Rugby


EXETER Chiefs returned to the top of the Aviva Premiership table, but they will no doubt play far better this season and lose. It was an error-strewn performance perhaps half expected from a group of players who had not faced a competitive game for three weeks, but to still produce a bonus-point win against a …

Steven Luatua returns to lead Bristol in Friday evening’s GKIPA Championship match away to Yorkshire Carnegie, kick off 8 pm, after being left on the bench throughout last week’s win over Rotherham Titans. Bristol head coach Pat Lam said that Luatua had been fitting fit and raring to go for the Titans match, if required, …

Exeter Chiefs centre Ollie Devoto is so pleased to be back playing again, after missing the opening two months of the season with a very frustrating injury, writes Nigel Walrond. The 24-year-old Yeovil-born back was relishing the start of the new campaign, having played a key part in helping Exeter win the Premiership title last …

The futures of the Championship and British & Irish Cup are always high up the agenda and today I can reveal there will be significant change next season. Whilst a proposal to expand the Championship from 12 to 14 teams from 2018-19 has been placed on temporary hold, the unloved British & Irish Cup will …

English rugby is littered with fly-halves who have been billed as the next big thing but, for whatever reason, fail to fulfil their potential at Test match level. Many people still despise Rob Andrew for keeping Bath’s gifted playmaker Stuart Barnes out of the Red Rose team, while more recently, Shane Geraghty, Ryan Lamb and …

CORNISH Pirates registered a fourth successive win in all competitions with a hard-fought victory over two-places-higher Hartpury at a sunny, but blustery, Mennaye Field. Winger Kyle Moyle’s eighth league try of the season sealed the triumph after Hartpury threatened with a second-half rally, having trailed 10-0 at the break. Pirates coach Gavin Cattle said: “We …

EXETER Chiefs whitewashed Scarlets in west Wales to sit on top of Pool Two at the halfway point of the group stages of the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The Chiefs have a maximum 10 points from their two games, and lead Harlequins by virtue of having scored more tries than the Londoners in their two victories so …

Taunton Titans, still dazed by last weekend’s 42-31 defeat by Henley in National Two South, are facing three crucial games after next Saturday’s day of rest, writes Barry Knott. Titans play three top-four sides on successive Saturdays – Redingensians (home, Nov 25), Chinnor (away, Dec 2) and Cinderford (home, Dec 9). Club spokesman Dick Macey …

League Tables

Premiership
P
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Exeter860221812931
2Saracens860227013329
3Leicester860220216926
4Bath850319316324
5Gloucester850316321122
6Wasps840421819520
7Harlequins840423123020
8Northampton840420321620
9Newcastle Falcons840416420220
10Sale820621220815
11Worcester81071282348
12London Irish81071532657
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1Bristol9900382177844
2Ealing Trailfinders9702327196836
3Nottingham9603271241529
4Bedford9513283241628
5Doncaster9414241206927
6Richmond9504190246323
7Yorkshire Carnegie9414210274422
8Cornish Pirates93062862621022
9Hartpury RFC9315195210721
10Jersey9405180192319
11London Scottish9207198296715
12Rotherham Titans900915637822