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Montpellier

European Cup | Scotstoun Stadium
19:45 (GMT) | 08-12-2017
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The visitors hold them at the 5 and win a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch. FULL TIME
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Penalty outside the 22 and they take it quickly. They rush inside the 22 and look towards the 5. Another penalty outside the 5 and they call for a scrum
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The ball lost forward after the line-out and the hosts have a chance to pull it back
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Montpellier win a penalty from the scrum and kick into touch around the mid field
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The ball ran into the dead zone after Steyn is pressured chasing a grubber through the middle. 5 meter scrum for the hosts
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The ball knocked on by the hosts just as they make it over the half way
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Glasgow struggling to make it out of their own half
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The ball knocked on after a line-out at the Glasgow 22. Scrum to the hosts
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Scrum to the visitors around the mid field
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The restart kick is taken to the half way by the away side and lost forward in contact
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Steyn sets up for a kick at goal. He boots it and adds 3
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Montpellier have a scrum after the initial scrum further along the 22. They win a penalty shortly after and set up for a kick at goal
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the home team around their 22
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They take the throw and form a maul. The maul breaks down and the referee says penalty to the hosts
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The away team wins a penalty and they kick into touch at the 5
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They build with some urgency now and end up gifting possession to the visitors. The ball is booted far forward
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Line-out to the hosts at the away team 10
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Glasgow lose out after the penalty. The away side look to build from their 10
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Montpellier push to the 22 after the line-out but don't let go in the ruck and the hosts have a penalty at their 22
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Glasgow with all the momentum now. They take the restart kick and run it to the 22 of the away team. The referee blows for offside after a throw and the ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the hosts
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Russell sends it wide
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They run it along the line and Huw Jones takes it inside the 22 and offloads to Sarto who takes the final steps and pulls on back for the hosts
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They make some good ground with the maul and then move it to center field. Glasgow with a timely turnover and they chip over the top looking for the break
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Penalty to the visitors and the ball is kicked into touch at the 22 of the hosts
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Scum to the hosts at their 22
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The visitors move forward to the 10 of the hosts. The front line carrying it further it the 22 before losing it forward
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Scrum reset
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Glasgow turnover inside their half and look to break through the middle but lose it forward again. Scrum to the visitors at their 10
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The ball moving around in the mid field. Both teams with some unforced errors. The ball knocked on by Russell and Montpellier have a scrum at the home team 10
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Steyn adds the extras
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The referee awards the TRY to Jacques du Plessis
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They look for the maul but it goes no where this time around. They still have it at the 5 and Montpellier throw bodies at the ball as it goes over the line. The referee refers to the TMO
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The referee says scrum to the away side and Montpellier win a penalty. They kick into touch at the 5
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Glasgow have it after the throw and move it to their 10 on the opposite side of the field
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They move it to the wing side and Nadolo shows his speed as he breaks for the try line. He is tackled into touch but at a cost to Price who is receiving medical treatment
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Another scrum after the throw. This time to the visitors. They move it out the back and make their way into the home team half
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Scrum to the hosts inside the 22 of Montpellier. The away side win it and clear into touch at the half way
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The referee blows his whistle and the second half is underway

Half Time

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The ball goes into touch and the referee ends the half. HALF TIME
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The reset kick is taken and Glasgow press for a lead before half time
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Jonny Gray sent to the sin bin for his obstruction in the maul
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They maul and make a good amount of ground. The referee awards the visitors a penalty TRY
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Glasgow give away another penalty and Montpellier kick into touch at the 5
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The visitors win a penalty and kick into touch at the half way
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Glasgow kick it deep and contest the ball inside the 22 of the visitors
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Steyn secures the extras
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They manage to break through a gap in their 18th phase and Galletier slides between the sticks to score a second TRY
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Montpellier on the attack now. They make ground progressively
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The ball is cleared and Montpellier have it after the throw, now at the 10
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The ball is kicked into touch after a penalty to the visitors. Line-out at the 5 for Montpellier. The ball lost forward in contact. Scrum to the away hosts at their 5
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The ball kicked into touch after the penalty. Glasgow still applying the pressure despite being one man down
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Glasgow pressure after the scrum and push Montpellier to their 5. Turner with a tackle off the ball is awarded a yellow card for his efforts
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Glasgow throw is skew and the away side have a scrum
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The ball is kicked into touch around the away teams 22
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The reset kick drives the Montpellier side forward. The away side looking for something to narrow the gap now. They give away a penalty inside the home team 10
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Russell secures the extras
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The hosts have it inside of the 5. The Montpellier side feeling the pressure. Russell gets it and offloads a smart ball to Turner who powers over the line to score a TRY
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The ball is lost forward and the hosts have a scrum. They win a penalty and the ball is booted into touch
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Glasgow take it to the 22 of the away side but are driven back
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Scrum to Glasgow at their 10. Scrum reset
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The ball being booted back and forth between the sides following the penalty
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Scrum to the home team after play restarts. They take it and run along to their 10. The referee says high tackle and the ball is kicked but not into touch. It's booted back
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They take the scrum and make a break through the mid field. In a matter of seconds they are inside the hosts 22 but the referee halts play for an injury
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The ball lost forward inside the 22 of the away team. Scrum to the visitors
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The reset kick is taken and the home team push the ball back then win a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch at the Montpellier 22
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The conversion kick is secured by Russell
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The ball goes into touch after the restart kick and Glasgow have a 5 meter throw. They look for the maul and make some ground then move it between the sticks where Sarto takes it and steps a few, falling over the line at the end. TRY
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Frans Steyn puts a huge amount of swerve on it and sends it wide
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The ball sent to Cruden outside the 22 and he rushes into space running towards touch.He offloads to Galletier who is tackled as he stumbles over the line. The referee refers to the TMO and awards the TRY
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The ball moved to the opposite wing after the throw but is tackled into touch for a throw to the visitors. They take it and move inside the 10 quickly
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They win a penalty from the scrum and kick into touch at the half way
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Montpellier take it inside the 22 but the ball is lost forward and the hosts have a scrum
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Scrum reset
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The reset kick is taken and Glasgow knock on around their 22. Scrum to the away team
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Finn Russell takes the kick and opens the scoring with 3 points
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Glasgow win a penalty outside the 22 of the visitors
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The ball being moved around the mid field changing hands between the teams as they look to get a test the boundaries early in the opening minutes
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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Nemani Nadolo has beaten 20 defenders after just two games, nine more than any other player in the Champions Cup this season.
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Montpellier have lost their last nine games away from home, although they've secured a losing bonus point in three of their last four such games.
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The four previous meetings have seen 120 points scored in total, at an average of 30 per game. Glasgow Warriors have lost their last three Champions Cup games, their worst run since losing seven consecutive matches from January 2012 to January 2013.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Ruaridh Jackson
  • 14 Leonardo Sarto
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 12 Sam Johnson
  • 11 Tommy Seymour
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 9 Ali Price
  • 8 Samuela Vunisa
  • 7 Matt Smith
  • 6 Ryan Wilson
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 4 Scott Cummings
  • 3 Zander Fagerson
  • 2 George Turner
  • 1 James Bhatti
RESERVES
  • 23 Nikola Matawalu
  • 22 Peter Horne
  • 21 George Horne
  • 20 Chris Fusaro
  • 19 Kiran MsDonald
  • 18 Siua Halanukonuka
  • 17 Alex Allan
  • 16 James Malcolm
START LINE UP
  • 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
  • 2 Bismarck du Plessis
  • 3 Johannes Jonker
  • 4 Nico Janse van Rensburg
  • 5 Jacques du Plessis
  • 6 Kelian Galletier
  • 7 Julien Bardy
  • 8 Louis Picamoles
  • 9 Enzo Sanga
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 Nemani Nadolo
  • 12 Jan Serfontein
  • 13 Frans Steyn
  • 14 Benjamin Fall
  • 15 Jesse Mogg
RESERVES
  • 16 Romain Ruffenach
  • 17 Gregory Fischten
  • 18 Mohamed Haouas
  • 19 Konstantin Mikautadze
  • 20 Fulgence Ouedraogo
  • 21 Benoit Paillaugue
  • 22 Gabriel Ngandebe
  • 23 Henry Immelman
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Preview: Champions Cup, Round Three

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:24

EUROPEAN SPOTLIGHT: European heavyweights will be vying for supremacy when the Champions Cup returns with the top two clubs in each pool kicking off the key back-to-back fixtures.

In a repeat of last season's compelling final, holders Saracens put their 20-match unbeaten run in the competition to the test against ASM Clermont Auvergne at Allianz Park.

Alex Goode scored the match-clinching try back in May at BT Murrayfield Stadium and is in line for his 50th appearance in the European Cup if selected for Sunday's Pool 2 encounter.

There are two other fixtures between former competition winners as three-time champions RC Toulon entertain 1998 winners Bath Rugby while Munster Rugby face Leicester Tigers for the ninth time.

Glasgow Warriors will welcome some familiar faces at Scotstoun against Montpellier on Friday. The visitors' Head Coach, Vern Cotter, and Forwards Coach, Nathan Hines, performed the same roles for Scotland last season.

Other key points ahead of Round Three:

* As they look to steal a march on Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs in Pool Three, Leinster Rugby know that a win at Sandy Park will be their 100th in the competition.

* La Rochelle have enjoyed life in European club rugby's blue riband competition thus far, having won both matches in their debut season with a points haul of 75 eclipsed only by Saracens. They play host to a Wasps side hoping to build on their impressive Round Two win over Harlequins.

We look at all the Round Three action!

Friday, December  8

Pool Three

Glasgow v Montpellier
(Scotstoun Stadium -Kick-off: 19.45, 19.45 GMT)

The four previous meetings have seen 120 points scored in total, at an average of 30 per game.

Glasgow Warriors have lost their last three Champions Cup games, their worst run since losing seven consecutive matches from January 2012 to January 2013.

Montpellier have lost their last nine games away from home, although they've secured a losing bonus point in three of their last four such games.

Nemani Nadolo has beaten 20 defenders after just two games, nine more than any other player in the Champions Cup this season.

Teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 James Bhatti
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Siua Halanukonuka, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Matt Smith, 21 George Horne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Niko Matawalu

Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Enzo Sanga, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Kelian Galletier, 5 Jacques du Plessis, 4 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Grégory Fichten, 18 Mohamed Haouas, 19 Konstantine Mikautadze, 20 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 21 Benoit Paillaugue, 22 Gabriel Ngandebe, 23 Henry Immelman

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Greg Macdonald (England), Andrew Jackson (England)
TMO: Stuart Terheege (England)

Saturday, December 9

Pool Five:

Scarlets v Benetton
(Parc y Scarlets - Kick-off: 13.00, 13.00 GMT, 14.00 Italy time)

Scarlets have not won their last two Championship matches, while their opposition Benetton suffered the same fate.

The visitors came close to a victory in  Round Two, but Toulon proved too good for the Italians who had to settle for a 29-30 defeat.

The two sides have played four games, three went in the Scarlets' favour - giving the hosts an extra bit of confidence to bag the win.

Teams:

Scarlets: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Paul Asquith, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 John Barclay, 7 James Davies, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Ken Owens (captain), 1 Wyn Jones.
Replacements: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 Josh Macleod, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Steff Hughes, 23 Tom Prydie.

Benetton: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Seb Negri Da Oleggio, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Hame Faiva, 1 Nicola Quaglio.
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Alberto de Marchi, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Whetu Douglas, 21 Tito Tebaldi, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Luca Morisi.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Tual Trainini (France), Mathieu Noirot (France)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

Pool Five

Toulon v Bath
(Stade Felix Mayol - Kick-off: 16.15, 15.15 GMT)

Toulon have been securing some close matches in Round one their walked away with a narrow 21-20 win over Scarlets, while ROund Two saw them bagged 30-29 away win against Benetton.

Bath have been in a more comfortable position. The English Premiership side scored a 23-0 win over Benetton in Round two, while Scarlets proved to be a challenge but in the end, Bath made sure they take an 18-13 win home.

However, the Premiership side do not have a great record against Toulon.

The two sides have played two matches, which went in favour of Toulon.

Teams:

Toulon: 15 Chris Ashton, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Semi Radradra, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Florian Fresia.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Marcel Van Der Merwe, 19 Facundo Isa, 20 Anthony Belleau, 21 JP Pietersen, 22 Anthony Meric, 23 Juandre Kruger.

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Aled Brew, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Paul Grant, 6 Matt Garvey (captain), 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano.
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Kahn Fotuali’i, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jack Wilson.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Pool Two:

Northampton Saints v Ospreys
(Franklin's Gardens - Kick-off: 17.30, 17.30 GMT)

Ospreys and Northampton Saints find themselves in similar positions in their pool – both winless and up against it to make the knockout rounds.

The Welsh region come to Franklin’s Gardens to take on an out-of-form Saints that have lost their last five in a row in all competitions.

Saints have also lost six of their last seven games in the Champions Cup, including the last three in a row.

However, Jim Mallinder’s side have beaten the Ospreys in all four of the club’s previous meetings.

And should they cross the whitewash at Franklin’s Gardens, it will be the 250th top-flight European try for the club who lifted the title back in 2000.

The battle of the goal-kickers should be key – not least because discipline has been a problem for Saints who have conceded three yellow cards in their last two games.

Saints and Ospreys are two of just four sides to maintain a 100% kicking success rate this season.

Throw in the fact that Dan Biggar is heading to Northampton next season – and all eyes will be on the kicking tee on Saturday.

Teams:

Northampton: 15 Harry Mallinder, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Teimana Harrison, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Christian Day, 4 David Ribbans, 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Campese Ma’afu, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Michael Paterson, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Stephen Myler, 23 JP Estelles.

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Jeff Hassler, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 James King, 7 Olly Cracknell, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Rowan Jenkins, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Rob McCusker, 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22 James Hook, 23 Ben John.

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Assistant referees: Thomas Charabas (France), Laurent Cardona (France)
TMO: Éric Briquet Campin (France)

Pool Four

Castres Olympique v Racing 92
(Stade Pierre Fabre - Kick-off: 18.30, 17.30 GMT)

Castres pulled off a surprise 17-all draw with Munster in Round One.

However, the following week the French fell short as they suffered a 29-54 defeat to Premiership side Leicester Tigers.

Racing have one victory to their name. The French giants handed Leicester Tigers a 18-22 defeat in Paris.

In Round Two, Munster - under the guidance of Rassie Erasmus -  made sure their hand Racing their first defeat.

The two French sides have never played each other in this Competiton, which sets up an enticing encounter.

Teams:

Castres: 15 Armand Batlle, 14 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 David Smith, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Mathieu Babillot, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Antoine Tichit.
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Yohan Montes, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Loic Jacquet, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Yohan Le Bourhis, 23 Kylian Jaminet.

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Rémi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Leone Nakarawa, 7 Boris Palu, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Edwin Maka, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Bernard Le Roux, 21 Teddy Iribaren, 22 Antoine Gibert, 23 Albert Vulivuli.

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Ian Tempest (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Dave Grashoff (England)

Pool Four

Munster v Leicester Tigers
(Thomand Park - Kick-off: 19.45, 19.45 GMT)

Munster and Leicester Tigers, arch-rivals in Europe, will clash for the ninth and tenth times in the back-to-back fixtures with Leicester currently ahead in the bragging rights by five wins to Munster’s three.

This is the third season in a row that the sides have met in the pool stage, with Leicester winning three of the previous four meetings between the clubs.

The Tigers are the only side to travel to Munster and win more than once, having done so in both 2006/07 and 2015/16.

But Munster claimed the bragging rights last season as they beat Leicester 38-0 at Thomond Park – the Tigers’ second-heaviest defeat in Europe.

The Tigers’ attacking threat this season in a pool that also includes Castres and Racing 92 has been clear to see.

No side in Europe has gained more metres than their 502 with ball in hand while Mathew Tait has been the creative fulcrum with three try assists already.

After a storming six-match winning run in the league, Matt O’Connor’s side have just ever so slightly gone off the boil and two losses on the spin have dropped them to sixth in the Premiership.

They did however claim a losing bonus point at Racing 92 and a four-try bonus point in routing Castres at Welford Road to sit narrowly top of the pool as it stands.

Teams:

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Sam Arnold, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Chris Cloete, 6 Peter O’Mahony (captain), 5 Billy Holland, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Brian Scott, 18 John Ryan, 19 Darren O’Shea, 20 Jack O’Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Darren Sweetnam.

Leicester: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Mathew Tait, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Luke Hamilton, 6 Valentino Mapapalangi, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Mike Fitzgerald, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs (captain), 1 Kyle Traynor.
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Mike Williams, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Nick Malouf.

Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Ludovic Cayre (France), Jonathan Dufort (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)

Sunday, December 10

Pool One

Harlequins v Ulster
(The Twickenham Stoop - Kick-off: 13.00, 13.00 GMT)

These two clubs have met three times in Europe but the most recent was all the way back in 2009.

While Quins remain winless in Europe, this season they welcome the Ulstermen to the Stoop on the back of a morale-boosting win last time out.

Danny Care inspired them to victory over defending European champions Saracens in the league to reinvigorate a season that appeared to be slipping into mediocrity.

In Europe they lost at home to La Rochelle in their tournament opener before being put to the sword by Wasps at the Ricoh.

Defeat to Ulster would be their third in a row at home in Europe for the first time since the 2009/10 season and would effectively end their qualification hopes.

But Ulster will need to be aware of their attacking threat, no side in the whole of the competition has made as many as their 32 offloads so far.

Teams:

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown (captain), 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Alofa Alofa, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Renaldo Bothma, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Elia Elia, 1 Joe Marler. 
Replacements: 16 Dave Ward, 17 Lewis Boyce, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Dino Lamb, 20 Archie White, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Winston Stanley, 23 Ross Chisholm.

Ulster: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Christian Lealiifa, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Iain Henderson (captain), 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Alan O'Connor, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Callum Black. 
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Andy Warwick, 18 Ross Kane, 19 Matty Rea, 20 Chris Henry, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Peter Nelson, 23 Louis Ludik

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Maxime Chalon (France), Jean-Luc Rebollal (France)
TMO: Éric Gauzins (France)

Pool One

La Rochelle v Wasps
(Stade Marcel-Defaldre -Kick-off: 14.00, 13.00 UK Time, 13.00 GMT)

La Rochell head into this encounter with a clean-sheet. The French side have produced wins over Harlequins and Ulster, respectively.  

While Wasps ran out confirmable winners against Harlequins in Round Two - producing  a 41-10 win.

The Premiership side have been in fine form and securing a win over La Rochelle in France would be an added bonus for Dai Young.

Teams:

La Rochelle: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Jérémy Sinzelle, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Pierre Aguillon, 11 Vincent Rattez, 10 Brock James, 9 Alexi Bales, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Botia Veivuke, 6 Zeno Kieft, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 4 Jason Eaton, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Pierre Bourgarit, 1 Dany Priso.
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Hikairo Forbes, 18 Mohamed Boughanmi, 19 Romain Sazy, 20 Kevin Gourdon, 21 Jean-Victor Goillot, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Rene Ranger.

Wasps: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Juan De Jongh, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Thomas Young, 6 James Haskell, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Joe Launchbury (captain), 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Ashley Johnson, 1 Simon McIntyre. 
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Marty Moore, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Jack Willis, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Kyle Eastmond, 23 Gaby Lovobalavu.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: David Wilkinson (Ireland), Kieran Barry (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Pool Two:

Saracens v Clermont
(Allianz Park - Kick-off: 15.15, 15.15 GMT)

In the repeat of last year's final, Saracens head into the clash on an unbeaten run.

The Champions Cup holders survived an Ospreys scare in Round Two and manufactured a 36-34 win at Allianz Park.

Clermont also head into this encounter unbeaten. They produced a comfortable 24-7 win over Saints at home.  However, facing the champs in England will be a huge obstacle.

The two sides have locked horns eight times in the Champions Cup competitions. Saracens won three, Clermont five.

Teams:

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt (captain), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Calum Clark, 5 George Kruis, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola. 
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Nathan Earle.

Clermont: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 David Strettle, 13 Rémi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Isaiah Toeava, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Judicaël Cancoriet, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Etienne Falgoux. 
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Beka Kakabadze, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Flip Van Der Merwe, 20 Peceli Yato, 21 Charly Trussardi, 22 Damian Penaud, 23 Nick Abendanon.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse, Wayne Davies
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

Pool Three:

Exeter Chiefs v Leinster
(Sandy Park - Kick-off 17.30, 17.30 GMT)

Arguably the most enticing of all the clashes in Europe this season, two in-form sides clash at Sandy Park on Sunday.

The Chiefs are making an impressive defence of their maiden Premiership crown – sitting top of the table and eight points clear this time around.

In Europe they are also breaking new ground, never before had they kicked off a campaign with two wins from two.

They battled hard to down Glasgow Warriors at Sandy Park before an incredible late win in Montpellier in round two.

Leinster are in fine form themselves but they will need to be prepared to put in a serious shift in defence.

Despite having the lowest ruck success rate (95%), the Chiefs have enjoyed the longest time in possession this season, holding onto the ball for 21 minutes and 15 seconds on average.

Gareth Steenson meanwhile needs six points to reach 200 for the tournament as the Chiefs chase a third win in a row in Europe for the first time in the club’s history.

Keep an eye out also for the battle of the hookers– Jack Yeandle has made more successful lineout throws than any other No.2 (25/28) but Sean Cronin’s 100% success rate (14/14) is the best in the competition.

Teams:

Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 James Short, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Gareth Steenson (captain), 9 Nic White, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Don Armand, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Alec Hepburn. 
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Sam Hill 23 Jack Nowell.

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Isa Nacewa (captain), 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Luke McGrath,8 Jack Conan, 7 Seán O’Brien, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Seán Cronin, 1 Cian Healy. 
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Michael Bent, 19 James Ryan, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Cyril Lafon (France), Stéphane Boyer (France)
TMO: Éric Gonthier (France)

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Montpellier keep Champions Cup hopes alive

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:15

CHAMPIONS CUP REPORT: Montpellier kept their hopes of qualifying for the knock stages alive when they bagged a crucial 29-22 bonus-point win against Glasgow Warriors in Glasgow on Friday.

Flank Kelian Galletier chalked up a brace of tries and lock Jacques du Plessis also made the scoresheet, with a penalty try ensuring the Top 14 side took a bonus point, moving them level on points with Exeter Chiefs, who face Leinster on Sunday, in Pool Three.

The defeat means Glasgow Warriors, quarterfinalists last season, have now lost all three of their European fixtures and almost ensures their exit at the Pool stage, while Montpellier's hopes of making the next round of competition have been boosted.

Finn Russell broke the deadlock with a penalty for Glasgow Warriors, but Galletier crossed in the first try of the match on 10 minutes after a delightful wide pass from All Black flyhalf Aaron Cruden.

Wing Leonardo Sarto and hooker George Turner both scored to put the hosts in front as they were roared on by the Scotstoun faithful, only for Galletier to double his tally after Turner was sent to the sin bin and the scores were 17-19 in favour of the French side come half-time after referee Matthew Carley awarded a penalty try in favour of Montpellier, with Jonny Gray picking up a second Glasgow yellow card.

Du Plessis opened the second half scoring eight minutes in, with Francois Steyn adding the extras before Sarto doubled his tally as Glasgow rallied, but a missed conversion left the door open for Montpellier, who rounded off the victory with a penalty via the boot of centre Steyn.

The scorers:

For Glasgow Warriors:
Tries: Sarto 2, Turner
Cons: Russell 2
Pen: Russell

For Montpellier:
Tries: Galletier 2, Penalty Try, J du Plessis
Cons: Steyn 2
Pen: Steyn

Yellow cards: George Turner (Glasgow, 27 - foul play, taking out the player without the ball); Jonny Gray (Glasgow, 38 - cynical play, collapsing the maul)

 

Teams:

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Ruaridh Jackson, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 James Bhatti
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Siua Halanukonuka, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 George Horne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Niko Matawalu

Montpellier: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Benjamin Fall, 13 Frans Steyn, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Enzo Sanga, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Kelian Galletier, 5 Jacques du Plessis, 4 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Grégory Fichten, 18 Mohamed Haouas, 19 Konstantine Mikautadze, 20 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 21 Benoit Paillaugue, 22 Gabriel Ngandebe, 23 Henry Immelman

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Greg Macdonald (England), Andrew Jackson (England)
TMO: Stuart Terheege (England)

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Leonardo Sarto (12min), George Turner (22min), and Leonardo Sarto (57min)
TRIES
Kelian Galletier (9min), Kelian Galletier (32min), and Jacques du Plessis (48min)
Finn Russell (13min) and Finn Russell (23min)
CONVERSIONS
Frans Steyn (33min) and Frans Steyn (49min)
Finn Russell (3min)
PENALTIES
Frans Steyn (70min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
37min
 
DROP GOALS
George Turner (27min) and Jonny Gray (38min)
 
 
VENUE Scotstoun Stadium
REFEREE Matthew Carley