Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Aviva Premiership - Round 18 Wrap

Sale Sharks 14-13 Bath Rugby
After having looked certain to be relegated to England´s second division, the RFU Championship, the Sale Sharks are now appearing safe and looking likely to remain in the top flight. The teams one point come from behind victor over Bath on Friday sees the club move five points clear of the bottom placed London Welsh. The match featured two tries, Bath´s one was scored by Argentine international winger Horacio Agulla in the 53rd minute. 

Exeter Chiefs 9-12 Leicester Tigers
A tryless match in South-Western England was good enough for the visiting Leicester Tigers to move into second place in the standings. or the Chiefs it meant that the chances of making the play-off´s are virtually nil as the gap between itself and Northampton is now twelve points. The Worcester bound Ignacio Mieres did not feature for the Chiefs and nor did the French bound Gonzalo Camacho. Pumas prop Marcos Ayerza started at loosehead for the Tigers.

London Wasps 24-26 Northampton Saints
A home loss for the London Wasps complicates teams desire of a return to the play-off´s. It is now well behind the top four and not only does it need to win but it needs others to lose if it is to reach the final four. Northampton´s win means it is now seven points clear of the London Wasps and also four ahead of Gloucester. USA international Samu Manoa started in the backrow for the Saints.

London Irish 26-6 Worcester Warriors
A impressive win for London Irish should have brought to an end the chances of the Exiles being relegated. London Irish are now ten points ahead of the bottom placed London Welsh and are gaining on Worcester who just want the season to end so that the sides impressive recruitments can begin preparing for what should be a much better season when it kicks-off in September.  

Gloucester 15-14 London Welsh
London Welsh appeared set to win away from home but were overtaken by late penalties from Gloucester´s Freddei Burns. There was only one try scored in this match and it was scored by a Canadian with Phil MacKenzie going over in the 51st minute. He started on the right wing outside Gonzalo Tiesi with the Pumas centre being joined by Julio Farías Cabello who played in the backrow. The loss was a bitter pill to swallow after Bath had won the night before and it was enforced on Tuesday as London Welsh´s appeal was denied meaning the club´s point deduction stands. 

Saracens 27-12 Harelquins
What should have been one of the matches of the season was instead a one team contest as the 2011 champions were far better than  the 2012 winners. USA fullback Chris Wyles played the second half for the home side. 

Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Saracens 63
2 Leicester 58
3 Harlequins 55
4 Northampton 54
5 Gloucester 50
6 London Wasps 47
7 Bath 43 
8 Exeter 42
9 Worcester 32 
10 London Irish 28
11 Sale Sharks 23 
12 London Welsh 18

* Play-off´s Places
* Facing Relegation

Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby

London Wasps v Northampton Saints

London Irish  Worcester Warriors

Gloucester v London Welsh

Saracens v Harlequins

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