Listed here are the rugby morning headlines on Monday, April 5.
Owens rocked by humiliation
Ken Owens admitted the Scarlets have been on the tip of an absolute hiding after the Welsh area have been dumped out of the European Champions Cup in humiliating fashion.
Sale Sharks’ 57-14 win at Parc-y-Scarlets surprised many, with the final 16 knockout recreation proving to be an enormous mismatch.
Captain Owens, who just lately lifted the Six Nations title with Wales, mentioned: “Nothing a lot went proper. Rugby is a quite simple recreation, and we did not match their physicality in any respect.
“We made back-to-back errors, particularly within the first half-hour, far too typically, which performed into their arms.
“They got here very direct, which we knew they might, and it is extremely tough cease after they get it proper.
“Defensively, they’d some big line-speed that we did not take care of significantly nicely. They managed the contact space, the gain-line and line-speed, which summed up the sport.
“We have been crushed by a greater aspect on the day. We acquired dominated bodily. We won’t have any complaints.
“A number of it’s straightforward fixes. Coping with the physicality of the sport, and never making errors. Now we have had a hiding at the moment, and we will not shrink back from that.
“We’re positively rather a lot higher aspect than what we confirmed tonight.”
Bristol fume over digicam controversy
Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam claims his gamers have been satisfied there was a knock-on in the course of the build-up to the essential strive that allowed Bordeaux-Begles to guide their ticket into the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup.
Lam will increase the incident with EPCR referees director Joel Jutge this week and ask why it took so lengthy to get the pictures of the incident and why there have been so few digicam angles.
Ultimately, Scottish referee Mike Adamson and his TMO Neil Paterson weren’t satisfied that residence quantity eight Scott Higginbotham had knocked on a Bristol cross in his 22. Moments later, after the ball had been hacked upfield, substitute hooker Joseph Dweba drove over for a game-breaking rating.
“Now we have to undergo a course of, however we had the benefit of seeing the incident dwell and the gamers know 100 per cent it occurred. Sadly, instantly there isn’t a footage of it,” mentioned Lam.
“The entire bench have been calling knock-on on the time, however we did not get the choice and we are going to simply have to maneuver on. We are going to go away it for Joel Jutge to kind out.
“There are greater than two cameras and the coaches might hear the TMO behind us and so they have been asking for angles and it took time for them to return. That is over to the referees and the broadcasters to search out the suggestions and to ask why it took so lengthy.
“You’ve got all seen the large video games and internationals when there are often fairly just a few views obtainable. There have been at occasions in the course of the recreation, however this time there wasn’t.
“However what I used to be basing it on is what we noticed dwell. The gamers have been very clear about what they noticed and that it was positively a knock-on and we thought it was going to return and be our ball.
“It was nonetheless a one-score recreation on the time and it got here at a vital stage.”
The possible Lions bolters
Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan has listed the boys he thinks might be 2021 bolters.
McGeechan rejects the concept a shorter tour and smaller squad limits the scope for such choices, believing a scarcity of readability at scrum-half, hooker and quantity eight opens the door for a bolter or two.
The four-times Lions head coach wrote within the Telegraph : “Conor Murray is the clear favorite to be Take a look at starter, however my bolter can be Danny Care. He provides one thing completely different from nearly each different No 9 and is in cracking type.
“At No 8, two doable bolters are Sam Simmonds and Alex Dombrandt. I fear barely about Simmonds’ measurement, but when he performed alongside a giant six like Tadhg Beirne or moved to six himself, together with his velocity he might be a extremely efficient performer on the exhausting grounds of the excessive veldt. Ditto Dombrandt, who has superb mobility and ball-carrying means for a giant man.
“I might be tempted to take one or the opposite alongside Taulupe Faletau and CJ Stander.
“At hooker, I assumed Scotland’s George Turner was unbelievable on this Six Nations. He’s frantically busy, works his approach into the sport nicely and would match the kind of fast-paced, ball-carrying Uli Schmidt-style hooker template for achievement in South Africa.
“But that’s in no way the tip. Within the backs, I might take a look at Racing 92’s Simon Zebo, who performs with a joyous freedom and would make an excellent vacationer. Scotland’s Huw Jones first got here to prominence whereas taking part in in South Africa so we all know he can prosper there, whereas he proved throughout this Six Nations that he’s again to his try-scoring greatest.”
European quarter-finals introduced
There could also be no Welsh groups left within the competitors, however the European quarter-finals supply up a feast of mouth-watering clashes.
High of the listing is defending champions Exeter Chiefs in opposition to serial PRO14 winners Leinster.
Champions Cup (kick-off occasions are native)
Saturday April tenth
La Rochelle v Sale Sharks, Stade Marcel-Deflandre (4pm) – Virgin Media
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster Rugby, Sandy Park (5.30pm) – BT Sport / beIN Sports activities
Sunday April eleventh
Bordeaux-Bègles v Racing 92, Stade Chaban-Delmas (1.30pm) – BT Sport
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Toulouse, Stade Marcel-Michelin (4pm) BT Sport
Problem Cup (kick-off occasions are native)
Friday April ninth
Bathtub Rugby v London Irish, Recreation Floor (8pm) – BT Sport
Saturday April tenth
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons, Mattioli Woods Welford Street (12.30pm) – BT Sport
Northampton Saints v Ulster, Franklin’s Gardens (8pm) – BT Sport / beIN SPORTS
Montpellier v Benetton Rugby, GGL Stadium (9pm) – BT Sport