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The sports wrap 15th October 2018

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Leinster open Champions Cup title defence with brutal demolition of Wasps.

Leinster began the defence of their Champions Cup crown with a thumping 52-3 eight-try defeat of Wasps while Premiership champions Saracens won a bruising encounter against Glasgow Warriors 13-3 to launch their title quest on a winning note. In other opening matches in the five qualifying pools, Newcastle pulled off a stunning 26-25 victory at three-time cup winners Toulon, Danny Cipriani inspired Gloucester to a 19-14 victory over French Top 14 champions Castres, while Montpellier stuttered to a 21-15 home win over Edinburgh. Leinster were brutally efficient in their victory over Wasps with Luke McGrath and James Lowe scoring two tries apiece while Sean Cronin, Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw and Jack McGrath also crossed. Lima Sopoaga got Wasps' only score as they suffered a record European loss. Leinster visit the Stade Ernest Wallon next week to take on fellow four-time European champions Toulouse who beat Bath 22-20 after two huge errors from Freddie Burns cost them a home victory. Leading 22-20 in the 74th minute, the full-back missed a penalty right in front of the posts. Moments later, he thought he had made amends when he crossed, but as he started celebrating the ball was poked out of his hand by Maxime Medard before touching down. Edinburgh fell just short of a huge upset and had to settle for a losing bonus point with a narrow defeat by Montpellier. The visitors scored two brilliant tries through Stuart McInally and Dougie Fife and, trailing by six points, Magnus Bradbury had a 70th-minute score disallowed for obstruction.Henry Immelman, Benjamin Fall and Gabriel Ngandebe scored Montpellier's three first-half tries.

Dutch stun Germany in Nations League while England draw with Croatia

The Netherlands shocked Germany 3-0 in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday while Belgium beat Switzerland 2-1 and England drew 0-0 with Croatia in a match played behind closed doors. The German defeat after their abysmal showing in the World Cup has raised questions over the future of head coach Joachim Low. Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk headed the opener while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum added late goals to leave Germany bottom of Group A1 on one point after two matches. It was the sixth defeat in 10 games for Low's side, who went out at the group stage of the World Cup in Russia. Germany will play France on Tuesday after drawing at home against the World Cup champions. England, who lost to Spain at home in their opening Group A4 match, missed a hatful of chances in their away draw against Croatia and will now visit Spain on Monday night with the home side having won all three matches under new coach Luis Enrique. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Switzerland in Brussels to move top of Group A2. Lukaku's first goal came after good work from right-back Thomas Meunier. Switzerland equalised when substitute Mario Gavranovic reacted quickest to Nico Elvedi's header following Xherdan Shaqiri's deep free-kick. But Lukaku won it late on, finishing off a well-worked move involving Dries Mertens and Chelsea's Eden Hazard. In Group A3, Italy beat Poland 1-0 but sit second behind Portugal who have won both their first two matches. The top four teams in the 12-nation Group A will play a semi-final and then a final to decide who becomes the UEFA Nations League champion. There are 55 teams competing in four groups and they can be promoted or relegated to other groups depending on their results.

Wigan beat Warrington in Super League Grand Final

Shaun Wane ended his tenure as Wigan Warriors head coach on a high with a gripping 12-4 ictory over Warrington Wolves in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Saturday. Appointed in 2011, Wane took charge of Wigan for the final time, leading his side to their third Grand Final triumph during that period and fifth overall. Former Wigan winger Josh Charnley opened the scoring, but the Warriors hit back through the excellent Dom Manfredi, crossing in each half, and Tom Davies. The result ended a disappointing first season for Warrington coach Steve Price, defeated in both domestic finals this term. They were shocked by Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup final and have now suffered their fourth loss in the season-ending Old Trafford showpiece. The 54-year-old Wane leaves for a role at Scottish Rugby Union as one of the most successful coaches in the club's history. Wane claimed three Grand Final victories, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge in his seven years in charge, and also finished up with the 2018 Coach of the Year prize. At the full-time hooter, Wane punched the air and galloped on to the pitch with his staff to celebrate with his victorious players. Like Wane, full-back Sam Tomkins was also making his last appearance for Wigan before a move to French side Catalans Dragons for next season. In Auckland, New Zealand ended Australia's 13-game winning streak with a shock 26-24 victory over the world champions. Valentine Holmes and Dane Gagai scored for the Kangaroos, as they led 12-8 at half-time. However, the Kiwis surged into a 26-12 lead with tries from Brandon Smith, Esan Marsters and Jordan Rapana, before a late charge from Australia. England host New Zealand in a three-Test series, which begins on 27 October and is live on the BBC. 

England beat Sri Lanka to take 1-0 lead in ODI series 

Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Chris Woakes impressed as England won a rain-affected second one-day international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday. Morgan (92) and Root (71) were the only batsmen to pass 30 in England's 278 for nine wickets. Lasith Malinga took five for 44. Sri Lanka were unlikely to overhaul that target after falling to 31 for four - Woakes taking three wickets. Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva rallied, but Sri Lanka were far behind when a storm curtailed play with the home side on 140 for five wickets after 29 overs. With the first game in the five-match series washed out, England's 31-run win - on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method - puts them 1-0 up with three to play. The third ODI takes place in Kandy on Wednesday That England, who are ranked No.1 in the world, reached a competitive score was predominantly down to the nous and ingenuity of their senior batsmen. Both Test skipper Root and white-ball counterpart Morgan played measured knocks - the former finding the gaps and running hard between the wickets, while the latter kept the scoreboard moving with some more forceful blows. In Hyderabad, Umesh Yadav claimed a 10-wicket haul as India again beat tourists West Indies inside three days to win their two-Test series 2-0. The hosts enjoyed a 56-run lead from the first innings, despite Roston Chase hitting 106 and Jason Holder then taking 5-56 for West Indies. India bowled the tourists out for 127 to set a target of 72 in Hyderabad, which they reached without loss.

Djokovic beats Coric to move to world No.2 behind Nadal

Serbian Novak Djokovic continued his scintillating run of form as he breezed past Croatian Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 to win the Shanghai Masters title for the fourth time on Sunday. With a clever mix of groundstrokes, the 31-year-old broke Coric’s serve in the sixth game and made a series of forays to the net as he consolidated his lead. The Serb grabbed the opening set with a hold to love, having dropped just four points on his serve overall. Coric, who collected one of the biggest wins of his career by defeating Roger Federer in the semi-finals, looked far from his best in his first ATP Masters final as he dropped his serve in the opening game of the second set. The 21-year-old saved three match points to hold serve in the ninth game before Djokovic served out to clinch his fourth title of the season. Djokovic did not drop his serve during the tournament and after Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon and the U.S Open, will surpass Federer as world No.2 behind Rafael Nadal when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday. He now has 18 consecutive wins since losing at the Rogers Cup on 10 August. In the Tianjin Open women’s singles final , France’s Caroline Garcia survived a difficult opening set before beating top seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6(7) 6-3 to lift the title.

Pepperell wins British Masters to claim second European Tour title

England's Eddie Pepperell won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the British Masters on Sunday. The 27-year-old took a three-shot lead into the final day at Walton Heath, and closed out the win by carding a level-par 72 to finish on nine under. Victory means Pepperell, who also won the Qatar Masters in February, will break into the world's top 35 for the first time. Pepperell finished two shots ahead of playing partner Alexander Bjork of Sweden, who carded a one-under-par 71 to finish. Australia's Lucas Herbert and England's Jordan Smith finished a further two shots back, with 2002 winner and tournament host Justin Rose eighth on three under. Pepperell's overnight lead was reduced to just a single stroke when Bjork completed the front nine in 34 and the Englishman three-putted the ninth - the hole at which he had a hole-in-one on the opening day. But he moved three clear again on the 10th after holing an eagle from 122 yards.

For full reports on all the weekend sporting events go to:

http://www.bbc.com/sport, http://www.espn.com, http://www.lequipe.fr, http://www.reuters.com/news/sports, www.skysports.com, www.eurosport.fr.

Calendar Keynotes: 15-21 October 

Monday, 15 October

Football: UEFA Nations League (major nations), Group A2 – Iceland v Switzerland, Group A4 - Spain v England, Group B3 – Bosnia-Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Group C2 – Estonia v Hungary, Finland v Greece.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow (till 21 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 21 October). 

Tuesday, 16 October

Football: UEFA Nations League (major nations), Group A1 – France v Germany, Group B1 – Ukraine v Czech Republic, Group B4 – Republic of Ireland v Wales, Group C3 – Norway v Bulgaria, Slovenia v Cyprus. International friendlies (major nations) – Brazil v Argentina, Belgium v Netherlands, Denmark v Austria, Sweden v Slovakia.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow (till 21 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 21 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Gree Tour of Guangxi, China (till 21 October). 

Wednesday, 17 October

Tennis: ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow (till 21 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 21 October).

Cricket: Sri Lanka v England, 3rd ODI, Pallekele (England lead series 1-0). 

Thursday, 18 October

Tennis: ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow (till 21 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 21 October).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (till 21 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Gree Tour of Guangxi, China (till 21 October). 

Friday, 19 October

Football: French Ligue 1 – Lyon v Nimes.

Formula One: United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas (till 21 October).

Rugby Union: Champions Cup, Pool 4 – Leicester v Scarlets. Challenge Cup, Pool 1 – Dragons v Northampton, Pool 4 – La Rochelle v Enisei-STM, Pool 5 – Agen v Benetton.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow (till 21 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 21 October).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (till 21 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Gree Tour of Guangxi, China (till 21 October), Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (till 21 October).

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Motegi (till 21 October).

Saturday, 20 October

Football: English Premier League – Chelsea v Manchester United, Manchester City v Burnley, West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Huddersfield Town v Liverpool. Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Hibernian, Hearts v Aberdeen, Livingston v Dundee. French LIgue 1 – Paris Saint Germain v Amiens, Nantes v Toulouse, Strasbourg v Monaco. Spanish La Liga – Real Madrid v Levante, Villareal v Atletico Madrid, Barcelona v Sevilla, Italian Serie A – Roma v SPAL, Juventus v Genoa, Udinese v Napoli, German Bundesliga – FC Augsburg v RB Leipzig, VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich, FC Schalke 04 v Werder Bremen.

Formula One: United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas (till 21 October).

Rugby Union: Champions Cup, Pool 1 – Wasps v Bath, Pool 2 – Castres v Exeter, Munster v Gloucester, Pool 3 – Saracens v Lyon, Pool 4 – Racing 92 v Ulster, Pool 5 – Edinburgh v Toulon. Challenge Cup, Pool 1 – Clermont Auvergne v Timisoara Saracens, Pool 2 –Pau v Stade Francais, Worcester v Ospreys, Pool 3 – Sale v Connacht, Bordeaux Begles v Perpignan, Pool 4 – Zebre v Bristol, Pool 5 – Grenoble v Harlequins.

Cricket: Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Pallekele.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow (till 21 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 21 October).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (till 21 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Gree Tour of Guangxi, China (till 21 October), Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (till 21 October).

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Motegi (till 21 October). 

Sunday, 21 October

Football: Scottish Premiership –Hamilton Academical v Rangers, French Ligue 1 – Montpellier v Bordeaux, Nice v Marseille. Spanish La Liga – Huesca v Espanyol, Italian Serie A – Parma v Lazio, Inter Milan v AC Milan, German Bundesliga – Hertha Berlin v FC Freiburg.

Formula One: United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas (race day).

Rugby Union: Champions Cup, Pool 1 – Toulouse v Leinster, Pool 3 – Cardiff Blues v Glasgow, Pool 5 – Newcastle v Montpellier.

Tennis: ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup, Moscow (till 21 October), ATP European Cup, Antwerp, Belgium (till 21 October).

Golf: USPGA Tour, The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges Country Club, Jeju Island, South Korea (final day).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Gree Tour of Guangxi, China (final day), Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (final day).

Motorcycling: MotoGP rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Motegi (race day).

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