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RugbyU: French Top 14 table

French Top 14 standings after Saturday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Montpellier 23 13 1 9 575 463 12 66 Toulon 23 13 1 9 575 400 11 65 Clermont 23 13 1 9 605 445 11 65 Castres 23 12 2 9 521 427 10 62 Racing-Metro 23 13 2 8 390 391 4 60 Bordeaux 23 12 0 11 532 494 10 58 Toulouse 23 11 1 11 475 406 12 58 Stade Francais 23 13 1 9 458 432 4 58 Brive 23 10 2 11 432 424 11 55

RugbyU; Waratahs end long wait for Cape Town victory

New South Wales Waratahs ended an eight-year wait for success in Cape Town with a workmanlike 22-11 Super 15 victory over Western Stormers Saturday. Victory lifted the Australians to fourth place on 20 points, three behind the South African pacesetters Coastal Sharks. It also atoned for a poor performance at the start of their two-match tour in Durban last weekend whey they suffered a 22-point pasting from the Sharks. Waratahs once again lacked star full-back Israel Folau, who failed to make the expected recovery from a throat injury.

RugbyU: Scotland's De Luca signs for Biarritz

Scotland centre Nick de Luca will leave Edinburgh to join fallen French giants Biarritz at the end of the season, the Celtic League club announced Saturday. The 30-year-old de Luca rejoined the Scottish capital club from the now disbanded Border Reivers in 2007 and has gone on to make 125 appearances for Edinburgh. De Luca has also won 41 Scotland caps since making his debut in 2008 but did not feature in this season's Six Nations, with his most recent international the 21-15 defeat by Australia at Murrayfield in November.

RugbyU: Munster, Clermont advance to European Cup semis

Munster outplayed four-time champions Toulouse and Clermont snuck past Leicester to move into the European Cup semi-finals on Saturday. The Irish province, themselves former two-time title holders of the continent's elite club tournament in 2006 and 2008, routed Toulouse 47-23 and will be joined in the last four by Clermont, whose nail-biting 22-16 win over Leicester was their 75th successive home victory.

RugbyU: Champions Chiefs snatch draw in 10-try feast

A post-siren try by right-wing Tim Nanai-Williams enabled Waikato Chiefs to snatch a 43-43 draw at Central Cheetahs Saturday in a Super 15 thriller. Fly-half Aaron Cruden converted from in front of the posts to end a 10-try feast for a 15,000 crowd at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. It was the second high-scoring stalemate on a tour of South Africa for the defending champions with the New Zealanders drawing 34-34 at Northern Bulls last weekend.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Lions 7 Crusaders 28

Result of a Super 15 match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg Saturday: Golden Lions (RSA) 7 Canterbury Crusaders (NZL) 28 H-t: 0-6 Scorers Lions - Try: Lionel Mapoe. Conversion: Marnitz Boshoff Crusaders - Tries: Ryan Crotty, Andy Ellis, Kieron Fonotia. Conversions: Colin Slade, Tyler Bleyendaal. Penalties: Slade (2), Israel Dagg Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Munster rout Toulouse to advance to European Cup semis

Munster outplayed four-time champions Toulouse 47-23 to move into the European Cup semi-finals in impressive style on Saturday. The Irish province, themselves former two-time title holders of the continent's elite club tournament in 2006 and 2008, will play the winners of the Toulon v Leinster quarter-final scheduled for Sunday. "It was one of those days where everything came off for us," Munster lock Paul O'Connell said of the six-try-to-two victory. "We had a great start, and were disciplined for the rest of the game.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Cheetahs 43 Chiefs 43

Result of a Super 15 match at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein Saturday: Central Cheetahs (RSA) 43 Waikato Chiefs (NZL, holders) 43 H-t: 34-10 Scorers Cheetahs - Tries: Sarel Pretorius (2), Rayno Benjamin, Boom Prinsloo. Conversions: Johan Goosen (4). Penalties: Goosen (5) Chiefs - Tries: Augustine Pulu (2), Tim Nanai-Williams (2), Asaeli Tikoirotuma (2). Conversions: Aaron Cruden (5). Penalty: Cruden Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA) dl/lp

Rugby Union: French Olympic committe upholds Laporte's 16-week ban

The French National Olympic and Sporting Committee (CNOSF) has upheld a 16-week ban on Toulon coach Bernard Laporte for verbally abusing a referee, his lawyer said Saturday. "We have a mixed feeling of regret and failure," lawyer Paul Mauriac told AFP, adding that Laporte had not yet decided whether to further pursue the issue. "For the moment, Bernard Laporte has one goal and that's tomorrow's match (European Cup quarter-final against Leinster). We'll let the dust settle and see next week. "Maybe he'll get bored of it all and give up, but it's not his style."

RugbyU: Munster rout Toulouse tp advance to European Cup semis

Munster outplayed four-time champions Toulouse 47-23 to move into the European Cup semi-finals in impressive style on Saturday. The Irish province, themselves former two-time title holders of the continent's elite club tournament in 2006 and 2008, will play the winners of the Toulon v Leinster quarter-final scheduled for Sunday. "It was one of those days where everything came off for us," Munster lock Paul O'Connell said of the six-try-to-two victory. "We had a great start, and were disciplined for the rest of the game.
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