Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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

The tenth round of the 2011-2012 Aviva Premiership saw some interesting results as the season continues to go vastly against the script. Bottom of the table, Newcastle, appeared to be guaranteed relegation to England´s second division but now they have closed the gap between themselves and the Worcester Warriors while both Bath and the London Wasps are hardly sitting comfortably. At the other end of the table, the Harlequins remain undefeated  and hold a massive lead in the standings. Remarkably, the Exeter Chiefs are third on the table and the sides lattest win came thanks to an Argentine flyhalf who is unable to break into Los Pumas´ squad. Other matches also involved contributions from Argentine players and players from then Americas in general. Pumas winger, Horacio Agulla saw the Leicester Tigers home as are continue to rise up the standings to challenge for a spot in the top four as do the Sale Sharks. Argentine players featured in every match while there were also players from the USA in action.

Newcastle Falcons 26-25 Gloucester
The Falcons surprizing win eased the gap between themselves and Worcester but they are still six points behind. Gloucester´s loss continues on with the clubs issues following the World Cup controversy of players representing England and Samoa. Argentine hooker, Matías Cortese was on the bench for Gloucester.

Leicester Tigers 30-25 Northampton Saints
Despite neither side being in the top four this was a clash which may well be repeated in May in the Aviva Premiership Final. Both sides had problems with players missing to World Cup duty. Both sides played 67 minutes with fourteen players as a aplyer from each side was red carded. Leicester´s five point win came thanks to Argentina winger, Horacio Agulla who ran 50 metres to score a try with five minutes remaining. Marcos Ayerza started at loosehead prop for the Tigers while Martín Castrogiovanni was a secondhalf replacement. USA international secondrower, Samu Manoa came on in the 32nd minute of the first half for the Saints.

Exeter Chiefs 15-9 Worcester Warriors
The hero for Exeter in what was a tryless match was Argentina´s Ignacio Mieres who kicked all of his teams points. Gonzalo Camacho played the full match on the wing for Exeter.

Bath 13-16 Sale Sharks
Bath´s season has not been stereotypical and in losing to Sale the side are now in tenth place in the standings. Uncapped Argentine winger, Joaquín Tuculet played the full match for the Sale Sharks.

London Wasps 16-22 Harlequins
The Harlequins won again as the London based side is yet to be defeated this season. Argentine international secondrower, Tomás Vallejos Cinalli played the full 80 minutes for the Quins while Benjamín Urdapilleta entered as a replacement in the 75th minute.

Saracens 15-11 London Irish
The two other London sides battled it out with Saracens winning without scoring a try as Owen Farrell booted the team to victory. The sides Argentine born Italian international prop, Carlos Nieto started in the frontrow. While USA international fullback, Chris Wyles played at outside centre.

                                             Newcastle Falcons vs Gloucester

                                            Leicester Tigers vs Northampton Saints

                                            Exeter Chiefs vs Worcester Warriors

                                           Bath vs Sale Sharks
Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Harlequins 43
2 Saracens 34
3 Exeter Chiefs 25
4 London Irish 25
5 Sale Sharks 24
6 Northampton Saints 23
7 Leicester Tigers 23
8 Gloucester 21
9 London Wasps 20
10 Bath 19
11 Worcester Warriors 17 
12 Newcastle Falcons 11

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