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

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Rugby Union Internationals

Six Nations B – Round 3

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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 (Rugbyworldcup.com)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

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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)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

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 STAR MANDavid Tameilau (USA)

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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 Soccer – Women’s International – England v Sweden

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Women’s International

Friendly – Sweden v England

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All square in La Manga

England’s Women got a creditable draw with Olympic silver medalists Sweden as both sides continue to warm up for the European Championships. Jordan Nobbs had England’s best chance while Sweden had a goal disallowed for offside and a Kosovare Asolani penalty saved by keeper by Siobhan Chamberlain. The Lionesses had some good possession but did not create a huge amount against a well driller Swedish defence. England’s next scheduled contests are in March when they head to the USA for a mini tournament including World Champions the USA, France and Germany.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Result

Women’s International

England (0) 0Sweden (0) 0At The Pinatar Arena, La Manga, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR WOMANSiobhan Chamberlain (England)

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Moon Rugby Union – Six Nations Round 1

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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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Moon Tennis – ATP Tour round-up

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TENNIS

ATP Men’s Tour

Three in a row for Wawrinka in India

World number four Stan Wawrinka retained his Chennai Open title in India for the third year in a row with a straight sets win over Borna Coric of Croatia. The odds were against Coric who had come through a tough semi-final with Britain’s Aljaz Bedene while Wawrinka has a much easier passage to the Final. Wawrinka converted his first break point in the sixth game of the first set and never looked back. Taking the set 6-3 and breaking again in the final game of the second set to secure a fourth title at the Indian venue.

Raonic reverses 2015 result

Canada’s Milos Raonic faced a re-match from last year taking on defending Champion Roger Federer in the Final of the Brisbane International Tournament. It was Raonic who got the better this year to take the title. One break in each set was enough for the Canadian to win 6-4 6-4 and Raonic’s play received plenty of praise from Federer afterwards who commented on how Raonic always had the power game, but has improved his use of it in recent times.

Djokovic starts the year in awesome form

Novak Djokovic started 2016 as if he had never left off thrashing Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha. It took the Serb just over an hour to beat Nadal 6-1 6-2 breaking the Spaniard five times and hitting 16 clean winners in the first set alone. The win gives Djokovic the edge 24-23 in the head to head with Nadal and is Djokovic’s 60th ATP Title.


 

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ATP Tour – Chennai Open – Defending Champion – Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)

At The SDAT Tennis Stadium, Chennai, India

Final

Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) Beat Borna Coric (Croatia) 2-0 (6-3 7-5)

Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) wins the 2016 Chennai Open (His 3rd win in a row and 4th win overall in Chennai)

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ATP Tour – Qatar Open – Defending Champion – David Ferrer (Spain)

At The Khalifa Tennis And Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar

Final

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2-0 (6-2 6-1)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) wins the 2016 Qatar Open

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ATP Tour – Brisbane International Tournament – Defending Champion – Roger Federer (Switzerland)

At The Queensland Tennis Center, Tennyson, Brisbane

Final

Milos Raonic (Canada) Beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Milos Raonic (Canada) wins the 2016 Brisbane Internationl Tournament