Sunday, November 25, 2012

Aviva Premiership - Round 9 Wrap

Worecester Warriors 12-3 Saracens
USA Eagles fullback was in fine form this weekend but for his country. Chris Wyles had one of his best ever matches for the United States of America as the USA Eagles completed a 34-3 win over Romania in Bucharest. Back in England things were not so good for his club as the list of missing players helped out the Worcester Warriors greatly. Argentine-Italian prop Carlos Nieto started for Saracens. Interestingly Josh Matavusi started at centre for Worcester while Fiji faced Georgia in Tblissi. The Fijian squad for the 2012 November Internationals was far from being at full strength. 

Bath 21-18 Harlequins
Argentine winger Horacio Agulla did not play for Bath due to having been knocked-out in Argentina´s loss against France in Lille earlier this month. Bath is rumoured to be close to completing the signing of  a second Puma with hooker Eusebio Guiñazú haveing been approached and his move to the Southern Kings not having actually been finalized. 

Northampton Saints 23-16 London Welsh
While most of thwe powerhuose sides had loses this weekend Northampton happily got a home win and it was good enough for the club to move into the Top Four at the expense of the Leicester Tigers. London Welsh was missing Canadian international Phil McKenzie to international duty but the Saints fielded USA secondrower Samu Manoa who continues to play for club rather than country. The controversy could end up seriously hurting the Saints after the club has been suggested to have bribbed Manoa to play Aviva Premiership rugby rather than feature at Rugby World Cup 2011. The USA missed him against Tonga but did fine otherwise against Russia and Romania. 

Gloucester 29-3 Sale Sharks
The only remaining team from Northern England in the Aviva Premiership continues to sit bottom of the Aviva Premiership. Sale has been playing some poor rugby and Gloucester was more than happy to host the side on Saturday. The result means Sale are facign relegation while Gloucester is enhancing its position.

London Irish 23-27 Exeter Chiefs
London Irish´s chances of being relegated are not going away as the side lost again and di so at home. Unwanted Argentine flyhalf Ignacio Mieres was on the bench for Exeter. The Exiles played without Canadian international Jebb Sinclair who was representing his country against the Maori All Blacks on Friday. Gonzalo Camacho was missing for Exeter as he started against Ireland on Saturday. 

London Wasps 14-12 Leicester Tigers
The home side took the opportunity by the horns as the powerhouse Leicester Tigers was a shadow of itself due to so many players missing to international duty. The result is another to have ramifications to the Aviva Premiership Standings.

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Harlequins 29
2 Saracens 28
3 Gloucester Rugby 28
4 Northampton Saints 27
5 Leicester Tigers 26
6 Exeter Chiefs 24
7 Bath Rugby 24
8 London Wasps 23
9 Worcester Warriors 19
10 London Welsh 15
11 London Irish 11 
12 Sale Sharks 6

* Play-off´s Places
* Facing Relegation

Worcester Warriors v Saracens

Bath v Harlequins

1 comment:

  1. Why would Bath want Guiñazu? He isn't good in my opinion, and his lineout woes reappeared on the weekend.

    He was lucky to get in the Pumas side ahead of Creevy in the first place, and at his best he is adequate like in the Rugby Championship, but otherwise he isn't good.

    Creevy on the otherhand, would be one of the best hookers in the world in my opinion if he could learn to throw into the lineout.

    Be careful about calling Fiji understrength, as I understand it, not all players chose club over country, some of the players were dropped or not selected. After the RWC, Fiji notably have said they want more Fijian based players in their squad.

    Also the player who played in Matavesi's position against Georgia, Vereniki Goneva was probably Fiji's best player in that match, so in Matavesi's case he wasn't a big loss. However Matavesi was supposed to be "injured" for the last two matches of the Fiji tour according to the squad reports though.

    And by the way, the Samu Manoa situation is a joke, he pulled out due to a "minor shoulder injury" and then could play 80 minutes in the LV Cup. How come Fiji got the IRB to stop Jone Qovu who withdrew "injured" from playing for Racing-Métro during the international window. Yet Northampton don't get anything. There seems to be a new reason for Manoa not to play for the Eagles every time. Also Northampton when challenged over paying him to miss the World Cup said he simply "didn't want to play", despite the player himself saying that he had to miss the World Cup as he was signed initially on a short term cover basis.