Monday, February 18, 2013

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 15 Wrap

Newport-Gwent Dragons 3-60 Glasgow Warriors
Usually Rodney Parade is a difficult place for visiting teams but on Friday evening Scottish side the Glasgow Warriors humiliated the Dragons at Rodney Parade to enhance its position in the top four. Both teams were missing palyers to Six Nations duty but Glasgow with far more test players than the Dragons was still significantly superior. Of the eight Glasgow tries one was scored by Canadian winger Taylor Paris who was a replacement. DTH van der Merwe also played, he started on the left wing.

Ulster 26-3 Zebre 
Top of the table v bottom of the table was never going to be pretty but Zebre nevertheless did much better than the Dragons. Italian rugby authorities seem to be happy for Bebnetton Treviso to have a larger supply of quality players and until things level out Zebre, like Aironi, will struggle. The four tries to zero victory featured USA prop Callum Black who was on Ulster´s bench. Gonzalo Garcia from Mendoza played inside centre for Zebre while a second Argentine-Italian Matias Aguero was on the bench.

Edinburgh 16-17 Cardiff Blues
Such is the gap between the leading six teams and the rest that neither Edinburgh nor Cardiff will be featuring in the Play-off´s. Both sides have had poor seasons, losing more than should be deemed reasonable. Their close match on Friday evening sees the Blues move to 32 championship points, fourteen behind the fourth placed Scarlets.

Connacht 22-10 Ospreys
With so many players unavailable due to Six Nations duty the Ospreys fielded a team made up mainly of fringe players, but not entirely. Alun Wyn-Jones played in the secondrow and may yet play in the Six Nations for Wales and on this years British and Irish Lions tour. Former USA age grade player, Hanno Dirksen remains sidelined with injury.

Leinster 40-5 Benetton Treviso
The depth of the Leinster squad is significantly larger than that of Benetton Treviso and with both sides missing players to Six Nations duty it meant that the chances of an Italian upset were very small. Leinster´s bonus point win continues to put the Irish province in a strong position as the competition heads towards the play-off´s. Benetton Treviso´s bench featured three Argentine frontrowers with Franco Sbaraglini being the reserve hooker while Pedro di Santo and Ignacio Fernández-Rouyet were the replacement props.

Scarlets 18-10 Munster
Welsh region the Scarlets sit in fourth place in the competition and in losing the sixth placed Munster are now five points outside the top four. The Scarlets won without scoring a try and Argentine secondrwoer Tomás Vallejos Cinalli did not feature. The USA born Ronan O´Gara played flyhalf for Munster.

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Ulster 58
2 Glasgow 51
3 Leinster 49
4 Scarlets 46
5 Ospreys 43
6 Munster 41
7 Cardiff 32
8 Treviso 27
9 Connacht 24
10 Edinburgh 23
11 Dragons 18
12 Zebre 6

Newport-Gwent Dragons v Glasgow Warriors

Ulster v Zebre

Connacht v Ospreys

Scarlets v Munster

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