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U18 – In Poznan – England Vs Ireland in final

U18 – In Poznan – England to face Ireland in final

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On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, the U18 semi-finals of the European Championships gave their result.

The Finals, identical to that of the 2012 in Madrid will deceive between England and Ireland in Wronki on Saturday, April 19th at 4:30 pm.

The 3rd place final will set Wales to France in Wronki again (12:30 am).u182014a

Results

England 11-09 Wales in Pobiedziska
France 24-11 Ireland in Plewiska
Portugal 13-35 Scotland in Opalenica
Italy 15-13 Georgia in Opalenica

Next matches on Saturday, April the 19th, 2014-04-15

Finals in Wronki at 4 :30pm England-Ireland Internet live streaming
3rd/4th in Wronki at 12 :30am Wales-France Internet live streaming
5th place in Plewiska at 11am Scotland-Italy Internet live streaming
7th place Opalenica at 11am Portugal-Georgia Internet live streaming

Summaries 

England 11-09 Wales in Pobiedziska
Very intense match, with a strong wind blowing in favour of Wales during the first half. It was an envenly matched game and until the last 3 minutes, Wales led 9 – 8. English made a successfull penalty which lead them to the victory, 2 minutes before the end of the match. Both team playing a controlled defensive style, as well as hail and wind prevented from elaborating beautiful phases of rugby.

France 24-11 Ireland in Plewiska
We noticed the French’s lack of lucidity on their last gesture, during the first half, when the Irish lean on their scrum (17-11). France couldn’t find an offensive solution to score, the Irish team mastered the second half.

Portugal 13-35 Scotland in Opalenica
The Portuguese team played run out because of the wind, playing a lot with the ball (8-13). Scotland totally controlled the second half staying in the Portuguese’s side.

Italy 15-13 Georgia in Opalenica
Georgia played without varying the game, by challenging its forwards. Italy knew how to contain gallantly the Georgian assaults. Having spent a lot of energy in the first half, the Italian, who were led the whole match, ended with a victorious try, only two minutes of the end.


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April 16, 2014 Posted by | England, FIRA-AER, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, U18s, Wales | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hurricanes crushed Lions to lift Delhi Cup

Hurricanes crushed Lions to lift Delhi Cup

Hurricanes crushed Lions to lift Delhi Cup

Delhi Hurricanes, a Premier rugby club of India defeated Delhi Lions by 36-0 to win the inaugural North India Rugby Championship-2014 for Delhi Cup, at the Home of Hurricanes, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The Hurricanes dominated the game from the start till the end. which has been the story of this edition of NIRC-14 for Hurricanes. Hurricanes’ domination was such that they played almost all the game in opposition 22 especially in the 1st half but somehow could not get points for all their efforts. Hurricanes had been doing a lot of hard work specially with their forwards for last 2-3 weeks under Sir Alex Murphy & Dave Mollard, who probably played his last game for Hurricanes, & that was visible during the match.

Scrum was totally dominated by them though they had much heavier opposition. Lions had no penetration in their attack & most of the time they took aerial root to come out from the strangle hold of Hurricanes. Hurricanes were excellent in rush defense well led by two brothers Deepak Lee Dagar & Gautam Dagar. Most of the time tackled got converted in turnover balls. Tackling was awesome & Hurricanes got inspired from the game between Western Force team and NSW Warathas, which played Saturday eve in Super Rugby, where smaller team made bigger team tiny. Deepak Punia & Jagga Dagar had an excellent game & showed why Jagga is such a big name in Indian Rugby & Deepak Punia, the prodigy & the future of Indian Rugby. Hurricanes were great in rucks too & they improved a lot in this department. Game was played on very fast pace & Hurricanes beat Lions in this department too. For Lions, Sarib had an excellent game & tackling from Lions were also good but they could not cope up with the speed of Hurricanes.

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Scrum was totally dominate

Match was set by a great tackle by Hurricanes’ Deepak Punia on Lions’ Captain Vishal and in the 17th minute of the game Pepsi scored his 1st try in the right flank of the field which could not be converted and score was 5-0. Meanwhile Hurricanes scored two more tries but Referee thought otherwise. In the 35th min. of the game Pepsi made another try for Hurricanes after great work done by their forwards which also could not be converted. They got penalty in the dying moment of the 1st half but Deepak Dagar could not convert another kick to goal & score line was 10-0 by half time.

Hurricanes gave a long thought to their strategy in the half time & they did better in 2nd half as far as scoring was concerned but made too many mistakes despite dominating the game. Too many penalties given to Lions but Lions were clueless & could not convert them in positive way. In the 5th min. of 2nd half Jagga scored a brilliant try which was converted by Deepak punia & score was 17-0 and after 6 minutes another try was scored by giant Simone which was again converted by Deepak Punia. Lions had given up the hopes of any revival despite 13 Hurricanes players at one time on the field. In the 70th min. Scrum half Prince Khatri made 5th try for Hurricanes. Prince Khatri had also a very good game & it was his 1st game as a Scrum Half, try was converted by Deepak Punia and in the dying moment of the game Jagga scored a brilliant try from the 40 meters from his own half.

Hurricanes’ Coach showed happiness over the result but was not pleased with so many handling errors of his team & their inability to score from the dominating positions though he was very happy to see their defensive game & Scrums but not happy with their line outs & kicking game & not showing the enough patience in phases.

Captain Dave was given a great send off by Hurricanes & his hakka(a maouri war dance) was the highlight of the concluding ceremony.

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Delhi Hurricanes

International Hurricanes player Gautam Dagar was also not pleased with their inability to execute their plans in this match though he was satisfied with his team domination in the attacks & defense & their win against the bigger opponent in the size.

DRA organized the championship very well. DRA is very thankful to Fenesta for sponsoring the championship. Winners were given Rs.50000/-, Runner up-20000/-, Man of the finals-5000/- & Man of the tournament-7500/-

Prizes were given by Mr. Alex Murphy, Dr. Inder, Dr. Naleen Mehta and Mr. Sarvinder Dabas. Hurricanes were handed over the Delhi cup by Mr. Alex Murphy.

Venue- Home of Hurricanes, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.
Date & time – 13.04.2014
Match Score:

Delhi Hurricanes-36
Pepsi-2 tries(17th , 36th min.), Jagga- 2 tries (45th min. & 79th min.), Simone-1 try (52nd min.), Prince-1 try (68th min.)

Conversion-3 by Deepak Punia (46th, 53rd, 69th min.)

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Man of the match- Jagga Dagar

Man of the tournament-Deepak Punia

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April 16, 2014 Posted by | Asian Rugby, India | , , | Leave a comment

SA Women defend CAR Sevens title

SA Women defend CAR Sevens title

Zenay Jordaan captained South Africa to their sixth CAR Sevens title

The Springbok Women Sevens side successfully defended their CAR Sevens title by beating hosts Kenya 15-0 in the final. 

The result will act as a boost for coach Renfred Dazel ahead of South Africa’s appearance in the fifth and final round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Amsterdam next month.

“The IRB Sevens Series is important for us in many ways, said Dazel.

“Apart from facing some of the top teams in the world, we are determined to prove that we are good enough to be among the eight core teams on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series circuit, with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games approaching.

“So hopefully the team will be able to build on this impressive performance next month and make their presence felt.”caf2

The side opened their campaign with a 19-0 win over Senegal, before defeating Madagascar 19-12 in the pool stages. In their third and final pool match they came face to face with the eventual runners-up Kenya, emerging 21-12 victors.caf2

The three victories booked captan Zenay Jordaan and her side a place in the semi finals against Zimbabwe, and with form and confidence high they ran out eventual 43-0 winners, before they claimed the title by beating Kenya.

Kenya booked their place in the final by beating Tunisia 14-10 in the second semi final, with the latter going on to beat Zimbabwe to win the Plate. Uganda won the Bowl and Senegal the Shield in the other finals.

“I am proud of the team,” added Dazel.

“We arrived in Kenya with very little knowledge about the opposition sides, so a large part of our focus was on what we wanted to achieve in terms of our game plan, and it was fantastic to see the team implement it so effectively.”

The win follows an encouraging third-place finish at the Hong Kong Invitational last month, and adds to victories in the CAR series in 2013, 2011, 2008, 2007 and 2006.


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April 15, 2014 Posted by | African Rugby, Women's Rugby | , , , , , | Leave a comment

RR vs IRB – World Rankings

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 So we have been asked about our World Rankings , After the latest World Rankings Published today by the IRB , we thought that after 24 weeks of RugbyRedefined.com running our own ratings that includes teams that play TEST RUGBY that the IRB DO NOT rank we thought again, how are we going ?

Well !!! apart from the odd 0.01  ranking point here below we show you the difference between RugbyRedefined.com’s Teams Position (RR POS) and IRB’s Team Positions (IRB Pos) along with RugbyRedefined.com’s Rank (RR Rank) and the IRB Rating .

RugbyRedefined.com published our current ratings on the 13th April Sunday NZ Time while the IRB’s Current Ratings have been published on the 15th April NZ TIME.

2014  RR Rankings Archive : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar 13th April

You be the judge … !

Here is our current TOP 20 with IRB Comparison

Click HERE to view our full “152 Country”

RR vs IRB Ranking Comparison

RR.Pos
IRB Pos
Test Nations + RR/IRB PT Difference
RR.Rank
IRB.Rating
1
1(1)
NEW ZEALAND – 0.00
93.81
93.81
2
2(2)
SOUTH AFRICA – 0.01
89.33
89.34
3
3(3)
AUSTRALIA – 0.01
86.87
86.88
4
4(4)
ENGLAND – 0.01
85.67
85.68
5
5(5)
IRELAND0.02
82.11
82.13
6
6(6)
WALES0.01
80.69
80.70
7
7(7)
FRANCE0.03
80.04
80.07
8
8(8)
SAMOA0.01
77.33
77.34
9
9(9)
ARGENTINA0.00
76.44
76.44
10
10(10)
SCOTLAND0.00
75.16
75.16
11
11(11)
FIJI0.00
74.21
74.21
12
12(12)
TONGA0.00
73.21
73.21
13
13(13)
JAPAN0.00
72.06
72.06
14
14(14)
ITALY0.01
72.04
72.05
15
15(15)
CANADA0.01
70.76
70.75
16
16(16)
GEORGIA0.00
70.46
70.46
17
17(17)
ROMANIA0.00
68.08
68.08
18
18(18)
USA0.83
68.04
67.21
19
19(19)
RUSSIA0.01
62.57
62.58
20
21(21)
SPAIN0.01
60.64
60.65

Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar 13th April


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April 15, 2014 Posted by | RR World Rankings | , | Leave a comment

RR World Rankings – 13th April 2014

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Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar


It has been 4 weeks since we last updated the RugbyRedefined World Rankings and what a 4 weeks !

USA Qualified for the RWC 2015 , European Nations Cup has been in full swing and throw in the odd Sevens Tournaments , Men and Women !

But this RR World Ranking update covers the results from 13 matches from the 22nd March though till the 12th April , and movement aplenty .

As New Zealand still rule the roost holding the RR World Ranking #1 position for the 23rd week since the inception of our rankings the jostling for positions has been very competitive. Spain Have climbed one spot to make the Top 20 , while Moldova climbs three places to 25th after their recent 28-08 victory over Ukraine.

The biggest climber though this time round is Denmark  who climb seven places from 74th to 67th place on the back of their away win in Serbia. And the Biggest Drop ! will that went to Switzerland who will upset at home to Malta , the Swiss fell 5 places and out of the top 40 while Malta jump three places form 44th to 41st place.

The Full list of the Movers up and down follows with the FULL Rankings below them.

Movers: (Up)  — > Movers: (Down)

RESULTS Pos Movers Down Change Last.Pos Rank
Sat.22.Mar RWCQ Uruguay 27 v 27 USA 21 URUGUAY -1 20 60.13
Sat 28 Mar RWCQ USA 32 v 13 Uruguay 26 HONG KONG -1 25 56.36
Sat 28 Mar ENC2B Andorra 23 v 13 Serbia 27 GERMANY -1 26 56.20
Sat 5 Apr ENC1B Poland 12 v 21 Moldova 28 CHILE -1 27 55.44
Sat 5 Apr ENC1B Germany 76 v 12 Czech.Republic 30 BELGIUM -1 29 53.88
Sat 5 Apr ENC2A Malta 10 v 33 Netherlands 31 ZIMBABWE -1 30 53.56
Sat 12 Apr ENC1B Moldova 28 v 08 Ukraine 34 POLAND -2 32 51.30
Sat 12 Apr ENC2A Netherlands 45 v 13 Croatia 44 SWITZERLAND -5 39 48.27
Sat 12 Apr ENC2A Switzerland 14 v 29 Malta 55 P.N.G -1 54 45.27
Sat 12 Apr ENC2B Serbia 19 v 33 Denmark 56 COTE d’IVORIE -1 55 45.04
Sat 12 Apr ENC2B Israel 20 v 16 Andorra 65 ANDORRA -1 64 42.33
Sat 12 Apr ENC2C Slovenia 43 v 17 Bulgaria 68 HUNGARY -1 67 41.02
Sat 12 Apr ENC2C Hungary 23 v 12 Austria 69 CHINA -1 68 40.73
70 NIUE ISLANDS -1 69 40.45
Pos Movers Up Change Last.Pos Rank 71 SOLOMON.IS. -1 70 40.35
20 SPAIN +1 21 60.64 72 LATVIA -1 71 40.34
25 MOLDOVA +3 28 56.59 73 IRAN -1 72 40.30
29 NETHERLANDS +2 31 54.17 74 MALAYSIA -1 73 40.20
32 KENYA +2 34 51.76 88 SERBIA -4 84 36.55
39 SRI LANKA +1 40 49.66 96 BULGARIA -4 92 34.51
40 CYPRUS +1 41 48.94 redefined3
41 MALTA +3 44 48.85
54 ISRAEL +2 56 45.33
64 CAYMAN ISLANDS +1 65 42.52
67 DENMARK +7 74 41.19
84 SLOVENIA +4 88 37.28
92 BOSNIA +1 93 35.41
93 TAHITI +1 94 35.37
94 MONACO +1 95 35.17
95 LUXEMBOURG +1 96 34.61

FULL RANKINGS

0 = no Positional change – NEW ZEALAND (Weeks at #1 , 23wks)

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NEW ZEALAND (Weeks at #1 , 23wks)

Pos Test Nations Change Last.Pos Rank
1 NEW ZEALAND 0 1 93.81
2 SOUTH AFRICA 0 2 89.33
3 AUSTRALIA 0 3 86.87
4 ENGLAND 0 4 85.67
5 IRELAND 0 5 82.11
6 WALES 0 6 80.69
7 FRANCE 0 7 80.04
8 SAMOA 0 8 77.33
9 ARGENTINA 0 9 76.44
10 SCOTLAND 0 10 75.16
11 FIJI 0 11 74.21
12 TONGA 0 12 73.21
13 JAPAN 0 13 72.06
14 ITALY 0 14 72.04
15 CANADA 0 15 70.76
16 GEORGIA 0 16 70.46
17 ROMANIA 0 17 68.08
18 USA 0 18 68.04
19 RUSSIA 0 19 62.57
20 SPAIN +1 21 60.64
21 URUGUAY -1 20 60.13
22 NAMIBIA 0 22 58.79
23 KOREA 0 23 58.10
24 PORTUGAL 0 24 57.68
25 MOLDOVA +3 28 56.59
26 HONG KONG -1 25 56.36
27 GERMANY -1 26 56.20
28 CHILE -1 27 55.44
29 NETHERLANDS +2 31 54.17
30 BELGIUM -1 29 53.88
31 ZIMBABWE -1 30 53.56
32 KENYA +2 34 51.76
33 UKRAINE 0 33 51.71
34 POLAND -2 32 51.30
35 MOROCCO 0 35 51.18
36 MADAGASCAR 0 36 51.13
37 BRAZIL 0 37 50.95
38 PARAGUAY 0 38 50.09
39 SRI LANKA +1 40 49.66
40 CYPRUS +1 41 48.94
41 MALTA +3 44 48.85
42 SENEGAL 0 42 48.68
43 SWEDEN 0 43 48.64
44 SWITZERLAND -5 39 48.27
45 TUNISIA 0 45 48.25
46 KAZAKHSTAN 0 46 48.11
47 COOK ISLANDS 0 47 47.11
48 CZECH REPUBLIC 0 48 47.00
49 ARMENIA 0 49 46.85
50 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0 50 46.38
51 UGANDA 0 51 46.36
52 LITHUANIA 0 52 46.06
53 BERMUDA 0 53 45.53
54 ISRAEL +2 56 45.33
55 PAPUA NEW GUINEA -1 54 45.27
56 COTE d’IVORIE -1 55 45.04
57 SINGAPORE 0 57 44.54
58 CROATIA 0 58 44.42
59 PHILIPPINES 0 59 44.09
60 CHINESE TAIPEI 0 60 43.41
61 THAILAND 0 61 43.37
62 COLOMBIA 0 62 43.33
63 GUYANA 0 63 43.19
64 CAYMAN ISLANDS +1 65 42.52
65 ANDORRA -1 64 42.33
66 VENEZUELA 0 66 41.67
67 DENMARK +7 74 41.19
68 HUNGARY -1 67 41.02
69 CHINA -1 68 40.73
70 NIUE ISLANDS -1 69 40.45
71 SOLOMON ISLANDS -1 70 40.35
72 LATVIA -1 71 40.34
73 IRAN -1 72 40.30
74 MALAYSIA -1 73 40.20
75 PERU 0 75 40.13
76 BARBADOS 0 76 39.68
77 MEXICO 0 77 39.39
78 INDONESIA 0 78 39.38
79 INDIA 0 79 39.37
80 BOTSWANA 0 80 38.58
81 PAKISTAN 0 81 38.38
82 CAMEROUN 0 82 38.33
83 NIGERIA 0 83 37.92
84 SLOVENIA +4 88 37.28
85 JAMAICA 0 85 37.08
86 ZAMBIA 0 86 36.94
87 ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 0 87 36.84
88 SERBIA -4 84 36.55
89 AUSTRIA 0 89 35.73
90 GUAM 0 90 35.70
91 BAHAMAS 0 91 35.68
92 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA +1 93 35.41
93 TAHITI +1 94 35.37
94 MONACO +1 95 35.17
95 LUXEMBOURG +1 96 34.61
96 BULGARIA -4 92 34.51
97 SWAZILAND 0 97 33.63
98 VANUATU 0 98 33.45
99 NORWAY 0 99 32.71
100 GIBRALTAR 0 100 32.00
101 GREECE 0 101 30.49
102 AMERICAN SAMOA 0 102 30.00
103 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 0 103 29.95
104 MAURITIUS 0 104 29.29
105 FINLAND 0 105 27.92
106 TURKEY 0 106 27.26
107 ALGERIA 0 107 23.44
108 SLOVAKIA 0 108 22.55
109 NIGERIA 0 109 22.35
110 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 0 110 21.45
111 BRUNEI 0 111 21.40
112 AZERBAIJAN 0 112 20.09
113 Bahrain 0 113 20.00
114 Cambodia 0 114 19.85
115 Laos 0 115 19.10
116 Libya 0 116 18.97
117 Lebanon 0 117 18.75
118 Tanzania 0 118 18.50
119 Egypt 0 119 18.07
120 Jordan 0 120 16.95
121 Reunion 0 121 16.50
122 Ghana 0 122 15.66
123 Ecuador 0 123 15.46
124 Costa Rica 0 124 14.75
125 Guatemala 0 125 14.27
126 St Lucia 0 126 13.50
127 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 127 12.50
128 Estonia 0 128 12.00
129 Lesotho 0 129 12.00
130 Curacao 0 130 11.90
131 Benin 0 131 11.60
132 Burkina Faso 0 132 11.50
133 Burundi 0 133 11.40
134 Chad 0 134 11.30
135 Panama 0 135 11.22
136 Dominican Republic 0 136 11.20
137 Kyrgyzstan 0 137 11.10
138 Macau 0 138 11.00
139 Mali 0 139 10.90
140 Martinique 0 140 10.80
141 Mauritania 0 141 10.70
142 Mayotte 0 142 10.60
143 Mongolia 0 143 10.50
144 New Caledonia 0 144 10.40
145 Qatar 0 145 10.20
146 Rwanda 0 146 10.10
147 Togo 0 147 9.90
148 Uzbekistan 0 148 9.80
149 Wallis & Futuna 0 149 9.70
150 Afghanistan 0 150 9.60
151 El Salvador 0 151 8.98
152 Nicaragua 0 152 8.58

Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar


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April 14, 2014 Posted by | RR World Rankings | , , | Leave a comment

Super Rugby | Result | Lions 12 v 25 Sharks

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Lions 12 – 25 Sharks

12th April 2014  Ground: Ellis Park

Derick Minnie tackles JP Pietersen

Derick Minnie tackles JP Pietersen

The Sharks went back to the top of the combined Super Rugby standings with a hard-fought 25-12 victory against the Lions at Ellis Park.

With 14 minutes to go, the Sharks led just 15-12 and it was anyone’s game. But then Alwyn Hollenbach had the ball ripped off him in the tackle by the excellent S’bura Sithole near the Lions’ 10m line. Lwazi Mvovo broke away, chipped ahead and then regathered the ball to score the game-breaking try.

Until then, the Lions had defended heroically. They ended up making 86 tackles compared to the Sharks’ 70, while the visitors dominated possession and made 519m compared to the hosts’ 224.

The only number that really matters, though, is four, which is the number of log points the Sharks took from this physical local derby.

Jake White’s side made a strong start to the match when Odwa Ndungane, earning his 100th Super Rugby cap for the franchise, broke away from the kick-off, taking play from his 22 to inside the Lions’ half. The visitors then stole the Lions’ first lineout ball inside their 22 and while Fred Zeilinga’s poor pass went into touch, the first five kicked a penalty goal soon after to get some reward for their early dominance.

Zeilinga slotted his second penalty but missed his third, while Marnitz Boshoff’s first drop-goal attempt went well wide.

The Sharks then suffered a double setback in the 19th minute. Zeilinga left the field with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Heimar Williams, with Frans Steyn moving to flyhalf. And Jannie du Plessis was yellow-carded for a cynical shoulder check on Lionel Mapoe. Boshoff kicked the resultant penalty goal and slotted another on the half-hour mark to level the scores.

With four minutes to go before the break, the Sharks attacked down the left touchline, with JP Pietersen passing inside to S’bura Sithole. But Willie Britz made an excellent tackle and the Lions won a penalty at the breadown, 10m out from their tryline.

The Sharks were denied again seconds before the half-time hooter when Beast Mtawarira had the ball ripped from his grasp. While Willem Alberts dived on it in the in-goal area, TV replays showed that he had held Stefan Watermeyer back and the try was disallowed.

But it wasn’t long before the Sharks did regain the lead, Steyn kicking two monster penalties to make it 12-6 after 50 minutes. The confident stand-in flyhalf then pushed a 63m penalty short and wide and missed a long-range drop goal.

The Lions, though, refused to buckle and were held up over the Sharks tryline after an eight-phase attack. The referee went back for the penalty and Boshoff made no mistake.

Steyn kicked his third penalty – this time a simple one – but Boshoff responded immediately to again make it a three-point game.

But then came Mvovo’s moment of magic that gave the Sharks a 10-point lead, and Steyn’s fourth penalty sealed the win.

Lions – 12
Penalties: Marnitz Boshoff (4)

Sharks – 25
Try: Lwazi Movo.
Conversion: Frans Steyn.
Penalties: Fred Zeilinga (2), Frans Steyn (4).

The teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Willie Britz, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 MB Lusaseni, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Alwyn Hollenbach.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Paul Jordaan, 23 SP Marais.

Date: Saturday, April 12
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Ellis Park
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)


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April 13, 2014 Posted by | Lions, Sharks, Super Rugby | | Leave a comment

Super Rugby | Result | Cheetahs 31 v 52 Crusaders

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Cheetahs 31 – 52 Crusaders

12th April 2014  Ground: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

 

Nemani Nadolo on the attack

Nemani Nadolo scored three tries in the Crusaders’ 52-31 bonus-point victory against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Nemani Nadolo scored three tries in the Crusaders’ 52-31 bonus-point victory against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The game was in the balance until the 69th minute. It was at this point of the contest when Colin Slade broke the line, surged upfield, and then found Nadolo with a long-spiralling pass.

The massive winger still had some work to do after receiving the ball, but did the necessary to extend the Crusaders’ lead and move the visitors into a game-winning position. It was the second of his three tries, but undoubtedly his most important.

Slade was in great form for the Crusaders, both in his decision-making and kicking for goal. It was his accuracy in the latter department that allowed the Crusaders to amass a 19-10 lead and move into a commanding position right before half-time.

Credit should go to the Crusaders pack for winning the set-piece battles and the one on the ground. The Crusaders punished the Cheetahs’ mistakes, and were especially good from turnover ball.

It was a breakdown turnover at the end of the first half that led to a try for All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg. The Crusaders then struck right after the break, with another turnover providing the opportunity to attack and score via Nadolo.

Somehow the Cheetahs hit back to score three quick tries in the space of 10 minutes. It was during this period where their attacking threat was highlighted, as forwards and backs combined brilliantly to leave the Crusaders defence with no answer.

But ultimately the Cheetahs would be made to regret their own mistakes. Elgar Watts had kicked well in the injury-enforced absence of Johan Goosen, but missed a simple penalty attempt late in the game that would have given his side the lead.

The Cheetahs defence disintegrated as the end approached. Slade’s break and Nadolo’s second try secured the four-try bonus point for the visitors, while Nadolo’s third on full-time took the Crusaders to 50 points.

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Cheetahs 31 – 52 Crusaders

Slade, who scored a try of his own in the dying stages, finished the game with a personal tally of 25 points.

The final scoreline flatters the Crusaders, but there’s no doubt that they deserved to win this match.

The scorers:

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Cornal Hendricks , Sarel Pretorius, Teboho Mohoje, Willie le Roux
Con: Elgar Watts 4
Pen: Elgar Watts

For Crusaders:
Tries: Israel Dagg , Nemani Nadolo x3, Tom Taylor , Colin Slade
Cons: Colin Slade 5
Pens: Colin Slade 4

The teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Hennie Daniller, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Lappies Labuschagné, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Howard Mnisi.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 Nemani Nadolo , 10 Colin Slade, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Tom Taylor.

Date: Saturday, April 12
Kick-off: 17.05 local (16:05 BST, 15.05 GMT)
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Francois de Bruin Francois (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


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EUROPEAN Nation Cup RESULTS 12th April

European Nations Cup

European Nations Cup

Europe was again in Full Swing this weekend with several matches from the European Nations Cup, with wins to Hungary , Slovenia , Israel , Denmark , Netherlands , Malta and Moldova who have now drawn level with Germany in ENC1B with one Game to Play and RWC2015 still a prospect !

For FULL Match Previews click “Details”

And Results “Match Reports” as details come to hand.


2012-14 – European Nations Cup > ENC 2C >

Match.Report
Hungary 
23.v.12
 Austria
Match.Report
Slovenia
43.v.17
 Bulgaria

Ranking “ENC 2C”

Matches Score Tries Conv. Pen. Drops Cards
Rank Teams P W D L Pts Bonus Total f. a. diff. f. a. f. a. f. a. f. a. Y. R.
1 Cyprus 6 6 0 0 24 4 28 254 64 190 36 6 22 2 10 10 0 0 7 1
2 Hungary 7 5 0 2 20 4 24 186 77 109 21 8 15 5 17 9 1 0 5 0
3 Slovenia 7 3 0 4 12 3 15 101 182 -81 15 24 7 13 4 12 0 0 5 0
4 Bulgaria 7 2 0 5 8 1 9 101 296 -195 11 42 5 28 12 10 0 1 2 0
5 Austria 7 1 0 6 4 4 8 135 158 -23 17 20 10 11 10 12 0 0 5 1

Remaining Matches

  • 18 Not played 26/04/2014
     Bulgaria 
     -
     Cyprus
    Details
  • 19 Not played 03/05/2014
     Austria 
     -
     Slovenia
    Details
  • 20 Not played 17/05/2014
     Cyprus 
     -
     Hungary
    Details

2012-14 – European Nations Cup > ENC 2B >

Match.Report
Israel 
20.v.16
 Andorra
Match.Report
Serbia 
19.v.33
  Denmark

Ranking “ENC 2B”

Matches Score Tries Conv. Pen. Drops Cards
Rank Teams P W D L Pts Bonus Total f. a. diff. f. a. f. a. f. a. f. a. Y. R.
1 Israel 7 7 0 0 28 3 31 190 80 110 30 9 14 4 4 9 0 0 5 0
2 Andorra 8 4 1 3 18 2 20 131 140 -9 12 17 4 8 19 13 2 0 4 0
3 Latvia 6 3 0 3 12 5 17 129 118 11 19 15 8 8 6 8 0 1 4 0
4 Denmark 7 2 1 4 10 3 13 119 135 -16 14 19 8 11 11 6 0 0 5 0
5 Serbia 8 1 0 7 4 2 6 136 232 -96 17 32 12 15 9 13 0 1 6 0

Remaining Matches

19 Not played 26/04/2014
 Latvia 
 -
 Israel
Details
20 Not played 03/05/2014
 Denmark 
 -
 Latvia
Details

2012-14 – European Nations Cup > ENC 2A >

Match.Report
Netherlands 
45.v.13
 Croatia
Match.Report
Switzerland
14.v.29
 Malta

Ranking “ENC 2A”

Matches Score Tries Conv. Pen. Drops Cards
Rank Teams P W D L Pts Bonus Total f. a. diff. f. a. f. a. f. a. f. a. Y. R.
1 Netherlands 8 7 1 0 30 5 35 257 125 132 35 15 23 9 12 10 0 0 8 0
2 Switzerland 7 4 1 2 18 2 20 152 135 17 17 15 11 6 15 16 0 0 10 0
3 Malta 8 4 0 4 16 2 18 162 179 -17 18 22 8 15 17 13 0 0 5 0
4 Croatia 7 1 0 6 4 3 7 120 200 -80 15 27 6 16 11 10 0 0 2 0
5 Lithuania 6 1 0 5 4 1 5 104 156 -52 11 17 8 10 11 17 0 0 4 0

Remaining Matches

19 Not played 19/04/2014
 Croatia
 -
 Lithuania
Details
20 Not played 26/04/2014
 Lithuania
 -
 Switzerland
Details

2012-14 – European Nations Cup > ENC 1B >

Match.Report
Moldova
28.v.08
Ukraine

Ranking “ENC 1B”

Matches Score Tries Conv. Pen. Drops Cards
Rank Teams P W D L Pts Bonus Total f. a. diff. f. a. f. a. f. a. f. a. Y. R.
1 Germany 9 7 0 2 28 6 34 353 160 193 49 20 36 12 11 12 1 0 3 0
2 Moldova 9 7 0 2 28 6 34 248 191 57 38 25 23 15 4 12 0 0 3 0
3 Poland 9 5 0 4 20 1 21 180 154 26 15 19 12 13 27 10 0 1 8 3
4 Ukraine 9 4 0 5 16 3 19 198 199 -1 20 21 15 17 16 15 1 0 7 2
5 Sweden 9 3 0 6 12 2 14 173 262 -89 17 32 10 27 21 15 0 1 4 0
6 Czech Republic 9 1 0 8 4 2 6 105 291 -186 10 32 6 18 10 25 1 1 4 0

Remaining Matches

  • 28 Not played 26/04/2014
    Ukraine
    -
    Poland
    Details
  • 29 Not played 26/04/2014
    Czech Republic
    -
    Moldova
    Details
  • 30 Not played 26/04/2014
    Sweden
    -
    Germany
    Details

Source : RugbyRedefined.com


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U18 Fira-aer ELITE Division : the favorite teams will be on semi-finals

ELITE Division : the favorite teams will be on semi-finals

140410 U18 Poznan Elite captains photoThe first day of the U18 European championships in the region of Poznan (Poland) took place in front of a large public. The rugby created the event. Four semifinalists of the last year will find themselves from Tuesday, April 14th for Angleterre-Wales and France-Ireland.

Ireland-Georgia 20-10 in Opalenica

These two sides delivered a match of high quality that saw both teams on top for large periods. A game of contrasting styles, with Georgia using the physicality of their forwards to keep things tight around the fringes. The strategy paid off for Georgia against an Ireland side looking to play an expansive game, with the Georgians leading 10-5 at Half Time. The second half saw Georgia tire a little as a result of their first half exertions and the Irish took advantage of this and the favourable wind to rally and run out victors by 20 – 10 in a very entertaining match.

France-Italia 29-7 in Plewiska

A nervous start to the tournament for France and Italy which saw a number of handling errors from both sides. France won the game by 29 – 7 by taking advantage of a number of loose balls and turning these opportunities into points.. Despite a great defensive effort in the second half, the Italians could not stave off some positive attacking play from the French in a game which improved in quality all the way through.
Scotland-Wales 21-23 in Pobiedziska

A high quality, all British clash between two teams who were intent on attacking from the off. The Welsh, clinical from the start, dominated the first half and went into the break 13-3 up. The second half saw the Scots launch a fantastic fightback only to fall just two points short (21-23) at the final whistle of a game witnessed by a vocal crowd who were entertained by two sides determined to play expansive rugby.

England-Portugal 62-5 in Plewiska

Champions England dominated this game from start to finish. The Portugese defended bravely throughout and this will give them confidence in their next match against the Scots but ultimately, they were unable to withstand the pressure and the gulf in class between the teams was reflected in the final scoreline.

Tomorrow, on Saturday, April 12th, will start group A and B with very exiting games

Group A
-Espagne-Pays-Bas at 12 am in Szamotuly LIVE STREAMING
-Pologne-Rep Czech at 2 pm in Pniewy LIVE STREAMING
-Allemagne-Roumanie in 16 to Poznan
-Russie-Belgique at 4 pm to Szamotuly

Group B
-Suède-Suisse at 12 am to Gniezno
-Croatie-Suisse at 1 pm to Zerkow
-Luxembourg-Lituanie at 3:30 pm to Zerkow
-Ukraine-Serbie at 4 pm to Gniezno


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Super Rugby | Result | Force 28 v 16 Waratahs

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Force 28 – 16 Waratahs

12th April 2014  Ground: nib Stadium, Perth

Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins records first Force TRY HAT-TRICK

Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins records the third Western Force
“TRY HAT-TRICK”  in the 26th, 49th and 60th minutes

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Force 28 – 16 Waratahs

A STUNNING three-try effort by Nick Cummins has seen the Western Force stun the Israel Folau-less NSW Waratahs with a 28-16 victory at Perth’s nib Stadium on Saturday night.

The Force continue to make history in a surprise run this Super Rugby season after losing the opening two games.

They have now won five straight matches; Saturday night’s victory over the Waratahs in Perth their first over the NSW side and in front of a much-improved crowd of 14,281.

The win sees them jump into second spot in the Australian conference.

Despite coming into the game on the high of beating the Stormers in Cape Town, the Waratahs were rocked on Friday when the ARU decided to pull star back Folau from the team despite already being cleared by their own medical staff to return from a throat injury.

The Waratahs got the game’s first score through a penalty just inside halfway from Kurtley Beale in the ninth minute, repeating the dose to make it 6-0 just two minutes later.

After the Force steadied through a penalty, Cummins intercepted a pass from Nick Phipps and ran almost the length of the field to score a try to the delight of the screaming home fans.

Sias Ebersohn converted for the Force to lead 10-6 after 27 minutes and then the two teams traded penalties with the home side leading 13-9 at halftime.

Early in the second half a try was initially awarded to the Waratahs’ right winger Cam Crawford but was ultimately denied when it was ruled that his teammate Jono Lance had obstructed the Force’s Alby Mathewson from making a tackle.

If the Waratahs were disappointed in that, they were even more so just minutes later when Cummins crossed for his second try of the night.

Mathewson did some great work setting up Cummins who then got the glory by crossing out wide.

The Force had lost Sam Wykes (shoulder) and Mathewson (shin) by the 55-minute mark with the Waratahs pressing, but another stunning effort from Cummins closed the door on them.

The Waratahs answered right back with a try in the corner to Beale and the Bernard Foley conversion cut the Force’s lead to 25-16, but that was as close as they would get.

Scorers:
Force – 28
Tries :Nick Cummins (60,49,26)
Penalties : Sias Ebersohn (40,15)
Drops : none
Cons : Sias Ebersohn (76,61,26)

Waratahs – 16
Tries : Kurtley Beale (65)
Penalties : Bernard Foley (29), Kurtley Beale (10,8)
Drops : none
Cons : Bernard Foley (66)

The teams:

Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zach Holmes, 23 Chris Tuatara-Morrison.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgeiter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sepoke Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Silatolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Stephen Hoiles, 20 Patrick McCutcheon, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Matt Carraro.

Date: Saturday, April 12
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 17:40 (10:40 BST, 09:40 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ian Smith (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)


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