Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 17 Wrap

Federico Aramburu
Ospreys 20-26 Glasgow Warriors
A great win for the Scots and a humiliating loss for the Welsh at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Both sides are in the top four but neither are looking like championship contenders at this point in time. Both teams featured palyers from the Americas. Former Pumas winger, Federico Martín Aramburu played for the Warriors at inside centre while the USA´s Tommy Seymour was on the bench. The international future of Hanno Dirksen remains unclear but the former USA agre grade player seems to be able to choose for himself freely as his hot form continues. he scored one of the Ospreys´ two tries.

Aironi 6-22 Leinster
Luciano Orquera
With Ireland taking on France on Sunday Leinster were not able to field a very strong side. A large number of players were missing but the Irish province, nonetheless, succeeded inn  getting a win over the bottom placed Aironi. In good news for Italian supporters, Argentine Luciano Orquera made his return from injury for Aironi, kicking a penalty. There were three Argentine players featuring for aironi with Matías Agüero and Gabriel Pizarro both also getting game time. Orquera should return for Italy and probably start for the Azurri at flyhalf. The Argentine born flyhalf has been in good form over the past twelve months and is a more creative option than Kris Burton. With Gonzalo Canale now being used either on the bench or at inside centre for Italy there is a strong chance that Italy will field an Argentine 10-12 combination when the Six Nations resumes.

Scarlets 38-10 Connacht
The Llanelli based side´s home win sees the Welsh region continue to be just one point outside of the play-offs zone. Connacht, on the other hand, are a no chance of making the final four and are still achance of picking up the wooden spoon.  

Ulster 38-16 Edinburgh
Edinburgh have made history by selling over 20,000 tickets for its upcoming Heieneken Cup home Quarter Final vs Toulouse. The Scottish side, however, is failing altogether in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 and has no chance of making the play-off´s. The side was mauled by Ulster on Friday evening with the Irish side looking like title contenders, despite being outside of the top four at the moment. Argentine prop, Ulises Gamboa started for Edinburgh.

Ignacio F. Rouyet
Benetton Treviso 13-20 Cardiff Blues
The Italian side were defeated late on in the contest which means the pattern of results continues for Benetton Treviso since the turn of the new year. The Italian side has struggled to match its early season form.   The Cardiff Blues remain in contention for a place in the Semi Finals but despite being only three points outside of the top four, the Blues are behind the inform Ulster as well as the Scarlets yet neither are in the top four. Benetton Treviso one place behind Cardiff on the table but a massive fifteen championship points.  Benetton Treviso field six Argentina players vs the Blues. Ignacio Fernández Rouyet, Diego Vidal, Pedro di Santo and Gonzalo Padro were all in the starting line up while the pair of Augusto Allori and Alberto di Bernardo both entered from the bench. 

Newport-Gwent Dragons 14-24 Munster
Munster´s win in Wales move into second place ahead of the Ospreys to make it two Irish sides leading the standings. With time starting to run out it would be a safe bet that it will be an all-Ireland final fought out over between the island´s southern and eastern provinces.

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings

1 Leinster 63
2 Munster 51
3 Ospreys 49
4 Glasgow 47
5 Ulster 46
6 Scarlets 45
7 Cardiff 44
8 Treviso 29
9 Newport 25
10 Connacht 24
11 Edinburgh 23
12 Aironi 16 

1 comment:

  1. another great try by Dirksen, he looks lively when he has the ball, makes mistakes as well but always has an impact on the game

    I didn't see the match, but whilst on an Italian rugby forum, it appears they were the better side of that match but through it away, due to not taking opportunities, and Willem de Waal throwing an intercept pass

    de Waal was getting a large amount of criticism as well for it, the general consensus of Treviso fans is he is a clumsy kicking machine, who can't attack or tackle and not even that good a kicker and blocking an Italian player, basically view him like Dan Parks

    but Alberto di Bernardo was generally praised for improving the side when he replaced de Waal, maybe he should be given a go with Italy as they can't get much worse fly half than they currently have

    Treviso are signing an Italian qualified Australian Under 20 fly half as a potential new solution to the problem by the way, also Argentine Juan Pablo Socino is considering becoming Italian and signing for Treviso