Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 4 Wrap

Robert Barbieri
The fourth round of the 2012-2013 Rabo Direct Pro 12 was played on Friday and Saturday. Only five matches were played due to one match being postponed. It was a good round for home teams with four of the five matches being won by the home side. The only away team to win was the Ospreys who won against its neighboring Welsh region, the Scarlets. The round again featured players from the Americas as the world´s last remaining geographical area not to be selected to host a Rugby World Cup continues to contribute to the global game. 

Zebre v Ulster
Postponed due to the tragic death of Ulster centre Nevin Spence last weekend. The match will be played on a yet to be defined date.

Scarlets 16-23 Ospreys
Last seasons champions started the season poorly but can now look forward to better things following a good away win in the derby against the Scarlets. Pumas secondrwoer Tomás Vallejos Cinalli did not play for the Scarlets due to The Rugby Championship. Former USA age grade back, Hanno Dirksen started on the right wing for the Ospreys and he scored the match winning try. 

Glasgow Warriors 27-17 Connacht
Another strong showing from Canadian international DTH van der Merwe saw the Glasgow Warriors win. van der Merwe scored two secondhalf tries for the Scottish side. 

Leinster 22-16 Edinburgh
A good home win considering Leinster is still not fielding its best side. The Irish tendency to rest players in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 needs to be analyzed properly by the competition organizers or the league will never reach its potential. 

Cardiff 34-18 Benetton Treviso
The home side was too strong after holding an impressive 17-3 halftime lead. Argentine prop Ignacio Fernández-Rouyet started at loosehead for Benetton Treviso and Canadian Robert Barbieri started at number 8. The Toronto player scored both of Treviso´s tries. Despite being from Toronto and having a brother in the Canadian team, Barbieri plays his international rugby for Italy. 

Munster 33-13 Dragons
Californian born Irish test flyhalf, Ronan O´Gara started for Munster. The home sides win sees the club move up the standings.

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings


3Cardiff 14




7Glasgow 10






Playoff´s Places
Game in hand

Leinster v Edinburgh


  1. u are so annoying. Rouyet is Argentinian-born but a former Italian international. And about a man called Barbieri where do u think his family come from? Italy, and he plays for Italy.

    1. Hi Andrea,

      This blog is dedicated to Argentine rugby and more broadly to rugby in the America´s. As part of promoting the idea of Argentina hosting a Rugby World Cup it is important to have a wide range of issues covered. One of them is the performances of Argentine, Canadian, USA players and other abroad.

      In this case it is about such players in the Rabo Direct Pro 12. The players sighted as Argentine are all from Argentina and this is why they are sighted. I am not going to talk about Kris Burton as he is not from the Americas. Rouyet, however is and therefore it is important that his match time is covered.

      Robert Barbieri is from Toronto, Canada. He plays for Italy but was neither born in Italy nor learned rugby there.

      Conversely, Hanno Dirksen is from South Africa but played age grade level for the USA and even played for the USA senior team against Munster. I am not saying he is American. He is not, but he is a former USA representative and this is what I said.

      Incidently, there are a number of Argentine sources such as rugbyfun and scrum which similarly report the likes of Rouyet et all as Argentine. It may be canoying to you but it is, nonetheless, accurate.