Monday, February 6, 2012

LV= Cup - Final Round Wrap

Tomas Vallejos Cinalli for Harlequins
The final round of pool action in the LV=Cup took place over the weekend with heavy snow falls impacting on the style and quality of play significantly. Despite the Six Nations´ first round being played the Anglo-Welsh Cup took place as per normal. This creates controversy following the saga of the Leicester Tigers vs Horacio Agulla. The Pumas winger played the match this weekend while England was playing Scotland at Murrayfield. In other words, should Leicester stop signing English international players too or is it okay to miss the LV=Cup?

Newport-Gwent Dragons v Saracens
Friday nights match at Rodney Parade was postponed due to weather.

Sale Sharks 19-14 Scarlets
The Sale Sharks won for the first time in the LV= Cup this season and did so with uncapped Argentine back Joaquin Tuculut on the field for 60 minutes. He started on the left wing. Despite the loss ther Scarlets secures a place in the Semi Finals.

Northampton Saints 57-10 London Wasps
The Northampton Saints also qualified for the Semi Finals but did so in style with a massive win vs the struggling London Wasps. USA secondrower, Samu Manoa was on the bench for the Saints. This weekend also saw USA outside centre, Paul Emerick arrive in London to take up a contract with the Wasps.

London Irish 23-15 Gloucester
Lonond Irish won for the second time in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season and did so with Tom Homer kicking six penalties. Former Pumas hooker, Matías Cortese was on the bench for Gloucester.

Worcester Warriors 24-14 Ospreys
A rare win for the Warriors over a big team shows how many played the Ospreys were missing to international duty. Ospreys´ supporters will not mind, however, as Wales´ stunning late win over Ireland the following day was the highlight for all Welsh rugby fans.

Leicester Tigers 24-13 Newcastle Falcons
The Tigers qualified for the Semi Finals confirmed their place in the semi-finals with a 24-13 win at Welford Road on Saturday. The match was good considering the amount of snow. English flyhalf, Toby Flood made his return from injury to play 30 minutes. Argentine loosehead prop, Marcos Ayerza started as did winger Horacio Agulla. Both Pumas players played the full match.

Cardiff Blues 45-40 Harlequins
An amazing match took place at Cardiff City Stadium with former Welsh winger Tom James scoring four tries for the Blues. Both teams scored six tries each with Argentina´s Benjamin Urdapilleta converting one for the Harlequins. He played 59 minutes after coming on as a replacement. Tomás Vallejos Cinalli started and played the full match in the secondrow.

Exeter Chiefs 3-31 Bath
The Chiefs home humiliation means Bath are the final Semi Finalist. Exeter opted to field a second string side which meant both Gonzalo Camacho and Ignacio Mieres had the weekend off. USA hooker, Chris Biller did not play for Bath.

The Semi Finals will be played o March 9th.

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