Sunday, November 24, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round 8 Wrap

Photo Saracens: Marcelo Bosch got his name on the scoresheet for Saracens.
With the English national rugby team having completed its three November internationals it was a return to the domestic game with all the nation´s leading players. They were joined by a number of international stars including players from Argentina and Canada who missed out on playing in their teams wins over Italy and Portugal despite the matches taking place during the mandatory release window of November.

Sale Sharks 26-10 Worcester Warriors
Bottom of the table Worcester started well but was again overpowered and in doing so enhanced its reputation as the team most likely to be relegated. After eight rounds the club is yet to win a premiership match and is very much the bottom placed side. Former Puma Ignacio Mieres started at fly half and  current Puma Leonardo Senatore started in the back row.

Northampton 18-0 Newcastle
Playing without October´s Aviva Premiership Player of the Month, Samu Manoa the Northampton Saints had no problems in completing a comfortable home victory over the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday. In playing for the USA on the same day Manoa impressed and scored a try.

Leicester Tigers 20-11 London Irish
A very strong crowd was given something to cheer about as the Leicester Tigers nudged to within one point of a return to the top four. Leicester was missing Blaine Scully who started for the USA against Russia while both Marcos Ayerza and Pablo Matera recieved game time for Argentina with Ayerza starting against former Tigers teammate, Martín Castrogiovanni. Gonzalo Camacho remains yet to debut for Leicester and will not do so until February. Canadian Jebb Sinclair started in the pack for London Irish.

Harlequins 27-19 Gloucester
Despite having a number of English stars Gloucester has been one of the worst clubs so far this season in the Aviva Premiership. Sitting three wins outside of the top four it is already looking like being a tough road for the West Country club to qualify for the Semi Finals.

Exeter 9-16 Saracens
The top of the table Saracens did not play the best rugby but nonetheless got the job done in defeating the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday at Sandy Park. Starting at inside centre for the London based club was Puma Marcelo Bosch who landed a second half penalty. The former Biarritz utility back was forced to miss out on playing for Argentina this weekend due to contractual agreements which break the rules outlined by the IRB surrounding player release during the November window.

London Wasps 5-28 Bath
Rarely does a team come off a good win over the Leicester Tigers to then be crushed by Bath several weeeks later. The London Wasps though did just this as the visiting Bath were far too strong. Bath was missing Horacio Agulla and Eusebio Guiñazú who started in the win over Italy on Saturday but Juan Pablo Orlandi was involved for Bath as a replacement.

1 Saracens 32
2 Northampton 30
3 Bath 26
4 Harlequins 23
5 Exeter 22
6 Leicester 22
7 Sale 19
8 London Wasps 18
9 Newcastle 13
10 Gloucester 12
11 London Irish 11
12 Worcester 2

* Play-offs Zone
* Relegation Zone

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