In the Aviva Premiership, Leicester showed no ill effects from the loss of their internationals, smashing Sale Sharks and underlining their squad depth at the same time… Exeter handed out a convincing, if somewhat close, beating to champions Harlequins, Irishman Gareth Steenson directing traffic majestically (are you watching Declan, Johnny and Paddy?)… Saracens went top with a win against London Welsh, and London Irish continued their dire form after being smashed by a resurgent and reborn Wasps outfit.
In the Top 14, Toulon continued to show that their superstar side is finally gelling, walloping Toulouse. Sir Jonny Wilkinson yet again has raised the questions over potential Lions eligibility… For Clermont Auvergne it was business as usual, putting Stade Francais to the sword… One wonders about the effect on the French internationals the week before another Six Nations fixture with Dimitri Szarzewski already having being ruled out… Bordeaux will have no such problems after they hauled themselves out of the basement, condemning Agen to stand in their place after a one sided 48-17 beating.
In the Super 15, the Blues continued their shocking early season form (led by Rugby WrapUp’s favourite sons, Sirs Kirwan and Henry) handing out a shellacking to perennial powerhouse the Crusaders. One has to wonder how much damage the Richie McCaw “break” is doing? … Ben Volavola inspired the Waratahs to a secon- half comeback against a determined but ultimately doomed Melbourne Rebels side… The Reds snuck home against the Hurricanes, whilst the defending champions Chiefs once again underlined their title credentials with a MASSIVE 43-3 victory against the Cheetahs… The Bulls earned a hard fought, grafting win against an unlucky Force team and the Sharks and Stormers did what all good South African teams do – participating in the most boring game of the season so far, a kicking master class victory for the Patrick Lambie-led Sharks.
And I’ll leave you with this brilliant 3 minutes of rugby…
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