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All roads now lead to Lyon. Chris Wyles
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Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson secured one-sided victories in Manchester to guarantee their Premier League Darts play-off places. PL Darts Full results as MVG beat Barney But theres still plenty at stake, and plenty to learn from the most recent edition of arrows. There is just one week of the normal season remaining before the top four players head to Londons O2 Arena to see who will be crowned the 2016 champion.Five talking points from this week... Master still mentoring Phil Taylor is relishing a match with MVG next week Taylor is still convincingly in charge of his long-time rivalry with Adrian Lewis, particularly when they collide on the biggest stages.The latest result, a 7-2 win for The Power stretches his unbeaten run to five matches in the Premier League against Lewis. This season, Taylor has an aggregate win of 14-3 against his former protege from Stoke.The overall head-to-head is frighteningly one-sided - Taylor leads 51-15 - although some of that can be attributed to a prime Power taking on the up-and-coming Jackpot. But with Lewis now a 31-year-old two-time world champion, it is time for him to start readdressing the balance of Power.But Lewis leads play-off race Adrian Lewis lost but remained fourth Its not all bad news, Jackpot! The Stoke thrower may have lost to Taylor but he still sits in the precious No 4 spot which he must hold in order to qualify for the season finale.Lewis has 17 points, one above Peter Snakebite Wright - the only player who can mathematically catch him with just one fixture remaining. Lewis cant catch third-placed Anderson, who is guaranteed his play-off spot.Next week in Rotterdam, the final fixtures before the play-offs in London, Lewis has the daunting task of playing defending champion Anderson. A draw would suffice to book Lewis ticket to The O2 Arena, while Wright takes on Van Barneveld.MVG getting over Barney hoodoo Michael van Gerwen misses his ninth dart! Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle has regularly insisted that Dutch legend Van Barneveld raises his game when he plays his younger compatriot Van Gerwen, pointing most notably to Barneys World Championship last-16 win in January.When Barney plays Van Gerwen, its horses for courses, Mardle said. Certain players love playing others. But in Manchester, it was Van Gerwen playing with extra gusto as he romped to a 7-2 victory.Overall, Van Gerwen has a 24-16 head-to-head advantage over the elder statesman, having won four of their last six. The world No 1, it appears, is slowly ironing out one of the only weaknesses in his game…Well see another nine-darter… surely! Michael van Gerwen reflects on the near nine-darter Van Gerwen faltered with the ninth dart of an otherwise perfect leg - drawing huge sighs from an expectant crowd desperate to see darts most fabled shot.Lewis, earlier this season, struck the first Premier League nine-darter in four years but the idea of two arriving together must wait for another week. Van Gerwen came close but proved that the top 10 players in the world have too much quality between them to wait another four years.There has only ever been seven nine-dart finishes in the near 12-year history of the competition - of the active players, Taylor has three, Van Barneveld has two and Lewis has one. So is there time for one more in 2016?You can get thrashed... Peter Wright beat James Wade 7-1 Four one-sided results in Manchester proved that, even at the highest level of the game, players can dish out beatings to each other. But how does that happen?Our man Mardle, when describing a tour event that saw Van Gerwen shocked 6-0 by Ian White, put into context how a high-level darts match can end so emphatically. Its three breaks of throw with a 106 average, Mardle said. If youre throwing first and you start with a 12-dart leg, youre very rarely going to be broken because the other guy would have to go out in nine.Then you break to go 2-0 up, then you hold again - because, dont forget, youre averaging 106 so the odds are that you wont give your opponent a fifth visit.In the notoriously short and quick-fire format of the Premier League, a few decisive breaks or a couple of lapse legs can quickly result in a thrashing.Watch Premier League Darts return next week on Thursday from Rotterdam - live on Sky Sports 1 HD at 7pm. 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TSN 1290s coverage begins with Hustler & Lawless at 3pm.  Rick Ralph hosts the Official Jets Pre-game Show at 5pm.This week, Stuart Barnes explains why he is excited by the appointment of Nigel Melville as RFU’s director of professional rugby. Plus, he looks at the winners and losers as the Premiership and PRO12 head towards the play-offs... 1. In England, the weekend rugby news was dominated by the imminent departure of Rob Andrew and his replacement, Nigel Melville. Andrew lost the faith of the general public and the media for not taking greater responsibility since his appointment in 2011.What I will say is that he had to take a share of criticism as a central protagonist in the appointments of Martin Johnson and Stuart Lancaster. Both were bad appointments for differing reasons. Nigel Melvilles USA experience will be invaluable, says Barnes To balance the negatives he is widely believed to have played the crucial role in the heads of agreement between club and country. That is no small achievement.However, more obvious rugby related results were expected. Melville will take back the development role Andrew lost. Great things are expected. Coming from Colorado to Twickenham, the very distance between the states and England will give him a fresh perspective.He has a sharp rugby mind, broad business experience and the knowledge of some of the most sophisticated sports thinking on the planet emanating from the US. The predominant reason for delight is Melvilles appointment, not Andrews imminent departure.2. Eddie has been setting out his time lines. The tour of Australia is a chance for England (as he sees it) to climb the world rankings.New Zealand, however, is in another league to every side and the target to overhaul them in Tokyo 2019 is ambitious enough. No more of this targeting 2023 nonsense, however. The age of excuses seems to have been left behind. Bring out the buntings! Jones plotting victory against Australia 3. Celebrations in Cardiff too where over 68,000 spectators were lured by a promise of exciting derby rugby and cheap tickets into the Principality Stadium for Cardiff Blues versus Ospreys; it is sad that such a great rugby nation as Wales needs something as corny as Judgment Day to lure the supporters, but in this instance it was a great success both on and off the field. Highlights of the Guinness PRO12 round 21 clash between Cardiff Blues and Ospreys Rhys Webb and the returning Scott Williams will have helped make the day of the Welsh management, too. Here is hoping Sam Warburtons injury is nothing too bad. Wales will need every man standing in New Zealand.4. It was billed as the shock of the weekend but was it really? Pat Lam rested most of his team against a Treviso side in a neck-and-neck battle with Zebre for the right to get hammered in the European Champions Cup. Highlights of the Guinness PRO12 round 21 clash between Benetton Treviso and Connacht. Any victories are rare for the Italian teams but a home win is hardly a oonce in a lifetime affair.dddddddddddd Also, it has to be remembered that barring a draw against Glasgow next Saturday, nothing has changed in the Connacht versus Glasgow scrap for a home semi-final. The result in Treviso will not have knocked Treviso off their stride.5. The defending champions are in great form. I was starting to wonder whether there were any teams in the Pro12 league capable of giving them a game at the moment. Cue a trip to Belfast and a high paced, inventive, bustling and, more than anything else, an intelligent performance from Ulster. Highlights of the Guinness PRO12 round 21 clash between Ulster and Leinster This was only their second win in eight games against Leinster. The Dublin-based side have looked as if they would be vulnerable to good teams all season (as they were in Europe). With two sides playing so well I do not fancy their chances of regaining the Pro12 title this season; Glasgow remain my idea of firm favourites but if Ulsters half backs can keep playing as well as they did last weekend we have at the very least a serious challenger.Theyll need to play well just to make the play offs. The Ospreys have not given up on a European Champions Cup spot as they showed last Saturday and with Scott Williams back, the Scarlets have been reinvigorated ahead of their must win game in Limerick this weekend. Fourth place is in Ulsters hands but expect the Ospreys to make life incredibly difficult in Swansea.6. Saracens fans had a bit of a fright. Trailing 3-14 to Newcastle at half-time, there might have been a few worried Fez Heads but once they threw away their Dubrovnik holiday gear they stormed back to win the game and clinch top spot in the league table. All roads now lead to Lyon. Chris Wyles of Saracens shakes the hand of Jacques Burger as the Namibian walks off in his last match 7. I am sure they will have noted Racing 92s impressive win over Clermont. The Parisian side have a strong squad, some outstanding individuals and a determination to make this a memorable season. There is not much doubt a late Leicester breakaway in the semi-final would have made this an easier final for Saracens.8. It was Exeter who took a few weeks to put the misery of their last second European elimination at the hands of the Wasps behind them. On Sunday their quarter-final conquerors suffered the same fate after losing to Saracens in the semi-finals. One more win and the Chiefs will have the advantage of a home semi-final in the Premiership with Wasps expected to again be the visitors. However, Harlequins will be a tough final game. It will be Conor O Sheas Stoop farewell and the Quins will be looking to send him to Italy on a high.9. Wasps should have a fairly straightforward task of claiming maximum points with London Irish down and out. The Irish can start planning for an immediate return next season while Wasps must ready themselves for a tilt at the English title. Saracens are by some way the best team in England but with the European final before the domestic denouement who knows what victory or another defeat will do to them? Jack Tovey scores for Bristol against Bedford. 10. Bristol are overwhelming favourites to make it third time lucky after botching last years play-off finals against Worcester and, more unforgivably, London Welsh. Doncaster Knights are expected to face them in the final after an impressive away win of their own in Leeds. Bristol can enjoy next weeks second leg against Bedford before the pressure begins to pile on Andy Robinson and his heavily fancied team. Look at the respective squads of Bristol and the other three play-off teams. There are no excuses.  Also See: WATCH Guinness PRO12 highlights Loss relegates London Irish Follow @SkySportsRugby Fixtures and results ' ' '
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