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

30th October 2012 12:51

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Hot: WP... not so much: Sale Sharks

It is time for our 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!

Western Province: The men in blue and white hoops broke an 11-year Currie Cup drought thanks to a strong team performance to down the Sharks 25-18 at Kings Park. The pre-match odds laid heavily in the Sharks' favour - they had home-ground advantage, the strongest pack of the competition and the best team on paper. However, Western Province fought back from nine points down in the first half to clinch an unlikely victory over the title favourites in their own back yard - the first time the hosts had lost to a South African team in Durban all year.

Canterbury: Won their fifth successive ITM Cup title when they beat Auckland 31-18 in Christchurch. Tom Taylor scored 23 of Canterbury's points to break the New Zealand record for most points scored in a domestic final. Canterbury's fifth straight title is also competition record, beating the fours achieved by Auckland from 1987-90 and 1993-96. It was Canterbury's 10th title overall, second only to the 16 of Auckland. Surprisingly, the two great rivals had never previously met in a final!

Ulster: Claimed their sixth win from six Pro12 games so far this season with a 46-19 victory over Dragons at Rodney Parade. Ulster have now won all eight of their games this season - they are also two for two in the Heineken Cup - and look every inch contenders for a European and domestic double.

Schalk Brits: The Saracens hooker was recalled to South Africa's squad for their forthcoming tour of Europe. Brits - who has won just three caps - last played for the Springboks in 2008 but has been one of the best players in the Aviva Premiership in the last few years. And with first-choice hooker Bismarck du Plessis out through injury, he has earned another chance.

Get these guys a cup of warm soup!

Sisaro Koyamaibole: The Bordeaux-Bègles number eight's brief stint at the Top 14 club is a distant memory after his contract was terminated when he failed to arrive at a disciplinary hearing.

The Sharks: It's been a case of being so close but yet so far for the Durban-based outfit who have lost both the Super Rugby and Currie Cup finals in the same season. Add to that last year's defeat to the Golden Lions in South Africa's premier domestic competition and then you'll understand how frustrated coach John Plumtree is at the moment.

Bayonne: The Top 14 strugglers are probably still wondering what hit them after they were thrashed by Toulon last weekend. There failure to notch a point was already bad enough but allowing the opposition to put more than 50 points on the scoreboard certainly adds to their misery.

Sale Sharks: Things are going from bad to worse for Bryan Redpath and his troops after they suffered their seventh defeat in as many matches when they went down to Worcester last weekend. Redpath, who has been relieved of his director of rugby duties, has been trying his best to turn things around but could hardly do his job properly with the shadow of John Mitchell hovering in the background. Steve Diamond takes over for the foreseeable future until Mitchell's legal issues with the Golden Lions are resolved.

Forthcoming Fixtures
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Preview
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs ZebreMunster vs Zebre Preview
Cardiff Blues vs UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Preview
Connacht vs LeinsterConnacht vs Leinster Preview
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Preview
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Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs ToulonBrive vs Toulon Preview
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse14:45
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Oyonnax18:30
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Montpellier vs Stade Francais20:45
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Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs PumasLions vs Pumas Preview
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
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ITM Cup
Friday , September 19
Counties Manukau vs CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Preview
Saturday , September 20
Hawkes Bay vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
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Recent Results
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ITM Cup
Thursday , September 18
Northland 20 - 31 TaranakiNorthland vs Taranaki Report
Wednesday, September 17
Southland 14 - 38 TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Report
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Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
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Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
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Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
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ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
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Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
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Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
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Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
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Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
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Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
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ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
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Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26