Sunday, March 31, 2013

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 19 Wrap

Zebre 7-9 Edinburgh
A very low scoring match started the round with a match in Parma being won by the visitors. The games only try was scored by the homen side as the boot of Greig Laidlaw was enough to see the Scots win. Fresh from success with the Italian test team Argentina´s Luciano Orquera ad Gonzalo Garcia started for Zebre forming a 10-12 combination. USA prop Dave Ryan was also in the staring lineup playing tighthead prop.

Glasgow 51-24 Munster
The Glasgow Warriors now lead the competition after completing a bonus point win in freezing conditions at Scotstoun Stadium on Good Friday. The result means that Munster´s chances of making the play-off´s are all but over as the Irish province is now eleven points outside of the top four. Glasgow´s win included was by six tries to three and included some generous interceptions to put Munster in bad form ahead of next weekends Heineken Cup Quarter Final in London. Canadian DTH van der Merwe started on the left wing for the Warriors while the USA born Ronan O´Gara started for Munster and kicked three goals.
Cardiff Blues 16-23 Ospreys
A good away victory for the Ospreys sees the Welsh region hold on to fourth place, just. It is tied with rivals the Scarlets and needs every point it can muster to hang on and qualify for the Semi Finals.

Leinster 18-22 Ulster 
A four point win for Ulster sees the club keep hold of a top two placing and thus a home Semi Final in the Rabo Direct Pro 12. As it currently stands Ulster would host Leinster in the Semi Finals. There are still a number of rounds to go though and firstly Ulster has a Quarter Final match to play next weekend in the Heineken Cup. The Northern Irish teams´ solid early season form had the side looking set to win the Quarter Finala and be a genuine contender but recent form suggests otherwise. USA prop Callum Black was on the bench for Ulster.

Dragons 20-28 Scarlets
The second all-Welsh derby of the round was, like the first, won by the visiting team. The Newport-Gwent Dragons latest loss  continues the regions´ diabolical season and could well see the region removed if rumours circulating in Wales hold firm. 

Benneton Treviso v Connacht
* The match was postponed 

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Glasgow 67
2 Ulster 66
3 Leinster 64
4 Ospreys 58
5 Scarlets 58
6 Munster 47
7 Treviso 39
8 Cardiff 34
9 Connacht 32
10 Edinburgh 32
11 Dragons 23
12 Zebre 9

Zebre v Edinburgh

Glasgow v Munster

Cardiff v Ospreys

Leinster v Ulster

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