Sunday, January 9, 2011
Argentina action in Aviva Premiership - Round 13
Round thirteen of the 2010-2011 English Championship: the Aviva Premiership kicked off on Friday night with a Northern English battle as strugglers the Newcastle Falcons hosted the Sale Sharks and the teams fought it out to a 19-19 draw. Without question, Sale had a great chance to get an away victory but let it slip. The draw was not enough to change the position of either side on the ladder but is certainly bad for both teams as Sale's horror season continues and as Newcastle need to fight for every win to stay clear of Leeds Carnegie who are just four points behind in last place.
Welford Road was the setting for the match of the round in the top of the table clash between champions the Leicester Tigers and beaten finalists from two seasons ago the Northampton Saints. With a try to each team in the first ten minutes, the hosts were ahead 8-7. With a penalty to each team Leicester held an 11-10 lead at the interval. Leicester kicked three penalties in the seconad hald and Northampton kicked two. The only try of the half was scored by Pumas loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza who played the full 80 minutes. He was joined by Pumas teammate, winger Horacio Agulla for the last 10 minutes of the match. The win sees Leicester extend their lead on the ladder and is the second straight loss for Northampton.
One London based club hosted another as the Harlequins took on London Wasps at the Stoop. The Quins managed to pull off a 17-10 win which sees them move into the top four ahead of the Wasps. Pumas backs Gonzalo Camacho and Benjamin Urdapilleta did not feature for the Quins but uncapped Argentine secondrower Tomas Vallejos Cinalli came on in the 61st minute for the winners. Camacho continues to recover from injury while Urdapilleta is, for the time being, playing for the Harlequins' A side.
Midtabled Bath hosted bottom of the table Leeds Carnegie and came out on top 16-13 after the scores were tied at 13-13 after 60 minutes. The home side had two international secondrowers from the Americas with former Puma Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe and current USA Eagle John van der Giessen both on the bench for Bath. Leeds Carnegie also had a USA Eagle of their own in prop Mike MacDonald. English international centre, Olly Barkley was the difference as he scored 11 of his sides 16 points through his goalkicking.
The rounds highest scoring match took place in western England as Gloucester played hosts to the newcomers to the top level - the Exeter Chiefs in what was an eight try match with the home side scoring five tries to three to win the contest 37-23. Fijians scored tries for both sides with Qera and Naqelevuki both touching down. Exeter's Argentine duo did not feature in the match as flyhalf Ignacio Mieres continues to recover from injury and prop Ignacio Elosu was left out of the squad. The win sees Gloucester continue to push for a place in the top 6 but sees Exeter drop below Bath into ninth position ahead of Sale.
The rounds final match took place on Sunday afternoon in what was an all London affair as Saracens played host to London Irish at Watford. USA internationals - secondrower Hayden Smith and fullback Chris Wyles did not play for the home side. Wyles should return from injury in a few weeks and London Irish were without their Argentine - international scrumhalf Alfredo Lalanne. Saracens scored twice as many points as London Irish and won 12-6 in a tryless match.