Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12 : Round 14 Wrap

Alberto Di Bernardo
The fourteenth round of the Celtic-Italian League, the Rabo Direct Pro 12 has come and gone with five of the six scheduled matches taking place despite the second round of the Six Nations also occuring. Of the ten teams in action, all but Ireland´s Connacht were missing players to international duty. Aironi were scheduled to play host to Munster but the snow terrorizing much of Europe meant the match had to be postponed. The fixture will now have to be put into the schedule for ladder in the season. It mattered little, however, as Munster remain in the Top Four while Aironi´s place in the bottom also continues and with the Newport-Gwent Dragons losing the gap also remains at three points between the Dragons and Aironi. The round featured players from the Americas with both Argentina and the United States of America being represented.

Leinster 42-8 Benetton Treviso
Irish rugby is looking in great shape after a depleted Leinster side demolished Benetton Treviso of Italy to continue its dominance of the compeition´s ladder. Both sides were missing players bur it mattered little to the Irish province. Argentina´s Alberto Di Bernardo kicked a dropgoal for Benetton Treviso while Ignacio Fernández Rouyet and Gonzalo Padro both started. Diego Vidal, Pedro Di Santo and Gonzalo García were all on the bench and all recieved game time.

Glasgow Warriors 19-9 Scarlets
Scotland´s Glasgow Warriors remain in the Top Four after downing the Llanelli based Scarlets to open up some breathing room in the standings. Ruaridh Jackson impressed at flyhalf with the Scottish international likely to soon be back for international duty following the retirement of veteran Australian Dan Parks. USA winger Tommy Seymour played on the right wing for Glasgow. Former Puma Federico Martín Aramburu and Canada´s DTH van der Merwe missed the match as both continue to recover from injury.

Ulster 30-12 Newport-Gwent Dragons 
Northren Irelands, Ulster continues to impress this season and agfter a slow start the club is now on the verge of the top four. Tries scored by Robbie Diack, Craig Gilroy, Stefan Terblanche and Ruan Pienaar completed a bonus point win over the Dragons who could only score via the boot of Jason Tovey.

Cardiff 22-15 Connacht
Despite being depleted due to the Six Nations, the Cardiff Blues were able to get a solid win over Irish side Connacht who are the competitions only side that does not have players in the Six Nations championship. Former All Blacks fullback, Ben Blair kicked 17 points in the win.

Edinburgh 14-15 Ospreys
The Ospreys´ imoprtant away victory keeps the Welsh region in second place. The one point win featured a try to UAS age grade player, Hanno Dirksen who started on the right wing. Edinburgh´s new signing, uncapped Argentine prop, Ulises Gamboa came on in the 50 the minute while former Los Pumas secondrower, Esteban Lozada came on nine minutes latter. Despite having secured a home Quarter Final in the Heineken Cup, Edinburgh are well off the pace in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 and will not make the Semi Finals. Canada´s Chauncey O´Toole did not play for the Welsh side.

Aironi vs Munster Postponed

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Leinster 53
2 Ospreys 43
3 Glasgow Warriors 39
4 Munster 38
5 Ulster 36
6 Cardiff Blues 35
7 Scarlets 34
8 Benetton Treviso 28
9 Edinburgh 23
10 Connacht 18
11 Newport-Gwent Dragons 17
12 Aironi 14

Leinster vs Benetton Treviso

Ospreys vs Edinburgh

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