Sunday, February 24, 2013

Aviva Premiership - Round 16 Wrap

Gloucester 29-23 Worcester
The round started with Gloucester moving back into the top four with a tense home victory over west midland rivals, the Worcester Warriors. Two Warriors players recieved cards with fullback Errie Classens being redcarded in the final minute. No players from the Americas featured in this match. 

Sale Sharks 21-30 Harlequins
Bottom of the table v top of the table is never pretty but it came at an ideal time for the Sale Sharks as the Harlequins had to play without a number of players who were on international duty in the Six Nations. A win would have seen the Sharks move outside of the relegation zone but in scoring three tries and losing by nine points it left the match having failed to improve its position. 

Exeter Chiefs 47-16 London Welsh
A comanding home victory for Exeter makes up some what for the recent poor performances from the club. The bonus point win sess the club move to within one point of Bath. Argentina´s Ignacio Mieres featured for the Chiefs, playing the final quarter but there was no place for Gonzalo Camacho who remains sidelined through injury. The London Welsh side signed tow Pumas in an attempt to avoid relegation but there are a host of positions in which the club is lacking. Gonzalo Tiesi started at outside centre and payed the full 8 minutes while Julio Farías Cabello started in the backrow and played 52 minutes. London Welsh´s only try was scored by Canadian Phil MacKenzie who played on the right wing. 

Northampton 25-23 Bath
A narrow victory for the Northampton Saints sees the club move to within one victory of the top four. The win came from the Saints kicking more penalties as they scored two tries each. Argentina´s Horacio Agulla played on the right wing for Bath while the USA´s Samu Manoa played in the secondrow for the Northampton Saints.

Leicester Tigers 27-32 Saracens
The home side looked set for a good win but blew a solid lead as the London based Saracens fought back to claim a significant away victory and do so without a host of international players on Six Nations duty. The final Saracens try was scored by USA fullback Chris Wyles. Leicester´s long serving Pumas frontrower Marcos Ayerza played the full match for the Tigers.

London Irish 30-19 London Wasps 
The survival chances of London Welsh took a significant boost earlier today as the club completed a win over the on-form team, London Wasps. It opens up a five point gap between itself and the bottom of the table Sale Sharks. 


Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Harlequins 55
2 Saracens 54
3 Leicester 49
4 Gloucester 45
5 London Wasps 45
6 Northampton 44
7 Bath 38
8 Exeter 37
9 Worcester 27
10 London Irish 24
11 London Welsh 22
12 Sale 19

* Play-Off´s Places
* Facing Relegation

Gloucester v Worcester Warriors

Sale Sharks v Harlequins

Exeter Chiefs v London Welsh

London Irish v London Wasps

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