Monday, October 29, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 7 Wrap

Munster 29-3 Zebre
The new Italian team has not done any better than Aironi. It did start well with an early penalty against Munster but was outplayed and no match for the star-studded Irish province. Zebre had a number of Argentine players with Gonzalo Garcia starting at outside centre and both Matias Aguero and Luciano Orquera being named on the bench. The bench also featured USA prop Dave Ryan.

Newport-Gwent Dragons 19-46 Ulster
There is no question as to who is the form Celtic team at the moment. Ulster continues to win by impressive margins and leads the Rabo Direct Pro 12 even with a game in hand. USA prop Callum Black played the final 20 minutes for Ulster as a replacement.

Edinburgh 28-29 Scarlets
Edinburgh´s miserable start to the season continued as the Scottish side sits in 9th place of the competition and has been humiliated in both its two matches of this seasons Heienken Cup. It came close to winning against the Scarlets buta late penalty by Welsh flyhalf Rhys Priestland gave the visitors victory. Argentine international secondrower Tomás Vallejos Cinalli started for the Scarlets. 

Benetton Treviso 14-14 Glasgow Warriors
A better result from a Scottish point of view took place in Italy as the Glasgow Warriors completed a solid away victory to confirm itself in the top four. The star of the match was Tommy Seymour as the USA winger scored both of Glasgow´s tries. He started on the right wing while Canada´s young and highly gifted Taylor Paris was on the bench. DTH van der Merwe missed out due to injury. The Italians also had players from the Americas including an all-Argentine frontrow with Ignacio Fernández-Rouyet starting at loosehead prop, Hector Franco Sbaraglini at hooker and Pedro di Santo at tighthead prop. None have ever played for Los Pumas as all have instead played for Italy or Italy A. 

Ospreys 26-9 Connacht
The Ospreys season is getting back on track, at least in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 after it started with poor results in the early rounds. Connacht is in the familiar position of being the lowest ranked Irish province and being well off the pace. Former USA age grade player, Hanno Dirksen started yet again for the Ospreys.

Leinster 59-22 Cardiff Blues
A massive win for Leinster raises questions over the province´s lack of tries in its two Heineken Cup matches so far this season. The win sees the team tied for third place with Glasgow while the Cardiff Blues are eight points behind. 

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Ulster 26
2 Scarlets 25
3 Glasgow 22
4 Leinster 22
5 Munster 19
6 Ospreys 19
7 Cardiff 14
8 Treviso 13
9 Edinburgh 13
10 Connacht 10
11 Dragons 9 
12 Zebre 1

Edinburgh v Scarlets

Leinster v Cardiff Blues

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