Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 10 Wrap

Ospreys 33-12 Cardiff Blues
Neither the Ospreys nor the Cardiff Blues are having good seasons. Both missed players to international duty with Wales facing Australia on Saturday. The Welsh lineup unusual in that there were so many Ospreys players missing to injury. Wales´s loss will be the Ospreys loss too as the side is unlikely to be able to defend its title this season. The team nevertheless completed a good win over Welsh rival s the Cardiff Blues this weekend. The Blues team was missing a lot of players. In additional to Welsh players missing future Welsh international, Hanno Dirksen is not likely to play again this season. The former USA age grade player has undergone knee surgery. 

Munster 31-3 Glasgow Warriors
The Irish provinces humiliation of the Glasgow Warriors sees the Scottish side drop outside of the Top Four and raises questions over its ability to return. Munster´s four tries to zero performance features the Californian born Ronan O´Gara at flyhalf while Canada´s DTH van der Merwe started for Glasgow on the wing. Argentine prop Germán Araoz was on the bench. 

Benetton Treviso 32-13 Newport-Gwent Dragons
The form of Italy in the November Internationals provides room for optimism ahead of the 2013 Six Nations Championship. It also suggests that its two sides could do better this season than they have been so far. In the case of Benetton Treviso there is genuine room to beleive the team can move up the standings. Its home demolition of Welsh Region, the Newport-Gwent Dragons featured five tries. it also featured Argentine players as Alberto di Bernardo started at flyhalf and Ignacio Fernández-Rouyet was a replacement frontrower. di Bernardo landed three goals. 

Connacht 23-24 Edinburgh
Edinburgh´s struggling season proved to transfer over to the international level in the November Internationals as Scotland was winless against New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga. The results saw Scotland drop to 12th in the IRB World Rankings to be the lowest ranked of the automatic qualifiers based on the resutls of Rugby World Cup 2011. Edinburgh´s misery very nearly continued at Galway on Saturday as former Scottish international, Dan Parks kicked five goals to nearly guide Connacht to victory. Edinburgh held on, but only jsut as Connacht scored a late try. 

Leinster 37-7 Zebre
Both teams welcomed back players from international duty but the key player returning was Sean O´Brian who missed the November Internationals through injury. Ireland did very well without him as Ulster´s Chris Henry proved to be a quality replacement. With so many players missing for the Ospreys´s the team likely to challenge Ulster the most is Leinster and it played very well against Zebre on Saturday. Zebre had players from Argentina and the USA with former Italian centre Gonzalo Garcia starting in the midfield and Matias Aguero being joined by the USA´s Dave Ryan as the pair were Zebre´s starting props.  

Scarlets 12-19 Ulster
The Welsh Region was unfortunate to be hosting the high-flying Northern Irish side while it was missing players to international duty. The top of the table Ulster won the match in Llanelli by a lower margin than it has been winning its games this season. The result continues Ulster´s domination of the competition as it is yet to lose a match in the 2012-2013 Rabodirect Pro 12. It won with USA prop Callum Black starting at loosehead. He played 57 minutes. Argentina´s Tomás Vallejos Cinalli played for Scarlets as a replacement. he came on in the 62nd minute. 

Competition Standings
1 Ulster 43
2 Scarlets 34
3 Leinster 31
4 Munster 29
5 Glasgow 28
6 Ospreys 27
7 Edinburgh 21
8 Treviso 19
9 Cardiff 19
10 Connacht 15
11 Dragons 13
12 Zebre 4

Benetton Treviso v Newport-Gwent Dragons

Leinster v Zebre

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