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May 27

Lock Ball out of Wales’ summer tour

Scarlets lock Jake Ball will miss Wales’ two-Tests against Tonga and Samoa in June because of a shoulder injury.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40074247

May 27

Sean O’Loughlin believes Wigan can retain Super League title despite losses

• Champions play Wakefield needing win to boost title hopes
• ‘We’ve got every confidence we’ll be up at the right end come end of the year’

Sean O’Loughlin insists Wigan remain capable of retaining their Super League title despite a run of form that appears to suggest Monday’s game against Wakefield is arguably their most important of the season.

The reigning champions are without a win in their past four games and despite a relatively strong start to the season they now find themselves in mid-table as the regular season enters its final stretch.

Related: Mark Percival’s late try welcomes Justin Holbrook to St Helens with derby win

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/27/sean-oloughlin-wigan-retain-super-league-title-losses

May 27

Pro12 final highlights: Munster 22-46 Scarlets

Watch BBC Scrum V’s highlights as Scarlets beat Munster at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to win the Pro12 title.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40074036

May 27

Scarlets delivered in Pro12 final – Tadhg Beirne

Irishman Tadhg Beirne savours Scarlets’ 46-22 win over Munster at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in the Pro12 final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40074032

May 27

Pro12 final: Scarlets did it for each other, says Steff Evans

Scarlets wing Steff Evans says his side “played for each other” as they beat Munster 46-22 to win the Pro12 title.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40073338

May 27

Watch Scarlets celebrate Pro12 final win

Scarlets club captain Ken Owens and stand-in skipper John Barclay lift the Pro12 trophy after their 46-22 final win over Munster in Dublin.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40073336

May 27

We want to be best team in Europe, says Exeter chairman Tony Rowe

• Club clinched Premiership trophy with defeat of Wasps
• ‘This success confirms where we are,’ says Rowe

Exeter lifted the Premiership trophy seven years after winning promotion to the top flight and immediately turned their gaze to Europe. Gareth Steenson’s boot took the Chiefs to victory over Bristol in the 2010 Championship play-off final and the club’s long-serving outside-half, who lost his place in the side to Henry Slade at the start of the season, levelled Saturday’s final against Wasps with a penalty 30 seconds from the end and won it with three minutes remaining in extra-time.

“We had a seven-year plan when we came up to become Premiership champions, but with five minutes to go I did not think we were going to do it,” said the Exeter chairman, Tony Rowe. “This success confirms where we are, but my ambition now, and that of Rob Baxter [the head coach] is to become the best in Europe.”

Related: Wasps 20-23 Exeter: Five talking points from the Premiership final | Robert Kitson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/27/exeter-wasps-tony-rowe-premiership-europe

May 27

Phil Dollman: Exeter Chiefs full-back injured ahead of Wales tour

Uncapped Phil Dollman is an injury concern for Wales after suffering an injury in Exeter’s Premiership final win over Wasps.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40073160

May 27

Wasps 20-23 Exeter: how the players in the Premiership final rated

Geoff Parling was Exeter’s star man while for Wasps Nathan Hughes, Joe Launchbury and Tommy Taylor were unlucky to be on the losing side

Willie Le Roux, full-back, 7/10 Had shown signs of nerves recently but took his first high ball comfortably and did well to stop Woodburn in full flow. The most accomplished of Wasps’ back three on the day.

Related: Exeter Chiefs champions after epic win over Wasps completes fairytale rise

Related: Exeter and Wasps serve up final thriller to show best of English club rugby | Michael Aylwin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/27/premiership-final-wasps-exeter-player-ratings

May 27

Defiant Sharks hold on for derby-day win over Stormers

The Sharks beat the Stormers 22-10 at a wet Kings Park in Durban, in an evenly contested derby, filled with big hits and ferocious play in the tight phases. Man-of -the-match Sibusiso Nkosi scored a wonderful try, late in the second-half, to extend his side’s lead to 12-points after SP Marais had scored 10 points […]

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May 27

Wasps 20-23 Exeter: Five talking points from the Premiership final | Robert Kitson

The most gripping Premiership final proved a more accurate reflection of English rugby than any Twickenham international

The Premiership has known some staggering finales but never such a roller-coaster of emotions. Chiefs looked to have taken control when they led 14-3 after just 28 minutes; for Wasps to respond with 17 unanswered points was remarkable. Exeter’s storming response, with Wasps’ having to repel a 34-phase attack at a crucial juncture of the second half, also summed up both sides’ unbelievable resolve and collective spirit. Extra-time, with both sides on their last legs, was almost too tense to watch even before Gareth Steenson’s clinching penalty. A place-kicking contest would have been horrendous.

Related: Exeter Chiefs champions after epic win over Wasps completes fairytale rise

Related: Wasps 20-23 Exeter: Five talking points from the Premiership final | Robert Kitson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/may/27/wasps-exeter-premiership-final-talking-points

May 27

Exeter and Wasps serve up final thriller to show best of English club rugby | Michael Aylwin

Some have doubted the Premiership’s need for play-offs but Gareth Steenson’s last-gasp winning kick was a fittingly dramatic end to justify their existence

What a final, they kept saying, and they were right, but they all are. Folk have of late mused that we will not need these play-offs to determine the champions when they stretch out the domestic season to 10 months, smoothing out those crinkly weekends which overlap with the international game.

The latter folk are wrong. To be at Twickenham in high May is to see English club rugby at its best, and there is no reason to think it will be any different in high June. Two superb, attack-minded teams cut each other up in their differing ways, Exeter by thumping Wasps through the guts, Wasps by unpicking the Exeter muscle. Twenty-two rounds could scarcely separate these two, Wasps on a record 89 tries, Exeter on 86, so 80 minutes had no chance.

Related: Exeter Chiefs champions after epic win over Wasps completes fairytale rise

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/may/27/exeter-wasps-premiership-final-thriller-best-english-club-rugby

May 27

Exeter Chiefs champions after epic win over Wasps completes fairytale rise

• Wasps 20-23 Exeter (aet; score at 80min 20-20)
• Exeter’s Gareth Steenson stays cool after Wasps fumble their way to defeat

A final between the two most prolific teams in the Premiership was decided by a kick rather than a try. Gareth Steenson’s penalty three minutes from the end of extra-time after Wasps, who by then had lost both their tight-head props to injury, had infringed at a scrum for the seventh time settled a full-blooded but scrappy encounter that saw Exeter crowned champions seven years and one day after they won promotion to the Premiership.

Related: Wasps 20-23 Exeter: how the players in the Premiership final rated

Related: Wasps 20-23 Exeter: Five talking points from the Premiership final | Robert Kitson

Related: Exeter and Wasps serve up final thriller to show best of English club rugby | Michael Aylwin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/27/wasps-exeter-premiership-play-off-final-match-report

May 27

Hurricanes cruise to victory over Bulls in Pretoria

The Hurricanes cruised to a comfortable 20-34 over a dismal Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, scoring five tries to two. The game was in the balance at the break at 13-14 to the Canes, after Tian Schoeman kicked two penalties and converted debutant Duncan Matthews’ fifth-minute try. The Kiwis scored twice in the first 40 […]

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May 27

Sharks beat Stormers in wet Durban

The Sharks host an all-South African derby match this weekend in Durban and the visiting side is Cape Town’s Stormers. The Sharks have played the Stormers 25 times in Super Rugby and they have won 13 times and lost 12. The Sharks have won six of their last nine games against the Stormers, but the […]

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May 27

Bulls vs Hurricanes live Super Rugby score update

Three-time Super Rugby champions the Bulls face a tough task this weekend as they host the Hurricanes who are one of the tournament favourites. The Hurricanes have played 11 and won nine. The Bulls have lost their last three matches while the Hurricanes have won two of their last three. They have played 11 matches […]

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