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Jr. Gents celebrate comeback, semifinal victory
image: Curtis Fletcher
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In this Issue:
• High School Playoffs • Men’s D-‐1 playoff action • Touch Judge/Assistant Referee training – YOU get in game! • TRY League Youth Symposium • High Performance Youth Camp • 2013 Summer Mountain League Match Schedule • mini Golden Oldies staging for weekend prior to… • 46th Annual Aspen Ruggerfest: Ruggerfest XLVI • International Pro Update
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High School Division-‐2 Semifinal #1: PAC v Jr. Gents In a matchup of mountain sides, Front Range’s PAC RFC and the Western Slope’s Jr. Gents from the Roaring Fork Valley, battled until the referee Brian Kelly’s last blast, at which a lead change and victor was determined. A vagrant wind gusting crossfield marred an otherwise perfect rugby day at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park that saw PAC in a comfortable lead at half before Jr. Gents came on strong in the second stanza for the final challenge. PAC spent much of the opening stages of the match in their opponent’s territory, yet a staunch defense by Gents proved effective with turnover ball being subsequently launched downfield by halfbacks Matt Williams and Wiehan Pretorius as occasioned by circumstance. PAC were pressuring in the Gents business district midway through the period and were awarded a penalty six meters from goal; a wonscrum by PAC was channeled to the point of service when a brilliant poach by Williams enabled him clear his lines while in traffic. Pretorius had a long range shot on goal fall short in the 19th minute and PAC were back into it with crashes from out the loose by sizable lock, Don Fuller, and jagging spurts of the openside, Connor Kissler, until a penalty award five meters out of Gents goal was quickly tapped and from the ensuing breakdown, Kissler delivered the news via sweet cut across the paint and the try; with flyhalf Alex Wormer’s conversion, PAC were up 7-‐nil in the 22nd minute. PAC kept its foot on gas and stormed into Gents 22 for a grounding by tighthead, Zach Toler, four minutes on and the lads went for instruction at referee Kelly’s halftime signal with PAC in front by a dozen, 12-‐0. The Eastern Slope’s PAC enjoyed a great deal of possession and distinct territorial advantage in the first thirty, while the Gents assisted that often with breakdown infringements being assessed at some regularity stymieing their advance, thus shutting down the Gents capably talented three-‐quartersline. The second stanza featured PAC forward rushes and first-‐channel backline moves versus Gents grappling turnovers and lengthy territorials from Pretorius’ boot, but no more scoring until Gents outside center Kody Fox burst from his own 22 and made forty meters rapidly before being brought to ground. PAC were pinged at the breakdown and a quickly-‐tapped penalty had inside center, Jonny Medrano, away into space for his grounding and Pretorius’ followup deuce, and things tightened up considerably coming up on the midpoint of the second period at 12-‐7. But PAC replied straightaway as flyer Jack Fitsimmons finished a sweeping crossfield movement in the corner for Wormer’s conversion and PAC were back in front by a duz, 19-‐7, in the 15th minute of period two. A penalty struck true by Pretorius from PAC’s ten-‐meter line in front of the posts meant 19-‐10 to PAC 20 minutes into the second half. PAC were judged to have been repeatedly offside at the end of a Gents mobile mover in PAC’s business district and the ensuing penalty-‐try award along with its completion by Pretorius; and things got jumping hugely with six to go and two points separating the sides at 19-‐17. barbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshuns
Gents stayed on the front foot and received penalty award twenty-‐five meters from PAC’s goal. Pretorius stepped back, lowered his head, approached surely, struck sublimely and Gents had their first lead for the record at 20-‐19 as Kelly’s final whistle sounded. Scoring PAC – Try: Kissler, Toler, Fitsimmons; Con: Wormer (2); Jr. Gents – Try: Medrano, PT; Con: Pretorius (2); Pen: Pretorius (2); Match Officials: Brian Kelly, Mark Huff, Steve Kirshner High School Division-‐2 Semifinal #2: Ft. Collins v Castle Rock In the second D-‐2 matchup, first seeded Fort Collins showed why in topping Castle Rock 27-‐14. The victorious club from Colorado’s Northern Reaches will square off against West Slope’s Jr. Gents in the D-‐2 title match at 12:50pm, this Saturday at Glendale’s Infinity Park Rugby Stadium, called the Kettle for the rugby what cooks therein, in what is certain to be, “a fine show of footie.” High School Division-‐2 Semifinal #1: Grizzlies v Eagles Colorado Springs Grizzlies RFC defeated Littleton Eagles RFC, 53-‐19, in the first, Division-‐1 semifinal on Saturday at Dick’s, and will defend its 2012 Championship title on Saturday versus… High School Division-‐1 Semifinal #2: Saracens v Angels In a match that saw three lead changes within the final five minutes, East had the last comment and the result, 26-‐22 Numbers" true with a sticksplitter image: C. Fletcher Saracen on a tear! image: C. Fletcher
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The following sequence depicts the pick-‐and-‐go from Angels openside flanker, subsequent contact by Saracens defender and arrival of support -‐ all images: C. Fletcher
High School Division-‐3 Semifinal: Titans v Vikings Titans defeated Northside Vikings, 36-‐17, in the last match of the day on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Rugby Park and will face RidgeView Academy in the D-‐3 championship match on Saturday in the Kettle with an 11am boot.
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USA Rugby Men’s D-‐1 Round of 32 Denver Barbarians v Austin Huns May 4th, 2013 Shea Stadium, Littleton, Co
The Austin Huns marauding horde trekked across the wasteland known as west Texas to the front range of the majestic Rocky Mountains to assault the pinnacle of rugby that is the Denver Barbarians. The Barbos were able to repel the Huns’ assault and cruise to a 52-‐19 victory and a spot in the round of 16 in Irving, Texas.
Barbarians lineout take with goal in view image: J. Makus At the onset, Denver established the superior running form that would lead to many breakaway tries on the night. Inside center Taylor Howden made a 50m jaunt before an untimely knock-‐on ended that foray. However, a 5m scrum to Denver resulted in an easy break by outside center Kyle Hitt for the initial points, and flyhalf Maximo De Achaval’s conversion made it 7-‐0 Denver minutes into the match. After De Achaval took umbrage at an Austin player’s illegal hit, the referee saw fit to let him cool off in the sin bin, giving the Huns a man advantage. The shorthanded Barbos responded by driving their own lineout 12m for a pushover try by prop Chris Moreno and a conversion by Howden to go up 14-‐0 at the 15 minute mark.
A nice break by Austin outside center Paddy Watson was foiled when his winger fumbled away a certain try. As fate would have it, the Huns scored moments later as the result of an intercept by winger Matt Radzavich to cut the deficit, 5-‐14. The apparent vulnerability refocused Denver’s concentration, and great pursuit at the restart by lock Jon Poynter harried Austin into conceding a 10m lineout to the Barbos. From there is was easy picking as Hitt darted through to touch down for his second time in the match. Denver refused to let off the gas, and another Howden line-‐ break found the Barbos deep in Austin territory. Reversing the field, the Denver backs quickly found wing Antwun Baker flying down the sideline for an easy try in the corner. The Barbos had not completed their first half onslaught, though, and their final endeavor was initiated by captain and flanker Logan Collins, who pilfered possession from an overly long Austin throw-‐in and smashed through a bewildered Huns backline. Led The Shea Stadium Rugby Showcase was rocking on the Saturday! image: J. Makus
by number eight Jake Humphrey, the ensuing run of play could only be described as champagne rugby as the Barbos forwards and backs combined elusive moves, copious supporting runs, and timely offloads culminating in De Achaval notching both the try and the extras, making Denver kickers perfect for the half, ending it 35-‐5 in favor of the home side. The second half saw Denver give the rest of its roster a taste of the playoffs and the Huns showed pride by capitalizing on their opportunities and fighting until the final whistle. It started well for Austin, as they were led by their most consistent playmaker, flyhalf Blaine Miller, whose stolen ball enabled flanker Jeff Easthagen to rumble in for the try. Winger Alex Lilos’ conversion brought the score to 35-‐12, Denver still in command. After a steal and a long break by scrumhalf Tom Staab, the Barbos were able to spin the ball wide to winger Mike Garrity for another corner try. After Austin answered back with a try by lock Brian Welborn, substitute Tyson Meek showed fresh legs darting between tacklers for a 40m try at the three-‐quarter mark of the match. After some nifty moves by center-‐turned-‐lock Adam Drury, fullback Phil White was able to cap off the move and add five more to the tally. De Achaval completed the night’s scoring, ending the game 52-‐19 for Denver. Man of the match honors went to Austin flanker, Easthagen, and Denver number eight, Humphrey. The Huns complete a well-‐played season, while the Barbos venture to Irving, Texas in search of more glory at the National Round of 16 on May 19th. Austin: Tries – Radzavich, Easthagen, B. Welborn. Cons – Lilos (2) Denver: Tries – Hitt (2), C. Moreno, De Achaval, Baker, Garrity, Meek, White. Cons – Howden, De Achaval (5) barbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshuns
Glendale Raptors v Dallas Reds In the Round of 32, USA Rugby’s opening stages of men’s, division-‐1, clubside national championship play, Glendale Raptors and Dallas Reds clashed at Glendale’s formidable home grounds. A six-‐point margin at break was opened up to 28 by referee Kurt Weaver’s last whistle, as the sides shared nine touch downs in total, albeit unevenly, in lively action at Infinity on a rapidly cooling Saturday evening. Front foot action by Glendale early as a comprehensive control of all lineout tosses enabled Raptors the attack, while earnest industry by Dallas at the breakdown meant turnover ball and the Reds forward maul worked in fits and starts until Raptors were pinged for hands in the breakdown and flyhalf Jordan Macey exacted payment with a sticksplitter from 28 meters out between the hashes: Dallas Reds 3 Glendale Raptors 0, 10 minutes into it. Raptors drew even five minutes on with a penalty goal by scrumhalf Shaun Davies struck from inside the Reds ten-‐meter line and just off the left post. Dallas were working the short bangers from the maul and breakdown well and into the Glendale 22. Three quick, slippy bangers in the Raptors business district to establish a presence, swift service from the loose piece inclose and a sly crosskick by Macey to flyer Taryn Albritton for the grounding; with Macey’s added deuce Dallas were back in front, 10-‐3, midway through the first forty. A breakdown infringement by Reds just inside their own ten-‐meter line, centrepost, and Davies notched the reprimand to reduce the margin of separation to four at minute 23. Glendale were back in the Reds business district with a scrum-‐put five meters from goal. That won, a power push angled to the corner and 8-‐man, Nic Johnson, snatched ball and broke across goal for the grounding; we’d a new leader at 11-‐10 Raptors with 30 gone. The home team got another four minutes before Weaver’s halftime signal when flyhalf, Ata Malifa, toed a lovely little clipper ahead from eighteen out, and first five-‐eighths Mark Sztyndera collected and crossed for the try that stretched the Glendale lead to six at the half, 16-‐10. Some aerial work from each side and then effective countering measures in return, made for a fine display of rugby in the first period: Raptors sky-‐high and productive at lineouts, while Reds saw success with determined, steady forwards play. Glendale got aboard first after the re-‐start when Malifa grubbed a greaser through a defenders legs inclose and onrushing flyer, Preston Bryant, gathered certainly for the touch down. Conversion by second center, Mike Graham, and we’d scores of 23-‐10 to Raptors in the 46th minute. ftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgentsftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgentsftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgents
Raptors kept the Kettle on high with queries off Malifa’s toe proving difficult for the visitors. A misplay by Dallas in their own business district had Raptors arriving in numbers. Cover and collection by wing Dustin Croy saw his sublime offload to fullback James Paterson in close support. That #15 stepped through a pair of would-‐ be stoppers and accelerated to goal for the try: 28-‐10 Raptors at minute 51. The hosts were back in Dallas territory behind a blinder by Bryant in return of a failed clearance. Fast hands to Paterson and a deft transfer had Croy cross in the corner for his dot and 33, 10 and 58 were the important numbers with new boots coming afield on both sides. Dallas replied well with movement into Glendale’s 22 and patiently progressed inside their hosts business district until a Raptors infringement at the loose piece enabled Trevor ‘Rys’ Bal the quick-‐tap and that sure-‐ handed and speedy lock was across for Macey’s conversion: 33-‐17 in the 62nd minute and the travelers looking keen. Visitors kept on the front foot and launched forays into the Glendale half, but the Raptors were able to contain and clear until, on attack at Dallas 22 meter line, a dangerous tackle by Dallas first five-‐eighth earned that man an early seat and Raptors a one-‐man advantage with 72 minutes gone. And that benefit bore fruit as blindside Zac Pauga snatched ball from the breakdown inside the Dallas 22, fended his way to space, and outpaced the chase to goal for Malifa’s conversion: 40-‐17 at minute 75. Glendale got the last shout and Pauga got his brace after gathering a Malifa skipper with time fleeing fast in the 79th minute, 45-‐17. And those were the final numbers as Weaver’s last blast indicated the record. Scoring Glendale – Try: Johnson, Sztyndera, Bryant, Paterson, Croy, Z. Pauga (2) ; Con: Graham, Malifa; Pen: Davies (2) Dallas – Try: Albritton, Bal; Con: Macey (2); Pen: Macey Match Officials: Kurt Weaver, Gary Hartzell, Larry Johnson Glendale will face Belmont Shore in the next round of play Saturday, May 18th in Irvine, Texas at the Las Colinas Rugby Polo Grounds. This will be a re-‐match of the USA Rugby 2012 division-‐1 title match. Bit of a barnburner in the Lone Star State, wouldn’t one think? While Denver Barbarians will be onpitch at the Colinas Rugby Grounds for to test Santa Monica Dolphins RFC in their Round of 16 matchup; Each seek a berth in USA Rugby’s “Best Four”, a competition which will take place in Glendale on the first weekend in June.
Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union Referee Society Touch Judge and Assistant Referee Course, May 18th, 1:00 pm, Course will be held at the Glendale Administration Building (950 South Birch Street Glendale, CO 80246) next to Infinity Park. This is the perfect opportunity for parents, coaches, and players to get involved and to learn more about the game! The course consist of instructor led discussion, video clips, and other course materials where participants in the Touch Judge course will learn when the ball is in touch, Touch Judge signals, places of throw in, positioning and Seven-‐a-‐side variations.
Participants in the Assistant Referee course will learn how to adjudicate foul play, signaling and reporting, positioning, and how to use communication systems. The courses will culminate with a brief quiz to validate the participant’s certification as a USA Rugby Touch Judge or Assistant Referee. Registrants must have current CIPP registration with USA Rugby. Cost: $25 (course fee, $50 if completing both Tough Judge and Assistant Referee courses). Both the Touch Judge course and Assistant Referee course will be held back to back. Please make sure to register for both courses if attending both. TJ Course Registration: https://www.allplayers.com/g/referees_certification_courses_touch_judge_touch_judge_may_18th_glendale _co/register/select AR Course Registration: https://www.allplayers.com/g/referees_certification_courses_assistant_referee_assistant_referee_may_18th _glendale_co/register/select ftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgentsftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgentsftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgents
Try Rugby Symposium
2013 Registration Form Advertise Your Business to Over 2,000 Rugby Parents Event Name: 1st TRY Rugby Symposium (Limited to 40 vendors per Event) Event Fee: $50.00 each + Door Prize/Silent Auction Item (Value: $50.00 and up) Event Time: Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm -‐ Setup Time: 8:00am -‐ Rain Check: July 6th, 2013 Trailwinds Park, Thornton, CO Deadline: Saturday, June 8th, 2013 Northern Event Place: Trailwinds Park, 13500 Holly St, Thornton, CO -‐ Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 Southern Event Place: David A. Lorenz Regional Park, 8422 S Colorado Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO, June 29th, 2013 I will attend and will provide my own table, chairs and canopy and agree to pay the event fee and donate an item(s). I will not be attending but will donate something for the Silent Auction and/or Door Prize. Item Description: ______________________________________________________Value: _____________Qty:_______ I will donate $50.00 to be used to purchase items for the silent auction or door prize under my name and/or Business. -‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐ Amount Paid: ____________________________ Cash: ________________ Payment by Credit Card: _________________ Check #: ____________ Payable to: RUGBY COLORADO Name on Card: ______________________________________________________________ Type: _______________________ Card Number: _______________________________________________________________ Security Code: _______________ Expiration Date: (MM/YY) ____________/______________ Signature: ___________________________________________
MAIL THIS FORM TO: Northside Youth Rugby Club 3170 Prince Circle, Broomfield, CO 80020 or Scan E-‐mail: northsideTRYrugby@hotmail.com For further inquiries call Cecil at 720-‐436-‐6972 or Kat at 512-‐743-‐1725 PLEASE NOTE: If you are a “no show”, there are no refunds. Vendors will be notified when approved by the Rugby Colorado TRY Committee barbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshuns
Summer rugby is on the horizon!
RMC June 14 -‐ 16
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
June 8, 2013 June 15, 2013 June 22, 2013 June 29, 2013 July 6, 2013 July 13, 2013 July 20, 2013 July 27, 2013 August 3, 2013 August 10, 2013 September 20, 2013
Rocky Mountain Challenge – All Star U-‐17s and U-‐19s featuring
Denver Barbarians B @ Steamboat
Grand Junction @ Breckenridge Denver Barbos B @ Steamboat @ Brckenridge Grand Junction Vail @ Breckenridge
Steamboat @ Glenwood
Breckenridge @ Steamboat COW PIE @ STEAMBOAT Aspen @ Breckenridge Breckenridge @ Glenwood SKI TOWN @ Glenwood
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Vail @ Aspen
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Glenwood @ Vail
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Vail @ Breckenridge
Steamboat @ Glenwood
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Grand Junction @ Glenwood COW PIE @ STEAMBOAT
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Denver Barbos B Breckenridge @ @ Vail Glenwood SKI TOWN @ SKI TOWN @ Glenwood Glenwood Steamboat @ Glenwood @ Old Boys @ Vail Steamboat @ Vail Vail Aspen Aspen Aspen Ruggerfest Aspen Ruggerfest Aspen Ruggerfest Ruggerfest
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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
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Surrounded by Mountains in Beautiful Glenwood Springs Just Voted the Best Small Town to Visit in America! Hot Springs Rafting Bring the Girlfriend!
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Colorado Senior Olde Boys are making preparations for a golden oldies type warm-‐up rugby event that will happen on the weekend prior to 2013 Ruggerfest in an as yet to be determined location. Queries to: Fred Alexander mailto:Fsa333@aol.com CSOB RFC USA International Rep Golden Oldies Rugby
The G e n t l e m e n o f A s p e n would like to formally invite the World Masters Rugby clubs to participate in Aspen Ruggerfest 46 to be held September 12-15, 2013. We will have Open, 35's, 45's, 50's and 55's divisions. We are again actively pursuing a Women's Division this year. Ruggerfest provides your club with a great team-building atmosphere, and provides all with a great weekend of rugby celebration and camaraderie. Registration can be completed online at:
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Registration is not complete and your entry is not secured until payment is received. The entry fee will go up to $750 per team on August 1, 2013, so please register and pay prior to the price increase. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Aspen. John Lassalette President and Ruggerfest 46 Chairman Aspen Rugby Club, Inc. dba Gentlemen of Aspen RFC 1280 Ute Ave., Ste. 10 Aspen, CO 81611-‐2259 970-‐948-‐0141 cell ftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgentsftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgentsftcollinsjrgentsfortcollinsjrgents
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Heineken Cup Championship: Clermont Auvergne v Toulon, Heineken Cup It’ll be French Giants, Clermont-‐Auvergne and Toulon, battling at Lansdowne Road, Saturday May 18th for the right to hoist the Heineken Cup for a victory sup. The clubs reside in the #s 1 and 2 spots on the French Top XIV table as well, so there’s the possibility that those sides will clash in that championship title match also. Expect Clermont to try and open things up for its volatile three-‐quartersline, while Toulon can count on a bunch of numbers from the toe of its incandescent standoff, Jonny Wilkerson:
Rugby Atlas predicts: Clermont 25 – Toulon 27
Zebre looked good to claim its first RDP12 victory ever, before a 65th minute try by Munster replacement prop, John Ryan, who’d just come onto the pitch, dashed the Italian hope for the benchmark win, and they fell 25-‐27 to Munster in the final weekend of league play. Numbers 1-‐4 on the table last week are this week’s as well, so it’ll be Ulster hosting Scarlets at Ravenhill, Friday 5.10 and Leinster throwing a bash for Glasgow at the RDS on Saturday, 5-‐11. Of note: Ospreys had a shot at overtaking Scarlets for the last playoff berth, but they fell to Leinster on the weekend, 37-‐19, and languish in 5th on the final table and not at all in the playoff frames.
French Top XIV
top six playoff, first two get an initial round bye
French Top XIV
The top six places on the French Table continue in post-‐season with the first two, Clermont-‐Auvergne and Toulon receiving first round byes. •
Racing had a shot of unseating Castres and hosting their next match, but though they beat Castres by one point, they didn’t score the bonus point that would have put them in fourth, so they’ll travel to the Mediterranean coast for a date with Toulouse on Friday, 5.10. Saturday, 5.11, Castres will host Montpellier at Stade Pierre-‐Antoine in the round for the right to take on Toulon in the semifinals.
top four to semifinals
Aviva Premiership In what may have been the match of the season and in one that had no playoff implications as both sides failed to make last week’s determining cut, Exeter and Gloucester banged each other around Sandy Park for the full 80, touching down eight times between them in 40-‐39 victory for the home side; flyhalf Gareth Steenson was good for 25 points from the talent that is his toe in the winning effort; Thus with no change in the first four, Saracens will host Northampton Saints on Sunday, May 12 at Copthall Stadium, while Leicester Tigers serve up the rugby to Harlequins at Welford Road on Saturday, May 11 in the Premiership semifinal rounds.
Distances between land masses not to scale
Australia S R C
New Zealand S R C
South Africa S R C
G W L T Pts Brumbies 11 7 2 2 41
W L T Pts
2 2 39
Waratahs 10 5
8 1 18
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Super XV: weekend 5.4 Six Chris Noakes penalty strikes were sufficient to the task of holding the traveling Stormers at bay in Auckland as the Blues picked up four points in defense of the grounds at North Harbor Stadium; a brace of late groundings by Springboks center, Jean de Villiers, and an errant, squibbling drop-‐goal attempt at the death made for white-‐knuckle time and a one-‐point, 18-‐17, Blues victory; 31-‐14 were the numbers in the 50th minute as the travelers built a healthy lead, only to allow 19 Rebels points on trys by: lock Hugh Pyle (62’ for his brace), scrumhalf Nick Phipps (67’) and fullback Kurtley Beale (74’ on a looping drifter) in the last thirty; however, Derek Anscombe’s tryple and his nine booted numbers assisted groundings by inside center Bundee Aki in the eighth minute, openside Sam Cane at 49’ and the provider by lock Brodie Retallick (69’) meaning 39-‐33, five point joy for the Chiefs at the Rectangular Stadium; One half dozen trys by home team, Bulls, abetted by 16 points from the gifted toe of flyhalf, Morne Steyn, meant the five-‐pointer for Bulls over a travelling Hurricanes show that only managed a brace of scrumhalf TJ Perenara groundings and their conversions by flyhalf Beauden Barrett in 14-‐48 defeat; Three point win, 25-‐22, by Highlanders over the visiting Sharks meant the initial result for the Kiwi-‐ Caledonians while the Fishies have slipped to their fourth defeat running; Sharks were up, 15-‐7, at half yet could not maintain their advantage; 15 points from flyhalf Colin Slade along with a pair of dots by inside center Sean Treeby (10’) and scrumhalf Aaron Smith (54’) provided for the victory; barbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshunsbarbarianshuns
Zero the margin between Western Force and Reds in a coast-‐to-‐coast battle that saw much action inland but little border breaching; Force were in line for the legendary result at 11-‐6 in the last ten, but a try by replacement flyer Chris Feauai-‐Sautia in the 72nd minute enabled the relative’s kiss at the Perth Oval at 11-‐the-‐ pair; Eleven the number of trys touched down by the travelers in a riotous dismantling of Southern Kings at Mytjalies-‐Mandela Bay Stadium on the day; Waratahs got up by 46-‐10 at the half and had extended that margin to 72-‐10 by the ref’s last blast; Seven the points separation between Brumbies and Crusaders, at 23-‐30, and the visiting New Zealanders are on three results in a row, while the Oz Mob are 1-‐2-‐1 since the end of March; Crusaders = form, while the once hard-‐charging Brumbies are experiencing a sense of futility, one should think; Upcomers – Round 13 Chiefs v Western Force at ECOlight Stadium; Cheetahs v Hurricanes at Free State Stadium; Waratahs v Stormers at Allianz Stadium; Sat. 11 May
Reds v Sharks at Suncorp Stadium; Blues v Rebels at Eden Park; Southern Kings v Highlanders at Mytjalies-‐Mandela Bay
Kings v http://www.superxv.com/force/Highlanders