Sunday, March 3, 2013

Aviva Premiership - Round 17 Wrap

Worcester 29-23 London Wasps
A good home win for the Worcester Warriors should have ended any possibility of the team being  relegated. It sits on 32 points, well ahead of the bottom placed Sale Sharks on 19. Between the twoclubs are London Irish and London Welsh with neither safe. Worcercester should be a much stronger performer next season due to its investment in player recruitment. Three Pumas have been signed - Ignacio Mieres (from Exeter), Agustín Creevy (from Montpellier) and Leonardo Senatore (from GER Rosario)

Bath 31-25 Gloucester
The local derby in west country attracted a strong crowd and Bath celebrated a good victory in a match in which both teams scored two tries each. The win sees Bath move to within one win of fifth place while Gloucester are again out of the top four. Argentina´s Horacio Agulla played right wing for Bath.

Harlequins 16-27 Exeter Chiefs
A genuine upset took place in London on Saturday as the Exeter Chiefs defeated the 2012 Aviva Premiership champions, the Harlequins. The result means the Quins are no longer on top and with the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals approaching the teams chances of advancing do not appear as strong as they were in January. Argentina´s Ignacio Mieres was on the bench for Exeter.

Northampton Saints 40-14 London Irish
A convincing home win was just what the Saitns´ fans were after and it means the club is back in the top four due to Gloucester having lost its match on Friday. Northampton´s six tries to oen victory featured a try from USA Eagles forward Samu Manoa. The Californian played in the backrow and scored a first half try. London Irish also had a players from the Americas with Jebb Sinclair playing 30 minutes after coming on from the bench.

Leicester Tigers 48-10 Sale Sharks
If Sale is the surive in the Aviva Premiership it needs to simply win more games than London Welsh between now and the end of the season. Both clubs are performing poorly and both were badly defeated this weekend. Sale scored one try but conceeded six against Leicester whose big win sees the club move to within one point of the Harlequins. Pumas loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza started for the Tigers. 

Saracens 35-14 London Welsh
London  Welsh were again made to look like a second rate side as powerhouses Saracens eased to a bonus point victory in Barnet. The 2011 English champions fielded a team featuring players from a diverse range of nations, amongst them was the USA with Chris Wyles playing fullback. London Welsh fielded Canadian back Phil MacKenzie on the wing but his match was less than memorable as he was yellow carded. London Welsh also had a foward from the Americas with Julio Farías Cabello playing in the backrow.

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Saracens 59
2 Harlequins 55
3 Leicester 54
4 Northampton 49
5 Gloucester Rugby 46
6 London Wasps 46
7 Bath Rugby 42 
8 Exeter Chiefs 41
9 Worcester Warriors 32
10 London Irish 24
11 London Welsh 22
12 Sale Sharks 19

* Play-off´s Places
* Facing Relegation


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