Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 6 Wrap

Photo: Premiership Rugby Phil MacKenzie scores for London Welsh

Sale Sharks 8-20 Leicester Tigers
The only team yet to win a match after six rounds is also the only team from Northern England. The Sale Sharks are struggling and in great need of some changes. The club is eight competition points behind the eleventh placed London Irish. Leicester, in contrast are tied with the Harlequins and Saracens with all three on 20 points, in second position. The Argentine-Italian Martín Castogiovanni started at tighthead prop for Leicester. Marcos Ayerza is still recovering from injury but could be back soon. 

London Irish 29-17 Northampton
The London Irish Exiles have been playing poorly so far this season but there may be room for optimism now that the club completed an impressive win over the Northampton Saints on Saturday. USA international secondrower Samu Manoa started for the Saints.

Exeter Chiefs 42-28 Harlequins
A massive shock sees Exeter again claim a significant scalp. It sees the Quins fall from top of the table and sees the Chiefs move into sixth position. Pumas flyhalf Ignacio Mieres came off the bench in the latter stages for Exeter. The team is set to welcome back Gonzalo Camacho from international duty. 

Gloucester 16-10 Bath
Gloucester´s home win means Bath have not won in Gloucester for six years. The result of the derby sees Gloucester move to within one point of the top four. Bath are in seventh position and will welcome Horacio Agulla from international duty. The Pumas winger could well make his debut in round seven. 

London Wasps 10-6 Worcester Warriors
A narrow win for the London Wasps sees the club move twelve points clear of the relegation zone. USA Eagles centre Paul Emerick did not feature for London Wasps.

London Welsh 23-28 Saracens
London Welsh outscored Saracens by two tries to one but the goalkicking of Charlie Hodgson saw the 2011 Champions home. The frist try of the match was scored by Canada´s Phil MacKenzie. It was his first try in the Aviva Premiership after he signed for London Welsh from Esther. USA Eagles fullback Chris Wyles played at fullback for Saracens 

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Northampton 22
2 Harlequins 20
3 Leicester 20
4 Saracens 20
5 Gloucester 19 
6 Exeter 16
7 Bath 15
8 L Wasps 13
9 Worcester 11
10 L Welsh 10
11 L Irish 9
12 Sale 1

Play-off´s zone
Facing relegation

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