Sunday, February 26, 2012

Aviva Premiership Wrap - Round 16

Horacio Agulla crosses over for the Tigers
Horacio Agulla scores for the Tigers
While the French Top 14 had a bye round due to the Six Nations taking place, it was action as normal in England´s Aviva Premiership. The weekend saw a full round of matches in what was the 16th round of the tournament. Players from all three of Argentina, Canada and the United States of America were in action with one of the interesting points being the continued good form of Argentina´s Horacio Agulla. The Leicester Tigers winger went over for a try and had another solid match. The clubs earlier comments that he will not be resigned due to the late finish of The Rugby Championship continues to be a key area of debate that will not go away. 

Sale Sharks 46-34 London Wasps
A highly entertaining match saw Sale continue to mount pressure for a place in the top four. The six tries to two win gives Sale the maximum five points while the London Wasps return home without a point. The possibility of relegation is far from vanishing for the Wasps either as the Worcester Warriors are now seemingly out of jail and the Newcastle Falcons not giving up at all. Uncapped Argentine winger, Joaquin Tuculet came into the match in the 65th minute for Sale while USA Eagles World Cup outside centre, Paul Emerick came on for the Wasps in the 55th minute.

Worcester Warriors 16-11 Saracens
A good time for last seasons second division side to host the reigning champions given the teams amount of players missing to Six Nations duty. The win means Worcester´s chances of dropping back to The RFU Championship are very low. Saracens, despite losing, remain in second place and on track for a home Semi Final. Argentine-Italian prop Carlos Nieto started at tighthead for Saracens while USA Eagles fullback, Chris Wyles played the match on the left wing.

Leicester Tigers 42-15 Newcastle Falcons
A bonus point win at Welford Road sees Leicester´s poor early season form continue to fade from the memory. The six tries to two win means Leicester are now just one bonus point win behind Saracens. The Falcons´ failure to seize the opportunity against a team missing plaeyrs to Six Nations duty means Newcastle remain eight points behind the London Wasps and stuck in the relegation zone. The Tigers fielded two Pumas players. Horacio Agulla started on the right wing and Marcos Ayerza started at loosehead prop. Agulla scored a first half try and played until the 61st minute. Ayerza was substituted in the 67th minute.

Exeter Chiefs 9-12 Bath Rugby
Bath left Exeter happy after winning a tryless match by four penalties to three. Bath remain well off the pace for a place in either the Aviva Premiership play-off´s or for a place in next seasons Heineken Cup. Despite the result, Exeter main inn the zone for a place in the Heineken Cup and in touch with a spot in the play-offs. Both of the Chiefs´ Argentina backs started with Ignacio Mieres playing the first 62 minutes at flyhalf and kicking all of Exeter´s points. Gonzalo Camacho played the full 80- minutes on the wing.

Gloucester 29-23 Harlequins
The public at Kingsholm were treated to an  upset win that moves Gloucester into fifth position in the Aviva Premiership. The Quins remain on top thansk to the clubs highly impressive early season form but the team is looking anything like championship material at this point in the season. Both teams fields frings Pumas players. The one time capped secondrower, Tomás Vallejos Cinalli started for the London based side and played the full 80n minutes. His teammate, Benjamin Urdapilleta did not feature, however. Matias Corteze came on for Gloucester at hooker to play the final three minutes.

London Irish Exiles 23-30 Northampton Saints
A late try saw the Saints collecta late win at the Madejski Stadium in Reading earlier today. The result sees Northampton move to within one win of second place. London Irish, in contrast, have been experiencing a significant slump and have now dropped to eighth position in the standings. Both teams had a North American in action. The USA´s Samu Manoa started in the backrow for Northampton while Canada´s Jebb Sinclair returned to action for the first time since having surgery on his thumb. The Canadian entered as a replacement in the 64th minute.

Aviva Premiership Standings

1 Harlequins 56
2 Saracens 50
3 Northampton Saints 46
4 Leicester Tigers 45
5 Gloucester 41
6 Sale Sharks 40
7 Exeter Chiefs 40
8 London Irish 35
9 Bath 34
10 Worcester Warriors 31
11 London Wasps 23
12 Newcastle Falcons 17

* Currently inline for a Semi Final´s appearance
* Facing Relegation

Sale Sharks vs London Wasps

Worcester Warriors vs Saracens

Leicester Tigers vs Newcastle Falcons

Exeter Chiefs vs Bath

Gloucester vs Harlequins

London Irish Exiles vs Northampton Saints

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