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12th May 2014 09:33

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Hot or not May 12

Cooking: Castres - Off the boil: Reds

It's time for Planet Rugby's weekly wrap up of who has their name in lights at the moment...and who is making the headlines for the wrong reasons.

They're on fire!

Castres and Racing-Metro: There were a few bookies crying into their beer after the results in the Top 14 play-offs. Away winners in France have been rarities all season, but what happens when it gets to the knockout stages? A year on from shocking Clermont in the semi-finals, Castres end les Jaunards' 77-game unbeaten streak at Marcel Michelin while Racing stun everyone by beating Toulouse, who had lost just twice at home in four years! Madness.

New Zealand 7s: Not completely dominant in London after a controversial loss to England, but Sir Gordon Tietjiens' men bagged their 12th Series title in style. From 21-0 down to 52-33 winners is a comeback only they could produce.

Northampton: 74-13! 11 tries were scored by Northampton against Wasps on Saturday as the title contenders ended the regular season in style.

Harlequins: After a rough season, Quins produced the goods on the big day with their fifth straight win as they edged Bath, leapfogging their visitors into fourth spot to claim the semi-final berth by the skin of their teeth. A showdown with Saracens awaits the 2012 champions.

Crusaders: The best performance of the Super Rugby weekend saw the Reds get thrashed in Brisbane as the Crusaders clocked up their fifth-straight win which also happens to be their fifth victory on the road this season.

Western Force: After years of being whipping boys in Super Rugby, the team from Perth are making a genuine tilt at the play-offs. With six wins for their last seven games, including a rare victory in their first game in South Africa, they are now fifth.

Glasgow: Glasgow secured a first-ever home semi-final for a Scottish Pro12 team with an emphatic 52-0 win over Zebre, scoring eight tries in the process.

Seabelo Senatla: The Blitzbokke flyer scored 13 tries at the London Sevens. Jislike!


Get these guys a cup of warm soup!

Reds: Absolutely awful. The Queenslanders are unrecognisable from the side that won the 2011 Super Rugby title. Terrible tactical kicking gifted three tries to the Crusaders, who scored over 50 points in total on Sunday. Richard Graham should be sweating over his job.

Vern Cotter's Clermont: They say you're only as good as your last game. Clermont's home record has been reset to '0'. From 77, that's a big drop. Cotter's time in the Auvergne could not have come to a more miserable end as, once again, they were unable to lift themselves from the disappointment of failure in Europe.

Guy Novès and Toulouse: Friday's loss to Racing terminated the worst season in two decades for Europe's richest club as Toulouse's 20-year-long presence in the Top 14 semi-finals was brought to an end. It was a night to forget for Novès in particular. Beyond his deplorable decision to send Florian Fritz back onto the field one has to question the veteran manager's selections. Why make 10 changes to a starting XV that scored six tries a week earlier? Why start a 10-12 combination that had not played together for months? Why start Cyril Baille - who was thrashed at scrum time - and leave a fit Gurthro Steenkamp on the bench? The Rouge et Noir fans are not happy.

Jean-Marc Doussain: It's only May but we've already decided the recipient of our 'Kicking-Tee Choker of the Year' award. Not for the first time this season (remember France v Ireland?), Doussain missed a couple of sitters to cost his team victory in a big game.

Bath: A season that promised so much with Bath looking like a surefire play-off contender ended at The Stoop with defeat to Harlequins. Still, no time to wallow, the Challenge Cup final awaits.

Munster: Somehow the Irish giants lost to a second string Ulster team despite having a number of first-team players on show. Not the result required ahead of the play-offs.

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , October 3
Bath vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 4
London Irish vs Northampton15:00
Harlequins vs London Welsh15:00
Gloucester vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , October 5
Sale vs Wasps14:00
Newcastle vs Exeter15:00
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Rugby Championship
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
Argentina vs Australia23:40
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 3
Connacht vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Ulster vs Edinburgh19:35
Zebre vs Ospreys19:35
Saturday , October 4
Leinster vs Munster18:30
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow14:00
Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons16:00
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Top 14
Friday , October 3
Oyonnax vs Toulon20:45
Saturday , October 4
Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Brive18:30
Bayonne vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Grenoble18:30
Toulouse vs Stade Francais20:45
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Currie Cup
Friday , October 3
Pumas vs Blue Bulls15:00
Sharks vs Lions19:10
Saturday , October 4
Cheetahs vs Western Province14:00
Griquas vs Eastern Province Kings15:00
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Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 28
Wasps 35 - 18 NewcastleWasps vs Newcastle Report
Exeter 36 - 13 HarlequinsExeter vs Harlequins Report
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Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton TrevisoNewport Gwent D
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ITM Cup
Tasman 32 - 24 OtagoTasman vs Otago Report
Canterbury 26 - 28 SouthlandCanterbury vs Southland Report
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Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 27
Leicester 19 - 22 London IrishLeicester vs London Irish Report
Saracens 40 - 19 Sale SharksSaracens vs Sale Sharks Report
Northampton 31 - 24 BathNorthampton vs Bath Report
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Rugby Championship
South Africa 28 - 10 AustraliaSouth Africa vs Australia Report
Argentina 13 - 34 New ZealandArgentina vs New Zealand Report
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Guinness PRO12
Zebre 13 - 6 UlsterZebre vs Ulster Report
Munster 14 - 19 OspreysMunster vs Ospreys Report
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Top 14
Toulon 40 - 17 MontpellierToulon vs Montpellier Report
Grenoble 27 - 25 Racing Metro ParisGrenoble vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Brive 34 - 24 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 8 - 19 Clermont Auvergne
Stade Francais 43 - 10 La Rochelle
Lyon 28 - 18 Castres
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Currie Cup
Sharks 53 - 24 Eastern Province KingsSharks vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Griquas 8 - 46 LionsGriquas vs Lions Report
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ITM Cup
Waikato 20 - 22 ManawatuWaikato vs Manawatu Report
North Harbour 28 - 25 Hawkes Bay
Counties Manukau 55 - 7 WellingtonCounties Manukau vs Wellington Report
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 26
London Welsh 10 - 46 GloucesterLondon Welsh vs Gloucester Report
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Guinness PRO12
Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff BluesLeinster vs Cardiff Blues Report
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Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens418
2Northampton416
3Bath415
4Exeter414
5Wasps411