Monday, September 10, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 2 Wrap

Zimbio: Mieres v Saints
The second round of the Aviva Premiership was played from Friday-Sunday in England. The results were not so surprizing but were worrying for a number of clubs. London Welsh´s horror start to the top flight continued and the club is certainly the most likely to drop to the second division. Another team struggling is the Sale Sharks, the last remaining club from Northern England. It is paramount for Rugby World Cup 2015 than Sale remains in the Aviva Premiership but this will not be such a simple task. The club lost again in round two are again hardly fired a shot. 

Harlequins 40-3 London Welsh
Two of the five London sides began the round with Friday´s only match and the reigning champions demolished the newcomers. It is London Welsh´s second huge loss in as many weeks after the Leicester Tigers also tore the team apart in round one. Canadian international, Phil MacKenzie started on the right wing for London Welsh.

Bath 30-25 London Wasps
Horacio Agulla will debut for Bath in October after completing his international duty for Argentina. USA centre Paul Emerick did not feature for the London Wasps.

London Irish 31-40 Gloucester
A better performance from London Irish but not a good enough one as the club lost at home. The teams player roster appears to be lacking some players of real quality. 

Sale Sharks 16-23 Saracens
USa Eagles fullback, Chris Wyles started on the left wing for Saracens while the Argentine-Italian frontrower Carlos Nieto was on the bench.

Leicester Tigers 34-26 Worcester Warriors
A surprizingly close match in Leicester suggests Worcester may have a larger input this season than last. Marcos Ayerza was missing to international duty. He was on the bench against the All Blacks in Wellington.

Northampton Saints 24-21 Exeter Chiefs
A solid second round performance from Ignacio Mieres continues the impressive run of the Argentine flyhalf in England. He scored eleven points v Northampton. The Saints had an American on the field with Samu Manoa starting in the secondrow. Gonzalo Camacho did not feature for Exeter due to his involvement in The Rugby Championship.

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

Play-off´s placings
Facing Relegation

Sale Sharks v Saracens

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