Each weekend we take a look back on the sporting highs from across Ireland and around the world through the medium of numbers.

This weekend we look at a game for the ages from Munster, Katie Taylor’s onward progress, upsets on the pitch and the track, and a winning performance from the Irish Cross country team…

12

The number of debutants that Munster had in their Covid-hit team that put up one of the performances of this or any other year in the Heineken Cup by going to Wasps and securing a 35-14 bonus-point win.

3

The number of medal-winning performances from the Irish team at the Spar European Cross country Championships staged at the Sport Ireland Campus. That was also enough to secure third place on the medal table.

5

The number of laps remaining when Nicholas Latifi crashed in the final F1 race of the season, creating a chaotic chain of events that led to a last-lap overtake of Lewis Hamilton by Max Verstappen, in the last race of the season. That ensured a first World title for the Dutchman rather than an eighth for Hamilton, as well as a four-hour stewards enquiry into alleged rule breaches. High speed, high drama.

79

The aggregate winning margin for the four victories of Connacht, Ulster, Leinster and Munster in the opening round of fixtures in the Heineken Champions Cup.

3

The number of points of a winning margin as Clough Ballacolla pulled off a major upset in the AIB Leinster Club Hurling Championships on Saturday night. The Laois Champions defeated Kilmacus Crokes of Dublin and will now face Ballyhale Shamrocks in the final.

20

Katie Taylor moved to 20-0 of a professional record on Saturday night with victory over Firuza Sharipova.

 

 

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