Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 3 Wrap

Samu Manoa

The third round of the English Premiership did not go to script. The exciting match between Saracens and the Leicester Tigers was dull and tryless with the hueg crowd at Wembley not being treated to much quality at all. Bottom of the table London Welsh won for the first time with a one point home win over the Exeter Chiefs. The result should surprize many people are London Welsh was extremely poor in the first two rounds while Exeter has been establishing a solid reputation for itself. The result sees London Welsh move from 12th to 9th place with London Irish now in last position. The round featured players from the Americas in action. All of Argentina, Canada and the United States of America were represented. 

Bath 14-18 Northampton Saints
No tries were scored by the Saints but they nevertheless won the match. USA secondrower Samu Manoa started for Northampton. Horacio Agulla is yet to debhut for Bath due to The Rugby Championship. 

Harlequins 37-14 Sale Sharks
The end of Northern England in the Aviva Premiership is a scary though but a real one as the only team from the North still in the competition is winless after three rounds and has struggled in all its matches. England intends on using Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle for Rugby World Cup 2015 but faces the real risk of none having teams in the Aviva Premiership. Sale is considered part of Manchester, the last remaining northern city represented. 

Worcester Warriors 16-16 Gloucester
Just who will be relegated is anybodies guess. Worcester are theoretically a candidate but the club has been able to cause upsets. In seasons gone by a draw with Gloucester would have been unthinkable as Gloucester were a vastly superior club. 

London Wasps 43-14 London Irish
There may well be five London clubs in the Aviva Premiership but three of them have not been very good so far this season. Two of them played in this match with the Wasps playing very well and Irish looking like anything other than the finalists from three seasons back. USA centre Paul Emerick did not play for London Wasps. 
Saracens 9-9 Leicester Tigers
The Argentine-Italian prop Carlos Nieto started for Saracens while a second Argentine-Italain prop, Martín Castrogiovanni was on the bench for Leicester. USA Eagles fullback, Chris Wyles was on the bench for Saracens. Marcos Ayerza did not lpay for the Tigers because of international duty.
London Welsh 25-14 Exeter Chiefs
Canadian international Phil MacKenzie started on the right wing for London Welsh which Argentina´s Ignacio Mieres started at flyhalf for Exeter and kicked three conversions before being replaced in the secondhalf. Gonzalo Camacho missed the game due to The Rugby Championship.

Aviva Premiership Standings
1Harlequins 15

2Northampton 13

3Leicester 12

4Saracens 11

5Bath 9

6L Wasps 8

7Exeter  7

8Gloucester 7

9L Welsh 4

10Worcester 3

11Sale Sharks 1

12L Irish 0

Play-offs Places
Facing Relegation

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