Glasgow Warriors, Santiago Carreras and Stormers shine as Leicester Tigers and Bulls battle

Glasgow Warriors, Santiago Carreras and Stormers shine as Leicester Tigers and Bulls battle

Glasgow Warriors, Santiago Carreras and Stormers shine as Leicester Tigers and Bulls battle

Who's hot and who's not image January 2, 2023.jpg Credit: Alamy

Who’s hot and who’s not image January 2, 2023.jpg Credit: Alamy

It’s time for our Monday roundup of who’s got their name in the lights and who’s making headlines for all the wrong reasons after the weekend.


Glasgow Warriors: Franco Smith’s charges are in fine form which has seen them rewarded with the 1872 Cup for the 2022/23 season following back-to-back wins over Edinburgh. Glasgow sealed a 16-10 first leg victory at Scotstoun before beating arch rivals 32-25 at Murrayfield on Friday night to clinch a 48-35 aggregate win and lift the 1872 Cup for the first time since the 2020/21 campaign. That result means Glasgow have now won five straight in all competitions, as in addition to those wins against Edinburgh, they have also beaten Bath, Perpignan and Zebre Parma.

New era in Bordeaux: Things are changing fast at the South West Top 14 club following the departure of Christophe Urios. Although the team was winless in the first two rounds of the Champions Cup, it achieved two great victories, one off and one on the field, to close 2022. The club announced the signing of French winger Damian Penaud, who will come to the Stade Chaban-Delmas after the 2023 Rugby World Cup. In the same week it announced the capture of one of the best wingers in the game, Bordeaux crushed defending Top 14 champions Montpellier 40-10, sending them to a play-off spot. -off in the ranking.

Santiago Carreras: Gloucester had to push hard to pull off a win over the London Irish in their Premiership match at Kingsholm on Saturday and it was the Argentina international who emerged as the match winner in the end. The opener for the cherries and the whites showed that he is the man for big chances, as he held his nerve to score a 45-meter penalty and seal his team’s 8-6 victory. Carreras’s effort was not easy and what made his achievement so remarkable was that it was the final act of a very close match. The result was significant, as it extends Gloucester’s winning run against the Exiles, who have only won twice at Kingsholm in the Premiership, with their last victory at the venue recorded in 2013. The Kingsholm faithful expressed their appreciation for the Argentine

The Stormers’ unbeaten run at Cape Town Stadium: The Cape men are in sublime form in the United Rugby Championship (URC) at the moment and particularly at their base of the DHL Stadium in Cape Town. John Dobson’s men have proven competitive in most of their URC matches, be it at home or away, but teams have found it particularly difficult to beat them on their own ground, where they have won all their matches for over one year. now. The Lions were the last team to beat the Stormers in Cape Town and that was over a year ago in December 2021. The Johannesburg men returned to the venue on Saturday but it was a very different result as the home side managed an emphatic 40-8 win: their 17th straight home win.

Josh Adams’ scoring streak: December was a profitable month for the Wales wing, who scored four tries in three successive matches, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down in 2023 after picking up a try in Cardiff’s narrow 22-19 loss to the Ospreys on their URC. Derby. The 27-year-old has been a regular for Wales since his debut in 2018. Warren Gatland will be pleased with the form of the British and Irish Lions speedster ahead of the next Six Nations, particularly with Louis Rees-Zammit in doubt for the Championship.

Bathtub: A win over Newcastle capped off a brilliant week for Johann van Graan’s side that followed the news of Finn Russell’s signing and the confirmation of a string of signings, including captain Ben Spencer, wing Sam Underhill and center Cameron Redpath. The quality of the players committed to the club is an indication that the West Country outfit is heading in the right direction under Van Graan, but we will have to wait and see if that translates into results on the pitch. Tough tests await the Blue and Whites in the Challenge Cup with a home game against Toulon and an away game against Glasgow Warriors.


The tigers declaimed at the AJ Bell: 2022 saw Leicester Tigers win their first Premiership title in almost a decade, but the defending champions ended the year on a low, suffering a 40-5 defeat at the hands of Sale Sharks. A series of injuries in the second half thwarted any chance of a comeback for Leicester, who trailed 16-0 at half time. The result is a crushing blow following a 28-13 win over Gloucester in their first match since the Steve Borthwick era. Interim head coach Richard Wigglesworth is hoping his fortunes will turn in the new year with a challenging run of games on the horizon, including Newcastle and Clermont, before welcoming the Ospreys to Welford Road.

Joe Marler: The England and Harlequins prop was not a popular figure last week after his comments towards Bristol Bears wing Jake Heenan earned him a six-week ban, four of which were suspended. Marler has previous bans for similar incidents, including a two-week suspension for referring to Samson Lee as a “gypsy boy.” While Marler apologized to Heenan for his comments towards the Bristol player’s mother, who is ill in hospital, his suspension was accompanied by a forceful statement from the chairman of the disciplinary panel, Gareth Graham, which included the following: “The comments insulting and offensive statements made by the player were totally inappropriate; such comments should not be part of the modern game.”

Louis Rees-Zammit injury: Wales will be without the services of their star wing when they start their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Cardiff next month, after he suffered an ankle injury while on duty for Gloucester during a Premiership match against Leicester Tigers recently. . Cherry and Whites head coach Skivington confirmed Rees-Zammit’s injury is unlikely to require surgery but said he currently has a boot on his ankle and there is still uncertainty over how long the 21-year-old will will go to the margin.

The Racing 92 career: The Top 14 giants limped out of 2022, winning just one of their five matches in December. The Parisian side defeated Toulon 31-14 earlier in the month, but would lose their next two games, in the Champions Cup to Leinster and Harlequins, before suffering a 48-10 loss to local rivals Stade Francais on Christmas Eve. In their last game of the year, they blew a 13-point lead in the final half hour of their top-14 clash with Castres as the game ended tied 26-26. Head coach Laurent Travers is hoping 2023 will bring a turnaround in results for his charges, with a trip to Montpellier awaiting them ahead of Champions League clashes with Quins and Leinster.

Bulls: After a good start in the URC, things have gone badly for the Pretoria men, who are at the moment on a three match losing streak in all competitions. Their director of rugby Jake White opted to field underpowered teams in their Champions Cup matches against Lyon and Exeter and although they secured a home win against the former, they suffered a 44-14 defeat against the former in SandyPark. White recalled his first-choice players for the URC derby with the Stormers, but they still lost that game (37-27) in Cape Town and there was more humiliation against the Sharks in Durban at the weekend as they were outplayed. completely en route to a 47 -20 loss. That means they have given up 128 points in those three games, giving up an average of 42.6 points per game. Lots of homework to do.

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