Monday, September 30, 2013

Pro 12 Americas Exports - Round Four Wrap


Joaquín Domínguez made his Pro 12 debut on Friday
Round four of the RaboDirect Pro 12 was played on the weekend with matches taking place in Italy, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. There were players in action from Argentina, Canada and the USA as Americas continues to produce players of note who compete in Tier One professional competitions.

Zebre 17-24 Glasgow 
Sitting at the top of the table and yet to lose a match this season is the Glasgow Warriors. The Scottish side completed a three tries to two victory over Italian side Zebre on Friday. The match featured players from the Americas including Gabriel Ascárate who started at outside centre. He remains in the frame for Los Pumas in November. USA born Tommy Seymour also played for the Scottish side while the Argentine-Italian Luciano Orquera kicked three goals for Zebre. A second Argentine-Italian, Matias Aguero was on the bench. 

Ulster 32-13 Treviso
Neither Italian side was able to win in round four as Benetton Treviso´s good win in round three over Munster was not repeated against Ulster in Belfast on Friday. The Northern Irish side completed a bonus point win to move up the standings while Treviso are firmly established in the bottom half. The USA´s Callum Black was on the bench for Ulster while the Italian side had players from Argentina and Canada. Robert Barbieri was a back-row replacement, Pedro di Santo and Ignacio Fernandez-Rouyet provided front-row cover and Alberto di Bernado was the replacement fly half. All are capped by Italy. Barbieri scored a try while di Bernardo kicked two goals.

Leinster 34-20 Cardiff
When Irish province Leinster fields its top lineup there are few teams who can compete. The Cardiff Blues fielded a side that included British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton and other stars such as Leigh Halfpenny and Alex Cuthbert but it was the Irish side that dictated play. 

Edinburgh 9-22 Scarlets
Edinburgh will play in this seasons Heineken Cup but the Scottish side is certainly yet to show that it should. The Scot´s were unable to score a try in the team´s home match against Welsh region the Scarlets on Friday. Mkaing his debut for Edinburgh was the uncapped Argentine centre Joaquín Domínguez who was a second half replacement.

Munster 23-9 Dragons
In a match moved from Limerick to Cork Munster had few problems in defeating Welsh region the Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday. The two tries to zero victory featuired a Munster team close to the genuine product than that whar has played so far in the Pro 12 this season. The side to play in the Heineken Cup will certainly be stronger. The three time capped Argentine player Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro started at tighthead prop for the Dragons.

Connacht 26-43 Ospreys
A second Irish province v Welsh region match was also in Ireland on Saturday as Connacht hosted the Ospreys. The Welsh region was far too strong in scoring six tries to two against the weakest Irish province. Connacht will play in the Heineken Cup, much to the anger of English and French clubs. To compund their frustration Connacht is in the same pool as Zebre while the likes of Stade Français and Bath are in the Amlin Challenge Cup. Playing for the Ospreys and scoring his second try in as many matches was Canadian winger Jeff Hassler. A second Canadian, Tyler Ardron was on the bench as a replacement forward.

Standings
1 Glasgow 16
2 Ospreys 16
3 Munster 14
4 Leinster 13
5 Ulster 11
6 Dragons 9
7 Scarlets 9
8 Cardiff 6
9 Treviso 5
10 Zebre 5
11 Connacht 4
12 Edinburgh 4

Round 4 Highlights

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