Monday, April 4, 2011

Magners League - Round 19

Round 19 of the 2010-2011 Magners League was played from Friday through Sunday and featured a large contingent of players from Argentina and also some Canadians as players from the Americas continue to contribute to global rugby by having players compete week in, week out in elite rugby competitions. The round started with a match in the western Irish city of Galway as Connacht played host to Scottish side Edinburgh on Friday. The traditional strugglers of Irish rugby who last week were the first team to lose to  Italian side Aironi in the Magners League, managed to sneak home in scoring a narrow 27-23 victory. Argentina international secondrower Esteban Lozada started for Edinburgh. Firday´s second match played in Belfast, Northern Ireland saw the home side of Ulster win yet again as they continue to storm their way up the Magners League ladder and now hold second position after defeating Welsh side the Scarlets by 20-18.

A contender for the worst match of the year took place in Swansea on Saturday with neither the Ospreys nor the Cardiff Blues able to score a try in the match. Instead teams traded penalties and drop goals as they competed to a 21-21 draw. A far more interesting contest took place in Viadana as Aironi nearly made it two wins in two weeks as the Italian side hosted Scottish side the Glasgow Warriors. The Scottish side won the match 17-16 scoring two tries to one. The result is great news for Glasgow as they move from eleventh to tenth place on the ladder. Argentina international centre Federico Martín Aramburu played the full 80 minutes for the winners at outside centre and Gabriel Pizarro inside centre for Aironi. Argentina born Italian international scrumhalf Pablo Canavosio came on as a secondhalf replacement. Meanwhile in Limerick the two traditional Irish powerhouse provinces of Munster and Leinster went head to head with the hosts coming back from a 20-9 half time deficit to defeat Leinster 24-23. USA born Irish international flyhalf Ronan O´Gara kicked 21 points for Munster.

The final match of the round took place in Newport, Wales on Sunday as the Newport Gwent Dragons hosted Italian side Benetton Treviso and had the better of play in notching up an impressive 33-10 victory. USA international scrumhalf, Mike Petri, did not feature for ther Dragons but Benettong Treviso had to Argentina players in the starting XV in the form of Italian internationals Gonzalo García and Ignacio Fernández Rouyet. While Diego Vidal, Pedro Di Santo and Gonzalo Padro were all on the bench.

Magners League Ladder
1 Munster 71
2 Ulster 59
3 Ospreys 57
4 Leinster 56
5 Cardiff Blues 52
6 Scarlets 51
7 Connacht 39
8 Newport 39
9 Edinburgh 34
10 Glasgow 32
11 Benetton Treviso 30
12 Aironi 11

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