Monday, February 11, 2013

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 14 Wrap

Scarlets 25-15 Connacht
A good win for Weslh region the Scarlets sees the franchise stay in check with the top four. It is only one point behind the fourth place Ospreys and two points behind Leinster. The win was very important and should not be taken lightly considering the number of Scarlets players in the Welsh team. Connacht was barely impacted at all by the Six Nations this weekend as it continues to be viewed as a development province. Argentina´s Tomás Vallejos Cinalli did not play for the Scarlets.  

Newport-Gwent Dragons 23-14 Benetton Treviso
A good result for the Dragons who have been playing poorly for much of the season. Benetton Treivso´s chances in this match were low due to the high number of players in the Italian test team. Treviso had four Argentine players and one Canadia in its match day 23. Alberto di Bernardo started at flyhalf and kicked two goals. He may well be in consideration for a call up to the Italian test side given how poorly another Argentine-Italian player performed this past weekend against Scotland. Luciano Orquera went from a career best performance to a forgettable won that involved giving Stu Hogg a 14 point try. Ignacio Fernández-Rouyet started in the frontrow and Canadian-Italian Robert Barbieri played in the backrow. Babieri is likely to start for Italy for the remainder of the Six Nations. Treviso also had two Argentine playes on the bench with Pedro de Santo entering in the 67th minute at prop and Franco Sbaraglini also coming on in the 67th minute from the bench to play hooker.

Cardiff  Blues 11-26 Leinster
A two tries to one away victory for Irish province Leinster sees the club hold onto third place while for the Cardiff Blues it means it is now well behind the top four and will need to not only play much better if it is to reach the Semi Finals but will also need other results to go in its favor. 

Ulster 12-16 Ospreys
A rare loss for the top of the table Ulster and an even rarer home loss. Both teams were depleted due to the Six Nations but, surprizingly, Ulster´s big name players including Ruan Pienaar, Paddy Wallace, Luke Mashall, Andrew Trimble and Johann Muller were not able to see the side to victory. Also playing was the USA´s Callum Black who started at loosehead prop.

Munster 30-3 Edinburgh
The poor season for Edinburgh continued even against a Munster side missing a host of players to internatioal duty. Edinburgh was also depleted but the fact that Munster won so well only goes to underline the strength of Irish rugby ad the weakness of Scottish rugby. 

Zebre 20-36 Glasgow Warriors
A bonus point away victory for the Glasgow Warriors sees the Scottish team edge closer to the competition leaders, Ulster. Like the Six Nations match between Scotland and Italy on Saturday the clash between Zebre and Glasgow was very much in favor of the north-western Europeans. Argentine born born Matias Aguero started for Zebre and was joined in the frontrow by USA prop Dave Ryan. With the USA having a packed schedule from late May through to July the chances of Ryan appearing for the Eagles appear to be strong. 

Pro 12 Standings 
1 Ulster 53
2 Glasgow 46
3 Leinster 44
4 Ospreys 43
5 Scarlets 42
6 Munster 41
7 Cardiff 28
8 Treviso 27
9 Edinburgh 22
10 Connacht 20
11 Dragons 18
12 Zebre 6 

Ulster v Ospreys

Munster v Edinburgh

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