Monday, March 19, 2012

Agulla and Ayerza help Leicester win LV=Cup

Horacio Agulla
With Horacio Agulla playing the full match and Marcos Ayeza playing 69 minutes, the Leicester Tigers wno the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final on Sunday afternoon at Sixways in Worcester. The 26-14 win means Leicester have automatic qualification for next seasons Heineken Cup regardless of where or not the club finishes in the top six of the Aviva Premiership. The Aviva Premiership resumes next weekend with Leicester hosting Worcester and Northampton hosting the London Wasps. Both the Leicester Tigers and the Northampton Saints are well placed for an appearance in the Semi Finals and have been two of the best teams in recent times. A rematch is a strong possibility to determine the English Champion latter this season in the Aviva Premiership Final. 

Known as the LV= Cup for commerical reasons, the Anglo-Welsh Cup competition is considered as being in third position behind the Aviva Premiership and the Heineken Cup. This does not mean that teams are not in it to win. Both clubs fielded strong sides, but sides missing players to Six Nations duty. The two Pumas were joined by former English, Irish and New Zealand internationals. Horacio Agulla entered the match having already been nominated for the second time this season as Leicester´s player of the month. He is one of three players in contention for the award. He joins Steve Mafi who started in the backrow in the final and George Ford who played flyhalf. His continued strong form would suggest that the club will not be going through on its promise to not resign Agulla due to his involvement in The Rugby Championship.

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