Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rabo Direct Pro 12 - Round 20 Wrap

Edinburgh 24-32 Connacht
A shocking home loss by Edinburgh means that the Scottish side is now likely to finish the season ahead of only the Newport-Gwent Dragons and Zebre. The rare away victory for the western Irish province is a strong indication of the progress being made by authorities in Ireland. Most concerning for Edinburgh should be the lack of tries. All 24 points came from the boot of Greig Laidlaw. 

Ulster 31-5 Dragons
The Northern Irish province, Ulster is back on top of the RaboDirect Pro 12 aftter completing a comprehensive victory over the struggling Welsh region, the Newport-Gwent Dragons. Ulster now lead the competiton by three points and a highly likely to host a Semi Final. The Dragons, in contrast, are second from bottom and have no chance of improving in the standings. USA prop Callum Black was on the bench for Ulster. 

Scarlets 29-6 Glasgow
A hammering victory for the Llanelli based Welsh region, the Scarlets could prove decisive in having significant implications for the post season matches. Glasgow went from top of the table to third while the Scarlets are now on the verge of returning to the top four. Glasgow is far from being safe as only five points separate it from a Semi Final and missing out altogether. The manner in which the Glasgow Warriors losgt should come as a surprize given that the team was packed with Scottish internationals. There was also a place in the starting lineup for Canadian international DTH van der Merwe. 

Ospreys 28-3 Treviso
A good home victory for the Ospreys sees the Welsh region hold onto fourth place in the standings, but only just. The Ospreys were in firm control of the match but by scoring three tries to zero the team missed out on earning a bonus point. Argentina´s Alberto di Bernardo was on the bench. The goalkicking flyhalf may well make his debut for Italy in the upcoming international series to be played in South Africa featuring the Springboks, Italy, Samoa and Scotland.  

Munster 16-22 Leinster
The chances of Munster appearing in the Semi Finals have come to an end. The southern Irish province failed to win at home which means it is now on 48 competition points, well behind Welsh regions the Opsyres and Scarlets who are tied on 62 points. Munster can now concentrate all its efforts on the upcoming Heineken Cup Semi Final against Clermont Auvergne in Montpellier. 

Cardiff Blues 28-13 Zebre
The underperforming Cardiff Blues completed an impressive first half performance to win well against Italian side Zebre on Saturday. Leading 21-6 at half time Cardiff looked set for a bonus point victory but was unable to score a fourth try. The France bound Jamie Roberts completed his final home match performance with the region by scoring a try. The outplayed Zebre was far from being at full strength but it did have two Argentine players in the starting XV. Gonzalo Garcia played centre while Matias Aguero played in the frontrow. Both players are from Argentina but have represented Italy at international level. 

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Standings
1 Ulster 71
2 Leinster 68
3 Glasgow 67
4 Ospreys 62
5 Scarlets 62
6 Munster 48
7 Treviso  39
8 Cardiff 38
9 Connacht 36
10 Edinburgh 32
11 Dragons 23
12 Zebre 9 

2 comments:

  1. sorry to be so candid Paul but forget the Rabo direct league, man.
    Major news from Argentina itself, with the news that the Pumitas have beaten the Baby Boks for the first time!

    Do a write up, mate!

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