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

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Rugby Union

Six Nations B – Round 1

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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 (Agenda.ge)   Germany v Romania (Wide World of sport)

Game breakdown – Spain v Russia (Ultimate Rugby)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2

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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)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

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 STAR MANTaylor Paris (Canada)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Atlanta Tennis Championship

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Tennis

ATP Tour – Atlanta Tennis Championship

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios won his second ATP title by beating John Isner in a serving masterclass that went to tie-breaks in both sets. Kyrgios who has lost in the first round in Toronto last week came back to form serving 18 aces as he took the first tie break 7-3 to take the first set. The power serving continued in the second which also went all the way to a tie break. The final point was a fourth double fault from Isner and the tournament win moves the charismatic Australian back into the top 16.

Full Report (Yahoo Sports)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

TENNIS

Atlanta Tennis Championship FinalAt Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia

Nick Kyrgios (Australia) Beat John Isner (USA) – 2-0 – (7-6, 7-6)

Moon Of Liberty Politics – Editorial

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Politics

Tim Kaine, a smart VP Pick for Hilary Clinton

On face value it looks like Donald Trump has had a bounce in the polls from last weeks Republican Convention. However these are national polls, what actually matter is the state by state races and how that effects the electoral map. The race to 270 electoral college delegates is what matters, not the national share of the vote.

Given what occurred in 2012, the logical route for the Republican’s to get to 270 would be to hold all the Romney states and win Florida, Ohio, Virginia plus one smaller state (Colorado, Nevada and New Hampshire the most likely) to achieve the requirement. While Florida and Ohio are, as ever, close and the polls show it, the evidence is Virginia is a tougher ask. Without Virginia the other route to 270 would be to win Pennsylvania, a state the Republicans have not won since 1988.

However the appeal of Donald Trump may lend itself to this challenge rather better due to the high blue collar white vote in the state being higher than elsewhere. The polls in Pennsylvania are much closer that expected. Sufficient to offer Trump a second route to 270. This is why the pick of Tim Kaine as Hilary Clinton’s running mate is a smart one. He is the senator for Virginia and this on top of the apparent advantage the Democrats already have in Virginia may put the state totally out of reach for Trump.If this proves the case it closes off one of the two routes for Trump to get to the required 270 delegates. It means he would have to win Pennsylvania (Or Michigan, which Trump thinks is winnable, but the polls have not shown a shred of evidence to back up as yet)

As a result Trump may be left with only one path to victory, reliant on winning a state the Republicans have failed to take for almost 30 years. He is also hampered further by the fact three states Romney won, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia also look vulnerable.This means he will have to shore up these states, and win Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Any loss of any of these states would hand Hilary Clinton The White House. That’s why Hilary’s pick is smart, it may just narrow Trump’s path to a six state must take all scenario including being reliant on delivering a state the Republicans have not won for nearly 30 years.

Moon Rugby Union – Six Nations Round 1

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Rugby Union

Six Nations

Lucky France get win

FRANCE 23 ITALY 21

France were very fortunate to get the victory in Paris against Italy. In the first half Virimi Vakatawa and Damien Chouly got tries for France but Jules Plisson missed both conversions and Sergio Parisse’s try kept Italy in touch. Parisse’s break but Carlo Canna away to score and put Italy in an unlikely lead. Hugo Bonneval’s try put France one point behind and a monster penalty from Plisson from the half way line put France in front. In the final play Parisse was in perfect position for a winning drop goal, but put the ball horribly wide which handed new French coach Guy Noves his first win, although not deserved.

Eddie Jones gets off to a solid start

SCOTLAND 9 ENGLAND 15

England made it eight wins in a row over Scotland as new England coach Eddie Jones got his first win at Murrayfield. England grabbed an early lead with a try from George Kruis converted by Owen Farrell. Two Greg Laidlaw penalties brought it back to 7-6 at the break and Ladilaw should have had Scotland ahead missing a drop goal just before half time. England put the pressure on in the second half with Jack Nowell getting a well worked try to extend England’s lead. Farell landed another penalty to make it 15-6, Laidlaw’s third penalty got Scotland within a converted try into the last 10 minutes butt hey never looked like getting a winning try and England win the Calcutta Cup yet again in a solid display.

All Square in Dublin arm wrestle

IRELAND 16 WALES 16

Both sides showcased outstanding defence in a game where the draw was a fair result in Dublin. Ireland’s CJ Stander and Wales’ Jamie Roverts were particularly outstanding in their defensive work. Ireland took a 13-0 lead with 2 Jonathan Sexton penalties and a converted try from Connor Murray who sniped through the Wales defence at close range. Wales fought back winning phase after phase and eventually getting a try through Taulupe Faletau, Rhys Presitland also kicked a penalty to make it 13-10 at the break. Defence dominated in the second half. Two more Priestland penalties gave Wales the lead for the first time but Ireland got a 40 meter chance after Wales failed to release the ball on the floor and Sexton made no mistake. Both sides tried to run from deep late on to try and win it but neither could work a position and the game ended in a draw meaning neither side can win the Grand Slam.

Six Nations B

Georgia thrash Germany to remain top

The Six Nations B is played over a two year period with each side playing home and away like in the Six Nations, but the title is played over 10 games over a two year period. Last Year Georgia went unbeaten winning five out of five and they continued their run beating Germany by 59-8 scoring nine tries. Romania remain in touch in 2nd place by beating Portugal 39-14 in Transylvania after trailing at half time. In the other game Russia achieved a narrow 22-20 victory over Spain after surviving a second half comeback from the Spanish after leading 22-7 at one stage.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Six Nations Round 1

France (10) 23 (Tries {3} Vakatawa, Chouley, Bonneval : Con {1} Plisson : Pens {2} Plisson 2) – Italy (8) 21 (Tries {2} Parisse, Canna : Con {1} Canna, Pens {2} Canna, Haimona : DG {1} Canna) – At The Stade De France, Paris

Scotland (6) 9 (Pens {3} Laidlaw 3) – England (7) 15 (Tries {2} Kruis, Nowell : Con {1} Farrell : Pens {1} Farrell) – At Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Ireland (13) 16 (Tries {1} Murray : Con {1} Sexton : Pens {3} Sexton 3) – Wales (10) 16 (Tries {1} Faletau : Con {1} Priestland : Pens {3} Priestland 3) – At The Aviva Stadiu, Dublin

Six Nations B – Round 6

Georgia (26) 59Germany (7) 7 –  At Tblisi, Georgia

Russia (14) 22Spain (7) 20 – At Sotchi, Russia

Romania (10) 39Portugal (14) 14 – At Cluj, Transylvania, Romania

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY SIX NATIONS ROUND 1 STAR MAN – Jamie Roberts (Wales)

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Rugby Round up

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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

AUSTRALIA and WALES Qualify

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

SOUTH AFRICA and SCOTLAND Qualifty

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

NEW ZEALAND and ARGENTINA Qualify

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

IRELAND and FRANCE Qualify