Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 11 Wrap

Ulster 27-19 Leinster
Neither Irish province won last weekend in the Heienken Cup. Leinster went down to Clermont Auvergne while Ulster were outgunned by the Northampton Saints. The loss was Ulster´s first of the season after it had won its first three Heineken Cup matches and its first ten matches in the Rabo Direct Pro 12. Its home win over Leinster continues its undefeated run in the Celtic-Italian League and it is comfortably leading the competition, by nine points. USA prop Callum Black was on the bench for Ulster.

Cardiff Blues 6-9 Scarlets
The all-Welsh derby was not a match to remember. The tryless encounter went the way of the visitors who continue to be well played for a potential home Semi Final. The Scarlets are in second place while the Cardiff Blues are well off the pace sitting near the bottom of the standings. Los Pumas secondrower Tomás Vallejos Cinalli did not play for the Scarlets.

Glasgow Warriors 23-14 Edinburgh
Glasgow´s recent dominance of the 1872 Cup continued as the Warriors won its fourth game in a row against Edinburgh. The hero of the match was Canadian DTH van der Merwe who scored two of Glasgow´s three tries. He started on the wing but neither his international teammate Taylor Paris nor the USA´s Tommy Seymour featured. Argentina´s Dario German Araoz was on the bench for Glasgow.

Zebre 3-10 Benetton Treviso
The all-Italian derby went the way of Benetton Treviso. The away victory sees the visiting side move up the ladder into seventh position while Zebre are virtually guaranteed to take out the wooden spoon. Zebre´s three points came from the boot of the Argentine-Italian Luciano Orquera. He played against Alberto di Bernardo who kicked five points for Benetton Treviso. The pair could well be Italy´s starting and reserve flyhalves in the 2013 Six Nations. Other players from Argentina in this match included Matias Aguero and Franco Sbaraglini. Both were replacement props.

Connacht 12-16 Munster
The final match of the round was not the best as Munster won thanks to scoring a penalty try in what was otherwise a tryless match in Galway. Munster´s team was missing a host of first choice players which took away a lot of the province´s attack. The win sees Munster sit in third place of the standings while Connacht are in tenth.


* Dragons v Ospreys to be played on December 31st.

Pro 12 Standings
1 Ulster 47
2 Scarlets 38
3 Munster 33
4 Glasgow 32
5 Leinster 31
6 Ospreys 27
7 Treviso 23
8 Edinburgh 21
9 Cardiff 20
10 Connacht 16
11 Dragons 13
12 Zebre 5

Ulster v Leinster


Cardiff Blues v Scarlets

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