Monday, December 5, 2011

Rabo Direct Pro 12 : Round 10 Wrap - Argentine, Canadian and USA players

A full round of action took place over the weekend in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 with some sides winning by surprizingly comfortable margins. Edinburgh completed a forty point win over Aironi while Felipe Contepomi´s former Irish team, Leinster, completed a forty-three point win over the Cardiff Blues. This was just the start, however, with these fixtures being played on Friday. An understrengthed Ospreys team were able to hold off Irish powerhouses Munster on Saturday as Leinster and the Ospreys move ahead of the pack to look comfortable in first and second positions. The Glasgow Warriors away draw at Newport was enough for the Scottish side to stay in the top four. Players from the Americas?

Edinburgh 50-10 Aironi
Former Argentine international secondrower, Esteban Lozada started for the Scottish side and played 75 minutes before being yellow carded. Gabriel Pizarro started at inside centre for Aironi.
Ulster 24-17 Scarlets
The Irish side reversed form as the underperfomring Ulster toppled the on form Scarlets in Belfast. The result sees the Welsh side fall to seventh position in the standings.
Connacht 13-15 Benetton Treviso
Benetton Treviso remain in the top half of the standings after completing a two tries to one victory in Galway. Franco Sbaraglini and Ignacio Fernández Rouyet started for Benetton Treviso and were replaced in the 62nd and 66th minutes. Therew ere also two Argentine replacements with Diego Vidal and Gonzalo Padro both coming on.

Leinster 52-9 Cardiff Blues
Despite resting understrength players, especially in the backs, Leinster were able to dominate their Welsh opponents.

Ospreys 19-13 Munster
Like Leinster, Munster were not sat fullstrength but nor were the Ospreys who are now five points ahead of Munster in the standings. USA born Irish international flyhalf, Ronan O'Gara came on as a replacement and kicked a penalty for Munster. Canadian World Cup backrower, Chauncey O´Toole did not feature for the Welsh side.

Newport-Gwent Dragons 14-14 Glasgow Warriors
The Glasgow Warriors stay up the ladder and the Newport-Gwent Dragons well down but the fortunes of both teams could have been different as the Dragons looked to have been defeated only for flyhalf Jason Tovey to equalize in the final minutes. Former Pumas winger, Federico Martín Aramburu did not feature for Glasgow.

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings

1 Leinster 35
2 Ospreys 34
3 Munster 29
4 Glasgow Warriors 28
5 Cardiff Blues 25
6 Benetton Treviso 23
7 Scarlets 22
8 Ulster 21
9 Edinburgh 19
10 Connacht 16
11 Newport-Gwent Dragons 12
12 Aironi 6

                           Leinster vs Cardiff Blues

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