Monday, September 23, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round Three Wrap

USA Fullback Blaine Scully socred his first Premiership try in his first start
Unlike in the French Top 14 the early rounds of the Aviva Premiership have left a clear distinction between the teams higher up and lower down in the standings. Saracens is already ten points clear of five clubs and this is after just three rounds of play. As in the first two rounds the third round featured a number of players from the Americas as Argentina, Canada and the USA were all represented. 

Sale Sharks 26-22 London Wasps
The lack of people in attendance should be of grave concern to everybody as a very small crowd attended Sale´s home match which put the north-western English club into fifth place. Involved for Sale was Canadian winger Phil MacKenzie who was on the bench. The London Wasps are yet to win a match this season.

Worcester 13-37 Harlequins
The Worcester Warriors are bottom of the table and winless after three rounds but the opposition has thus far been tough. The club should begin winning matches soon. It is without two Pumas players involved in the Rugby Championship but former Pumas Ignacio Mieres is in England and has been playing for the Warriors. He kicked seven points in the loss on Friday evening.

Gloucester 26-24 Northampton
A first win for the season for Gloucester saw Northampton lose for the first time. USA international forward Samu Manoa started in the second-row for the Northampton Saints and was a try scorer. But despite a brilliant try appearing to have secured victory Gloucester claimed victory with a penalty on full time. Manoa´s Eagles teammate Luke Hume has been on trial with Gloucester playing for the A team. 

London Irish 23-29 Exeter
A close match saw London Irish confirmed as a contender for relegation after it allowed the Exeter Chiefs to win for the first time this season. As a result Exeter moves ahead of London Irish who, like Exeter, have won one ad lost two matches so far this season. Starting in the second-row for London Irish was Canada´s Jebb Sinclair.

Leicester 31-6 Newcastle
The Newcastle Falcons season could well be a long one as the northern English side was heavily defeated for the second time in three matches. The match featured the Aviva Premiership debut of USA fullback Blaine Scully. The Rugby Sevens star had an impressive first match in Tigers colors and was a try scorer. Both clubs were without Pumas props currently training to face the All Blacks next Saturday in La Plata.

Saracens 31-17 Bath
The perfect start to the season continued on Sunday as Saracens won its third straight match and again did so with a bonus point. Starting at outside centre for the London based side was USA Eagles veteran Chris Wyles. Both sides were missing Pumas players to international duty.

1 Saracens 15
2 Leicester 11
3 Northampton 10
4 Harlequins 10
5 Sale 9
6 Bath 8
7 Exeter 8
8 London Irish 5
9 Gloucester 5
10 Newcastle 4
11 London Wasps 3
12 Worcester 1

* Playoffs Zone

* Relegation Zone

Sale Sharks v London Wasps

Worcester v Harlequins

Gloucester v Northampton

London Irish v Exeter Chiefs

Leicester v Newcastle

Saracens v Bath

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