Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rabo Direct Pro 12 : Round 8 - Argentine, Canadian and USA players


Round eight of the 2010-2011 Rabo Direct Pro 12 produced a new team in the top four as Scottish side the Glasgow Warriors join Welsh side the Ospreys and the Irish duo of Leinster and Munster in the play-offs zone. The Warriors made the top four after a successful trip to Italy on Saturday in which they recorded an 18-6 victory over Aironi. The match featured no tries as the star of the show was Glasgow flyhalf Duncan Weir who kicked five penalties and a drop goal. Former Argentine international Federico Martín Aramburú played the full 80 minutes on the right wing for the Scottish side. he was joined by USA born Tommy Seymour who played on the left wing. Argentine born former Italian international prop, Matías Agüero started for Aironi while both Luciano Orquera and Gabriel Pizarro came on as secondhalf replacements.

The round´s first match took place in Dublin on Friday evening with the classic Irish battle of Leinster vs Munster. The home side´s 24-19 victory sees Leinster stay on top of the standings. USA born Irish international  flyhalf, Ronan O'Gara kicked four penalties and a conversion for the visitors. Between Leinster and Munster lie the second placed Ospreys who blew a great chance as they drew 9-9 with rival Welsh region, the Scarlets on Saturday. The tryless match saw all points coming from the flyhalves as both Dan Biggar and Stephen Jones slotted three penalties each. The two players appear to be the frontrunners to start at flyhalf for Wales in the upcoming international vs Australia given that Rhys Priestland is under an injury cloud and James Hook is under contract with Perpignan. Canadian international backrower, Chauncey O´Toole did not feature for the Ospreys nor did former USA age grade player, Hanno Dirksen.

Ulster´s forgettable start to the season may well have changed as the Irisih province smashed rivals Connacht 22-3 in Belfast on Saturday. The win sees Ulster edge up the table into eighth place. Desptie the heavy loss, Connact sit one place further back in 9th ahead of Scottish side, Edinburgh. The Scottish side faced the highly-flyhing Italian side, Benetton Treviso in Treviso on Saturday with the Italians looking to continue their form which saw them crush Welsh side the Newport-Gwent Dragons seven days earlier. It was not to be, however, as the Scot´s were able to control proceeedings and win the match 22-11. Former Argentine international and CASI secondrower, Esteban Lozada started in the secondrow for Edinburgh while three Argentine players - Diego Vidal, Ignacio Fernández Rouyet and Pedro Di Santo were all replacements for the Italian side. The win sees Edinburgh move into 10th spot ahead of the Newport-Gwent Dragons whose match vs the Cardiff Blues was cancelled.

Standings

1 Leinster 26
2 Ospreys 26
3 Munster 23
4 Glasgow Warriors 22
5 Cardiff Blues 20
6 Benetton Treviso 19
7 Scarlets 17
8 Ulster 17
9 Connacht 15 
10 Edinburgh 14
11 Newport-Gwent Dragons 10
12 Aironi 6

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