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O'Connor stars as Toulon, Montpellier, Racing make play-offs PARIS: Wallaby utility back James O'Connor scored four tries to help Toulon to a 52-13 thrashing of already relegated Agen and a place in the Top 14 play-offs on Saturday.A brace of tries in each half from O'Connor, capped 44 times by Australia, was matched by four more from his teammates as Quade Cooper, Charles Ollivon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Eric Escande all crossed the whitewash.Antoine Erbani grabbed a late consolation try for Agen, who had actually held a 6-0 lead for the first quarter after two early penalties.The bonus-point victory put Toulon into second spot of the Top 14 on 77 points behind leaders Clermont, who play Stade Francais on Sunday.They were joined later Saturday in the six-team play-offs by Montpellier and Racing 92.Montpellier, fresh from winning the European Challenge Cup last weekend, defeated Bordeaux-Begles 19-16 after Racing had crushed Pau 43-13.Jake White's Montpellier have now won 11 ...

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London Sevens results LONDON: Results from the first day of the London Sevens, the final leg of World Rugby's Sevens Series, at Twickenham on Saturday:Pool ASamoa 5 United States 12South Africa 21 Canada 7Samoa 19 Canada 24United States 12 Canada 12Samoa 0 South Africa 22Pool BAustralia 22 Wales 10Fiji 10 England 31Fiji 42 Wales 5 Australia 7 England 10Fiji 26 Australia 0England 24 Wales 5Pool CFrance 14 Scotland 14Kenya 22 Portugal 17France 45 Portugal 14Kenya 12 Scotland 24Scotland ...

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Thiem overcomes injury to beat Zverev and defend Nice title NICE: Top seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem overcame a late arm injury scare to defeat German teenager Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 on Saturday and retain his Nice clay-court title.Thiem, the world number 15 who stunned Roger Federer at the Rome Masters last week, claimed the sixth title of his career in a timely boost ahead of the French Open which starts in Paris on Sunday."It's been an unbelievably great week," said Thiem who now has ...

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England injuries overshadow Saracens' semi-final win LONDON: England suffered a double injury fright ahead of their tour of Australia after both Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell went off early as Saracens advanced into the Premiership final on Saturday.Leicester centre Tuilagi, returning from a knee injury and playing on an artificial pitch for the first time, lasted just 20 minutes before going off with a damaged right leg while trying to tackle United States wing Chris Wyles in a Premiership semi-final match ...

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Wawrinka ends long wait for home title GENEVA: French Open champion Stan Wawrinka clinched his first homeground title on Saturday with a 6-4, 7-6 (13/11) victory over Marin Cilic in the Geneva claycourt final.It was Wawrinka's third title of 2016 and first on clay just a day before Roland Garros gets underway in Paris.World number four and top seed Wawrinka broke the 11th-ranked Cilic to take a 2-1 lead on his way to the first set.Cilic hit back for a 4-1 advantage ...

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Bonus try puts Chiefs on top rung of Super ladder WELLINGTON: A blunt assessment of their shortcomings paid off for the Waikato Chiefs who went top of the Super Rugby table with a bonus-point 36-15 victory over the Melbourne Rebels in Hamilton on Saturday.On a wet night, the Chiefs scored five tries to move to 42 points, one ahead of the Canterbury Crusaders, while the Rebels remain on 23 points and with their play-off hopes slipping away.Chiefs captain Sam Cane said there had been some ...

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Hayne makes Fiji sevens debut LONDON: Jarryd Hayne made his debut for Fiji in the World Rugby Sevens in London on Saturday in the latest Olympic twist to the Australian-born back's star-studded code-crossing adventure.Hayne last week abandoned playing NFL with the San Francisco 49ers to pursue a spot on Fiji's sevens squad for this year's Rio Games.The 28-year-old's run out for Fiji at Twickenham was his debut in rugby union, having previously starred for Parramatta Eels in the Australian NRL, ...