Heineken Cup: Can the Tigers take the heat?

first_imgAll of which promises to fuel the flames when the two sides clash on Sunday. Boudjellal promises Leicester hell but perhaps the Tigers will be inspired to deliver a heavenly performance.Follow Gavin Mortimer on Twitter @gavinmortimer7 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Informed by Midi Olympique that Leicester coach Richard Cockerill would like to sit down with him at some point prior to the match “in the hope of finding a solution” to the stalled transfer, Boudjellal replied: “I am in Paris all week for professional reasons. And I will be inflexible, I will not pay [Leicester] the slightest centime.”It’s not hard to imagine how Cockerill, privately, at least, will react to Boudjellal’s words. The former England hooker often gives the impression of never being happier when nursing a grievance, and the Toulon president might have been better advised to keep schtum on the transfer until after Sunday’s showdown rather than pumping up Cockerill still further.Here to stay: Wilkinson has extended his contract at ToulonMidi Olympique claims Castrogiovanni is a “collateral victim” of Jonny Wilkinson’s decision to sign on for another season at Toulon, an announcement he made last weekend after months of fevered speculation. It’s said that Wilko has taken a cut in his wages to do so – further enhancing his God-like status in Toulon – but nonetheless he doesn’t come cheap, and even if they wanted to Toulon can no longer afford Castrogiovanni. Toulon’s British fly-half Jonny Wilkinson reacts after the French Top 14 rugby Union match Toulon versus Toulouse on March 2, 2013, at the Mayol stadium, in the French southern city of Toulon. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images) center_img Delayed in transit: Castrogiovanni’s transfer news will add even more spice to Toulon v LeicesterBy Gavin Mortimer COMPARED TO the chill winds that have been blowing through Leicester of late, Toulon on Sunday will feel positively balmy for the English club. Spring has been slow in showing its face even on the Cote D’Azur but temperatures of 15 degrees make a mockery of the sub-zero conditions in England. But the Tigers can expect the mercury to rise on Sunday evening when they emerge at the Stade Mayol to take on Toulon in their eagerly-awaited Heineken Cup quarter-final.Make some noise: Boudjellal wants fans to turn up the heatMourad Boudjellal, the club president who is fiery at the best of times, has called on the Toulon faithful to make an “explosion” of noise so that “England discover the hell of Mayol.” The parochial nature inherent in the French game means most club presidents view the Heineken Cup as less prestigious than the Top 14 – but not Boudjellal. He knows its value, and he is desperate for Toulon to become only the third French club (behind Toulouse and Brive) to win the tournament.But there’s another reason Boudjellal hopes the Tigers roast in Hades on Sunday. According to Monday’s edition of Midi Olympique, the Toulon president is “very irritated” with Leicester over the on-off transfer of Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni. The Italian prop was first linked with a move to Toulon before Christmas, and it still seemed a done deal just a few weeks ago, at least for Castrogiovanni who was said to have reached agreement with Boudjellal.But Leicester have allegedly been playing hardball with Toulon over the terms of the transfer. If they’re to see one of the world’s best tightheads walk away they expect something in return. Midi Olympique claims the Tigers have demanded 180,000 euros, of which 60,000 will come from the pocket of Castrogiovanni. The response of Boudjellal? “Leicester are asking for too much money. They have seen Toulon as if it were a piggy bank, certainly to the detriment of the will of their player.” TAGS: Leicester Tigers last_img read more

UVU and Weber State Men’s Basketball Meet Saturday

first_img Tags: Cody John/Conner Toolson/Jake Toolson/Jerrick Harding/UVU Men’s Basketball/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Saturday, Utah Valley and Weber State men’s basketball meet for the 12th time in history Saturday at the Dee Events Center.The Wildcats narrowly lead the all-time series over the Wolverines 6-5. Interestingly, the home team in the series has always won.The Wolverines, who come into this game at 7-4, are 21st nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (39.8 percent), 26th in the nation in 3-point field goals (100), 34th in total rebounds (412 net rebounds) and 41st in defensive rebounds per game (28.91).Utah Valley scores 77.3 points per game and gives up 72.7 points per contest. Guard Jake Toolson posts 15.2 points and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field for the season. Fellow guard Conner Toolson is close behind him scoring 15.1 points per game and averaging 2.5 rebounds per contest as he shoots 50.8 percent from the field.Weber State comes into this game at 5-4 having lost two straight.The Wildcats average 83.4 points per game, while surrendering 74.2 points per contest.Star junior guard Jerrick Harding averages 20.7 points per game and 4.7 boards per contest with fellow junior guard Cody John ( a Wasatch Academy graduate) averaging 16.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per outing. December 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU and Weber State Men’s Basketball Meet Saturday Brad Jameslast_img read more