Sunday, September 2, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 1 Wrap

Phil MacKenzie made his
Aviva Premiership Debut
The first round of the 2012-2013 season´s English Premiership was played on Saturday and Sunday. Like the Top 14 it was not a round with too many Argentine players due to The Rugby Championship. Nevertheless, there were Argentine players on show and the round was another reminder of how much Argentina contributes to global rugby. The Americas region was also represented by players from Canada and the United States of America. With England hosting Rugby World Cup 2015 there are certain to be players for locals fans to support. 

Not a lot of conclusions can be made after only one round but it is evident that this season will be another that could see a number of teams fight to the death to avoid relegation. Newcomers London Welsh started poorly and could be in danger of returning to the second division. Similarly, the only Northern English club left in the Aviva Premiership, the Sale Sharks had a significantly bad debut match. Antother to struggle was London Irish which was humiliated at Twickenham by Saracens. Rugby headquarters hosted an all-London double header to open the premiership with the second of two matches being highly entertaining. 

Worcester 24-24 Bath
Argentine international winger Horacio Agulla will debut for Bath in October after the completion of The Rugby Championship. He has joined the club after two impressve seasons at Leicester.

Saracens 40-3 London Irish
USA international fullback, Chris Wyles started on the left wing for Saracens. He was joined by the Italian-Argentine Carlos Nieto who was on the bench.

London Wasps 40-42 Harlequins
The match of the round was highscoring with the 2012 Champions winning a thriller by two points. USA international centre, Paul Emerick did not feature for the London Wasps.

Gloucester 19-24 Northampton Saints
Last seasons Semi Finalists, Northampton started well with an away victory. The teams win featured USA Eagles secondrower, Samu Manoa who started in the secondrow.

Exeter Chiefs 43-6 Sale Sharks
Such a result would have been unimaginable only two years ago. In 2012, however Exeter are a leading force in English rugby. The clubs ability to sign cheap but quality players has seen it go from a second division side to a team in the Heineken Cup in no time. Argentine flyhalf Ignacio Mieres started for Exeter. he scored a try and kicked four goals. Gonzalo Camacho missed out as he is involved in The Rugby Championship. 

London Welsh 13-38 Leicester Tigers
Canadian internationa, Phil MacKenzie staretd for the home side no the right wing. Argentina-Italian tighthead prop, Martín Castrogiovanni was on the bench for Leicester. Marcos Ayerza did not play due The Rugby Premiership. He is still chasing his first start of the tournament after coming off the bench in Cape Town and Mendoza against the Springboks.

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Exeter 5
2 Saracens 5
3 Leicester 5
4 Harlequins 5
5 Northampton 4
6 Bath 4
7 L Wasps 2
8 Worcester 1
9 Gloucester 1
10 L Welsh 0
11 Sale 0
12 L Irish 0

Play-off´s zone
Facing Relegation

Saracens v London Irish

London Wasps v Harlequins

Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks

London Welsh v Leicester Tigers

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