Sunday, December 29, 2013

Aviva Premiership Americas Exports - Round 11 Wrap

Photo Worcester Warrirors: Leonardo Senatore scored v Saracens on Saturday
The final round of matches for the year saw higher than usual attendances in the Aviva Premiership. The most notable example being the match between the Harlequins and the Exeter Chiefs which was moved to Twickenham. As in other rounds there was a notable number of players from the Americas involved as the last IRB defined region to be allocated a Rugby World Cup continues to be an important player in English rugby.


Newcastle Falcons 12-17 London Wasps
Round eleven started on Friday evening with one match as strugglers the Newcastle Falcons looked to complete a home victory over the London Wasps who were in danger of being relegated at times last season. The visitors were in charge of the match throughout with the home team scoring a try in the final minute to collect a bonus point. Neither Gonzalo Tiesi nor Esteban Lozada were involved in the fixture but USA inside centre Andrew Suniula was on the bench for the Wasps.


Leicester Tigers 30-23 Sale Sharks
A sold out Welford Road saw the Leicester Tigers move into fifth position as the reigning English champions look to get back into the more familiar territory of the top four. Losses that the club has suffered this season have not only been out of character but they have also seen the Tigers badly beaten. Argentine test front-rower Marcos Ayerza started for Leicester at loosehead prop.


Northampton 43-25 Bath
A good crowd was all on hand in Northampton for the clash between to of the form teams in the Aviva Premiership. But rather than being a classic the home team turned around a slow start to power home to six tries to three win to collect the full five competition points while Bath return home empty handed. One of the tries was scored by USA second-rower Samu Manoa who played at number eight for this fixture. Starting for Bath was Horacio Agulla who was on the right wing while Pumas hooker Eusebio Guiñazú was on the bench as was tight head prop Juan Pablo Orlandi.


Worcester 8-26 Saracens
After eleven rounds the results continue to be the same for the Worcester Warriors and Saracens. The London based side is three points clear of Northampton in first place of the Aviva Premiership having lost only one match while the Warriors are rock bottom and yet to win a match at all. The hammering saw Saracens complete a bonus point win with USA fullback Chris Wyles playing at inside centre. Argentine outside centre Marcelo Bosch was a replacement while Worcester had three Pumas with Ignacio Mieres playing fly half and scoring the first points of the match through a penalty. Also starting was Mariano Galarza who played second-row and Leonardo Senatore who made his comeback match from injury to score Worcester´s only try.


Harlequins 22-6 Exeter
A crowd of 70,000 attended the match moved to Twickenham as part of the Christmas week celebrations. Those in attendance were given an abundance of opportunities to cheer for the London based side but few to none for the visiting side from the West Country. The result sees the Chiefs drop in the standings while the Quins are now just two points adrift of Bath.


London Irish 19-22 Gloucester
The round came to a close on Sunday afternoon with one match being played in Reading. The visitors had been in form control before London Irish began a come back with a try in the 57th minute. Gloucester was able to hold on for a tight victory while the Exiles collected a bonus point to go one further point ahead of Worcester. Canadian Jebb Sinclair was on the bench for this fixture.


Standings
1 Saracens 46
2 Northampton 43
3 Bath 34
4 Harlequins 32
5 Leicester Tigers30
6 Exeter Chiefs 27
7 London Wasps 27
8 Sale Sharks 25
9 Gloucester 21
10 Newcastle 14
11 London Irish 13
12 Worcester 3

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* Relegation Zone

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