Moon of Liberty Rugby Union – Rugby Championship Round 1


Rugby Championship Round 1

Australia v New Zealand In Sydney


New Zealand started their Rugby Championship campaign by thrashing Australia in Sydney. The All Blacks came out of the blocks fast and delivered a blistering first half. Rieko Ioane and Ryan Crotty scored two tries each as New Zealand raced into a 40-6 lead at half time.

Australia made a game of it with three tries in the second half, but further tires from Damian McKenzie and Ben Smith took New Zealand over 50 points to complete a 54-34 win. The two meet again in New Zealand next week.

Report (BBC Sport)

South Africa v Argentina in Port Elizabeth


South Africa got their rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start scoring four tries to beat Argentina in Port Elizabeth. It was a tight first half with Argentina taking an early lad through a Martin Landajo try, but two penalties from the boot of Elton Jantjies and a try from Courtnall Skosan gave the Springboks a 13-5 half time lead.

From there they took control of the set piece and dominated the second half. Three more tries from Raymond Rhule, Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit enabled the hosts to run away with it in the second half eventually winning 37-15 and claiming the four try bonus point in the process. A good start for the Springboks who head to Argentina for Round 2 next week.

Report (Daily Telegraph)




Rugby Championship – Round 1

Australia 34New Zealand 54

At The ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

South Africa 37Argentina 15

At The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANRieko Ioane (New Zealand)



Moon Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 3 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 5


Rugby Union Internationals

Six Nations B – Round 3


Six Nations B – Round 3 Round Up

Georgia were looking at a potential shock defeat as Spain led 10-3 at half time in Medina Del Campo. Tries from Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and test debutante Soso Matiashvili eventually saw the Six nations B Champions home 20-10. Romania comfortably saw off Russia 30-10 with the pick of the tries being Jody Rose’s interception try going 40 yards to complete the score. Belgium found themselves 21-0 down against Germany but threatened an unlikely comeback when Andy Williams went over to close the gap to just 5, however a try from Jaco Otto secured the victory for Germany who have two wins out of three.

Reports (

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5


Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5 Round Up

The USA are the Americas Rugby Champions for the first time in a thrilling decider against Argentina. David Tameilau went over from a driving maul to give the USA a surprise 15-3 lead. However two penalty tries brought Argentina back into it and when full back Gabriel Ascarte went over in the corner Argentina had a 12 point lead. Cam Dolan got a try six minutes from time to bring the American back within a score it but they still needed a converted try to level and take the title. Tameilau was the hero breaking a tackle to score from close range for his second try, Ben Cima nailed the conversion for a 27-27 draw and due to previous bonus points it was enough for the USA to win the title for the first time.

In the other final games Freitas Alleges and Leivas Ballestrino got two tires each as Uruguay comfortably thrashed Chile 45-14, Chile finish bottom of the table. Finally Brazil scored an impressive upset win over Canada 24-23 in another tight finish. Winger Ze Tranqez got the winning score in the very last minute to give Brazil victory in Sao Paulo.

Reports – Bra v Can  Uru v Chile Arg v USA (Americas Rugby News)




Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Russia 10Romania 30At The Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi, Russia

Germany 34Belgium 29At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Spain 10 Georgia 20At The Estadio Municipal, Medina Del Campo, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSoso Matiashvili (Georgia) 

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

Brazil 24Canada 23At The Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Uruguay 45Chile 14At The Estadio Charrua, Montivideo, Uruguay

Argentina 27USA 27At The Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

USA Win the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship



Moon Of Liberty Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 1 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 2


Rugby Union

Six Nations B – Round 1


Six Nations B – Round 1 Round Up

*Georgia get defense off to a great start

*Germany score historic win over Romania

*Spain edge past Russia in Madrid

Georgia began the defense of their Six Nations B title with a comfortable 31-6 victory over newly promoted Belgium. Giorgi Tkhilashvili and Giorgi Koshadze went over to give the defending champions a commanding 17-0 lead at half time, two more second half tries saw Georgia easisy home. Germany scored an upset victory over Romania in a thrilling contest. Romania lead 38-27 going into the final 10 minutes but tries from Dash Barber, his second of the game, and Marcel Cotezee six minutes from time completed the comeback for Germany to claim their first win against the Romanians for 70 years. Finally Spain got off to a winning start against Russia. Mathieu Belie got the only try of the game for the Spanish as they won the game 16-6.

Reports – Georgia v Belgium (   Germany v Romania (Wide World of sport)

Game breakdown – Spain v Russia (Ultimate Rugby)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2


Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2 Round up

*Argentina in nine try demolition of Uruguay

*USA thrash Brazil

*Paris hat trick sees Canada to victory

Favourites Argentina got their second bonus point victory of the Championshp with an easy 57-12 thrashing of Uruguay. Sebastan Cancellier got a hat trick in a nine try demolition in Bahia Blanca. The USA also made it two out of two with Lock Tony Lamborn going over twice as part of eight tries in a 51-3 thrashing of Brazil. The final game saw Canada get their first win of the championship over Chile. Left winger Taylor Paris got a hat trick of tries to help Canada to a 36-15 victory.

Reports – Argentina v Uruguay (Americas Rugby News)   USA v Brazil (ESPN)   Canada v Chile (Americas Rugby News)




Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Germany 41Romania 38At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Belgium 6Georgia 31At The King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium

Spain 16Russia 6At The Estadio Nacional Compultense, Madrid, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Dash Barber (Germany)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2

Argentina 57Uruguay 12At The Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahir Blanca, Argentina

USA 51 Brazil 3At Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas, USA

Canada 36Chile 15At Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Colombia, Canada





Moon Of Liberty Rugby Union – Rugby Championship Round 2


Rugby Union

Rugby Championship – Round 2

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup by scoring a straight forward double against Australia in Wellington. While Australia were more competitive than in the first game New Zealand still dominated restricting the Wallabies to three penalties. Tries from Sam Kane, Julia Savea and two from Israel Dagg saw New Zealand run out 29-9 winners.

Argentina scored an historic victory over South Africa in Salta taking the Springboks scalp on home soil for the first time. Joaquin Taculet and Juan Manuel Laguizamon tries kept Argentina n the game. Morne Stein’s penalty had looked to give South Africa the win taking the lead 24-23 with five minutes left, however Argentina got a penalty with just three minutes to go which Santiago Gonzales Iglesias held his nerve to put the ball between the posts and seal the Pumas first win of this seasons Championship.

NZ V Aus (BBC Sport)  Arg V SA (The Citizen South Africa)





Rugby Championship – Round 2

New Zealand 29Australia 9At The Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

Argentina 26South Africa 24At The Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANIsrael Dagg (New Zealand)


Moon Of Liberty Rugby Union – Rugby Championship Round 1


Rugby Union

Rugby Championship – Round 1

A late comeback from South Africa gave them an opening win in the Rugby Championship. Argentina lead 23-13 going into the last 10 minutes but tries from Johan Goosen and the winning score from Warren Whiteley  gave the home side a winning start. In the Beldislow cup game the All Blacks thrashed Australia in Sydney 42-8. Beauden Barrett opened the scoring and contributed 17 points as New Zealand totally dominated the first half leading 32-3 at half time and adding one more try from Julian Savea in the second to complete the demolition.

Reports – SA V Arg (   Aus v NZ (ABC Australia)





Rugby Championship – Round 1

South Africa 30Argentina 23At The Mbombela Stadium, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Australia 8New Zealand 42 At The ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANBauden Barrett (New Zealand)


Rugby Round up


Rugby League

The Grand final was a close affair at Old Trafford but it was Leeds who edged out Wigan to take the trophey in the end and complete the League Leaders shield, Challenge Cup and Grand Final treble.Wigan took the elad through a Joe Burgess try bit Leed hit back immiedately with a try from Danny McGuire after a kick through from Kevin Sinfield, who was playing his final game before heading to Rugby Union. Joel Moon went over for a second for Leeds before McGurie scored again to give Leeds a commanding 16-6 lead at half time.

Wigan fought back in the second half, Ryan Hall stole the ball which set up a play for Dom Manfredi to get a try back for Wigan two goals and a try from Matty Bowen which he converted moved Wigan ahead and the momentum appeared to have shifted. However after more fine work from Sinfield, 20 year old Josh Waters was the hero for Leeds as he crossed and Sinfield gave Leeds the lead back with a touchline conversion. This was the final score of the game as Leeds ran the clock down to seal a 22-20 victory, the first time Leeds have beaten Wigan in a major final. The winning points coming from Sinfield after a masterclass of a display, a fitting end to his Rugby League career/

Rugby Union World Cup

Pool A – Australia, England, Wales, Fiji, Uruguay

As expected this came down to two of three between Australia, England and Wales. Fiji were surprisingly poor throughout and did not really compete with the big three at any stage, Uruguay were whitewashed as expected. Wales despite countless injuries scored a magnificent comeback to beat England at Twickenham 28-25 with a superb kicking performance from Dan Biggar. Australia then gave a superb performance of running rubgy to send England out of their own tournament. The game to decide who topped the pool was won by Australia, 15-6 over Wales with no tries but a great defensive performance despite being down to 13 men for part of the second half.

Pool B – South Africa, Scotland, Japan, USA, Samoa

This pool ended as expected, but it got there in a round about way. Japan stunned group favourites South Africa in the opening game with a try with the very last play of the game giving them a 34-32, but the schedule meant after the heroic effort they had to play Scotland just four days latter while Scotland were coming in fresh. This told in the second half when Scotland ran away with the game. Japan won all the rest of their game but are not in the Quarter Finals after South Africa comfortably beat Scotland, meaning all three sides had won three games but South Aftrica and Scotland had more bonus points. Scotland secured their Quarter Final place after a nail biting 36-33 win over Samoa who until then had been very disappoining. Harsh on Japan, but Eddie Jones and his side can be proud of their efforts.

Pool C – New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia, Tonga, Namibia

No upsets here, Argentina gave the All Blacks a scare in the opening game leading after 60 minutes but New Zealand had too much in the end running out 26-16 winners. Both sides coasted through the rest of the group to comfortably qualify for the Quarter Finals. The surprise package were Georgia who scored a shock win over Tonga and gave the All Blacks a very good game for 50 minutes before New Zealand ran away with it.

Pool D – Ireland, France, Canada, Italy, Romania

This group built throughout towards the pool decider between France and Ireland. Canada and Romania were not competative and Italy were poor against France, but ran Ireland reasonably close without looking like winning the game. With both sides through France and Ireland met in Cardiff in an incredible atmosphere in which Ireland won the game 24-9 but at the cost of losing captain Paul O’Connell for the rest of the tournament after a hamstring tear. They may also lose man of the match Sean O’Brien to suspension as the disciplinary commitee are to look at a punch thrown. The win however does mean they play Argentina, a tough game but preferable to playing the All Blacks, whom France will now face. They have beaten New Zealand twice on british soil in past World Cups, can lightening strike a third time?

Rugby League

Super League Grand FinalAt Old Trafford, Streford, Trafford

Leeds Rhinos (16) 22 (Tries 4 – McGuire 2, Moon,Waters – Goals 3 – Sinfield 3) Wigan Warriors (6) 20 (Tries 3 – Burgess, Manfredi, Bowen – Goals 4 – Bowen 4)

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos)

Leeds Rhinos win the Super League Grand Final

Rugby Union

Rugby Union World Cup Pool Stages

Pool A

England 35 Fiji 11At Twickenham, London

Wales 54 Uruguay 9At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

Australia 28 Fiji 13At The Millenium Stadium, Cardifff

England 25 Wales 28At Twickenham, London

Australia 65 Uruguay 3At Villa Park, Birmingham

Wales 23 Fiji 13At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

England 13 Australia 33At Twickenham, London

Fiji 47 Uruguay 15At Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

Australia 15 Wales 6At Twickenham, London

England 60 Uruguay 3At The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester


Pool B

South Africa 32 Japan 34At The Amex Stadium, Brighton

Samoa 25 USA 16At The Amex Stadium, Brighton

Scotland 45 Japan 10At Kingsholm, Gloucester

South Africa 46 Samoa 6At Villa Park, Birmingham

Scotland 39 USA 16At Elland Road, Leeds

Samoa 5 Japan 26 At Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

South Africa 34 Scotland 16At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

South Africa 64 USA 0At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Samoa 33 Scotland 36 At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

USA 18 Japan 28At Kingsholm, Gloucester


Pool C

Tonga 10 Georgia 17At Kingsholm, Gloucester

New Zealand 26 Argentina 16At Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London

New Zealand 58 Namibia 14At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Argentina 54 Georgia 9At Kingsholm, Gloucester

Tonga 35 Namibia 21At Sandy Park, Exeter

New Zealand 43 Georgia 10At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

Argentina 45 Tonga 16At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Georgia 17 Namibia 16At Sandy Park, Exeter

New Zealand 47 Tonga 9At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Argentina 64 Namibia 19 At The King Power Stadium, Leicester


Pool D

Ireland 50 Canada 7At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

France 32 Italy 10At Twickenham, London

France 38 Romania 11At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Italy 23 Canada 18At Elland Road, Leeds

Ireland 44 Romania 10At Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London

France 41 Canada 18At Stadium, MK, Milton Keynes

Ireland 16 Italy 9At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Canada 15 Romania 17At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Italy 32 Romania 22At Sandy Park, Exeter

Ireland 24 France 9At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff


Sunday Sportsround – Cycling, Cricket, Tennis, Snooker & Boxing


Cycling – Froome in control of the tour

German sprinters dominated the 15th stage of the Tour De France today. The stage was won by Andre Griepel who won his third stage of the tour in the French town of Valance.Compatriot John Degenklob came second. Chris Froom who took a big lead in the mountain stages of the Pyrenees earlier in the week has maintained a 3 minute lead over his nearest contenders and is now red hot favourite to win his second tour in three years, which would be a third British victory in four years if he is successful.

Froome’s control has not been without controversy however. Some of the French media have cast aspersions of doping against Team Sky, which includes Froome, Sir Dave Brailsford the team boss has even complained of equipment being stolen by those desperate to try and find something on the team. It should be said there is not a shred of serious evidence to back up the accusations and jealousy may be part of this as Brailsford as head of Team Sky and Previously the British Olympic Team has led many to unprecedented success. This blog believes in innocent until proven guilty, and does not believe the allegations.

Tennis – Britain makes first Semi since 1981

Great Britain defeated 2014 finalists France in their Davis Cup Quarter Final at Queen’s Club in London. The first singles went to plan as Gilles Simon defeated James Ward and Andy Murray beat Joe-Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets on the opening Friday. Captain Leon Smith decided to play Andy Murray alongside his brother Jamie in the doubles on the Saturday and this was where the crowd really got involved in the battle. Nicholas Mahut and Joe-Wilfred Tsonga won the first set but the Murray’s battled back to take the second and then win an epic third set tie-break to take control. They went on to win the third to take a 2-1 lead into the Sunday.

A very tired Andy Murray struggled early on against Gilles Simon with Simon winning the first set and going up a break in the second. However Murray fought back to win the second on the tie-break and going on to defeat his French opponent in four sets including a 6-0 victory in the fourth As Simon wilted towards the end. Britain will play Australia after they came back from 2-0 down in Darwin against Kazakhstan, Veteran Leyton Hewitt won the final rubber to secure a 3-2 win. elsewhere Belgium will face Argentina, Belgium beat Canada and Argentina got the better of Serbia who were without World Number 1 Novak Djokovic.

Cricket – Australia hit back thrashing England at Lords

Australia won a crucial toss on a very good batting wicket at Lords and made England pay by racking up a huge score. Steven Smith scored 215 and opener Rogers got 173. Broad was the only bowler who put up any fight taking four wickets as Austtralia declared on a score of 588. The England response under big scoreboard pressure began badly losing four wickets quickly before Captain Alaistair Cook and Ben Stokes recovered the position. Cook fell just short of a century with 96 and that failure for anyone to get a big score left England well over 200 behind from the first innings.

Australia decided not to enforce the follow on and smith got another half century as did David Warner who top scored with 83. Scoring at speed Australia added another 254 before declaring leaving England with an unlikely target of over 500. However the English batting line up collapsed, summed up by a ridiculous run out of Stokes. Broad top scored with a mere 25 as Johnson took three wickets and Australia bowled England out for 103 to level the Ashes series at 1-1 and take all the momentum into the third game in Birmingham in two weeks time.

Snooker – John Higgins wins the Australian Open

John Higgins has won his 27th ranking title in Bendigo, Australia beating Martin Gould in a final frame decider. The match was close throughout with the game locked at 4-4 at the mid interval and then 7-7 after Gould had come back from 7-4 down. Higgins took a scrappy frame to take an 8-7 lead but Gould hit back to level again and take the final into a final frame. Higgins took his first chance in that final frame with a break of 89 to take the title. With Higgins 13th on the ranking list, the win should help him retain a top 16 place with his first win since the Welsh Open in February.

Boxing – Two new champions crowned

In a big night of Boxing all around the world Puerto Rican Mcjoe Arroyo became the new IBF Super Flyweight champion in Texas defeating Arthur Villanueva of Mexico after the fight went to the scorecards after the referee called a halt to proceedings after a cut to the Mexican. Arroyo was comfortably ahead on all three cards. On the same card Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton recovered from two knock downs early to defeat Alenjandro Gonzalez Jr by a comfortable unanimous decision to defend his Super Bantamweight title.

Two Manchester fighters had differing fortunes as they got home town World Title fight opportunities at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Scott Quigg defended his version of the Super Bantamweight title knocking out Kiko Martinez of Spain in two rounds and a unification fight with Carl Frampton remains a possibility. Meanwhile Anthony Crolla took on Colombian Lightweight champion Darleys Perez. Many thought the challenger had done enough to win the fight, especially given Perez had two points deducted for low blows.However the judges delivered a verdict of a split decision draw meaning Perez retains his title. A rematch is certainly a possibility.

A grudge match was settled in Halle, Germany where veteran German based Armenian Arthur Abraham knocked out Richard Steiglitz in six rounds to defend his Super Middleweight title. There has been a long war of words going into the fight but Abraham gave a vintage performance kncoking his Russian opponent down in the fourth before finishing the job in the sixth. Finally In Macao, China Argentinian Cesar Cuenta was crowned the new IBF Light-Welterweight title. The belt was vacant and hometown favourite the unbeaten Ik Yang was out of his depth at world level. Cuenta knocked Ik Yang down in the first round and dominated the fight, winning an easy unanimous decision to take the title.



Tour De France (Reigning Champion Vincenzo Niebly)

Stage 15 – Mende to Valance

Stage result

1st Andre Greipel (Germany)

2nd John Degenklob (Germany)

3rd Alexander Kristoff (Norway)

Overall Positions

1st Chris Froome (GB)

2nd Nairo Quintana (Colombia) +3 Mins 10 Secs

3rd Teejay Van Garderen (USA) +3 Mins 32 Secs


At Queen’s Tennis Club, West Kensington, London

Davis Cup Quarter Final (Current David Cup Holders Switzerland)

Great Britain V France

Game 1 – G Simon Beat J Ward 3-0 (6-4, 6-4, 6-1)

Game 2 – A Murray Beat J-W Tsonga 3-0 (7-5, 7-6, 6-2)

Game 3 (Doubles) – A Murray & J Murray Beat N Mahut & J-W Tsonga 3-1 (4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1)

Game 4 – A Murray Beat G Simon 3-1 (4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0)

Game 5 – Not Played by agreement

FINAL SCORE – Great Britain 3 France 1


At Lords Cricket Ground, ST John’s Wood, London

2nd Ashes Test (Current Ashes Holders Australia)

England V Australia

Australia 1st Inns – 588-8 Declared (Smith 215, Rogers 173, Broad 4-83)

England 1st Inns – 312 ALL OUT (Cook 96, Stokes 87 Johnson 3-53)

Australia 2nd Inns – 254-2 Declared (Warner 83, Smith 58)

England 2nd Inns – 103 ALL OUT (Broad 25, Johnson 3-27)

Australia win by 405 runs

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Steven Smith (Australia)

Series Level at 1-1


At The Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester

WBA Super Bantamweight Title (Champion Scott Quigg)

Scott Quigg (England) Beat Kiko Martinez (Spain) by KO in Round 2

STILL WBA Super bantamweight Champion … Scot Quigg

WBA Lightweight Title (Champion Darleys Perez)

Darleys Perez (Colombia) drew with Anthony Crolla (England) after split decision (114-113, 111-116, 113-113)

STILL WBA Lightweight Champion … Darleys Perez

At The Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas

IBF Super Bantamweight Title (Champion Carl Frampton)

Carl Frampton (N Ireland) Beat Alejandro Gonzalez Jr (Mexico) by Unanimous decision (116-108, 116-108, 115-109)

STILL IBF Super Bantamweight Champion … Carl Frampton

IBF Super Flyweight Title (Vacant)

McJoe Arroyo (Puerto Rico) Beat Arthur Villanueva (Philippines) by Unanimous decision (On Scorecards after fight stopped due to a cut after 10 rounds) (97-92, 98-91, 98-91)

NEW IBF Super Flyweight Champion … McJoe Arroyo

At The Gerry Webber Stadium, Halle, Germany

WBO Super Middleweight Title (Champion Arthur Abraham)

Arthur Abraham (Armenia) Beat Robert Stieglitz (Russia) by KO in Round 6

STILL WBO Super Middleweight champion … Arthur Abraham

At The Venetian Casino, Macao, China

IBF Light Welterweight Title (Vacant)

Cesar Cuenca (Argentina) Beat Ik Yang (China) By Unanimous Decision (117-108, 115-110, 116-109)

NEW IBF Light Welterweight Champion … Cesar Cuenca


At the Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Austrlian Open Snooker Final (Best of 17) (Reigning Champion Judd Trump)

John Higgins (Scotland) 9 Martin Gould (England) 8

John Higgins Wins the Australian Open Snooker Title