Sunday, September 29, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round Four Wrap

Photo Zimbio: Jebb Sinclair started for London Irish on Saturday
Round four of the Aviva Premiership was similar to previous rounds as unlike in France there is a clear separation between the Semi Finals contenders and those likely to be fighting to avoid relegation this season. As in previous rounds there were players from the Americas in action as the last region to host a Rugby World Cup continues to be a massive contributor to the European game.

Northampton Saints 33-14 Sale Sharks
The round kicked-off on Friday with one match. The Northampton Saints were looking to bounce back after being very frustrated in losing in the final minute against Gloucester last Sunday. The Saints ticked the win and bonus point boxes while Sale return home without any additional competition points. Canada and the USA were both represented in the match with each country having a player on the bench. Phil MacKenzie was a replacement for Sale, coming on in the 52nd minute while Samu Manoa entered for Northampton in the 48th minute. Both players are highly likely to play at Rugby World Cup 2015.

Bath 33-18 London Irish
Bath confirmed itself as one of the teams to keep an eye out for this season as it completed a good win over London Irish on Saturday. London Irish are continuing to look like a club in battle to avoid relegation. Starting for the visitors was Canadian international second-rower Jebb Sinclair. Horacio Agulla and Eusebio Guiñazú are to return for Bath after facing Australia next weekend. 

London Wasps 32-16 Worcester Warriors
A first win of the season for the London Wasps confirms the Worcester Warriors as the worst club in the English Premiership so far. Ignacio Mieres played fly half for Worcester and kicked nine points. Mieres will be joined by three Pumas shortly with Leonardo Senatore set to return from suspension while both Agustín Creevy and Mariano Galarza have one more week remaining in the Rugby Championship before heading to England.

Harlequins 12-22 Saracens
Saracens remain undefeated this season but Saturday´s match at the Stoop in London was the first time that the club has not completed a bonus point victory. USA Eagles veteran Chris Wyles again started the match for Saracens and played in his new test position of outside centre. He will have competition for the position from Marcelo Bosch who will join Saracens after the Rugby Championship.

Exeter Chiefs 9-21 Leicester Tigers
An away victory for the Leicester Tigers earlier this afternoon keeps last seasons champions high up in the standings. For Exeter it means the opposite and there are questions over the team´s resources given who it has signed and let go for this season. Starting the match for the Tigers was USA fullback Blaine Scully. He played on the right wing. Leiceter will welcome back Marcos Ayerza from the Rugby Championship next week while Gonzalo Camacho will join the team when fit.

Newcastle Falcons 16-22 Gloucester
Although the Newcastle Falcons were unable to complete a home victory on Sunday it was not a total disaster for the northern English club as it was able to collect a bonus point. For Gloucester, on the other hand, an away win sees the team´s early season form decrease in importance. Pumas prop Nahuel Lobo will be joining Newcastle next week.

Standings
1 Saracens 19
2 Northampton 15
3 Leicester 15
4 Bath 13
5 Harlequins 10
6 Sale 9
7 Gloucester 9
8 Exeter 8
9 London Wasps 8
10 London Irish 5
11 Newcastle 5
12 Worcester 1

* Play-Offs Zone
* Relegation Zone

Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks

Bath v London Irish

Harlequins v Saracens

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