Sunday, April 3, 2011

Aviva Premiership - Round 19

Round 19 of the Aviva Premiership took place over the past two days and produced some results which have important consequences for teams both at the top and bottom of the championship table. The round also included its share of players from the Americas who will be on show in New Zealand this year at Rugby World Cup 2011. London based side the Harlequins had a vastly important home fixture vs the Leicester Tigers which could have seen the Londers breaking into the top four, depending on other results, but the it was the Tigers who got home in what was a very tense affair involving yellow cards. The 17-13 win sees Leicester continue to lead the premiership as the current champions look certain to once again win the Enlgish Premiership. Satuday´s match featured Argentina international winger Gonzalo Camacho who played the full 80 minutes for the hosts and was joined late in the second half by uncapped Argenitna international secondrower Tomás Vallejos Cinalli. Leicester had two Argentina players of there own in winger Horacio Agulla and loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza. Ayerza was sent off for foul play. Meanwhile the Northampton Saints 53-24 bonus point win over the Sale Sharks on Saturday has given the fourth placed premiership side a good advantage over fifth placed London Irish. Gloucester continue to hang onto third place as the western country side defeated Newcastle 34-9 in Saturday´s other match.

Newcastle´s position on the Aviva Premiership ladder remains in tact but the teams advantage over last placed Leeds Carnegie has been severely cut as Leeds notched up a vital 27-22 victory over the Exeter Chiefs in Leeds on Sunday. The result sees Leeds sit on 18 points, 2 behind Newcastle. One more win would see Leeds overtake Newcastle. Former Argentina international tighthead prop Juan Gómez played for Leeds. In the days second match the London Irish Exiles scored a 25-12 win over the London Wasps which could have a significant impact on the make up of the English sides in next seasons Heineken Cup. While neither of the two sides with London in their names are in the top four of the premiership one London based side continued its fine form as Saracens scored a 20-9 victory over Bath in the rounds final match. Argentina born Italian international tighthead prop, Carlos Nieto started for Saracens and was joined by two USA internationals with Hayden Smith playing secondrow and Chris Wyles centre. Retired Argentina international secondrower Ignacio Fernández Lobbe jwas a secondhalf replacement for Bath. The result sees Bath drop to more than one win behind the Harlequins who hold sixth position while Saracens are well and truely looking like certain home semi finalists.

Aviva Premiership Table
1 Leicester 66
2 Saracens 63 
3 Gloucester 54
4 Northampton 53
5 London Irish 48
6 Harlequins 45
7 Bath 40
8 London Wasps 39
9 Exeter Chiefs 37
10 Sale Sharks 26
11 Newcastle 20
12 Leeds 18

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