Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 7 Wrap

Worcester Warriors 23-16 Sale Sharks
The unthinkable is increasingly looking likely as the Sale Sharks remain winless after seven round of the Aviva Premiership. Relegation would mean that the last remaining club from Northern England would follow Leeds and Newcastle to the second division. All three have been shortlisted to host Rugby World Cup matches in 2015 (Sale covering the Manchester area) but none recieve home internationals due to Twickenham´s monopoly of England´s home tests. Moreover, London has five teams in this seasons Aviva Premiership. 

Northampton Saints 6-16 Saracens
A rare home loss for Northampton sees the club drop to fourth in the Aviva Premiership. Not only was the result unexpected but it was also a rare perforamance in that the Saints failed to score a try. Both sides had USA players with Samo Manoa playing 54 minutes in the secondrow for Northampton and Chris Wyles being unused from the bench for Saracens. The Argentine-Italian Carlos Nieto was also on the Saracens´ bench. He came on in the 55th minute. 

Bath 23-15 Exeter Chiefs
A good win for Bath sees the club go ahead of Exeter and edge close to the Top four. The problems that the Sale Sharks face means midtable sides need not worry at all, at this stage, about the danger of being relegated and as such they can try to play positive rugby. Exeter welcomed back Gonzalo Camacho from international duty. The Puma started ont he right wing. His teammate, Horacio Agulla was on the Bath team sheet for the first time as a replacement but he did not receive any game time. His debut will have to wait another seven days. Exeter also had a Puma on the bench with Ignacio Mieres coming on in the 53rd minute and scoring his teams only try in the 68th minute. He also added the conversion. Camacho and Agulla are in the Pumas squad for the November internationals while Mieres has not been selected. 

Gloucester 27-21 Leicester Tigers
This season has not gone according to the script for Leicester and the teams loss at Gloucester continues this trend. The clubs try scoring ratio continues to be low as the club again scored a low number of tries. Of its two tries one was a penalty try. The win is a great result for Gloucester who had a poor shoing last season which saw it miss out on a place in the Heineken Cup. Pumas prop Marcos Ayerza played 44 minutes for the Tigers. The Argentina-Italian Martín Castrogiovanni was unused from the bench. Both players will play in the November internationals. In losing Leicester are outside of the play-off´s zone for now. 

London Irish 28-31 Harlequins
A try in the 79th minute prevented London Irish from getting its best win of the season. The result means that the club´s chances of making the Semi Finals are getting tougher but there is still a long time to go. The Quins remain one of the form teams of the competition and look a good chance of making the Semi Finals.

London Wasps 29-19 London Welsh 
Canadian international centre Phil MacKenzie started again for London Welsh on the wing. He had a god match which saw him score a try in the 53rd minute. USA Eagles centre Paul Emerick did not feature for London Wasps. Both players are likely to feature ni the November internationals. 

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Saracens 24
2 Harlequins 24
3 Gloucester 19
4 Northampton 22
5 Leicester 21
6 Bath 19
7 L Wasps 18
8 Exeter 16
9 Worcester 15
10 L Welsh 10
11 L Irish 10
12 Sale 2

Play-off´s places
Facing Relegation

Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks

Northampton Saints v Saracens

Bath v Exeter Chiefs

Gloucester v Leicester Tigers

London Irish v Harlequins

London Wasps v London Welsh

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