Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Americas players in Europe: video summary (23-27 December)

Juan Pablo Orlandi was part of a Racing scrum which much like the team continues to be quite inconsistent, it was giving them good ball and penalties early on but later the tide turned and the scrum conceded penalties.

Juan Imhoff made a great 60 metre break and should have set up a try, but for Juan Martín Hernández messing up a very easy opportunity from a cross kick five metres out unopposed. The play at least resulted in a penalty though.

Belisario Agulla scored his first try for Agen from a clever chip kick by scrum half Maxime Machenaud.

Lucas González Amorosino had a mixed match, he was out of position for the first Toulouse try.

But in attack Amorosino combined well with Martín Bustos Moyano and Timoci Nagusa, Amorosino creating space for Nagusa has been a regular occurrence of late.

Another regular occurrence though, is Amorosino getting caught holding on receiving a kick and conceding a penalty which happened yet again on Friday.

Martín Bustos Moyano got some tricky kicks, and overall had a good day with the boot missing just one conversion.

Rodrigo Roncero did some great work for a prop to chase a kick and put in a big hit on Dane Haylett-Petty which resulted in a penalty.

Felipe Contepomi's great form continued and he scored the try of the week according to rugbyrama.fr, he was also named as one French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique's top 10 signings of the season.

Argentine tighthead Francisco Gómez Kodela was sin binned for elbowing Felipe Contepomi.

Leonardo Senatore didn't have his best match for Toulon and conceded a penalty for holding on after a pick and go off the back of the scrum.

Brive substitute Pablo Cardinali was part of a scrum which got the better of Clermont, who have many injuries to their props and miss Domingo badly. The Brazilian Duque brothers were in attendance at this match ahead of their potential historic move to France.

Hanno Dirksen had a dismal late cameo for the Ospreys on Boxing Day, knocking on twice in his only two touches of the ball.

Ignacio Mieres had a good day with the boot for Exeter, getting 6 from 7.

However Mieres was at fault for the second London Irish try, Shontayne Hape ran through a very weak tackle by him, with only 7 points the difference in the match, it turned out to be crucial.

Horacio Agulla continued his good form for Leicester, he much like his brother earlier in the week (see above) scored from a chip kick, which won Leicester a bonus point against Worcester.

for a full roundup of results see:


  1. That link of Contepomi shows that he has played much less than all the others in the top ten.

  2. Indeed it does. This only goes to reinforce the view stated here by myself and BEH that Contepomi is in line to keep the Pumas 10 shirt and be captain in 2012. His form has been as if he is 29 and playing for Leinster.

    The link also shows a surprizingly high number of former All Blacks in the list of worst imports. Kelleher, Rokocoko and Lauaki. Not to mention Paul Warwick who was a big match player for Munster but, for SF, has been unable to spark.