montpellier in their last Orange League clash at the start of 2013, while Montpellier did the deed to Clermont in the advent of the season's competition in August, 2012 – RA's call: Clermont 37, Montpellier 22; In the second Saturday bash, Ulster transit the Irish Sea for a date at Twickenham with Saracens; Sarries have been looking the form squad these days while their q-final opponents have experienced a dismal 2013 until just now; the situation may change, but that's not how we see it - RA's call: Saracens 28, Ulster 9. Sunday's initial show pits Harlequins, another side with recent failings, and Munster, who may have turned a desperately-rounded corner with last Saturday's RDP12 win over last week's RDP12 leader, Leinster, at Royal Dublin Society. This upcomer at The Stoop will be a bruiser with no holds barred, save for those the match officials catch - RA's call: Harlequins 21, Ulster 20; In the last match of the quarters, it's to be a cross-channel explosion comprised of the finest incendiaries, as Toulon, who've been hit-or-miss lately, host Leicester Tigers, who've been hot-or-miss since 12.1.12, going 8-2 in the Premiership with the losses coming at Quins and then at Welford Road v Premiership leaders, Saracens. Gonna be a goodie, ya shure you bet - RA's call: Toulon 33, Leicester 31

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RaboDirect Pro12 Club

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Glasgow v Munster, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow13:05 PDT

Rabo ProDirect12 Rugby Zebre failed to close the deal in its favor once again as Edinburgh claimed road victory at Stadio XXV April via Greig Laidlaw's precision penalty production of a sloppy evening; the hosts led 7-6 at the midpoint, but a three-pointer by Scotland's scrumhalf made up the numbers, 7-9, happily for the travelers; Edinburgh are now on two close-wins running; Glasgow outscored Munster by a ratio of three trys to one, and the Irish province grounded twice, enroute to 51-24 home, bonus-point victory; Ulster surprised hot-rising Leinster at the RDS, 22-18, to put Glasgow back at the top of the heap Results: Dragons 20, Scarlets 28; Blues 16, Ospreys 23; B-T v Connacht ppd due to cumulative effects of a week of heavy weather rendering pitch unplayable

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Sat 4.13 Dragons v Scarlets, Millennium Stadium07:30 PDT; Cardiff Blues v Ospreys, Millennium Stadium10:15 PDT; Leinster v Ulster, Royal Dublin Society11:15 PDT; Benetton Treviso v Connacht, Stadio Comunale di Monigo12:00 PDT


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French Top XIV Club

top six playoff, first two get an initial round bye

Orange Top XIV

Games Won Lost Tied

Table points

Toulon

23

17

6

82

Biarritz did the correct thing to obtain the home result, 33-19, over a Grenoble side that just may be out of the playoff frames with three matches remaining; Castres pipped Perpignan on the road, 21-20, and the last playoff slot is disappearing on the horizon for the Perps; Toulouse edged Racing in Paris, 27-26, and stymied the recent rush of success of the Metrons;

Clermont Auvergne

23

17

6

80

Toulouse

23

16

7

73

Castres

23

14

8

Racing Metro

23

14

9

63

Montpellier

23

14

9

63

Results +

Perpignan

23

12

11

57

Biarritz

23

11

11

1

51

Grenoble

23

11

12

1

49

Stade Francais

23

10

12

1

46

Bayonne

23

9

13

1

45

Bordeaux Begles

23

7

16

41

Agen

23

5

18

27

Mont-deMarsan

23

2

21

15

Stade Français 11, Toulon 43; Bordeaux Begles 39, Bayonne 13; Clermont Auvergne 66, Agen 21; Mont-de-Marsan 17, Montpellier 30

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Sat 4.13 Agen v Stade Français, Stade Armandie, 10:00am MDT; Agen absorbed kind of a psychic "owwee" last week; we shall see if they are able to rebound; but then again, Stade nearly as bad; Castres v Bordeaux Begles, Stade Pierre Antoine, 10:00am MDT; Castres get caught looking past this fixture, they'll be well and truly foxed; Bayonne v Grenoble, Stade Jean Dauger, 10:00am MDT; Bayonne should like this win very much; Mont-de-Marsan v Racing Metro, Stade Guy Boniface, 10:00am MDT; travelers will either win by a lot or lose by a little; Montpellier v Toulouse, Stade Yves-du-Manoir, 10:00am MDT; home team will be tough to beat at home; Perpignan v Biarritz, Aime Giral, 10:00am MDT; home club's gotta win; Biarritz sez… Sun 4.14 Toulon v Clermont Auvergne, Stade Félix-Mayol, 8:10am MDT – boi-yoy-yoing!!! They who want it most will have it

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Results

Aviva Premiership top four to semifinals

Club

Games Won Lost Tied

Table points

Saracens

19

15

3

1

67

Leicester Tigers

19

13

5

1

63

Harlequins

19

12

7

56

Northampton Saints

19

12

7

54

Gloucester

19

11

7

1

54

Bath

19

9

9

1

48

London Wasps

19

9

10

Exeter Chiefs

19

9

9

1

46

Worcester Warriors

19

5

13

1

32

London Irish

19

6

12

1

30

Sale Sharks

19

5

13

1

26

London Welsh

19

4

15

47

18

Openside Akapusi Qera grounded the go-ahead/stay-ahead in the 69th minute, and the Cherry-and-Whites made their Castle Grim-faced, Kingsholm-crowd break out in : as they took down the former highgrins of delight flying punsters, 17-15; Harlequins have dropped to fourth on table now and Gloucester are looking snappy at their heel, two table points adrift the final playoff frame with three to go; Bath put 40 on a London Welsh side that could only muster 25, and have moved in front of Wasps in the race for the last playoff slot; yet they are six table points adrift ; the fourth and final seat, which is currently shared by Gloucester and the Saints; Northampton Saints allowed Leicester the bonus point win in front of its fans at Franklin's Gardens, and enabled Cherry-and-Whites to draw even on the table, though the Holy Rollers fare better with respect to playoff determinants; Saracens did the necessary on the road at Adams Park, topping Wasps 22-13; USA Eagles fullback Chris Wyles got the numbers tumbling for the first-seaters with a grounding at 16'; Sarries are now in front by four with three to go; Exeter Chiefs kept its slender playoff hopes alive with 24-18 result past Worcester Warriors; 14 points by Chiefs flyhalf, Gareth Steenson, on a try, three conversions and a penalty along with groundings by fullback Luke Arscott and lock Dean Mumm provided the result; Sale Sharks drew level London Irish in the 79th minute at 33 for everybody with a penalty goal by its #10, Nick MacLeod, and picked up the four-try, bonus-point in the traveling bargain to edge further away the Premiership basement;

Upcomers Friday, 4.12 Sale Sharks v Gloucester Salford City Stadium, 12:45pm MDT Saturday, 4.13 Harlequins v Bath, The Stoop, 7:15am MDT; Exeter Chiefs v London Irish, Sandy Park, 8:00am MDT; Sunday, 4.14 London Welsh v Northampton Saints, Kassam Stadium, 8:00am MDT; Saracens v Worcester Warriors, Copthall Stadium, 8:00am MDT; Leicester Tigers v London Wasps, Welford Road, 8:45am MDT raptorsopsbraptorsopsbraptorsopsbraptorsopsb


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Distances between land masses not to scale

Australia S R C

G W L

New Zealand S R C

T Pts

South Africa S R C

G

W

L

T

Pts

Chiefs

6

5

1

25

Brumbies 6

5

1

27

Reds

7

5

2

22

Crusaders

5

3

2

20

Waratahs 6

3

3

17

Hurricanes

5

3

2

18

Force

6

1

5

10

Blues

5

2

3

17

Rebels

6

1

5

9

Highlanders 5

0

5

6

Sharks Cheetahs Bulls Stormers Kings

G

W

L

5 6 6 5 5

4 4 3 2 1

1 2 3 3 4

T

Pts

21 18 15 15 8

Super XV: weekend 3/29-31 Reds enjoyed their first Super Rugby success in Dunedin as they pipped the Highlanders, 34-33, en route to the bonus-point at Forsyth Barr; the visitors form #9, Will Genia, touched down Reds fourth try and a pair of late penalties by flyhalf Quade Cooper provided for the victory over the Highlanders side; clever Cooper terry kicks and huge skirmish work in the host business district meant front foot action by the travelers in the early stages and a 7-nil lead; Highlanders responded at the middle part of the first forty with Colin Slade true on two penalties and the conversion of 8-man Elliot Dixon's grounding, which had the home team up 13-7, but Reds were able to reclaim the lead by halftime, 21-16, and thereafter never trailed; Hurricanes never either trailed the visiting Kings in Wellington as they lowered the boom on the monarchists, 46-30, in a lively affair that saw nine total trys touched down by the clubs; a grounding by outside fiveeighths, Ronnie Cooke, and its conversion by #10 Demetri Catrakilis in the 49 th minute meant a close chase then at 29-23, but a touch down by the 'Canes young flanker, Brad Shields, at 64' followed by an intercept, streak-and-dot by flyer Alapati Leiua (72'), closed the deal for the hosts; Chiefs broke open a close (9-6) contest in the second period with a pair of converted trys by replacement front row Ben Tameifuna (46') and outside center Richard Kahui (62') to make the scores 23-9; a late con. next boulderprovoboulderprovoboulderprovoboulderprovoboulderprovoboulderprovo


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grounding by young Blues' flyer George Moala near time, and its conversion by relief standoff, Baden Kerr, meant a losing bonus point to the visitors;

Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano, good for 18 markers from his bounteous boot, struck the winning sticksplitter at the death to preserve victory for the home side over Bulls at 23-20; the Australian Conference leaders never trailed, though there were two instances of drawn scores at 3-all (20') and 20-the-pair in the 79th minute; a try by fullback Robbie Coleman at the end of the initial stanza completed the tally for the mob, while trys by wing Jurgen Visser (48') and center JJ Engelbrecht (78') along with a tenner from the toe of presumptive Springbok #10, Morne Steyn, made up the numbers for the travelers; Pat who? It took a minute for the home side to fire up the flight engines and Melbourne Rebels won through 34 minutes plus, 6-3, but then Cheetahs did what they do best, run; and they ran in a handful in 34-16 victory at Free State Stadium ; Crusaders were poor guests in Capetown, topping their hosts 19-14; Stormers had three minutes of multiplephase attack at the end in Crusaders business district, but an awesome display of consummate stoppage by the travelers provided the result; Waratahs just managed to get past Western Force, 23-19, at Allianz Stadium; 'Tahs scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin was good for 18 with six penalty goals slotted and Adam Ashley-Cooper scored the try, while South African Sias Ebersohn struck 14 on four penalties and the conversion of #15 Alfie Mafi's powertry;

Upcoming – Super Rugby Round 8 – just when you may have thought you have the time enigma solved, daylight savings time will end this weekend in Australia and New Zealand, good luck: Blues v Highlanders at Eden Park;

Brumbies Kings at Canberra Stadium;

Sharks v Crusaders at Kings Park;

Hurricanes v Waratahs at Westpac Stadium;

Force v Rebels at NIB Stadium;

Cheetahs v Stormers at Free State Stadium Bulls, Chiefs, Reds are off

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final 2013 Pool numbers

Club

Games Won Lost

Tied

Pool

Pts

Saracens Munster

6 6

5 4

1 2

1 1

23 20

Racing Edinburgh

6 6

3 0

3 6

1 1

12 0

Tigers Toulouse Ospreys Benetton Treviso

6 6 6

4 4 2

1 2 3

2 2 2

20 19 12

6

1

5

2

5

Harlequins Biarritz Connacht Zebre

6 6 6 6

6 3 3 0

0 3 3 6

3 3 3 3

28 15 8 0

Ulster

6

5

1

4

23

Saints Castres Glasgow

6 6 6

3 3 1

3 3 5

4 4 4

15 14 6

Clermont Auvergne

6

6

0

5

28

Leinster Chiefs Scarlets

6 6 6

4 2 0

2 4 6

5 5 5

20 9 2

Toulon

6

5

1

6

23

Montpellier Blues Sharks

6 6 6

5 1 1

1 5 5

6 6 6

22 6 4

1 1

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