Monday, April 2, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 19 Wrap

Gonzalo Camacho scores his first try for Exeter


Leicester Tigers 43-13 Worcester Warriors
The Tigers´ crushing home win sees the sides continued rise up the standings to now occupy second place together with the reigning champions, Saracens. The two sides sit six points behind the leaders, the Harlequins but have all but guaranteed their places in the Aviva Premiership play-off´s as it will take a miracle for any of them to finish lower than fourth. The three will likely be joined by the Northampton Saints with the Exeter Chiefs being the only other side that could make the final four. Leicester´s impressive home win featured the Argentine frontrow duo of Marcos Ayerza at loosehead prop and the Argentine-Italian, Martín Castrogiovanni at tighthead prop. Winger, Horacio Agulla was rested.



Newcastle Falcons 22-19 Sale Sharks
The forth win of this seasons Aviva Premiership for Newcastle was one of immense celebration as England´s northern most premiership club continues to fight hard to avoid relegation to England´s second division. It places immense pressure on the traditional powerhouses, the London Wasps who face te realistic, and unthinkable, possibility of finishing last in the Aviva Premiership and therefore being relegated. Sale´s prerformance continues the clubs dreadful run whcih has seen the team go from pushing for a semi finals sopt to now be twelve points behind the Exeter Chiefs. Joaquin Tuculet did not feature for Sale. 

Exeter Chiefs 18-11 London Irish 
The Exeter Chiefs continue to tear up the script as one of the favorites for the wooden spoon are marching on to a first ever appearance in the Heineken Cup and possibly also an historical appearance in the Aviva Premiership Semi Finals. At the helm of Exeter´s victory was the inform Ignacio Mieres with the Argentine flyhalf landing two penalties and a conversion as he continues to be one of the surprze packages of the season. Los Pumas´ first coice right winger, Gonzalo Camacho also got on the scoreboard as he scored his first try for the club since his post-World Cup arrival. 

Saracens 19-24 Harlequins
A world record crowd for a regular season club rugby match gathered at the home of English Soccer, Wembley as 83,761 spectators attended the all-London clash between last seasons English Champions, Saracens and last seasons Amlin Challenge Cup winners, Harlequins. It was also a top of the table match with the home side entering the match in second place and the visitors leading the Premiership standings. Both teams fielded players from the Americas with USA fullback, Chris Wyles continuning his role as the teams leading inside centre as he played the full 80 minutes and the Argentine-Italian prop, Carlos Nieto starting in the pack at tighthead prop and lasting 49 minutes. Argentine international secondrower, Tomás Vallejos Cinalli played the final eight minutes for the winners.


Bath 6-26 Northampton Saints
The horror season that bath is going through is not ending as despite having signed All Blacks flyhalf, Stephen Donald, the club just can´t get it together on the field. The home loss saw a side defeated at half time and unable to score a point after the interval. It means Bath may not qualify for next seasons Heineken Cup as the club sits in eighth place with only the top six qualifying. It needs for Gloucester or Sale to fall further if it is to succeed. The USA´s Samu Manoa id not feature for Northampton. 



London Wasps 26-24 Gloucester
A last minute result may well have saved the season for the London Wasps as Elliot Daly landed a penalty goal in the 79th minute to seal a two point victory. The results means Gloucester´s changes of making the Semi Finals are virtually over as the club is thirteen points behind Northampton who are in forth. Despite having been named in the initial team, the USA´s Paul Emerick did not play for the London Wasps.

Leicester vs Worcester




Newcastle vs Sale



Exeter vs London Irish


Saracens vs Harlequins


Bath vs Northampton

London Wasps vs Gloucester



Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Harlequins 66 
2 Saracens 60
3 Leicester 60
4 Northampton 56 
5 Exeter Chiefs 53
6 Gloucester 43
7 Sale Sharks 41
8 Bath 39
9 London Irish 37
10 Worcester 35
11 London Wasps 31
12 Newcastle 23 


* Play-offs zone
* Threatened with relegation

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