Saturday, May 29, 2010
It's finals day around the world as domestic competitions come to an end with a few massive match ups taking place. All games have now finished, so here's the results.
Bulls vs Stormers - Super 14 Final
The Bulls beat the Stormers 25-17 earlier at Orlando Stadium to win their second consecutive final, and third Super 14 title overall. Morne Steyn and Fourie Du Preez controlled matters once again, with Steyn kicking 20 points to add to Man of the Match Francois Hougaard's excellent try.
The Stormers, playing in their first ever Super Rugby final, scored through Bryan Habana and a late consolation try from Ricky Januarie, but the Bulls looked in control throughout as they went on to win back-to-back titles.
Leicester Tigers vs Saracens - Guinness Premiership Final
The Tigers also retained their title as they beat Saracens 33-27 in what was a pulsating game of rugby. A late try to Dan Hipkiss proved the difference after Saracens flyhalf Glen Jackson had kicked what looked to be the winning penalty with only a few minutes left.
"It was a fantastic game, real last-minute stuff," Hipkiss said. "We are never quite done, there's always a bit more to go. In a final it means a massive amount and credit to the boys for sticking in there," he added.
Treviso vs Viadana - Italian Super 10 Final
Benetton Treviso beat Viadana 16-12 in the final of the Italian Super 10 championship earlier today. Treviso won their eighth consecutive final, and their fifteenth in total.
The match coincided as the farewell from the Italian championship for both sides, as next year they will play in the Magners/Celtic League.
Leinster vs Ospreys - Magners League Grand Final
Ospreys won the Magners League earlier tonight with a 17-12 win away from home at the RDS. The Welsh region became the first team to win the league for the third time. First half tries to Tommy Bowe and Lee Byrne sent them into a commanding lead in the inaugural playoff final of the tournament.
Leinster came up with four penalties from Jonathan Sexton, but that was not enough as Ospreys' Dan Biggar converted the two tries and added a penalty, completing their clean sweep of away wins over Irish sides this season.
Perpignan vs Clermont - Top 14 Final
Clermont waited a long time to achieve their first Top 14 title, with ten defeats in as many games in recent times, but they came up trumps against Perpignan earlier tonight, taking the French championship 19-6 at the Stade de France.
"Bloody hell, it was time. We worked so hard," said Clermont number eight Elvis Vermeulen.
"It was three years of sheer frustration but every year we tried to come back stronger. Full credit to the players. We are going to have a good night," said coach Vern Cotter.
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