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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
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne vs Montpellier20:45
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle vs Toulouse14:45
Lyon vs Brive18:30
Oyonnax vs Stade Francais18:30
Castres vs Bay Of Plenty18:30
Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , August 29
Pumas vs SharksPumas vs Sharks Preview
Saturday , August 30
Griquas vs Cheetahs15:00
Blue Bulls vs Western Province17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Lions19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Friday , August 29
Wellington vs ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Preview
Saturday , August 30
Counties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay14:35
Southland vs Otago17:35
North Harbour vs Waikato19:35
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
Auckland vs Tasman16:35
Wednesday, September 3
Manawatu vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris
Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon
Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle
Montpellier 20 - 17 GrenobleMontpellier vs Grenoble Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Blue Bulls 30 - 25 Eastern Province KingsBlue Bulls vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Western Province 27 - 14 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 16 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Northland 35 - 5 WellingtonNorthland vs Wellington Report
Counties Manukau 29 - 25 OtagoCounties Manukau vs Otago Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 22
Toulouse 35 - 6 CastresToulouse vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 33 - 15 GriquasPumas vs Griquas Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 27 - 58 CanterburyWaikato vs Canterbury Report
Hawkes Bay 29 - 26 TaranakiHawkes Bay vs Taranaki Report
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour 21 - 25 Southland
Sunday , August 17
Tasman 35 - 15 Hawkes BayTasman vs Hawkes Bay Report
Northland 23 - 28 Manawatu
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 16
Australia 12 - 12 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More Rugby Championship results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00