Wednesday, October 26, 2011
LV=Cup - Round Two
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.