21 The Daily Telegraph Monday 21 September 2020 ** Sport Rugby Union Brian Moore in their semi-final against Toulouse. They will probably cope with the Toulouse pack, but the bigger challenge will come from the French half-back pairing of Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack and the sublimely talented Cheslin Kolbe. His coming battle against Exeter’s Jack Nowell is one to relish as both pose multiple problems for defences, appearing in unorthodox positions and being lethal finishers. Exeter, indeed all the quarterfinalists, deserve great credit for the way in which they played the knockout fixtures. Without full, or any, crowds to contribute to the occasions, they still managed to deliver Condemn the club all you like, but players have communal soul There is a step up in intensity, pace and skill in Europe and Saracens have learnt to cope Saracens’ team spirit shines through in victory over Leinster as they rise above off-field problems the club’s problems. It would have been all too easy for them to lose focus in essentially meaningless Premiership games. Similarly, players leaving the club could be forgiven for having one eye elsewhere. When setbacks like theirs occur, when a squad sees the departure of several stalwarts, it can go one of two ways. Mercenaries, which is the term some have used about the club, lack the essential emotional attachment that compels them to fight to the end. They go through the motions, fulfil their contractual obligations, and then move on. When it came to the difficult task of taking on Leinster, they set about the Irish favourites with bloody-minded alacrity. Their first-half performance was one of their best in recent years and it was achieved without Owen Farrell and with a makeshift No10 in Alex Goode. If you wanted to single out one player who embodied what Saracens are about, it would be Michael Rhodes, who had a monumental game scavenging in and around the breakdown. Leinster’s pedigree in European rugby is legendary, as is their reputation for physical control of games. Sarries won nearly every individual and collective battle in the first half and when they were racked by their hosts in the second, they scrapped to repel attack after W hen Saracens went through their self-inflicted hell of relegation from the Premiership, I was in neither the apologist nor condemnation camps. I simply reported the legal facts accurately. What I never lost sight of was the spirit of the club that, however forged, had been apparent to me whenever I met or watched any of their players. That competitive and communal soul shone through as they went to Dublin and won their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster on Saturday. Sodality like theirs is taught and learnt; it simply cannot be bought. Whatever has gone on off the pitch, it is not, as some have claimed, the responsibility of the players. What they are required to do is perform and win, and this they have continued to do despite distraction. You cannot be anything other than impressed by the way their players have behaved throughout and after performances of blistering intensity, which were enjoyable even from afar. The semi-final line-ups mean there could be an all-English or all-French final but, whatever happens, it will mean that if you exclude Leinster’s four finals, in the past decade only one of the remaining 16 finalists have come from the Pro14. What does that say about the standards of the Pro14 tournament and how it does or does not equip its teams to manage the higher standards of European rugby? You cannot be didactic but, at some point, those involved in the Pro14 must ask themselves the difficult questions and consider whether their policy of expansion has been correct. As posited above, players need the right environment to transition to higher levels of rugby; few are naturally able to do this. The present evidence suggests that Pro14’s expansion has merely changed the tournament’s complexion. It has not expanded its quality. attack. There is a step up in intensity, pace, and skill levels in the European competitions and Saracens’ players have learnt how to cope. You cannot just say that you will play your best every time you go on the pitch, whenever, wherever and whatever the circumstance. The jump in standards must be anticipated and prepared for. This is not easy and not everybody can do it, but it bodes well for Saracens’ England players who will have to play at English Championship level and then manage the maelstrom of international rugby next season. They have no reason to fear the might of Racing 92 in their semi-final, even though the French side is a titanic physical challenge because they have a formidable array of attacking talent. Further evidence for this proposition can be seen when examining Exeter. Rob Baxter’s side have taken time to accommodate the European challenge and with several years of experience now behind them, they are showing they have absorbed the lessons. Exeter’s quarter-final win over Northampton was achieved in regular fashion, but they now face a significantly superior challenge American Football Tennis Fixtures Cricket GERMANY: L Sobron Galmes 214—E E Givens AnneCharlotte M Skarpnord 215—M De Roey N Jimenez Martin M Maclaren G Cowley Pace S Evans B Morgan T Malik Race 2: O’Halloran Dortmund 3 Borussia M’gladbach 0-Cologne 2 Hoffenheim 3-E Frankfurt 1 Arminia Bielefeld 1-Stuttgart 2 Freiburg 3-Union Berlin 1 Augsburg 3-W Bremen 1 Hertha Berlin 4-RB Leipzig 3 Mainz 1-Wolfsburg 0 B Leverkusen 0. Fiorentina 1 Torino 0-Verona 0 Roma 0-Genoa 4 Crotone 1-Juventus 3 Sampdoria 0-Parma 0 Napoli 2-Sassuolo 1 Cagliari 1. Celta Vigo 2 Valencia 1-Villarreal 2 Eibar 1-Getafe 1 Osasuna 0-Granada 2 Alaves 1-Huesca 0 Cadiz 2-Real Sociedad 0 Real Madrid 0-Real Betis 2 Valladolid 0. 70 71 72; 71 70 72; (India) 70 68 75; (Denmark) 73 69 72; (Germany) 71 70 73; (France) 70 70 74; (Norway) 71 69 74; 70 74 71; (Spain) 1 28:33.366, 2 Iddon 28:33.580, 3 Buchan 28:34.495. 1 (Australia) Ducati 28:32.774, 2 Iddon 28:34.396, 3 L Jackson (GB) Kawasaki 28:34.577. 1 (GB) Honda 178pts, 2 O’Halloran 176, 3 Brookes 168, 4 Iddon 166, 5 T Bridewell (GB) Ducati 134. ATP & WTA T’MENT Djokovic Sebastian Schwartzman (Rome).-Men, (Serbia) bt C Ruud (Norway) 7-5 6-3; (Argentina) bt D Shapovalov (Canada) 6-4 5-7 7-6 (7-4). (Romania) bt G Muguruza (Spain) 6-3 4-6 6-4; (Czech Rep) bt M Vondrousova (Czech Rep) 6-2 6-4. (Strasbourg).-1st (France) bt K Bondarenko (Ukraine) 3-6 6-1 6-4; (Russia) bt A Vanuatu Uytvanck Semi-finals: N D NFL: Pedersen K Lampert Mora Race 3: J Brookes 71 71 72; WOMEN 1ST TWENTY20 INT'NAL.-Derby: Standings: G Irwin England v West Indies (6). (Belgium) (Spain) 70 74 71; 68 75 72; 72 68 75. INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Dhabi: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore (3). Women, Semi-finals: S Halep K Pliskova ITALY: L-A 72 72 71; (S Africa) 71 72 72; Motor Racing Rugby Union Basketball WTA T’MENT rd: C Burel SPAIN: (Thruxton).Race 1 (GB) Toyota 20m 33.110s, 2 D Cammish (GB) Honda +0.644secs, 3 M Neal (GB) Honda +8.578. 1 20:43.719, 2 Cammish 20:44.010, 3 Neal 20:50.230. 1 (GB) Honda 20:46.420, 2 T Chilton (GB) Honda 20:49.895, 3 R Butcher (GB) Ford 20:50.817. 1 (GB) Infiniti 209pts, 2 C Turkington (GB) BMW 193, 3 Ingram 177, 4 Butcher (GB) Ford 175. BRITISH TOURING CAR CH'SHIP 1: T Ingram PREMIERSHIP CUP FINAL NBA.-Play-offs: Miami Heat 106-Boston Celtics 117 (Miami Heat lead series 2-1). J Ice Hockey Sale v Harlequins (7.45) A Pavlyuchenkova STANLEY CUP.-Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning 1 Dallas Stars 4 (Dallas Stars lead series 1-0). (Belgium) 6-3 7-5. Sport on TV Cricket Race 2: Ingram Tour de France AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Las Vegas Raiders v New Orleans Saints - Channel 5, Sports Main Event, Sky Sports NFL, 1am. MLB, Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox - BT Sport 2, 11pm; Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins - BT Sport ESPN, 12am NBA Play-Offs: Denver @ LA Lakers GM2, Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets - Sky Sports Arena, 6.30pm. IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal challengers Bangalore - Sky Sports Main Event, 3pm. Women's T20, England v West Indies - Sky Sports Cricket, 5.30pm. Premier League, Aston Villa v Sheffield United - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, 5pm; Wolverhampton v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, 8pm. Serie A, AC Milan v Bologna - Premier Sports 1, 7.40pm. La Liga, Real Betis v Real Valladolid - LaLigaTV, 8pm NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning v Dallas Stars - Premier Sports 1, 1am Super Series Pool, Coverage of Shootout Showdown Pool - FreeSports, 7pm. Premiership Cup, Sale Sharks v Harlequins - BT Sport 1, 7.30pm. European Masters - Eurosport, 2.30. Manchester Open - BT Sport 2, 5pm. Roland-Garros qualifying, day one of the qualifying tournament - Eurosport 1, 9am. Golf INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Abu Dhabi: Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Motorcycling Race 3: J Cook 162-9 (20 overs); 166-5 (19.2 overs, Rayudu 71, du Plessis 58no). Stage 20 (Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles, 36km): 1 (Slovenia) UAE Team Emirates 55mi 55s, 2 T Dumoulin (Holland) Team Jumbo-Visma +1m 21s, 3 R Porte (Australia) TrekSegafredo at same time, 4 W van Aert (Belgium) Team Jumbo-Visma +1:31, 5 P Roglic (Slovenia) Team Jumbo-Visma +1:56. (Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris, 122km): 1 (Rep of Ireland) Deceuninck-Quickstep 2h 53m 32s, 2 M Pedersen (Denmark) TrekSegafredo, 3 P Sagan (Slovakia) Bora-Hansgrohe both at same time. 1 87h 20m 05s, 2 Roglic +59s, 3 Porte +3m 30s, 4 M Landa (Spain) Bahrain McLaren +5m 58s, 5 E Mas (Spain) Movistar Team +6-07, 6 M Angel Lopez (Colombia) Astana Pro Team +6-47s, 7 T Dumoulin (Holland) Team Jumbo-Visma +7-48, 8 R Uran (Colombia) EF Pro Cycling +8-02secs, 9 A Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott +9-25, 10 D Caruso (Italy) Bahrain McLaren +14-03. 37 H Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling +2h 20m 31s, 41 D Martin (Rep of Ireland) Israel Start-Up Nation +2h 30m 25s, 64 N Roche (Rep of Ireland) Team Sunweb +3-27-13secs, 106 C Swift (GB) Team Arkea-Samsic +4-41-59, 129 L Rowe (GB) Ineos Grenadiers +5-17-50, 138 Bennett +5-32-33. 380pts. (Royal Obidos).-Leading (GB & Ireland unless stated): (S Africa) 68 70 66 65; (Spain) 72 66 66 66; 69 67 71 66; (S Africa) 69 70 68 66; (Spain) 67 71 68 68; 70 70 67 67; (Portugal) 65 71 67 72; 72 68 66 70; (Australia) 70 70 66 70; 73 70 69 65; 70 69 67 71; (France) 70 72 67 68; 70 70 69 69; (Finland) 74 68 70 (Germany) 69 74 68 (US) 70 69 69 70; (Sweden) 69 72 69 69; 69 67 72 71; (Portugal) 71 73 70 65; 69 72 66 72; 74 69 72 64; (Denmark) 72 71 68 68. (Golf Du (GB & Ireland (Sweden) 70 64 (Argentina) 69 72 (France) 72 66 69; (Australia) 74 68 68; OPEN DE PORTUGAL final scores Higgo EMILIA ROMAGNA MOTOGP M Vinales (Rimini, San Marino).-MotoGP: 1 (Spain) Yamaha 41m 55.846s, 2 J Mir (Spain) Suzuki +2.425s, 3 P Espargaro (Spain) KTM +4.528. 1 (Italy) Ducati 84pts, 2 F Quartararo (France) Yamaha 83, 3 Vinales 83, 4 Mir 80. 1 (Italy) Kalex 16:11.977, 2 M Bezzacchi (Italy) Kalex +0.720s, 3 S Lowes (GB) Kalex +.124, 6 J Dixon (GB) Kalex +7.201. 1 (Italy) Kalex 125pts, 2 Bastianini 120, 3 Bezzecchi 105, 4 Lowes 83. 1 (Italy) Husqvarna 39:30.124, 2 C Vietti (Italy) KTM +0.036s, 3 A Ogura (Japan) Honda +0.121, 10 J McPhee (GB) Honda +1.125. 1 (Spain) 119pts, 2 Ogura 117, 3 McPhee 98, 4 Ce Vietti (Italy) 86. (Barcelona).-Race 1 (GB) Kawasaki 34m 34.245s, 2 S Redding (GB) Ducati +2.625s, 3 C Davies (GB) Ducati +4.459. 1 (GB) Ducati 34m 29.729s, 2 M van der Mark (Holland) Yamaha +2.460s, 3 G Gerloff (US) Yamaha +2.559, 4 Rea +8.040. 1 290pts, 2 Redding 239, 3 Davies 188. (Oulton Park).Race 1 (Australia) Yamaha 25:34.442s, 2 C Iddon (GB) Ducati +0.358, 3 D Buchan (GB) Kawasaki at 0.804. T Pogacar 269—G 270—P Angles 273—A Wilson Standings: A BASEBALL: Chennai win by 5 wkts. Dhabi: Delhi Capitals Kings XI Punjab Match tied, Delhi Sutton 157-8 (20 overs, Stoinis 53); 157-8 (20 overs, Agarwal 89). Standings: A G Coetzee Pigem 274—C J Dantorp 275—J Thomson V 276—J Wrisdale Dovizioso BASKETBALL: win one-over eliminator. RACHAEL HEYHOE FLINT TROPHY.-North Group, Leeds: Thunder Northern Diamonds Northern Diamonds won by 6 wkts. Leicester: Lightning Central Sparks won by 55 runs. South Group, The Oval: South East Stars Southern Vipers Southern Vipers won by 4 wkts. Bristol: Western Storm Sunrisers Western Storm won by 47 runs. THE CRICKETER VILLAGE CUP.-Final Colwall (Sweden) 73 67 71 64; Rallying Moto2: E Bastianini Stage 21 S 143 (42.5 overs); 144-4 (29.4 overs). Lopes RALLY OF TURKEY E Evans (Marmaris): 1 (GB) Toyota 2h 43m 02.7s, 2 T Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai +35.2se, 3 S Loeb (France) Hyundai +59.4, 5 G Greensmith (GB) Ford +4:08.3. 1 97pts, 2 Ogier 79, 3 O Tanak (Estonia) 70; 4 K Rovanperae (Finland) 70. CRICKET: Bennett M Antcliff 277—T Clements J Brun A Turner 278—H Standings: L Marini 303-5 (50 overs); 248 (49.4 overs). Lightning Final overall: Pogacar Ellis O Lindell N Von Dellingshausen C Hanna Kristjansson Moto3: R Fenati FOOTBALL: Standings: Evans 66; 67; 227 (48.3 overs); overs). 230-6 (47.2 279—G N Kimsey Standings: A Arenas Rugby League 288-6 (50 overs); 241 P Figueiredo M Ford Coral Challenge Cup Quarter-finals (49 overs). D Boote N Norgaard Moller WOMEN'S LACOSTE OPEN DE FRANCE final scores 206—J Engstrom 207—M Simmermacher C Herbin 210—S Kyriacou 211—K Henry A Vayson de Pradenne C Thompson 212—N Komulainen Klatten WORLD SUPERBIKE CH'SHIP 1: J Rea Hull 4 Wigan 36 Hull—T: Wigan—T: (Lord's): (Herefordshire) 229-6 (40 overs; B Wheeler 72no, R Howitt 58); (Herts) 223-5 (40; E Hales 119). Fonua. Powell, Farrell (2), French (2), J. Burgess, Gildart. Hardaker (4). ICE HOCKEY: Selected: G: Redbourn Colwall won by six Race 2: C Davies Medoc).-Leading unless stated): 72; 66; 70 70 69; Warrington 20 St Helens 18 Warrington—T: St Helens—T: HT: POOL: runs. G: Gelling, Charnley (2), Ashton. Ratchford (2). Lomax, Grace, Naiqama. Coote (3). 16-8. Manly 24 Gold Coast 42-Melbourne 50 Wests 22-Sydney 34 Cronulla 18-Canberra 26 New Zealand Warriors 14-Newcastle 42 St George/Illawarra 18. Standings: Rea 209—F Parker RUGBY UNION: European Football G: NRL: FRANCE: 73 69 69; (France) 73 69 69; SNOOKER: SQUASH: TENNIS: Lens 2 Bordeaux 1-Rennes 2 Monaco 1-Brest 3 Lorient 2-Marseille1 Lille 1-Metz 2 Reims 1-Nantes 2 St Etienne 2-Nice 0 PSG 3-Strasbourg 1 Dijon 0-Montpellier 4 Angers 1. BRITISH SUPERBIKE CH'HIP 1: J O’Halloran 68 72 71; (Finland) 71 71 70; (France) 72 71 70; 73 69 71; Points Young Riders Teams classification Bennett Mountain Pogacar 213—J Pogacar Movistar 82pts. 87h 20m 05s. 262h 14m 58s. C Frankish
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