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Cockerill frustrated by officials

Posted on Apr 19, 2014

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill complained of inconsistency among Premiership referees after Friday’s 24-20 loss to Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop. The Tigers’ seven-match winning streak in the league came to an end with the defeat and a penalty try awarded by referee Tim Wigglesworth after Leicester’s pack disintegrated at a scrum accounted for one of Quins’ Read More ...

Criminal for Saints to fail – Wood

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood believes it would be disastrous for his team to not capitalise on their hard work this season. Northampton have lost their last three games in the Aviva Premiership to Sale, Leicester and Saracens in a tough run of matches, closing the gap for second place between themselves and the Tigers Read More ...

Australia to play twice at Twickenham

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

The ARU has announced the dates for the Wallabies 2014 November Tour, including facing Six Nations champions Ireland and next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts England once again on the itinerary. The tour will also include matches against the Barbarians (for the first time since 2011), Wales at the cauldron that is the Millennium Stadium Read More ...

Saints must step up – Burrell

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

England and Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell says the Premiership title contenders must step up for their final fixtures. The Saints remain in second place after their defeat at high-flying Saracens on Sunday, but with rivals Leicester Tigers breathing down their necks, Burrell knows the pressure is on. “We are title contenders and we’ve got Read More ...

Chuter hangs up his boots

Posted on Apr 14, 2014

Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. The first man to make 250 appearances in Premiership Rugby action and a Rugby World Cup Finalist with England in 2007, Chuter has played 292 first-team games in 13 seasons with the Tigers. He has played in seven Premiership Finals Read More ...

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Toulon trounce Perpignan to go top

Posted on Apr 19, 2014

26 points from the boot of France pivot Frederic Michalak ensured Toulon emerged with a 46-31 victory over Perpignan on Saturday. The mercurial fly-half kicked six penalties and four conversions as the visitors romped home, securing a bonus point thanks to a second-half Rudi Wulf double, and overtaking Montpellier at the top of the Top Read More ...

Zebre beat lacklustre Edinburgh

Posted on Apr 19, 2014

A below-par Edinburgh were beaten 26-13 by Zebre in poor weather conditions in Saturday’s PRO12 clash at Stadio XXV Aprile. Tim Visser’s first appearance in six months failed to inspire an Edinburgh victory, as they slumped to a disappointing loss against the league’s bottom side. Barring a miracle, it is looking like the Scottish outfit Read More ...

Oyonnax salvage draw with Toulouse

Posted on Apr 19, 2014

A late penalty from Oyonnax fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta salvaged a 19-19 draw in the Top 14 against Toulouse on Saturday. Toulouse replacement fly-half Lionel Beauxis missed with a penalty in front of the posts in the final minute. The result means Toulouse will have to wait till the last Top 14 game of the season Read More ...

Stormers win at last

Posted on Apr 19, 2014

The Stormers recorded a much-needed 18-3 win against South African rivals the Lions in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash at Newlands. While they will celebrate the win, which ended a five-game losing streak, it has to be pointed out that Allister Coetzee’s men again failed to score more than 20 points in a single outing. Having Read More ...

Bath down brave Worcester

Posted on Apr 19, 2014

Bath held off a spirited second-half comeback from bottom Premiership outfit Worcester to win 32-20 at The Rec on Saturday. Bath were looking to make it three wins on the bounce following back-to-back victories over Brive and Gloucester, while Worcester were seeking to bounce back following last week’s narrow home reverse against Exeter. Worcester began Read More ...

Bath down brave Worcester

Posted on Apr 19, 2014

Bath held off a spirited second-half comeback from bottom Premiership outfit Worcester to win 32-20 at The Rec on Saturday. Bath were looking to make it three wins on the bounce following back-to-back victories over Brive and Gloucester, while Worcester were seeking to bounce back following last week’s narrow home reverse against Exeter. Worcester began Read More ...
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Flats predictions – Round 4 Six Nations

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

With the penultimate round of Six Nations matches being played on Saturday and Sunday, Flats casts his eye over the three games … Ireland v Italy Italy have some class players, but they’re simply not good enough to beat a team as strong as Ireland away from home.  Ireland will be smarting from the Twickenham Read More ...

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