Listed below are the newest rugby headlines from Wales and past for Easter Sunday, April 4.
Welsh areas implode in Europe
Ospreys, Dragons and Cardiff Blues all threw away dominant and commanding results in file defeats of their Anglo-Welsh European fixtures over the weekend.
Indiscipline, recreation administration and an incapacity to carry onto their successful positions had been points for all three regional sides.
Toby Sales space’s Ospreys took a sizeable 14-0 lead towards Newcastle Falcons – due to early tries from Keiran Williams and Dan Evans – however quickly misplaced management of the match and ended on the fallacious finish of a 28-24 scoreline.
Newcastle’s success on the Liberty Stadium got here towards an Ospreys facet boosted by the return of six victorious Wales internationals following the Six Nations.
The Falcons levelled at 14-14 earlier than the interval, earlier than Justin Tipuric was despatched to the sin bin for knowledgeable foul and the guests capitalised as prop Trevor Davison compelled his approach over. The guests had been then awarded a penalty attempt after an attacking maul was illegally collapsed.
With Adam Beard turning into the second Ospreys participant to be proven the yellow card, Newcastle took cost after the break with Sam Robinson ending off a wonderful transfer. Philip van der Walt added one other to make the sport secure regardless of a reply from Tom Botha.
As for the Dragons, they allowed a 15-point result in slip away within the last quarter of an 11-try thriller.
With 17 minutes to go at Rodney Parade, Dean Ryan’s males had been main 39-24 and seemingly on track for the Problem Cup quarter-finals, however they leaked three tries within the closing levels, amid a yellow card for Wales hooker Elliot Dee, with Northampton substitute again Tom Collins claiming the successful rating 4 minutes from time.
The Easter Saturday motion adopted a last-gasp Good Friday 41-35 defeat for Cardiff Blues towards London Irish, after the Welsh area conceded a attempt within the last minute to crash out of Europe regardless of having a one-man benefit for nearly half the sport.
Jarrod Evans had nailed a late drop purpose to place Dai Younger’s males forward, however Aussie Curtis Rona went over within the final play of the nine-try match. The defeat got here regardless of London Irish having prop Will Goodrick-Clarke despatched off for a head excessive deal with on 46 minutes after which being decreased to only 13 males for 10 minutes when wing Ben Loader was yellow carded.
The Blues had been main 32-20 with simply eight minutes to go.
The Scarlets now face Sale Sharks on Easter Sunday, kicking off at 5.30pm. You’ll be able to see the total group information right here.
Ospreys left ‘devastated’
Toby Sales space admitted the Ospreys had been “devastated” after their 28-24 European Problem Cup loss to Newcastle Falcons in Swansea.
The Welsh facet had made the right begin, steaming right into a 14-0 lead solely to be knocked astray by yellow playing cards for Justin Tipuric and Adam Beard. Whereas competing towards depleted numbers, Newcastle piled up 21 unanswered factors.
It was a tricky defeat for the Welsh area to take as that they had designs on doing one thing particular within the second-tier European competitors.
Head coach Sales space made no try to disguise how upset the area’s gamers and coaches had been.
“We have to mud ourselves down from this,” he mentioned.
“This was fairly emotional for us and the altering room is completely devastated as a result of this was an vital competitors.
“We began the sport very well however we relinquished management and stress fairly convincingly. Self-discipline was the idea of that and we allowed Newcastle again into the sport and Premiership sides won’t go away.
“We’re not the group we need to be and that has simply proved it. We now have a number of work to do.”
Tipuric was carded for a no-arms deal with, whereas Beard — a shade harshly, some may need mentioned — noticed yellow after supposedly dropping a maul when he had no apparent technique of stopping himself from hitting the deck.
However the Ospreys additionally paid the worth for not scoring extra factors early on, with a few key line-outs going astray and kicks out of hand both falling too brief or too lengthy.
Morgan Morris and Tipuric had been the decide for the Ospreys, however it wasn’t the Welsh group’s day as they bowed out on the last-16 stage.
Commentator apologises after mimicking Japanese participant’s accent
New Zealand rugby commentator Joe Wheeler has are available in for criticism after mimicking Japanese flanker Kazuki Himeno’s accent on TV.
Talking of the Highlanders participant after their 33-12 win over the Crusaders, Wheeler adopted a faux Japanese accent, which was labelled “immature” and “disgusting” on social media.
He later issued an apology and mentioned he had spoken to Himeno.
Former Highlanders ahead Wheeler wrote on Twitter: “I stuffed up! I’ve spoken with (Kazuki Himeno) and apologised to him and the Highlanders and our Sky crew.
“I completely settle for this isn’t the usual anticipated of the sideline group. I’ve obtained some work to do clearly, however I am completely dedicated to doing higher.”
Himeno replied saying: “It is okay joe. Let’s take pleasure in and have a good time our large victory”.
The broadcaster’s actions had been condemned by Sky New Zealand chief govt Sophie Moloney, who mentioned the community “will maintain striving to mirror and respect everybody in our group”.
Warren Gatland visits Guernsey over Lions pre-camp base
Lions boss Warren Gatland has paid a go to to Guernsey amid concerns of getting a pre-tour coaching camp within the Channel Islands in June.
The BBC report that the Lions are exploring the concept of staying on Jersey forward of the tour to face the Springboks.
Gatland was given particular permission to go to the island for 2 days, whereas Deputy Peter Ferbrache, Chairman of the Civil Contingencies Authority, mentioned the New Zealander was permitted to go to to evaluate the island’s services.
Tomas Francis places Six Nations win to mattress
Wales’ Tomas Francis has revealed he has put this yr’s Six Nations title win to mattress to concentrate on success in his final season with Exeter Chiefs.
The prop is heading to the Ospreys subsequent season to proceed his worldwide profession, as he falls beneath the WRU’s required 60 caps for gamers to nonetheless be accessible for choice whereas enjoying outdoors of Wales.
Francis, 28, mentioned: “I need to end on an actual excessive right here.
“I’ve put the Six Nations to mattress now, I didn’t even go up for the trophy presentation, as a result of I do know I’ve obtained 13, 14 weeks doubtlessly left with this bunch of boys. They’ve had been an enormous a part of my life for the previous seven years and now I need to end with two trophies.
“All I can do between from time to time is focus absolutely on my rugby. Subsequent yr is one other journey, however for now I’m targeted on this journey.”