Monday, April 23, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 21 Wrap

Try Scorer Gonzalo Camacho

Newcastle Falcons 3-9 Saracens
Several months ago the bottom of the table Newcastle Falcons would have been happy to host the reigning champions, Saracens, and come away with a bonus point loss. Considering the form of the Falcons recently and the teams high chances of being relegated the team could only feel disappointed in losing by six points to the London based side. But the Falcons still have one final chance, in the final round vs second from the bottom London Wasps. The loser of the match will officially be relegated. Saracens fielded two players from the Americas in the match with USA Eagles fullback, Chris Wyles playing at outside centre and the Argentine-Italian prop, Carlos Nieto coming into the match as a second half replacement. 

Gloucester 19-24 Sale Sharks
The miserable season from Gloucester continues as the team lost another home match and dropped to eighth position in the standings. With it the clubs chances of qualigfying for the 2012-2013 Heineken Cup have  all but ended as the team, together with Bath, sits five points behind the Sale Sharks in sixth position. A miracle will need to occur for either Gloucester or Bath to qualify in place of Sale. 

Bath 17-12 London Wasps
The London Wasps had a golden opportunity to secure the clubs survival in the Aviva Premiership and got off to a great start as three Nicky Robinson penalties put the Wasps ahead 9-0. Bath then took control of the match scoring all three tries of the contest to complete a victory. USA Eagles centre, Paul Emerick did not play as he continues his recovery from a minor injury. 

Worcester Warriors 16-25 London Irish Exiles
Two teams out of contention for a place in next seasons Heineken Cup played in what was really a match for nothing at Sixways Stadium in Worcester. The win for the Exiles was enjoyed by the players but they are really just looking forward to start again for the 2012-2013 season. Canadian World Cup secondrower, Jebb Sinclair did not feature for London Irish.

Harlequins 33-43 Leicester Tigers
Another match to underline why the Leicester Tigers are the dominant force in English rugby this season. The club, since reciving its players back from World Cup duty has been far too good for opponents. Last week the club knocked over the Northampton Saints in Northampton and this week the Tigers were too good for the competition leaders, the Harlequins at the clubs home ground in London. The Quins had been leading 33-26 after 50 minutes but the Tigers stayed switched on and won another match without too many issues. The match features three players certain to be involved in Argentina´s international season starting in June. Horacio Agulla played on the right wing and Marcos Ayerza at loosehead prop with both players playing the full 80 minutes. Tomas Vallejos Cinalli played in the secondrow for the Harlequins, coming off the bench in the 67th minute. The Argentine-Italian prop, Martín Castrogiovanni also featured, as a 54th mionute replacement for the Tigers.

Exeter Chiefs 15-18 Northampton Saints
The Chiefs and Saints swap positions in the standings after the visitors completed a three point win at Sandy Park in Sunday´s only match. Both sides are certain to compete in the 2012-2013 Heineken Cup but only one of the two will be in this seasons Aviva Premiership Semi Finals. It is a bitter-sweet scenario for Pumas supporters as if the Chiefs fail to make the Semi Finals it guarantees the avaliability of the clubs two Argentine backs for all thee internationals this coming June. The sides two players are certain to feature with Ignacio Mieres being, arguably the find of the season in the Aviva Premiership, having made the Exeter flyhalf postion his own and done a lot to get the team to where it is now. He started at flyhalf, playing the full 80 minutes and scored five points: one penalty and one conversion. He was joined on the scorers sheet by Gonzalo Camacho, with the Argentine World Cup winger scoring his second try of the season. USA secondrower, Samu Manoa did not feature for the Saints.

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Harlequins 71
2 Leicester 70
3 Saracens 68
4 Northampton 60
5 Exeter Chiefs 59
6 Sale Sharks 49
7 Bath 44
8 Gloucester 44
9 London Irish 41
10 Worcester 36
11 London Wasps 32
12 Newcastle 28

* Play-off´s spots
* Heineken Cup placings
* Facing Relegation

Newcastle vs Saracens

Gloucester vs Sale

Bath vs Wasps

Worcester vs London Irish

Harlequins vs Leicester

Exeter vs Northampton


  1. Would you pick Camacho for the Pumas?

    1. Depends what you mean by "pick"?

      should make the squad, but not the first choice team in my opinion