Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 4 Wrap

Ignacio Mieres Ignacio Mieres (C) of Exeter Chiefs looks to offload  as Chris Ashton of Saracens holds on during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on September 23, 2012 in Exeter, England.
Zimbio: Ignacio Mieres
Round four of England´s premier league demonstrated that reputations are not be solid ground for making predictions in the Aviva Premiership. There were two match upsets with both the Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers losing at home. Sale´s home loss was unthinkable as it was against the newcomers to the competition. London has ive teams in the Aviva Premiership this season, four more than Northern England. Should Sale continue to play badly it could seriously be relegated which would mean there would be no team from Northern England at all in the Aviva Premiership. Such a scenario would be devastating for England as it prepares to host Rugby World Cup 2015. 

Sale Sharks 19-29 London Welsh
London Welsh almost did not make it into the Aviva Premiership due to the club´s lack of an adeuqate stadium. The club started the competition poorly with two heavy losses but has turned it around in the third and fourth rounds to now have won back-to-back matches. Sale, in contrast is bottom of the table and looking clueless. Canada´s Phil MacKenzie again started on the right wing for London Welsh.

London Irish 29-22 Bath
London Irish are off bottom of the table after winning for the first time this season. Horacio Agulla did not play for Bath because of his involvement with Los Pumas. 

Gloucester 29-22 London Wasps
Gloucester moved to within a win of the top four and went ahead of London Wasps on Saturday. USA Eagles outside centre, Paul Emerick did not play for London Wasps. 

Leicester Tigers 9-22 Harlequins
Leicester made a big deal out of Horacio Agulla´s involvement in The Rugby Championship. The controversy saw the club release its star winger rather than extent his contract. He scored seevn tries last season and was player of the season. The club would kill to have him now as his replacements have failed to impress. The club is usually unbeatable at home but was poor against the Quins. The Argentine-Italian Martín Castrogiovanni started at tighthead prop. Lossehead prop Marcos Ayerza did not play due to The Rugby Championship. 

Northampton Saints 37-31 Worcester Warriors
A highscoring match was won by the homeside but there was a huge scare after the Warriors fought back from a 37-3 deficit to collect a bonus point. USA international secondrower Samu Manoa started for the Saints. 

Exeter Chiefs 14-22 Saracens
Argentine test flyhalf Ignacio Mieres started at pivot for the home side and kicked nine points. His club teammate, Gonzalo Camacho is yet to play in the Aviva Premiership this season due to international duty. USA international fullback, Chris Wyles did not feature for Saracens. The Argentine-Italian Carlos Nieto started at tighthead prop. It was Saracens´ first loss of the season.

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Harlequins 19
2 Northampton 18
3 Saracens 12
4 Leicester 12
5 Exeter 11
6 Gloucester 11
7 Bath 10
8 L Wasps 9
9 L Welsh 8 
10 Worcester 5
11 L Irish 4
12 Sale 1

Play-off´s places
Facing Relegation

Sale Sharks v London Welsh

London Irish v Bath

Leicester Tigers v Harlequins

Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors

Gloucester v London Wasps

Exeter v Saracens

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