Sunday, November 3, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round Seven Wrap

Horacio Agulla scored for Bath on Friday
The first match of the round was one of great interest to Pumas followers. There were players on both teams in action and of them many are expected to face England this coming Saturday in London. Worcester had Mariano Galarza starting in the sceond-row, Leonardo Senatore in the back-row and Agustín Creevy at hooker. Creevy was forced from the field in the 58th minute with an injury which could leave Hourcade withou his first choice hooker and possible captain. The 478 time capped Horacio Agulla continues to be unable to cross the try line for Argentina but scored for Bath on Friday. Agulla has only scored four tries for Argentina despite being a winger. His last try was against Uruguay in 2010. By way of comparison his 48 matches for Leicester and Bath have seen his score 14 tries. Agulla was joined on the Bath bench by Juan Pablo Orlandi. Bath continue to have a good season while the Worcester Warriors are facing relegation.

Sale Sharks 16-18 Exeter Chiefs
The Sale Sharks is another team in need of more competition points or it could face relegation to the second division. It would be disastrous for Rugby World Cup 2015 as Sale is the only club in the Greater Manchester Area. The city wll only host only one World Cup match as the organizers failed to take the tournament to the people.

Gloucester 30-32 London Wasps
Back-toback wins for the London Wasps sees the club continue to rise up the standings and pile the misery on Gloucester who been having a poor season so far.Neiher Esteban Lozada nor Andrew Suniula featured for the Wasps as the Argentine and USA player are yet to establish themselves firmly with the club. 

Leicester 16-23 Harlequins
It is not very often that the Leicester Tigers play poorly on consecutive weekends but after losing against the London Wasps in round six the Tigers have now lost again against another London club. Leicester does have a number of players out with injury but there are questions to be made over the selection of certain players. Argentina´s Marcos Ayerza was the starting loosehead prop while USA international Blaine Scully was on the bench. Pablo Matera was not selected for this fixture which will have him in prime shape to face England on Saturday.

London Irish 14-19 Northampton
London Irish site one place above the bottom but just like last season there is comfort due to the bottom placed side struggling to win matches. With the Worcester Warriors yet to win a match the bonus point that London Irish secured earlier today was enough to extend the gap. USA Eagles back-rower Samu Manoa played in the second-row for the Saints.

Saracens 40-3 Newcastle 
The final match of the round saw top of the table Saracens complete a thumping home win over the Newcastle Falcons. Despite their being a Salary Cap in the Aviva Premiership the teams are far from having the same quality of players. Even with Saracens missing players to international duty the home team still had a far superior list of players than did the Falcons. Starting together in the mid-field as a USA-Argentina combination as Chris Wyles and Marcelo Bosch played together for the first time ever.

1 Saracens 28
2 Northampton 26
3 Bath 22
4 Exeter 21
5 Harlequins 19
6 Leicester 18
7 London Wasps 18
8 Sale Sharks 14
9 Newcastle 13
10 Gloucester 12
11 London Irish 11
12 Worcester 2

* Play-offs Zone
* Relegation Zone

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