Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LV=Cup - Round Two

The second round of the 2010-2011 LV= Cup was played over the weekend and featured a number of Argentine players as well as players from both the United States of America and Canada. There were players on show from Rugby World Cup 2011, many playing their first match of the season. The weekend started with two matches being played on Friday in England. The Leicester Tigers hosted Western English side, Gloucester and were dominant with the return of a host of players from World Cup duty. The Tigers 40-14 bonus point win included a try to Argentine international winger, Horacio Agulla who was also joined by fellow World Cup Puma, Marcos Ayerza who played at loosehead prop. The form of both players is going to be more important than ever this season following the strong performances of other Argentine players in their positions. Ayerza is in line to be Argentina´s starting loosehead prop in place of Rodrigo Roncero but has competition from a number of French based players.

The London based Harlequins continued to impress with a 37-25 away victory vs the Sale Sharks in the days other match. The one time capped Argentine international flyhalf, Benjamín Urdapilleta, played the full 80 minutes for the winners at outside centre. The club seems to like him in this position after having played him there in earlier matches. His form is encouraging as he looks to break into the Pumas squad to play in the Four Nations tournament in 2012. He was joined by Argentine international secondrower, Tomas Vallejos Cinalli who came on as a secondhalf repalcement for the Quins. Vallejos Cinalli was a part of the Argentine squad that competed at Rugby World Cup 2011 and he made his international debut in Argentina´s pool clash with Georgia, also as a replacement.

Three matches were played on Saturday with Welsh side the Ospreys playing host to English powerhouse the Northampton Saints in Swansea. The English side were a handful as they impressed with a 32-22 victory, scoring four tries  in the process to pick up a bonus point. The increasingly global face of rugby was again evident with Russian international winger, Vasily Artemyev again scoring for the Saints. He was joined by USA international secondrower, Samu Manoa who missed the World Cup due to a problem with his contract. The Ospreys had a Canadian international in its team with international backrower, Chauncey O´Toole making his debut for the Welsh region as a secondhalf replacement. The days other matches saw Bath notch up an impressive 46-13 victory over the Worcester Warriors in Bath. While Welsh region, the Newport Gwent Dragons were impressive as they defeated Englsih side the London Wasps 30-29 in London.

There were also three matches on Sunday with none of them being overly close. An All-Welsh match took place in Cardiff as the Cardiff Blues played host to the Scarlets and were badly defeated in going down 30-3. Both teams were missing a number of players to World Cup duty with Wales facing Australia in the Rugby World Cup Bronze Final on Friday in Auckland. London Irish had a good home win as they defeated the Newcastle Falcons 39-23 in Reading while fellow London side, Saracens also had a win as they defeated the Exeter Chiefs 43-20 in London. The Chiefs were without its Argentine duo of flyhalf Ignacio Mieres and Pumas World Cup right winger, Gonzalo Camacho.

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  1. Rugby League Four Nations schedule, dates, results, teams and players list here.

    Four Nations Rugby League 2011 Schedule