Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 18 Wrap

Edinburgh 14-8 Ulster
A rare win and a rare loss took place in the Scottish capital as the struggling Edinburgh completed a good win over competition leaders, Ulster to see the Northern Irish province fall to third place. USA prop Callum Black was on the bench for Ulster.

Ospreys 52-19 Dragons
The Newport-Gwent Dragons continue to struggle despite having initially been top of the table after the first few rounds of the season.  With the WRU threatening to cut costs and possibly cut back to three regions the Dragons are in serious danger of being axed. The Ospreys´ seven tries to two win saw the home side move back into the top four.

Zebre 10-24 Scarlets
Zebre started well in Parma on Friday evening before the Welsh region took firm control to win the match comfortably. It means the Scarlets are tied with Welsh rivals the Ospreys for fourth place but are currently in fifth due to points difference. The starting props for Zebre were both from the Americas with the USA´s Dave Ryan playing tighthead prop and Argentina´s Matias Aguero playing looshead prop.

Leinster 22-17 Glasgow
Leinster are now top of the table and ahead of the Glasgow Warriors on points difference thanks to winning at home on Saturday. The match had North American representation with Canadian test centre DTH van der Merwe starting on one wing and the USA´s Tommy Seymour on the other. 

Benetton Treviso 26-17 Cardiff Blues
An ijmpressive home victory for the Italian side puts Benetton Treviso six points clear of the Cardiff Blues. Treviso will not be appearing in the play-off´s but in winning well against the Blues there is more reason for rugby to continue developing in Italy which increases the chances of more upsets at test level like the wins over France and Ireland in the 2013 Six Nations. The star for Benetton Treviso was Argentina´s Alberto di Bernardo who kicked seventeen points. He is yet to be capped but has played for Italy A and will likely debut in 2013 given the lack of options in the position. 

Munster 22-0 Connacht
A comfortable home victory did little to improve Munster´s chances of appearing in the Quarter Finals. The Irish powerhouses remain mid-table and seven points outside of the top four. Connacht have no chanes of making the play-off´s. USA born Ronan O´Gara played flyhalf for Munster and kicked three goals.  

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Leinster 63
2 Glasgow 62
3 Ulster 62
4 Ospreys 54
5 Scarlets 54
6 Munster 47
7 Treviso 39
8 Cardiff 33
9 Connacht 32
10 Edinburgh 28
11 Dragons 23
12 Zebre 8

Zebre v Scarlets

Leinster v Glasgow

Benetton Treviso v Cardiff Blues

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