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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 , November 28
Bath vs HarlequinsBath vs Harlequins Preview
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
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International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs UlsterMunster vs Ulster Preview
Cardiff Blues vs TrevisoCardiff Blues vs Treviso Preview
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
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Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
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Recent Results
FixtureDetails
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Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
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International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
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Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
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Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
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International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
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International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
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Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
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Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
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International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
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Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
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Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821