Vincent Koch

13 results

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

 Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores their second try. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The two were so far ahead of the rest it wasn’t funny. The runners-up will feel they couldn’t have done a whole lot more and took the champions to the(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath in the Heineken Champions Cup final. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Leinster 10 Saracens 20 What was feared duly transpired. This wasn’t quite on the scale of England’s win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Februar(...)

Leinster players react to their defeat on the field after the European Rugby Champions Cup final. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

Hindsight is 20-20 vision goes the cliché, and in mitigation of Leinster’s decision not to kick the ball off the field when the clock had passed the 4(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores the crucial try despite James Lowe and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 20 Leinster 10 The drive for five will have to be resumed next year. Leinster gave it the good fight, defending heroically and they kept pr(...)

Leinster have named their team for Saturday’s final at St James’ Park in Newcastle. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Champions Cup final: Leinster v Saracens Kick-off: 5pm, Saturday. Venue: St James’ Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start at 4pm. O(...)

 Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’  third try during the Heineken  Challenge Cup pool three match against Glasgow  at Allianz park. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Saracens 38 Glasgow 19 Saracens overcame the late withdrawal of Owen Farrell to advance into the Champions Cup quarter-finals as top seeds by beating(...)

Maro Itoje of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at London Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

What is the more energy efficient ‘fuel’ to propel a team in sport, the pain of disappointment or the elixir of success? There isn’t a definitive answ(...)

Saracens Calum Clark scores his side’s fourth try during the Champions Cup match against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Northampton 13 Saracens 57 Northampton collapsed to another harrowing rout by Saracens after being overwhelmed in their Champions Cup clash at Frankl(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola breaks through during his side’s victory over Munster in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster 10 Saracens 26 Here lies a Currie Cup battle thinly veiled as European rugby. South African fingerprints everywhere, the pressure cooker atmo(...)

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