Monday, November 5, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 8 Wrap

Glasgow Warriors 37-6 Newport-Gwent Dragons
The Dragons started the competition very well but have gone on to struggle and be the worst placed of the Welsh sides, keeping alive the stereotype that the Dragons is the weakest of the four Welsh regions. Glasgow has been performing well throughout the competitionn and is looking good in third place ahead of the highly fancies Munster, Leinster and the Ospreys. Glasgow´s win over the Dragons featured players from all of Argentina, Canada and the United States of America. The club´s new arrival, Dario German Araoz made his debut as a replacement in the 74th minute. Canada´s Taylor Paris started on the left wing while the USA´s Tommy Seymour played right wing and scored two tries. 

Ulster 45-20 Edinburgh
The former of the Glasgow Warriors is encouraging for Scotland ahead of the upcoming November internationals but the form of Edinburgh is very concerning. It is well off the pace in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 and has already virtually been eliminated from Quarter Finals contention in the Heineken Cup. Its six tries to two loss against Ulster sees the Northern Irish side remain top of the competition and, indeed, the team to beat. USA prop Callum Black started at loosehead prop for Ulster.

Cardiff Blues 18-24 Munster
A key home loss for the Cardiff Blues sees Munster continue to recover after not starting like its usal self. It is now eight points clear of Cardiff who are looking less like Quarter Finals contenders as the season unfolds. USA born Irish international Ronan O´Gara kicked nine points for Munster. He started at flyhalf.

Scarlets 22-13 Zebre
Welsh region Scarlets has a scare against strugglers Zebre on Saturday in Llanelli. The Italians were winning into the final 10 minutes before the Scarlets scored its only try of the game in the 73rd minute to prevent an upset. Argentine international secondrower Tomás Vallejos Cinalli started in the backrow for the Scarlets. He is expected to staart against Wales next Saturday at the Millenium Stadium. Argentine born Italian international Matias Aguero started at loosehead prop for Zebre while the USA´s Dave Ryan was on the bench.

Connacht 18-3 Benetton Treviso
The weakest Irish province scored a notable win in a match which was not as close as it arguably should have been. The Italian side was, however, not fielding all its top players. It did have a number from Argentina. Alberto di Bernardo started at flyhalf and kicked a penalty. Hector Franco Sbaraglini was the starting hooker while Ignacio Fernández-Rouyet was a reserve prop. 

Ospreys 19-10 Leinster
With the November internationals kicking off next weekend Leinster stuck to its traditions of fielding many fringe players and not its top lineup. While Brian O´Driscoll is injured there was no place for many fit players such as Jonny Sexton, Gordan D´Arcy, Fergus McFadden, Eoin Reddan, Jamie Heaslip, Mike Ross, Sean Cronin, Richardt Strauss, Michael Bent and Kevin McLaughlin all missed playing as part of the policy of resting them ahead of the autumn internationals. The Ospreys were also missing players but fieleded a team featuring notably superior players in some positions. Former USA age grade representative, Hanno Dirksen started on the right wing. The result sees the Welsh region move into fifth position, but tied with Munster for fourth. Leinster drop to sixth. 

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Ulster 31
2 Scarlets 29
3 Glasgow 27
4 Munster 23
5 Ospreys 23
6 Leinster 22 
7 Cardiff 15
8 Connacht 14
9 Treviso 13
10 Edinburgh 13
11 Dragons 9
12 Zebre 1

Ospreys v Leinster

1 comment:

  1. "The Ospreys were also missing players but fieleded a team featuring notably superior players in some positions".

    Where were these positions? From the Ospreys starting XV only Bearman, Bishop, Dirksen and Fussell would have made that Leinster side.

    The Ospreys depth has been decimated in the off season, so although Leinster had more players missing they have much more depth available as nearly all the Irish players play in Ireland.