Monday, October 8, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12- Round 6 Wrap

Photo: Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Alberto Di Bernardo 
Edinburgh 22-27 Benetton Treviso
A positive result in Scotland for Italian side Benetton Treviso started round six of the Rabo Direct Pro 12. There were six tries in the match with both teams haveing three each. The Italians first try was a penalty try while its second and third came from Robert Barbieri. The Italian international from Toronto, Canada has been impressive this season and is likely to start in the backrow in the November internationals. he was joined in the Treviso team by two Argentineans. A candidate for the Italian flyhalf position, Alberto di Bernardo started at flyhalf and scored twelve points while Pedro di Santo was a second half replacement in the frontrow.

Ulster 25-0 Connacht
One week after defeating Leinster Connacht were well beaten by fellow Irish province, Ulster. The Northern Irish team is the dominant team in the competition thus far. USA prop Callum Black was on the bench for Ulster and came on in the 69th minute. 

Scarlets 24-13 Dragons
The Scarlets hold onto second position while the Dragons are second from the bottom. The Scarlets will welcome back secondrower Tomás Vallejos Cinalli from international duty. He played in one of the six matches in The Rugby Championship for Argentina and could debut for the Scarlets next weekend. 

Zebre 16-34 Ospreys
A good away win for the Welsh region who had former USA age grade back, Hanno Dirksen in the starting lineup. Zebre also had players connected to the Americas. The Argentine born centre Gonzalo Garcia started at inside centre and kicked a penalty goal. Another Italian international from Argentina, Matias Aguero started at loosehead prop. 

Leinster 30-21 Munster
The Irish classic was won by Leinster who scored three tries to two. USA born Irish international flyhalf Ronan O´Gara started for Munster and scored nine points.

Cardiff Blues 3-18 Glasgow Warriors
A forgetful tryless match in the Welsh capital saw the Scottish side kick six goals, five more than the Welsh region. Canadian international DTH van der Merwe did not play for Glasgow due to a hamstring injury sustained in last weekends victory. USA winger Tommy Seymour started on the right wing for Glasgow.

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Ulster 21 *
2 Scarlets 20
3 Glasgow 18
4 Leinster 17
5 Munster 14
6 Ospreys 14
7 Cardiff 14
8 Treviso 13
9 Edinburgh 12
10 Connacht 10
11 Dragons 9
12 Zebre 1 *

* Game in Hand

Edinburgh v Benetton Treviso

Ulster v Connacht

Leinster v Munster

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