Sunday, September 8, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round One Wrap

Samu Manoa scored a try to open the season for Northampton

The Aviva Premiership got underway for the 2013-2014 season this weekend as a full round of six matches were played in England. Just like in previous years the new season is to be one featuring a significant number of players from the Americas. 

Newcastle 0-21 Bath
The Newcastle Falcons´ return from the second division started badly as the northern most Aviva Premiership club was demolished at home on Friday. The club together with London Irish is likely to be in the biggest battle this season to avoid relegation.

Harlequins 16-15 London Wasps
The first half of the London Double Header at Twickenham saw the 2012 champions, the Harlequins, struggle against the London Wasps. Should the Wasps prove to be competitive this season then it would be a sgnificant change from last season. 

Northampton 38-11 Exeter
The season has started with a bang or the Northampton Saints as last seasons beaten finalists defeated the Exeter Chiefs by four tries to one on Saturday. The club´s leading forward last season, Samu Manoa scored a try to begin his season well. The USA international came off the bench for the Saints.

Gloucester 16-22 Sale
The Sale Sharks club was very nearly relegated last season and it handed Rugby World Cup 2015 organizers a horrible scenario in which there may be no Northern England clubs playing Aviva Premiership rugby at the time of England / Wales 2015. After a poor first half to the season Sale recovered to avoid relegation and it has now started the new season perfectly. Playing on the right wing for Sale was Canadian international Phil MacKenzie.

Saracens 42-20 London Irish 
The second of the two London Double Header matches went the way, as expected, of Saracens. London Irish is a strong contender for relegation this season while Saracens could well win the premiership. USA Eagles veteran Chris Wyles was the startihg fullback for the winning team.

Leicester 32-15 Worcester
Last seasons champions had few concerns against a vsiting Worcester Warriors side on Sunday. The Tigers completed a bonus point win by scoring four tries to two but only scored the final try in the final minute. Playing flyhalf for Worcester was fifth choice Argentine flyh half Ignacio Mieres.

Standings
1 Northampton 5
2 Saracens 5
3 Leicester 5
4 Bath 4
5 Sale Sharks 4
6 Harlequins 4
7 London Wasps 1
8 Gloucester 1
9 Worcester 0
10 Newcastle 0
11 London Irish 0
12 Exeter Chiefs 0

* Play-Offs Zone
* Relegation Zone

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