Controversy and the Cup – just another Heineken weekend

Round 4 of the Heineken Cup was marked with some sublime rugby and marred by a mindless moment from an RFU employee.

Wasps versus Clermont Auvergne was the game of the weekend, with Danny Cipriani’s first half performance earning him the label of a genius in the making.  He pulled all the strings opposite his predecessor, Alex King, and his passing, kicking and remarkable pace gave Wasps complete control of the game.

The second half was spoiled by a brawl as Jamie Cudmore, Clermont’s flanker, landed a series of punches on Tim Payne’s head as he lay helpless on the ground – the scene was reminiscent of the Duncan McRae / Ronan O’Gara incident in 2001.  Alan Black, an RFU manager, also waded in from the touchline flapping his programme somewhere near Martin Scelzo, the Clermont prop – he was removed from the ground and has since had to make an embarrassing apology.

Elsewhere in Europe, there was further success for English clubs, with six out of seven still fighting for a quarter-final place.  Only Harlequins are out of the running having lost to Bristol.

Gloucester appear to be the best team in the competition after securing their fourth win out of four – the Cherry and Whites have usurped Stade Francais as tournament favourites as the men in pink suffered a second defeat, this time in Cardiff.

Round 4 Results

Biarritz 21-14 Glasgow
Ulster 8-16 Ospreys
Viadana 26-34 Saracens
Cardiff 31-21 Stade
Newport 22-24 Treviso
G’cester 51-27 Bourgoin
Perpignan 23-6 Irish
Edinburgh 29-10 Leinster
Wasps 25-24 Clermont
Munster 22-13 Scarlets
Bristol 20-7 Harlequins
Toulouse 22-11 Leicester

2 thoughts on “Controversy and the Cup – just another Heineken weekend

  1. What do you have to do to get sent off these days? Rip someone’s head off? 10 minutes in the bin is not that big a deterrent any more. The team of the binned player can normally lift their game for 10 minutes enough for it not to be a big disadvantage (the same spirit that saw a 6 man England scrum push the AB’s back on their own 5 yard line).

    Cipriani has to be in the frame to start at 10 in the 6N. He has everything – speed, vision, distribution, and he can certainly kick. Not the finished product yet, but if we get him the international experience and quality coaching he deserves, he could be a star for 2011.

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