Sunday, February 17, 2013

Aviva Premiership - Round 15 Wrap

Bath 40-16 London Irish
An impressive second half performance saw Bath blow London Irish out of the water. The bonus point win sees Bath´s hances of making the play-off´s continue to blossom while London Irish is just wanting the season can end before the Sale Sharks can overtake it. The match featured an Argentine and a Canadian with Horacio Agulla playing on the right wing for Bath and Jebb Sinclair playing in the backrow for London Irish.

Saracens 31-11 Exeter Chiefs
Exeter continues to struggle as the club´s form from the past two seasons has vanished. One of the key performers in the 2011-2012 season was Argentine flyhalf Ignacio Mieres. This season he has been on the bench behind Ireland´s Gareth Steenson and although it cannot be blamed on the Irishman the team has lost far too often with him at pivot. Mieres´s decision to depart for the Worcester Warriros who have made a number of impressive signings could well prove to be screwed. Mieres was on the bench and replaced Steenson in the 57th minute against Saracens;. Gonzalo Camacho did not play as he remains on the sidelines with injury. 

Worcester Warriors 18-27 Northampton Saints
A good away win for the Northampton Saints sees the club improve its chances of making the play-off´s. Worcester is safe from relegation at this point and like London Irish and London Welsh is just looking forward to next season. USA Eagles forward Samu Manoa started in the backrow and played the full 80 minutes and was a try scorer.

Harlequins 25-21 Leicester Tigers
The Harlequins reclaimed top spot with a hard fought victory at the Stoop on Saturday evening. Six penalties from flyhalf Ben Botica saw the home team to victory. Leicester scored more tries and held an 18-12 victory at half time before the Quins took over in the second half. The Tigers had a host of international players including Flood, Manu Tuilagi and Argentina´s Marcos Ayerza

London Wasps 33-29 Gloucester
A narrow home win sees the London Wasps continue to impress after having a poor season in 2011-2012. The Welsh influence of Stephen Jones and Nicky Robinson was again instrumental in the teams´ win as Gloucester scored four tries but the Wasps scored three. 

London Welsh 25-26 Sale Sharks 
The Sale Shakrs claimes a crucial away victory with a late penalty to overcome London Welsh. The one point victory means it is now only one point behind London Irish in the standings. The match featured the debut of Puma Julio Farías Cabello who started in the backrow and played 60 minutes. When he left the field London Welsh was holding a five point lead. Pumas centre Gonzalo Tiesi also started for London Welsh and played in the 13 shirt. The one try scored by London Welsh was by a plyer for the Americas as Canada´s Phil MacKenzie scored in the 47th minute.

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Harlequins 51
2 Saeracens 49
3 Leicester 48
4 London Wasps 45
5 Gloucester 41
6 Northampton 40
7 Bath 37
8 Exeter 32 
9 Worcester 26
10 London Welsh 22
11 London Irish 20
12 Sale Sharks 19

* Play-Off´s Places
* Facing Relegation

Bath v London Irish

Saracens v Exeter Chiefs

Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints

Harlequins v Leicester

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