Sunday, October 6, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round Five Wrap

USA Eagles´ Blaine Scully started again for the Leicester Tigers this weekend
Round five of the English championship, the Aviva Premiership produced some upset results with the relegation threatened Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons both coming out on top. There was also a surprizing win for the Exeter Chiefs while Leicester was unable to win at home. Five of the six matches involved players from the Americas as players from Argentina, Canada and the USA took to the field in the country that will host the next Rugby World Cup.

Sale Sharks 19-13 Bath
The round began with one match on Friday and it produced an upset result as the Sale Sharks completed a home victory over Bath with former English fly hlaf Danny Cipriani being the hero and getting the better of the young George Ford. Starting on the right wing for Sale was Canada´s Phil MacKenzie who is heading into the November Internationals in good form. 

London Irish 18-13 Harlequins
The first of two London battles went the way of the underdog as the relegation threatened London Irish side got the better of the 2012 champions the Harlequins. Coming off the bench for the winning side was Canadian Jebb Sinclair who entered the game in just the second minute of play.

Saracens 19-12 London Wasps
Saracens won the second all-London match and in doing so continued its great early season form which has seen the club undefeated after five rounds. Starting out of position at inside centre for Saracens was USA Eagles veteran Chris Wyles who did not have the opportunity to play against his international teammate Andrew Suniula who is now at the London Wasps.

Worcester Warriors 11-16 Newcastle Falcons
The only side yet to win a match is the Worcester Warriors and the club blew an ideal opprotunity at home on Saturday afternoon against last seasons second division champions, the Newcastle Falcons. Starting for Worcester was Argentina´s Ignacio Mieres who kicked two penalties. He is to be joined by three other Pumas from the Rugby Championship for round six with Leonardo Senatore returning from suspension and Agustín Creevy and Mariano Galarza arriving after facing Australia in Rosario. 

Leicester Tigers 19-19 Northampton Saints
A draw in the East Midlands saw the Northampton Saints get some revenge for losing the 2013 Aviva Premiership final. The result sees Saracens now have a comfortable lead in the standings but Leicester will be happy to have completed a draw after the visitors had held a notable lead when Stephen Myler kicked a penalty in the 66th minute. The USA had a player in either side with Blaine Scully starting on the right wing for Leicester and Samu Manoa starting in the Northampton second-row. The USA born Alex Corbisiero also started.

Gloucester 12-29 Exeter Chiefs
One of England´s best players in the June 2013 tour of Argentina was Gloucester fly half Freddie Burns. But the form of Gloucester and Burns himself will certainly be concerning to English head coach Stuart Lancaster. Burns playes behind a defeated pack at home on Sunday enabling the Exeter Chiefs to move into sixth position in the standings. Gloucester, on the other hand, is one of four sides with nine premiership points. 

1 Saracens 23
2 Northampton 17
3 Leicester 17
4 Bath 14
5 Sale 13
6 Exeter 12
7 Harlequins 11
8 London Irish 9
9 Newcastle 9
10 Gloucester 9
11 London Wasps 9
12 Worcester 2

* Play-Offs Zone
* Relegation Zone

Sale v Bath

Saracens v London Wasps

Worcester v Newcastle

Leicester v Northampton

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