Sunday, October 24, 2010

Montpellier lead the Top 14 after 10 Rounds

With the November internationals just around the corner rounds 10 and 11 of the Top 14 are highly important for international players. The national squads have been anmed already by teams including Fiji, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Both Argentina and the USA are set to announce their playing squads this coming week. Today´s rounds was crucial to the chances of a number of players and those in action delivered. Argentina had players involved in 6 of the 7 matches and the USA was represented in 3 matches this weekend as the Americas continues to contribute top level players to the worlds leading dometic competition.

Montpellier impressed with a 28-3 home win vs Bourgoin with Juan Figallo and Santiago Fernández both having solid matches as did Seta Tuilevuka. Argentina A centre, Matías Viazzo, played flyhalf for Bourgoin and kicked a penalty for the visitors. The win puts Montpellier in first place but they are equal with last years play-offs teams Racing Metro and Toulouse.

Racing Metro defeated former competition leaders 15-9 in a tryless match as Juan Martín Hernández looks set to return to the field next week. Three other Pumas returned to action from injury with prop Rodrigo Roncero joining fellow Puma Martín Rodriguez Gurruchaga in playing at Stade de France for Stade Français Paris in front of a crowd of 80,000, secondrower Patricio Albacete returning from a month on the sidelines and fullback Marcelo Bosch returning alongside Zee Ngwenya for Biarritz. All three teams secured victories with Toulouse defeating Perpignan 38-29 in the match of the round. Importantly, all three improved their position on the ladder which is crucial as Heineken Cup 2011-2012 places are on the line as well as places in the Top 14.

With the bottom two being relegated every win is indeed very important. Bourgoin´s loss to Montpellier means they stay in the bottom two with Agen who still only have one win despite American winger, Kevin Swiryn continuing to put in strong performances. La Rochelle remain in 12th spot of 14 but scored an important 26-21 home win vs Brive to move clear of Bourgoin and Agen and to now be only 3 points behind Brive who are in 11th. La Rochelle could well move into 11th very soon as they face Agen next weekend with Brive facing the red hot Biarritz. The La Rochelle vs Brive match featured three Argentine frontrowers with hooker Franco Pani starting for the hosts and prop and fellow uncapped Argentine, Andrés Bordoy coming on as a second half replacement. Whilst former Argentina prop, Pablo Henn continues to push for a recall to the Pumas as he started at loosehead.

Round 11 fixtures:
Friday October 29 Racing Métro 92 vs Perpignan
Saturday October 30 Clermont Auvergne vs Stade Français
Saturday October 30 Bayonne vs Montpellier
Saturday October 30 Agen vs La Rochelle
Saturday October 30 Castres vs Bourgoin
Saturday October 30 Brive vs Biarritz
Saturday October 30 Toulouse vs Toulon

Ladder after 10 Rounds
1 Montpellier 32
2 Toulouse 32
3 Racing Métro 92 32
4 Toulon 28
5 Biarritz 27
6 Stade Français Paris 27
7 Perpignan 26
8 Clermont 25
9 Castres 24
10 Bayonne 24
11 Brive 18
12 La Rochelle 15
13 Bourgoin 10
14 Agen 7

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