Wednesday, December 28, 2011

French and English Second Division Wrap

Mike MacDonald makes his 100th appearance for Leeds Dec. 26.
Mike MacDonald made his 100th
appearance for Leeds this Monday
In the English Championship, there were players from the Americas playing in every match, meanwhile ProD2 took a Christmas break.

Championship roundup

Bristol widenend the gap at the top of the table with a 26-6 win against Bedford, 32 year old veteran Argentine lock Mariano Sambucetti was again ever present in the Bristol second row and has started every league match for Bristol so far this season. Canadian full back James Pritchard captained Bedford from full back.

Cornish Pirates comfortably beat Plymouth Albion 33-12, there were several Canadians playing, Tyler Hotson and Sean-Michael Stephen were at lock for Plymouth whilst number 8 Aaron Carpenter was sin binned in an undisciplined display by Plymouth who conceded two yellow cards and a red, for the Cornish Pirates Matt Evans played centre.

Like Sambucetti, another player who has started every league match so far for his team is Argentine centre Juan Pablo Socino, however he couldn’t prevent his side Nottingham going down 19-11 to his old side Rotherham.

American loosehead Mike MacDonald became the seventh Leeds player to 100 appearances Leeds as he captained them on their Boxing day 9-9 draw to Doncaster.

Also on Boxing Day London Welsh surpisingly drew to bottom of the table strugglers Esher 13-13, this result was the first match which Esher haven't lost all season and they have now doubled their points tally ... to 4. American prop Shawn Pittman started the match at tighthead for London Welsh and whilst Argentine international Guillermo Roan came on as a late sub as loosehead. For Esher Phil and Jamie Mackenzie both started at centre and scrum half respectively.

London Scottish comfotably defeated Moseley 29-16. Adam Kleeberger made his debut for the club at 6 and had a good match, Puma Agustín Gosio was also playing on the wing.

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