Newcastle try to spring a counter, but they don't have the pace. They spill the ball around the halfway line and Northampton capitalise with brutal efficiency. Freeman is down the right, kicking the ball ahead of himself, and he's got his hat-trick! 4:33PM 63 mins TRY Northampton 46 Newcastle 26 Hodgson has stolen a march on the Saints defence...
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Leatigaga, Hurd, Wells, Reffell, van Poortvliet, Burns, Nadolo. Wasps: Crossdale, Odogwu, Spink, Gopperth, Bassett, Atkinson, Robson, West, Oghre, Alo, Launchbury, Gaskell, Shields, J. Willis, T. Willis. Replacements: Frost, Hislop, Millar-Mills, Fifita, Barbeary, Porter, Miller, Fekitoa. 2:47PM Line-ups: Sale vs Bristol Sale:Hammersley, Roebuck, S. James, van Rensburg, Reed, R.
Coles puts it over the line. It's been pretty much all Northampton so far and they're storming on their way to the play-offs. Biggar converts. 3:18PM 16 mins Exeter 0 Harlequins 7 Harlequins have gone ahead at Sandy Park. Smith with great vision. He picks his head up and sees the space on the outside edge. He kicks and enjoys a slightly fortuitous bounce into Evans' hands to touch down over the line. 3:15PM 12 mins Gloucester 7 Saracens 0 Singleton puts Gloucester ahead at Kingsholm. An important start for the fourth-place chasers.
Worcester Warriors were less successful on the field but were totally embedded in their community. The late Cecil Duckworth poured his heart and soul into the place and the bond between players and fans remained strong right to the end. So to reach a point where other teams are starting to pick at the entrails of both clubs’ horror‑stricken squads and greedily eyeing extra slices of P-share pie is genuinely sad and an appalling look for the English game as a whole. Again, we all knew it was potentially coming.
Wasps’s long-gone glory days: Lawrence Dallaglio lifts the Premiership trophy after victory against Leicester in the 2008 final. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The GuardianWith an ominous financial wind now blowing through all sectors of the economy, the only hope is that the implosion of two fine clubs finally concentrates a few more minds. “There’s deep sadness for people at Wasps and Worcester but let’s use this as an opportunity to build a longer-lasting future, ” said Nigel Melville, who now represents the English club investors.
Du Preez, F. de Klerk, Rodd, van der Merwe, Schonert, Wiese, De Jager, du Preez, T. Curry, D. Du Preez. Replacements: Ashman, Harrison, Oosthuizen, Postlethwaite, B. Curry, Warr, Doherty, Wilkinson. Bristol: Piutau, Morahan, Bates, Leiua, Fricker, Sheedy, Randall, Woolmore, Kerr, Afoa, Hawkins, Vui, Luatua, D. Thomas, Jeffries. Replacements: Byrne, Benz-Salomon, Kloska, Holmes, Hughes, Uren, I. Lloyd, Purdy.
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2:51PM Line-ups: Worcester vs Bath 𝙏𝙀𝘼𝙈'𝙎 𝙐𝙋! 🔵 Final game for Faletau⚫️ Beno Obano back in the starting XV⚪️ Max Ojomoh returnsThoughts Bath fans? 🙏— Bath Rugby (@BathRugby) June 3, 2022 2:48PM Line-ups: Leicester v Wasps Leicester:Steward, Ashton, Moroni, Porter, Potter, Ford, B. Youngs, Genge, Clare, Cole, Chessum, Green, Martin, Liebenberg, Wiese.
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Those of us who reported on the demise of Richmond and London Scottish in 1999 are certainly entitled to ask why decent folk are still being so brutally shafted. I have never forgotten asking Bristol’s then director of rugby, Peter Thorburn, how he felt as his club neared financial meltdown in 2003. “It’s no use worrying about it, not in public anyway.
Matavesi charges it down, kicks the ball forward and it rolls perfectly towards the line for him to dive onto. Dan Biggar misses the conversion. 3:08PM 7 mins Northampton 3 Newcastle 0 Northampton drive forward, probing the left with Ludlam, before cutting inside and offloading. Penalty against Davison. Northampton will drive for the lineout. Coles loses it from the lineout and it's hacked upfield. 3:04PM 3 mins Northampton 3 Newcastle 0 Dingwall wins a penalty for Northampton.
Wasps v Worcester TV channel and live stream info, kick-off time and team newsWasps host Worcester this evening in the second round of the Gallagher Premiership fixtures since rugby resumed. Here's everything you need to know about the game. What time is Wasps v Worcester kick-off? Wasps v Worcester Warriors kicks off at 7. 45pm on Friday, August 21, at the Ricoh Arena. What TV channel is it on? The match is being shown on BT Sport Extra 2. What about live streaming? BT Sport customers can live stream the match online or via the app. What's the team news? Lee Blackett has named his side for Wasps’ first game back at Ricoh Arena, as they host Worcester Warriors on Friday.
Set-up from a driving maul, just getting themselves round the corner and over the line. Hastings converts. This adds to the pressure on Saints. 3:12PM 9 mins TRY Worcester 7 Bath 0 Hatherell's try puts Worcester ahead in the battle at the bottom of the table. Smith converts. 3:11PM 8 mins TRY Leicester 7 Wasps 0 Try by Proctor, converted by Ford. 3:10PM 8 mins TRY Northampton 8 Newcastle 0 Matavesi adds another to the shedload of tries he's scored this season! He pounces on an error from Newcastle, who get lose and throw the ball behind, spilling.
Biggar converts a relatively straightforward kick to put Northampton ahead - although it is a bit blustery in the Midlands this afternoon. 3:01PM Kick-off! We'll have live updates across all six fixtures. 2:56PM Kick-off in just a few minutes now... Who will finish top? Who will finish bottom? Who will finish fourth? It's all to be decided this afternoon in this final matchday before the play-offs.
Sad implosion of Wasps and Worcester must be warning call for English rugby | Robert KitsonWe could start with the sheer catastrophic waste of it all. All those years, all those hundreds of millions of pounds squandered. All the fudged decisions and fingers‑crossed accounting. The oceans of bullshit, the overflowing reservoirs of self‑interest. And yet that’s still not the most upsetting element. Worse is the numbing pain for everyone associated with two disintegrating clubs and the human cost of English rugby’s days of reckoning. There will be some looking at the travails of Wasps and Worcester and giving a resigned shrug. Of course they were spending beyond their means.
You do that in bed at night, ” the seasoned Kiwi said. “I was quite proud of the fact I had bugger-all grey hair when I came over. I’ve gone a bit greyer now. ”The majority of clubs would have disappeared long ago without the generosity of benefactors well aware they would never see a penny of profit in return. But where were the checks and balances regarding potential new owners, the insistence on sound, fully costed business plans or a concerted desire to strengthen the league’s weakest commercial links? All are now being proposed, with the stable door wide open and the horse already miles over the horizon. A penny, too, for the thoughts of the private equity bods at CVC, with their £200m Premiership investment not going terribly well. The Premiership “reset” now being talked about, possibly involving a 10-club league from 2024, does at least open up some possibilities, particularly as CVC has already lobbed more than £150m at the United Rugby Championship and £365m at the Six Nations.
The Saints in full sail here, and Freeman puts it over the line in the left corner. Lovely hands down the left to stand and give through three passes, with Freeman drifting around the outside to put down. Biggar converts. Northampton have a solid hand on the final play-off place here at Franklin's Gardens. 3:44PM 39 mins YELLOW CARD Northampton 29 Newcastle 7 TMO for what looks like a Peterson hit on a Ludlam. It's a yellow card for Peterson. Ludlam was holding Peterson, and he lashes out at him. 3:41PM 39 mins Northampton 29 Newcastle 7 Newcastle lineout, five yards out, on the right side.
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It's clearly reckless and he's rightly red-carded. 4:26PM 58 mins TRY Northampton 41 Newcastle 26 Try for Hutchinson in the far right corner. A huge sigh of relief for the home fans. It comes from a superb charge by the replacement Augustus, who manages to offload down the right. 4:24PM 56 mins TRY Northampton 36 Newcastle 26 Newcastle are back in this game! The ball is flung out to the wide right and Radwan gets over the line. And it's a wonderful kick from the right to get the full seven points. Newcastle looked dead-and-buried at half-time, but there has been a revival with still a quarter of the game to go.
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