Monday, March 12, 2012

LV=Cup Semi Finals

It will be an all-English final in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, known as the LV=Cup for commercial reasons, following triumphs this past weekend from the Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints. The derby match is certain to be a big occassion despite the competition largely being considered of secondary  importance and even refered to as a second grade tournament. It has been customary for teams to experiment in a number of positions and field a weakend lineup. The Semi Finals were influenced by the Six Nations which meant some players were unavaliable due to national duty. There were, however, still strong lineups in action with Leicester fielding both its Pumas players. 

Bath 16-17 Leicester Tigers
Horacio Agulla
Bath´s Aviva Premiership form has not been the greatest this season but the western English side had a chance to, nonetheless, qualify for the LV=Cup final and came extremely close in losing by a single point. Leicerster´s win came by virtue of a penalty from English age grade player, George Ford. The young 18 year old has already been underlined as a players likely to feature at Rugby World Cup 2015. He was joined in the starting lineup by Horacio Agulla who played the full match on the right wing. Marcos Ayerza came on from the bench five minutes into the secondhalf to play in the frontrow.

Northampton Saints 27-12 Scarlets
A comfortable home victory from an understrength Northampton side completes a local derby for the final. The Saints were the better team throughout the contest with Stephen Myler keeping the Scarlets at bay. USA secondrower, Samu Manoa was one of the many regular players who did not feature in this match.

The final will be played this coming Saturday at Sixways Stadium in Worcester. 

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