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Who's hot...and who's not!

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
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale15:15
Castres vs Leinster13:00
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles19:45
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Brive vs Zebre18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade Francais14:00
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
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International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615