Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Aviva Premiership Round Nine Wrap - Canadians, Eagles and Pumas.

This past Friday was an interesting one for fans of Los Pumas. While the veteran of four World Cup´s and current captain, Felipe Contepomi, was busy setting up tries for Stade Français vs Perpignan a former player of both French clubs was the unlikely hero for the Exeter Chiefs. The Chiefs are only into their second season at the top table of English rugby but the side is now on the verge of being in the top four after completing a remarkable turnaround at Stockport on Friday evening. A 79th minute try scored and converted by Ignacio Mieres secured an unlikely victory. Round nine´s matches saw the Harlequins dream season continue as they are now well clear of the second placed Saracens. Eight of the remaining twelve teams can genuinely claim to be real contenders for the other two spots in the top four with only the bottom two having the intention of simply remaining in the Aviva Premiership for next season. Americas players in action?

Sale Sharks 23 - 30 Exeter Chiefs
The man of the hour was Ignacio Mieres whose seven points with one minute left on the clock gave the Exeter Chiefs an impressive victory. Known in Argentina as Cangú, Mieres entered the match in the 50th minute with the Sale Sharks leading 23-10. He slotted two penalties and converted a penalty try as the scores were leveled 23-23 with seven minutes left to play. With time running out Cangú intercepted a Sale pass to run clear and give Exeter victory. Mieres has played four tests, three vs Chile and one vs Uruguay but may be in line to face superior opposision in 2012. Argentina´s World Cup winger, Gonzalo Camacho played the full match for the Chiefs and set up his sides first try as he threw a quick pass to backrower Richard Baxter. Uncapped Argentine back, Joaquín Tuculet returned from injury to play the full match on the wing for the Sale Sharks.

Worcester Warriors 16 - 7 Bath
The Warriors also pulled off a shock upset as they downed Bath to open up a massive gap between themselves and the bottom placed Newcastle Falcons on the Aviva Premiership table.

Northampton Saints 30 - 8 Saracens
Saracens continue to sit in second place of the Aviva Premiership but now lie nine points behind fellow London side the Harlequins. The Northampton Saints´ win vs Saracens enabled the home side to move into the top four following Sale´s shock home loss against Exeter. Argentine born former Italian prop, Carlos Nieto started for Saracens. Saracens´ USA fullback, Chris Wyles played at outside centre and his Eagles colleague, Samu Manoa played the final 18 minutes for the Saints. The only try scored by Saracens was set up by Wyles who collected a loose pass and then ran around and through the defence of a number of Saints´ players.

Gloucester 14 - 19 Leicester Tigers
The Tigers continue to recover well following the return of players from Rugby World Cup duty. The win wasn´t sufficient for Leicester to rise above tenth place on the ladder but the improtant away victory means that only four points separates the club from the top four. Pumas winger, Horacio Agulla started for Leicester as did loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza and he was joined in the frontrow by the Argentine born Italian international tighthead prop, Martín Castrogiovanni.

London Irish 21 - 17 London Wasps
The London Irish Exiles hold onto third place after sending the London Wasps further down the ladder. Canada´s World Cup secondrower, Jebb Sinclair continues his successful move to England and to the backrow as he again started for the Exiles at 8.

Harlequins 39 - 8 Newcastle Falcons

London side the Harlequins remain undefeated in the 2011-2012 season after powering home to complete a big win vs bottom of the table Newcastle. The international career of Tomás Vallejos Cinalli only started during Rugby World Cup 2011 but the Quins secondrower is pushing hard for a place in the new The Rugby Championship in 2012. The 27 year old played the full match for the Quins.

                                        Worcester Warriors vs Bath

                                         Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs

                                         Northampton Saints vs Saracens

                                          Gloucester vs Leicester Tigers

                                          London Irish vs London Wasps

Aviva Premiership Standings

1 Harlequins 39
2 Saracens 30
3 London Irish 24
4 Northampton Saints 22
5 Exeter Chiefs 21 
6 Sale Sharks 20
7 Gloucester 20
8 London Wasps 19
9 Bath 18
10 Leicester Tigers 18
11 Worcester Warriors 16
12 Newcastle Falcons 7

1 comment:

  1. Newcastle are doomed, but have a chance of staying up as the winner of the Championship may be one of the sides that doesn't have a stadium which fits the Premiership authorities standards

    I expect 3 of the top 4 will stay the same until the end of the season, with Leicester replacing London Irish