Sunday, October 27, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round Six Wrap

Marcelo Bosch debuted for Saracens on Saturday
The tenth round of the Aviva Premiership saw another try from USA powerhouse Samu Manoa and Aviva Premiership debuts for a number of Pumas players. As the last region to host a Rugby World Cup the Americas can be said to be contributing significantly to the Aviva Premiership and the upcoming November internationals should serve to underline the quality of players from the region. 

Bath 15-13 Gloucester
The round began on Friday evening with one match - the local derby in the West Country between Bath and Gloucester. Played in dreadful conditions the home side weas able to hang on to complete a narrow victory and with it move into third position in the standings. Two Pumas featured with Juan Pablo Orlandi being a replacement prop in the second half. Horacio Agulla, on the other hand, was unused from the bench.

Exeter Chiefs 40-6 Worcester Warriors
A poor defensive effort from the visiting Worcester Warriors saw the Exeter Chiefs move into the play-offs zone with a second half romp that leaves the rest of the season clear for Worcester - avoid relegation at all costs. The team has a talented squad but the rugby being played is far from impressive. Ignacio Mieres kicked two penaliteis for Worcester and was joined in the starting lineup by two players in contention to captain Argentina in November - hooker Agustín Creevy and second-rower Mariano Galarza. Leonardo Senatore is yet to play against since being suspended for biting in the Rugby Championship.

Harlequins 24-3 Sale Sharks
Harlequins controled play at the Stoop but was far from being the force of old. The Sale Sharks  were never in the match but were able to restrict the Quins to only two tries, both of which came in the second half. Canadian Phil MacKenzie did not feature.

Northampton 41-20 Saracens
London based side Saracens lost for the first time in the Aviva Premiership this season as the Northampton Saints were far too good.Leading the way was Samu Manoa with the USA Eagle scoring a first half try. He played in the second-row  while his international team mate Chris Wyles was a starting centre for the opposition. Puma Marcelo Bosch made his debut for Saracens in the second half, coming on with his side losing 29-6. 

London Wasps Leicester Tigers
A dreadful fly half performance by Welshman Owen Williams saw Andy Goode able to dictate territory throughout most of the match at Adams Park on Saturday. The surprizing result sees Leicester drop and London Wasps rise in the standings. Leicester had Marcos Ayerza playing the full 80 minutes at loosehead prop and featured the debut professional match for Pablo Matera who was a replacement. USA outside back Blaine Scully played on the right wing for the Tigers.

Newcastle Falcons 13-11 London Irish
A narrow home victory by the Newcastle Falcons over fellow relegation contenders London Irish sees Newcastle now two wins ahead of the Worcester Warriors and only five points behind powerhouse side the Harlequins. Canadian international Jebb Sinclair was on the bench for the visiting side.

Standings
1 Saracens 23
2 Northampton 22
3 Bath 18
4 Exeter 17
5 Leicester 17
6 Harlequins 15
7 Sale Sharks 13
8 London Irish 13
9 London Wasps 13
10 Newcastle 10
11 Gloucester 10
12 Worcester 2

* Play-Offs Zone
* Relegation Zone

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