Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rabo Direct Pro 12: Round 9 Wrap

The Rabo Direct Pro 12 continued from where it left off with the teams higher up the standings knocking over those further down. The early stages of the season were significantly influenced by Rugby World Cup 2011 as a larger number of players were missing from almost every team in the competition. Teams including Munster, Ulster and the Scarlets have not been able to compete to their usual standards. The surprize package of the season, the Glasgow Warriors knocked over Ulster to stay in the top three. Leinster´s win in Italy over Benetton Treviso sees the Irish province hold onto first place while Munster shoot up the table after completing a comfortbale victory over Edinburgh. Players from the Americas ?  

Cardiff Blues 38 - 0 Aironi

The Welsh region completed a bonus point victory over the basement side as Aironi continue to struggle to adapt to the levels of the Celtic sides. None of Aironi´s three Argentine players (Matías Agüero, Gabriel Pizarro and Luciano Orquera) received game time.

Scarlets 22 - 12 Newport-Gwent Dragons

Welsh reserve flyhalf, Stephen Jones was vital in scoring 17 points for the Scarlets in their home victory over fellow Welsh region, the Newport-Gwent Dragons in Llanelli.

Glasgow Warriors 17 - 9 Ulster

Former Pumas winger Federico Martín Aramburú played full match for the Scottish side who now must have genuine intentions of being Semi Finalists. Ulster, in contrast, continue to sit in the bottom half of the competition and continue to struggle to score tries.

Benetton Treviso 20 - 30 Leinster

The Italian side has proven to be significantly more competitive than Aironi and while a victroy did not come about vs Leinster this time around Benetton Treivso nonetheless underlined their importance to the Rabo Direct Pro 12. The team featured Toronto´s Robert Barbieri who is an Italian international backrower and two Argentine players with hooker Franco Sbaraglini and prop Ignacio Fernández Rouyet both entering in the secondhalf.

Connacht 6 - 17 Ospreys

The Irish province Connacht hosted what was quite an understrengthed Ospreys team at Galway. The Ospreys´ win keeps them level with Leinster. Canadian international backrower, Chauncey O´Toole started in the seven shirt for the Ospreys before being replaced in the 51st minute. Former USA under 17 / under 18 flyhalf Hanno Dirksen came on in the final six minutes for the Ospreys.

Munster 34 - 17 Edinburgh

The Irish province´s outrageously impressive home record sometimes allows the coach to exaggerate and rest countless first choice players. He did just this for the teams match vs Edinburgh with few regular first choice players making the starting XV. It mattered not as Munster dominated the second half to score a bonus point victory. Former Pumas secondrower, Esteban Lozada played the final ten minutes for Edinburgh.


1 Leinster 30
2 Ospreys 30
3 Munster 28
4 Glasgow Warriors 26
5 Cardiff Blues 25
6 Scarlets 21
7 Benneton Treviso 19
8 Ulster 17
9 Connacht 15
10 Edinburgh 14
11 Newport-Gwent Dragons 10
12 Aironi 6

                                    Benneton Treviso vs Leinster

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